A Delicious Keto (Low-Carb) Bread To Bake Today To Keep Belly Fat Away And Impress Your Guests

For about two months I kept a keto diet that I got along great with due to the delicious dishes that you are allowed to eat in this diet. Keto comes from ketosis (ketosis), a process by the body to obtain energy from fats. As such, the keto diet is high in (you guessed it) fat, moderate in protein and extremely low in carbohydrates. 

Of course, on keto you are not allowed to eat bread, pasta, sweets, potatoes, corn, beans and other goodies like this rich in carbohydrates. 

You are allowed to eat, instead…

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fatty meats, eggs, cheese, sour cream, light vegetables (and usually green), almonds and, from time to time, sour fruits in small quantities (raspberries, strawberries / strawberries – both forms are accepted, so I leave it to you to choose your favorite -, blueberries, etc.). Basically, in a keto diet you eat comfort food hard, but invariably, after a few weeks on keto, you miss… bread!

At least that’s how it was with me. Rolling over the doll, I happened to buy a jar of low carb nutella and find out with amazement that I have nothing to spread. So I didn’t think long and searched the internet for the best keto bread recipes. I tested several, but the one below quickly became my favorite due to several factors:

  • It is super easy to prepare, like a cake;
  • She is extremely full;
  • It lasts 3-4 days (for one person) and is perfectly resistant to the refrigerator;
  • It remains as tender as on the first day;

Keto bread recipe

I found this keto bread recipe on several sites, but what is different for me from the ones out there is that I chose to “forget” about the dry yeast, which would give this salty cake that classic bread flavor, and that I didn’t grind the flax seeds. I didn’t want to be rebellious, except that at that moment I didn’t have yeast or anything to grind the seeds into. However, I say it came out exactly as it should. 

pâine keto homemade yum

Some mentions for the newest in the world of keto preparations:

  • Almond flour is actually made from ground almonds and is the most commonly used substitute for white flour in this type of diet due to the low percentage of carbohydrates;
  • Xanthan gum is a thickening agent that binds the more liquid compositions typical of keto preparations;
  • Erythritol is one of the most popular sweeteners with zero glycemic index and is used in this recipe to sweeten keto bread a little (as is commercially sweetened bread);
  • You can find all these wonders and many more on nosugarshop.ro, driedfruits.ro, through health food stores and more. If you need more help in finding them, do not hesitate to leave us a comment and I will be happy to guide you! 

Now let’s get to cooking!

Keto bread ingredients (for a cake / 12 slices)

  • 180 g of almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 teaspoons erythritol
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 100 g unt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
keto bread ingredient
Mixed ingredients keto bread

Method of preparation

  1. Take the eggs out of the fridge about an hour before and leave them on the kitchen counter so that they are at room temperature when you start cooking, in order to avoid the specific omelette taste for keto bread. 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, erythritol and flax seeds) in a bowl. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  4. Break the eggs in another bowl, add salt and beat the composition with a mixer (by the way, if you want a low carb bread, but not necessarily keto, you can choose to use only the egg whites in this bread – just keep in mind that you will need some 12 egg whites).
  5. Add the butter and oils (slightly melted in the microwave if they are still hard) and mix a little more.
  6. At the end, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet composition, stirring constantly. You will notice how the composition hardens and becomes sticky. That’s because of the xanthan gum. 
  7. Pour the composition into a cake tin lined with baking paper or simply into a silicone one, which comes off easily. 
  8. Put it in the oven for about an hour, but take it out with confidence even earlier if it has browned. 
  9. Let it cool for five minutes, then take it out of the mold and allow it to cool completely on a rack.
keto bread composition
keto bread in the oven

Cut the keto bread at the end, after it has cooled completely, to make sure that everything has tied well inside. I recommend you cut it all and keep it in the fridge in a saucepan. It lasted four days for me and was as good as the first day. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave me a comment with your opinion about this keto bread! 

Here’s How to Make Consistent Soft Creamy Boiled Eggs

I love eggs: I believe they’re an absolute super-food that can be served in so many forms: omelette, fried, baked in the oven or even microwaved, pouched and boiled. Not mentioning all the other foods (and I am including ice cream here, right?) that foods are such an essential part of.

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when I’m in a rush to reach the office (because my daughter wants me to draw and read for her!) is to boil eggs and serve them immediately after boiling. 

