How to Make The Best Chicken Salad

Published May 2, 2016 by teacher dahl

1. Choose the Chicken
You can buy chicken salad at the deli, but nothing beats the homemade version made with fresh, top-quality ingredients. It all starts with good chicken. There are many options:

Fresh chicken breasts. White meat, or breast meat, is most popular for chicken salad. You can cook your own chicken breasts by boiling or poaching them. For detailed instructions, see How to Boil Chicken Breasts. You can also cook chicken breasts by grilling, sauteing or oven-roasting them.  For a yield of 2 cups of cooked, cubed chicken needed to make four servings of chicken salad, you will need to start with about 12 ounces of skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

• Whole chicken. For dark meat or a combination of dark and white meat, cooking a whole chicken is an option. For step-by-step instructions, go to How to Bake Chicken. One 3-1/2- to 4-pound chicken will yield about 3-1/2 to 4 cups of cooked meat.

• Rotisserie chicken. If you don’t want to bother cooking chicken at home, a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is a time-saving option.


• Deli chicken. You can use a large piece of cooked chicken from the deli as your starting point.

• Cut Up the Chicken into Bite-Size Pieces

Once your chicken is cooked (or purchased), use a sharp knife to cut it into cubes, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in size, depending on your recipe or preference.

How to Prepare the Dressing

• Mayonnaise is the classic base for chicken salad dressing, but purchased creamy salad dressing has its fans, too. You can also use half mayo and half sour cream or plain yogurt. Figure about 1/3 to 1/2 cup dressing for 2 cups of chicken. A pinch of salt, a teaspoon of snipped herb such as basil or tarragon, and a squeeze of lemon juice help to boost the flavor of the dressing.

What to Mix In

Chicken salad is as versatile as the little black dress. You can keep it simple with a few classic add-ins or transform it into a trendy ethnic dish. Regardless of what mix-ins you choose, check the salt level — you may need to add a little. Here are some of our favorite variations:

  • Classic. Add one or more of the following: 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 teaspoon snipped fresh basil, 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel, and/or 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions.

  • Hawaiian. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pineapple. Before serving stir in 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts.

  • Mediterranean. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts and 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese.

  • Curry. Reduce mayonnaise to 1/4 cup. Stir 2 tablespoons cut-up mango chutney and 1 teaspoon curry powder into the dressing. Add 3/4 cup halved red or green seedless grapes or chopped apples to the chicken salad. Before serving, stir in 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted cashews or almonds.


How to Serve Chicken Salad

Once you’ve mixed up the chicken salad, cover and chill it for at least 1 hour to let the flavors blend and to thoroughly chill the ingredients. There are countless ways to serve your chicken creation:

• Serve it straight up on colorful green lettuce leaves.
• Use it as an appetizer spread served with crisp crackers.
• Fill a sandwich. Whole grain bread is a nice contrast to the mild flavor of chicken salad. For an instant touch of class, serve it on a warm croissant. Pita breads work well, too.
• Hollowed-out tomatoes turn chicken salad into party fare.
• Spoon it alongside fresh chunks/slices of cantaloupe, pineapple, or mango, or in a scooped-out papaya shell. Spicy curried chicken salad goes especially well with these fresh fruit options.

Credit: Betterhomes recipe

5 High-Protein Breakfasts That Are Easier Than Eggs

Published April 28, 2016 by teacher dahl

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When we want to eat more filling protein at breakfast, most of us usually default to eggs. But some mornings are just too crazy for breaking out a frying pan and spatula (and who wants to do all those extra dishes?!). Luckily, eggs aren’t the end-all be-all of high protein breakfasts (though if you are in the mood for eggs, check out these 11 delicious egg recipes). Start your day with one of these easy, satisfying meals instead.

