Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US 12 Cooking Rules You Should Be Breaking http://www.wisebread.com/12-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-cooking-wok-Dollarphotoclub_53234667.jpg" alt="woman cooking" title="woman cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the world of cooking, breaking rules can lead to either a deliciously unique dish or a kitchen disaster. Sure, there are some rules you should always follow, like salting pasta water, using exact amounts of leavening, and food safety rules. But spending time in the kitchen can be more relaxed and fun if you break a few rules &mdash; just like in life.</p> <p>The following are 12 common cooking rules that you can feel free to break without risking an unfortunate outcome. So tap into your inner rebel and get cooking!</p> <h2>1. Let Ingredients Sit Out Before Baking</h2> <p>Okay, so bringing cold ingredients to room temperature is still a requirement. But leaving butter and eggs out all day on the counter isn't a must and, let's be honest, we forget to do it half the time, anyway. When you're ready to bake, set your eggs in warm (not hot) water and <a href="http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/how-to-bring-butter-and-eggs-to-room-temperature/">carefully microwave your butter</a>. In five minutes you'll have room temperature ingredients and be ready to bake deliciously fluffy cakes and tender cookies.</p> <h2>2. Rinse Chicken Before Cooking</h2> <p>Wrangling a chicken out of it's packaging and rinsing it without making a huge mess is quite a feat. Luckily, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/food-safety-reminder-rinsing-the-bird-is-bad-for-your-health">it's totally unnecessary</a>. Worse, rinsing the bird risks spreading any troublesome germs all over your kitchen. Poultry producers give their chickens a wash before they go out the factory door, and any worrisome germs will be killed as long as you cook the chicken to temperature (165 degrees). Just pat the bird dry, apply seasoning and shove it in the oven. Don't forget to wash your hands and disinfect anything that came in touch with the raw chicken.</p> <h2>3. Use Lots of Water to Cook Pasta</h2> <p>Every dried pasta package will tell you the same thing: haul out your biggest pot, fill it up with what feels like a ridiculous amount of water, and wait for what feels like an hour for it to boil. It turns out that for smaller pastas you can get by with a <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/05/how-to-cook-pasta-salt-water-boiling-tips-the-food-lab.html">relatively small amount of water</a> and almost no boiling, saving time and energy in the process. Just boil your water, add the pasta, return to a boil, stir a few times to keep it from sticking, cover it and shut off the heat. You'll also have heartier pasta water that will help bind thin sauces.</p> <h2>4. Breakfast Is for Breakfast; Dinner Is for Dinner</h2> <p>Guess what? You're an adult and you can eat whatever you want whenever you want. If you're making the effort to cook yourself a meal, and you want breakfast for dinner, then have breakfast for dinner. An omelette, some potatoes, and fruit makes for a satisfying meal any time of day. And we all know how good a leftover slice of pizza can taste for breakfast. As long as you're eating a balanced diet, throw away the mealtime rule book. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals?ref=seealso">25 Breakfast for Dinner Meals</a>)</p> <h2>5. Mix Your Dry Ingredients and Wet Ingredients Separately</h2> <p>If you're making a souffle or a fluffy, fancy cake, by all means mix up your wet and dry ingredients separately. But if you're throwing together a batch of chocolate chip cookies or a banana bread, then skip this step. Simply put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl, mix them up to make sure the leavening is well distributed, add the wet ingredients and mix until combined. You'll have one less step and one less dirty bowl, and no noticeable difference in the finished product.</p> <h2>6. Don't Salt Your Beans Before Cooking</h2> <p>We've been told for years not to salt dried beans before or during cooking since it will slow down the cooking process. Turns out that's a bunch of hooey. Not only will <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/think-salt-is-the-enemy-of-perfect-beans-think-again-196470">salting your beans</a> before and during cooking not affect the cooking time, it will add deeper flavor and end up requiring less salt to properly season.</p> <h2>7. Soak Your Beans Before Cooking</h2> <p>Speaking of bean myths, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-dont-soak-dried-beans-20140911-story.html#page=1">you don't need to soak them</a>, either. Many recipes recommend soaking dried beans overnight or &quot;quick soaking&quot; them by bringing the beans to a boil and letting them sit for an hour before cooking. Either method will decrease cooking time a bit, but require extra effort and planning. Many cooks think that not soaking beans will actually result in better flavor and texture. All you have to do is stick your beans, water, and seasoning in a pot and cook in the oven for a couple of hours, and you'll be rewarded with perfect beans.</p> <h2>8. Sift Your Dry Ingredients</h2> <p>Sifting your dry ingredients does two things: It makes your flour and other ingredients nice and fine, and evenly distributes ingredients. But you'll only notice the consistency element if you're making something texturally delicate, and you can ensure your ingredients are well dispersed by whisking them together. Cooking a light as a feather cake? Just sift it. A quick batch of brownies? Don't bother. One less step to worry about, and one less gadget to wash.</p> <h2>9. Don't Put Hot Food Straight Into the Fridge</h2> <p>Most of the time, when you have leftovers or make a dish ahead of time, you wait until the dish cools off before putting it away in the fridge, right? Stop it. According to the FDA, you can skip this step. Not only will it not harm your fridge, it will <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm253954.htm">keep your food</a> from growing potentially harmful bacteria. If you're worried about affecting the temperature of other foods in the fridge or pushing your fridge over the edge, set the food in its pot or container in a bowl of ice water first to cool it down. Or store hot food in smaller, separate containers.</p> <h2>10. Truss Your Bird</h2> <p>We've long been told to truss our chickens and turkeys before cooking (trussing means to tie together the legs of the bird with string). This makes for a picture-perfect main dish, but is actually optional. Some chefs believe that trussing a bird <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/item/35425/roasting-a-perfect-turkey">keeps the dark meat from cooking properly</a> and dries out the breast. If you're short on string and plan to carve your finished chicken or turkey for serving, then throw your bird in the oven and don't sweat it.</p> <h2>11. Use the Exact Milk Called for in the Recipe</h2> <p>Some recipes call for specific types of milk you may not keep around at home: buttermilk, low-fat, whole. This can prove annoying when you've already got a gallon of milk to use in the fridge that simply isn't the right fat percentage. Never fear, it usually doesn't matter. If you're making cookies or a cake, swapping low fat milk for whole milk or vice versa won't usually produce a noticeable result. For buttermilk, just take a few minutes to <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2013/11/baking-101-the-best-buttermilk-substitutes/">make your own</a> and you're on your way. Note that for milk-heavy recipes like puddings you'll want to follow the recipe as written.</p> <h2>12. Follow the Recipe Exactly</h2> <p>If you're a new cook or just a finicky one, it can be hard to deviate from the recipe without knowing what the results will be. But one of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/12/16/132080094/maya-angelous-cooking-advice-ignore-the-rules">joys of cooking</a> is experimentation &mdash; this means unique successes and real failures, and no matter what, it means stimulating experiences that you learn from. The more you experiment, the better you will get, and the less you'll see a recipe as a set of strict rules and more as a starting point. So throw caution to the wind and fire up the stove! You'll be glad you did.</p> <p><em>What cooking rules do you break?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Cooking Rules You Should Be Breaking" 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/12-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on how to cut your restaurant spending in half, ways to save on gym memberships, and jobs that allow you to travel.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2015/01/25-tips-to-slash-your-restaurant-spending-in-half">25 Tips to Slash Your Restaurant Spending in Half</a> &mdash; Ask for a to-go box at the beginning of your meal and set aside half your meal for the next lunch or dinner. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/7-ways-save-gym-membership/">7 Ways to Save on Gym Membership</a> &mdash; Timing is important! Go in later in the month, when quotas need to be met; the membership salesmen may be more flexible when it comes to fees and discounts. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Require-Travel-3204508">13 Jobs to Satisfy Your Wanderlust</a> &mdash; Recruiters spend a lot of time on the road as they travel to campuses across the country, looking for new talents for their company or athletic team. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/01/21/8-toxic-beliefs-most-people-think-are-normal/">8 Toxic Beliefs Most People Think Are Normal</a> &mdash; Don't hang on to the idea that there's a perfect something for you &mdash; perfection does not exist. Accept the imperfections in your life and it may just evolve into something better than you expected. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/6-affordable-ways-update-improve-car/">6 Affordable Ways to Update and Improve Your Car</a> &mdash; Hide the wear and tear on your car by using touch-up paint on shallow scratches. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/21/4-simple-tips-for-investing-better.aspx">4 Simple Tips for Investing Better</a> &mdash; Learning is the best investment. You achieve success by continuously learning and improving yourself &mdash; and the best way to do it is by reading. [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2015/01/21/1032325_25-worst-passwords-2014.html">25 Worst Passwords That Leave You Open to Being Hacked and Identity Theft</a> &mdash; Unsurprisingly, &quot;123456&quot; tops the list of worst passwords of 2014. For a better password, use letters, numbers, and symbols; avoid common keyboard patterns, common words, and publicly available info like your address or phone number. [SavingAdvice]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/how-to-avoid-feeling-isolated-and-lonely-when-working-from-home/">How to Avoid Feeling Isolated and Lonely When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Who says you have to work from home all the time? Change up the scene and work from a coffee shop once or twice a week. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/positive-posse/">How Your Positive Posse Is Destroying You</a> &mdash; If you only surround yourself with &quot;yes-men&quot;, you'll never get the constructive criticism you need for change and growth. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-superbowl-games-for-kids">5 Superbowl Games for Kids</a> &mdash; Have fun playing Quarterback Says, a variation of the classic game Simon Says. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cut-your-restaurant-spending-in-half" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Cut Your Restaurant Spending in Half" 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-cut-your-restaurant-spending-in-half">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You really can't beat a batch of homemade brownies or a loaf of crusty bread, am I right? However, as my life has morphed and changed, my time in the kitchen has dwindled. I eventually found myself relying more heavily on boxed mixes to get by. After a while, I decided to start making my own to save money and banish the questionable ingredients.</p> <p>Here are some mixes I've made for my kitchen that you should consider stocking in yours.