These Coconut Treats are not only tasty, but they’re also sugar-free and keto friendly – The South African

So yummy, these coconut treats will have you thinking that you are in paradise.

I just love the taste of coconut and growing up it has been one of my favourite ingredients to cook with. Enjoying various coconut treats like coconut ice and lamingtons have always made me inquisitive of what else I can bake with coconut.

Now we have these lovely little treats and the best part about them is not that they’re so incredibly tasty, but rather that they are sugar-free and keto friendly.

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How to boost metabolism naturally: tips to help you lose weight AND keep it off – T3 (US)

Looking to get in shape and lose weight? There are a number of straightforward ways to boost metabolism naturally and we have listed them right here. With these top tips and your efforts, you can kick start and speed up your metabolism, to help your dieting and weight loss. Although please note that while these ways to speed up your metabolism are easy to understand, they do require some effort to carry out!

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A slow metabolism can cause a lot of trouble over time but luckily, you don’t have to put yourself through the horrors of intermittent fasting or the keto diet in order to boost metabolism – although both approaches have been researched thoroughly and proven to aid weight loss.

If you want to lose weight, you should consider applying some of the tips below to your daily routine. Who knows, they might help you lose belly fat sooner rather than later.

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An improved rate of metabolism can help you keep weight off, and generally turn you into a healthier and leaner individual. As usual, there’s no instant fix to be had here, but being fit and having a faster metabolism quickly become a virtuous circle.

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1. Do HIIT/high-intensity workouts 

Why should you try HIIT workouts? For one, it improves metabolism and burns calories long after you finished with your daily HIIT session, making you a fat-torching machine that’s on 24/7. The best thing about HIIT workouts is that they can be done anywhere using any sort of equipment: you can do a full body HIIT workout in the park or even follow the ultimate HIIT workout that uses your bodyweight only (and a skipping rope).

You can also have a HIIT sessions on a treadmill, elliptical trainer or rowing machine but even if you haven’t got the best home gym setup, you can do HIIT with cheap fitness equipment still available to buy online. Try to do HIIT workouts in the morning: research reveals what is the best time for exercising for weight loss.

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2. Include more protein in your diet

According to research cited by Healthline, “protein causes the largest rise in TEF (thermic effect of food). It increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats.” As Healthline explains, the “thermic effect of food caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.”

Since digesting protein takes more effort from your body, by eating more of it you will basically work out using your metabolic system (we might be exaggerating here). Protein is also essential for muscle repair and recovery, so if you are actively working out, it is recommended to take between 1.6-2 grams of protein per body kilogram per day.

You should source protein from a variety of food stuff like lean meat, nuts, green veg and eggs. Supplementing protein is also popular among athletes: protein powder shakes are probably the most convenient way to get your protein fix on the go but you can also have protein bars or jerky as well as post workout snack.

3. Try NEAT

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This technique may have a very complicated-sounding name – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – and a vaguely annoying acronym – NEAT – but it’s actually very simple. NEAT means adjusting how you live your day-to-day life, in order to be more active. You know when exercise experts say, ‘Take the stairs, not the lift’ and you think, ‘Oh yes,  good idea,’ but then you don’t do it? Well NEAT is actually doing things like that.

Like a lot of great ways to get fit, NEAT is perfectly straightforward in principle, but it does require some effort on your part. However the great thing about NEAT for many people is that it specifically does not involve going to the gym or setting aside time for exercise. Although of course, it can also be used as one component of a healthy lifestyle, alongside gym, running, cycling, watching Joe Wicks, etc.

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4. Drink coffee, green tea and more water

Caffeine found in coffee and teas can boost metabolism significantly. Not everyone reacts to caffeine the same way and it is also recommended not to drink too many cups of coffee/caffeinated beverages in a day. Green tea has a lower caffeine content so combining coffee and green tea consumption can have better results.

Drinking more water can also improve metabolism: combine increased water consumption with more fibrous food for the best results.

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5. Follow a regular eating and sleeping pattern

Everyone likes to sleep in every now and then and we are not suggesting you should wake up super early every day for no reason. Waking up and going to bed roughly at the same time can help your body build a routine which in turn will have a positive effect on your metabolism too. This is especially beneficial for people who otherwise like to hit the snooze button 20 times each morning until they can roll out of bed.

