Great American Sodas

There are a number of American sodas that are now available in the UK, this makes it far easier for American expats to enjoy some home comforts and for UK-based soda lovers to purchase their drink of choice.

Most of the products below do contain sugar and caffeine and as with everything, should be consumed in moderation. Although we don’t recommend high caffeine consumption, sensible amounts are known to keep the brain alert and increase your metabolism in breaking down fats. Hopefully that’s enough to persuade you that there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a tasty American soda every once in a while.

The average American will swig nearly a gallon of soda every week, proving it to be very popular across the pond. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here are some tasty American drinks that are also available at specialist shops in the UK.

Minute Maid

Minute Maid is owned by the Coca-Cola Company and has a number of different sodas on the market from concentrated fruit juices to fresh lemonades made from real lemons. Minute Maid was the first company to introduce concentrated orange juice, the appeal was wide-scale, being able to buy juice all year round was a novelty in the 1940s. Nowadays, Minute Maid market 100% freshly squeezed orange juices, which are very popular in the North America, and they also sell a selection of lemonades. If you’re looking to purchase some soda, we recommend you buy Minute Maid Pink Lemonade. Minute Maid lemonade is a wonderfully refreshing soda, and can’t be beaten when served with ice and a slice.

Mello Yello

Mello Yello is citrus-flavoured, Coca-Cola Company owned drink, brought out to compete the popular soda Mountain Dew. There is ongoing rivalry between these two drinks. Mellow Yello introduced cherry, melon and peach-flavoured soda but these were only available for a limited time.

Coca-Coca Vanilla (or Vanilla Coke)

Coca-Cola introduced its Vanilla Coke in 2002 and although it was successful for a short space of time, it was discontinued by 2005 because of a decline in sales. Black Cherry Vanilla Coke was then introduced followed by Vanilla coke, which was reintroduced in 2007. There is also a Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero available (no added sugar). Vanilla Coke is extremely popular in the UK but unfortunately hard to get hold of. There are American drinks suppliers in the UK that sell this variant of Coca-Cola.

Fanta Strawberry

Fanta was originally created in Germany because the ingredients for its most popular drink, Coca-Cola, were difficult to import into Nazi Germany during the Second World War. The brand name ‘Fanta’ derives from the German word ‘fantasie’ (fantasy, in case you hadn’t guessed). Fanta is best known for its orange-flavoured fizzy drink but they also make Fanta Strawberry, its unique fruity taste is refreshing and original. There aren’t many strawberry-flavoured fizzy drinks on the market, which makes Fanta Strawberry one of a kind.

The soft drink industry often gets bad press and fizzy drinks are linked to obesity and high-calorie intake. As long as you keep your soda as a treat, there’s nothing wrong with a carbonated treat every now and then.


Coffee is the worlds most popular and consumed beverage. It is usually served hot prepared from the roasted seed of coffee beans. Its popularity has given birth to many kinds of instant coffee. The word coffee entered the English way back in 1598 from the Italian word “caffa” via the Turkish word “kahveh” through the Arabic word “qahwa”. The ultimate origin of the word is uncertain there being several legendary account of the origin of the drink.

Coffee is such a drink which is liked by all people irrespective of their age or geographical location. Coffee is made either hot or cold. The cold preparation of coffee is as popular as the hot one. You can have your coffee with or without milk or simply with some whipped cream to make it sinfully delicious.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world next to petroleum. The popularity of coffee can also be judged by the rising number of coffee pubs and cafes all over the world. People of all the age groups can be found hanging at such cafes enjoying their cup of coffee. In the morning, in the afternoon or in the nights the coffee house business does not stop.

Many researches have shown that coffee reduces the risk of a number of diseases and ailments like diabetes, gall stones, cirrhosis and many more. Coffee forms the chief source of stimulant caffeine in the human body. The good and bad effects of coffee are still being researched on. A cup of coffee, when you are really down, can make you more alert and boost your power of reasoning. Anything, including coffee, when taken in moderation does not have an adverse effect on your health.