</p> <h2>1. All Purpose Mix</h2> <p>My mom always had a box of Bisquick on hand for making biscuits, waffles, and all sorts of baked goods. Try this <a href="http://www.kitchennostalgia.com/canning_and_preserving/homemade_bisquick_mix_recipe.html">All Purpose Baking Mix</a> to fill that gap the homemade way. The magic is in the shortening, which you'll pulse into the flour and other ingredients until the mix resembles fine crumbs.</p> <h2>2. Gluten-Free Mix</h2> <p>If you're sensitive to gluten, try this <a href="http://alittleinsanity.com/all-purpose-gluten-free-flour-mix-recipe/">Gluten-Free Flour Mix</a> that works for breads, muffins, cookies, etc. Comparable store bought mixes are around $8 per four cups. This one costs just $12 for a whopping 18 cups of flour. Now that's some major savings!</p> <h2>3. Pancake Mix</h2> <p>I keep a container of <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/04/planning-ahead-homemade-pancake-mix.html">DIY Pancake Mix</a> on hand for busy weekends when I want something substantial to put on the table at breakfast. And creating it couldn't be easier! Tip: I like using wheat pastry flour to make my pancakes fluffy and light.</p> <h2>4. Brownie Mix</h2> <p>Here's <a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2011/09/15/diy-brownie-mix/">Homemade Brownie Mix</a> without all the extra ingredients. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and even mini chocolate chips. When you're ready to bake, you'll add &frac12; cup hot water, ⅓ cup oil, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.</p> <h2>5. Cake Mix</h2> <p>This basic <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/homemade-yellow-cake-mix.html">Yellow Cake Mix</a> would work wonderfully for birthday cakes or weekday cupcakes. They key ingredient is nonfat dry milk, which gives the whole cake a fuller flavor. Add in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract when you need a treat on the hurry.</p> <h2>6. Bread Maker Mix</h2> <p>As if baking loaves inside a machine couldn't be easier, now you can make your own <a href="http://www.budget101.com/content.php/419-bread-machine-mix">Bread Mix</a>. Be sure to use bread flour because it contains more gluten, giving the final result the right texture you're after.</p> <h2>7. Cornbread Mix</h2> <p>For quick <a href="http://realhousemoms.com/homemade-cornbread-mix/">Cornbread</a>, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix well. When it's time to bake, add butter, egg, milk, and honey and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix</h2> <p>Skip those store-bought tubes of dough and whip up your own <a href="http://www.fivehearthome.com/2013/09/02/homemade-chocolate-chip-cookie-mix-for-fresh-chewy-cookies-in-a-flash/">Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix</a> from scratch. I make cookies all the time, so I can see this one being a huge time-saver for me. The cookie recipe says to use four cups of mix, but I'd split the recipe in half for a smaller batch.</p> <h2>9. Muffin Mix</h2> <p>You can take this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-muffin-mix">Muffin Mix</a> to the sweet or savory, depending on your needs. What's inside is just flour, sugar, shortening, baking powder, and salt. This recipe will get you a heaping four batches, and I can't wait to try the cheesy cheddar variation.</p> <h2>10. Tortilla Mix</h2> <p>My husband and I eat more tortillas than I'm comfortable sharing. So, we decided this year that we'd like to make our own. This <a href="http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com/2011/08/tortilla-mix.html">DIY Tortilla Mix</a> produces delicious wraps at a fraction of the price you'd pay for them at the store. Just combine mix with warm water and knead before cooking atop your stove.</p> <h2>Baking Mix Tips</h2> <ul> <li>Store all baking mixes in airtight containers. Gallon zip bags work well and allow you to write contents directly on whatever you're storing (use permanent markers so nothing wipes off). Otherwise use clean plastic or glass containers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Always label whatever mix you've made along with any notes on quantity, allergy information, and &mdash; of course &mdash; the date. If you aren't using zip bags, write this info on an index card and staple or tape to your mix if you need more space.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Furthermore, include clear notes for whatever wet ingredients you must add to the mix to make the finished product. Write out specific bake times and any other special instructions (especially if a mix works for several purposes) whenever necessary.</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you use pre-mixed homemade baking mixes?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time" 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-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time">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/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</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/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</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/the-best-and-worst-places-to-stash-cash-in-your-home">The Best and Worst Places to Stash Cash in Your Home</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-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</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-bathroom-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money">10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips Home baking baking mix batter bulk cooking cookies pancakes premix Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283487 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grilled-salmon-salad-Dollarphotoclub_65341125.jpg" alt="grilled salmon salad" title="grilled salmon salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Abraham Lincoln once said, &quot;In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.&quot; True. But also&hellip; a few more years couldn't hurt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits?ref=seealso">Live Long and Prosper With These Healthy Habits</a>)</p> <p>Over the last 150 years, human life expectancy has doubled, mainly due to modern medicine, technology, and advances in diet. How can you make sure you're taking full advantage? To live longer and healthier, incorporate these incredible foods into your diet.</p> <h2>1. Vitamin D</h2> <p>You may have heard about these <a href="http://blog.23andme.com/health-traits/getting-long-in-the-telomeres/">wondrous things called telomeres</a>, the tips of DNA whose length has been proven to correlate with longevity. Vitamin D acquired through a wide variety of sources including sunlight, dairy, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna directly impacts the length of telomeres. <a href="http://sciencenordic.com/vitamin-d-prolongs-life">The more vitamin D we have, the longer our telomeres</a>. Milk, it does a body good.</p> <h2>2. Probiotics</h2> <p>Much of our immunity, the ability to prevent and fight disease, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426535">lives in the flora of our gut</a>. Sugar and highly-processed foods (essentially almost any food product that has a commercial on television!) eats away at our fabulous flora. To maintain healthy flora levels, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/probiotic-remedies_n_1507166.html">eat a healthy dose of foods that are high in probiotics</a> such as pickled and fermented veggies and yogurt.</p> <h2>3. Antioxidants</h2> <p>Antioxidants are compounds that <a href="http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/050311p32.shtml">reduce the likelihood of disease and fight aging</a>. Luckily, they can be found in a wide variety of foods. Some of the most potent antioxidants are in a class called <a href="http://www.healthline.com/health-news/food-polyphenols-boost-gut-health-and-longevity-121213">polyphenols</a> and they're found in foods such as organic raw chocolate and green tea.</p> <h2>4. Vitamin B12</h2> <p>Keep your energy pumping by getting your fill of <a href="http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2013-05/fiftysomething-diet-boosting-your-longevity-odds">vitamin B12</a>. B12 is involved in the production of nerve cells, red blood cells, and DNA. It's also heavily involved in brain health. Vegans and vegetarians have a tough time getting enough B12 because it is found in greatest abundance in meat, fish, and dairy so if you are vegan or vegetarian you can get a synthetic form of B12 in fortified cereals and tofu.</p> <h2>5. Turmeric</h2> <p>Indian cuisine makes full use of this magical spice so it's no wonder that people from India often have very long life expectancies. <a href="http://mrvitaminsnews.com.au/alzheimers-disease/curcumin-from-curry-spice-improves-vascular-and-cognitive-health">Turmeric contains curcumin</a>, an active ingredient proven to fight inflammation and blocks cancer causing pathways in cells. It's also perfect sprinkled on roasted veggies, salads, and even in smoothies.</p> <h2>6. Vitamin A</h2> <p>Found in great abundance in carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens such as kale, vitamin A <a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02759/facts-about-vitamin-a">fights infection and improves eye health</a>. But be a bit careful with this one because it is possible to have too much of this good thing, and that causes nausea and irritability. One helping of any of these veggies per day provides you with more than enough to stay healthy without making you sick.</p> <p>Modern medicine is a marvel and we're so lucky to have it. However, the food we eat has just as much to do with our health as any miracle drug, and probably more. Incorporate these foods into your diet and you'll be living in up while living well. Buon appetitto!</p> <p><em>Are you getting enough of these life-lengthening foods and nutrients?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">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/book-review-in-defense-of-food">Book review: In Defense of Food</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/hungry-have-a-drink">Hungry? Have a drink.</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/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge 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/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods">Turbo-Charge Your Nutrition With Superfoods</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/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink General Tips Health and Beauty food nutrients Health lifespan nutrition Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Christa Avampato 1282998 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Waste Less Food (and Money) http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-waste-less-food-and-money <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-waste-less-food-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-refrigerator-groceries-Dollarphotoclub_66044374.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman 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 ways to waste less food, things that are cheaper at Trader Joe's, and the characteristics that successful people share.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3347/reduce-food-waste">10 Ways to Waste Less Food (and Money!)</a> &mdash; Learn what freezes well. This can extend the life of your leftovers, sale buys, and fast-expiring foods until you're ready to use them. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2015/01/9-items-to-purchase-at-trader-joes/">9 Things to Purchase at Trader Joe's Because They Are (Usually) Cheaper Than Anywhere Else</a> &mdash; Trader Joe's wine and coffee and even some produce are great buys. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/10-characteristics-successful-people-share/">10 Characteristics Successful People Share</a> &mdash; Successful people are self-aware. They know who they are what their strengths and limitations are. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Natural-Neosporin-Alternative-33623879">Neosporin Has Nothing on This DIY Antibacterial Cream</a> &mdash; This all-natural cream uses the antibacterial properties of coconut oil and astringency of witch hazel to heal ouchies fast. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/01/22/10-surprising-items-irs-says-to-report-on-your-taxes/">10 Surprising Items IRS Says to Report on Your Taxes</a> &mdash; Do you get tips on your job? That's taxable income. [Forbes]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money-with-old-newspapers">Extra, Extra: 3 Simple Ways to Make Money With Old Newspapers</a> &mdash; Sell birthdate newspapers and cash in on nostalgia! [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/frugal-things-to-do-when-waiting/">Frugal Things to Do When Waiting</a> &mdash; Do you have some down time between events in your schedule? Get some quick exercise at the park, the gym, or in your own living room. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-ways-know-truly-connecting-someone/">3 Ways to Know If You Are Truly Connecting With Someone</a> &mdash; The best relationships spark and grow naturally, without overthinking or adjusting how you express yourself. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://untemplater.com/relationships/tell-someone-lying">How to Tell If Someone Is Lying</a> &mdash; When someone is lying, they may give verbal cues like being focused on irrelevant details or trying to persuade you rather than giving the facts. [Untemplater]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/questions-to-ask-before-sending-your-kid-to-a-new-friends-home-for-a-play-date">Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a New Friend's Home for a Play Date</a> &mdash; Although it may be a difficult conversation, it's important to ask the parents if they keep guns or weapons in their home, and whether the items are secured properly. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-waste-less-food-and-money" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Waste Less Food (and Money)" 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-waste-less-food-and-money">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/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</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-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking">12 Cooking Rules You Should Be Breaking</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-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips waste less Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:00:17 +0000 Amy Lu 1283052 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-microwave-baking-Dollarphotoclub_59952377.jpg" alt="woman microwave baking" title="woman microwave baking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your microwave is only for heating and reheating? Think again. You can bake up a number of warm, gooey treats in individual portions to suit your diet and your on-the-go lifestyle. Once you get the hang of this new style of micro-baking, you won't soon forget it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-microwave-besides-food?ref=seealso">8 Things You Can Microwave Besides Food</a>)</p> <p>Check out these amazingly easy recipes, most of which come together in less than five minutes.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate Brownie I</h2> <p>Mix batter in a mug to make these delicious <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/brownie_in_a_mug/">Microwave Brownies</a>. All the ingredients are the same as what's in your regular batch &mdash; flour, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. &mdash; but the serving size is sweetly single.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate Brownie II</h2> <p>If you have dietary restrictions, this <a href="http://petiteallergytreats.blogspot.com/2014/05/brownie-in-mug-gluten-free-and-vegan.html">Gluten-Free, Vegan Brownie</a> recipe will change your life. I like how the author places a muffin liner in her mug for easy cleanup. Those of you without avocado on hand can easily substitute coconut, canola, or even olive oil in its place.</p> <h2>3. Blondies</h2> <p>These decadent <a href="http://poorcouplesfoodguide.com/2014/08/06/recipe-microwave-mug-blondie/">2-Minute Blondies</a> come together in a pinch. Microwave them in either a mug or ramekin for best results. And make them fancy by adding peanuts, caramel, and chocolate chips for a melted turtle crunch topping.</p> <h2>4. Oatmeal Muffins</h2> <p>I first fell in love with microwave baking with this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/06/hearty-pecan-chip-micro-muffins.html">Pecan-Chip Muffin</a> recipe. Over time I learned to use the base ingredients (flour, oats, banana, milk, baking powder, and oil) with a variety of add-ins in equal ratio for a different muffin each morning.</p> <h2>5. Blueberry Muffins</h2> <p>I was always afraid that if I used fruit, my muffins might explode into a juicy mess. Not with this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=975928">Blueberry Flax Micro-Muffin</a> recipe. If you're not keen on using standard pancake syrup, try agave nectar, honey, or real maple syrup. The orange zest is sure to take this one over the edge into favorite breakfast territory.</p> <h2>6. Chocolate Cake</h2> <p>You can have your cake and microwave it, too. This <a href="http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/the-moistest-chocolate-mug-cake/">Chocolate Mug Cake</a> takes a mere minute to rise and set. The center is undeniably fudge-filled. Top with a dollop of Nutella for extra goodness.</p> <h2>7. Vanilla Cake</h2> <p>Bake up a batch of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/microwave-cake/">Vanilla Microwave Cakes</a> and wow your friends with your skills. Spray ramekins with cooking spray so nothing sticks and fill each half full to avoid spill-over. Then cover with plastic wrap and leave room for a little steam to escape. Cook one minute. Done!</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Chip Cookies</h2> <p>Yes, you can also bake <a href="http://www.sweetestkitchen.com/2013/06/microwave-chocolate-chip-cookie-in-a-mug/">Chocolate Chip Cookies</a> in a microwave. The best part? When you're done cooking, you can top the warm cookie in the mug with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A single-serve treat in one handy dish.</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter Cookies</h2> <p>The same goes for <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/10/peanut-butter-cookie-in-cup/">Peanut Butter Cookies</a>. (Are you pinching yourself yet?) This recipe gets its unique flavor from dark brown sugar, so don't skimp on this ingredient. And follow the instructions carefully &mdash; you only add the yolk of the egg &mdash; save the <a href="http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2014/04/easy-spinach-egg-white-omelette.html">whites for a lean omelette</a>.</p> <h2>10. Fruit Cobbler</h2> <p>A box of baking mix can yield endless desserts in your kitchen. Try whipping up this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/build-your-own-microwave-mug-cobbler/8bb858a3-9ed8-4b38-98cd-d5a3d34aa21d">Microwave Cobbler</a> with any fruit you have on hand. You first mix the fruit with sugar on the bottom of the mug before topping with the Bisquick topping.</p> <p><em>Do you use your microwave for more than popping popcorn? What are your favorite recipes?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts" 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-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts">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/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time</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/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">30 Easy and Impressive Frozen Puff Pastry Recipes</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/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</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-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every 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/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink baking desserts easy desserts microwave treats Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282529 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Delicious Foods to Try in Your Waffle Maker http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-foods-to-try-in-your-waffle-maker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-delicious-foods-to-try-in-your-waffle-maker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waffle-maker-meal-Dollarphotoclub_46203317.jpg" alt="waffle maker meal" title="waffle maker meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When we bought our waffle maker several years ago, we pulled it out only for the occasional Sunday morning brunch. But over time, a new breed of waffle cooking has developed in the culinary world. People are now using their makers to crisp up anything from pizzas to cakes to brownies. What will you make in your waffle iron?</p> <h2>1. Frittaffle!</h2> <p>Get ready for the <a href="http://realfoodbydad.com/frittaffle/">Frittaffle</a>. As the name implies, this monster is a frittata waffle filled with all sorts of real food goodness. You actually prepare and bake the frittata first, then cut out individual portions to press inside your waffle maker.</p> <h2>2. Falafel Waffle</h2> <p>Say it with me: <a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/falafel-waffle/">Falafel Waffle</a>. Wow, that was fun. Combine cooked chickpeas with a blend of spices, parsley, onion, garlic, and a little flour. You can top this monster with hummus syrup (recipe is on the site) or even just spread some plain tahini.</p> <h2>3. Pizza</h2> <p>Make your favorite pizza dough, then toss it into your waffle maker to cook. When you're done, top with a thin layer of sauce, cheese, and other toppings, and broil in your oven until bubbly. That's <a href="http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/12/savory-waffle-recipe/">waffle pizza</a>. (Alternatively, you can sprinkle with cheese, broil, and then dunk into your favorite tomato sauce.)</p> <h2>4. Cake</h2> <p>Mix together your favorite boxed cake blend and <a href="http://www.isavea2z.com/cake-batter-waffles-recipe/">bake a cake</a> it in your waffle maker. This dessert give such instant gratification, you might just need to watch yourself. Or go ahead and eat it for breakfast &mdash; I won't tell!</p> <h2>5. Ice Cream Sandwiches</h2> <p>Take this idea a step beyond and use your waffles as a base for these <a href="http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/2014/05/mini-ice-cream-waffle-sandwiches.html">Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches</a>. Fill waffles with your favorite ice cream before slicing into individual portions. Top with an irresistible berry compote. Eat immediately.</p> <h2>6. Brownies</h2> <p>Or <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/waffle-brownies.html">use brownie mix</a> in your waffle maker &mdash; it bakes in just five minutes. After your iron is preheated, add two tablespoons to a quarter cup of batter. Then top with ice cream or whatever else sounds good.</p> <h2>7. Cookies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.recipe.com/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-waffle-cookies/">Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies</a> are sort of like the Italian pizzelles, only bigger and much better. Simply mix together your ingredients, scoop into your greased waffle maker, and wait around three minutes for them to bake.</p> <h2>8. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>If you love grilled cheese as much as I do, prepare to be amazed. This <a href="http://ifood.tv/sandwich/507215-waffle-iron-grilled-cheese-sandwich">Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese</a> recipe is so simple, yet way more satisfying than standard fare. Butter one side each of two bread slices, arrange the first on the grill and top with cheese. Top with the second and cook. The result is oozy and gooey, yet with some crispy nooks and crannies.</p> <h2>9. Quesadilla</h2> <p>Here's another breakfast just begging to be tried: <a href="http://realfoodbydad.com/waffled-breakfast-quesadillas/">Waffle Quesadillas</a>! Cook up some scrambled eggs, then assemble them &mdash; along with cheese and other toppings &mdash; onto a flour tortilla. Cook in your waffle maker until crispy.</p> <h2>10. Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2013/09/mashed-potato-cheddar-and-chive-waffles/">Mashed Potato Waffles</a> equal game day food at its finest. You'll make a delicious potato mix, then add a bit of flour before cooking in the waffle maker. Top with some cheese and broil for the ultimate finish.</p> <h2>11. Tofu</h2> <p>Frying tofu takes a while, right? So, try <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/12/waffled-crispy-tofu-miso-sesame-sticky-rice-recipe.html">&quot;waffling&quot; tofu</a> in your waffle maker! You'll want to start by draining tofu using paper towels. Then coat uncooked tofu in a light sesame-miso dressing before placing on the iron and closing the top to cook for around three minutes. Don't forget to spritz your machine with cooking oil.