Monday, 28 March 2016

Benefits of Orange Peel

Oranges are some of the best sources of Vitamin C, which as we all know is good for the health and skin care as well.Many of us usually throw out the peels when it comes to eating oranges; whether we’re making fresh orange juice, snacking on whole oranges or making a citrus-y smoothie. 
Orange peels are the thick finely-textured skin of oranges. They range from orange to green or yellow in colour. Since ancient times, orange peels have been valued for their curative properties.

Monday, 27 July 2015

5 Effective Tips To Get You Through PMS

Ladies, get in here.

Guys, please stay out...;)

I know this is a very sore topic with a lot of women because "that time of the month" is dreaded every time it swings by.

Certain symptoms are experienced which are peculiar to the monthly period. Such as:


Friday, 10 July 2015

Highly Requested: A Simple But Nutritious Recipe For Weight Gain.

I have been getting quite a number of requests for a recipe to add weight. Yes, as in, to get fatter. So, if you are losing weight, please, please and please, stop reading right now. Lol! Just kidding.;)
 Please read and pass it on to someone who might need it.


  • Raw Soya beans                1 cup
  • Raw Corn                       2 cups
  • Roasted Groundnuts/Peanuts              2 cups
Raw Corn

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

3 Anti-Aging Foods You Have In Your Kitchen

You would never believe what treasures lie in your kitchen; from fruits to teas and what not. So, here are three anti-aging foods, sitting in your kitchen right now, that would change your skin forever.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Slimming And Nourishing Breakfast Smoothie

Image: 52kitchenadventures

This smoothie is both delicious and very waist friendly, so no need to step on that scale... just yet!:)

The key ingredient here is spinach which is brimming with vitamins A and K. It also contains important nutrients such as manganese and potassium.

A glass of this smoothie will leave you filled with lots of energy to go about your day.


Friday, 30 January 2015

A Carrot Apple Ginger Smoothie That Boosts Your Immune System

Carrots are famous for protecting our vision especially night vision. This is due to the presence of vitamin A and other powerful nutrients for beautiful skin, cancer prevention and anti-aging. Yes, please!

Apples are full of fiber and will help you feel fuller for much longer. Remember, "an apple a day..."? Exactly.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Cleanse Your Body With A Simple Turmeric and Ginger Tea

Image: Supercharged food

Fact: Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Fact: Ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

So, what do you think will happen when you combine turmeric and ginger in a steaming cup of tea?  Yummy medicinal goodness, that's what!


Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Health Tip: Clear Your System With Ginger

Do you suffer from nasal and chest congestion? Try ginger.



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

5 Homemade Remedies For Excessive Belching

Belching is also referred to as burping, or dyspepsia. When your body breaks down food into energy it naturally produces gas. When you belch, you release the gas that has built up in your stomach through your mouth. The sound that is associated with belching is embarrassing and often considered rude in some cultures while in others it shows appreciation for the meal....*rolls eyes* #badmanners

Although belching is normal and even the most polite of us happen to belch from time to time, excessive belching  might be a signal that you suffer from a more serious medical condition.

Some of the causes for burping include: 

  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Swallowed air
  • Constipation
  • Medicines
  • Foods and drinks
Fortunately, there are several homemade remedies sitting right in your kitchen that can help with the belching.  

Try any of the following and see if it helps.

1. Baking soda
A very effective way to deal with harmless belching is drinking a glass of water mixed with two teaspoons of baking soda.

2. Ginger 
You can take it in different forms - in meals, as a seasoning, as a warm tea or just chew it raw. 
3. Papaya
The enzyme papain that can be found in papaya is known to break down tough meat fibers, so it is very effective in reducing belching.

4. Lime juice

Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of lime juice combined with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar after every meal to prevent excessive gas production and indigestion.

Increase the amount of water you drink and avoid carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages

 If your condition does not improve despite all efforts, you should see a doctor immediately as it can be a symptom of the more serious diseases listed above.

