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Six Reasons Why Olive Oil Is Liquid Gold

by Niki Kefala

As if you needed more reason to add this delicious oil to your foods?

Olive oil is like a drinking… gold. Is a nutrition treasure, a superfood which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and is a major component of the Mediterranean diet, with many of documented benefits. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of high blood pressure and stroke.

Consuming Greek olive oil is not only good for your health in the present, but in the future as well. Not bad at all! To be exact, Olive oil is a fat obtained from the fruit of the Olea europaea, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean region, where whole olives are pressed to produce olive oil. The Greek people are the world’s biggest per capita consumers of olive oil and the higher consumption certainly belongs to the people of Crete.

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The basic ingredient for sauces and for all foods in Greek cuisine is olive oil. It has a particularly pleasant and enjoyable taste. More and more people around the world are constantly discovering its particular flavor characteristics. It is so popular that even the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver use it on his cooking magic and he is responsible for the skyrocketing popularity of Greek olive oil in the U.K. over the past years. Here is why we should all be using it instead of other oils!

  1. Numerous studies have indicated that a Mediterranean diet low in saturated fats but rich in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, in addition to whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, helps prevent heart disease and even cancer.
  2. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E.

3. Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity. Olive oil consumption has been show to break down fats inside fat cells, helping get rid of belly fat.

4. A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralisation and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis. Who doesn’t like a strong, healthy body?

5. It can also act as a natural painkiller.

6. The celebrities recommend it! The gorgeous and toned Jennifer Aniston to name one.

Having said that, the best way to know why, would be to incorporate it into your diet! You’ll feel the benefits straight away.

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One shoulder out!

One-shoulder tops and dresses are seeing a huge resurgence this season, thanks to their recent comeback at runway shows for Versace, Jacquemus, Tibi, and other designers. Check out the best styles and choose your favorite. From off-the-shoulder tops to shoulder cutouts to asymmetrical necklines, it felt like no runway was left out of this trend. What about you?

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Aubergines: Your Purple Summer Health Food

by Niki Kefala

Aubergines also known as eggplant, is the ultimate summer food. You can use them in many recipes – like my mom does – and enjoy their great flavor.

As for your health benefits?

Aubergines are high in fiber that prevents constipation and risk of colon cancer and they have good amount of water content. But they are also low in fat (just 24 calories) and therefore recommended for those managing type 2 diabetes or having weight concerns. The fiber that mentioned before making you feel fuller for longer. Apart from this, aubergines additionally work as an antiviral and anti-microbial.

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Aubergines pasta pie
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Aubergines and cheese

This purple vegetable contains good amounts of vitamin B5, B6, B1, B3, K, potassium and iron. The high quantity of B complex vitamins stops stress. In addition it is high in copper, magnesium and manganese. Also contains nasunin (which gives aubergine its purple color) an antioxidant, that helps brain function and safeguard brain from free radical cells. Moreover aubergines have the ability to move excess iron out of the body and reduces the chance of cardiovascular diseases and strokes because they help to lower bad cholesterol.

The peel of aubergine has significant amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals. Scientific studies have shown that these antioxidants have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

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Aubergine cake

If you like to quit smoking, its time to put aubergines in your diet because, believe it or not, they have small amount of nicotine, which helps those who want to gradually quit this bad habit. So you will be healthier and more energetic.

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Stuffed aubergines

And to be even more beautiful because of all this vitamins and fiber and minerals and water content, aubergines gives you a glowing skin. Who needs face creams? Also are making your hair healthier and help them to shine and grow faster.

 

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Suicide Squad (2016)

Beyond the interesting aesthetic, “Suicide Squad” doesn’t really have much going for it and is nothing more than a film dedicated to Batman and Superman’s enemies in which they compare their abilities to see who’s the best of all. Thanks to some interesting characters, this is a fun film to watch, but not as much fun as it should have been. It’s
actually disappointing to see all that potential wasted. But despite some major flaws, this film has good performances from Will Smith and Margot Robbie and a few solid action scenes. “Suicide Squad” had the potential to be an awesome superhero summer blockbuster but unfortunately everything is so flat.

Πέρα από την ενδιαφέρουσα αισθητική, το “Suicide Squad” δεν είναι κάτι παραπάνω πέρα από μια ταινία αφιερωμένη στους εχθρούς του Μπάτμαν και Σούπερμαν στην οποία συγκρίνουν τις ικανότητές τους για να δούν ποιος είναι ο καλύτερος όλων. Χάρη σε μερικούς ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες, πρόκειται για ένα διασκεδαστικό φιλμ αλλά όχι τόσο όσο θα έπρεπε. Όμως, παρά τις κάποιες σημαντικές αδυναμίες, αυτή η ταινία έχει καλές ερμηνείες από τον Γουίλ Σμιθ και την Μάργκοτ Ρόμπι, καθώς και μερικές δυνατές σκηνές δράσης. Το  “Suicide Squad” είχε τη δυνατότητα να είναι ένα τέλειο καλοκαιρινό blockbuster αλλά, δυστυχώς, είναι τόσο επίπεδο και κάποιες φορές βαρετό.