</p> <h2>12. Biscuits</h2> <p>I developed my own favorite <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/12/biscuit-waffles-two-ways.html">Waffle Biscuit</a> recipe recently. I enjoy the resulting biscuit as a side with dinner &mdash; it goes wonderfully with soups and stews. I also love it as a base for a gravy and egg-topped brunch dish and even a melt-in-your-mouth pizza recipe.</p> <h2>13. Calzones</h2> <p>Leave it to Rachael Ray to create the <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/13931_Wa_Zone_Waffle_Calzones/">Wa-Zone</a>, a waffle calzone you probably never imagined until this very moment. The method is the same you'd follow for making a traditional calzone, but then you put it in your waffle maker. Just don't shut the top too tight.</p> <h2>14. Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>One of the best comfort meals is macaroni and cheese, and the geniuses at Serious Eats have made it in <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/04/how-to-make-macaroni-and-cheese-waffles.html">waffle form</a>. Not only that, they've attempted this dish in two different ways. I definitely prefer the mac and cheese sandwich, which is basically a grilled cheese with macaroni as the bread run through the waffle maker.</p> <h2>15. Hash Browns</h2> <p>I've come across many recipes for waffled hash browns, but <a href="http://www.thinkarete.com/waffle-iron-hashbrowns/">this one</a> wins for its ease and simplicity. Thaw a bag of frozen tater tots and place them on your (well oiled) waffle maker. Press and cook until golden brown and serve with ketchup.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite food to make in a waffle iron?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-foods-to-try-in-your-waffle-maker" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Delicious Foods to Try in Your Waffle Maker" 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/15-delicious-foods-to-try-in-your-waffle-maker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink DIY kitchen tools waffle maker waffles Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282522 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on" 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_7434297.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're all pinching pennies at the grocery store these days, but sometimes the cheapest items available might not be the healthiest. So where should we loosen the purse strings? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods?ref=seealso">Turbo-Charge Your Diet With These Superfoods</a>)</p> <p>I've asked nutritionists to weigh in on some higher-priced healthy foods which are worth the splurge. These are their suggestions.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>If you have a love/hate relationship with fruit, you're not alone. It seems like every day one health guru is telling you to add more fruit to your diet while another is telling you to cut back on all that natural sugar. Berries, however, seem to be the exception to that rule, as they're lower in calories and sugar than many other fruits, and are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that <a href="http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/summers-secret-weight-loss-weapon">promote heart health, weight loss, and healthier-looking skin</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Yanyan Li, assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University, focuses her research on phytochemicals (natural plant components with health benefits), and she believes that berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, are worth the extra money.</p> <p>&quot;Although rather expensive, they are full of strong antioxidants,&quot; Dr. Li says. &quot;Antioxidants help remove free radicals that are associated with a variety of chronic diseases and the aging process.&quot;</p> <p>Personally I've been loading up on blackberries lately, since they're a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157276973/you-can-never-have-too-many-blackberries">tasty, low-cal way to consume omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants</a>. One cup only contains 62 calories, which means that I get the pleasure of a sweet snack without all the guilt.</p> <h2>2. Cruciferous Vegetables</h2> <p>While I've never had a problem consuming fruits, vegetables have been harder to integrate into my diet. In fact, until fairly recently the only bean I liked was of the jelly variety. Slowly but surely, I'm making strides toward putting more greens on my plate &mdash; even though they make my grocery bill inflate.</p> <p>There's a silver lining, however. According to Dr. Li, &quot;Cruciferous vegetables &mdash; such as broccoli sprouts, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and radish &mdash; are high in multiple cancer-preventive components, including carotenoids and isothiocyanates.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Hard to believe that your Scooby-Doo Chia Pet is a super-food source. Yep, that's right &mdash; the same seeds used to grow chia &quot;hair&quot; from terracotta pop-culture icons are a concentrated <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/">source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids</a>, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. While they're not cheap, they're easily consumed by sprinkling and mixing them into your ordinary diet.</p> <h2>4. Organic Butter</h2> <p>Butter is okay in moderation, even healthy, but non-organic butter can contain toxin residues that tend to be fat-soluble &mdash; and that's not a good thing. Alexander J. Rhinehart, <a href="http://www.aznutritioncenter.com/">certified clinical nutritionist and owner of the Arizona Nutrition Center</a>, explains:</p> <blockquote><p style="margin-left: 40px;">The body often stores toxins away in fat tissue, and consumption/exposure to these same toxins have been linked to insulin resistance and weight gain. As butter is a pure fat, toxin residues can be concentrated in butter &mdash; not to mention any synthetic hormones that had been given to the cows. The residues from feed fed to the cows can find their way into your butter. I recommend opting for the organic butter &mdash; you get an A+ if it is made from grass-fed cows like Kerry Gold Irish Butter &mdash; which has a richer gold color due to higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid.</p> </blockquote> <h2>5. Coconut-Based Products</h2> <p>You're not getting out of the grocery store with a basket full of healthy coconut-based product on the cheap, but at least you can feel better about all the good stuff you're putting into your body.</p> <p>Birgitta Lauren &mdash; president of <a href="http://www.expectingfitness.com/">Expecting Fitness</a>, which is dedicated to exercise and fitness advice for pregnant and new moms &mdash; recommends adding the full spectrum of coconut-based items to your diet, including coconut oil, milk, cream, flour, and sugar. &quot;For all systems &mdash; brain, nervous, metabolic, etc., it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral benefits,&quot; she says.</p> <p>Dr. Rhineart agrees, adding, &quot;Coconut oil is one of the most versatile substances in the grocery store. It is great for cooking as it tolerates high heat. It is also great for use on the skin and hair, as well as infections. It can also help support the immune system. When you consume coconut oil, some of the lauric acid (the main fat of coconut oil, comprising 50% of it's composition), actually is converted to monolaurin, which is known to have wide spectrum anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal/yeast properties. The other primary fats, capric acid and caprylic acid, also share similar properties. Capric and caprylic acid are what typically comprise 'MCT oil', whereas lauric acid must be consumed via coconut oil, or one can supplement with monolaurin directly.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Organic Milk</h2> <p>They say that milk does a body good &mdash; <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Study-Suggests-Milk-May-Not-Be-Good-For-You-After-All-281388981.html">although even that long-standing claim has been contested recently</a> &mdash; but organic milk will do your body better.</p> <p>Chef Jessica Swift, <a href="http://www.chef-jess.com">a registered dietician with an MSc in nutritional sciences</a>, says, &quot;Conventional milk can be filled with rBS and rBGH, which have been proven to be, how do you say, 'no bueno?' When it comes to skipping these hormones, I would say 'Yes, please' and grab a good ol' jug of the organic stuff.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p>I don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate &mdash; because, seriously, what's wrong with you? But even chocoholics like me would be wise to be a bit more conservative when choosing how to get that sweet cocoa fix.</p> <p>&quot;There are many different chocolates, but only a few that provide optimal healthy benefits,&quot; Chef Jess says. &quot;Skip the Butterfinger and go for a bar that contains at least 70% cocoa; this bar contains antioxidants to aid in optimal heart health.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Antibiotic-Free Chicken</h2> <p>According to the Huffington Post, the excess amount of antibiotics with which we're pumping our chickens is undermining the effectiveness the antibiotics have in fighting new diseases in our own bodies.</p> <p>&quot;Overuse by agricultural companies to make animals grow faster or to cover up poor living conditions for the animals is certainly not worth jeopardizing our ability to take care of our kids, parents, neighbors and the world community,&quot; the article says. The editorial board of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/meat-and-superbugs/2012/07/01/gJQAV4egGW_story.html">The Washington Post</a> warned that more must be done to reverse the overuse of antibiotics in livestock before a new generation of superbugs is created. The effectiveness of these incredibly powerful drugs is being undermined every day we give them to animals.</p> <p>This long-term preservation of our collective health is certainly worth a few more bucks at the cash register, and your fellow Americans agree: &quot;Consumer Reports found 60% of poll respondents said they would pay more for antibiotic-free meats; <a href="http://notinmyfood.org/document/antibiotics-in-animal-feed">37% would pay up to one dollar more per pound</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Stacy Goldberg, registered nurse and founder of Savorfull, adds, &quot;The shelf life [of antibiotic-free chicken] is shorter, but you will be putting cleaner ingredients in your body.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Organic Eggs</h2> <p>Organic eggs can differ in price drastically from their non-organic counterparts, but there's also a drastic difference in the benefits they offer, too.</p> <p>&quot;Eggs are one of the best foods to eat for health,&quot; says Dr. Lisa Metzger, co-owner of <a href="http://biofunctionalhealth.com/">BioFunctional Health</a>. &quot;Organic free-range eggs are more nutrient dense than commercially raised eggs, having more vitamin A, twice as much omega-3 fatty acids, and more vitamin E due to the diet the free range chicken are fed as opposed to the commercial grain feed.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Grass-Fed Beef</h2> <p>Beef is already pricey, no matter how you slice it. But cattle that are able to graze in open spaces tend to lead healthier lives (with less need for antibiotics), so it's a smart choice to start switching up how you buy your steak.</p> <p>&quot;When cows are able to eat a diet that is natural for them, the nutritional composition of their meat is much more ideal for you, providing an increased level of omega-3s (a type of fat that many folks are lacking in) and other nutrients,&quot; explains Amanda Austin, <a href="http://getwellified.com/">a registered dietician and certified food sensitivity expert</a>. &quot;At the store, make sure that the beef that you're purchasing is actually 100% grass-fed beef &mdash; all cows are grass-fed for the first six to 12 months of life, but most are then 'finished' with grains, which are typically given to cows before slaughter to fatten them up at a quicker rate. You want beef that has been grass-fed for the entirety of the cow's life.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Wild Fish</h2> <p>Farm-raised fish are cheaper &mdash; larger supply is yielded with fewer resources used &mdash; but what once seemed to be an environmentally conscious solution to seafood demand has presented new problems of its own, especially where tuna, halibut, cod, and salmon are concerned.