Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Best Money Tips: How to Eat Organic on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-grocery-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_47464684.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to eat organic on the cheap, clever ways to save money and time on holiday travel, and money lies that are holding you back.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-eat-organic-food-without-spending-a-lot-of-money">How to Eat Organic Food Without Spending a Lot of Money</a> &mdash; Prioritize your organics! Start with fruits, veggies, and milk. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/12/holiday-travel/">23 Clever Ways to Save Money &amp; Time on Holiday Travel</a> &mdash; If you're planning to go on a cruise or out of the country, it may be worth it to use a travel agent's expertise to help you find discounts or special tour packages. [SuperMoney!]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/12/16/are-you-holding-yourself-back-with-these-money-lies/">Are You Holding Yourself Back With These Money Lies?</a> &mdash; Don't think health insurance an unnecessary expense just because you're healthy. Accidents happen, and unexpected medical debt can ruin your finances. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adaringadventure.com/life-coaching/40-amazing-self-development-facts">40 Amazing Self Development Facts</a> &mdash; You can get a greater sense of well-being by placing a pencil between your teeth for a few minutes so that you're forcing a bit of a smile. [A Daring Adventure]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/email-mistakes-you-should-avoid.html">Email Mistakes You Should Avoid</a> &mdash; Make sure there's a point to your email &mdash; and that you get the the point sooner rather than later. Otherwise, why send it at all? [Grad Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/personal-finance-books-for-the-holidays/">6 Personal Finance Books to Give for the Holidays (or Read Yourself)</a> &mdash; Learn about investing with The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, based on the ideas of the guy who founded Vanguard, John C. Bogle. [Free from Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/money-tight.html">23 Things to Remember When Money Is Tight</a> &mdash; Taking a class to learn a valuable skill can help you earn more money, network, or even meet a new friend who'll buy you coffee. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-promote-good-hand-washing-habits-at-home">How to Promote Good Hand Washing Habits at Home</a> &mdash; Teach your kids the right way to wash their hands. Proper technique is an important part of good hygiene! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Multitasking-Kills-Creativity-36280236">Put Down That iPhone! How Multitasking Kills Creativity</a> &mdash; You actually do less when you try to do more. To avoid multitasking, you can have short 5-10 minute tasks lined up so that you can fill your time when a meeting is delayed. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/career-lessons-soccer-dad/">15 Career Lessons From a Soccer Dad</a> &mdash; Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are will allow you to get to work on managing or improving those areas that you need help with. [Money Smart Life]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Eat Organic on the Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein">Beyond Beef: Tasty, Frugal Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-a-natural-food-pantry-for-less">Stock a Natural Food Pantry for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-angst-part-iii-how-to-buy-better-poultry">Supermarket Angst Part III: How to Buy Better Poultry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organic-groceries-on-a-budget">Organic Groceries on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips organic food Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1270230 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things in Your Pantry That Don't Last as Long as You Think http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pantry-food-Dollarphotoclub_34705108.jpg" alt="pantry food" title="pantry food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's kind of a general assumption that &quot;non-perishable&quot; food means that it'll last forever. That's far from accurate, however, and if you're not careful, consuming out-of-date or spoiled pantry items means your meals won't be as nutritious or flavorful as they might be &mdash; and you could be risking your health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">Can I Eat This? A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <p>How do you know which staples are susceptible? Here's a list of 10 common cupboard items to keep an eye on.</p> <h2>1. Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tazo%20tea.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Tea has plenty of health benefits &mdash; like giving you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drink-your-tea-types-health-benefits-and-how-to-brew-a-perfect-cup">more energy to exercise and reducing the risk of heart attack</a> &mdash; but only if it's stored properly.</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-safety-how-tell-when-food-spoiled">Antioxidants decrease an average of 32%</a> after 6 months on the shelf, according to a 2009 study in the Journal of Food Science,&quot; reports Prevention.com. &quot;These antioxidants, known as catechins, may decrease your risk of several types of cancer, but they are sensitive to both oxygen and light. Sadly, tea, unlike wine, does not improve with age.&quot;</p> <p>To maximize tea's efficacy, store in a sealed container in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Spam</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spam%20can.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're stocking up on food to ride out the impending zombie-pocalypse, Spam is a great option to fortify your nutritional reserves. Yeah, nutrition and Spam is an oxymoron, but when there's very little food left on the planet, whatever you have is nutritious. You just better hope the crisis is over in less than 17 years &mdash; because that's when non-perishables of even maximum strength preservative power start to throw in the towel.</p> <p>&quot;I'm far from a food expert, but my wife and I bought a can of Spam in 1997 thinking that it would last forever,&quot; admits Dr. Dave Popple, president of a leadership development firm. &quot;This year it split one of the seams [because] it was so bloated. Now I can say our love has lasted longer than a can of Spam.&quot;</p> <p>Let's hope it lasts longer than the zombie-pocalypse too. Or just check the &quot;<a href="http://www.spam.com/spam-101/what-is-the-shelf-life-of-spam-products">Best by</a>&quot; date on the bottom of the can before opening the can.</p> <h2>3. Canned Ham and Seafood</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20tuna.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I didn't call eww on Spam, but I am calling super yuck on canned ham and seafood. There's just something about meat in a four-year-old metal cylinder that's completely unappetizing. To each his own, I guess &mdash; but if you've been letting next year's holiday feast-in-a-tin sit in your pantry, prepare to spend Christmas getting your stomach pumped.</p> <p>Madison Kotack, digital marketing manager at <a href="http://www.mealkitsupply.com">Meal Kit Supply</a>, warns, &quot;Some canned hams and seafoods cannot be stored at room temperature, as many people might assume.&quot;</p> <h2>4. High-Acid Canned Goods</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/canned%20fruit%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Kotack also weighs in on high-acid canned goods like tomatoes. &quot;Canned tomatoes only last 12 to 18 months, while many assume the full 2 to 5 years of standard canned foods,&quot; she says. &quot;High-acid foods contain natural chemicals that continually corrode the container, which can alter the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the food over a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>To avoid ingesting a potentially dangerous product, always check the expiration date before opening.</p> <h2>5. Dried Herbs and Ground Spices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried%20herbs.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know what you're thinking &mdash; how can dried herbs and spices possibly go bad? It's not so much that they actually go bad, per se, but they don't pack as much of a punch after a while. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-store-herbs-to-make-them-last-longer-and-taste-better?ref=seealso">How to Store Herbs to Make Them Last Longer and Taste Fresher</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Herbs and spices don't last as long as you think,&quot; says Lisa Wells, a blogger at Cook Eat Paleo. &quot;They lose their flavor and color over time and should be replaced. Dried herbs will last one to three years, but if they start to lose their scent that's a good indication that the flavor will be weak. Ground spices should be used within six to nine months for maximum flavor.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Whole Grain Flour, Nuts, and Seeds</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/nuts%20jar.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're not a fan of pancakes that taste like turpentine, keep an eye on your whole grain flour along with any nuts and seeds you keep in the pantry.</p> <p>&quot;People think that whole grain flour and nuts and seeds last forever, but the natural oils in these go rancid quickly,&quot; explains Dr. Sharon Palmer, author of <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">Plant-Powered for Life</a>. &quot;This not only makes these products taste awful &mdash; that familiar paint thinner flavor and odor &mdash; and it's not a healthy habit to eat oxidized, rancid food.