Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients
Apr14

Baking For Health Nuts: How To Substitute Ingredients

You like to eat healthy because keeping your body working as it should feels good. You also like baked goods because duh! Who doesn’t? Is there anything better in life than eating? But this doesn’t have to be a dilemma for you, thanks to the magic of substitution. Here is a helpful guide so you can slightly tweak your favorite baked recipes, to enjoy that sweet taste in a healthier way. Flour The backbone of almost every baking recipe, flour is hard to replace. But not impossible. If you are making brownies, for example, you can substitute one cup of pureed black beans for one cup of flour, for a gluten-free, protein-packed brownie experience. For your cookies, cakes and pancakes, replace one third of a cup of coconut flour for every cup of flour in the recipe. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to add an extra dash of water and an extra egg per ounce of coconut flour to keep the consistency of the dish. This will result in sweet goods with lower calories, more fiber and gluten free. Finally, if you don’t want to replace flour with any extreme alternative, simply sub your regular kind with whole-wheat flour. The flavor will not suffer and we can all use the extra fiber. Eggs Want all the fun of baking in vegan, egg-free form? It can be done, I swear! The obvious choice is to substitute one egg for one tablespoon of flax meal (mixed with three tablespoons of water and left to sit for ten minutes). This will result in a fiber-rich, omega-filled experience with pretty much any recipe. If you want to try something outside of the box, replace one egg for one tablespoon of chia seeds left to sit in one cup of water for fifteen minutes. You will get a vegan muffin, cake or cookie recipe with as much protein as you can wish for. Sugar Baked goods are nothing if not sweet, but that flavor doesn’t have to come from your regular white sugar. For example, in any recipe that will work with some added apple flavor, substitute one cup of unsweetened apple sauce for one cup of sugar. You will enjoy delicious apple cookies, muffins and cakes with seven times less calories than you normally would. Remember that now you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by one quarter cup. For non-apple lovers, you can replace two tablespoons of sugar for half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in almost any sweet recipe. This will cut out 400 calories per cup of sugar, and...

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Chocolate Is Good For You And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise
Apr10

Chocolate Is Good For You And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

Chocolate is known for its extreme deliciousness and being your go-to treat when you are attacked by that sweet-tooth monster of yours. Chocolate is there for you when you are feeling down, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate a happy occasion. And despite its awesomeness, you can’t help but feel a little guilty when eating it, right? Fear not! scientists have conducted studies that back up all your excuses for stuffing your face with chocolate. Thank you, science! 1. Chocolate alleviates stress Swiss scientists have found that eating chocolate regularly lowers the levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol significantly. More specifically, eating one ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day led participants to feel reduced levels of stress. So have that chocolate bar after a bad day at work. It will help. 2. Chocolate fights depression There’s a reason why we tend to attack our chocolate stash when we are feeling down. You know besides how yummy it is. Dark chocolate with a high content of cocoa helps your brain release serotonin and relax your blood vessels. All of this will boost your mood and actually help you fight depression. 3. Chocolate is packed with antioxidants Antioxidants help reduce cell damage, counter cell aging and prevent damaging diseases. And dark chocolate is full of them. Especially a type called flavonoids, that are also present in red wine (hello, perfect thing to accompany chocolate) and fruits and vegetables, like apples. 4. Chocolate is good for your heart And I don’t mean just to mend your broken heart after a breakup. According to Swedish scientists, dark chocolate has cardiovascular health benefits. In a 9-year study, women who ate two servings of dark chocolate a week had reduced their risk of heart failure by a third. 5. Chocolate prevents diabetes It sounds completely contradictory, but hear me out here. In an Italian study, people who ate dark chocolate once a day for two weeks had a 50% less chance of developing insulin resistance. This is because flavonoids in dark chocolate increase nitric oxide production, which controls insulin sensitivity. 6. Chocolate protects your skin from the sun And you don’t even need to rub it on your skin like lotion, eating chocolate is more than enough. Researchers in London found that eating flavanol-rich dark chocolate for three months increased the participants’ resistance to sunburn. Their skin took twice as long to start looking red, which is the beginning of a burn. 7. Chocolate makes you smarter Next time you need to finish that work project or take that nerve-wracking exam, have a bar of dark chocolate. A study by the...