</p> <p>&quot;These predators are usually raised in the open ocean, in net pens,&quot; writes Margo True in an article for Sunset magazine. &quot;What seemed like a great idea initially has now revealed itself to be one in serious need of fixing: The <a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/flavors-of-the-west/seafood-farmed-or-wild">farmed fish pollute the water</a> with their concentrated wastes, spread disease (the crowded conditions make them prone to it, which requires dosing with antibiotics), and escaped fish compete for food with the wild fish.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Walnuts</h2> <p>Personally, I enjoy cashews more than other nuts, and almonds tend to get much of the praise from health professionals, but walnuts also are a great source of healthy protein and other nutrients. &quot;These nuts are packed with omega-3s and heart healthy fats. They may be a little pricey, but I recommend eating a handful of nuts &mdash; including walnuts &mdash; every day,&quot; says Sharon Palmer, <a href="http://www.sharonpalmer.com/">nutrition expert and author of Plant-Powered for Life.</a></p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on pricey foods on which we should be splurging? What's your favorite? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On" 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/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Most of us know that by now. What you may not know, though, is that the food you eat can not only affect your cardiovascular health, your weight, and your insulin sensitivity, but it can also affect how well your brain works.</p> <p>We've all heard of the super foods &mdash; the foods that make your body and brain work better. Consider this, then, a list of the <em>least</em> superfood, or maybe the superfood villains. In addition to all of the other bad things these foods can do to your body, they also inhibit your brain function.</p> <h2>1. High Fructose Corn Syrup</h2> <p>If you eat a high fructose diet, you will eventually diminish how your mind stores and retrieves information. In as little as six weeks, rats fed a <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245531.php">high fructose diet were not learning</a> or remembering as well as their counterparts who consumed less fructose.</p> <p>These days, high fructose corn syrup is in quite a bit of the food we eat every day. Almost anything sweetened contains it, but you find it especially in foods like cookies, doughnuts, soda, and candy. It also hides out in items like ketchup, BBQ sauce, and salad dressing, where you might not think to look.</p> <p>If you <em>do</em> eat a lot of sugar (or you have in the past), try <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/need-your-brain-this-food-can-make-you-dumber/">taking an Omega-3 supplement</a> every day. The study also shows that this mitigates at least some of the problems that fructose can cause in the brain.</p> <h2>2. Trans Fats</h2> <p>Trans fats are actually linked to <a href="http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/trans-fats-linked-to-brain-shrinkage/">having a physically smaller brain</a>. And less brain matter equals lower intelligence and lower overall functioning. Yikes!</p> <p>You can find trans fats in a lot of things, though more recently regulations have gone into effect requiring manufacturers to limit them. Still, it's worth checking the boxes on your crackers and pastries (common trans fat carriers) before you buy them. Fried foods and some margarines can also have higher levels of trans fats than you &mdash; and your brain &mdash; might prefer.</p> <h2>3. Fast Food</h2> <p>Studies show that consuming a lot of fast food seems to make kids less intelligent. A study in Australia examined children's diets when they were small &mdash; 6 months, 15 months, and 2 years &mdash; and then examined the children themselves again at age 8. Those who <a href="http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/study-warns-kids-who-eat-fast-food-have-lower-iqs/">ate a lot of fast food</a> when they were small had up to two fewer IQ points than the others, even several years later.</p> <p>Ok, so two IQ points may not sound like a lot, but it's significant considering how many of us eat fast food regularly. Do we really want to be part of a trend towards lower IQs almost across the board? Probably not. So make the effort to take your lunch, buy a salad, and only eat fast food when you really can't get anything else.</p> <h2>4. Salt</h2> <p>We've long known that salt can contribute to all sorts of physical ailments, especially hypertension and other vascular problems, but now it seems like <a href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/29/want-to-stay-sharp-skip-the-salt-but-not-the-workout/#ixzz1WQjJHiYt">eating a lot of salt can lead to dementia</a> when we get older.</p> <p>Scientists suspect that the vascular effects of salt are tied closely to this dementia risk. After all, the brain must have blood flowing to, through, and away from it to work well. If that isn't happening, then it definitely won't function as well.</p> <p>Fortunately, exercise, while it might not counteract the effects of salt entirely, can help keep the cardiovascular system in better shape. This means that a diet high in salt may not affect exercisers as much as non-exercisers.</p> <h2>5. Tofu</h2> <p>This is probably an unexpected addition to this list, because most people associate eating tofu with good health. In fact, especially in older adults, <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/114061.php">tofu can actually make you more likely to develop dementia</a> or experience other types of memory loss. While you have to eat quite a bit of tofu for it to have this effect, it is something to think about before you make your next vegetarian stir fry.</p> <p>It's also important to note that other soy products seem to have this same problem. So if you're over 68, or you just want to be careful, avoid them all to give yourself a better chance at avoiding memory problems later.</p> <h2>6. Processed Foods</h2> <p>Several of the other foods we've discussed here fall into this category, too. Basically, the further something gets from its natural state before you eat it, the more processed it is. Fortunately, these foods are relatively easy to identify and avoid. Which is good, because <a href="http://providencepersonaltrainingandfitness.com/processed-foods-make-you-fat-stupid-and-depressed/">people who eat a lot of processed foods don't perform</a> as well on memory and reasoning tests.</p> <p>Given the wide ranges of processed food available and the items we've discussed above, it's easy to see a lot of reasons why this is true. But the reasons don't really matter, for all practical purposes. It's enough to simply know that these foods can hurt your brain.</p> <p><em>Do you eat any of these foods? Can you feel them affecting you cognitively?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-science-says-are-actually-making-you-dumber" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Foods Science Says Are Actually Making You Dumber" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-science-says-are-actually-making-you-dumber">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/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</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-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</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/wise-bread-reloaded-is-eating-more-produce-the-secret-to-happiness-and-wellbeing">Wise Bread Reloaded: Is Eating More Produce the Secret to Happiness and Wellbeing?</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/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon">What to Eat for Lunch for a More Productive Afternoon</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/is-health-food-worse-for-you-than-junk-food">Is &quot;Health Food&quot; Worse for You than Junk Food?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink bad food brain food Fast Food poor diet Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:02:00 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1281404 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Simple, Easy Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-simple-easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-eating-salad-healthy-Dollarphotoclub_71248151.jpg" alt="man eating healthy" title="man eating healthy" 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 simple and easy ways to eat healthy on a budget, how to succeed even when you fail, and ways to save money without trying much.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://commoncentsmom.com/2015/01/7-simple-and-easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget/">7 Simple and Easy Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget</a> &mdash; Stock up on eggs, chicken, ground beef, and other protein when they're on sale. [Common Cents Mom]</p> <p><a href="http://thinksimplenow.com/motivation/success-and-failure">5 Ways to Fail Successfully</a> &mdash; It's worth it to try something new and uncomfortable, even if it turns out you're really bad at it. [Think Simple Now]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Without-Trying-35250178">38 Ways to Save Money Without Trying (Much)</a> &mdash; Use apps that allow you to talk and text for free, especially if you're traveling overseas. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/10-rules-to-remember-when-you-borrow-money/">10 Rules to Remember When You Borrow Money</a> &mdash; If you need to borrow money, make sure it's for something that you actually need. If you can go without it for a while, don't borrow money to buy it right now.</p> <p><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2015/01/13/schedule-time-schedule-time">Schedule Time to Schedule Your Time</a> &mdash; Add some &quot;fiddle&quot; time during your day to review your tasks and update your schedule if necessary. [Unclutterer]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/6-actions-to-take-before-you-quit-your-job.html">6 Actions to Take Before You Quit Your Job</a> &mdash; Cut your budget. You never know how long the job search may take, or what issues there may be with a new position. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2015/01/4-reasons-why-january-is-best-time-to.html">4 Reasons Why January Is the Best Time to Buy a Car</a> &mdash; Due to bad weather and financial &quot;holiday hangovers,&quot; January tends to be a slow month for car sales. If you're in a position to buy a car, you can negotiate for a lower price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/financial-advice/hard-financial-conversations-friends-family/">How to Have Hard Financial Conversations With Those Close to You</a> &mdash; Money conversations can be hard, but you'll have a better outcome if everyone involved is transparent about their situation. [NerdWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2015/01/emergency-cash/">Top 11 Ways to Get Cash in Emergency Situations</a> &mdash; One way to get cash in an emergency is to borrow against a whole-life insurance policy that you've had for several years. [Super Money!]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-technology-rules-every-parent-should-enforce">4 Technology Rules Every Parent Should Enforce</a> &mdash; Set up areas of your home or times during the day that are tech-free zones. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Simple, Easy Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget" 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-simple-easy-ways-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget">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/eating-at-the-intersection-of-cheap-and-healthy">Eating at the Intersection of Cheap and Healthy</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/eating-frugally-with-myplate">Eating Frugally With MyPlate</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/12-cooking-rules-you-should-be-breaking">12 Cooking Rules You Should Be Breaking</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-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time</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-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money tips cheap healthy eating Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1281378 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You http://www.wisebread.com/10-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-grocery-shopping-food-label-Dollarphotoclub_7027180.