3 Ways To Store Your Vegetables For Maximum Freshness

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Vegetables are a great addition to the meals you cook, whether roasted, grilled, fried, or boiled. Culinary experts, however, believe that the quality of your vegetables often determines the dish’s final taste. Poor-quality vegetables may cause food poisoning and leave an unpleasant taste in your meals. That is why it’s best to be mindful of the vegetables you pick off the shelves at the grocery store. According to data, only 29.3% of Canadians buy and consume the recommended amount of vegetables needed by the body. So, if you're buying vegetables anytime soon, these tips will be handy when storing them before cooking.

Room temperature storage
Some vegetables, such as tomatoes, potatoes, and onions, can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place. These vegetables should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. How would your kitchen expose these particular vegetables to sunlight? First, it can happen if you keep them too close to your window where direct light comes through. The slightest increase in room temperature can also accelerate excessive ripening and spoilage. It is worth noting that even at room temperature, you must check daily for signs of excessive softness, mould, and other indicators that your veggies may be going bad.

Many vegetables, including leafy greens, broccoli, and bell peppers, are best kept refrigerated. However, it goes beyond dumping them in the refrigerator and hoping they will last long until you're ready to use them. These vegetables should be wrapped in plastic or placed in airtight containers to maintain their freshness. Sometimes, you may need to line airtight plastic containers with clean tissue or paper towels to soak up excess moisture from these vegetables. This step is particularly useful if you wash the veggies and plan to store them immediately in the refrigerator. Ideally, it would be best if you allowed washed vegetables to dry off before putting them in containers. If you don't have the time to do so, then paper towels are the way to go. 

It is important to note that even when vegetables are kept in the refrigerator, they can still go bad. That is why it is vital to check their physical condition often and ensure your fridge provides the right temperature. For example, you must keep vegetables like Brussel Sprouts at a cool temperature of 30 °F. Place them loosely in a bowl with a food-grade film over the surface. Poke holes in the film to avoid moisture buildup. When you're ready to use them, there's a great brussel sprout recipe at primaverakitchen.com you can try.

Indeed, certain vegetables don't do well in the fridge, even for a couple of days. They will start to get bad and slimy as early as day two of being stored in the fridge. That is why you’ll also need a freezer. Vegetables, like peas, corn, and green beans, can be frozen for a long time. There is a simple trick to getting them to stay fresher after weeks, and even months, of freezer storage. Consider techniques like blanching, where you place your veggies in hot water for a short while and cool them off in ice-cold water to halt the cooking process. When you try this, even vegetables like okra, asparagus, and broccoli can taste fresher after freezer storage. Remember to keep them in freezer bags or airtight containers to preserve colour and texture.

Top Ways to Make Your Favorite Treats Healthier

Friday, January 20, 2023

We all love our treats now and then. Finishing a meal with dessert or indulging in something sweet with a cup of coffee can be one of the greatest pleasures. But it's also easy to see that many of the treats we love are not great to have all the time. As much as you might love to survive on chocolate cake, it's not going to give you all of the nutrition that you need. If you're trying to be healthier, your favorite treats can be a bit of a stumbling block. It's hard to avoid them, but you don't necessarily have to give them up. There are ways to still enjoy treats in a healthier way.

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Look for More Nutritious Options

If you like snacking on something sweet, one way to make your snacks healthier is to seek out more nutritious options. Instead of cake or cookies, you can focus on trying to snack on fruit. Fruit might still have sugar in it, but it also has other vitamins and nutrients that will be good for you. Consider looking for treat options that have less fat or sugar, or that can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. Something as simple as dipping fruit into yogurt can be tasty and nutritious.

Make It Yourself

Do you really know what's in the desserts and snacks you buy in stores? When you make something at home, you can make sure you know exactly what goes into it. Even if you're still making something like a cake with a lot of fat and sugar in it, you can avoid the need for preservatives or other unwanted ingredients. If you want a healthier ice cream alternative, check out this delicious strawberry ice cream recipe at theendlessmeal.com. When you make ice cream at home, you can make sure there's nothing nasty in it, and it's made from all-natural ingredients.

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Control Your Portions

Portion size can be a big challenge for some people. There's nothing you ever really need to deny yourself, but it is important to watch home much and how often you eat any particular treat. If you want to cut back on having too many sugary or fatty treats, try simply serving yourself a smaller portion size or sharing with someone else. Make your slice of cake smaller or have only a handful of nuts instead of half the bag.

Take Your Time to Enjoy

Another way to make your treats healthier is to take the time to really enjoy them. Avoid looking down at your plate to realize you ate everything in just a minute. See if you can slow down your eating and really enjoy every bite. This mindful way of eating can help to improve your digestion because you're not eating too fast. It will also allow you to appreciate everything you're eating so that you get more from it.

By making your treats healthier, you can make them part of a balanced diet and won't have to deny yourself your favorite things.