Call me nuts but I cannot go around eating hard-boiled eggs and so, for that reason, I have tried numerous times to find the best technique to prepare the perfect boiled eggs. And after a lot of trials and errors, I’ve reached the best solution to do this. Here it comes…

First, a definition

Perfect boiled eggs: tender egg-white, semi-liquid yolk goodness. Here’s what I mean:

how to cook the best boiled eggs

Now, before I continue: you can always make hard-boiled eggs and call it a day. What I personally discovered that a perfect made boiled egg is easily digested and doesn’t make me feel these annoying stomach cramps. 

My assumption is that it probably takes much more effort for the stomach to digest a hard-boiled egg versus a softer one.

Alright, enough with the jibber jabber: here’s how you can make the best boiled eggs. You actually have 2 options:

Option #1

Amazon’s Elite Choice Elite Cuisine Egg cooker: this $15.99 device is an absolute golden asset in any household where eggs are on the daily or weekly menu. Take a look at the product details on Amazon and judge for your self. Follow the instructions in their manual and start boiling. This is an insanely popular product with more than 4,000 reviews with more than 4.5 stars.

Option #2

Instant Pot: my family’s favorite for so many reasons and types of food it can cook, including, you guessed, boiled eggs. This is my personal go-to device for boiling eggs as it does so in exactly 3 minutes on high pressure. So if you have an Instant Pot, this is an easy one: 

  • just fill the bottom with about 1 inch of water
  • put the metallic grill inside the Instant Pot and then place the eggs inside, on top of the grill
  • put the lid on and set the cooking time to 3 minutes on high pressure
  • once you reach 3 minutes release the pressure immediately, take the eggs and put them in cold water
  • let them sit for 2 minutes and then peel
  • enjoy!

PS: Here’s how your Instant Pot should look like with the eggs inside, on top of the tray that sits at the bottom of the pot:

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Keto Bread is The Recipe To Bake this Weekend

For about two months I kept a keto diet that I got along great with due to the delicious dishes that you are allowed to eat in this diet. Keto comes from ketosis (ketosis), a process by the body to obtain energy from fats. As such, the keto diet is high in (you guessed it) fat, moderate in protein and extremely low in carbohydrates. 

Of course, on keto you are not allowed to eat bread, pasta, sweets, potatoes, corn, beans and other goodies like this rich in carbohydrates. 

You are allowed to eat, instead…

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fatty meats, eggs, cheese, sour cream, light vegetables (and usually green), almonds and, from time to time, sour fruits in small quantities (raspberries, strawberries / strawberries – both forms are accepted, so I leave it to you to choose your favorite -, blueberries, etc.). Basically, in a keto diet you eat comfort food hard, but invariably, after a few weeks on keto, you miss… bread!

At least that’s how it was with me. Rolling over the doll, I happened to buy a jar of low carb nutella and find out with amazement that I have nothing to spread. So I didn’t think long and searched the internet for the best keto bread recipes. I tested several, but the one below quickly became my favorite due to several factors:

  • It is super easy to prepare, like a cake;
  • She is extremely full;
  • It lasts 3-4 days (for one person) and is perfectly resistant to the refrigerator;
  • It remains as tender as on the first day;

Keto bread recipe

I found this keto bread recipe on several sites, but what is different for me from the ones out there is that I chose to “forget” about the dry yeast, which would give this salty cake that classic bread flavor, and that I didn’t grind the flax seeds. I didn’t want to be rebellious, except that at that moment I didn’t have yeast or anything to grind the seeds into. However, I say it came out exactly as it should. 

pâine keto homemade yum

Some mentions for the newest in the world of keto preparations:

  • Almond flour is actually made from ground almonds and is the most commonly used substitute for white flour in this type of diet due to the low percentage of carbohydrates;
  • Xanthan gum is a thickening agent that binds the more liquid compositions typical of keto preparations;
  • Erythritol is one of the most popular sweeteners with zero glycemic index and is used in this recipe to sweeten keto bread a little (as is commercially sweetened bread);
  • You can find all these wonders and many more on nosugarshop.ro, driedfruits.ro, through health food stores and more. If you need more help in finding them, do not hesitate to leave us a comment and I will be happy to guide you! 

Now let’s get to cooking!