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How to use the purple color in your wardrobe

by Niki Kefala

The colors are essential to our style. If you know how to combine them, then you know how to dress in style. Today let’s talk about the purple and it doesn’t mind if we are not born in the purple!

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Reminds me of

Prunes, Prince Purple Rain, Royals

Combine it with

Red and Orange – for ethnic style

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Bez, Green and Pink – chic all the time

Put on your wardrobe

A dress (the safer choice after a black dress) and purple sneakers

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Τα χρώματα είναι απαραίτητα για το στυλ μας. Εάν ξέρετε πώς να τα συνδυάσετε, τότε ξέρετε και πως να ντυθείτε με στυλ.

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Μου θυμίζει

Δαμάσκηνα

Συνδυάστε το με

Ζεστά Πορτοκαλί και Κόκκινα – για έθνικ στυλ

Μπεζ, Πράσινο και Ροζ – για σικ εμφανίσεις

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Βάλτε στην ντουλάπα σας

Ένα μοβ φόρεμα (η ασφαλέστερη επιλογή μετά το κλασικό μαύρο φόρεμα) και μοβ αθλητικά παππούτσια

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Chocolate Sesame Cookies

And Our Superfood of The Week Goes To… Sesame Seeds

by Niki Kefala

Sesame seeds are extremely good for our health, here we explore why and offer a top tip at getting more in to your diet

Do you need a sweet delicacy that is also healthy? Halva could be your choice and you can found it available in many tasty flavours such as vanilla, cocoa and with almonds. Is a traditional sweet found in the Middle East and Greece and is typically made with a mix of honey, sesame seeds paste called tahini and sugar. Although it’s generally high in fat – the most important is that does not contain trans fat or cholesterol – sesame has been known for a long time as a healthy food because is rich with high-quality proteins, fats, calcium, iron (perfect food for those with anemia), vitamin B1, B2 and E that prevents premature aging. If you want more reasons to eat halva, you should probably know that…

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Sesame cake

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  1. Sesame can replenish the energy of the body and can increase muscle strength. That is why Hollywood actress Kate Hudson use it in her diet.
  2. It is a good source of minerals such as phosphorus, copper (prevents arthritis and strengthens bones) and magnesium (helps lower blood pressure) and contains carbohydrates and proteins.
  3. Sesame is naturally antibacterial for skin pathogens such as staphylococcus.
  4. Studies have been shown that sesame can prevent diabetes.
  5. It is good for digestion because of the high fiber content of sesame seeds.
  6. Sesame contains folic acid that is essential for DNA synthesis.
  7. Protects the body against certain types of cancer like skin and colon cancer because of the anti-cancer compounds like phytosterol. Especially for skin, sesame contains zinc that helps produce collagen and is full of nutrients which are needed for healthy hair.

Because, as already mentioned, halva is high in fat (a serving of halva contains a total of 478 calories), doesn’t mean you can’t eat it, just that you should enjoy it only occasionally and in moderation.  Oh and also, just look at them…

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Dior Autumn 2016 Makeup SKYLINE Collection Review- the secret is in the Eiffel Tower stucture

by Niki Kefala

Dior seasonal makeup collections are always impressive but I am particularly loving this one because it has great colors and texture and also eyeshadow palettes with the most intricate detailing and copper gloss. Love it! Here’s a look at the new Dior Autumn 2016 Makeup SKYLINE Collection.The inspiration for this collection is the Parisian skyline which is can be seen when you check out the delicate yet perfectly executed design of the eyeshadow palettes which show an Eiffel Tower structure. It’s amazing!

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Ο πύργος του Άιφελ στο μακιγιάζ μας!

Το νέο “ S K Y L I N E ” Look του Dior – σχεδιασμένο από τον Peter Philips, Δημιουργικό Διευθυντή και Διευθυντή Εικόνας του μακιγιάζ Dior – εξερευνά τις άπειρες δυνατότητες γλυπτικής του προσώπου, μέσα από τη χρήση της αντίθεσης φωτός και σκιάς.Έτσι, ο Peter Philips τιμά τη γυναίκα Dior που τολμά να πειραματιστεί για να κατακτήσει την τελειότητα στα σμιλεμένα με επιδεξιότητα χαρακτηριστικά της. Ζωντανεύει το βλέμμα της με τα φθινοπωρινά παγωμένα μπεζ, τα εμπλουτισμένα με κόκκινο καφέ, τα μπρούντζινα ροζ ή τις αποχρώσεις της σαμπάνιας με τους μεταλλικούς τόνους και ομορφαίνει τα χέρια της με την υπέρτατη κομψότητα του μανικιούρ στους τόνους της σοκολάτας.

