Fruit Drinks


Hello readers, today on the blog is, “SWEET ORANGE VINAIGRETTE”
The word Vinaigrette is made by mixing an oil with something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice. The mixture can be enhanced with salt, herbs and/or spices. It is commonly used as a salad dressing, but can also be used as a marinade.
This is low-fat vinaigrette, it has a total number 70calories, with about 7.8-gramme fat (100%calories) in its Standard Recipes and a total of 14calories with 0.1gram fat (6% of calories) in its Fat-To-Firm Makeover.
You will love this vinaigrette Spanish Salad, Orange Juice, Balsamic Vinegar and Fruit Salads.
The olive oil in the original can be replaced with anything of your choice.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Ready In
5 minutes

i. ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
ii. 4 teaspoon honey
iii. ½ cup orange juice
iv. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
v. ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper


1. In a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine add the orange juice, mustard, honey, vinegar and the
pepper. Cover it, then shake very well till well combined. Refrigerate until serving time or up to 1 week.

2. Shake well before serving.

Enjoy your Orange Vinaigrette!

Foodie Update

FOODIE UPDATE (What Is The Best Food And Drink To Help Students Focus?).

I t’s heads-down revision time for exams and dissertations. The pressure’s on, so you’ll want all the help you can get to aid your memory and raise your grades (without smart drugs or cheating). Nutrition experts say that eating well can make a real difference to your revision regime – so what brain-boosting food and drink do they recommend?How much caffeine is too much?

Coffee, green tea and energy drinks are staples of the all-night library stint. But how much caffeine is too much?

“Caffeine – particularly coffee – can have numerous benefits extending to cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity,

prevention of type 2 diabetes and acting as a potent antioxidant,” says nutritional therapist Daniel O’Shaughnessy. “However, while caffeine may make you more alert, individuals can build up a tolerance meaning this is short-lived. Caffeine can also increase blood sugar and eventually lead to dips causing lack of focus and energy.”

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that people react differently to caffeine,” says nutritional therapist Joanne Crovini. It has the potential to increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “Some people can drink it at midnight and go straight to sleep, whereas other people get teeth clenching and feelings of anxiety after a small amount.”

Most adults can tolerate single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and a daily intake of up to 400mg without any concerns, nutrition scientist Sarah Coe says; a mug of instant coffee is around 100mg and a cup of tea is 75mg of caffeine. “Remember that energy drinks and some soft drinks contain caffeine too, and coffee from a coffee shop may be stronger than coffee made at home. As broad advice I’d say stop drinking caffeine by 2pm and have a maximum of two cups of coffee or equivalent a day, but be aware of your own reaction to it.”


Wholegrain foods will stave off hunger (advice on cooking some of them can be found here). Examples include porridge and wholemeal bread. Crovini explains that combining wholegrain with protein will help keep blood sugar levels balanced, which is essential for mood and concentration.

O’Shaughnessy agrees. Buying grains in bulk with your housemates is a great way to save money, as is avoiding the more overpriced “fad” grains, he says. “Brown rice, oats and buckwheat are good, cheap alternatives,” he says, adding that the high levels of magnesium in buckwheat also helps to calm nerves.

Nuts and berries

Berries and nuts are a convenient snack that pack a nutritional punch. “Blueberries, like many dark coloured fruits and vegetables, have a high antioxidant content, which is thought to protect the brain from oxidative damage and slow age-related decline,” explains Crovini. Frozen berries are usually cheap, last longer and don’t lose their nutrients when frozen. Less healthy are flavoured and coated nuts, which contain added oil, salt and sugars.

Ditch the supplements

Doctors often recommend taking vitamin supplements to top up on the nutrients you need – but these can be expensive. Fortunately, they’re not the only option. “Food should always come before supplements and the key to getting as many nutrients as possible is to eat as varied a diet as possible, with lots of different colours,” says Crovini. “Use frozen berries and dark green vegetables like savoy cabbage, which are reasonably priced.”

Coe agrees: it’s better to get everything you need from food and drink: “For example, oranges not only contain vitamin C [which boosts the immune system] but also fibre and other components that you can’t get packaged together in a tablet.”

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has a mild effect on

increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure, due to the polyphenol content, says Crovini. “It’s also a good source of magnesium, which is an essential mineral for relaxation.”

O’Shaughnessy recommends choosing chocolate that’s 80% or more in cacao to avoid any negative effects to teeth, skin and weight. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar in it.


A recent study by the University of East London and University of Westminster found that keeping hydrated can boost attention by almost 25%. “We found that drinking even a really small amount of water (25 ml) resulted in improved performance on a test of attention,” says Dr Caroline Edmonds, who co-authored the research. Drinking 300 ml improves memory performance and can improve your mood as well.

The experts’ recommended library lunch.

Base your lunch on starchy foods, particularly wholegrain varieties, Coe says. Sandwiches, wraps and bagels are quick and easy to prepare, or you could use leftovers from the night before to make a pasta, rice or couscous salad.

Grainy salads with canned fish and vegetables are good if you don’t fancy bread. Tinned mackerel with beetroot, roasted sweet potato cubes, lots of green leaves like rocket or watercress and some pumpkin seeds, are ideal, Crovini says. Or try canned salmon with brown rice, canned chickpeas, chopped cucumber and tomato.

For sweetness, you’ll want the usual healthy stuff: a small pot of natural yogurt with either an apple, some berries or a chunk of dark chocolate.

Don’t skip meals, Crovini adds. Eating regularly will help keep blood sugar balanced and feed the brain with the fuel it needs.