Keto bread ingredients (for a cake / 12 slices)

  • 180 g of almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 teaspoons erythritol
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 100 g unt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
keto bread ingredient
Mixed ingredients keto bread

Method of preparation

  1. Take the eggs out of the fridge about an hour before and leave them on the kitchen counter so that they are at room temperature when you start cooking, in order to avoid the specific omelette taste for keto bread. 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, erythritol and flax seeds) in a bowl. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  4. Break the eggs in another bowl, add salt and beat the composition with a mixer (by the way, if you want a low carb bread, but not necessarily keto, you can choose to use only the egg whites in this bread – just keep in mind that you will need some 12 egg whites).
  5. Add the butter and oils (slightly melted in the microwave if they are still hard) and mix a little more.
  6. At the end, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet composition, stirring constantly. You will notice how the composition hardens and becomes sticky. That’s because of the xanthan gum. 
  7. Pour the composition into a cake tin lined with baking paper or simply into a silicone one, which comes off easily. 
  8. Put it in the oven for about an hour, but take it out with confidence even earlier if it has browned. 
  9. Let it cool for five minutes, then take it out of the mold and allow it to cool completely on a rack.
keto bread composition
keto bread in the oven

Cut the keto bread at the end, after it has cooled completely, to make sure that everything has tied well inside. I recommend you cut it all and keep it in the fridge in a saucepan. It lasted four days for me and was as good as the first day. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave me a comment with your opinion about this keto bread! 

Is Stevia Bad For You? Here’s What You Should Know

Because I know that sugar is not healthy, especially in excess, I always looked for healthy alternatives to it. After long and long research I came to the conclusion that Stevia would be the healthiest option. I’m not so sure now. So, is stevia bad for you?

There is a general confusion about sweeteners on the market, some are harmful and others have beneficial effects on health. Xylitol is good, but you must be careful with the source it’s coming from. If it is coming from corn (which is often genetically modified) avoid it, look for one extracted from birch…

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Honey and maple syrup have some benefits than sugar but still have sugar – fructose and should be avoided.

I know it can be frustrating to find that everything around you has harmful potential. But, if you want to be in good health you have to do minimum of research.

What is Stevia?

Stevia Leaves, sweetener: Is Stevia Bad For You?

Stevia has been used for decades as a sweetener and as a medicinal plant in many cultures but has become popular in recent years. It is native to South America.

Stevia is a plant 200x sweeter than sugar, and doesn’t raise blood sugar at all, unlike other artificial sweeteners.

Unfortunately, while stevia leaf is a natural sweetener, this sweetener can take the form of powders, which require super chemical processing.

There are two compounds in stevia that are responsible for its very sweet taste: Stevioside and Rebaudioside A .

Rebaudioside A is most commonly extracted and used in stevia powders, but most often it is not the only ingredient. Typically you see it combined with corn erythritol, dextrose, acesulfame K, aspartame, etc.

Stevioside is only 10% of Stevia and is responsible for the bitter aftertaste some people feel after eating something sweetened with it. At the same time, it is responsible for the beneficial effects with which this plant is credited.

Is Stevia Healthy? 

It is necessary to differentiate processed stevia from natural stevia or as close as possible to its natural state. The stevia plant that you can grow in the garden and you can dry and turn into tincture, is considered healthy and OK for consumption. If you don’t want the hassle, you can buy ready-made extract from Amazon

Stevia powder should be avoided as it goes through many chemical processes to reach that white color.

What are the benefits of Stevia? 

As I said at the beginning, Stevia has been used for many decades as a medicinal plant.

  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It has the potential to reduce the growth of cancer cells in breast cancer
  • Another study says that Stevia lowers blood sugar and helps fight diabetes.
  • Decreases the oxidation of LDL cholesterol indicating that it may help prevent heart disease. The study was done on animals and you can read it in detail here
  • It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects .

Of course, just avoiding sugar brings unimaginable health benefits.

What are the risks of consuming Stevia?

At the beginning of the article I told you that I have some doubts about Stevia even in the most natural form possible. Although there are studies that show Stevia is safe and does not cause problems, recently I came across a study that shows that it (more precisely Stevioside) has cotraceptive effects on mice. That means that it has an impact on estrogen, progesterone or both. The study was done on mice with very high amounts of stevioside.