Like cocoa and banana coffee is a tropical export that is produced almost exclusively in the rain forests of the developing world, but is mainly consumed in the wealthier nations. Fortunately more and more coffee drinkers are demanding that their favorite baristas serve coffee that is grown in a manner that protects and not destroys the rain forests.

Did you know that the farmers all over the world harvested 7.4 million tons of coffee in 2002 , an all time high , and almost double the amount harvested in 1960. It is also remarkable that one out of every five cups of coffee worldwide is consumed in the United States. Meetings are held, proposals are discussed, marriages are proposed, deals are finalized, and a lot more happens over the magical cup of coffee or java.


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As Ironic As It Is

Although there are several types of wine that you buy, one of the most unheard of is ice wine.  Ice wine is a very rare form of wine, a wine that is produced under certain types of weather conditions.  Ice wine is mainly produced in the Pacific Northwest region, where the weather conditions are right for the wine.  As ironic as it is, ice wine is produced in very small quantities.  With the wine requiring only the fines of quality and a lack of availability, the product is extremely rare indeed.  Truth be told, there are only a lucky few who are actually able to purchase the wine.  Ice wine, due to the scarce amount, can be extremely expensive and out of the price range for a majority of us.Much like the beauty of owning a diamond, ice wine is something that many of us hope and dream to experience at some point in our lives.  Although the materials are rare, the weather conditions are even more crucial to producing this wine.  Once the right weather conditions arrive, the wine maker prepares to produce this extremely rare and priceless wine.The basic requirements needed to produce ice wine are fully ripened grapes and a temperature of around 5 degrees C.  The temperature needs to stay that way for several days, so that the wine maker can complete the process of making the wine.  Grapes that are frozen during these extremely cold temperatures are hand plucked at night by the wine maker and his assistants.


To produce a bottle of ice wine, full vine grapes may be required. Once the grapes have been collected, they are gently pressed, in order to collect the running juice only.  The temperature creates the frozen water crystals, which are fermented along with sugars and the particles that are found in the free running juices.  Through this process, the wonderful and rare ice wine is created.If you have been looking to try ice wine, finding it may be very difficult.  As you probably already know, most alcohol and wine stores don’t sell this rare wine.  Finding it online is very hard to do as well, unless you catch it at the right time.  Even then, if you are able to find it, it can easily cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single bottle.The best way to experience ice wine is to find the right wine maker in the Pacific Northwest region.  Even though bottles go extremely fast once they have been made, you may be able to catch a wine maker with some on hand.  Be prepared to spend a hefty amount though.  Although it can cost a lot and be extremely hard to find – the taste of ice wine makes it well worth the effort.

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Take Your Time When Selecting Your Franchise

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase your very own coffee franchise there are many questions, doubts, and fears that will arise. There are a few secrets that successful franchise owners know that those who do not succeed often either overlook, forget, or do not believe the importance of. Growing a business is hard work. Heed the secrets below in order to make your coffee franchise the best in the business and to have a staff that is loyal to you.


1) Take your time when selecting your franchise and find a coffee franchise that you really like and not just one that you think will make you the most money. If you do not like the uniforms, rules, restrictions, or coffee in the beginning chances are good that you aren’t going to grow to like them over time. Instead, go with a business that you believe in and let your enthusiasm be contagious. Your customers and your staff will know if you are in business just to make money or you really want to build a great environment for everyone.

2) Be passionate. If you can’t get passionate about coffee then a coffee franchise probably isn’t the business solution you’re looking for. If you are passionate about coffee, make sure you build your business around the coffee that lights your fire and not some off brand that doesn’t make your mornings shine (besides you don’t want your customers to catch you sneaking a sip of the other guy’s coffee).

