Mmm….Hot Chocolate Is Good For You!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

You’re probably familiar with the health benefits gained from dark chocolate but did you know that hot chocolate is just as good? Here’s a run down of the good things you can derive from drinking a cup of hot chocolate….

1. According to a study conducted at Cornell University, the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa’s concentration was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea.

2. It was also concluded that the “hot” in “hot chocolate” is important as well. More antioxidants are released when it’s heated up.

3. A cup of hot cocoa contains the antioxidant gallic acid which is used to treat internal hemorrhages, albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine, which can indicate kidney disease) and diabetes.

4. Although a regular bar of chocolate has strong antioxidant activity, the health benefits may be outweighed because of the saturated fats present — cocoa generally has much less fat per serving compared to the 8 grams of fat in a standard chocolate bar.

5. The flavonoids help your body process nitric oxide, which is why hot cocoa can improve blood flow, help lower your blood pressure and improve heart health.

6. The flavonoids in hot chocolate also help prevent platelets in your blood from mingling together and forming clots.

7. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, drinking hot chocolate can help you think better too. The flavonoids increase the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Since dementia is caused by a reduced flow of blood to the brain, researchers think it could be treated with cocoa.

Be aware though that commercial instant hot cocoa mixes are often more of an artificial monstrosity that may eradicate any good the cocoa may have to offer. One of the most popular mixes, for example, lists cocoa fifth on the list of ingredients, beneath the higher-level ingredients of sugar, corn syrup and a medley of vegetable oils. Therefore, always ensure you buy a good quality, fair-trade organic cocoa brand such as Green & Blacks or Natura from a specialist health store.

Detox With Parsley or Coriander

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

An excellent detox tip for Green Cyprus friends! Make sure your parsley or coriander is organic to ensure that you are not consuming more toxins…

Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy. First take a bunch of parsley or coriander leaves and wash it clean Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley and coriander are known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and they are natural!

Warm Up & Revitalise With Cinnamon

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food


Cinnamon has a long history of being used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and is also believed to improve energy, vitality and circulation. The following is a list of health benefits associated with this spice that studies have suggested:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL).
  • Cinnamon may help treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body.
  • Cinnamon has antifungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment. 
  • Cinnamon can reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Honey and Cinnamon combined has been found to relieve arthritis pain.
  • When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  • Cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
  • Cinnamon has been found to be an effective natural remedy for eliminating headaches and migraine relief.
  • Cinnamon can also help stablize blood sugar (which is great for weight loss). A couple of dashes in your morning tea or cereal is all it takes!
  • Lots of potential benefits but be careful not to overdo it as it has been found to be toxic in large doses! Cinnamon works best in sweet recipes such as rice and apple-based puddings but may also be added to tea or try Yogi Organic Choco Tea which contains lots of health-boosting spices including cinnamon. Yogi Tea and Organic Cinnamon are available from health shops.



Himalayan Salt: Cleaner, Purer & Greener

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

Himalayan crystal salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt. It is millions of years old and pure, untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants present in other forms of table salt and sea salt. Himalayan salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has also been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.  

The health benefits of using natural Himalayan Crystal Salt may include: 

• Controlling the water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning

• Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain

• Encouraging excellent blood sugar health

• Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging

• Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation

• Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract

• Aiding vascular health

• Supporting healthy respiratory function

• Lowering incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health

• Reducing muscle cramps

• Increasing bone strength

• Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns

• Creating a healthy libido

• In combination with water, it is necessary for blood pressure regulation

• Prevents cellulite, when compared to table salt

• Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout, when compared to common chemically-treated salt

• Reduces chances of developing kidney and gall bladder stones when compared to common chemically-treated salt 

Highly recommended as a green product, cleaner and purer Himalayan salt is a must have for your kitchen cupboard. Available in health shops.

Life’s Sweet (And Healthier!) With Agave

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

Agave is a natural sweetener similar to honey and derived from the plant that is used in making tequila. It can be used to sweeten both food and drink. With the dangers to your health presented by too much sugar consumption, it makes sense to eliminate processed sugar from your diet and if you need a sweetener, opt for Agave instead.

Agave syrup is a low-glycemic sweetener which makes it superior to sugar. Sugar is a processed sweetener that has no nutritive value, other than calories. And agave, as compared to other sweeteners, has a desirable low-glycemic index. This means that when consumed, it won’t cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar.

Check out this list of sweeteners and corresponding glycemic values. The higher the value, the bigger the impact on blood sugar.

Organic Agave Nectar 27
Fructose (fruit sugar) 32
Lactose (milk sugar) 65
Honey 83
High fructose corn syrup 89
Sucrose (sugar) 92
Glucose 137
Glucose tablets 146
Maltodextrin 150
Maltose 150

Green Cyprus recommends NaturGreen Organic Agave which has been tried and tested and tastes ideal in baking. Available in health shops and supermarkets for around €5 a jar.