Good luck!

~ Neni ~

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Try This For Those Pesky Hiccups!


Ground dried pepper

Yes, pepper is the answer to getting rid of a hiccup.
All you have to do is sniff a container of ground dried pepper.
You will most likely sneeze in the next 30 seconds.
And your hiccups will be gone.


P.S. Ensure it's good pepper o!! Not that funny looking and tasting red powder those mallams sell inside wheel barrows o!!

Okay, I'm done!

Love you all,

~ Neni ~

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Who Knew? So Warm Orange Juice Makes You Sleep?

Okay, so last week, I was down with a nasty cold and a sore throat. My nose was blocked, my ears were blocked and I think my head was blocked... Well, it certainly seemed that way!!:D
As a result, I couldn't sleep so one night, I tried to make some warm milk to get me to sleep but there was none available. I knew that I just had to drink something warm so, do you know what I did?

  • I squeezed some orange juice into a mug.
  • Then stood the mug of juice in a bowl of hot water for about 3 minutes till it became very warm. 
  • I added a teaspoon of honey and drank it.
  •  In minutes, I started feeling quite drowsy and slept off right there on the sofa!

Now, that's what I drink when my eyes are shining when I should be asleep.:)

 Who would have guessed? Not me!
P.S. As a result of  the vitamin C in the orange juice, my cold was gone completely in 3 days without any medication.

I hope it works for you like it did for me.


~ Neni ~

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Vitamin-Packed Slimming Smoothie

Now that's some title! Quite a mouthful (pun intended), don't you think?
Okay, so I've been a little lax on my posting, I'm sorry. It's been so crazy lately... you know, so much to do in very, very little time. Please vex not.:) Moving on...

This smoothie is just the perfect addition to your diet. Why? Because if you feel like you are not getting enough vitamins from your diet, this smoothie packs a powerful antioxidant punch and helps you absorb nutrients from your diet.

So what exactly is in this smoothie anyway? The papaya/pawpaw gives you more than your daily recommended value of vitamin C to keep your immune system strong and ward off disease. The lettuce and spinach give you a healthy dose of magnesium and calcium, and the apple and banana give you a dose of antioxidants! 

Now, you're interested...very interested! lol

1 cup papaya/pawpaw
1/2 cup lettuce
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 green apple

Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth. 



~ Neni ~

Image courtesy Dr. Oz


Monday, 19 August 2013

How to Enjoy Peanut Butter

I trust you had a great weekend. Mine was so-so, thank you for asking.;)
Today, I would like to sing the praises of peanut butter or ose oji ( in Igbo). It gets a bad rap most of the time because many of us use it the wrong way.
You should eat no more than one tablespoon of peanut butter a day. That way, you get to enjoy the goodness of P.B.and maintain your waistline. I eat it almost whenever I'm updating my blog, it makes everything 'flow' better. lol!

Try it with an apple
Cut the apple into slices and dip into the peanut butter

You could also try it with a banana and you'll love it, I promise!

And if there is no peanut butter in sight, dash down to the nearest shop and buy 20 naira groundnut but try not to eat more than required! lol

Try it, I hope you like it.

*licks lips*

~ Neni ~

Monday, 12 August 2013

A Healthy Zingy Carrot and Apple Smoothie

Hello, everyone! Hope you had a  great weekend. My weekend was fantastic because I got another beauty treatment to add to my 'database'. Whoopee!!
So yesterday, I was tinkering about in the kitchen and when I was done, it was almost time for one of my favourite cartoons: Regular Show (yeah, I love cartoons!).
I always drink a smoothie while watching it, so I decided to make this particular smoothie. It's sweet and spicy at the same time as well as brimming with nutrients and all sorts of healthy goodness!! *licks lips*

  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 green apple, chopped into small
  • 1 medium-sized ginger root, grated
  •  Juice of 2 grapefruits
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend, blend, blend!
  2. Pour into glass and drink up!