Moderate Stevia consumption does not affect long-term fertility or health, but it should not be consumed if you have hormonal problems, a deficient immune system or want to get pregnant.

So, In Conclusion: Is Stevia Bad For You?

Personally, I’m taking a break from this sweetener right now. I am planning to become pregnant and I would not want to affect this process in any way. This is also the reason why I wrote this article. I know I’ve recommended Stevia in my recipes, but if you want to get pregnant or have hormonal / immune problems, I recommend you avoid Stevia at all.

A substitute for it may be a higher quality xylitol (not extracted from corn), erythritol or none at all.

The Science of Low Carb Diets: Why They Work And How You Should Approach a Low Carb Lifestyle

You long for firmer muscles and smaller waist. Everybody does. Do you think you can’t lose weight? Yes, you can. But the truth is you can’t lose weight without a diet and a plan.

Low Carb Diet

Weight-loss experts and diet plan authors all agree that much of our excess weight comes from the carbohydrates we eat, especially the highly refined or processed ones such as potatoes, baked goods, bread, pasta and other convenient foods. To aggravate the problem, few of us get enough exercise to ward off excess pounds…

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The basic science behind the low carb diet is to limit the consumption of foods with a lot of carbohydrates. The low carb diet includes many popular weight-loss programs such as the Atkins, South Beach, Zone and Carbohydrate Addict Diet.

Does It Really Work?

One of the food groups which the body needs to survive are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates also referred to as carbs come in two types and sugars and starches. Sugars are simple carbs usually sweet tasting like biscuits and sweets and easily digested. Whereas, starches are complex carbs found in bread, pasta, noodles and rice and take longer to digest.

The body transforms all these digestible carbs into glucose, the sugar that our cells use as fuel or energy. When glucose molecules pass from the intestine into the bloodstream, the pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that mobilizes cells to absorb it. Muscle, fat and other cells then absorb the excess glucose from the blood and insulin levels return to normal.

After a meal high in glycemic index (ranking of foods according to how fast their sugars are released into the bloodstream), blood-sugar levels rise higher and rapidly. The insulin needed to fill all that sugar into muscles and fat cells also weaken the activity of glucagon, a hormone that signals the body to burn stored fuel when blood-sugar levels fall below a certain point. Glucose level drops so low leaving the body starved for energy. The brain and intestine then send out hunger signals. New cravings are created requiring more carb intake. We, then overeat that leads to more fat, rise in blood insulin level, more hunger, and more weight gain and the cycle goes on.

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On the contrary, adhering to a low carb diet puts an end to this cycle. Reduced carbohydrates would mean decreased insulin level, increased glucagon level, weight loss, improved triglycerides (fats carried in the blood which are necessary but when excessive cause coronary damage), decrease in LDL (bad cholesterol), increase in HDL (good cholesterol).

The bottom line

Refined or processed carbohydrates which cause rapid changes in blood sugar, trigger hunger, thereby encouraging overeating that ultimately leads to obesity smaller spots on your plate. Anyway, nobody ever died from skipping potatoes, pasta, rice and white bread.

That said; go get yourself a few good low carb cookbooks. Better still, leaf through the Amazon book below, containing 1,000 low carb recipes. Try every recipe imaginable and make this diet as enjoyable and diverse as possible.

Yes, you can diet. Lose weight! Live longer! And don’t forget to read our delicious Keto Bread recipe!

Incorporate More Veggies In Your Diet By Using These Three Hacks

One of the central components of any healthy diet is eating a sufficient quantity of greens. Yet 95% of people who follow a health diet, do not consume enough green leafy vegetables.

I’ll admit, I often have trouble (or sometimes even lack the desire) to eat my greens. There are days when I just don’t eat enough of them. I know greens are good. I know I need to eat more greens but I just don’t do it.

And then I discovered a fun way to get more greens into my diet. Here are my Top-3 Ways to get more greens into your diet…

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Make Green Smoothies

green smoothie

Green smoothies are great and my favorite way to consume a large quantity of greens! When I first heard about green smoothies I was a little skeptical about blending fruit and greens and was surprised by the result.

Here are some recipes I really enjoy:

Berry Roman Smoothie

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 whole bananas
  • 1/2 bunch romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water

Blend fruit and water. Add romaine lettuce. Enjoy.

