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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beat The Heat: How To Enjoy Spicy Foods

From Mexican food to Indian, spicy food is delicious and satisfying. Many people love the burn of chili peppers and other strong spices, but some are a little more sensitive and have difficulty eating hot, spicy food. This is a shame because many health benefits come from eating spicy food, including improved breathing, less fat storage, and reduced cravings. If you want to enjoy the benefits (both to your health and your taste buds) of spicy food, below are some ways to help counter your sensitive palate:

1. Work Your Way Up:

Do not start with the spiciest item on the menu; you will just end up with a burning mouth and watery eyes. Start with something fairly mild that you know you can handle and gradually increase the spiciness of the item from there, or order a spicy item as a side dish rather than your main meal.

It also helps to eat spicy food slowly, particularly if you’re new to it. According to TheKitchn.com, you should limit the amount of capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers that makes them hot. Eating slowly will keep the amount tolerable rather than overwhelming your system with heat.

2. Dull the Pain with Dairy:

If you are not used to eating spicy food, but plan on trying something with some kick, make sure that you have something on hand to cool your mouth. When it comes to spicy food, water is not as effective. Chemicals mix with oils in the food, and they cannot be dissolved with water. Instead, dairy products are more effective when it comes to cooling your mouth. A glass of milk or a spoonful of sour cream are great for minimizing intense burning. If you don’t have dairy on hand, lime and cilantro accompany many spicy dishes and are also helpful. 

3. Go for Texture:

When your mouth is burning, sometimes what your brain needs is a distraction. Rough foods like crackers or starchy foods like bread and rice offer your brain a different sensation to focus on. The starch in these foods can also help absorb some of the heat-causing capsaicin, minimizing the time you spend trying to cool your mouth. 

While spicy food is not for everyone, if you want to enjoy the excellent flavor peppers add to food and the health benefits that come from the heat, following the steps above can help increase your tolerance and develop your palate. Start slow, choose dairy, have a variety of textures, and enjoy!. 

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Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Providing Affordable Beverages Besides Coffee In The Workplace

You’d like to hire an office coffee service now that your number of employees has grown significantly. You’ve seen numerous office arrangements where the organization offers free coffee for anyone who wants some throughout the day. Quite a few of your employees don’t drink coffee, however, and you don’t want them to feel left out. Fortunately, you can hire a service that provides several alternative beverages for individuals who aren’t big java fans. 

Ways to Provide Beverages

Today’s vending machines can pour single-serve cups of freshly brewed coffee, and that beverage doesn’t have to be the instant version. This can be a much nicer option than having full pots of coffee sitting on a burner. The liquid continues to cook, and within an hour or so, the flavor becomes bitter and unpleasant. 

Instead, you might choose to have a vending machine that provides cups of hot beverages and another machine that offers cold drinks by the cup. This arrangement is something your team members are likely to appreciate more than the limited choices of regular and decaf coffee along with a vending machine that sells pricey cans of soda. 

Pricing

How much you want to charge for these items is up to you. Naturally, employees appreciate free beverages when they’re working, but you may find that to be cost-prohibitive. Consider charging just enough to pay the office coffee service rather than looking to make any sort of profit. Your team will be happy that the prices are so affordable.

Hot Beverages

In addition to a variety of coffees, your hot beverage vending machine can also serve drinks by the cup to people who prefer something else. Include favorites such as hot chocolate, apple cider, and hot cocoa with peppermint.

For something unusual, add beverages such as a blend of chicory, dandelion, rye and barley that makes an intriguing herbal coffee substitute. 

It’s not as easy to provide hot tea through a vending machine, but you certainly can offer free cups of hot water through this equipment. The individuals can bring their own teabags and steep a cup of tea at their desks. 

Cold Beverages

Many of your employees probably prefer cold drinks, especially during warm weather. You might include single-serve cups of soda, iced tea, lemonade and sports drinks. Ice can be optional.

Concluding Thoughts

By offering these affordable beverage options to your employees, you help boost morale and positive attitudes. Consult an office coffee service, such as Five Star Water, for more information.

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