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post is brought to you by&nbsp;<a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C608%7C1590&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fad.doubleclick.net%2Fddm%2Fclk%2F281939105%3B108256880%3Bl" rel="nofollow">Humana</a>. Click&nbsp;<a href="http://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C608%7C1590&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Fclosethegap.humana.com%2Fwell-at-work%2Fmaking-the-office-a-healthier-place%2F%3Fcm_mmc%3DArticles-Brand-_-WallStreetCheatSheet-_-Underwritten5-_-TextLink" rel="nofollow">here</a>&nbsp;to learn more.</em></p> <p><em></p> <p>Now that the New Year is here, my Facebook feed is full of friends' 2015 resolutions. Not surprisingly, a lot of my friends are vowing to live healthier this year, by making changes in their diet and other behavior. What is surprising: The number of &quot;healthy&quot; pledges people make that have zero positive impact on their health, or could even be harmful.</p> <p>No one likes a resolution troll, so I won't be calling out well-intentioned friends if they pledge to make pseudo-healthy changes in 2015. But maybe if I post this to my wall, they'll learn a little something and choose <a href="https://closethegap.humana.com/news-trends/the-heart-of-personalized-care/?cm_mmc=Articles-Brand-_-WiseBread-_-Underwritten4-_-TextLink">truly healthy changes</a> instead of any of these.</p> <h2>1. Juice Cleanses</h2> <p>Number one on my list combines two useless health trends &mdash; juicing and cleansing &mdash; into the trendiest waste of money of recent years, the juice cleanse. Embraced by celebrities and fueling a burgeoning retail trend, juice cleanses are touted as a way to rid the body of impurities, feel energized, clear your skin, make your hair shine, and cause fairy wings to sprout out of your back.</p> <p>OK, I made up one of those claims. But the others are quite common on the web sites of commercially-produced juice cleanses.</p> <p>The truth is that your <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/detox-diets/faq-20058040">kidneys and liver do just fine at removing toxins</a> from your body, without any special diet. Vegetable juice can contain plenty of vitamins, but drinking juice is <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/vegetable-juice/faq-20058178">not as healthy as eating fruits and vegetables whole</a>, because carrot juice, for example, lacks the fiber of the whole carrot. Sure, you may lose weight while doing a juice cleanse, but that has more to do with the <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/11/juice_cleanses_not_healthy_not_virtuous_just_expensive.html">low calorie count in most juice regiments</a>. And <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-dangers">drastic calorie reduction</a> is bad for you.</p> <h2>2. Antibacterial Soap</h2> <p>Especially during the flu season, no one wants to spread germs. But <a href="http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm378542.htm">according to the Food and Drug Administration</a>, buying antibacterial hand soap is not a good way to stay healthy. The agency says that products marketed as antibacterial are no better than regular soap and water at preventing the spread of germs &mdash; and more worrying, they may contain chemicals that pose health risks with long-term exposure.</p> <h2>3. Vitamin Pills</h2> <p>It seems like a dietary insurance policy: Take a tablet every morning to avoid worries that you didn't eat enough leafy greens. However, several <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-can-learn-from-people-who-take-vitamins-its-not-what-you-think">studies have shown no health benefit</a> to taking multivitamins or mineral supplements &mdash; so you might as well save your money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/multivitamins-arent-as-good-as-you-think-eat-these-real-foods-instead?ref=seealso">Multivitamins Aren't as Good as You Think</a>)</p> <p>A more serious concern is taking megadoses of vitamins without a doctor's prescription. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1984/03/14/garden/personal-health-vitamin-therapy-toxic-side-effects-of-massive-doese.html?pagewanted=1">Doctors warn</a> that overdosing on vitamin supplements can cause neurological problems, liver damage, vomiting and a host of other ills, and can interfere with prescribed medication.</p> <h2>4. Teetotaling</h2> <p>This is a touchy subject, because alcohol abuse is extremely unhealthy and often fatal. However, <em>moderate</em> drinking has been shown to <a href="http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-aging-news-10/a-little-drinking-cuts-death-risk-for-older-adults-642365.html">confer a health benefit</a> over abstaining from alcohol. If you don't drink, it's not recommended that you start just for your health, because the risks of over-consumption are too great. But if you are a true moderate drinker (defined as just <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm#moderateDrinking">one drink per day for women and two for men</a>), you needn't feel like it's ruining your health.</p> <h2>5. Low-Fat, High-Protein, Raw Food, and Other Fad Diets</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Dietary trends</a> &mdash; usually aimed at weight loss &mdash; come and go. For the most part, reducing a certain food category is not going to hurt you, but beware of going to extremes. For example, overloading on protein can <a href="http://www.medicinenet.com/how_much_dietary_protein_to_consume-page2/views.htm">damage your kidneys</a>.</p> <p>Raw fruits and veggies are good for you, but those who restrict themselves to eating only raw foods miss out on <a href="http://www.livescience.com/26278-risks-raw-vegan-diet.html">nutrients that are unlocked in the cooking process</a>.</p> <h2>6. &quot;Wheat&quot; Bread, &quot;Natural&quot; Chicken, and Other Confusingly Labeled Foods</h2> <p>Healthy-sounding labels are big on packaged foods nowadays, but be aware that a healthy-sounding label doesn't guarantee a healthy product. For instance, some shoppers mistakenly believe that any bread labeled &quot;wheat&quot; contains whole grains; to ensure you're buying whole-grain bread, which is indeed healthier than white, <a href="http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/identifying-whole-grain-products">look for &quot;whole-wheat flour&quot; on the ingredient list</a>. Even if a product is labeled &quot;whole grain,&quot; if it is also packed with sugar or other unhealthy ingredients, it's not necessarily very good for you.</p> <p>The word &quot;natural&quot; means basically nothing on product labels &mdash; the <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/transparency/basics/ucm214868.htm">FDA has not set out rules for its use</a>. So the &quot;natural&quot; chicken, cereal or other product isn't necessarily any better for you than the one without that label.</p> <h2>7. Extreme Exercise</h2> <p>Pushing yourself is in nowadays, with <a href="http://www.stridenation.com/2012/2/28/2830407/the-marathon-more-popular-than-ever">marathons more popular than ever</a> and the cardio/weight lifting program <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3035118/infographic-of-the-day/the-insane-popularity-of-crossfit-visualized">CrossFit growing like crazy</a>. Exercise is great &mdash; but experts warn that too much, at too high intensity, is not great.</p> <p>&quot;Chronic extreme endurance&quot; training, such as for long-distance runs, can damage the heart, <a href="http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20120604/can-too-much-exercise-be-harmful">research has found</a>. Another consequence of pushing too hard can be injuries &mdash; <a href="http://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-too-much-exercise-can-be-bad-042514">especially for child athletes</a>.</p> <p>Severe exertion can even lead to a <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000473.htm">scary condition called rhabdomyolysis</a>, wherein muscle tissue breaks down and releases its contents into the bloodstream, potentially damaging the kidneys.</p> <h2>8. Energy Bars</h2> <p>Once used mainly by distance athletes, energy bars are everywhere nowadays, and many people use them as a convenient meal or snack on the go.</p> <p>But just because they are associated with sports, don't assume that energy bars are health food. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/nutrition-bars-healthy-hype">Dieticians warn</a> that many of them are packed with sugar. Another concern is that if you fill up on bars of any kind, you may not have an appetite for the fresh fruits and veggies you need. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">20 Healthy Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>9. Extreme Cleanliness</h2> <p>There's nothing wrong with taking a shower, or with washing the kitchen floor. But it's not necessary to maintain a daily cleaning schedule, for either body or home. In fact, excessive cleaning of either can be harmful.</p> <p>For the body, <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/daily-shower-skin1.htm">excessive showering can damage the skin</a>, and certain areas of your body are <a href="http://drbenkim.com/dont-use-soap-private-parts.htm">too delicate to be lathered up</a>, ever. Babies, in particular, can get <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/healthy-baby/art-20044438">dry skin from daily baths</a>.</p> <p>When it comes to the home, recent research suggests that removing all bacteria from the living environment &mdash; previously thought to be the healthiest way to live &mdash; <a href="http://www.medicaldaily.com/hygiene-hypothesis-action-has-our-cleanliness-obsession-made-younger-generations-more-allergy-prone">could actually contribute to allergies</a>.</p> <p>So while there's no need to be stinky, it's healthy to relax a little when it comes to soap and scrub brushes.</p> <h2>10. Sports Drinks</h2> <p>Americans have figured out that soda is not good for you, but when sugary soft drinks are replaced by sports drinks, there's no real health improvement. That's because many sports drinks contain <a href="http://sph.umn.edu/sph-research-finds-sports-drinks-just-as-unhealthy-as-soda/">just as much or more sugar than sodas</a>. Most people &mdash; especially kids &mdash; can rehydrate just fine with water without the need for a specialized beverage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-with-these-10-homemade-healthy-energy-and-sports-drinks?ref=seealso">Healthy Homemade Energy Drinks</a>)</p> <p></em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you">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/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</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/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</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-get-more-sleep-without-spending-more-time-in-bed">How to Get More Sleep Without Spending More Time in Bed</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-surprising-reason-you-are-sick-tired-and-cranky">The Surprising Reason You Are Sick, Tired, and Cranky</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/healthcare-paperwork-that-doesnt-require-paper-or-work">Healthcare Paperwork That Doesn&#039;t Require Paper or Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Humana Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1277996 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/muffin%20tin.jpg" alt="muffin tin" title="muffin tin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a muffin tin stuffed away in your kitchen cupboard? If you're anything like me, it only comes out when you have something sweet to bake up. But with some creative thinking, that often unused pan could transform the way you approach your meals. And I'm here to show you exactly how.</p> <h2>Breakfast</h2> <p>Start the day off right with some quick, nutritious, and delicious <em>unmuffins</em> from your muffin tin.</p> <h3>Quiche</h3> <p>Instead of making a large quiche, divide your recipe into muffin cups. This <a href="http://www.manilaspoon.com/2012/08/spinach-quiche-cups.html">Spinach and Mushroom Quiche</a> is gluten-free and totally customizable. Try using whatever veggies and cheese you have on hand (and tossing in something meaty &mdash; like bacon &mdash; if you like).</p> <h3>Bacon Wrap</h3> <p>Or perhaps you'd like to try these <a href="http://dailydishrecipes.com/bacon-egg-muffin-cups-src/">Bacon Wrapped Egg Cups</a> instead. You'll first cook the bacon on your stove-top for a few minutes. Then you'll cut some circles out of bread slices for your base. Arrange the bread and bacon in the tin and then crack your eggs and bake.