3) Be prepared to work. Building a business is hard work. Far too often franchise owners expect to pay the bills, sit back, and watch the profits roll in. In a perfect world, maybe but in the world in which we live hard work is necessary to begin your business and an absolute necessity when it comes to making your business grow.

4) Make work fun. Build a team atmosphere, play fun music when customers aren’t in the business, and give your employees incentive to succeed. While this isn’t a field in which you can afford to pay your employees a great amount of money you can do little things that give them incentives to do well and succeed. These goals are often better for some employees than higher pay would be and will breed a loyal staff that actually enjoys coming to work day in and out.

5) Be involved. If you are involved in the daily operation of your business you are in a much better position to see when things start to look bleak and correct potential problems before they arise. If you are not involved the problems may be catastrophes that are much more expensive and time consuming to fix than if you had caught them early on.There are many ways to run your business and it is your business (as long as you remain within the guidelines of the franchise) but it is much better to follow the steps above and keep things running smoothly than risk significant problems by ignoring some of these valuable recommendations.

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Nachos are one of the most popular snack foods. They can be found at home, festivals, and sporting events. They do not take much effort to prepare. People add different toppings and enjoy the warm cheese. It may be a surprise to know that nachos came about less than 100 years ago. It all started in 1943 at the military base, Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas. A few military wives decided to take a visit to Mexico, which was not far away at all. The wives grew hungry, so they stopped by a restaurant, demanding food and drinks. The only employee available, who was nicknamed “nacho”,   brought out tortilla chips. He melted Wisconsin cheese over it and cut jalapenos for a topping. The women enjoyed the snack so much that they went back to Texas and it spread like wildfire.


Texas was the only area that knew about this special dish. It was not until 1977 when a man named Frank Liberto decided to sell nachos at his concession stand. He found a way to keep the cheese soft and served it with tortilla chips. One day when it was Monday night football, a few of the hosts tried the nachos and fell in love with the new snack. Whenever the hosts were on the air, they would talk about nachos any chance they got, which spread the word all over the United States. These days’ people all over the United States enjoy this snack. There is a never ending variety of toppings that can be served on the nachos. Some include guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, olives, and ground beef. Some people enjoy the nacho cheese so much that they put it on other foods. Have you ever tried nacho cheese on ice cream? How about on sausage, and fish? Maybe these people enjoy the cheese a bit too much.


Different parts of the United States serve nachos differently. In the south, you can usually find nachos at barbeque restaurants. The toppings include barbequed beef with the sauce on top of the rest of the toppings. Restaurants in other parts of the country refer to some nacho platters as “loaded nachos”. It is usually an appetizer. Loaded nachos are abundant in toppings. You can find these at bars and restaurants. Outside of America also enjoy nachos. If you go to Ireland you will find “Irish nachos”. Instead of tortilla chips, they use French fries or potato wedges. The rest of the toppings are the same as regular nachos.     Nachos are simple to make from your own home. There are many different recipes available. Some include chicken instead of beef. Others have many different vegetables with a dab of sour cream on top. Let your imagination go wild. If you would prefer to have it already made, some grocery stores have the nachos pre packed with the nacho cheese in a separate container next to the chips. A great way to have authentic nachos is by having lunch or dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. The nachos can come really big and piled with many toppings. It may be messy, but it is worth it!  

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In Any Family

In any family when one person gets excited about something new, everybody gets in on the act.  And that is certainly true of children.  They love to be active in whatever hobbies mom and dad love to be part of.  So if you bowl, the kids want to go and play the video games.  If you love Shakespeare in the park, the kids will go and play on the ground nearby.  So if you can find a way to give the kids a part of what you are doing, that keeps the family together.That may seem tough with a hobby like home brewing.  After all, the process of brewing is pretty involved and there is boiling water and sterile instruments to think of.  That kind of thing really isn’t fun for the kids.  So if you can find a way to make a “beer” just for them, then they too can enjoy the excitement and feel part of what the adults are doing.A way to fill this need is to brew up a delicious batch of ginger beer from for the kids. And the nonalcoholic beverage drinkers in the family will love it too!  Of course, ginger beer is not real “beer” in the sense of an alcoholic brew although it can be mixed with beer for delightful and very British toddy.  But it’s so easy to make that the kids can get involved and they will love the beverage that results almost as much as mom and dad love their home brewed beer.


