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My latest addiction

I have to admit that from time to time I get addicted to certain types of food and I over eat them. I had a phase where I used to eat milk chocolates, green tea, hazelnut chocolate, sour candy, hajmola, cheesballs and so on daily.

Currently I am addicted to two things. Wasabi peas and lemon grass tea.

Wasabi peas

I am sure everyone knows what wasabi is. Wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is a plant whose root is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong flavour. Its hotness is more akin to that of hot mustard than that of the capsaicin in a chili pepper, producing vapours that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue.

I had wasabi peas before occasionally but lately I have been snacking on them both at work and at home. I have even made AS addicted to these peas but he hates it when it goes to his noses :).

Wasabi peas are green peas that have been roasted and coated in a mixture of starch, sugar, salt, oil and wasabi. They may also contain artificial colouring, depending on the brand. The peas coated in wasabi are very crunchy little snacks with a distinctly sharp, fiery flavour.

Today I ate way too many wasabi peas but they were so good.   I know most people think that they are awful, but for those of us who love wasabi, it’s a real treat.  The only problem for me is that they are impossible to stop eating. As I am typing this post, I am munching on them.

When I Googled for its benefits I found out that they are not a healthy option. But I hope it is not too bad. I am really trying hard to stop eating them. If you like heat but have never tried wasabi peas, give it a go. You can either find them in the Asian section of your grocery store or any traditional Asian markets.  Let me know if you get addicted or just hated it.

Lemongrass tea

While talking to my parents the other day, they told me that they are growing lemongrass and eating them which compelled me to Google its benefits. I was amazed by the results. As I can’t grow them I decided to go for lemongrass tea instead and I am so happy to have discovered it. I had always loved lemongrass in Thai food and was happy to adopt another healthy food in my diet.

First of all, it smells amazing and it looks like green tea. But the best thing is the benefits. Here are some of the benefits for those who want to try it:

  • If suffering from insomnia, a cup before bedtime causes relaxation and promotes a restful night of sleep.
  • It is also known to relieve nausea and is an aid in digestion.
  • Drinking a cup after a large meal will take away that full feeling and will aid in digesting the food just consumed along with helping to remove unhealthy food additives, chemicals and excess fats.
  • It also aids in the relief of constipation, keeping the bowels working properly and removing toxins to keep the body healthy and energetic.
  • Acting as a natural diuretic it is known to keep the kidneys and bladder working properly.
  • Its powerful antioxidant benefits help to keep the liver and pancreas healthy and it is also known to help keep cholesterol levels normal.
  • People of ancient times knew the benefits of Lemongrass when suffering with coughs and colds. Drinking this tea helps relieve those symptoms as well without having to use store bought products that can sometimes have side-effects.
  • This tea is also a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. If drank regularly, studies have shown that it helps prevent the outbreak of acne and keeps the skin healthy due to its anti-bacterial effects. It can also relieve aches and pains and helps to reduce fever.

As it is winter here, lemongrass tea is definitely helping to keep me warm.

Do you have food addiction? Do you like Wasabi peas? Do you like lemongrass?


M from nepaliaustralian

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