Boost Your Nutrients & Mood With Sweet Potatoes

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food


Often overlooked in the Cypriot diet which tends to focus more on regular potatoes and kolokasi (when in season), why not consider an alternative next time you’re shopping? Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients including Vitamins B6, C, beta carotene, copper, iron, potassium and fibre. They are rich in iron so can offset any deficiency, help in alleviating food cravings and can help boost your mood.

Sweet potatoes taste excellent baked in their skins or boiled. Green Cyprus serving suggestion: Peel and chop 2-4 sweet potatoes depending on serving size. Cover with water and boil for approx 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain the water and mash until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons organic olive oil, ½ teaspoon each of cumin and sea salt. Stir and serve. Organic sweet potatoes are available in health shops now.

Pomegranate: The Health Benefits

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food
Pomegranates have long been hailed as a healthy food we should all be eating more of and new research indicates that it can have a positive effect of arterial health, blood pressure and moving fat cells away from the waist. 

Widely regarded as a superfood, pomegranate juice is packed with anti-oxidants and is also known to lower blood pressure, guard against heart disease and help fight certain types of cancer. The pomegranate’s abundant polyphenols work as powerful antioxidants preventing heart damage and build up of plaque in the arteries. They can also ease the pain of osteoarthritis by slowing the deterioration of cartilage in the joints and preventing inflammation.

A newly published paper in the Journal of Nutritional Science from researchers at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh has found additional benefits associated with pomegranate juice consumption including bulge-busting, perfect skin, anti-stress and increased energy. 

So, eat the fruit (there’s plenty of Cyprus ones out there at the moment) and drink the juice! They are perfect added to salads, cereals with yogurt and a handful of pomegranate seeds make a sweet, healthy snack for your lunch boxes too.

If you’re greening-up your diet, they’re not to be missed!

You Can’t Match Matcha!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

Did you know that Matcha Green Tea has:

137 times the antioxidants of other green teas
70 times the antioxidants of orange juice
Contains more antioxidants than blueberries
9 times the beta carotene level of spinach

Improves focus, concentration and helps you relax
Improves the immune system by 30-40%

Match green tea has a lovely, fresh clean taste. Why not add it to your shopping list and reap the health benefits of this wonderful, refreshing drink?

Organic Chocolate: A No-Guilt Indulgency!

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food
Organic chocolate is extremely versatile. It’s a snack, a sweet or a beverage. Commercial chocolate is derived from the theobroma cacao tree. The cacao pods are carefully processed through fermentation, drying, conching (agitation), roasting, and tempering (heating) to produce what we know as cocoa.

The use of cacao goes back to the Aztecs, who believed it was a source of wisdom, energy and that it served as an aphrodisiac. Montezuma used to drink chocolate from a gold goblet. This product then traveled to Europe, where the first eating chocolate was created in 1849 in England. And so, chocolate bars were born.

Nowadays the world knows of the health benefits of chocolate – not to mention the fact that organic chocolate helps our environment. A chocolate bar contains as much antioxidant power as a glass of red wine. The phenols in chocolate are known to help the immune system, reduce the risk of cancer, and promote heart health. Dark chocolate, pound for pound, has higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries! Dark chocolate also contains more flavanoids than green tea.

For centuries, chocolate has been known to soothe the soul. That’s because chocolate boosts the brain chemicals serotonin and endorphin. These chemicals produce a feeling of euphoria. Another compound called anandamide has known calming properties. The ultimate comfort food? You bet!

Chocolate’s other ingredients include magnesium and chromium (known to regulate blood sugar); theobromine which stimulates the central nervous system and is an appetite stimulant; caffeine (in relatively small quantities); and tryptophan (an essential amino acid).

Why organic chocolate?

If chocolate is so good for you, why go organic? For many of the same reasons that buying organic is better in the first place. You can support fair trade practices in the forests of South American countries where cacao beans are grown. Shade grown beans encourage biodiversity, and you avoid toxic chemicals. OK, we certainly don’t need any more convincing – organic chocolate, top on our shopping list!

Take Cider Vinegar To Curb Your Appetite

Author: Green Cyprus  //  Category: Talk About Food

You many know that taking a few drops of vinegar with or before a meal has been proved to help you lose weight by helping to kill the hunger pangs that make you feel hungry even when you’ve just eaten. Cider vinegar is rich i

n nutrients including vitamin C, manganese and potassium and with its acetic acid content, it makes you feel full up sooner and for longer. It works by reducing the glycemic index (GI) and lets food stay longer in your stomach. It also reduces the risk of mid-afternoon energy slumps which have you reaching out for a snack.

Keen to lose a few pounds the healthy way, I picked up a bottle of Aspall Organic Cider Vinegar this week from Holland & Barrett priced at a very reasonable €2.79. Actually, it makes a pleasant change from lemon and balsamic vinegar so I have decided to put it to the test….