 

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Peanut Butter–Banana Shake
In blender, combine 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 sliced ripe banana, and 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter. Blend until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving) 391 cal, 17 g pro, 46 g carb, 5 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 17 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 250 mg sodium

 

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Overnight Barley Bowl
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes + chilling time / SERVES 1
Stir together ¾ cup plain yogurt and ½ c uncooked barley. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp coconut flakes and ½ cup halved cherries.
NUTRITION (per serving) 426 cal, 18 g pro, 80 g carb, 13 g fiber, 25 g sugars, 5 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 150 mg sodium

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Beet-Ricotta Smoothie
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes / SERVES 2
Place ¾ cup water; ¾ cup orange juice; ¾ cup ricotta cheese; 2 med beets, trimmed and chopped; 1½ cups frozen strawberries; ¼ cup walnuts; 1″ piece fresh ginger, peeled; and ½ tsp cinnamon in blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
NUTRITION (per serving) 376 cal, 15 g pro, 33 g carb, 6 g fiber, 19 g sugars, 22 g fat, 9 g sat fat, 150 mg sodium

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Savory Chickpea-Red Pepper Yogurt
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes / SERVES 1
Sprinkle yogurt with ⅛ tsp each cayenne and cumin. Add ¼ cup jarred roasted red peppers, sliced thin, and ¼ cup premade roasted chickpeas.
NUTRITION (per serving) 230 cal, 16 g pro, 19 g carb, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 11 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 370 mg sodium

Source: Prevention .com

 

Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

Published March 1, 2016 by teacher dahl

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Teas has been used by the many for centuries because it is considered to be the healthiest drink there is on the planet. It has a lot of nutrients and loaded with antioxidants that has a powerful effects on the human body.

But did you know that aside from the health benefits you get from drinking this healthy drink, you can use it in many ways even after you used it?

Here are some of the amazing ways on How To Use Your Used Teabags That You Didn’t Know Before

USED TO FLAVOR OATS OR PASTA

Put some bags of tea in the water where you’ll cook your pasta, oats or rice. As soon as you are about to put in the grains, remove the bags just to give it a flavor added with nutritional benefits from the tea.

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USED TO NEUTRALIZE BAD ODORS

You can use this to eliminate the odor coming from your fridge by putting up a stash of tea bags in it. You can also put it in an ashtray to remove bad smells.

 

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USED TO DEODORIZE SMELLY HANDS

We cannot deny the fact that some odors can’t be easily washed off by soap. By scrubbing the contents of the teabag, the antibacterial properties of the tea will leave your hands smelling good and fresh.

 

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USED TO CREATE A RELAXING BATH

If you’re feeling stressed out or tired, try adding tea bags in your bath water. The antioxidant properties of the tea will keep your skin young looking as well as relax you with its smell.
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USED AS AN ALL NATURAL MOUTH WASH

Steep some peppermint tea and let it cool to create a natural mouth wash. It’s a great alternative than the alcohol based mouthwashes that burns the mouth.

 

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USED AS HAIR CONDITIONER

After your normal hair washing, rinse it with weak tea while massaging the scalp. It will bring volume to your lifeless hair.

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USED TO SOFTEN AND DEODORIZE FEET

Soak your feet in a warm water with green tea. Green tea is a natural antibacterial and will easily get rid of the smell. Once done, you will notice a refreshed, soft feet.

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USED TO MINIMIZE EYE BAGS

Tea bags can be the best treatment for eye bags because the tea that contains tannins will help constrict blood vessels around the eyes, reducing swelling. First, cool the teabags in the fridge and apply it for at least 15 minutes.

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USED TO MINIMIZE THE APPEARANCE OF BRUISES

Tannin found in the tea will reduce the swelling of the bruises as similar to the idea to eye bags.

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USED TO CLEAN GLASS OR MIRROR
Using damp teabags to scrub windows and mirrors will help break down grease and oil. It is also a more natural way to clean than those chemical filled sprays.

Source: amazing info. com/life hacks

 

How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Published February 20, 2016 by teacher dahl

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Proper Storage Prevents Spoilage, Saving You Hundreds
Eating more fruits and vegetables is a requirement for every healthy eater. But when you buy more fresh produce, do you end up throwing away more than you eat? You’re not alone.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy–amounting to $1,365 to $2,275 annually.

Storing fresh produce is a little more complicated than you might think. If you want to prevent spoilage, certain foods shouldn’t be stored together at all, while others that we commonly keep in the fridge should actually be left on the countertop. To keep your produce optimally fresh (and cut down on food waste), use this handy guide.

