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8 Lifestyle Sunday February 23, 2014 SUNDAY NATION style COOKERY Ditch the fake and make fresh tomato sauce in your kitchen Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables used to enhance the flavour of most dishes. They rich in vitamin C and an anti- ageing antioxidant known as lycopene. Cooked tomatoes are especially rich in this substance, which is proven to help in the fight against cancer. To consume more tomatoes in your diet, you may prepare a special sauce to add to all your dishes. Try this delicious, natural sauce, instead of buying the artificial ones the don’t even have tomatoes in the first place. They are just made of corn-flour, sugar, flavour and colour. Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time 11/2-hrs Makes 1 litre. Ingredients 1 teaspoon black pepper ½-tsp ground cloves 1 tsp allspice (optional) 2kg ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 chopped onion 2 tbsps tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tsp ginger ½-tsp salt 1-cup cider vinegar 1-cup sugar Method 1. Combine the black pepper, cloves, allspice tomatoes, onion, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, salt, and vinegar in a saucepan. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes while stirring from time to time. 2. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves completely. Simmer for 1 hour until the mixture becomes thick. Stir constantly to ensure it does not stick to the saucepan. Check to see that it does not burn. 3. Place the pulpy mixture into a blender and blend until it smoothens. 4. Pour into a storage jar and place in a cool, dark place to allow the flavours to develop. Use as a flavour adding paste while cooking, or spoon it over food as a sauce. Cooking tips: • The tomato sauce will stay fresh for up to six months due to the sugar, which acts as a preservative. • You may vary the flavour by adding some cayenne pepper or nutmeg to make it spicy. Questions: Irenemedia.firstname.lastname@example.org S HEAL PIERCING Because they break the skin on two sides, piercings require special care. Get pierced by a pro. After piercing, don’t remove the earring you put into your new piercing. Clean the piercing regularly to avoid infection Fighting acne while Having acne past teen years is a struggle for women with oily skin. So here are tips to not only stop the breakouts but also give you a healthy-ageing skin BY CAROL ODERO @CarolOdero email@example.com kin care trends around the world point to an increase in cases of adult acne. While in the past it was almost limited to teenagers, it is now striking the 25 to 40 year olds who now not only have to contend with anti-aging skin care products, they also have to take care of pimply skin. Teenage acne can be severe with painful cysts and weeping sores that leave scars. Both types of acne are caused by hormones going haywire. For teenagers it is an internal part of growing up, but for adults, it is exacerbated with lifestyle choices ranging from food to stress levels. There is a rule in medicine that would just as easily apply to skin care, and that is ‘First do no harm.’ If you had clear skin or even if you broke out at a teenager and thought that phase of your life over, you will find adult acne quite a shock. To treat it, start gentle. Wrong treatment Your treatment may not be work- ing because you are using the wrong products. Teenagers have thicker skin, and the skin treatments they use is stronger stuff. That means if it is benzoyl peroxide 10 per cent, it is far too strong for your thinner, adult skin. Take it down several When dealing with acne break-out, give products up to three months before you rule them out. MARTIN MUKANGU | PHOTO notches to something as minimal as two per cent. Use twice a day. Don’t overwork your skin or overuse your products. Look out for the following ingredients – tea tree, benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid. Use low percentages. Give a product up to three months before you rule it out. To maximise your treatment, the most surprising thing recommended now is to layer you acne Tips to get you started on low-salt diet HEALTH >> LINA NJOROGE Do you know how much sodium you should take per day? I am sure if we are all able to track our sodium intake, we would be shocked at how much we take. One way of tracking our salt intake is by keeping a daily tally of the foods we eat. Sodium does not come only from salt but also from plant and animal products. We only need less than 2,300 mil- ligrams of sodium per day — one teaspoon. Now I think we can already see that most of us take more sodium than is necessary. We should, however, not cut out salt from the diet entirely, because it’s essential for fluid balance, muscle strength, and nerve function. Here is a list of foods and drinks to watch out for. Some cereals have sodium in them. Tip: Mix your favourite cereal with half of a sodium free option. Puffed rice cereal is sodium free. Your favourite vegetable drinks are packed with sodium. Although its a healthy drink, it may not be the best choice if you’re watching your sodium. This is specifically so for people with kidney failure or hypertension. A cup of vegetable juice contains 479 milligrams of sodium. Seek professional advice on the best drinks especially if you have a medical condition. Sodium is used to preserve most canned foods so but those that are labeled “no salt added” or “low so- dium.” Processed meats such as pork, salami and sausages are also high in sodium. Tip: Watch out for brands that do not have too much salt. Soups come in handy especially during cold days. Unfortunatly most packaged soups are loaded with sodium. For instance, a cup of chicken noodle soup (canned) contains as much as 744mgs of sodium. Marinades and other condiments including soy sauce are very high in sodium. Just a table spoon of soy sauce can have up to 1,024mgs of sodium, while the daily recommended amount is less than 2,300mgs. Tips: Use vinegar or lemon juice to enhance flavor. And try orange or pineapple juice as a base for meat marinades. Watch out for other condiments like ketchup (1 tspn) = 167 mgs, sweet relish (1 tspn) = 122 mgs. Also look out for hidden salt in names like monosodium glutamate (MSG), trisodium phosphate, Na sodium alginate, sodium ascorbate, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium benzoate, sodium caseinate, sodium chloride etc. Finally, even your medicine cabinet may be loaded with sodium-packed drugs. Some headache or heartburn drugs can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. firstname.lastname@example.org treatment with anti-aging treatment. What that means is, use a retinol underneath, and layer with salicyclic acid. Apply gently into the skin, dabbing rather than rubbing it in. If, however, you feel the area around your eye stinging, it means your skin is aggravated and you should alternate the combination with a moisturiser on alternate FILE | PHOTO Taking too much salt elevates potential for heart attack, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular diseases.
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