&quot;</p> <p>As an alternative to the pantry, Dr. Palmer recommends storing these items in the freezer.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A lot of people think that potatoes are still consumable as long as they don't have &quot;eyes,&quot; and even then I bet a good portion of those people just pick them off and prepare the potatoes anyway. Unfortunately, that's not a very smart way to eat your starches.</p> <p>In the pantry, potatoes last only one to two weeks at room temperature, according to <a href="http://www.stilltasty.com/">StillTasty.com</a>, but anywhere from two to three months when stored in a cooler dark area (45 to 55 degrees). That doesn't mean you should refrigerate your potatoes, however. Refrigeration can give the spuds a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked. Prepare the potatoes and freeze them, and they're good to go for up to a year.</p> <p>The site also advises to store the potatoes in a loosely covered sack or basket to allow for air circulation. Keep them away from onions, too, as the chemical reaction between the two will speed up the spoilage process.</p> <h2>8. Brown Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/brown%20rice.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While brown rice lasts a good six to eight months in the pantry, that's not always a foolproof way to ensure that it's consumable, mainly because you don't know how long it sat on the shelf before you bought it. Thus:</p> <ul> <li>If it has a sour smell, like rancid oil, it's bad;</li> <li>If it's dusty or oily, it's bad;</li> <li>If it contains mold, bugs, insect eggs, or other &quot;things&quot; in it (which is a real possibility; I'm not making this up), it's reeeeally bad.</li> </ul> <p>And if that's not enough to make you want to run for sheriff of the Brown Rice Police Department, let holistic health coach Wendy Kuhn impart her wisdom upon you:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Until this fall, I talked about how if you had healthy choices available in your pantry all of the time, it makes it easier to pull together healthy meals at the last minute,&quot; she says. &quot;I still believe that, but my timeline and quantities have changed significantly after a horrendous pantry moth invasion. The moths started in my brown rice and expanded to virtually all of my food products (except for canned goods). Not only did I have to throw out hundreds of dollars worth of food, but getting rid of them non-toxically was a huge and time-consuming challenge.&quot;</p> <p>Now, before you run to the pantry and throw out all your food, here are ways to prevent this nightmarish invasion from happening to you.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;First, store food (whether it comes in boxes, plastic bag or sealed packages) in sealed glass containers,&quot; Kuhn advises. &quot;This moves people away from storing in plastic, which, especially as a breast cancer survivor, is a practice that I think is a good thing. Secondly, I have become a proponent of buying what you need. I no longer buy huge quantities of grains, but only enough for a few meals. The upside of this is that shopping for these essentials more often also means buying fresh produce more frequently, which is always a good thing. My point is, even though you think grains, cereals, flour, mixes, and other foods last forever, the pantry moths love them just a little bit too much and, trust me, it is not worth it.&quot;</p> <p>Alas, nothing can get rid of that phantom itch you have all over your body right now. You're welcome.</p> <h2>9. Cereal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cereal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your favorite breakfast cereal doesn't exactly spoil, but I'm sure you've noticed in the past that it's gotten stale. It's not immune to everyday elements, and it'll start <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/10/shelf-life-pantry-foods-_n_3248107.html">losing its texture and flavor</a> about three to four months after its been opened. (But let's be honest with ourselves here; those Fruity Pebbles don't last long in your house.) To extend cereal's shelf life, keep the box well covered so it stays crisper, longer.</p> <h2>10. Coffee</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coffee%20bean%20cup.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You don't have to worry about any nefarious living organisms infiltrating your coffee, but the pick-me-up does start to lose its flavor after a week or two in the pantry. Stash it in the fridge to preserve its full strength (and to keep the coffee thieves at bay).</p> <p><em>Do you know of other pantry staples to that don't last as long as we think they do? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-pantry-foods-that-keep-longer-than-you-think">18 Pantry Foods That Keep Longer Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Shopping expiration dates food waste pantry shelf life Staples Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1269733 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" alt="chocolate" title="chocolate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling down? Many people self-medicate with food when they get down in the dumps, but that pint of double fudge ice cream isn't doing you any favors (granted, it's not hurting your tastebuds). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today?ref=seealso">11 Things Scientists Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a>)</p> <p>The next time you're feeling low, try eating one of the following foods, which are scientifically proven to help turn that frown upside down.</p> <h2>1. Chili Peppers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red-chili-peppers-Dollarphotoclub_51133856.jpg" /></p> <p>Are you into spicy foods? That's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/24/281978831/sriracha-chemistry-how-hot-sauces-perk-up-your-food-and-your-mood">good news</a> for your mental wellbeing. Chili peppers contain two hard-hitting compounds: <a href="http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2006May/SpicingupChemistry.asp">capsaicin</a> and dihydrocapsaicin. These chemicals trick your brain into thinking that something is burning your mouth, which is where that &quot;ouch get it out!&quot; reaction comes from. But soon after, your body reacts by releasing endorphins and gives you a natural high. So go ahead and add some hot sauce to your meal when you need a little pick-me-up.</p> <h2>2. Spinach</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spinach-Dollarphotoclub_71723946.jpg" /></p> <p>There may be good reason why Popeye was always so chipper. Not only is spinach high in calcium and iron, it's packed with antioxidants and folic acid (B vitamins), both of which are associated with good mood. One study found that low levels of folic acid <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/brain-and-behavior/slideshows/best-foods-to-eat-for-your-mood&mdash;and-a-few-bad-ones/3">increased risk for depression</a>, and more studies are being conducted about the effect of folate on mental health. Folate is water-soluble, so your body does not store it and therefore needs a continuous supply. Other foods rich in B vitamins include legumes, avocado, and broccoli.</p> <h2>3. Poultry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted-chicken-Dollarphotoclub_66130868.jpg" /></p> <p>Poultry like chicken and turkey contain an amino acid called <em>tyrosine</em>, which is involved in the production of stress hormones. Some scientists believe that when your body is under stress, it can't <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine">make enough tyrosine</a>. Eating poultry could help replenish your supply and help reduce psychological stress. Lean poultry contains a variety of nutrients and is a high quality source of protein, so there's more than one reason to have chicken tonight!</p> <h2>4. Wild Salmon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/wild-salmon-Dollarphotoclub_49166527.jpg" /></p> <p>Most fish is really good for you, and salmon is at the top of the list. That's because it's full of omega-3 fatty acids. The coveted omega-3's are good for many things, including fighting inflammation and promoting a healthy nervous system. Both help regulate brain chemistry and bolster better thinking and a happier mind. According to a recent study, taking <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145">omega-3 fatty acids reduced stress</a> for medical students while they studied for exams.</p> <p>Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods are also thought to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet">lower risk for heart disease</a>, ease arthritis pain and improve asthma symptoms, among other benefits. So what are you waiting for? Get to the fish market!</p> <h2>5. Tomatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tomatoes-Dollarphotoclub_66998563.jpg" /></p> <p>Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a phytochemical that gives red fruits and vegetables their color. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can have a surprisingly strong effect on the body, and has been shown to help prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Researchers are investigating the potential for phytochemicals like <a href="http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23977/good_mood_foods">lycopene to fight inflammatory diseases</a> and help negate their negative effects on the brain. Tomatoes are also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are just plain good for you and your mental health.