What to Store Where: A Handy Chart

 

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Counter top Storage Tips
There’s nothing as inviting as a big bowl of crisp apples on the kitchen counter. To keep those apples crisp and all countertop-stored produce fresh, store them out of direct sunlight, either directly on the countertop, in an uncovered bowl, or inside a perforated plastic bag.

Refrigerator Storage Tips
For produce that is best stored in the refrigerator, remember the following guidelines.
• Keep produce in perforated plastic bags in the produce drawer of the refrigerator. (To perforate bags, punch holes in the bag with a sharp object, spacing them about as far apart as the holes you see in supermarket apple bags.)
• Keep fruits and vegetables separate, in different drawers, because ethylene can build up in the fridge, causing spoilage.
• When storing herbs (and interestingly, asparagus, too), snip off the ends, store upright in a glass of water (like flowers in a vase) and cover with a plastic bag.

More about Ethylene: Fruits and vegetables give off an odorless, harmless and tasteless gas called ethylene after they’re picked. All fruits and vegetables produce it, but some foods produce it in greater quantities. When ethylene-producing foods are kept in close proximity with ethylene-sensitive foods, especially in a confined space (like a bag or drawer), the gas will speed up the ripening process of the other produce. Use this to your advantage if you want to speed up the ripening process of an unripe fruit, for example, by putting an apple in a bag with an unripe avocado. But if you want your already-ripe foods to last longer, remember to keep them away from ethylene-producing foods, as designated in the chart above.

Food is expensive, and most people can’t afford to waste it. Print off this handy chart to keep in your kitchen so you can refer to it after every shopping trip. Then you’ll be able to follow-through with your good intentions to eat your 5-9 servings a day, instead of letting all of that healthy food go to waste.

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Plan Meals and Grocery Trips Using this Time Table
In addition to storing your fruits and veggies properly, it’s good to know approximately how long the fresh stuff will last. Plan your trip to the grocery or farmer’s market accordingly so that your foods are at the peak of freshness when you plan to prepare them, and you’re not throwing away food that’s gone bad before you get a chance to use it.

So, how long will it last?
Once you’ve brought it home and stored it properly, you can prioritize your produce. First, eat the things that will spoil quickly, such as lettuce and berries. Save the longer-lasting foods (like eggplant and oranges) for later in the week.

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Get Your Sex Life Back After Baby

Published February 4, 2016 by teacher dahl

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It’s the dirty little secret of baby-making: After nine long months, you’re overwhelmed by the love you feel for your newborn — and shocked to find how much havoc that bundle of joy is wreaking in the bedroom.

If you’re feeling less than lusty after having a baby, you’re not alone. “It’s completely normal for both women and men’s libido to hit a rock-bottom low during the first six to nine months following the birth of your baby,” says L.A. ob-gyn Sheryl Ross, MD.

Rest assured, you needn’t throw your sex life out with the bathwater. Here are a few secrets to help you dust off your sexuality post-baby.

Good: Adjust Your Expectations
Celebrity magazines make it seem like your waistline and your sex life should snap back to normal in a matter of weeks. But the experts know otherwise: Your new postpartum hormones are designed to make you lust-less.

“The first six weeks are definitely the hardest hormonally and physically for both women and men,” says Ross. If you’re a new mom, “your hormones are all over the place, your low estrogen level is in the menopausal range, your vagina is dry with little natural lubrication, and sex hurts. This is the normal baseline.”

Meanwhile, studies have shown that men’s testosterone levels dip when they become fathers, and the more they interact with their Mini-Mes, the lower those levels go.

First step: Don’t rush things.

“Most women will find intercourse painful up until the three-month mark,” notes Ross. “Once you cross that line, look for life to get easier in every way. I always tell my [female] patients, ‘It takes you nine months to go through the pregnancy. Allow yourself nine more to have your body return to normal, too.'”

Better: Take Two-Hour ‘Vacations’
“The best advice I can give to people to fix their libido is get some help [with the baby], says NYC ob-gyn Daniel Roshan, MD. “You can hire a nurse, or ask your mother, your cousins, your friends, your neighbors… I don’t know a magic bullet for fixing libido [post-baby]. It’s about exhaustion.”

On top of that, less free time and more chores can put sex on the back burner. “Even a two-hour vacation can make a world of difference,” says Sabitha Pillai, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. “It’s short enough that the baby can manage without milk or formula, but the two hours makes a huge difference [for the parents] mentally and psychologically.”

