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Amazing Food Hacks That WILL Change Your Life

1. Remove avocado stems to gauge its ripeness.

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2. Wrap the top of your bananas with plastic wrap and they’ll last four to five days longer.

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3. Know how to use your coconuts.

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Coconuts can be used for everything from shaving to washing your hair.

Here are many more uses for cocnuts that you would have never thought of.

4. Cup bacon and eggs together for convenient breakfast bites.

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If you love bacon and eggs for breakfast, try out this little hack for bite-size portions.

5. Yogurt makes a healthy substitute for nearly anything.

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6. Freeze red and white wine before cooking.

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This way when a recipe calls for either, you will always have the wine available. Just drop a cube in and cook.

7. Use dental floss to cut soft bread and cheese.

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Cutting soft foods with dental floss will prevent them from becoming flat.

There’s a list of other creative home cooking hacks at their site here.

8. Crack eggshells for trippy dye patterns.

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9. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

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10. Bake eggs instead of boiling them.

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Alton Brown Method of Hard-Cooking Eggs: 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Baked eggs are better because they are less sulfurous (smelly) and the texture of the finished eggs is creamier.

11. But if you must boil, follow this guide:

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12. Toast two slices of bread together for the perfect sandwich.

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13. Making the perfect ice cream sandwich:

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14. Pair these wines and cheeses together.

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15. Make the perfect loaded potato.

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16. How to make super easy sugar cookie bowls.

17. Keep cakes moist by placing a piece of bread on top overnight.

18. Avoid messy hands while eating popsicles.

19. If you put a thumbprint in the middle of your burger it will cook flat, not round.

20. Lather a moat of PB around the J for a drip-free PB&J sandwich.

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21. Determine serving size with your hand.

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22. Make dried fruits in your oven.

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23. Put wooden spoon over a boiling pot to prevent spill overs.

24. How to make a bacon taco bowl:

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25. Make a brick oven at home for $5.

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So if you have a pizza stone, great. If you don’t, here’s how you can make your own brick over in under $5.

26. Keep your avocados green longer with the help of lemon.

27. Use a paper towel to keep your salad fresh and avoid sogginess.

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28. Bake tortillas to make your own crispy taco shells.

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29. Section off your beef before freezing to have portion-sized patties after.

30. The ultimate freezer guide:

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31. Cookies ‘n’ cream coffee with Oreos:

32. How to make salad in a jar for lunch:

33. Pizza eggs! (Or what to do with leftover pizza)

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34. The budget Big Mac

35. Brew tea with these time guides:

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Breakfast: Weetabix with Warm Skimmed Milk and Banana

Adding some warm milk to your brekkie is a handy way to warm you up on those cold mornings, and I find it makes the weetabix nice and creamy almost, and extremely tasty. Adding the banana not only adds in one of your 5-a-day, but it also adds some sweetness, so you don’t have to add in any sugar. Win-win!

All you need is on Weetabix biscuit, 100ml of skimmed milk and one small banana (approximately 75g)

Nutritional Information: [PERCENTAGES ARE BASED OFF A 2000KCAL DIET]

  • Calories (kcal): 208 [10.4%]
  • Fat (g): 1.8 [2.57%]
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0.1 [0.5%]
  • Carbs (g): 39.1 [17%]
  • Sugar (g): 18.1 [20.11%]
  • Fiber (g): 3.9 [15.6%]
  • Protein (g): 8.6 [19.11%]

All of these link you to a post on my blog, but there will be another link in that post which will link you to the recipe or just click on the picture!

Breakfast 

OATMEAL/OATS

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Baked Banana, Blueberry and Raisin Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal Casserole 

Baked Raspberry-Banana-Almond Butter Oatmeal

Banana Bread Protein Oatmeal

Banana Oat Chia Seed Pudding

Berry Oat Cups

Blueberry Oatmeal

Coconut Overnight Oats

Creamy Oatmeal with Banana Nut Topping

Overnight Oats

Peach Pie Oatmeal

Peanut Butter/Banana Oatmeal

Raspberry Overnight Oats

Savoury Oatmeal

Various Overnight Oats Recipes

Various Overnight Oats Recipes 2

PANCAKES

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Banana Maca Pancakes

Blueberry & Banana Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Pancake Bars

