Eating Healthy at Cino’s Bagels

No way you say? At a bagel store? Because you immediately become emersed in the thought of bagels and the calories that accompany them, but did you ever think about the food items you can eat that are low on calories and also healthy for your body and brain? With over 30 years of baking experience, let’s see what healthy treats Cinos can do for you!

Yogurt Parfait

Packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin C, how can you go wrong? This tasty breakfast (also as a snack) contains blueberries, strawberries, granola, and of course yogurt.

OK, we know. Most of these parfaits do have some sugar content, but if you are not that concerned about your weight and even if you are, the calorie content is not that much to really be concerned about, and in general, the health benefits can outweigh the negative; however, it really is up to you – the individual to make the final decision.

Let’s start with some blueberries and strawberries (nutrients discussed in the Fresh Fruits section) for your parfait and a little granola to the top.

What is Granola?

Granola with berries
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A Weight Controlling Food

Granola is a very high fiber filling food. It can fill your stomach so you don’t feel hungry for more calorie ridden snacks. This is referred to as satiation. Granola contains oats and whole grains, which help you not just maintain weight but are also loaded with antioxidants, proteins, healthy fats, and micronutrients.

      • Improves Blood Pressure
        Blood pressure problems? Dig into that granola let your blood run (in a healthy way of course). Granola has been found in studies that it can help with hypertension
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      • Lowers Cholesterol
        The oats in granola contain beta-glucan, which studies have shown that these oats help to reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels. This can help in reducing the possibility of heart disease.

Fresh Fruit

You don’t have to have a parfait to enjoy some healthy low-calorie foods. Have a feast on fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas along with your wake me up coffee or cappuccino.

Here are the benefits of eating fresh fruit:

  • Blueberries

Fresh Berries in a bowl
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This superfood is packed with antioxidants, which is a healthy element that attacks free radicals and free radicals is not something that you want in your body.

Blueberries are known to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities compared to other fruits and vegetables. The benefits of acquiring antioxidants on a daily basis help to lower the risk of heart disease and brain diseases, as well as help people with stress and anxiety.

  • Strawberries

    Fiber is a welcome ingredient here, as well as fighting oxidative stress (the result of free radicals), which, like blueberries help to reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

In Closing

These are just a sample of healthy foods Cinos can provide. We didn’t even tell you about our veggie sandwiches. Why not drop by and check it out? And don’t forget to have a cup of our freshly made cappuccino!

 


5 Ways to Stay Healthy

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During this pandemic, we need to stay as healthy as possible, whether we have been vaccinated or not.

In this article, we review five ways you can maintain your health.

Keeping Clean

Let’s start with washing your hands. This is your first defense against the virus or any virus, even the common cold!

Make it a habit to keep your hands clean after leaving a public location; such as a bus, train, taxi, airlines, restroom, or even when using such minor things as using a vending machine. Does that sound like an obsession? Maybe it is, but in this environment, it wouldn’t hurt to get a little obsessed! Make sure that you carry some anti-bacterial solution or wipes and you’ll be fine.

Eat Well

Fruits and Vegetables
You can’t go wrong with fruits and veggies!

Eating healthy is a priority and an important one. If you are not eating properly, you will know!

Here is a list of just some of the foods and nutrients that will fight off those free radicals and help to keep your heart running well and your brain thinking clearly.

Salmon

Salmon on a dish

Salmon is loaded with nutrients that keep you healthy. Starting with potassium, which controls your blood pressure and helps to reduce the potential of getting a stroke.

Salmon also contains a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. Here’s a list of the most important elements that Omega-3 fatty acids provide:

  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Reduces long-term inflammation. This helps reduce the risk of getting some of the worst diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
    Fights autoimmune diseases. This is where your body’s immune system gets overzealous and kills healthy cells, which can make you very unhealthy.
    Reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Reduces the risk of getting cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat salmon regularly have a 55% less chance of getting the disease than those who don’t eat it.
  • Improves eye health.
  • Helps keep your skin healthy.

Shell Fish

Packed with zinc, an essential mineral that helps keep your immune system healthy. During this pandemic, taking foods that contain zinc would be highly recommended.