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Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape
Apr07

Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape

Eyeliner is one of those make-up basics that is always going to make you look good, no matter what. Okay, maybe raccoon eyes are questionable and sparkly gold eyeliner will not go over well in that job interview. But for the most part, it’s really hard to do eyeliner wrong. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve your liner game, though. Here are some tricks that will get your eyeliner from “not bad” to “amazing” based on the shape of your eyes. Small eyes If you want your eyes to look bigger and wider, start with eyeshadow, not liner. A soft taupe color over the eyelid up to the crease will do the trick. Next, use a black kohl pencil along the upper lashline and smudge it a little bit with your finger, so the line is not as defined. Top it off with brown eye shadow, especially in the outer corners. Use the same black liner and brown shadow for the lower lashline and you are ready to go. Monolids So that the fold on your lower lid doesn’t hide your liner, focus on the upper lid when applying it. Any waterproof black pencil liner will work well, as long as you neatly apply it along the line, from inner corner to outer corner. If you want, you may smudge the outer corners a little bit, with a small brush, to widen your eyes. Close-set eyes What you want with this look is to create the illusion that your eyes are wider apart than they really are. Nothing that a little bit of concealer on the inner corners can’t achieve. Illuminating that area will lighten it up and make it look more “open”. Combine this with black liner on the outer third part of your eyes to draw the eye towards the outer corners of your lids. Create a “V” shape with liquid liner to form a thick wing and your eyes will look farther apart than they are. Asymmetrical eyes No pair of eyes is perfectly even, but if yours are a little bit more noticeably uneven or you are self-conscious about it, there are ways to make them look like a perfect matching pair. Uneven eyes call for uneven make-up to equal the whole thing out. Your best bet is to use a black kohl eyeliner, applied along the upper lashline, from the inner corner to the outer corner. Leave it pretty undefined and, on the slightly smaller eye, increase the width of the line at the outer corner, to make it appear wider and the same size of the other...

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Smells No 90’s Girl Will Ever Forget
Apr03

Smells No 90’s Girl Will Ever Forget

The 90’s were a special time for all of us. And as much as terrible music and embarrassing pictures are a great way to relieve memories, special smells have a way of staying with you forever. Here are ten smells that every 90’s girl remembers. Fruit Erasers These never smelled like fruit. It was always a disappointment when you were expecting delicious strawberry and instead got a good whiff of… eraser. Still, fruit erasers were super cute and their rubbery smell will live forever in our hearts. Candy necklaces Ah, the ultimate 90’s fashion statement. Neither practical, stylish nor particularly yummy, but every girl had these. I can still smell their vaguely sweet, extremely chalky awfulness. Mr. Sketch scented markers Oh yeah, that’s the stuff. No other school supply smelled as delicious as these markers. Unfortunately, they did not actually taste delicious. Not that I tasted them… Herbal Essences In the 90’s, your hair smelled good enough to eat, and it was all thanks to Herbal Essences. Sure, you could say that you used this shampoo because it made your hair look good, but the real reason was that heavenly smell. Tommy Girl When getting ready for a party, dinner, or simply to walk around the mall with your friends, you always completed your look with a splash of this fresh scent. Admit it, you will always be a Tommy girl. Tulip Fashion Paints Smells like creativity. Ok, maybe it just smells like plastic chemicals, but this smell will always take you back to when you were trying to reinvent your look by painting on your clothes. Lip Smacker Peanut Butter and Jelly Lipgloss For some reason every girl had these, awful as they were. And that sticky, sickeningly sweet artificial peanut butter smell will always take you back to the magical 90’s. Mr. Bubble bubble bath What was it with the 90’s and making everything smell edible? You will never forget how sugary and bubble gum-y your bathwater smelled, even if it still tasted like soap. Again, not that I tasted it. Troll hair These ugly dolls and their rainbow hair were everywhere. Everyone had one, even if I don’t remember anyone actually buying one.  And their hair had a very specific plastic-y smell that you will never forget.   Cushioned pencil cases These things were always a gift from some random relative that you only saw on your birthday. But no matter the cartoon character in it, they all smelled the same: strong plastic notes with undertones of chemical...