5 Best Self-Care Ideas for Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Thursday, January 5, 2023

It's that time of the year when you might want to re focus, re charge. So here are five of the best self care ideas to try in 2023.

Schedule time to breathe.
Schedule a time to enjoy your favorite hot drink and taker a few deep. Studies suggest that 20 minutes of meditations can lift your mood, prepare for your day and even improve your memory. If you are busy and time is hard to come by, start by making your favourite cup of coffee or tea, and stand outside for 5 minutes just breathing. Work your way up to 20 minutes of medication.

Get outside/get some sun.
We have a running joke that humans are like plants – we need sun, fresh air and water to survive but this totally ring true. Go for a walk, run, open your shades, open your windows, do whatever to get some sun and fresh air. I know we are all busy but get out on your lunch break and walk, go outside and stand on your balcony, find a trail and walk every weekend. Not only will getting outside help your mood, but you can get some steps in too. According to science – getting outside boosts mood, sharpens thinking, and makes you feel calmer and more generous. Time outdoors may also reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. If you live in Canada you might experience EXTENDED periods of cold but spending time outdoors in winter can be good for your health.

Pamper yourself.
Do you nails. Have a long ass bath with candles and tea. Do a face mask. Buy a body scrub. Taking even a little time out of your week to do something that will make you feel better and allowing you to slow down is a game changer.

Taking 5 minutes before bed, or 5 minutes in the morning to write things that you are thankful for, things that went well in your day, or set your intention can be a game changer. Your mind is so powerful and getting into practice of positive thinking will help you with stress, anxiety and just over all put you in a better head space. I love this simple journal note book and this habit tracker book.

Declutter and simplify.
There is something about decluttering and simplifying your home, office, car, friends list that does wonders for how you feel. If it does not serve a purpose, help improve tour life get rid of it. Getting rid of things is hard, so create a routine where you take 15-30 minutes and organize one thing – it can be a drawer, a box, show closet and work your way up from there. A friend of mine started taking a photo a area she wanted to clean, set a time for 30 minutes, and worked on her decluttering project, she would take a break or would be done for the day after the time off. Before and after photos and a timer helped build a routine and in 6 months she de cluttered her ENRITE house.

#bookofthemonth - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Excellent read , full of advice. Pone of the best, most tangible book I've read if you want to improve upon any area of your life

“No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving—every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
- Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
- Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
- Design your environment to make success easier;
- Get back on track when you fall off course;
...and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.”

#podcastofthemonth - ‎Holiday Goddess Podcast Guides

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

This felt fititng for the season.

"The world's best kept holiday secrets for women. With more than 30 editors from around the world - with backgrounds ranging from Vogue magazine to Lonely Planet - Holiday Goddess brings you the best female-friendly travel destinations from around the world."

What podcast are you listening to next?

#bookofthemonth - Midnight in the Snow by Karen Swan

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Okay, I know I am on my third holiday romance book but hear me out... its good, like really good.Sure like most Holiday inspured books and movies this one is rpedictable but that dooenst make it any less worth reading. Its charming, compelling and perfect holiday read

"Award-winning director Clover Phillips is riding high when she encounters Kit Foley; a surfer and snowboarder as well-known for controversy as he is for winning championships.
Involved in an accident that had devastating consequences for a bitter rival, Kit has never spoken about what really happened that day. Determined to find out the truth, Clover heads to the snowy wilderness of the Austrian Alps, sharing a romantic winter wonderland with a man who can’t stand her.

But as she delves deeper, Clover finds herself both drawn to Kit, and even more convinced he’s hiding something. Is Kit Foley really as cold as he seems?"

Clothing Items to Add to Your Holiday Must Wear Wishlist

Friday, November 18, 2022

 I, women, thirty five, trying to downsize and make most of her closet (see reels on Instagram) found a new place where I wanna buy ALL the clothes. Rihoas is a clothing brand that is inspired by long legacy of European Cinema. They create tailored pieces in colours that bring on all the feeling of glam, elegance and charm.

So I picked items that are on my wish list this year:

This might be the ultimate party skirt - you can pair it with a t-shirt, or a camisole or a sweater it will elevate any outfit. 

This velvet dress would work so well with tights, and perfect for winter. You can dress it up for a party or pair it with trainers for more of a casual look.

The sleeveless cap-coat provide a visual departure from your mundane jacket, and they are just so darn elegant (Think Kate Middelton) and you can wear it all Winter into Spring.

This dress is elegant and will take you though all the Holiday parties. The pear details on straps add such an elegant touch.

This dress comes in two colors and is perfect for date night or parties. 

Little sparkle goes a long way, and this blouse will work for work to drinks with the girls.

This skirt makes me think Chanel on a budget, it would work perfectly with tights for colder days.

I think all these items are so versatile and can wear the all holiday season. Plus (and maybe more importantly) all of those are great staples to have in your closets.