Instead on going cold turkey and wake up super early on day one, try moving the wake up time earlier and earlier each day/week until you reached the preferred wake up time. Once you used to the new wake up time, your body will wake up automatically, even without setting an alarm.

It’s also beneficial to have food roughly at the same time throughout the day so your metabolic system is at the ready when the food is on its way. Food will be digested more efficiently and quicker too if you stick to an eating schedule. Again, no need to have breakfast 8AM on the dot every morning, but having it around that time will definitely improve metabolism.

Needless to say, eating healthier food stuff can also boost metabolism significantly: fibrous food and plenty of water is key to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

What Is Monk Fruit Sweetener? – WTOP

Lately it seems we are constantly being bombarded with anti-sugar messaging. Hey, there’s no doubt that the average American is eating way too much added sugar, and that could lead to health consequences, such as tooth decay, heart disease, obesity and fatty liver disease.

But I also think there are so many alternative sugars now on the market that the average consumer gets overwhelmed and doesn’t know where to turn. Which leads us to the latest alternative sweetener that many of my friends and family are asking about — sugar made from monk fruit.

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What Is Monk Fruit?

Monk fruit is a small green melon found in southern China and northern Thailand. For centuries, it was grown by Buddhist monks, hence where the name originates from, and used in Eastern medicine. This fruit spoils rather quickly, so unless you live in these regions, you probably never will eat it in its whole form. Instead — after the skin and seeds have been removed, the fruit crushed and juice extracted — you’ll find the dried, concentrated powder on shelves here in the U.S.

Nutrition Facts

According to the USDA, monk fruit sweetener has 0 calories, 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbs for a single packet (0.8g). It’s 150 to 250 times sweeter than table sugar. Its sweet taste comes from the unique antioxidant mogroside, which is extracted from the fruit’s own sugar compound glycoside. Even though the whole fruit may have some vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, the actual amount that winds up in the dried powder is basically zero.

[READ: Life Without Sugar: One Woman’s Success Story.]

Health Claims

Weight loss: There always seems to be claims of weight loss when speaking about low to zero calorie sweeteners. To date, however, there have been no scientific studies that have looked at relationship between monk fruit and weight. One might assume though if a person is cutting back on total calories from sugary foods, it may result in some weight loss.

Cancer: One study conducted invitro, meaning outside a human organism like in a test tube, from 2016 found that mogroside might help suppress colorectal and throat cancer. More research is indeed needed and specifically what the dosage would be to see any benefit to humans.

Anti-inflammatory: Antioxidants overall are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help boost immune health, decrease risk for heart disease and improve joint pain. However, again the research here is limited. One study though, conducted on mice, found that mogroside IVE, a main compound isolated from mogroside, provided protection against liver fibrosis (a formation of scar tissue).

Blood sugar control: Since monk fruit does not have any carbs or calories, it should not raise blood sugars and is considered safe for persons with diabetes. However, this is not to be confused with consuming packets of monk fruit for blood sugar control. A person with diabetes should always consult with their physician.

Is It Keto Friendly?

The short answer: yes. I think one of the reasons that monk fruit has actually become so popular recently is that it’s keto diet friendly due to the fact that is has zero grams of sugar and carbs. But, whether or not someone should be on a keto diet is a story for another time.

[See: These Healthy Seasonings Are Tasty Substitutes for Sugar and Salt.]

How to Use It

You can basically use monk fruit as you would regular table sugar, such as sweetening for a coffee or tea, smoothie, oatmeal or plain yogurt. Try replacing the amount of regular sugar you use with about a third of monk fruit sweetener. If you were to use in baking, it’s recommended to use half the amount you would for sugar.

Side Effects

There have been no side effects reported. Monk fruit has been identified as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, approving its use as a sweetener in 2010. It can be safely enjoyed by children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Bottom Line

If you want to try monk fruit, go for it. It’s another option for lowering one’s total intake of added sugar.

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How COVID-19 killed the ketogenic diet – Fast Company

In the early days, right when all but the most essential businesses shut down, Dr. Marcelo Campos was walking around a grocery store looking for flour. Before COVID-19, he allowed himself a lemon square from a particular bakery every two weeks. The bakery had now shut down and he had resolved to bake his own lemon squares from scratch. He turned down the baking aisle and balked. “There was no flour!” he says, still bewildered. “I found one bag that was gluten free . . . that’s how I made my lemon squares—they turned out okay,” he says with some disappointment.