It’s a good thing to have the procedures, tools and ingredients for your ginger beer all ready to go on brew day because it’s a great surprise to the kids to let them know that they are going to get to make their own beer too!   Because the steps for making ginger beer are fast, easy and harmless, the kiddos can have a ball doing it using a very simple recipe and even if they drink it all gone, it’s easy enough to whip up another batch.  The ingredients for ginger beer are not exotic and they can be found at any grocery store.  They include…

. Be ready with 8 plastic bottles that will hold a pint and 4 bottles that will hold a quart and some bowls to mix the ginger beer up with.

. Ginger – you can get it fresh at larger grocery stores.  Two ouches is enough.

. Cream of tartar – about one teaspoon will do.

. Two lemons sliced.

. A pound of sugar

. An ounce of yeast

. Boil one gallon of water.

Now it’s just a matter of putting it all together.  Cut the lemons in big sized rings and combine them in a big bowl with the other ingredients.  The only other preparation you need to do besides boiling the water is to crush the ginger so it mixes with the water and other parts of the beer.Now just chill the mixture to room temperature and add the yeast.  Put it in the larger bottles to let it ferment for a couple of days.  Once that is done, skim off the residue on top and your ginger tea is ready to enjoy.


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What Is Caffeine?

How true is it that one disadvantage of green tea is insomnia because of its caffeine content? You may put it as a “disadvantage” but people who works on a night shift will disagree. True, green tea contains caffeine but compared to coffee and other tea, it has a lesser level but has a very incredible amount of antioxidants.

What is caffeine?

It is a kind of drug that acts as a stimuli that basically stimulates the central nervous system and the heart. A person having caffeine in his system can instantly increase his blood pressure but not having any evidence of definitive long-term effects in the blood pressure itself. Long term increase of blood pressure are still taking excessive amounts of green tea.Caffeine content in green tea stays unless it is decaffeinated. According to studies, green tea is more likely to be higher than coffee but with preparation, a person can greatly reduce the caffeine that the body takes in. how? Through the infusion length of hot water and how many times you have used the leaves. Surprisingly, caffeine in green tea is more beneficial than the caffeine taken from coffee. It works through the body in a slighter difference than coffee. Aside from caffeine, green tea has other constituents that work perfectly with caffeine namely vitamins, oils and tannin.


Caffeine difference

As mentioned, compared to coffee, the caffeine content in green tea can have a different approach in the human body. By its own substance, it doesn’t have to trigger increase heart rate and blood pressure unlike what caffeine can instantly do. Typically, green tea is more applicable to drink for those who wanted to lose weight but are caffeine sensitive.

Lose weight with caffeine

Base on studies, caffeine has the capacity to increase metabolism inside the body which results to helping out the body in burning excess calories. Caffeine content in green tea is undoubtedly more prominent than other beverages but you can lessen it based on the kind of green tea that you have chosen to drink. Contrary to what other people know, oxidation doesn’t have the capacity to raise the caffeine content in the body. Truth is, some studies were made and is found out that the longer the oxidation is, the lower the content of caffeine will be present.

Green tea without caffeine

For medicinal purposes, green tea is sometimes made caffeine free. Green tea that is decaffeinated has a more pleasant taste and has an impressive antioxidant activity. It is very effective in the prevention and even treatment of cancer, decreasing cholesterol levels, collagen formation, decreasing triglyceride levels and preventing arteriosclerosis.Therefore, with caffeine present in green tea, it can decrease the metabolic processes going significantly inside our body but not having any effect on blood pressure and heart rate.