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Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share
Mar31

Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share

I like to think of myself as a pretty generous person, especially when it comes to my friends. “What’s mine is yours” pretty much sums up my philosophy and my friends know that in an emergency they can raid my closet for dresses, shoes, jewelery, a curling iron or anything they need. That being said, there are some beauty products I wouldn’t share with my BFF, and neither should you.  Mascara and eyeliner  I shouldn’t need to tell you: eyes are super sensitive. This means that you should be extra careful with any product that goes near your eyes. Your eyelids and lashes are the playground of tons of gross bacteria, that then hitches a ride on your mascara wand and eyeliner. This makes it really easy to transfer harmful bacteria to your bestie (and for her to transfer bacteria back to you). To make matters worse, the mascara tube is a dark, damp place, just the kind of place bacteria love to breed in. Avoid awful infections like pink eye, and keep your mascara and eyeliner all to yourself.  Lip gloss  Lip gloss, lipstick, chapstick, anything that goes on your lips, really. I know, it’s almost second nature to reach into your friend’s purse when your lips are dry or your rouge needs retouching, but this is a really bad idea. These products make it really easy to transfer contagious infections and germs, like the common cold. More worrying, this is a great way to transfer the oral herpes virus (HSV-1). According to Planned Parenthood, more than half of adults carry this virus, and it can be contagious even when not showing sores. It’s not a specifically harmful virus, but it is annoying and unsightly when flaring out.  Anything that comes in a jar  Be honest, do you wash your hands every time you are going to apply lip butter or lip gloss? That’s okay, me neither. I try, but sometimes I’m in a hurry or I forget, so I end up sticking my dirty fingers in the jar anyway. Now multiply this by how many people are using the same lip gloss. No need to do the math, the answer is “gross”. The same applies to face lotion, foundation, primer and any other product that comes in a jar.  Razors  I’m sure you went over this in middle school health class. Never share any personal item that can draw blood, like razors. Sure, this is to avoid HIV, as your health ed teacher told you, but that’s far from the only thing you can catch from someone else’s blood. Used razors are a great way to spread...

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Do ‘Knot’ Get Tied Up & Learn How To Grow Long, Luscious Locks
Mar28

Do ‘Knot’ Get Tied Up & Learn How To Grow Long, Luscious Locks

Some time ago you fell into the short hair fad and chopped off your mane, thinking a little ‘pixie’ never hurt nobody. And while you may have rocked the heck out of  that style, (unlike Penny from The Big Bang Theory) you just realized you oh-so regret it. Hey, it’s just hair, it will grow back, right? Of course it will. Problem is, you want it to grow now. You are tired of waiting for your strands to be long enough to braid, tie up in a bun and wear down in that carefree feminine way. Luckily, you can help your hair grow faster with just a few adjustments in your haircare routine. Trim your hair I know, I know, cutting your hair is the last thing you want to do when you are growing it back, but hear me out here. As your hair grows, the ends get damaged, no matter how careful you are. It’s a fact of life. And damaged ends are fragile and end up breaking off, which will, you guessed it, make your hair shorter. So trim the ends every month and a half or so to avoid breakage. As a bonus, your hair will actually look healthier as it grows! Take care of your scalp Do the smart thing and go straight for the source. If your hair gets a bad start, it will not grow as long or as healthy as it could. What’s worse, dead skin cells, oil and dirt accumulate on your scalp and actually make it harder for your hair to grow, which will considerably slow the process down. Use a gentle shampoo that’s right for your skin type and gently massage your scalp every time you are in the shower, this will remove all the impurities and promote blood circulation, improving hair growth. Change up your shower routine Ultra hot water might be nice and relaxing, but it can actually dry out your hair. Dry hair is brittle and prone to breakage, so you want to avoid that. Wash your hair with warm or even cool water to keep your strands hydrated and healthy. Once you are out of the shower, be careful when you dry your hair. Your wet locks are fragile, so you don’t want to wrap them up in a towel as soon as you are out of the shower. Twisting wet hair in a tower will break strands and increase hair loss. Instead, pat your hair dry, gently, either with a towel or an old, clean, cotton shirt. Style with care If you absolutely must style your hair with heat, find a way to...

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