In the early days of the pandemic when it was still cold outside and everyone was shut indoors, bread became an icon of a return to domesticity. King Arthur’s sales grew 2,000% and Instagram grids were awash in pornographic crumb shots: bubbly cross-sections of loaves freshly pulled from the oven. In the lockdown we all learned to bake bread. We also, it seems, gave up on our hatred for carbs.

“It goes back to the thing that food is pleasure and there is little pleasure these days,” says Campos, a family doctor who specializes in nutrition. “We cannot go to a park without a mask. We cannot travel. Pleasure is completely gone. We can’t even exercise! The gyms are closed. COVID is hell. We are working at home doing nothing.”

In January 2019, searches for the ketogenic diet peaked harder and higher than searches for any of the other similarly faddish diets like paleo or Atkins. It spent the rest of the year on a downward decline along with all our other newly acquired healthy habits, only to gasp upward again at the beginning of 2020. By April, searches were as low as they were during the last holiday season, when the last thing on anyone’s mind is dieting. People also did some hopeful searching for the keto diet in June, but it’s hard to justify the need for a beach body when it’s ill-advised to go to the beach.

Could the pandemic have killed the ketogenic diet?

It goes back to the thing that food is pleasure and there is little pleasure these days.”

Marcelo Campos

Keto, as it’s called by those in the know, is based on the way the body deals with sugars or the lack thereof. The body uses blood sugar as its main source of energy. When we stop eating carbohydrates and have lower amounts of sugar in our blood stream, our bodies start pulling energy from all the places we lovingly store fat. That process is called ketosis. To push the body into ketosis, you need to eat a lot of meats, nuts, fish, oils, butter, cheese, eggs, and vegetables.

Despite its recent popularity—at least until COVID-19 took away all our willpower—the diet has actually been around since the early 20th century. Dr. Russel Wilder, an endocrinologist who studied metabolic disease, realized that low carbohydrate diets with high fat content had a positive effect on people who suffered epilepsy. The diet produces a similar effect to fasting or starvation, which other researchers had found helpful in reducing if not eliminating seizures in some patients. However, it was hard for patients to keep up with.


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/Unsplash]Fifty years later, a similar diet peaked into public discourse, this time as a weight-loss gimmick from Dr. Robert Atkins, who published his anti-carb manifesto in 1972 with a promise that we could lose weight and still eat lots of bacon. But the diet had issues; some doctors found it abhorrent because it encouraged high consumption of saturated fats, which at the time were more strongly linked to heart disease. In the end, the Atkins diet was deemed a too-greasy course correction. However, it succeeded in cementing a new enemy: the carbohydrate. It was a welcome target, because the truth was we never hated fat.

The fat-friendly diet’s next iteration found its form in the paleo diet, which tries to replicate the eating habits of Paleolithic humans. Like the keto diet, it allows for meats, vegetables, and fats, but the list of foods you’re supposed to avoid quickly becomes complicated. After 2014, Google searches for the diet seem to peter out. And by 2016, the keto diet had started gradually accruing a following. What brought the keto diet out of the medical archives and into popular culture seems to be a growing body of research linking the diet to weight loss—as well as the rise of Instagram. While before-and-after-diet photos are a hallmark of any fad diet, images of keto metamorphosis (often hashtagged #ketoweightloss) are especially enthralling.

[Photo: Jennifer Burk/Unsplash]Part of what may make keto so attractive is that the diet itself is fairly uncomplicated if restrictive: eat meats, eat veggies, eat fats, just no bread, no pasta, no rice, no potatoes, no corn, and of course, no sweets. Another selling point is that the diet focused on abstaining from carbs, a well-established enemy—but one many of us quickly embraced during the stress of the pandemic.

“We as humans love to demonize things,” says Campos. However, in the absence of pleasure, as Campos observantly notes, it becomes more imperative to seek out things that bring us joy, even if those things were once deemed the source of our loathed extra pounds.

Americans are enduring a variety of stressful circumstances under COVID-19. They are sick, they are working, they are holding a full-time job while also playing teacher to their children, they are quarantined away from their families, they are working too many hours. It is enough to send people searching for quick ways to self-soothe.

“I think we have to remember how hard it is for people to adapt to a new reality, and I think we have to be more sensitive to that,” says Campos.