</p> <h2>6. Garlic</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic-Dollarphotoclub_69286967.jpg" /></p> <p>Garlic is often championed as one of the healthiest foods in world. Garlic is being studied for cancer and heart disease prevention, and promoting good cholesterol and a healthy immune system. Garlic contains chromium and other compounds, which some believe to function as a natural antidepressant. Dr. Henry Emmons claims that raw <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=j_Yxd9xnHAoC&amp;lpg=PA54&amp;ots=B3AmVlrgLf&amp;dq=%22the%20chemistry%20of%20joy%22%20garlic&amp;pg=PA91#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">garlic can encourage serotonin production</a>; depression is thought to be due to a serotonin imbalance. Studies are still being conducted on garlic's effect on mood and depression, but with it's anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties, why not eat more garlic? (Just carry some mints.)</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" /></p> <p>I know, I don't need to tell you to eat chocolate when you're sad. Luckily, dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, which can also be found in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to boost levels of endorphins in your brain as well as serotonin. Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117885">chocolate can improve mood</a> states or lessen negative moods, and more studies are being conducted. Now, if only I could get the doctor to write me a chocolate prescription!</p> <p><em>What foods are your go-to antidepressants? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-be-healthy">Why is it so expensive to be healthy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-homemade-gluten-free-noodles">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Homemade Gluten-Free Noodles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food science happiness happiness foods health food Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:10 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1267799 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/basmati-rice-Dollarphotoclub_71655424.jpg" alt="basmati rice" title="basmati rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've ever seen a basic household organizer, it usually comes with a basic shopping list for pantry staples and other grocery items to keep on hand at all times. These are usually very simple items that a household of any size, background, or dietary preference will share in common.</p> <p>What can make or break a delicious meal, evening of entertainment, or delicious treat, however, is the not-so-ordinary ingredient. Recipes won't be the same without them, and they should have a place in all cupboards and fridges. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-herbs-and-spices-every-pantry-should-have?ref=seealso">The 12 Herbs and Spices Every Pantry Should Have</a>)</p> <p>Here's the list of rarely mentioned, super important items I keep on hand at all times.</p> <h2>1. Capers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/capers-Dollarphotoclub_58098928.jpg" /></p> <p>These salty little garnishes are actually the buds of flowers. They taste amazing in dishes that use lemon-cream sauces, and can <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_cutlets_with_caper_sauce/">take a cutlet</a> from &quot;ho-hum&quot; to &quot;how did you do it?&quot; One tiny jar can last quite a long time after opening, provided you keep it in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Artichoke Heart Quarters</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/artichoke-hearts-Dollarphotoclub_65853299.jpg" /></p> <p>Drain them and add to salads, a relish tray, or a pizza. I can't think of a cheesy dip that won't be even better with these as an ingredients; try them in spinach dip, for example.</p> <h2>3. Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/maraschino-cherries-Dollarphotoclub_61777837.jpg" /></p> <p>Even tea-totalers will enjoy dropping one or two of these into their mixed drinks. They make a sundae special and add flavor to cookies and cakes.</p> <h2>4. Panko</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/panko-bread-crumbs-Dollarphotoclub_52379396.jpg" /></p> <p>These super-crunchy bread crumbs are all you need for perfectly crispy homemade chicken strips, fish sticks, breaded stir-fry meats, and crunchy appetizers. Since they are light and golden brown, you can ensure that your finished foods won't be soggy or bland.</p> <h2>5. Ramen Noodles</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ramen-noodles-Dollarphotoclub_73258017.jpg" /></p> <p>This quick-to-prepare pasta is a brilliant way to serve any Asian-inspired stir-fry or meat. It takes less time than rice, and can be tossed into sauces (minus the seasoning packet) for a fun noodle experience.</p> <h2>6. Dried Lemongrass</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dried-lemongrass-Dollarphotoclub_35829593.jpg" /></p> <p>One jar in your spice cupboard can go a long way to amp up dishes and add dimension to new Thai flavored recipes.</p> <h2>7. Shallots</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/shallots-Dollarphotoclub_67109052.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These beautiful greens look like big green onions, and taste a bit like a cross between a very mild onion and garlic. Dice them up for a pleasant addition to potato soups, or substitute them for cooked white onions in most any dish.</p> <h2>8. Coconut Oil</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/coconut-oil-Dollarphotoclub_66015418.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>While the health benefits of substituting this oil are becoming pretty well known, it's also a very useful beauty product to keep on hand. What other ingredient can be used to lightly fry tortillas for tacos and also be used as a <a href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_african-american-babies-hair-care_10330036.bc">leave-in conditioner</a> for baby's hair?</p> <h2>9. Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chickpeas-Dollarphotoclub_59083965.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This crunchy &quot;nut&quot; is actually a bean, and it makes a perfect topping for chef salads. You can also <a href="http://www.lillepunkin.com/2014/07/back-to-school-snack-recipe-crunchy.html">try roasting them</a> for a savory, crunchy alternative to packaged products like Corn-Nuts.</p> <h2>10. Ladyfingers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ladyfingers-Dollarphotoclub_63026039.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These sort-of sweet cookies are the stuff tiramisu is literally made of. Use them as a layering ingredients between puddings and fruits; you'll have an amazingly <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-tiramisu-trifle">simple trifle</a> to delight your guests with!</p> <h2>11. Basmati Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/basmati-rice-Dollarphotoclub_71655424.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Forget the &quot;minute rice&quot; or even plain boring white rice, and enjoy this fragrant version readily available at most grocery stores. The texture and flavor are subtly superior to the rice most of us are used to, making your common rice recipes feel special each and every time you prepare them!</p> <h2>12. Blue Corn Chips</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/blue-corn-chips-Dollarphotoclub_62538690.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These are now available by many snack food brands, and they add wonderful color to your party spread without any additional effort. Mix them in with regular corn tortillas or just serve them alone. I find them to be pleasantly &quot;nuttier&quot; tasting.</p> <p>While everyone will have their own special ingredients, playing with new ones can broaden your horizons and add new experiences to your lunches and dinners.</p> <p><em>Which one of the ingredients above will you start using first?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink ingredients pantry recipes Staples Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:00:07 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1265976 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Expensive Ingredients You Can Replace http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-expensive-ingredients-you-can-replace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-expensive-ingredients-you-can-replace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-stew-ingredients-140299731-small.jpg" alt="stew ingredients" title="stew ingredients" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on expensive recipe ingredients you can replace, stores with the best return policies, apps to help you reach your daily goals, and more!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/11/recipe/">12 Expensive Recipe Ingredients You Can Easily Replace</a> &mdash; Some recipes only need maple syrup for the flavor; if that's the case, just combine brown sugar and water until you get the right consistency, and use that instead. [SuperMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/10-stores-with-the-best-return-policies/">10 Stores With the Best Return Policies</a> &mdash; Nordstrom (not to be confused with Nordstrom Rack) will take back any item at any time, with or without a receipt. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genuinecuriosity.com/genuinecuriosity/2014/11/21/4-apps-that-will-help-you-achieve-your-daily-goals">4 Apps That Will Help You Achieve Your Daily Goals</a> &mdash; SmartyPig makes it fun to save! Plus, it allows friends, family, and other users to contribute to your goal. [Genuine Curiosity]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/food-scratch.html">23 Foods Worth Making From Scratch at Home</a> &mdash; Homemade spaghetti sauce is easy to make, and it won't have all the preservatives and sugar that come with jarred sauce. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Random-Acts-Kindness-Ideas-34351861">109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today</a> &mdash; Are you dining out today? Brighten your waiter's day with a generous tip! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/inasec/">The Power of Delay</a> &mdash; When you get the urge for a bad habit, simply delay. Tell yourself that you'll do it later, and you may find that the urge has passed when &quot;later&quot; comes around. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/how-not-to-worry">5 Ways to Stop Worrying</a> &mdash; Sometimes we force ourselves no to enjoy something for fear of losing it &mdash; but know that you have the ability to deal with let down and loss. Go right ahead and enjoy yourself to the utmost! [Think Simple Now]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/cheap-wine-taste-expensive/">How to Make Cheap Wine Taste Expensive</a> &mdash; Let your wine breathe a bit. You can get a cheap wine decanter or an aerator sprout, or even just let it sit in a pitcher &mdash; it really makes a difference! [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/5-tricks-spot-good-financial-advice">5 Tricks to Spot Good Financial Advice</a> &mdash; Look for a site that features a wide range of products or services. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/thanksgiving-leftover-ideas">Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas</a> &mdash; Still have some turkey left over from Thanksgiving? Toss it into a cobb salad and serve with cranberry sauce on the side. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-expensive-ingredients-you-can-replace" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Expensive Ingredients You Can Replace" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-expensive-ingredients-you-can-replace">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flavorful-foods-worth-splurging-on">10 Flavorful Foods Worth Splurging On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-vi-apples">When Good Food Goes Bad Part VI: Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips ingredients Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1260484 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Eat for Lunch for a More Productive Afternoon http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-eating-lunch-185591453-small.jpg" alt="businesswoman eating lunch" title="businesswoman eating lunch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need fuel to perform your best. And it makes all the difference whether that fuel consists of processed sugars or healthful, natural ingredients like protein and vitamins. Exhibit A: It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a post-turkey nap, now would it?</p> <p>So on days when you want to keep your energy levels up and your focus razor sharp well into the evening, skip the burgers, fries, and sugary soda, and opt instead for one of these energizing mid-day meals.</p> <h2>1. Spinach Salad</h2> <p>An excellent source of iron, spinach is a nutrient-loaded, low-calorie superfood that is one of the body's best energy producers. It's also affordable and readily available year-round.</p> <p>Consider topping your spinach salad with a sprinkle of health-enhancing cranberries and energy-boosting mandarin orange slices or protein-packed almonds and sugar spike-slowing strawberries. You might also want to add a dash of chia seeds, which promote energy metabolism, regulate insulin levels, and help keep you hydrated.</p> <h2>2. Salmon and Brown Basmati Rice</h2> <p>Salmon is chock full of protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin &mdash; all of which help convert the food you eat into energy. Lest we forget the other superpowers of this pink fish, such as its ability to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. We recommend enjoying a filet or two with a side of brown basmati rice, a whole grain that <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/eating-brown-rice-day-good-you-10049.html">prevents blood sugar spikes</a> and helps the body rev up for action.</p> <h2>3. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich</h2> <p>A fan favorite among athletes, bananas are a go-to food for energy and endurance. And one of the best ways to incorporate them into your lunch is to stuff fresh slices between two pieces of peanut butter covered bread. Peanut butter is full of protein and fiber, which give you <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/peanut-butter-a-great-runners-food?page=single">a slow, sustained release of energy</a> &mdash; a foolproof lunch choice for those of us who want to avoid that late afternoon slump. The carbohydrates in the sandwich bread will give your body even more fuel to last you 'til dinner time.</p> <h2>4. Crab Cakes With Edamame Salad</h2> <p>High in protein and low in fat, crab meat helps you feel full more quickly as it <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/20/crab-good-for-you">ramps up your metabolism</a>. It's also rich in vitamin B12, which helps the body convert food into energy. Round out your meal with a side of edamame, a soybean packed with protein, magnesium, fiber, and B vitamins that help the body power up to its full potential.</p> <h2>5. Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad</h2> <p>A one-cup serving of corn has 5 grams of energy-building protein complete with all the essential amino acids. What it lacks is a sufficient amount of lysine to be considered a complete protein. That's where the black beans come in. Beans are packed with all the lysine your body needs to <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/403305-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-corn/">get that extra boost</a>. Add sliced avocado to your salad for an extra boost from <a href="http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition/">this fruit's 20 essential nutrients</a>, which include fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid. It's a tasty lunch that's guaranteed to get you ready and raring to go for the rest of the day.</p> <p><em>What's your usual workday lunch? Does it keep you going or slow you down? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon" class="sharethis-link" title="What to Eat for Lunch for a More Productive Afternoon" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-snacks-that-will-keep-you-energized-through-the-day">20 Snacks That Will Keep You Energized Through the Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips afternoon doldrums brain food energy food healthy food lunch Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:11 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1260443 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-cooking-mistake-85926674-small.jpg" alt="couple cooking" title="couple cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you routinely create havoc in the kitchen? Turn that frown upside down! There are a number of food hacks that can help in even the most helpless situations and result in something utterly&hellip; well, edible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-cooking-and-save-with-these-11-kitchen-tricks?ref=seealso">Learn to Love Cooking With These 11 Kitchen Tricks</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to bail yourself out of 10 common (and annoying!) cooking and baking mistakes.</p> <h2>1. Burned Rice</h2> <p>It's easy to get distracted when you're cooking dinner. Then you smell the rice burning on the stove and panic. The fix is easy. Take rice off the heat, place a piece of white sandwich bread on top, and replace the pot cover. Wait several minutes and your rice will taste good as new.</p> <h2>2. Gummy Rice</h2> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, your rice might be too soggy and even gummy. What to do? Well, if it's not too far gone, you can always rinse with some cold water and use your fingers or a fork to separate and fluff the grains. If it's quite glued together, I switch gears and make up veggie burgers, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-rice-cakes-226013">rice cakes</a>, or even rice pudding.</p> <h2>3. Salty Soup</h2> <p>I'm a repeat offender for adding too much salt to my soups and stews. I usually try diluting the salt first by adding more plain water or cooking stock. If that doesn't work (or my soup is already quite thin), I add some noodles or rice to the mix, which help soak up the flavor from the broth and distribute it more evenly. That <a href="http://www.genuineideas.com/ArticlesIndex/potatosponge.html">old potato trick</a> you heard about apparently doesn't work, though I haven't tried it personally.</p> <h2>4. Sticky Pasta</h2> <p>If your pasta is sticking together, the solution is quite simple. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the mix and toss. It'll free up those bound-together noodles and also add some light flavor and healthy fats to your dish.</p> <h2>5. Overcooked Veggies</h2> <p>If you boiled or otherwise cooked your vegetables for too long, I suggest pureeing them into a tasty and nutritious vegetable soup. You'll want to add some water or stock while blending to achieve your desired consistency, then put the mix on your stove to simmer with some salt, pepper, and other herbs or spices. This new dish can double as baby food.</p> <h2>6. Too Much Spice</h2> <p>We cook with a lot of heat in our house. However, even I have my limits. If you add too much spice to a dish, there are a few things you can do. You can try adding some sugar in <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/cool-down-spicy-food">1/2 teaspoon measurements</a> and keep tasting until you're satisfied. You can bulk up the dish by adding more veggies or meat (this will help dilute it). Or you can serve with some cooling dairy to help neutralize the burn.</p> <h2>7. Overcooked Meat</h2> <p>I'm a vegetarian, so I asked my mom how she rescues tough, overcooked meat for dinner time. She says most often she'll shred the offender and make beef tacos or mix chicken with mayo for salad sandwiches. There are a <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1029723/how-to-fix-overcooked-meat">number of other ways</a> to use overcooked protein, including chopping small pieces of pork and making fried rice or soaking beef in marinade overnight for use in wraps.</p> <h2>8. Soggy Meat, Etc.</h2> <p>Overcrowding your pan can cause a host of problems when cooking dinner dishes. Chief among them is not allowing steam to escape and properly crisp and brown your dish. The result is soggy meat. If you think you have have overcrowded your pan, quickly turn on another one and transfer some meat (or whatever else you're cooking) to it to give some searing room.