</p> <h3>Oatmeal</h3> <p>I've made variations of this <a href="http://thewholesomedish.com/go-baked-oatmeal-favorite-toppings/">Baked Oatmeal Cups</a> recipe for quick, portable breakfasts the whole family enjoys. Once you mix together the oatmeal base, toss in chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and fresh blueberries. Make a few different kinds and keep in your fridge for up to a week.</p> <h3>French Toast</h3> <p>I love French toast, but making it is somewhat laborious. Take out all the soaking and flipping with this <a href="http://preventionrd.com/2014/02/overnight-french-toast-cups/">Overnight French Toast Cups</a> recipe. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Then pour it over cut bread. Portion into cups and let sit overnight in your fridge before baking.</p> <h3>Tofu Frittata</h3> <p>There are lots of egg recipes I could give you, but vegans might appreciate these <a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/mini-tofu-frittatas/">Mini Tofu Frittatas</a> as a twist. Cook veggies on the stove and then combine them with tofu and spices in your food processor. Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.</p> <h2>Lunch</h2> <p>You might make these ahead and freeze for easy lunch bag fillers, or whip them up along with breakfast and carry with.</p> <h3>Salad Cups</h3> <p>Or use some phyllo dough and make <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/05/tofu-salad-cups.html">Tofu Salad Cups</a>. Once you let the general idea sink in, you can see how easy it is to stuff this recipe with whatever salad you like best. Try them with tuna, chicken, and egg salads, etc. This one's a great appetizer at a party.</p> <h3>Mac and Cheese</h3> <p>Individual <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/1055588/individual-mac-and-cheese-cups">Mac and Cheese Cups</a> (video are perfect for packing schools lunches. Better yet? This recipe uses only six ingredients for its deliciousness. Whisk together everything on the stove, portion into cups, bake, and then enjoy (or freeze after cooling completely).</p> <h3>Kale Cups</h3> <p>Have trouble getting in your dark leafy greens? These <a href="http://www.muffintinmania.com/2012/04/kale-cups.html">Kale Cups</a> pack the super food in a convenient package. Process kale in a food processor until finely chopped, then mix with the other ingredients before baking.</p> <h3>Pizza</h3> <p>Using tortilla crusts in this <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/mini-tortilla-crust-pizzas/6788e999-a5ec-4688-827e-b56871158f08">Muffin Tin Pizza</a> recipes lightens everything up for a spectacular lunch. Cut rounds from your tortillas using the top of a can as your guide. The rest is spooning on the sauce, sprinkling the cheese, and adding toppings.</p> <h3>Tuna Melt</h3> <p>Take your lunchtime sandwich beyond regular fare with this <a href="http://girllikestoeat.com/tuna-melt-muffins/">Muffin Tin Tuna Melt</a> recipe. Simply make up your tuna filling and bread batter. Then pour one tablespoon of batter into a greased tin. Follow with two tablespoons tuna filling followed by another two tablespoons batter.</p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>Yep, your muffin tin can pull dinner duty, too, making busy weekday evenings easier to manage.</p> <h3>Lasagna</h3> <p>These wonton wrapped <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/lasagna-cupcakes-recipe.html">Lasagna Cupcakes</a> are a hearty main course for your dinner table, all while keeping good portion control. If you're cooking for just yourself, you can make up a batch and freeze them to reheat on command.</p> <h3>Pesto Rolls</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/04/pumpkin-pesto-rolls.html">Pumpkin Pesto Roll</a> recipe is my favorite dinner accompaniment of all time. And you can replace the dough with whatever kind is your favorite (even store-bought). The muffin tin helps them keep their shape as they bake.</p> <h3>Meatloaf</h3> <p>Try these<a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/diner-meat-loaf-muffins"> Mini Meat Loaves</a> filled with lean ground beef, veggies, and spices. If you don't have saltine crackers, you can use breadcrumbs, oats, or any other type of cracker in your cupboard. Then bake for just 25 minutes before serving.</p> <h3>Chicken Pot Pie</h3> <p>Take the classic <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/chicken-pot-pie-cupcakes/88c3fb89-0b08-466d-bb26-27c50aac24fd">Chicken Pot Pie</a> idea and make it in the muffin tin. Vegetarians can easily adapt this recipe by omitting the chicken (and using more veggies) and swapping the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom. If you're not crazy about using pre-made biscuits, try this homemade <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-baking-powder-biscuits/">baking powder-based alternative</a>.</p> <h3>Corn Dog Muffins</h3> <p>You can take these <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/30/super-bowl-recipe-week-mini-corn-dog-muffins/">Corn Dog Muffins</a> carnivore or vegetarian depending on the &quot;hot dogs&quot; you use. This recipe is great for a basic dinner or even parties. Make your cornbread batter and slice your dogs, then pour the batter and toss in your meat. Bake and enjoy!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite muffin tin recipes?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" 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/15-awesome-muffin-tin-recipes-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner">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/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</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/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</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-easy-exotic-meals-you-should-be-making">10 Easy Exotic Meals You Should Be Making</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/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray</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-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink cheap meals easy meals freeze ahead muffins savory muffins Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1277865 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Nutritious Breakfasts for People With Busy Mornings http://www.wisebread.com/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-breakfast-Dollarphotoclub_44449263.jpg" alt="businessman breakfast" title="businessman breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has nutty mornings. And with all of the hustle and bustle, making breakfast is often not high on the list. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the pre-packaged muffin or skipping breakfast altogether, and all they require is a little planning ahead.</p> <p>Don't get caught hungry tomorrow morning &mdash; try one of these 15 recipes and start your day right!</p> <h2>1. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie</h2> <p>A nutritious and time-efficient way to start the day is with a smoothie. Throw the ingredients in a blender, whirl it up, and then take it to go. It's also the easiest thing to &quot;eat&quot; during your commute. <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie-recipe/">Peanut butter and banana</a> is a great combo since it provides nutrients and some much-needed protein to hold you over until lunch.</p> <h2>2. Breakfast Burrito</h2> <p>Take a little time out of your Sunday afternoon and make yourself a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">bunch of burritos</a>. Then resist the urge to eat them all and freeze them for an awesomely quick breakfast. You can pull one straight out of the freezer and microwave it, or pack it and take to work and zap it there.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Muffin</h2> <p>Make a batch of <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/morning-glory-muffins-2">whole wheat muffins</a> the night before for a lightly sweet but nutritious treat for the whole family. Throw in flax, chia seeds or nuts for an added boost, and try different fruits and flavors. They're perfectly portable and will last a few days in an airtight container. Freeze them for longer storage.</p> <h2>4. Yogurt Parfait</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2013/03/easy-yogurt-and-granola-breakfast-parfaits-three-ways.html">pretty layered treats</a> are fast and easy to transport, and they feel like a real treat. You can change up the fruits, toppings, and granola to suit your taste or mood. Plus, the fiber in the granola will fill you up until next meal time.</p> <h2>5. Homemade Bars</h2> <p>Cook up a bunch of <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/353239/dried-fruit-and-nut-health-bars">granola</a> or <a href="http://weelicious.com/2014/08/06/protein-bars/">protein bars</a> one night and you'll have a effortless breakfast or snack to go. And, if you make them yourself, you'll know they are only full of good stuff &mdash; many store-bought varieties contain artificial ingredients.</p> <h2>6. Eggs in a Mug</h2> <p>Did you know you can <a href="http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes/recipe/microwave-coffee-cup-scramble">scrambled eggs</a> in a microwave? Make a very quick, high-protein, single-serving breakfast in less than two minutes. Top with a little cheese, green onions, or diced green pepper and season to taste.</p> <h2>7. Overnight Oats</h2> <p>Forget those little packets! You can have a hearty bowl of <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/09/apple-cinnamon-overnight-oats/">homemade oatmeal</a> without even turning on the stove. Just mix up a few ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Eat as-is in the morning or heat up in the microwave for a warm meal. Try different flavorings and toppings to mix things up.</p> <h2>8. Mini Frittatas</h2> <p>For an eggy breakfast, bake a batch of <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/easy-breakfast-recipe-kale-and-goat-cheese-frittata-cups-166901">little frittatas</a> in a muffin tin. They're perfectly portioned and you can refrigerate and reheat them for up to a week. Play around with the fillings &mdash; try a Southwestern version with pepper, onion, and cheddar; or an Italian version with mozzarella, tomato, and basil.</p> <h2>9. Oatmeal Smoothie</h2> <p>You can get all of the fiber and whole grain of oatmeal with the convenience of <a href="http://noblepig.com/2014/07/cinnamon-oatmeal-smoothies/">a smoothie</a>. The texture is surprisingly smooth, but it's more filling than your average smoothie and will help you go the distance during your work day.</p> <h2>10. Chia Pudding</h2> <p>Chia is a nutritionally-dense little seed that's high in fiber. It also happens to make a <a href="http://www.youngandraw.com/the-night-before-breakfast-idea-coconut-blueberry-chia-pudding/">great pudding</a> with little to no effort. Mix up your pudding and store it in the fridge for up to four days. Add different fresh fruit toppings and nuts or granola.</p> <h2>11. Savory Muffins</h2> <p>Not all muffins are sweet! For another make-ahead easy-to-take-with-you breakfast, try baking <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/savory_breakfast_muffins.html">savory muffins</a>. You can make them vegan, vegetarian, or include a little lean protein. The flavor combinations are endless, and they're great at room temperature or warmed.</p> <h2>12. Fruit and Peanut Butter</h2> <p>It sounds like something you'd pack in a kid's lunch, but for a very quick breakfast, an apple or banana with natural peanut butter works perfectly. Fresh fruit is always refreshing in the morning, and the peanut butter adds protein and staying power.</p> <h2>13. Breakfast Cookies</h2> <p>Getting up in the morning won't seem so bad when you know you can have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">cookies</a> for breakfast. Healthy ones, of course! They're so easy to pack and so easy to eat, and the espresso beans add a pick-me-up.</p> <h2>14. Mason Jar Oatmeal</h2> <p>For another fast <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5829380/an-easy-no-measuring-required-way-to-make-real-oatmeal-fast">oatmeal method</a>, simply toss your oatmeal in a mason jar along with seasoning and sweetener, top with boiling water, and give it a good shake. Pack it in your lunch bag and take it to work, and you'll have warm oatmeal when you arrive.