In addition to flour sales, alcohol sales have risen phenomenally under COVID-19. According to Nielsen, online sales of alcohol went up 243% in March. It should come as no surprise that substance abuse is way up as well. Campos also notes that among his 2,500 panel of patients, weight gain is too: “The ‘quarantine 15’ people are talking about these days—and for some people it’s the quarantine 30.”

The question is: Who will we blame for our gloriously thick bodies—and will our pandemic-induced love affair with carbs survive the next diet craze?

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Meat Free Mondays: Try Keto Stir-Fried Thai Noodles for a delicious dinner – RSVP Live

Lots of people have turned to vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian diets over the past few years in an effort to reduce their meat consumption.

Meat-free diets have plenty of benefits from both a health and environmental point of view, however it can sometimes be difficult to think of varied dishes and mealtimes can soon end up becoming quite repetitive.

If you’re trying to change up your veggie dishes, this recipe from MCT Oil for Keto Stir-Fried Thai Noodles could be exactly what you’re looking for.

The recipe serves 4, so it’s perfect for the family.

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  • 2 tablespoons of peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons One Nutrition Organic Pure MCT Oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, organic or free range, beaten
  • 40 grams finely shredded wintergreens: kale, spinach, chard etc.
  • 100 grams broccoli, sliced length-ways 200 grams konjac noodles (low carb)
  • 50 grams white or red onion, cut in thin slices
  • 40 grams spring onion, cut in 2cm lengths
  • 5 grams (1/2) red chilli, seeded and finely diced
  • Small handful coriander, finely chopped 1 tomato seeded and cut in strips
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional for pescetarians)
  • 2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia granules or xylitol
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper Small handful coriander, finely chopped

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  1. Place heavy pan over medium heat. Spread peanuts evenly on pan, then after about 30 seconds stir for about 2-3 minutes or until they become fragrant, taking care not to burn any. Transfer to parchment paper to cool. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. Heat a deep pan or wok over low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the MCT oil and half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add beaten egg and lightly cook for about 30-60 seconds.  The egg should move on pan when you shake it. Flip over with a palate knife and cook the other side for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and let it cool slightly, then roll into a cigar shape, cut into thin ribbons and set aside.
  3. Add the rest of the MCT oil and coconut oil to the wok followed by the shredded kale  and broccoli, turn heat up to high and gently stir vegetables (1-2 minutes). Add noodles, tomato, white onion, spring onion, chilli – cook briefly while mixing gently (30 sec-1 minute).
  4. Mix together fish sauce (if having), tamari soy sauce, pepper and stevia. Add to noodles and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Gently stir in chopped coriander, toasted peanuts and shredded egg. Serve at once.

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet & Why It’s So Famous In Malaysia – WORLD OF BUZZ

What is a keto diet?

It has been said by many people that a keto diet is hard to maintain in Malaysia because the diet is all about reducing your intake on carbohydrates while consuming a high amount of fats. The breakdown is basically 75% fats, 20% protein, and only 5% carbohydrates. In Malaysia, a food heaven for most people, this strict diet might be tough to put into practice.

When you start reducing your carbohydrate intake, your body will enter a state known as ‘ketosis’. This is where instead of burning carbs to produce energy, your body will now burn the fats, as explained by Health Plus.

Benefits of keto diet 

1. Preventing Epilepsy

Originally, the keto diet was devised to help people who suffer from seizures. It’s said that ketones and decanoic acids (chemical produced by the diet) have the ability to minimise seizure episodes on patients. Additionally, in 2015, research has proven that decanoic acids have a better effect in controlling seizures.

2. Weight Loss

Ketogenic diets are said to have better results in reducing weight than other types of diets. As explained by Signature Market (Healthy Snack Malaysia), it takes more energy to process fats and proteins compared to carbs. Thus, the calories in your body are getting burnt more than usual. And as time goes by, this leads to weight loss.

3. Better Insulin Sensitivity

A reduce in carbohydrate intake symbolises a drop in glucose in our bodies. This is very beneficial to those who’re suffering from diabetes and want to get it under control. But then again, one should always consult dietitians or doctors before practising this diet in order to understand the consequences and to see if it is sustainable.

Disadvantages of keto diet 

1. Keto Flu

What’s a keto flu? 

Usually, keto flu happens in the first week of your keto diet plan as a result of the suddenly reduced intake of carbs. You’ll most likely experience nausea, fatigue, constipation and headaches. These side effects may last for days until your body gets used to this transition.