Naija Foodie Update


Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria has set its footprint in the Nigerian food and beverage market with the globally popular
beverage brands, Lucozade and Ribena.

This development follows the recent completion of the divestment of the drinks
bottling and distribution business
between GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc and Japanese global beverage company, Suntory Beverage and Food.

While speaking at a press conference held in Lagos to officially announce the
company’s new acquisition, Managing Director, Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria,
Chinedum Okereke, described Suntory’s investment in Nigeria as a development that will yield many positive results.

He said: “This is a clear demonstration of Suntory’s confidence in the Nigerian
economy. The company relies on the strong connection between the Nigerian consumers and its Lucozade and Ribena brands and is especially confident of the
nation’s immense potential for economic growth and the impressive productivity
level of its people.

“Our conviction in the Nigerian market is responsible for the company’s decision to invest in the country and contribute to
human resource empowerment to run the business as a wholly Nigerian company.”

According to the Suntory boss, “As a company, our desire is to consistently provide some of the country’s best quality drinks through well researched market
insight, expertise and dedication and to also deliver high quality innovative products.

“Lucozade and Ribena have enjoyed impressive patronage over the years, so with a promise of continuous improvement and providing better value to our consumers, we are convinced of an improved and more rewarding
relationship. Innovation, research and development will play a big part in the foundation of our operations in Nigeria” he said.

“With Suntory’s global credentials and successes, Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria will gain a solid platform into the Nigerian soft drinks industry for its iconic
Lucozade and Ribena brands.
Commenting further on Suntory Food & Beverage Nigeria’s entry, Okereke explained that the development is also an expression of the company’s trust in Nigeria as a nation.

He added, “Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria is a wholly Nigerian Company both in its operations and its people, we are glad to take off with a dedicated and committed team of Nigerians that will be consistently challenged to create bigger and better brand ideas for our loyal consumers.”

Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (NESREA To Begin Enforcement Of EPR Policy, Commends Nigerian Beverage Alliance)

The National Environmental
Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has announced its determination to commence the enforcement of
the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy in the first quarter of 2016.

This was disclosed recently by the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Lawrence
Anukam, at a 2-day workshop with stakeholders organized in Lagos to further sensitize
companies in the food and beverage sector, in particular, on the EPR operational guidelines released by the agency last year.

Dr. Anukam said the EPR is “the extension of the responsibility of producers, and all entities involved in the product chain, to
reduce the cradle-to-cradle impacts of a product and its
packaging”. He stressed that the
primary responsibility of EPR lies with the producer, who makes
design and marketing decisions.

He noted that, as a concept and tool, the EPR has become a global best practice operated successfully in several developed
and developing countries to deal with the environmental, social
and economic challenges of
packaging waste.

While deploring what he described as the slow response by industries generally to the policy, the Director-General
acknowledged and commended the exemplary commitment to the EPR programme
demonstrated by the Nigerian Beverage Alliance, a growing
coalition of beverage companies founded by Coca-Cola in
collaboration with Nigerian Bottling Company, Nestle Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries and Seven Up Bottling Company.

He said the Alliance is one of only two
Producer Responsibility
Organizations (PROs), along with Resource Renewable Limited,
currently recognized by NESREA as the EPR implementation
platforms for their respective member companies.

“I thank the Nigerian Beverage Alliance for
their contributions towards the hosting of this forum. This is an indication of their commitment towards tackling the waste
problem in the country”, he said.

The Director for Inspection and
Enforcement at NESREA, Mrs Miranda Amachree, who made a presentation on the operational guidelines of the EPR policy, disclosed that the agency has held similar engagements with stakeholders in the automotive and ICT sectors and will continue to avail any opportunity to
further discuss the policy with various sectorial groups as part of its preparatory measures for the policy enforcement.

The Coordinator of the Nigerian Beverage Alliance and Public Affairs & Communications
Director for Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Clem Ugorji, said the
Alliance decided to sponsor the workshop in order to provide the much needed opportunity for NESREA to clarify some grey areas
of the EPR operational guidelines and get feedback from the
sector, so that the agency and the industry can work together to achieve the EPR implementation and enforcement in a non-disruptive manner.

Ugorji presented a case study of the Nigerian Beverage Alliance as a model framework for industry collective action on packaging
waste recycling. The Alliance, he said, evolved from the PET bottle- to-fibre recycling programme
that Coca-Cola pioneered in 2005
in collaboration with Alkem Nigeria Limited and which has recovered and recycled over 1 billion PET bottles.

He explained that Coca-Cola’s three-phase strategy was to first create a proof-point for packaging
recycling in Nigeria which was achieved through the partnership with Alkem; then to build a coalition of beverage companies on recycling, which
was achieved in 2012 under an MOU arrangement with the current members of the Alliance; and ultimately to leverage the industry coalition to build a sustainable nationwide recycling
economy which will now be achieved with the incorporation of the Nigerian Beverage Alliance as a Producer Responsibility
Organization to manage the EPR
initiatives of member companies in the food and beverage sector.

According to Ugorji, the Nigerian Beverage Alliance is proof positive that companies can
compete fiercely in the marketplace and at the same time forge a common front to promote sustainable
environment and communities.

He said that as part of its PRO operations, the Alliance will be
working closely with NESREA and other authorities as well as
players in the recycling value
chain to implement a nationwide campaign on waste to wealth;
boost capacity growth for packaging waste recovery
organisations through various forms of interventions; and also support packaging waste
recycling plants through a win-win buyback scheme.