Caffeine content

Compared to the caffeine found in black tea, green tea is only composed by the half of it. And compared to coffee, green tea only has quarter amounts thus, making it the perfect beverage you can include in your meals. But there are precautions that should be followed. One which is the moderate amount of green tea that should be consumed within a day. It should only be at least 4 cups. More than that will generate negative reactions that is felt inside the body.The introduction of decaffeinated supplementary green tea, benefits were further provided ruling out any unwanted effects.


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What Are The Positives Of Eating Superfoods?

What you consume, is who you are. Quite accurately, you are. If you gobble some poultry that bird will be broken down and the amino acids are going to be used to fix cells and create muscle. Ingesting the proper meals is thus imperative. Dietary advice tells us that the right food can make us well and so superfoods are becoming part of many individuals’s diets. Do you know what superfoods in fact are? We can in fact say that some foods help to increase our well being and others do not. Putting on fat is only 1 of the problems with consuming the wrong foodstuff and, as opposed to this, a good food can provide you energy in addition to keeping you healthy. As you can guess, superfoods are looked at as the correct type of food.

In the end, your body needs the correct nutritional foods to survive. You need protein to develop and repair cells, carbohydrates to deliver the body energy and fats to keep your body running correctly. You also need water, that is the most necessary of the lot. There are also other nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals which you will need but are harder to get into your diet. For example, Omega-3, which is a fatty acid that is essential for your system, as it can keep down the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood. Superfoods are rich in lots of of those nutrients and one such food is salmon because of its protein content together with the fatty acid, Omega-3. Omega-3 could also help your brain by defending it from ailments you usually get from aging. Many superfoods have Omega-3 including nuts, seeds and several types of fish.

Your immune system will even have the benefit of the components of superfoods. Superfoods are suggested for their helpful effect on your resistance and garlic is one such food acknowledged for this. Your blood cholesterol count may be lowered by garlic. Garlic might be troublesome if you have problems with your stomach, so bear that in mind. As said above, water is very essential for the body (after all, the majority of the body is made up of water) however now and then it may be tough to drink high volumes of water, which can be why you may want to try drinking Green tea. If you consider the level of antioxidants it has and the very fact it also offers polyphenols, then green tea in fact is worth drinking. Furthermore, it seems that green tea might have preventative qualities in stopping the growth of tumors.

Lycopene is definitely an antioxidant found in tomatoes which can be why also they are thought to be superfoods. Spinach is also another good food as it contains plenty of iron and folate, and that is a B vitamin. Spinach is also high in protein and contains lutein that may help keep away loss of sight in old age.

It now appears to be an excellent time to start ingesting some superfoods to obtain the healthy benefits of all the minerals,  vitamins and other essential nutrients they contain.

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The Majority Of Restaurants

While most people are fully aware that becoming a Vegan will require a large amount of dedication on their part there are many others who believe that there are no opportunities for them to eat out as a vegan.  In reality this might seem true at first glance, but upon a deeper look, it is typically untrue that you will be unable to eat out.  Dining out for social occasions and even the occasional quick meal is something that almost everyone alive is guilty of at some point.  This leaves you with ample reasons to start looking for solutions before the restaurants are needed, rather than looking at the menu longing to dig into the first steak you can order.


The majority of restaurants are becoming much more aware of the desires of consumers.  Just as vegetarianism is much more popular today, so are the reduced carbohydrate diets, low calorie diets and also the vegan diet.  This means that going out to eat does not have to be an overly painful process.   Typically, most restaurants will offer several different dining choices that can be easily tailored to your specific dietary needs.If you are absolutely determined that you want to ensure that you are making the right decision it is very important to search for vegan friendly restaurants in advance.  Choosing a few restaurants in advance will enable you to be certain that you are choosing to go to a friendly restaurant.  Most though are quite happy to accommodate reasonable requests which would allow virtually any restaurant to become vegan friendly.