2. Nutrients Deficiency

Each level in the food pyramid consists of different essential elements that are required by the body. The tendency for a person to face such deficiencies is very high if they don’t practice the diet in a proper way. As mentioned earlier, a keto diet excludes food that is rich in carbohydrates like whole grains and starchy vegetables.  Thus, the practitioner should always look for suitable foods and methods to make up for this loss. Before starting this diet, it is always best to seek out a dietician to further understand the needs of your body.

Because the keto diet is so restricted, you’re not receiving the nutrients — vitamins, minerals, fibers — that you get from fresh fruits, legumes, vegetables and whole grains,” says Dr. Ring, according to Northwestern Medicine.

3. Affects the digestive system

The initial weight loss from this diet comes from water, as explained by AFPA Fitness. The lack of water in the body may cause a disruption to the flow of your digestive system, resulting in the formation of kidney stones and even constipation. To avoid this, one must keep their body hydrated and consume keto-approved foods that are high in fiber content.

Why is keto diet becoming popular in Malaysia?

The keto diet is now rising in popularity in Malaysia and the reason for this might be that the strict eating plan has been proven effective for losing weight. 

Multiple Malaysians have shown their outstanding results from doing this diet.

1. Yusof

Yusof is the husband of Julie (The founder of KetoJules)

“I’ve been thinking a lot about all the great changes I’ve gone through since going keto, and to be honest, I’m quite excited to see how much better my body will feel when I get to an actually healthy weight. So I’m determined to continue with my keto journey for now and see where it takes me. I do plan on doing a Dari Karbo Ke Keto Ramadhan & Raya special where I’ll be sharing more about yummy keto-friendly Ramadhan foods as well as celebrating Raya, so stay tuned for that okay!”

2. Johan

Management Consultant & Keto Coach

“I love that I’m finally free of the desire to eat for comfort and the guilt that comes with binge-eating. Now, I don’t have the incessant need to munch food any more. And it feels good finally having the body that I’ve dreamt of for the last three decades.

3. Daniel

Academic Director of Barista Guild Asia

I searched ‘reversing Type 2 diabetes diet’ and the one diet that came up repeatedly was the ketogenic diet. The more I researched, the more I was convinced this was right for me. Within 6 months, my blood sugar level was back to normal.

4. Elias


“My mind feels so much clearer now; it’s much easier for me to focus when I’m studying. I enjoy the foods I take, and never feel like I’m missing out or anything because the food is actually delicious! I’ve lost 20kg but more than that, I just feel so much healthier and happier now.

Local online platforms 

If you’re interested in trying out this diet, why not look at several keto diet dedicated websites founded by Malaysians. 

1. KetoJules 

KetoJules was founded by Julie, a certified Malaysian Ketogenic Living Coach.

2. Yummy Keto 

Founded by Charine Kuan, a Malaysian woman equipped with knowledge and experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

3. Asian Keto 

Lina, a certified Malaysian NLP practitioner, is the founder of Asian Keto.

What do you think of this diet plan? Would you try it out?

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Making some dough in Milford: Several small bakeries thriving downtown – Delaware State News – Delaware State News

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MILFORD — Three small bakeries downtown are quickly becoming the bread and butter of the city.

Within about a mile of each other, Fortunata’s Bakery, Dolce and My Sister’s Fault are each independently owned.

“It’s kind of a peculiar thing, because we’re not that big of a town,” said Ruth Clifton, who owns Fortunata’s on Southeast Fourth Street. “We’re surprisingly supportive of each other. … It’s a real community feel, which is nice.”

Stephenie Tatman, who co-owns Dolce on North Walnut Street with her husband, Dean, said the relationship between the three businesses is not contentious.

“It’s a really supportive environment,” she said. “Even though the other bakeries could be considered competitors, we’re all really friendly with each other. I don’t think you’ll find that in a lot of other towns.”

Angie Robles, who co-owns My Sister’s Fault with her sister, Rous, said the small bakeries in Milford have their own unique products and that many out-of-towners come to experience the variety. The sisters’ eatery on Southwest Front Street specializes in the Puerto Rican-style sweets and meals they grew up with before they moved to Delaware in 2009.

“All the bakeries in this town are amazing, and they are all diverse. People often visit all of us,” she said. “The more people that come to our town because we have good food, the more everybody is going to win.”

All three women said they sometimes recommend the other bakeries to their customers.

