Both passion fruit and basil offer several health benefits. Passion fruit is rich in antioxidants that help to combat free radicals affecting the body. It also diminishes cellular stress and improves blood flow to the brain. The fruit has a low glycemic index value, meaning that it won’t cause a steep spike in blood sugar levels in the body after consumption.
To prepare the dish, you will need about 250 grams of dry chickpeas, a quarter cup of olive oil, a large onion, 1 garlic, 1 bay leaf, salt, pepper, and lemon. First, you need to soak the chickpeas for at least 12 hours. Rinse them thoroughly and place them in a pot with water. Once the water starts to boil, take out the chickpeas and begin rinsing once again, focusing on peeling off the skin.
Heat the cream in the microwave or on the stove for a few minutes until it is simmering. While waiting, chop the chocolate finely and put into a bowl. Use a serrated knife to make the task easy as it chopping the chocolate finely will help melt the chocolate quickly and evenly. Once the cream is heated, pour it over the chopped chocolate, let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir the ingredients well.
Lentils are rich in polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective qualities. They can also be good for managing your blood sugar levels. Interestingly, these polyphenols do not lose their health properties during cooking, making lentils one of the best foods you can consume. Regularly eating lentils can also benefit your heart. In an 8-week study, 48 overweight people suffering from type 2 diabetes ate a one-third cup serving of lentils every day.
Since pistachios are also rich in fiber together with protein, they can increase the feeling of fullness and make a person cut down their food consumption. In one study that lasted for 12 weeks, it was found that people who ate about 53 grams of pistachios every afternoon reduced their body mass index twice as much as the individuals who ate 56 grams of pretzels. Another study showed that people who ate in-shell pistachios consumed 41 percent fewer calories than those who ate shelled pistachios.
Other theories suggest that jiaozi was an imported idea from Western Asia. But no matter where it came from, jiaozi will always be a symbol of happiness and prosperity in China. On the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, people eat dumplings between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Fitting enough, this period of transition between the old year and the new is called jiaozi by Chinese.
Another coffee shop to check out is Who Together — a café that’s almost magical because it’s nearly hidden behind the garden trees. To discover it, you have to look for a feline or two. Expect a café filled with cuteness, as cats freely roam the area. Inside is a pastel-colored haven and feline illustrations fill the walls. You can take a seat on a tatami mat to enjoy your refreshments. Of course, the coffee here adds to the “zen” atmosphere with the slightly acidic taste coming from the Ethiopian and El Salvadoran beans they use.