Bananas
BananasStudies show that eating one banana each day will replenish your fiber intake and provide more antioxidants. And here’s a list of other natural ingredients that bananas have:

 

 

    • Vitamin C
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Net carbs
    • FiberProtein

See Your Doctor!

Female doctor with chart

Going for routine maintenance is as essential as doing it with your car. Avoiding this may lead to problems, just like if you avoided maintaining your car, so don’t do it. Especially, if you are reaching senior age or are already in this golden age.

You don’t avoid bringing your car in for routine maintenance, right? Then you should do the same thing with your body. With that said, the older you are, the more this should apply.

Get Vaccinated!

Doctor giving vaccination to a patient

The Delta variant is coming and may hit our shores soon. Although we don’t know the outcome of this one and certainly hope this doesn’t affect us like the original covid did last year, why take the chance. Get the vaccine!

Drink Water

Water is your body’s natural fluid and helps you to lose weight as well. Don’t neglect it. Green tea is a winner also.

Don’t Forget to Exercise!

10,000 steps a day! That is what is recommended and for good reason. Just look at the benefits you can achieve by exercising once per day!

  • Lose weight
  • Improve sleep
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Keeps your brain functioning well
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Helps build strong muscles and bones

Gyms are opening up, so take advantage of that or if you are still concerned about covid, jog around your neighborhood or at the park. Buy an exercise machine or simply do it yourself – push-ups, sit-ups, running in place – you choose but just get that blood pumping!

In Closing

Staying healthy and pumping more antioxidants in your body is more important than ever these days as the covid pandemic is still with us, but even if it isn’t, following these basic steps will help to keep you in your best condition.

A healthy breakfast of strawberrys, cottage chease and gronolaAnd to give you a little more incentive, we leave you with this tasty healthy treat!

Blueberries, strawberries mixed with light cottage cheese, raisins, bananas, and granola with nuts. Spices include Tumeric, roasted garlic and herbs, and a bit of ‘Everything’ just like your everything bagel.

Bon Appetite!


What’s the Difference Between Cappuccino and Espresso?

So you go to a bagel store and look at the drink menu. You see the coffee listings and you are bewildered by all the different types of coffee they have. Well, bewilder no more. Here we will discuss what each coffee blend is so you can make an educated decision. Let’s go!

Espresso

Coffee on a tableEver drink black coffee? There you go! Only this type of black coffee will give you the jump start for your morning commute. That’s because espresso is darker and stronger. You will usually get it in a shot glass or you might get it as a double.

With that said, espresso is nothing more than strong black coffee with a bit of milk foam, called macchiato (meaning ‘mark’) at the top. It is also found at the base (bottom) for numerous other coffee drinks.

What is Milk Foam?

Well, you need an espresso machine to start off with. It comes with a steam wand which is needed to push (hot) air into the milk, but only the tip of the wand is placed into the milk and only at the top. Once properly placed, then the air comes out of the wand which causes the mist in the milk. You can then pour the steamed milk on top of the drink, even make some designs. This process of sending air into the milk is called frothering and is an essential process in the making of espresso coffee.


What are the Ingredients of Espresso?

The coffee shop connoisseur boils a minor amount of water. Then he forces the water through very small ground coffee beans, which makes the espresso thicker than the typical coffee you are more familiar with. To finish it off, he places the milk foam at the top.

Believe it or not, espresso is not caffeine heavy and actually has a bit less caffeine than standard coffee.

What is Cappuccino?

A cup of Cappuccino
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A favorite among Italians. This drink can be served hot or cold, but most people are used to the hot one.

Cappuccino is made with espresso poured at the bottom with milk at the top. In between is steamed milk and milk foam. The proportion of ingredients are 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 milk foam.

Sounds tasty right? So the next time you go into your coffee shop or bagel store, get a fresh cup of hot cappuccino!

A Health Guide on Coffee Consumption and the Brain

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Ah, coffee! The quintessential wake me up in the morning, get up and go drink. But is coffee really good for you? Well, for the most part, yes as it has antioxidants that help kill those scary free radicals in your body and consequently, helps to reduce oxidative stress.

