6 Food & Drink Hacks to elevate your Health & Fitness

There are countless moments in our everyday lives where we have opportunities to do tiny things — decisions and actions that take minimal effort, but can yield a bunch of truly significant benefits to your overall health and wellness.

And when we combine these little things with the bigger, more ambitious activities and habits we implement to meet our fitness, health and happiness goals, we come ever closer to truly living our best lives.

Head over to COUNTER CULTURE CAFE to experience …

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A key highlight of this lifestyle café is the new menu, created by award-winning culinary experts, will feature an irresistible selection of sweet and savoury treats, with a key focus on healthy eating options without sacrificing taste or flavor.

 

Here are 6 simple ways to kick your health & wellness efforts up a notch or two, to have that GREAT life:

1. Green Tea

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Make Green tea a staple by drinking it before or after your meals. It helps stimulate your metabolism, improve you brain function and lower your risk of cancer. Additionally, drinking hot tea helps you relax too.

At Counter Culture Cafe we offer the Green Tea with  Jasmine Flower –  a mild and delicate tea with a pale yellow infusion and pronounced jasmine aroma, naturally enriched with jasmine flowers.

 

2. Pure Dark chocolate

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When you have a craving for a sweet treat, go for a pure dark chocolate. I t is lower in sugar content than you run-of-the-mill candy bar, and it may help lower blood pressure and improve brain function. It’s the smart way to indulge!

Indulge in our range of Dark Hot Chocolate drinks blended exotic ingredients such as Mango + Cardamom; Beetroot + Maple; Mint + Soy milk; and Rum & Espresso, when you visit Counter Culture Cafe

 

3. Avocado

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Embrace the Avocado! they are high in fiber, which helps regulate digestion, and heart healthy fats. It’s much more nutritious topping for your toast than butter or cream cheese.

You must try the Goat cheese & Avocado Crostini from our All-Day Dining Menu at Counter Culture Cafe

 

4. Spin-off Protein

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Put two carb-heavy foods together to make a complete protein. do, if you’re eating grains, add some dairy or legumes, like Cereal + Milk, Rice + Beans or Whole Grain Bread + Peanut Butter.

Treat yourself to a lush Homemade Cereal with peanut butter cookies, fruit & fiber and chocolate milk, part of All-Day Breakfast at Counter Culture Cafe

 

5. Greek Yoghurt

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Toss mayo in favour of some Greek yoghurt. It  has 10 times the protein of mayonnaise and moreover it contains probiotics, which are good for digestion.

 

6. Cayenne Pepper

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If you can handle the heat, don’t be afraid to spice it up. spices such as cayenne pepper and ginger help give your metabolism a boost thanks to their high levels of capsaicin.

They are also said to help prevent cancer, keep your heart healthy and release endorphins in the brain.

 

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Original post by Lean Cuisine/MASHABLE

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11 Outlandish Christmas traditions from around the world

 

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Christmas is just a marketing ploy used by corporations to keep our consumerist society plugging along, according to cynics.

But once upon a time, Christmas was a delightful and odd celebration, honoring Saint Nicholas — a Turkish bishop who dropped gold down a chimney — or Jesus, a baby who was born in a food trough. This year, it’s time to get back to Christmas’ roots — by celebrating the day’s inherent strangeness.

 

Here, in the spirit of the holiday, are 11 countries keeping Christmas festive:

 

Sweden

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In 1966, a 43 foot tall goat was erected in the middle of Gavle, Sweden. On midnight of New Year’s Eve that year, somebody set it on fire and out of the flames, a tradition was born. There have only been 8 years in the goat’s history that he was left in peace.

In 1996, the town installed webcams to guard the goat, which stopped all tomfoolery that year. But every year since, someone has attempted arson — and most succeed. Every year, bets are taken for when the goat will be burned down.

 

Venezuela

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In Caracas, roller-skating to Christmas early morning mass has become a tradition. In many parts of the capital, vehicular access is cut off and the streets are taken over by skaters.

The night before mass, children tie long pieces of string to their big toes and let the string dangle out of their bedroom windows. Those skating below give the strings a tug as they pass by to wake the children up.

Somehow this has not yet ended in a child being pulled out of a window.

 

Spain

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Caga Tió — roughly translated to “pooping guy” — is one of the most delightful traditions to ever come out of Spain’s Catalonia region.

A smiling face, red nose and legs are stuck on a log filled with candy. During advent, children pretend to feed the log, cover it with a blanket when they think it’s cold and take care of it like a pet.

Then, on Christmas Eve, they beat it to a pulp and eat the candy that it excretes out. Sweet.

 

Austria

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The monster has horns, dark hair and fangs, and carries a chain and a belt that he uses to beat naughty children into being nice.

A Christmas tradition so beloved that it’s the inspiration for this season’s infamous horror film, Krampus has been terrifying children in Austria since the 1600s.

The very, very bad kids get dragged down into the underworld with him.

 

Iceland

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On Christmas Eve, a giant monster cat creeps along Iceland, eating people who didn’t receive clothes as presents. Jólakötturinn, as he is known in Icelandic, teaches children that hard work will bring you new clothes and save you from being devoured by a demon cat — apparently.

Because nothing says yuletide joy quite like new clothes and a giant, man-eating cat.

 

Japan

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In 1974, thanks to a very successful marketing campaign — Kentucky Fried ChristmasKFC became the quintessential Japanese Christmas food, in a country where less than 1% of the population is Christian.

Today, people queue up for hours to buy the festive fast food meal that now includes cake and champagne.

It’s not long until the Japanese are caroling with Little Drumstick Boy, right?

 

Portugal

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Ghosts come to Christmas dinner in Portugal — and not the Charles Dickens kind.

On Christmas Eve, the Portuguese lay out extra plate settings for deceased friends and family and scatter some dinner crumbs across the hearth to honor them. Leftovers stay on the table for any ghouls that arrive late to the party — or humans looking for a midnight snack.

 

Wales

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A Christmas tradition that will also give you nightmares, Mari Lwyd in Wales entails a man from each village parading around with a horse skull peering out from underneath a white sheet.

A small troupe follows the Mari Lwyd around and if they knock on your door, you are expected to invite them in for booze and conviviality.

 

Czech Republic

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Bringing new meaning to that terrible song Christmas Shoes, single ladies in the Czech Republic stand in front of a door on Christmas Eve and throw a shoe over their shoulder.

If the shoe lands facing the door, they will be married within the year. If the shoe is facing any other direction, they’ll have to endure another holiday of relatives asking when they’re finally going to settle down.

 

Norway

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Long ago, Norwegians believed that witches and other mischievous creatures came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride. Before going to bed on the 24th, Norwegians hide away their brooms and gird their cleaning cupboards.

The tradition still carries on for superstitious Norwegians.

 

Guatemala

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Guatemalans probably have the cleanest Christmas on the planet.

Everyone sweeps out their houses, creates a giant pile of communal dust with their neighbors, puts an effigy of the devil on top and then burns it all.

Happy holidays!

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Original blog by Cailey Rizzo/MASHABLE