Being Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 whole grated cucumber or carrot
  • 2 whole bananas
  • 1 whole orange
  • 3 whole apples, juiced

In a blender, whirl together all ingredients until thick and smooth.

Make Blended Salads

Once you’ve gotten used to the taste of greens in your smoothies, you can graduate to making blended salads. You can transition gradually by reducing the amount of fruit in your smoothie and increasing the quantity of greens. Gazpacho is a type of blended salad. Here is one of my favorite recipes (though I will admit it took me a while to get used to the taste and texture of blended salads).

Blended Salad

  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 4 leaves lettuce (big)
  • 1 big handful spinach
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 Tbs. dulse flakes
  • 1 Tbs. nori flakes (optional)
  • Water if needed

Blend the tomatoes together, and add the rest of the ingredients progressively. Use water only if you need to. A blended salad should be quite thick.

Find One Good Healthy Salad Dressing

A funny thing happened once I started consuming more greens in my diet. I started to dislike some of my favorite “healthy” dressings. My tastebuds lurched at the taste of olive oil. So I compiled a collection of healthy salad dressings.

Here’s a recipe to get you started:

  • 2 tomatoes or cucumbers
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh dill
  • 1 small avocado

Blend tomatoes and add other ingredients progressively. Blend until smooth. Add other seasonings if desired. Use more water if necessary.

We know greens are good for us and we should all strive to get more greens in our diet but don’t force yourself to eat more greens if you don’t like them! You’ll get sick easily. Instead, let your innate hunger for greens come back naturally, by slowly incorporating more greens in your diet in the form of green smoothies, blended salads, etc. You’ll find that as your diet starts to become cleaner, you will naturally crave more greens and raw foods.

Açai: The Superfood You’re Not Eating But You Definitely Should

Only 10% of the açai berry is actually edible, the main reason for this is because it has a large stone which takes up most of the berry. It is a dark purple berry slightly smaller than a grape, açai is more communally mixed with ice cream, meal bars and also energy drinks. The açai berry requires rapid precessing after its late harvest.

The açai berry grows in the rain forests of the amazon in South America and is considered by some as being more than an organic fruit. These rain forests remain untouched by any sort of manufacturing, everything in this region is grown the way it was intended by nature and no mass production is add in any way…

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Pronunciation of this fruit is “ah-sigh-ee”, açai, or euterpe oleracea (arecaceae) has been seen to excel in healthy attributes and greatly aids metabolism. It is highly promoted by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a health guru and best-selling author, calling the açai a “superfood.”

It wasn’t until the turn of the millennium when the açai berry was discovered and it hails from the palm-berry tree. It usually grows in the amazon, the natives of this region cultivate the berry and have enjoying its health producing properties for many years now. Açai is usually consumed as a puree or in a smoothie or milk shake, this drink is more communally served on the Brazilian beaches and tropical resorts, although açai is an acquired taste, as it tastes mostly like a mix of blackberries with a hint of chocolate.

Powerful Antioxidant

Açai is abundant in anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant that has been proven to combat cholesterol and free radicals, consuming açai has been proven to reduce blood related disorders and relax the blood vessels. It is also a great help in preventing atherosclerosis and is a powerful combatant of cancer. Red wine is healthy for you because of the anthocyanin content from the grapes. The Açai berry has over 30 times the anthocyanin than any grape.

Good For The Heart

Aside from anthocyanins, another benefit of the acai berry is an acid called oleic acid which is very good for the heart. Oleic acid also keeps a cancer-causing oncogene (this is found in many breast cancer patients) from acting up, Açai is also great for anyone who has any sort of digestive conditions.

Açai is good as a dietary supplement, it is very low in fat and cholesterol and yet high in fibre. These benefits are usually found in the skin, the açai skin contains nutrients such as phytosterols, vitamin C, E, manganese, chromium, copper, and even boron as well as a few others including calcium, açai contains more calcium even than milk.

In recent studies have been conducted and açai has other benefits other than the ones that have been mentioned in this article such ailments would include a variety of viruses and prostate problems. It also helps improve lipoprotein metabolism and reinforces your immune system. One of the less known attributes of açai is it is said to have very powerful aphrodisiac properties, because of its revitalising qualities. To produce this aphrodisiac, you need to mix the açai pulp with guarana another fruit grown in South America, although this is the most powerful combination the açai berry can be mixed with any fruit or mixture even milk or beer.

