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Putting a wooden spoon over a pot of pasta will keep it from boiling over.

Smell 'em before you taste 'em

When you put spices in your meal but don't taste them, it might be because you've kept them for too long. Before you use them, take a whiff of them to see if they are still usable.
If you can't smell anything, you won't taste anything.

Five Foods That Can Help Keep You Warm During The Kenyan Winter

Besides wearing a coat, hat and gloves, there's more you can do to keep you warm during the cold season. A variety of foods such as grains, spices and oils give the body energy to keep warm. Our top 5 foods are:

1. Ginger

Ginger not only helps the body stay warm, but it also helps boost the immune and digestive systems.

Ginger can be used in salad dressings, soups, and baked goods. You can even drink ginger in hot water.


2. Coconut Oil

Fats in general, such as coconut oil, keep the body warm through metabolizing. You could use it in the preparation of various foods, and you could also apply it as a moisturizer, which will prevent the body from losing heat through dry skin.


3. Cinnamon and other spices

You don't want things too spicy because spices such as cayenne can make you sweat and cause you to lose heat. However, other spices such as cinnamon, cumin, paprika, nutmeg and allspice help increase the body's metabolism and generate heat.

4. Whole grains

Grains are a good source of B vitamins and magnesium, which help the thyroid and adrenal glands better regulate the body's temperature during a time when they slow down from the colder weather.

Eaten hot, rolled oats, brown rice, millet and other whole grains give immediate warmth and also provide needed complex carbohydrates to fuel the body's engine.


5. Hot soups

Hot soups seem obvious for foods that fight the cold, but the timing of the soups are important too.

A salad, for instance, can be eaten during the afternoon when the body is at its warmest, but a stew or a soup in the evening can help keep the body warm through the night.


Stay warm, Nairobi!


Article adapted from http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/5-top-foods-to-keep-you-warm-t/22849581





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