Browsing Category " Food "

Quick ways to cook eggs in a microwave

On

Scrambled eggs in 2 minutes:

Take 2 eggs and crack them into a coffee cup. To make the scrambled eggs more fluffy, add a splash of milk. Then, mix them up nicely with a fork. Set them up in the microwave for 2 minutes with the highest heat setting. Scrambled eggs are ready to go!

Poached egg in 2 minutes:

Take one egg and crack it into a coffee cup. Fill 1/3 of the cup with water. Cover the cup with a lid or dish. Place it in the microwave and heat for 50 to 60 seconds with the highest heat setting. The poached egg is ready to go.

Egg omelet in 3 minutes:

Crack 2 eggs into a bowl. Stir them well. Then pour and spread them evenly on a flat plate. Cover the plate with another plate and microwave for 90 seconds. After 90 seconds, take it out and give it one more stir. Then place it again in the microwave for 60 seconds without the covering plate. Egg omelet is ready to go!

Eat a banana before you go to sleep

On
Bananas contain magnesium and potassium which will relax your body and mind while promoting sleep. They also contain an amino acid called tryptophan.

Tryptophan is used by your body to produce serotonin and melatonin. These hormones can help you overcome depression, insomnia, and other side effects.

Vitamin B-6 is also present in bananas which can help you get a good night sleep. There is a reason why all those athletes consume bananas before and after their workouts. So, the next time if you are having trouble falling asleep, eat a banana.

Store water in silver containers to kill bacteria

On
Silver is not only for making ornaments. There must be a reason why ancient humans used silver extensively in cooking utensils and liquid containers. Pure silver is a non-toxic metal which makes it perfectly safe for storing food and water.

Silver cups are being used for feeding babies.

With its anti-bacterial properties, silver containers have the potential to disinfect natural water while retaining the freshness of water. Silver nanoparticles are being used in drinking water purification processes.

Silver is a heavy metal.

When you store food or water in silver containers, silver will infuse into your food and boosts your immunity. Silver is not only anti-bacterial but also anti-fungal and anti-viral.

Silver. Not stainless steel.

We are talking about pure silver here. Most of the silver like utensils on the market today are actually stainless steel. So if you are looking to buy one, make sure it is made of pure silver and not simply stainless steel.

Proven ways to remove excess salt from over-salted foods

On
Salt crystals in a wooden serving bowl

I always had this problem of adding too much salt while cooking. Here are a few effective ways to remove excess salt from cooked foods.

Vinegar dissolves the salt.

Salt is a solute whereas vinegar is a solvent. So the excess salt will dissolve well in the vinegar. Based on the quantity of your food, try adding one or two teaspoons of vinegar to it. Vinegar also enhances the flavors in your foods.

Milk dilutes salt.

Milk can dilute the salt in your foods. Milk also adds some thickness and taste to your food. You can also use different types of milk like buttermilk, coconut milk, etc.

Boiled potatoes can absorb the excess salt.

Try adding a few slices of boiled potato into your dish to absorb some salt. It is effective for liquid foods like soups. Leave the potatoes inside the soup to let the diffusion happen. Potatoes will absorb the salt until the salt level in the rest of the soup equals the salt level in the potato. Then you can remove those potatoes.

Wheat flour can remove excess salt.

Wheat flour has salt absorbing abilities too. Make small balls of wheat flour and add it to your dish. Leave them in the dish for 10 to 15 minutes to absorb the salt and take them out later.

Lemon juice as a replacement for salt.

Lemon juice is acidic and it will react with the salt in your food. Try adding few teaspoons of lemon juice to your foods. It can reduce the saltiness to an extent. It also adds a flavor a tangy flavour and a good aroma to your food. Next time you cook, try replacing salt with lemon juice. This way you can reduce your sodium intake levels.

Less is more.

Keep in mind, adding too much salt is not a good choice for your health. You can always add salt after cooking if you need to. Use a better salt pot that can sprinkle the salt evenly over your food. Or use your fingers to sprinkle the salt evenly. This way you can prevent yourself from adding too much salt to your foods.

Caffeine content in coffee, tea, cocoa, and other beverages

On
A cup of frothy cappuccino coffee

I am a fan of hot chocolate. And recently, I started a habit of drinking hot chocolate just before bed. But I never realized until now that it has been indirectly affecting my sleep.

Caffeine in the chocolate has been keeping me awake until late at night. Have you ever ate chocolate before bed and had a hard time falling asleep?

Caffeine is not just in coffee but we are also indirectly consuming caffeine via other beverages too. Consuming more than 400 mg of caffeine per day may lead to insomnia, increased heartbeat, restlessness, headache, muscle tremors and can even upset your stomach.

Heres a list of caffeine content in a single cup of beverage (8 fl oz):

Coffee: 94.8 mg or more
Tea (1 Serving): 26.2 mg or more
Energy drinks: 80 mg or more
Soda: 20 mg or more
Cocoa: 5 mg
Beers (Non-Caffeinated): 0 mg
Ciders (apple): 0 mg
Wines: 0 mg
Spirits: 0 mg
Fruit juices: 0 mg
Note: The caffeine content also varies with each beverage manufacturer.

Some people are hypersensitive to caffeine. Even a small amount of caffeine can make them react. So, better know the caffeine content in all of those beverages that we consume every day.