More Protein Than An Egg

Other benefits of this amazing berry include greater energy, stamina, digestion and mental stimulation. Drink açai in juice or smoothie form also helps you sleep better at night. Açai also includes more proteins than an egg white, it also serves as a revitalising agent supplying you with the energy of a speeding train, this is a good way to increase sex drive and performance.

What Should We Know About Safety?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says the following:

  • Açai pulp appears to be safe when consumed in the amounts commonly used in foods; however, drinking unprocessed açai juice has been linked to an illness called American trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas disease).
  • Consuming açai might affect MRI test results. If you use açai products and are scheduled for an MRI, check with your health care provider.
  • Little is known about whether it’s safe to use açai during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Unfortunately the fresh açai berry can’t be found in any store in the United States and this is mainly because the fruit spoils very quickly, the only way that this berry can be got is thought a frozen or pureed form. In Brazil the athletes would take the berry as part of their daily diet and consider it a must for a healthy lifestyle.

The açai berry is small and although you can find the nutrients that it has elsewhere the difference here is that açai crams all of them into a small space, this has been considered to be a premium way to undertake a good healthy lifestyle.

I Have Finally Found The Best (And Most Consistent) Way To Make Silky-Smooth Buttery Boiled Eggs

I love eggs: I believe they’re an absolute super-food that can be served in so many forms: omelette, fried, baked in the oven or even microwaved, pouched and boiled. Not mentioning all the other foods (and I am including ice cream here, right?) that foods are such an essential part of.

One of the things I do in the mornings when I’m in a rush to reach the office (because my daughter wants me to draw and read for her!) is to boil eggs and serve them immediately after boiling.

Call me nuts but I cannot go around eating hard-boiled eggs and so, for that reason, I have tried numerous times to find the best technique to prepare the perfect boiled eggs. And after a lot of trials and errors, I’ve reached the best solution to do this. Here it comes…

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First, a definition

Perfect boiled eggs: tender egg-white, semi-liquid yolk goodness. Here’s what I mean:

how to cook the best boiled eggs

Now, before I continue: you can always make hard-boiled eggs and call it a day. What I personally discovered that a perfect made boiled egg is easily digested and doesn’t make me feel these annoying stomach cramps.

My assumption is that it probably takes much more effort for the stomach to digest a hard-boiled egg versus a softer one.

Alright, enough with the jibber jabber: here’s how you can make the best boiled eggs. You actually have 2 options:

Option #1

Amazon’s Elite Choice Elite Cuisine Egg cooker: this $15.99 device is an absolute golden asset in any household where eggs are on the daily or weekly menu. Take a look at the product details on Amazon and judge for your self. Follow the instructions in their manual and start boiling. This is an insanely popular product with more than 4,000 reviews with more than 4.5 stars.

Option #2

Instant Pot: my family’s favorite for so many reasons and types of food it can cook, including, you guessed, boiled eggs. This is my personal go-to device for boiling eggs as it does so in exactly 3 minutes on high pressure. So if you have an Instant Pot, this is an easy one:

  • just fill the bottom with about 1 inch of water
  • put the metallic grill inside the Instant Pot and then place the eggs inside, on top of the grill
  • put the lid on and set the cooking time to 3 minutes on high pressure
  • once you reach 3 minutes release the pressure immediately, take the eggs and put them in cold water
  • let them sit for 2 minutes and then peel
  • enjoy!

PS: Here’s how your Instant Pot should look like with the eggs inside, on top of the tray that sits at the bottom of the pot:

how to make boiled eggs in instant pot

Clean Your Apple Watch Band (Silicone) And Make It Look Like New in 1 Minute With This Trick

One of the things people usually do, instead of learning how to clean the Apple Watch Silicone Band when it wears out, is to throw that band away and buy either a cheaper, sub-par quality one or, simpler, a brand new (expensive) one.

Today we’re going to teach you how to revive your Apple Watch band at a fraction of the cost (roughly $1.2). This hack was particularly exciting for my wife, who is wearing a white silicone Apple Watch band but is a great hack to know for everyone using a silicone band for their wearables…

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Why you’ll love it

This hack takes 5 minutes to complete and costs $1.2 to save a $39 Apple Watch silicone band (as of the date of this article). The result is a like-new Apple Watch Silicone Band that looks like if it were day 1. At the end of the article you’ll see the before and after comparison.