</p> <h2>9. Dry Cookie Dough</h2> <p>I make a lot of cookies, so I have quite a bit of experience reviving too-dry cookie dough. The key is getting it moistened up again, but not with water. Instead, turn your dough out <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Dry-Cookie-Dough">onto a piece of wax or parchment paper</a> and cover it with a teaspoon of cooking oil. Knead with your hands and add more oil as necessary until it's soft and pliable. Wrap and place in your fridge for 30 minutes before baking as directed.</p> <h2>10. Crumbling Cookies</h2> <p>It can happen to the best of us. We mix cookie dough and bake, but they just don't hold together. One of my favorite dessert recipes &mdash; <a href="http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood/2011/06/babycakess-ice-cream-pie/">Vegan Ice Cream Pie</a> &mdash; uses crumbled cookies as its crust. So, if you find yourself with a batch of crumbled mess, try reimagining it into pie crust by processing with some oil and liquid sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.) to bind.</p> <p><em>Any recipes you've learned how to rescue? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink kitchen tips recipe savers recipes rescues saving dinner Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1260294 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-eating-cake-86490135-small.jpg" alt="man eating cake" title="man eating cake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bad habits &mdash; everybody's got 'em. But did you know that some of them are actually making you dumber? That's right, just as you can engage in practices that boost your brain power, there are other actions &mdash; including some you may be taking right now while mistakenly thinking they're harmless &mdash; that actually diminish your intellectual capacity. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating?ref=seealso">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat</a>)</p> <p>So read on, smarten up, and don't say we didn't warn you.</p> <h2>1. Overeating</h2> <p>Listen up, men. Especially those of you who carry around a little extra weight. Researchers have found that being overweight may actually increase the <a href="http://www.webmd.com/men/news/20030305/obesity-may-hamper-mens-brain-power">risk of mental decline in men</a>, making it more difficult for their brains to function at peak levels over time. So next time you get the midnight munchies, think not just of the damage it could do to your waistline, but also the harm it could cause to your intellect.</p> <p>Women, by the way, are not at risk for this eating-induced loss of mental function because of where and how the female body stores and distributes fat. Hurray!</p> <h2>2. Using GPS Navigation</h2> <p>A series of studies has uncovered a startling fact about the way we navigate this modern world, and the effect it has on our brains. It turns out that depending on GPS to get from point A to point B may have negative consequences on brain function, especially on the hippocampus, which is involved in <a href="http://phys.org/news/2010-11-reliance-gps-hippocampus-function-age.html">memory and navigation processes</a>. Neuroscientist Veronique Bohbot of McGill University in Montreal contends that it's probably wise for us all to limit our use of GPS strictly for occasions when we're finding the way to a new destination. Then, on the way back, or when we're going somewhere else we're already familiar with, we should turn it off.</p> <h2>3. Working Odd Hours</h2> <p>If you work the graveyard shift or otherwise make a living by a strange schedule, you may want to put in for a change of hours. Studies show that long-term shift work leads to impaired memory and <a href="http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/latest-research/researchshowslongtermshiftworklinkedtoimpairedbrainpower.php">stunted brain function</a>. &quot;The cognitive impairment observed in the present study may have important safety consequences not only for the individuals concerned, but also for society as a whole, given the increasing number of jobs in high hazard situations that are performed at night,&quot; wrote a team of researchers from the National Center for Scientific Research at the University of Toulouse in France. Experts say it all boils down to the toll sleep disruption has on the brain's ability to store information. The old 9-to-5 doesn't sound so bad afterall, now does it?</p> <h2>4. Getting Stressed Out</h2> <p>Only 37% of Americans feel they are doing an <a href="http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/impact.aspx#">adequate job of managing their stress</a>. And now there's evidence that stress could be <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201208/how-prevent-stress-shrinking-your-brain">shrinking our brains</a>. New research shows that prolonged stress is associated with decreased volume in the parts of the brain responsible for regulating thoughts and feelings and creating new memories. So it would seem to reason that it's more important now than ever to pick up a few little tricks to help release those tightly wound tensions we all accumulate in the mind and body as we go about our day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-ways-to-de-stress-and-enjoy-life-more?ref=seealso">6 Little Ways to De-Stress (and Enjoy Life More)</a>)</p> <h2>5. Skipping Meals</h2> <p>When you skip a meal, you aren't just starving your stomach &mdash; you're also <a href="http://www.memphis.edu/update/feb10/health.php">starving your brain</a>. The brain relies on blood sugar from the food we eat as fuel to keep all our neural-activity functioning properly. All it takes is a few hours on an empty stomach for our blood sugar to drop to subnormal levels, which means the brain can't perform optimally. &quot;In short, skipping meals leads to poor cognitive functioning, including loss of memory, concentration, the ability to learn, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to catch mistakes,&quot; said Rallie McAllister, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C01L6WI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00C01L6WI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WRRRAYANZHVFN22S">Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom's Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim</a>.</p> <h2>6. Eating Soda, Candy, and Sugary Snacks</h2> <p>Yet another reason to wrangle in that sweet tooth: A diet high in <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/need-your-brain-this-food-can-make-you-dumber/">fructose slows the brain</a>, which hampers memory and learning. And studies show all it takes is six weeks of sugary eating for the effects on the mind to begin to show. &quot;Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,&quot; UCLA biology professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla told CBS News. &quot;Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information.&quot;</p> <p><em>Are you guilty of any of these bad habits? Planning to stop now? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Habits That Are Quietly Eating Your Brain" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-habits-that-are-quietly-eating-your-brain">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-habits-you-must-start-right-now-and-be-a-better-person">20 Habits You Must Start Right Now and Be a Better Person</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-habits-you-must-kick-right-now-and-be-a-better-person">20 Habits You Must Kick Right Now and Be a Better Person</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-break-bad-habits">How to Break Bad Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-little-things-you-need-to-stop-saying-today">9 Dumb Little Things You Need to Stop Saying Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips bad habits habits intelligence Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1260291 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy and Amazing for $50 a Month http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-eating-breakfast-174231730-small.jpg" alt="man eating breakfast" title="man eating breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some terrific articles on how to eat healthy for $50 a month, financial moves to make in your 20s, and tips for living on one income.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/11/eat-amazing-healthy-50month.html">Eat Amazing (and Healthy) for $50/Month</a> &mdash; Protein is your friend! You'll go longer with more energy before you feel hungry again. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.imoney.ph/articles/3-smart-financial-moves-make-20s/">3 Smart Financial Moves to Make in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Develop a system for paying off debt and growing your savings &mdash; both are very important! [iMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.coolchecks.net/blog/budgets/6-tips-for-living-on-one-income.html">6 Tips for Living on One Income</a> &mdash; If you can, test out single-income living first before you take the plunge. Use the second income to build up your emergency fund. [Coolchecks.net]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2014/11/6-ways-save-20-today">6 Ways to Save $20 Today</a> &mdash; It's nice to go out with friends sometimes, but skip dinner if you can; lunch is usually much cheaper. [DINKS Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-common-turkey-mistakes-you-wont-make-this-thanksgiving.html">10 Common Turkey Mistakes You Won&rsquo;t Make This Thanksgiving</a> &mdash; If you don't use a roasting rack, the meat on the bottom of the turkey will end up dry, overcooked, and often burned. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Group-Gifts-36126899">DIY Gifts to Make When You Have a Ton of People on Your List</a> &mdash; DIY cup cozies are easy to make, cute, and always useful! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-simple-squash-recipes">8 Simple Squash Recipes</a> &mdash; Squash soup is hearty and delicious. Try Delicata Squash soup or Pumpkin and Leek Soup tonight! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/turn-pc-on-make-money/">4 Lazy Ways to Make Money by Leaving Your Computer On</a> &mdash; Companies like Slicify pay you to partition off your PC so others can run software on it without having access to your any of your programs or files. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productivity501.com/tips-for-productive-reading/9128/">Tips for Productive Reading</a> &mdash; Don't get stuck in a reading rut &mdash; pick up something your normally wouldn't read and you may gain a new perspective by the end of it! [Productivity501]</p> <p><a href="http://www.raheelfarooq.com/5-practical-tips-to-improve-your-social-life">5 Practical Tips to Improve Your Social Life</a> &mdash; If you have trouble interacting with people, interact with more people. Visit your friends and family, dine out &mdash; it'll get easier as you go. [Raheel Farooq]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy and Amazing for $50 a Month" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-healthy-and-amazing-for-50-a-month">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-and-cheap-meals-for-one">14 Tasty and Cheap Meals for One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight">How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-food-taste-better-with-rituals">Make Your Food Taste Better With Rituals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/grocery-jargon-10-terms-to-know-before-you-hit-the-aisles">Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips eating healthy Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:00:21 +0000 Amy Lu 1258335 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-475243795-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on surprising ways to save on groceries, money myths debunked by experts, and reminders that'll change how you think.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">12 Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries</a> &mdash; Shop on Wednesdays. That's usually when grocers release their weekly circulars, so you'll get first dibs on sale items. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.benzinga.com/general/education/14/11/5010612/12-money-myths-just-debunked-by-experts">12 Money Myths Just Debunked by Experts</a> &mdash; Investing in companies that make everyday products may not be the best idea. [Benzinga]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/11/16/9-good-reminders-that-will-change-the-way-you-think/">9 Good Reminders That Will Change the Way You Think</a> &mdash; Remember that the best way to serve yourself and others is to give yourself what you need. Don't ignore your needs. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/11/17/get-done-working-home.html">How to Get More Done When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Create a space just for work. When you're in this space, you'll be less tempted to do non-work related tasks. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-easy-thanksgiving-side-dishes">5 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes</a> &mdash; The best part about mashed sweet potatoes? You can pop them in the slow cooker and forget about them until it's time to eat! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Target-Black-Friday-Deals-2014-36124891">79 Productive Things to Do in Front of the TV</a> &mdash; You can do lots of crafty things with the TV running, like knit, paint, sketch, and sew! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/high-cost-poor-health-care/">The High Cost of Poor Health Care</a> &mdash; With health care costs so high, it's important to try to stay as healthy as you can. Cooking at home makes a huge difference, and it's less expensive than dining out. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/take-these-seven-steps-and-watch-your-income-grow/">Take These Seven Steps and Watch Your Income Grow</a> &mdash; Start by getting a good education (not necessarily a degree) and developing new skills. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-that-black-friday-sale-might-not-be-such-a-deal">Why That Black Friday Sale Might Not Be Such a Deal</a> &mdash; There are usually better deals on TVs and fitness equipment in January than on Black Friday. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/save-money-by-re-purposing-your-outdoor-furniture-for-the-winter/">Save Money by Re-Purposing Your Outdoor Furniture for the Winter</a> &mdash; If you have the room, you can move your outdoor furniture to indoor spaces. This will keep them out of the winter weather and you'll get more use out of them. [Clever Dude]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anyone-can-spend-less-for-food">Anyone Can Spend Less for Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips groceries Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1257547 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Save at Starbucks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/starbucks3.jpg" alt="starbucks" title="starbucks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles with tips on saving money at Starbucks, handling annoying coworkers, and unique ways to save on groceries.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/save-money-starbucks-hacks-savings-strategies">How to Save Money at Starbucks: Hacks and Savings Strategies</a> &mdash; Ordering drip coffee? Ask for a tall drip in a grande cup, which will give you room to add milk while only paying for a tall size. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/11/7-tips-handling-annoying-coworkers.html">7 Tips for Handling Annoying Coworkers</a> &mdash; If you can't avoid annoying coworkers, kill them with kindness. Home-baked muffins or a birthday cake may soften them up! [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2014/11/six-unique-ways-save-groceries">Six Unique Ways to Save On Groceries</a> &mdash; Apps like Favado allow you to see what's on sale at your favorite stores and where to get coupons without any clipping. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-10-rules-of-successful-exercise">The 10 Rules of Successful Exercise</a> &mdash; Reframe your workout as a fun activity. Instead of running for an hour on a treadmill, go outside and play a sport. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/when-you-cant-beat-join-buy-the-companies-you-hate/">When You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em: Buy the Companies You Hate</a> &mdash; Some companies that are universally hated keep making money in part because they provide services and products that almost everyone needs. [Money Talks News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/11/05/overcome-nervousness/">How to Overcome Nervousness: 7 Simple Habits</a> &mdash; Before you step into a situation that makes you nervous, slow down your movements and breathe with your belly. This will make you calm. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2014/11/05/simple-solutions-laundry/">4 Simple Solutions to Successfully Manage Laundry</a> &mdash; Start by organizing your clothes: sort them, give everything a home, and make sure your own space is organized before you move on to the kids'. [Organize to Revitalize!]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/world-kindness-day">World Kindness Day</a> &mdash; November 13 is World Kindness Day. Talk to your kids about ways to show kindness to someone else&hellip; and then carry it out! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Christmas-Ornaments-26255266">34 Creative DIY Christmas Ornaments</a> &mdash; Coat the inside of a clear ornament ball with varnish, then pour in some rainbow sprinkles until you have a ball that looks like it's filled with sugar and fun! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.raheelfarooq.com/5-recommended-rules-for-friend-requests-on-facebook">5 Recommended Rules for Friend Requests on Facebook</a> &mdash; Don't send out blind friend requests. If you really want to befriend someone you don't know offline, include a message explaining your interest. [Raheel Farooq]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Save at Starbucks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-save-at-starbucks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Don&#039;t Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips Starbucks Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1252547 at http://www.wisebread.com 21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes! http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-grocery-shopping-159289223-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever look at your inflated grocery bill and think, &quot;Maybe I should have just gone to the drive-through?&quot; Cooking can feel a little pricey, especially if you're not a seasoned deal finder. It might be time to change the way you approach a visit to the supermarket. Luckily, many of the healthiest foods are also the cheapest, so you can save money and be healthy at the same time. Start with the following foods, which can all be found for under $1 a pound! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck?ref=seealso">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a>)</p> <p>While exact prices depend on where you live, where you shop, and even what time of year it is, no matter where you are or the season, all of these food items are worth their weight.</p> <h2>1. Pumpkin</h2> <p>A fall favorite, pumpkin also happens to be reasonably priced and versatile. You can make desserts, soup, bread, side dishes, and more, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">including non-food items</a>.</p> <h2>2. Beans</h2> <p>Beans are healthy, easy to prepare, and a great source of protein. Good thing they're so cheap! Two of the cheapest beans, pinto beans and chickpeas, can be used in a variety of ways, including a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mediterranean-bean-salad/">fresh and tasty bean salad</a>.