Best: Just Touch Each Other
There’s one emotional snare that many new parents fall prey to: “A lot of us wind up transferring our emotional energy to our kids versus expressing it as a couple,” says Kat Van Kirk, Ph.D., a clinical sexologist in L.A.

Much of it has to do with oxytocin, the bonding chemical we release when we hug, make love… and breastfeed. “Directly after giving birth, the mother winds up getting her oxytocin from her kid,” Van Kirk explains. “I see couples disconnect, emotionally and physically.”

To get back on track, start talking — and touching — right away to raise your oxytocin levels. “Even in the first six weeks, when intercourse is frowned upon, set up time to give each other a massage or a foot rub,” she suggests.

And don’t be afraid to be opportunistic about sex, whether that means setting a sex date or taking advantage of baby’s naps. “Even if it’s a quickie, it’s important,” says Van Kirk. “Sex begets more sex.”

From: Web MD

 

Men: How to Awaken Passion in Your Wife

Published December 7, 2015 by teacher dahl

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For men, it’s easy. Your wife gives you a glance, a naughty side-turn or wears some sexy lingerie and you’re rearing to go. For women, foreplay is a bit more complicated.

Sex and intimacy are essential ingredients to remaining close and connected to your spouse, but often, it’s the first thing to go. Not only do you battle with the stress of everyday life, lack of sleep from demanding kids or just feeling plain old “not into it,” you also have to worry about setting the stage precisely. Otherwise it loses steam.
Women love intimacy and desire sex, despite what our society tells us. They yearn to be cherished, caressed and adored. All of these things must precede the bedroom dance, however, in order for a woman to get excited about making love.

Think about foreplay for women like picking your NFL fantasy draft. You spend months in advance of football season analyzing the players, listening to the commentators’ projections, and conferring with friends on how you’ll make your move. You start early, agonizing over all the possibilities and changing position when needed to make the right pick. This is how you seduce a woman.

Foreplay is ongoing and happens way before the candles and sex talk ensue. If you can nail the essential steps ahead of time, you’ll have your woman eating out of the palm of your hand in no time.

As John Gottman said in his book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, “Every positive thing you do in your relationship is foreplay.” When you turn toward your spouse in those small, everyday moments, you’re tapping into the act of intimacy, which in turn leads to an active sex life. When you strengthen the bond of connection by building friendship and expressing appreciation, you’re rounding all the bases to a home run. Talking about sex outside of the bedroom is another act of seduction.

Below are examples of ways you can build foreplay:

  • Caress your woman with words of appreciation and acts of love.
  • Text her during the day to ask if she needs anything to go along with dinner.
  • Say thank you for keeping the house together while you were away.
  • Rub her feet at night to get her to relax.
  • Offer to make a meal one night of the week so that she doesn’t have to.
  • Ask her about her most intimate dreams for her life and your family.
  • Check in with her about what’s been stressing her out lately.
  • Have a 20-minute conversation daily about her passions and interests. Be genuinely interested with no distractions.
  • Talk to her about your sex life and ask if she’s satisfied.
  • Praise her character, personality, dreams and motivations.
  • Each time you invest in something positive about your relationship, show genuine interest in your wife’s daily life and share your own intimate desires, you’re engaging in her most favorite version of foreplay with lovemaking being the final destination.

The Simple Breathing Technique That Will Help You Sleep

Published November 26, 2015 by teacher dahl

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QUESTION: I’ve had trouble sleeping as I’ve gotten older—is this a big problem?

ANSWER: Persistent insomnia becomes more common as we age. It’s a risk factor for weight gain and can disrupt the body’s regulation of blood sugar, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Continued lack of sleep can also affect cognitive function and increase stress-hormone levels that raise blood pressure and promote inflammatory changes associated with chronic disease. In other words, this is one problem you need to address.

For better sleep, try a technique like this relaxation breath exercise when you get into bed tonight. (For more help sleeping, check out these 20 ways to sleep better every night.)

  • Exhale through your mouth.
  • Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of 4.
  • Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  • Exhale for 8 counts.
  • Repeat the sequence 3 times.

Credit: Prevention.com

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