Flourless Coconut and Banana Pancakes

Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes

Pancakes in a Jar (not a recipe)

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

OTHER

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

Avocado Fried Egg

Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups

Banana “Scramble”

Berry Greek Yoghurt Parfait

Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Boost Sprinkle

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Tostadas

Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

Cocoa Banana Breakfast Quinoa With Walnuts

Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

Healthy French Toast

Huevos Rancheros

No Added Sugar Granola (Vegan, Gluten-free, can be Nut-free)

Oat Bran ”English Muffin” 

Olive Oil Poached Eggs on Avocado and Braised Kale Toast

Paleo Banana Almond Muffins

Peanut Butter and Banana Yoghurt 

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl

Raw Buckwheat Porridge

Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galette

Sponge Omelette with Yoghurt and Blueberries

Super Food Fruit Salad + Cacao Puree. Over Warm Brown Rice

Toasted Banana Breakfast Roll

Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Recipe | Tara Stiles Eats

Want a healthy and delicious treat? Tara Stiles’ strawberry shortcake smoothie gives you a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweets craving! Enjoy this refreshing smoothie as a snack or dessert; it’s like strawberry shortcake in a glass!

"It’s so good, it tastes like cake; and it’s healthy, and you can have it all the time!”

INGREDIENTS:

  • ice
  • strawberries
  • rolled oats
  • a cup of cashews
  • a cup of almond milk
  • two spoons of maple syrup
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • a bit of vanilla extract

Dinner: Taco Mince, Chips and Carrots

I love, love, love taco, and from making the mix myself (check out the recipe here!) I was able to make it as spicy as I wanted it, yay!

I also love my Tefal ActiFry machine, as I was able to cook my chips to perfection using minimal oil, and the carrots out of it are to die for. They taste sweet, almost caramelised.

Nutritional Information: [ALL PERCENTAGES ARE BASED OFF A 2000KCAL DIET]

  • Calories (kcal): 247 (taco) + 224 (chips) + 51 (carrots) [26.1%]
  • Fat (g): 16 (taco) + 3.7 (chips) + 0.3 (carrots) [28.57%]
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6.7 (taco) + 0.3 (chips) [35%]
  • Carbs (g): 2.2 (taco) + 43.4 (chips) + 11.9 (carrots) [25%]
  • Sugar (g): 0.3 (taco) + 2 (chips) + 5.6 (carrots) [8.78%]
  • Fiber (g): 1 (taco) + 5.2 (chips) + 3.5 (carrots) [21.56%]
  • Protein (g): 24.3 + 4.8 + 1.2 [54%]

All of these link you to a post on my blog, but there will be another link in that post which will link you to the recipe or just click on the picture!

 

Salads

Asian Chicken Salad and Sesame Soy Dressing

Asian Sesame Tuna Salad

Avocado Halves Stuffed With a Peruvian Quinoa & Bulgar Wheat Salad

Balsamic Grilled Summer Vegetables with Basil Quinoa Salad

Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts

Burmese Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

Caramelized Pear & Asparagus Salad with Caper Vinaigrette

Caramelized Plum And Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate Dressing

Caribbean Chicken Salad

Cauliflower and Lentil Salad with Crispy Lemon Zest and Carrots

Chickpea and Tomato Salad

Coconut Shrimp Lettuce… Thingies

Colorful and Healthful Edamame Salad

Cranberry and Avocado Salad with Candied Spiced Almonds and Sweet White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Curry Chicken Salad

Dried Pear Arugala Salad

Farmers Market Salad

Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan

Grapefruit Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Grilled Albacore Tuna & Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado & Mango

Hasselback Caprese Salad

Honey Walnut Power Salad

Kale Rainbow Salad with Orange Red Pepper Dressing

Kale Salad with Apricots, Avocado, & Parmesan

Layered Salad-in-a-Jar

Lemon Quinoa Salad

Mango and Avocado Salad

Orange Ginger Salmon Fillet over a bed of Daikon Radish & Carrots

Plumcot, Orange & Lentil Salad

Plum Salad with Raspberry Dressing and Pecans 

Quinoa Salad With Blood Orange Dressing

Radicchio, Carrot, and Cara Cara Orange Bulgar Salad

Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad with Feta + Chickpeas

Rosemary Roasted Squash and Sauteed Mushroom Salad

Seafood Salad

Skin Beauty Salad

Sautéed Garlic and Tomato Lentil Salad

Sugar Snap Pea and Radish Salad

Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

Southwest Chicken Salad with Healthy Avocado Buttermilk Dressing

Southwestern Quinoa Pasta Salad

Spring Vegetable Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

Strawberry Avocado Honey Lime Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Superfood Salad 