</p> <h2>3. Bananas</h2> <p>This potassium-rich yellow fruit is the ultimate snack on-the-go. Even organic bananas cost well under $1 a pound, and you can use over-ripe fruit for baked goods like <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/banana-nut-muffins-recipe.html">muffins</a>.</p> <h2>4. Potatoes</h2> <p>A cornerstone of the American diet, potatoes are also a good source of fiber and potassium. They can be used in all sort of ways, but as a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/parmesan-roasted-potatoes">simple roasted side dish</a> is a good place to start.</p> <h2>5. Canned Tuna</h2> <p>A protein that is shelf-stable for years, canned tuna is ultimately convenient. You can't go wrong with a classic <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/essential-recipe-tuna-salad-recipes-from-the-kitchn-194944">tuna salad.</a></p> <h2>6. Apples</h2> <p>Many common varieties of apples are under $1 a pound when bought in three or five pound bags. Lucky for us, since apples are delicious and great for you. An easy and satisfying way to eat apples is to simply <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/baked-apples-with-cinnamon/">bake them.</a></p> <h2>7. Cantaloupe and Honeydew</h2> <p>These melons play a starring role in any successful fruit salad, and happen to be easy on the wallet. Cantaloupe and honeydew also successfully straddle the sweet and savory line, often featured with cured meat or <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/315726/cucumber-cantaloupe-and-squash-salad#Cantaloupe%20and%20Honeydew%20Recipes%7C/275379/cantaloupe-and-honeydew-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide%7C315726">in salads.</a></p> <h2>8. Grapefruit</h2> <p>A healthy citrus fruit that makes a great breakfast, grapefruit is also very affordable. Sprinkle a little sugar on your grapefruit halves and <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/broiled-grapefruit.html">broil them</a> for a real treat.</p> <h2>9. Limes</h2> <p>Another biggie in the citrus world, limes are a zesty accent to many dishes and drinks, and are cheaper than their yellow counterparts. They can also be big players in desserts <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/07/10-minute-lime-cracker-pie-recipe.html">such as pie.</a></p> <h2>10. Plain Yogurt</h2> <p>Yogurt contains beneficial probiotics and much-needed calcium, and is often priced under $1 a pound for the plain variety (not Greek-style). Yogurt pairs well with sweet fruit, granola, or in smoothies and drinks like a <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/10689-mango-lassi">mango lassi.</a></p> <h2>11. Oranges</h2> <p>Not just for juice, eat a Valencia orange and get a juicy boost of Vitamin C. Oranges add a nice flavor to many dishes sweet and savory, like in salads and <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/citrus_salsa.html">salsa.</a></p> <h2>12. Cabbage</h2> <p>A crunchy cruciferous vegetable that is full of fiber and vitamin K, cabbage is a real bargain. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and serves as the base for the popular side dish <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/classic-coleslaw">coleslaw.</a></p> <h2>13. Onions</h2> <p>Many great savory recipes start with cooked or raw onion, and for good reason. Onions add layers of flavor to dishes, and can even be used as a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/french-onion-soup/">main ingredient.</a></p> <h2>14. Pineapple</h2> <p>This funny looking tropical fruit is juicy budget-friendly. Simply eaten as is or made into a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grilled-Pineapple-102083">grilled dessert</a>, pineapple is a crowd-pleaser.</p> <h2>15. White Rice</h2> <p>White rice might not be as healthy as its cousin brown rice (which costs a little more), but it's easy, versatile, and affordable. Combine it with beans or <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/chicken-and-rice-is-oh-so-nice/">chicken</a> for a low-cost meal.</p> <h2>16. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>These brightly-colored tubers are vitamin-filled and taste great simply baked in the oven or <a href="http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000522028,00.html">roasted with herbs</a>.</p> <h2>17. Carrots</h2> <p>Another orange powerhouse, carrots can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, sauteed, or juiced. They make a nice crunchy snack and a <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/03/curried-roasted-carrots.html">flavorful side dish</a>.</p> <h2>18. Corn</h2> <p>You can buy corn fresh, frozen or canned, and use it in a number of ways. Fresh corn on the cob is perfect grilled, briefly boiled, or steamed with a little seasoning. Using canned or frozen corn, you can make a hearty <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/recipes/CORN_CHOWDER">corn chowder</a>.</p> <h2>19. Eggs</h2> <p>Believe it or not, there are still eggs to be found for less than $1 a pound. Eggs are a great source of protein and play many roles in cooking and baking. They also make a satisfying main dish, like a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/151mrex.html?_r=0">simple frittata.</a></p> <h2>20. Mustard and Collard Greens</h2> <p>Dark leafy greens are a superfood, and are loaded with valuable nutrients. Shred them up into salads or saute them as a healthy <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/quick-spicy-collards">side dish.</a></p> <h2>21. Butternut Squash</h2> <p>This rich-tasting squash can be roasted, put in pasta, made into soup, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall">and more.</a> Plus it's a real bang for your buck!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite buck a pound food? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes" class="sharethis-link" title="21 Foods That Cost Under a Buck a Pound — With Recipes!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-foods-that-cost-under-a-buck-a-pound-with-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-prairie-farmer-s-meal-plan-eat-for-a-buck-or-two-a-day">A Prairie Farmer’s Meal Plan: Eat for a Buck or Two a Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Budgeting Food and Drink cheap eats Cheap Food Staples Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1252175 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Foods You Shouldn't Refreeze http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-browsing-refrigerator-iStock_000025655179Small.jpg" alt="woman browsing refrigerator" title="woman browsing refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on foods you shouldn't refreeze after thawing, unexpected ways to use honey, and personal finance for lazy people.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze-after-thawing-1654687249">Foods You Shouldn't Refreeze After Thawing</a> &mdash; Homemade leftovers are fine to freeze, but they start to go bad when you thaw them a second time. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Honey-35901873">17 Unexpectedly Sweet Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Take a tablespoon or two of honey before heavy meals to tame indigestion. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/11/03/unbudgeting-personal-finance-lazy-people.html">Unbudgeting: Personal Finance for Lazy People</a> &mdash; For some people, trying to be too detailed with your finances can burn you out. Instead, simply set your one big goal and immediately fund it with money left over after your living expenses are paid. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/11/richest-people-on-twitter/">23 of the Richest People on Twitter, Generously Sharing Their Wealth of Knowledge</a> &mdash; Elon Musk, the brains behind the Tesla all-electric car, posts updates on all things tech and Tesla. [SuperMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/20-brilliant-ways-to-use-paper-rolls-paper-towel-tp-rolls/">20 Brilliant Ways to Use Paper Rolls</a> &mdash; Got a ton of cords and cables? Use toilet paper rolls to keep them organized! [Christian PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2014/11/tips-for-selling-your-home/">4 Things to Prepare for When Selling Your Home</a> &mdash; There are some documents that need to be taken care of in person, and you'll need a notary to help do that. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/25-diy-christmas-ornaments/">25 DIY Christmas Ornaments</a> &mdash; This roundup of DIY Christmas ornaments will get your creative juices flowing. Choose from washi tape cookie cutter ornaments, Scrabble ornaments, beaded icicle ornaments, and more! [Bargain Briana]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/six-things-you-need-to-know-when-buying-a-new-tv/">Six Things You NEED to Know When Buying a New TV</a> &mdash; Make sure your new TV has all the input/output jacks necessary to connect your other devices. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/find-best-financial-planner/">How to Find the Best Financial Planner for You</a> &mdash; Make sure the financial planner will take the time to explain why he recommends specific actions. [Beating Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/children-as-child-predators-protecting-our-kids">Children as Child Predators: Protecting Our Kids</a> &mdash; Watch out for signs of both emotional and physical abuse. Don't ignore any changes in your child's behavior, even if they don't say a word about it. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Foods You Shouldn&#039;t Refreeze" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-foods-you-shouldnt-refreeze">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">Cheaper and Healthier Than Store-Bought: 10 Great Freeze-Ahead Burrito Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-vs-frozen-5-dinner-comparisons">Fresh vs. Frozen: 5 Dinner Comparisons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-pantry-that-dont-last-as-long-as-you-think">10 Things in Your Pantry That Don&#039;t Last as Long as You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips frozen food Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1251560 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-cinnamon-roll-459082175-small.jpg" alt="homemade cinnamon roll" title="homemade cinnamon roll" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm sure many of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to using our slow cookers to simmer up soups, casseroles, and other dinner favorites. But have you ever thought to extend the ease to breakfast?</p> <p>It's a whole new world of deliciousness coupled with some savvy time savings. The following basic breakfast recipes are highly adaptable, satisfying, and cook while you sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Overnight Oatmeal</h2> <p>Here's a new twist on oats. This <a href="http://realhousemoms.com/overnight-crock-pot-apple-pie-oatmeal/">Apple Pie Oatmeal</a> comes together by combining cubed apples, steel cut oats, spices, milk, and brown sugar. Cook for three hours before turning the heat to medium overnight. The long warming process lets the flavors mingle till morning. You could easily use other fruit in place of the apples in an equal ratio.</p> <h2>2. Breakfast Burrito</h2> <p>This <a href="http://86lemons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ScrambledTofuBreakfastBurrito.pdf">Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito</a> looks protein-packed and sustaining. You'll cook the filling in the pot before scooping into tortilla shells. The green peppers, onions, tofu, and black beans get loads of flavor from cumin, turmeric, paprika, and chili powder. If you're not vegetarian, you could easily substitute breakfast sausage for the tofu.</p> <h2>3. Frittata</h2> <p>Rather than scrambling eggs, make this easy <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-frittata-kale-red-pepper-feta.html">Crock Pot Frittata</a>. This recipe is highly adaptable to whatever veggies you have on hand, but the author featured kale, red pepper, and feta &mdash; a winning combination in my book. Just mix all the ingredients together in the pot and cook on low for around three hours. Keeps well in the fridge for several days.</p> <h2>4. Cinnamon Rolls</h2> <p>No way! <a href="http://nlkamper.blogspot.com/2013/12/overnight-crockpot-cinnamon-rolls.html">Overnight Cinnamon Rolls</a> sound like heaven, and I can't wait to make this recipe myself. After mixing together the dough and filling components, you'll grease your crock pot, roll and slice, and let everything rest overnight in the fridge. In the morning, turn the pot on and cook for around an hour.</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Getting kids to eat fruit and veggies in the morning is tough. Make it easier with <a href="http://preventionrd.com/2013/09/meatless-monday-crock-pot-pumpkin-cinnamon-applesauce/">Pumpkin Cinnamon Applesauce.</a> Chop up apples and crack a can of pumpkin puree and combine in the pot with cinnamon, lemon, water, sugar, and vanilla. Kids might not like so much spice, so feel free to use less and to skip the sugar entirely.</p> <h2>6. Spiced Latte</h2> <p>If you'd rather make a drink to go with your breakfast mainstay, this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/tools-equipment/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte">Pumpkin Spice Latte</a> will surely fit the bill. Stir together five cups of strong black coffee, milk, whipping cream, canned pumpkin, sugar, and spices. Let cook on high for two hours.</p> <h2>7. Morning Casserole</h2> <p>Start your day the hearty way with this <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/11/13/crock-pot-breakfast-casserole/">Breakfast Casserole</a>. You'll layer frozen hash browns, cooked sausage, shredded cheese, and green onions before tossing in a dozen eggs whisked with milk, salt, and pepper. Cook for four hours on high. Vegetarians can use TVP or other sausage-like substitute or simple leave out that part in favor of more veggies.</p> <h2>8. French Toast</h2> <p>Now for a sweet twist. This <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/03/22/crock-pot-french-toast/">Crock Pot French Toast</a> is nothing more than bread, eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. I think the key here is using really delicious French bread whenever possible. It will hold up better than standard sandwich slices.</p> <h2>9. Cheesy Grits</h2> <p>The classic southern staple &mdash; <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/crockpot-grits/">Cheesy Grits</a> &mdash; makes a great side for breakfast. And these guys are irresistibly creamy without any addition of milk or cream. Let grits cook on low with water, salt, and butter overnight. Note: This recipe only works with stone ground grits.</p> <h2>10. Baked Apples</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-baked-apples/">Baked Apples</a> recipe has them slotted for dessert. With ingredients so healthy, they'd make a fine breakfast, especially if served with Greek yogurt on the side. After removing most of the apple's core, you'll fill them with raisins, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and a little melted butter. Toss them in the pot with water and cook on low for four hours. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes?ref=seealso">15 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>11. Breakfast Stew</h2> <p>This nutritious <a href="http://www.carrieonliving.com/2013/12/12/slow-cooker-winter-breakfast-stew/">Breakfast Stew</a> will be your new winter staple in the morning. Start with a base of butternut squash. Then mix in apples, apricots, zucchini, raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, persimmon, and kale. Yes, kale! Quinoa and almond milk round out the rest of this super healthy vegan meal.</p> <h2>12. Pancake Bake</h2> <p>Try using Bisquick in a new way with this <a href="http://homemakinghacks.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-pancake-bake-breakfast-recipe.html">Slow Cooker Pancake Bake</a>. You'll combine the popular baking mix with milk and an egg before pouring it into your crock pot. A cinnamon and sugar mixture adds some flair to this recipe, but you could also use fresh fruit or chocolate chips.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite breakfast slow cooker recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes">15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-to-get-more-out-of-your-slow-cooker">7 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Slow Cooker</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink breakfast crock pot easy recipes slow cooker Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1246266 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-making-coffee-155271271-small.jpg" alt="girl making coffee" title="girl making coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on coffee, where to get Halloween candy on the cheap, and things millionaires know that we don't.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bankrate.com/financing/saving-money/5-ways-to-save-on-coffee/">5 Ways to Save on Coffee</a> &mdash; Store your unground coffee beans in an airtight container in the freezer for extra freshness. [Bankrate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Halloween-Candy-31943806">Trick or Treat! Where to Score Cheap Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; You'll save a bundle if you buy candy in bulk from warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3035-5-surprising-facts-about-millionaires">What Do Millionaires Know That We Don&rsquo;t?</a> &mdash; Millionaires aren't necessarily experts in investing. Instead, they hire financial advisors to help manage their money. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/bought-furniture-spending.html">How to Buy Furniture You Like Without Spending Too Much Money</a> &mdash; If you need to buy new furniture for whatever reason (allergies?) and you find something you like at a retail store, ask when their next sale will be and buy it then. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/the-secret-to-saving-share-economy/">The Secret to Saving? Share-Economy (Plus 4 Other Tips)</a> &mdash; Reduce the cost of ownership by sharing resources. Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are just a few services that you can use this way. [Ready For Zero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/change-banks-when-you-move/">Moving and Banking: Do You Change Things Up When You Move?</a> &mdash; You probably won't need to change your bank after a move if you handle most of your banking online. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/never-late-saving-retirement/">How It&rsquo;s Never Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement</a> &mdash; If you don't have an employer- sponsored plan, you can still take advantage of tax-deferred investment income to help boost your retirement savings. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-much-mortgage-can-i-afford/">How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?</a> &mdash; Some suggest that you limit your mortgage payments to 30% of your monthly income, but you should look at your situation and see what you're comfortable with. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/should-you-sign-up-for-legal-insurance/">Should You Sign Up for Legal Insurance?</a> &mdash; If you plan to use a licensed attorney at least a few times a year, it may be worth it to get legal insurance. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-ways-to-help-stop-bullying">12 Ways to Help Stop Bullying</a> &mdash; Teach empathy to your kids. You can do this by volunteering, helping others, and even reading to them. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Coffee" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Don&#039;t Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips coffee Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1245577 at http://www.wisebread.com