Fortunata’s specializes in traditional hearth baked Italian breads and rolls. Owner Ruth Clifton operates the oven built in the 1950s.

“The three of us are different, we offer different things, so I don’t think there’s straight-up competition, and I do know that some of my customers frequent the other bakeries,” Ms. Clifton said. “I’m a very competitive person, but it is nice to know that we kind of look out for each other.”

In 2015, she took over the Bread and Butter Bakery, where she had worked for years, when her mentor, Armand Eugenio, a South Philadelphia native with deep roots in the Italian-American baking tradition, retired. She renamed it Fortunata’s, after a local stray cat Mr. Eugenio had taken a liking to.

“We are the only bakery (in Milford) that makes true Italian breads and rolls in a South Philly style,” Ms. Clifton said. “We cover the sweets a little,” including sticky buns, scones and danishes, “but we really focus on fresh breads and rolls.”
Although Ms. Clifton said she has no Italian blood, her products are deeply authentic.

“Armand Eugenio was enough Italian to have it spill over to me. He was really, really Italian,” she said. “The oven that I use is the same oven that was originally there, from 1950.”

Ms. Clifton said that when Mr. Eugenio took over the bakery space in the late 1980s, there were no other independent bakeries in Milford. But that changed in 2005, when Dolce opened on North Walnut Street. Dolce’s founders moved out of state in 2016, selling the operation to Ms. Tatman and her husband.

“It’s always been a dream of ours to own a coffee shop and bakery,” Ms. Tatman said. “We were actually inspired by Dolce because we were customers there for a long time.”

In addition to their fair-trade artisan coffee, Dolce offers a wide array of pastries, including cookies, cakes and a specialty Ms. Tatman calls a “stick in the mud.”

“It’s a brownie, and it’s got a layer of marshmallows on top and then a layer of melted chocolate, and then we put a chocolate stick inside of it,” she said. “We try to take comfort food and make it fun and reinvent it a little bit.”

Just a year after the Tatmans took over Dolce, Ms. Robles and her sister opened My Sister’s Fault right around the corner.

Ms. Robles said her sister, Rous, the “sweet” one, is in charge of the pastries and confections. And as the “savory” sister, Ms. Robles is responsible for the empanadas, sandwiches and other meals.

Fortunata’s Bakery store associate Cassandra Schreiber, left, helps customer Alfonso Medina choose from the broad selection of Italian breads.

“We started off baking at home, and then, one day I got sick, and I started researching how to open up a bakery,” Ms. Robles said.

After hearing through word of mouth that a bakery had just closed in town, Ms. Robles and her sister jumped on the opportunity in 2017. Since then, they’ve outgrown their kitchen and plan to build in a new space on a lot they bought on Walnut Street, adjacent to Jesus Love Temple.

She said the savory options at the shop are generally Puerto Rican-inspired, but that her sister’s sweets take a more global approach.

“We are very popular for our keto items, which are sugar-free, gluten-free and low-carb,” Ms. Robles said.

Because keto is My Sister’s Fault’s specialty, Ms. Tatman said Dolce is “focused on providing gluten-free desserts or refined sugarfree desserts, so we’re not competing with what My Sister’s Fault is doing, but we’re complementing to offer something unique.”

Ms. Clifton said the light, friendly level of competition that exists between the three bakeries has likely led to higher standards for artisan baked goods across Milford.

All three women said their fresh-baked products, which start with high-quality ingredients, are a cut above what’s available at the average grocery store and that bakery departments at Walmart or Redner’s and coffee chains like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts don’t detract from their business.

“You’ll probably get something for half the price at Walmart,” Ms. Tatman said, “but there are also clients who prefer the taste and the quality of the product we provide.”

Ms. Robles has no problem sending customers in search of something cheaper out to big chain stores, but Ms. Clifton said there’s a lot of people in Milford who have high standards for their baked goods.

“At this point, (we have) a lot of people coming from elsewhere, be that New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, but also Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and they’re all used to buying fresh-baked goods,” she said.

Ms. Tatman said the success of Milford’s baking community is a byproduct of the town’s strong support for its small businesses in general.

“Milford does have a sweet tooth, but it really goes back to the unique sense of community. There’s a lot of hometown pride in our Milfordians,” she said. “They love us and wrap their arms around us. When one of our businesses is hurting or has a catastrophe or something like that, Milford does an amazing job of coming to the rescue.”