But you are saying huh?? What? Don’t worry, we won’t let you hang with these unfamiliar terms without giving an explanation, as well as providing the benefits that can result. We will also discuss what we can do to keep free radicals at bay.

We’d like to note that there may be some negative effects to drinking coffee. If you’d like to know more about coffee’s possible adverse effects, click here.

Let’s Start by Talking About Oxidative Stress – What is It?

Illustration of the antioxidation process
Free radicals, antioxidants, and healthy atoms (Bigstock)

Any substance that loses electrons is referred to as being oxidized and is labeled as a reducing agent. Any substance that gains electrons is the oxidizing agent.

Oxidative stress is the process where cells are oxidized and in the case of the cells in the human body, they will die, specifically, in the brain. So the idea is to minimize these reactions.

The cells in the brain are called neurons. There are billions of them in our brains and they communicate by sending impulses to each other which creates thought and maintains memory. This process is the psychological representation of how we think.

Neurons can get damaged by some nasty fellers called free radicals, which are cells that contain missing electrons. Since free radicals are lacking electrons, they look for neurons that have the electrons they need, and subsequently, they attempt to steal them from healthy cells and then the neurons become defective. This can inhibit the cells from making contact with other neurons, which can result in damaging the cognitive process in the brain.

With that said, it would take billions of these mutations to actually cause a brain malfunction; however, the more that free radicals are free to rob and steal (the more they keep attacking healthy cells), the more hazardous it can become for us.

So, What are the Actual Consequences of Oxidative Stress?

Illustration of neurons and their electrical impluses
Synapse and Neuron cells sending electrical chemical signals.

Loss of memory is one possibility, but the situation can get worse if the free radicals are not contained. Oxidation can also cause fatigue, eyesight issues, headaches, and increased susceptibility to infections by diminishing the immune system. Studies have shown that they may also be responsible for age-related wrinkles and gray hair, so seniors take note! The risk of acquiring diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease is also a possibility.

How Do We Keep Free Radicals at Bay?

Simple. Eat the right foods and drink the right drinks!

Eat and drink foods that contain antioxidants – the entities that fight off the free radicals, so the more antioxidants in our bodies, the stronger our immune systems and the healthier we can be.

Enter Coffee!

Cup of coffeeA study by the Laboratory of Neuroscience in Boston has stated that: “Coffee can have direct effects on the brain and also reduces oxidative stress and inflammation.”

So, coffee is rich in antioxidants. The result is you are actually drinking an antioxidant booster, so one (or more – but in moderation) coffee cups per day may actually keep the doctor away!

 

 

 

 

 


A Taste of Bagel History

Assorted BagelsThe first recorded bagel originated in the Jewish communities of 16th century Poland. The name is derived from the Yiddish word beygal in association with the German word beugel, meaning “ring” or “bracelet”.

As the centuries passed, the bagel became popular throughout Europe and most recently, within the last century, it has become a household word in North America, especially in the big cities. New York being the primary bagel city.

What is the Bagel Made of?

Man rolling doughA better question would be – what is bagel dough? It is formed by mixing salt, water and yeast to make it rise, called leveling. The bagels you get at a bagel store are not automated. Instead, they are shaped by hand into a ring; hence, the original word beygal (ring). It is then boiled and afterward, baked. The result, a soft, circular, tasty firm of bread.

What Can I Eat with a Bagel?

Bagel SandwichCream cheese is a favorite, but many people add lox (salmon) and while they’re at it, add some tomatoes for a real breakfast treat! There are so many other foods you can have with a bagel.

You can also add eggs, fruits, vegetables, and on and on. Of course, don’t forget the keptup. Bagel stores can offer you any combination your heart desires as well as ready-made packages too.

What Kind of Bagels are There?

Some people prefer just the plain type, but why settle for plain? Treat yourself to an egg or onion bagel, or maybe an everything bagel? Put some of the addons mentioned above. Have some coffee while you’re at it and don’t forget to get your bagel with a smear!

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