10 Best Foods and Drinks for Exercising You know exercise is key if you want to stay fit. But did you know that what you eat and drink can help you reach your fitness goals faster? By feeding your body the right nutrients you can ensure it’s getting the raw materials it needs to help you power through your workout and build and repair muscle afterward. Jumpstart your exercise program with these 10 essential food and drinks. OatmealWhen it comes to priming your muscles for a workout, carbs are your best friend. CoffeeIf you’re a java junkie we have happy news for you. OystersThese mollusks are loaded with iron, needed to build hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen throughout your body. AlmondsIt may sound counterintuitive, but the more intensely you exercise the more damaging free radicals your body produces. RaisinsSkip the energy bar and fuel up with a small box of raisins instead. WaterThink you need a sports drink during or after exercise? SalmonIf you’re pumping iron, salmon could make you stronger. Your thoughts...
3 Ultra-Satisfying Vegetarian Fall Soup Recipes Image via: Sneakerdog Every year, when it starts getting cold, I crave soups and stews packed with greens and garlic. To me, it’s the ultimate comfort food: hot, healthy, and vegetarian. I love to experiment with seasonal ingredients like apples and butternut squash, and add in favorites like spinach and hot spices. Here are three filling, unbelievably delicious meat-free soup recipes that will be in rotation in my soup pot this season. Garlic, Chickpea and Spinach Soup By Sneakerdog 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, chopped 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 5 cups vegetable stock 12 ounces potatoes, diced More after the jump! 15 ounces can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2/3 cup Silk(tm) cream (or other non-dairy cream) 2 tablespoons light tahini 7 ounces spinach, shredded cayenne pepper salt and pepper, to taste Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the garlic and onions until soft and golden. Makes 4 cups Serves 6 to 8
99 Life Hacks That Could Make Your Life Easier A Giant Gallery of Unique Staircase Designs Jul 26, 2012 Some you’ll love, some you’ll detest and others you can only hope nobody has ever slipped and hurt themselves! Below is a gallery of unique and creative staircase designs. Not necessarily the most beautiful or functional, just a collection of interesting concepts that push the boundaries of staircase design into bold and often handrail-less territories. Enjoy! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Sources - If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:
50 Amazingly Helpful Time-Tested Tips for the Kitchen | Life Hackery - StumbleUpon You know all of those helpful kitchen-related suggestions that old-timers are so willing to share with the younger generations? These little tips and tricks might be called “kitchen hacks” these days, but they’re still the same good old nuggets of wisdom that they always were. As with any old wives’ tale, hack, or tip, your mileage may vary. Some of these gems have been around for several lifetimes - and according to most grandmas, they really work. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making As a society, we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. We have lost the ability to make things from scratch. Rather than blend up some peanuts to make delicious, tasty and fresh peanut butter, we’ll spend many dollars on a jar from the store that contains artificial preservatives, unnecessary packaging and that simply lines the pockets of huge, unethical multinational corporations. Aside from foods, you can also make your own personal care products, beauty and make up products, cleaning products and home accessories that taste, work or look better than store bought, without the harmful chemicals and toxins and free from excessive, earth damaging packaging. Foods Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t brake the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family. Peanut Butter – It is so simple to make this pantry staple it would be silly to buy it. Want to learn more about making your own foods? Next Page >>>
Wisdom of Great Writers By Maria Popova By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more. Please enjoy. Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers “You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”
How to make a mini rocket stove Rocket stoves have become a part of our lives at Milkwood Farm. They’re hyper energy efficient, can be built out of rubbish and result in more usable heat that any other wood-burning system we’ve come across. Big love. It doesn’t take long to be besotted – everyone who needs a wash at our farm heats the water for their showers using our fabulous rocket-powered shower water heater, which works a treat. Mini rocket stove - the basic plan Following on from the rocket powered shower (our rocket stove hot water system), we’ve been aching to try other types of rocket stoves. This is our mark 1 model of a mini rocket stove, constructed by Milkwood interns Kade, Amelie, Bel and Chris. Now all we needed was some tin cans, something to snip them with, and some ash to insulate the riser, to make our very own. Mini rocket stove – the basic plan Mini rocket stove ingredients. Amelie and Kade make the first incision cutting a hole for the burn chamber can Checking that the burn chamber can fits in the hole
Wine Notes: Antica Terra was up to the challenge of 2011 harvest View full sizeBRENT WOJAHN/THE OREGONIANAntica Terra winemaker Maggie Harrison (right), sorting grapes with Megan Iversen, says despite challenges posed by weather and locale, 2011 could end up the wineryâs finest yet. If 2011 had been a typical year, the wine-grape harvest would have happened two months ago. But 2011 was an anomalous year. The Willamette Valley experienced the coldest April through June on record. The remainder of the summer was colder than average; one OSU horticulturist declared it the coldest growing season in more than 50 years. However, September was spectacular, with a string of days hitting higher than 90 degrees that were counterbalanced by cool nights. All that added up to what may, for some local wineries, be the vintage of the decade. One such winery is Antica Terra. I visited Antica Terra on its most frenetic harvest day in early November and asked winemaker/partner Maggie Harrison what set 2011 apart for them.
Recipe for Mujadarra (Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions) Mujadarra (pronounced moo-jha-druh and also spelled Mujadara, Mujaddara, Mujadarah, and Mujadarrah) is a humble middle eastern dish of lentils, rice, and caramelized onions. This is a recipe where the flavor becomes much more than you'd expect from the simple ingredients used. Years ago I started ordering Mujadarra at a now-closed Salt Lake restaurant which served it with Middle Eastern Tomato Salad around the the plate, the perfect way to eat it if you have tomatoes and fresh herbs on hand. Rinse lentils, then add water and cook at a low simmer 20-30 minutes, until lentils are soft. Start cooking 3/4 cup long grain rice, either following the directions on the package or using a rice cooker like I did. Peel onions, then cut into quarter-slices to make 3 cups sliced onions. Heat olive oil in large heavy pan, then add onions and start to brown over medium-low heat, stirring every few minutes. Here are my onions after ten minutes, just starting to get brown. Printer Friendly Recipe
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cooking conversions Best Superfoods - New Health Foods To Try Jul 7, 2014 Jun 6, 2014 May 4, 2014 Feb 26, 2014 Once upon a time, food as medicine wasn't such a strange idea—Hippocrates himself vouched for it. Dec 10, 2013 How much does it really cost to eat well? Oct 25, 2013 Aug 26, 2013 Aug 22, 2013 Jan 23, 2013 Sep 4, 2012 A couple months back, we ran a story on superfoods. Jul 11, 2012 Every day, it seems there’s a newly crowned miracle food that claims to aid in everything that’s ailing you.