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AOL 7.0 and above

  1. Select Preferences from the Settings menu.
  2. Click Internet Properties (WWW) under Organization.
  3. Click the Security tab.
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Carbs Are Important For Children’s Health | – Moms

Carbs have been looked down upon these past years. First, it was Atkins asking followers to avoid them, and then South Beach, and now Keto. While some carbs may be bad for us –refined sugars and grains– our bodies (and brains) still need carbohydrates. While some carbohydrates can cause us to gain unwanted weight, others are healthy for us and necessary for our long-term health. This is especially true for children.

Despite all of the vilifying carbs for the role some believe they play in unwanted weight gain, children who do not get enough carbohydrates in their diets are at risk for malnutrition. Here’s what you need to know about the important role carbs play in brain and body development.

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What Is A Carbohydrate?

A carbohydrate is a macronutrient found in many foods, other macronutrients include proteins and fats. Your body needs these, in the right proportions, to thrive. Sugars, starches, and fibers are three types of carbohydrates. Your body needs carbs to make energy. Children’s bodies need carbs to make energy. Without them, the body doesn’t have fuel for running or for bothering mommy all day. (We’re just kidding. Don’t get any ideas!)

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What Do Carbohydrates Do In The Body?

When you eat carbs, your body metabolizes them into simple sugars. Your bloodstream absorbs the sugars. In most people, insulin is produced and that sugar is moved to your cells where it is stored or used for energy. When people eat carbohydrates in the form of fiber, then they tend to have lower cholesterol, type 2 diabetes risk, and heart disease risk. It also helps your child’s digestive system. If your child is regularly constipated, he or she may not be getting enough fiber in their diet.

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Why You & Your Child Need Carbs To Be Healthy

Carbohydrates are brain food. Not only do they help keep brain fog at bay, but they can also boost your child’s mood. If your child is extremely picky, they may not be getting enough carbs for their body’s needs. Carbohydrates can help your child feel full. If your child is constantly asking for more food, they may not be getting enough. Carbs, especially those in fiber-rich foods, can help reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your LDL cholesterol. You’ll also want to be aware that your child’s sluggishness may not be because of poor sleep habits but because of poor carb intake.

Not All Carbs Are Created Equal

While we need carbohydrates to be healthy, not all carbs are created equal. Processed carbs are not as nutritious as whole-grain carbohydrates. You should still avoid consuming too much candy, cookies, and cakes with your children. Sodas are bad as well. These are all foods that nutritionists and doctors often refer to as “empty calories.” In the processing of these products, they lose their nutritive value, and they can actually harm rather than help your child’s health. Instead, you want to look for whole grains and other carbohydrates that are as close to their natural form as possible. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products all have health benefits that help build strong bodies.

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These Are The Healthiest Foods With Carbohydrates

A lot of people believe that quinoa, long-touted as a source of healthy food, is a grain; however, it’s actually a seed. Quinoa is not only a great carbohydrate source, but it’s also a gluten-free option that is a good source of fiber and protein. Kids who suffer with headaches or bloated feelings, may be sensitive to gluten. So, trying a gluten-free carb-rich food may help with this.

Oats are another great carb source. Not only do they have a lot of fiber in every serving, but they’re filled with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. Many believe that oats help reduce your risk of heart disease. A third grain you’ll want to look into is buckwheat. Like oats and quinoa, buckwheat also has protein and is high in fiber. If your child likes noodles, then you’ll be able to make a delicious noodle dish using buckwheat noodles –Soba noodles in stir fry.

Fruits that your child may love include bananas, oranges, blueberries, and apples. Most kids will eat these fruits with very little resistance, but you can include them in muffins, on buckwheat pancakes, or on their favorite cereal. Another great source of carbohydrates is the grapefruit. You may be able to sneak it into orange juice, use it in a recipe, or broil it with some brown sugar on top as a treat.

Lentils are high in healthy carbohydrates. Chickpeas and kidney beans are another great option. Substitute kidney beans for pinto or black beans in your favorite chili recipes, use canned chickpeas and tahini to make hummus (Kids love hummus and veggies.)

Sweet potatoes are another healthy substitute for your standard russet potato –and you can make fries out of them. Spray them with cooking spray and shake in a bag with your favorite seasoning salt, then bake them in the oven to make a healthy side dish your child will enjoy.

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