</p> <h2>15. Trail Mix</h2> <p>When all else fails, throw together a big batch of <a href="http://www.neighborfoodblog.com/2013/09/how-to-make-healthy-sweet-and-salty-trail-mix-sundaysupper.html">trail mix</a> and keep it in your bag or your desk. That way if you miss breakfast, you'll have something sweet and salty to eat. Mix up the nuts and fruit to get your favorite flavor combination. It's also good to have handy if you need a quick, healthy snack.</p> <p><em>How do you do breakfast on busy mornings?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Nutritious Breakfasts for People With Busy Mornings" 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/15-nutritious-breakfasts-for-people-with-busy-mornings">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/10-healthy-easy-breakfasts-for-people-on-the-go">10 Healthy, Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go</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-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks">12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks</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/25-breakfast-for-dinner-meals">25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals</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/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes">9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes</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/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">Tasty, Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink breakfast easy breakfast healthy breakfast Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:00:19 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1275629 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-shopping-cereal-Dollarphotoclub_66767043.jpg" alt="man shopping cereal" title="man shopping cereal" 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 overpriced grocery items to skip, ways to make your work day easier, and the best outdoor adventure vacation destinations on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Overpriced-Grocery-Items-19150854">8 Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip</a> &mdash; The next time you reach for pre-sliced produce, consider that you're paying about 35% more for the convenience. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/12/10-tips-to-make-your-work-day-easier">10 Tips to Make Your Work Day Easier</a> &mdash; Don't over-plan your day. No one needs to have back-to-back meetings! [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/best-outdoor-adventure-vacation-destinations/">10 Best Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations on a Budget</a> &mdash; Check out the vast caverns of Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park. There's not entrance fee, although cave tours cost between $5 and $50 depending on the length and location. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2014/12/money-myths-prevent-us-building-wealth/">Money Myths That Prevent Us From Building Wealth</a> &ndash; Buying a home isn't always a better investment than renting. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-reasons-your-budget-isnt-working">Five Reasons Your Budget Isn't Working</a> &mdash; Simply creating a budget won't solve all your financial woes. Once you have a budget, you'll also need to track your spending closely. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-signs-you-probably-dont-need-more-protein/">8 Signs You Probably Don't Need More Protein</a> &mdash; You generally only need about a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ways-to-have-a-cheap-fun-family-night/">15 Ways to Have a Fun and Cheap Family Night</a> &mdash; Head over to Tinker Lab and learn how to build a clip fort! [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/the-three-rules-to-borrowing-money-to-friends-and-family/">The Three Rules to Borrowing Money to Friends and Family</a> &mdash; Have some kind of proof that money had changed hands &mdash; a duplicate check, bank statement, or deposit receipt &mdash; just in case. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/simply-saving-working-isnt-getting-job-done/">What to Do When Simply Saving and Working Isn't Getting the Job Done</a> &mdash; If you can't seem to handle your debts on your own, consider getting help from a non-profit debt consolidation agency. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-unique-exercise-options-for-moms">9 Unique Exercise Options for Moms</a> &mdash; So you've decided to exercise more &mdash; now what? Pick up an adult-sized hula hoop and spin away! [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip" 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-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0">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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink best money stips groceries Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1275511 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-ingredients-cooking-kitchen-Dollarphotoclub_29066896.jpg" alt="ingredients kitchen" title="ingredients kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to streamline your pantry? You can assemble quite a stock of simple staples that will make countless meals on a dime. I've done the hard work by identifying the ingredients you need to maximize your options &mdash; now put these 10 foods on your grocery list and start cooking!</p> <h2>1. Eggs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/eggs%20bowl.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I don't know about you, but eggs are a huge hit in our house &mdash; and you can cook them easily in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs">five different ways</a>. (Six, if you count omelets!) We scramble or fry them as the main protein with breakfast. Poach and sit over asparagus for dinner. Every other week I hard boil a dozen for quick snacks or use in egg salad sandwiches. And, yes, I even soft boil them on occasion for a fancy brunch item.</p> <h2>2. Rice</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/rice%20bowl.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We also couldn't live without rice. We usually keep brown rice around, but you can use most any kind in soups and stews. On its own, rice is a strong side for a multitude of dishes from stir-fries to burritos to baked fish. Heck, you can even make <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grandma-s-rice-pudding">dessert using rice</a> by mixing cooked leftovers with spices, milk, raisins, and eggs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice?ref=seealso">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a>)</p> <h2>3. Bananas</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ripe%20bananas.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When I was vegan, I learned many tricks for using price-friendly bananas in new ways. Aside from eating them plain (or maybe with some peanut butter), bananas give my smoothies the dreamiest texture along with a dose of potassium. Have you ever thought to make a <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/05/scrambled-banana-sandwich.html">Banana Scramble Sandwich</a>? It's delicious, I promise you. Freeze slices of bananas on a cookie sheet and then blend in a food processor for a quick, dairy-free soft serve dessert. They also make a great egg substitute in most baked goods &mdash; just mash 1/4 cup of ripe banana well to replace one large egg.</p> <h2>4. Potatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes%20basket.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I had a habit of bringing a sweet potato to lunch with me when I worked my last desk job. I learned how to cook it in the microwave by punching holes in it with a fork, zapping on high for a few minutes, and then flipping to cook a few minutes more. I'd slice and load with Greek yogurt, and pile in other toppings for a healthy lunch. And that's just one of the jillion options for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes">cooking sweet potatoes</a>. You can also make potato pancakes, cook up hash browns, slice into fries, boil, and chop into soups and stews.</p> <h2>5. Beans and Lentils</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red%20beans_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Whether dried or canned, beans are a vegetarian's best friend. Even if you eat meat, beans (and lentils!) can be a wonderful complete protein to stock in your cupboard. It took me a long time to figure out how to <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/07/how-to-soak-cook-dried-beans.html">cook dry beans</a> from scratch, but I'm so glad I learned the method. The trick is letting them soak overnight before simmering in your pot. Beans and lentils go well in slow cooker recipes, veggie burgers, warm and cold salads, dips and spreads (like hummus) &mdash; just to name a few.</p> <h2>6. Garlic and Onions</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Flavor is big no matter what meal you're cooking, so keep a few garlic bulbs and onions in your kitchen at all times. Pretty much every savory recipe you'll ever cook up will require these two ingredients, and &mdash; without them &mdash; your resulting meal could be quite bland. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-onions?ref=seealso">10 Great Uses for Onions</a>)</p> <h2>7. Rolled Oats</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/dry%20oatmeal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>We eat oats for breakfast almost every morning. It can get boring at times, so when I found myself with an excess of oats on our last break, I started making flour with them by pulverizing dry oats in my food processor. From there, I made <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/09/gf-oatmeal-raisin-pb-chocolate-chippers.html">chocolate chip cookies</a>, pancakes, and other baked goods that were outrageously good. I also use uncooked rolled oats to bulk up veggie burger recipes, veggie loaves, and add filling power to my smoothies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal?ref=seealso">11 Ways To Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a>)</p> <h2>8. Frozen Vegetables</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/frozen%20vegetables.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In the winter months, I have trouble keeping up with produce. So, I often fill my freezer with local and store-bought frozen veggies of all varieties. I especially like stir-fry mixes that pour out of the bag and onto the pan for 10-minute meals. (Just add a protein on the side and maybe some rice for a complete meal.) One of my other favorites, chopped frozen spinach, can be tossed into smoothies, burritos, dips, pizza crusts, and the list goes on. Bonus: Less food waste! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach?ref=seealso">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a>)</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/peanut%20butter%20spread.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know most of us think of the standard PB&amp;J sandwich when we pick up peanut butter. I use peanut butter in cookies, on my morning oatmeal, and even as a base for tasty sauces. For example, you can take frozen veggie stir-fries from blah to amazing with this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-thai-peanut-sauce/">Thai Peanut Sauce</a> that combines peanut butter with coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, and other spices. Oh, and you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-and-cheap-nut-butter-recipes-to-make-at-home">make your own peanut butter</a> to your specifications.</p> <h2>10. All Purpose Flour</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/all%20purpose%20flour.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>And then there's flour. Over the years, I've slowly started baking almost all the bread we consume. That might sound crazy, but it's mostly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">mixing, rising, and then baking</a> and eating or freezing. Sliced bread is just one example of what flour will give you the power to create. Think about all the homemade pizza, dinner and hamburger rolls, pastas, muffins, and various other cookies, cakes, pies, and other treats you can bake up. Don't forget to pick up a packet of yeast.</p> <p><em>Any small pantry staples I've overlooked? Please share your favorites in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry" class="sharethis-link" title="The 10 Most Versatile Foods in 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-hardest-working-foods-in-your-pantry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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