An important consideration is fast food restaurants.  These are typically much harder to be vegan friendly due to the extremely limited menu options that are available.  Because the majority of the menu has food items that are not permitted for the vegan diet it is often quite difficult to eat at these types of restaurants, however it is still possible if you are careful what you select.  The easiest solution is to simply avoid fast food restaurants though and instead opt for a typical sit down restaurant so that you can actually enjoy your entire meal.As you can see, there are several different ways that you can handle going out to eat.  Regardless of whether you are on a date, or just going out to dinner with your family you do not have to stay at home all of the time simply because you are a vegan.  Going out to eat can be a lot of fun, planning ahead will take much of the stress out of the equation as well which can improve the situation even further.  Waiting around for a restaurant to open that is specifically vegan may not happen, which will leave you settling for a restaurant that does offer at least a limited vegan friendly menu.


Just be certain that you show appreciation for restaurants that do offer vegan foods.  This will help you to be certain that you are getting all of the nutrients and enjoyment possible from each meal regardless of where you choose to eat.  Staying home might be the cheapest solution, but it is no fun to have to wait to eat until you get home if everyone else is enjoying a delicious meal out somewhere.  So take a bit of a breather and just enjoy going out and enjoying an evening on the town.

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Are You A New Parent?

Are you a new parent?  If you are, you may be looking for safe and healthy foods to feed your baby.  When doing so, you will find that you have a small number of options.  Unfortunately, a large number of baby foods currently on the market cannot be considered completely natural.  If this causes you concern, you may want to take the time to examine organic baby food.As nice as it is to hear that organic baby food is safe and healthy to feed your baby, you may be looking for reasons why you should do so.  After all organic food is known for its increased prices.  There are many first time parents who wonder if the cost is truly worth it.  After a close examination, you will see that it is.  In fact, there are at least three reasons why you should feed your new baby organic baby food.


1 – Organic Baby Food Is Healthy

The health reasons are just one of the many reasons why organic baby food is ideal for babies.  As previously stated, many food products designed for babies cannot be considered completely natural.  This is because many companies add in unhealthy sugars and other additives.  This is not the case with organic foods.  Although there is no scientific proof, there are many individuals, including parents, who claim that organic food can help to improve a child’s health, as well as their behavior now and in the long run.  Despite the lack of scientific proof, many parents are not willing to take the chance.  Another impact has to do with recalls.  Whether it be recalls on toys, food, or clothing, parents are concerned with companies following all government restrictions to the letter.  Many wonder if a toy manufacturer can put too much led in a toy, can too many chemicals make their way into baby food?


2 – The Options that You Have

Another one of the many reasons why all parents should consider feeding their babies organic baby food is because of the options that they have, in terms of flavors.  Unfortunately, many parents mistakenly believe that choosing organic foods limits the number of foods their children will be able to consume.  Yes, this is true in some cases, but you may be surprised how many flavors and different variety food are available for babies and other small children.As an example of having an option, in terms of organic baby food, Earth’s Best Organic is a well-known supplier and product manufacturer of organic foods for families.  In terms of their jarred baby food, which is ideal for infants, they have flavors that include apples, carrots, bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, and pears.  It is also important to mention that these flavors are only for jarred baby food.  Organic formula, rice cereals, and other snacks can be made organically as well.


3 – You Can Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

As previously stated, organic baby food does cost more than traditional foods.  This is due in part to the extra steps that must be taken to ensure that all foods are organic, including certification.  Although many grocery stores and organic food stores, both on and offline, offer sales and discounts, the costs may still be too much for many parents.  If it is for you, you can still feed your baby organic baby food by making your own.  In fact, you may be surprised just how easy it is to do so.  All you need to do is find homemade baby food recipes and make sure that you use organic fruits and vegetables.As you can see, there are a number of reasons, three of which were outlined above, why organic food is great for babies.  If you are concerned with your child, their health, and the ingredients found in many common foods, organic baby food should be examined.  In addition to jarred baby food, there are also companies that sell organic food that is designed for toddlers.

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