~ Neni ~


Thursday, 18 July 2013

A Nutritious 100 Calorie Smoothie

I love the taste of this particular smoothie. It's a fusion of all those fruits and vegetables one would hardly expect to drink. lol. It gives a healthy dose of fibre and vitamins.
 I would like you to try it. You'll be surprised at how good it tastes.

...and it's super healthy.

  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cups spinach or green amaranth
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup guava
  • 6 ounces of water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.

Oh yes, you read that right, 100 calories.

Works for me!


~ Neni ~

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Good For Your Blood: Ugu and Tomato Salad

This salad has helped me tremendously on my journey to a healthier and fitter life. Ugu, otherwise kwown as fluted pumpkin leaves, has been touted as a natural blood tonic sooooo, I guess it's all good!

To make this, you need just three ingredients:

  1. Ugu (Fluted pumpkin leaves)
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Juice of half a lemon or lime
  •  Wash the ugu leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt and sand particles
  • Chop the ugu leaves
  • Steam the leaves for 3 mins or microwave for 1 minutes
  •  Wash the tomatoes as well.
  • Slice the tomatoes
  • Mix with the ugu leaves
  • Squeeze the lemon/lime juice over the vegetables 
Let's eat!

Eat this as often as you can and you'll be all the better for doing so.

~ Neni ~


Thursday, 11 April 2013

A Refreshing and Healthy Smoothie!

This is perfect for those days when you need a refreshing boost.

Milk to aid blending

  1. Peel and cut the mango flesh into chunks.
  2. Peel and chop the banana.
  3. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, then blend until smooth and thick. 
  4. Drink immediately to fully enjoy it.

HINT: Refrigerate the mango and banana before using so the the resulting smoothie will be cold. That's  what I do. ;)

Try it, you'll love it.


~ Neni ~

Friday, 29 March 2013

Neni's Spicy Avocado and Mango Smoothie

This is a smoothie I made from some random ingredients and I love it ! The spicy taste of the ginger gives it such a kick!
  • A moderately sized ginger root
  • 1 frozen Mango
  • Half of an Avocado
  • Cold coconut water
  1. Chop the ingredients into small chunks for easy blending 
  2. Put them in a blender
  3. Add the coconut water 
  4. Blend until it becomes a smooth paste.
  5. Pour into a glass and drink.
 This smoothie recipe is my Easter gift to you all! I hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.


~ Neni ~

Friday, 15 March 2013

A Perfect Meal Replacement Smoothie

  • 2 small bananas (preferably frozen — if they're not frozen, it's okay)
  • 1 fresh orange, peeled, seeded and juiced
  • 1 cup milk full cream or skimmed
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet potatoes, smashed with a fork
  • 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  I love this smoothie soooooo much. It's healthy and delicious!  Please try it out and let me know how you liked it.


~ Neni ~

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Food Notes: A Simple and Healthy Smoothie

I love fruits and vegetables, especially the fruits!! Blame my sweet tooth for that. I can finish a whole pineapple in one sitting. And apples? Don’t try me!

This is a recipe for one of my very many signature smoothies. Those who know me don’t call me The Smoothie Queen for nothing.
I love this particular smoothie because the ingredients are very easy to get in your backyard or at your local market.
NOTE: It is advisable to drink the smoothie immediately after preparation to prevent oxidation of the vegetables and some of the fruits.

½ of an apple

4 or 5 basil leaves (a.k.a scent leaf, efinrin, nchuanwu)

Half a small cucumber

A handful of lettuce leaves or any other edible green vegetable

A small root of ginger

Juice of ½ of a lime

Juice of  ½ of a lemon

50ml of ice cold water

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

I find this smoothie particularly filling and sometimes I have it for breakfast with a banana or as refreshing drink during the day.
So, drink up.

~ Neni~
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