What you will need

The secret to this $1.5 hack is called the Magic Eraser – you can find it in any Walmart or on Amazon. It’s basically a very dense sponge that only requires water to work and deeply cleans surfaces by adhering at a micro-level.

How to clean the Apple Watch Silicone band

Start by removing the silicone band from the watch. Take one of the sponges and put in warm water. Make sure you allow for the water to fully absorb before you squeeze the excess. Do NOT use any detergent – just water is fine.

Next step is to rub the affected, colored area of the band. Apply decent pressure while making sure the band stands firm and doesn’t slide as you clean it. Keep at it for about 3 minutes and don’t be intimidated by the crumbles you’ll start seeing coming out of the sponge. It’s okay, I guess they’ve designed it for a single use.

Final step is to use a clean, dry paper towel to absorb the residual water and sponge particles from the Apple Watch Silicone band and then rejoice seeing the result of your work: a shiny, like-new band!

Here’s an example of my wife’s Apple Watch white silicone band.

Initial state – you can observe the blue-ish color tone from her training, using bluejeans, makeup, grease and so forth

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Here’s the bottom part of the band:

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Now here’s the final result. I should’ve probably rubbed a bit more on the band to fully remove the blue shades but the difference is still amazing and totally notable!

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There you go. Let me know how it worked. Enjoy another awesome hack!

Low Carb Diets: Just How Safe Are They?

Whether you’re in a grocery store, a restaurant or just watching the commercials on TV during your favorite show, you are bombarded with ads and special menus singing the praises of the virtues of the low carb diet. This low carb diets craze has virtually swept the western world and has dieters everywhere seeking out low carb this and low carb that with many reporting weight loss as a result!

This is great news right? Finally, an easy diet plan that makes you lose weight and you can eat lots of food as long as they have almost no carbs in them!!! But have we really struck gold, or have we simply struck fools gold?…

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…Is the idea of eating a low carb diet for weight loss really a good idea or are there any side affects that may come with these diets that adversely affect our health?

Consider this, many people want something for nothing and this way of thinking also applies to those looking to lose weight but unfortunately there is no miracle substitute to good sound nutritional practices. Our society is one that values “quick fixes” which is why the low carb diet plan is a perfect fit for this society’s way of thinking. This is what makes it so appealing.

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It is true that a large amount of weight will be lost as glycogen (stored carbohydrate) depletes in the muscles and liver, but this weight is from water, not fat loss which is not good for body composition or overall health. It is also true that the body will rely on free fatty acids for fuel when muscle glycogen is depleted, but the body will rely much more on amino acids (protein) from the breakdown of lean (muscle) tissue as well so while you may burn fat, you will also burn more muscle as well and remember, your heart is also a muscle! 

In addition to this, those on a carb-restricted diet have lower energy levels and shorter time to fatigue during physical activity which means any activity will likely be in shorter durations.

The fact is you need carbohydrates for your brain, heart, and muscles as well as other vital organs. The main fuel of the brain and central nervous system is glucose, which is obtained most easily from carbohydrates. If carbohydrates remain unavailable for several days the body tries to conserve protein by producing an alternate fuel source known as ketones from the partial burning of fatty acids. As this breakdown continues, these ketones build in the blood causing a condition known as ketosis. Initial weight loss is not from fat but from water from the kidneys trying to rid the body of excess ketones.

Low carb diets make the blood more acidic, causing potentially serious and unwanted side effects like headaches, bad breath, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Also when carbohydrate stores are depleted in the body, the rate at which fat is metabolized is reduced meaning that carbohydrates are necessary for the ability to metabolize fat effectively. 

And keep this in mind, carbohydrates do not make you fat, calories in general make you fat so the most effective weight loss plan is simply to adjust your calorie intake to be in the right range for your own individual needs with the proper balance of nutrients.

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The fact is, just because you seem to notice a loss of overall body weight in the initial stages of a low carb diet doesn’t mean it is a good solid safe means of going about embarking on a weight loss venture. There is no substitute and there will never be a good substitute to a good sound nutritional plan coupled with a moderate exercise plan and making that plan a lifetime venture.

If you are looking for a good book to read on the low-carb dieting, here’s a good book on Amazon, an Easy 5-Ingredients cookbook for those of us who are too busy to spend too much time cooking.