Προκειμένου να ενσωματώσει στο νέο Look το αρχιτεκτονικό σχέδιο, η συλλογή “ S K Y L I N E ” αντλεί έμπνευση από τη μεγαλειώδη κατασκευή του Πύργου του Άιφελ, που κυριαρχεί στον ορίζοντα της πόλης, τραβώντας από παντού την προσοχή. Είναι μια ωδή στα φθινοπωρινά χρώματα του Παρισιού που δημιουργούν μια ομορφιά απελευθερωμένη από κάθε είδους κλισέ.

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Tomatoes! Why you should love them

by Niki Kefala

What is red, tasty, in season and you can use it in the most of your recipes? The answer is tomato. Now that you will find the health benefits of this vegetable, I’m sure that you will eat it everyday.

Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. They are low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories (22 calories in a medium tomato) and they also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. They have a rich supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support and that’s why they help in bone health and prevent prostate and stomach cancer (a substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is the reason for protecting from this types of cancer).

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Tomato Cupcake

Breastfeeding moms must eat tomatoes because increases lycopene concentrations. As already mentioned tomatoes are a source of vitamin C, one of the many essential nutrients you need during pregnancy. This vitamin also helps in the absorption of iron, which is of special concern during pregnancy, as pregnant women generally have higher iron needs.

Tomatoes reduce risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and diabetes. Diets that include tomatoes have been linked with reduced risk of some neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, they contain zea-xanthin a flavonoid that protect eyes by harmful ultra-violet rays.

For all this reasons many celebrities include tomatoes in their diet, like Fergie. She eats for breakfast low fat cottage cheese with sliced tomatoes. Maybe you can follow her example…

Not only do tomatoes taste great but they also keep the skin beautiful and healthy. Mix honey with tomato juice for smooth and glowing skin. Summer is here and so the inflamed skin and sunburn. Crush a tomato, mix it with yogurt and enjoy the sun!

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Tomato soup
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Tomato pizza

 

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Nine Foods to Fight Cellulite

by Niki Kefala

Ok, I know that the summer is still here, but cellulite is a problem for many women around the world all the time of the year.

There are some foods that helps us to say goodbye to cellulite and we can put them on our diet so the next summer to have a perfect body-cellulite free:

1. I need water

One important factor in the appearance of cellulite is hydration. It is important to drink water throughout the day. Moreover one great food for staying hydrated is cucumbers, which are usually 90% water.

2. A glass of red wine please!

Red wine contains resveratrol, that have anti-aging benefits. Also slows the release of insulin, keeping your sugar levels balanced. Controlling your insulin levels is a major influence on the development and appearance of cellulite.

3. Sardines in my plate

Sardines and other fatty fish are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Enjoying fish can combat the estrogen you get through your daily diet.

4. Lemons for great legs!

Enjoy lemons on your food every day. Citrus fruit can also clean out your liver, which can lower your estrogen levels. This will help keep your legs perfect.

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5.Are you nuts?

Nuts are high in plant sterols include peanuts, almonds and walnuts that helps you avoid cellulite. Of course eat them with moderation because you don’t want to treat cellulite and to be fatter that you used to be. Hole grains are also high in plant sterols. The types with the highest amounts of plant sterols include wheat germ, whole wheat and brown rice.

6. Onions for flavor

Onion and garlic are widely known for their medicinal effects as they reducing your insulin levels.

7. Tea time

 Green tea contains amazing antioxidants which can help keep your body healthy, preventing cellulite before it starts. Also chamomile tea is a great stress buster. The chemicals released when you’re under stress can have a physical effect on your body.

8. Sweet like cherries

Cherries are a great food for keeping your insulin levels under control. Some other low glycemic index fruits include apples, pears, and peaches.

9. Avocado and bye bye cellulite

Avocado is the perfect food for balancing insulin levels as is full with potassium, keeping your cellulite away.

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Delicious slice of avocado chocolate cake

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Grapes for August

by Niki Kefala

Grapes are the ultimate fruit for August and there are plenty of reasons for that.

They are not only tasty – especially when combined with cheese – and perfect for August when you eat them on your balcony with a view of the sea, but grapes also have some special components that make them essential to our health.

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Grape cupcakes

Health Benefits of Grapes

First of all grapes are high in water content and help you to keep hydrated. In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthma. Grapes also contain fiber, which is essential for minimizing constipation.

They are full of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer and also can enhance brain health and delay the onset of degenerative neural diseases. Red grapes particularly, have strong antibacterial properties that can protect you from infections that are very common in summer time.

Flavonoids have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals cause things like the development of cataracts, as well as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and various age-related problems.

The fiber and potassium in grapes also support heart health. Moreover because of their high potassium content, grapes are recommended to those with high blood pressure.

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Grapes are light like the air and so they play an important role in dyspepsia as they relieve irritation in the stomach. If you suffer from anemia, eating grapes can certainly help as they aid in keeping iron and mineral levels balanced in the body.

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Roast chicken with olives, grapes, and rosemary

As for your face? Hollywood actress Emma Stone keeps her porcelain complexion by using grape seed oil. Why not try it as well?