Sugar Snap and Barley Salad with Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Sushi Salad

Tropical Scallop Salad with Avocado and Mango and Toasted Coconut

Trout Nicoise Salad

Vegan Caesar Salad

Zesty Chicken Salad

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When you ELIMINATE something you REALLY LOVE from your nutrition, hey guess what, you’re more likely to fail.  What do I mean?  Think of it this way:

If you tell yourself, “OH MY GOD I LOVE CHOCOLATE CAKE SO MUCH, but I’m trying to lose weight so I can never have it again it’s so BAAAAAD for me and I’m swearing it off foreverrrrrrr!”  What are you more likely to do when you’re having a moment of weakness after not having your chocolate cake for six weeks….and there’s a slice right in front of you?  Yup, your’e going to devour it, and then feel guilty.  

So instead of eliminating something from your life, why not just moderate it?  Instead of saying “I’ll never have chocolate cake again,” tell yourself, “Chocolate cake is delicious and I choose to now use it as the treat that it is.  I will eat it happily at birthday celebrations.  I will enjoy a little on special occasions.  If I am truly CRAVING it, once in a while I will indulge.  I will realize that one serving size is enough, and I will feel satisfied!”  This helped me IMMENSELY!  Even now, after losing 80 lbs and being the fittest I’ve ever been, if someone sees me eating a huge piece of chocolate cake or ordering a pizza, or going out for some greasy food…they ask “oh my god, you EAT that stuff?  Ugh, it must be SO NICE to be able to eat whatever you want and not gain weight!”  

1) Yes, I do eat it.  Why?  Because I love it.

2) No, I can’t “eat whatever I want and not gain weight,” I pick and choose my times to indulge!  I don’t eat this stuff all the time, or even “once a week.”  I work my BUTT OFF, and I hold on to the 80/20 rule.  It’s that whole “work hard, play hard” thing…in relation to fitness :) 

Mindset, moderation, motivation.  It’s all you, and you got this! :)

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Redefiningfood gives food tips: The Best Way to Dice Avocado

A way to go from creamy, perfect avocado flesh encased in skin to creamy, perfect avocado flesh ready to eat or cook with in less than one minute flat. Using a knife, create vertical lines down the halved and pitted avocado, and then create horizontal lines (like drawing squares. Then, squeeze the avocado, and there you have it! Another tip: Add lemon juice to stop avocado flesh from browning.

All of these link you to a post on my blog, but there will be another link in that post which will link you to the recipe or just click on the picture!

Smoothies/Shakes

Apple, Pear, Avocado and Spinach Detox Smoothie

Avocado and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Avocado & Melon Breakfast Smoothie

Banana and Berry Smoothie

Banana Orange Avocado Smoothie

Blood Orange Mango Smoothies 

Blueberry-Chia Blaster Smoothie and Avocado Mango Smoothie

Caramel Apple Pie Protein Shake

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Easy Energy Almond Butter Banana Shake 

Electro Berry Delyte

Gold Medal Smoothie

Grapefruit, Carrot and Ginger Juice

Green/Chocolate Peanut Butter/Strawberry Date/Mango Ginger Smoothies

Hulk Smoothie

Lime + Coconut Green Smoothie

Mango, Mint + Lime Lassi

Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter, Banana, & Honey Milkshake

Post Workout (Tea and Berries) Smoothie 

Raspberry Smoothie 

Snack Sized Green Protein Smoothies

Soy Blueberry Frappuccino

Spinach Pops (to add to smoothies)

Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Sunrise Smoothie

Super Smoothie

Tropical Papaya Fruit Shake

Vegan Breakfast Smoothie

Vegan “Orange Julius”

10 Vegan Shakes

20 Summer Smoothies