Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 amazing food hacks

If your food costs are getting out of control, you need to do something to bring them back to a level that will fit within your budget. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to save money in this area. These are our five of our favorite tips for saving money on your food budget.

1. Make your breakfast ahead of time. Cold cereal can get boring, but going out for bacon and eggs can get expensive. Instead of spending a lot of time in the morning making your own, use your muffin tin to create bacon and egg cups in bulk. Layer strips of bacon in the bottom of each cup, then crack an egg on the top. Bake the tin on 350 for about 15 minutes. You can freeze them and microwave them in the morning in seconds.

2. Use coupons. Look for coupons for stores such as 7 Eleven and other lesser-known grocery stores. Often, you can save a lot in places you normally wouldn’t shop. Smaller stores tend to offer really good deals on items they don't sell as frequently in order to attract new customers to their stores.

3. Make your baked goods last longer. This is especially important if you are living by yourself. Placing a piece of bread on top of a cake can help to absorb moisture in the air and prevents the cake from drying out. If you're not planning on eating your bread, buns, or cakes for a while, use your freezer instead of your fridge to store them. Freezers will preserve the moisture in your baked goods, while refrigerators tend to have high humidity, causing them to dry out. If you don't want to use your freezer, be sure to store your baked goods in a dry area. Refrigerators tend to have high humidity.

4. Learn to make your own healthy snacks. Dried fruit and items containing nuts are some of the most expensive products in the grocery store. Save money by making in-season dried fruit in your oven (use a heat setting of 150 degrees for six hours for most fruit). By nuts in bulk and make your own trail mix. It's often cheaper to buy a large bag of pecans or walnuts directly from a farmer's market then use a food processor to chop or grind them. You might also want to consider making your own yogurt, butter, and other dairy products. Homemade versions tend to taste better and can be a lot cheaper than store bought ones.

5. Use paper towels to keep cut produce fresh. Save money by chopping items such as salad and tomatoes yourself. To keep these things fresh all week, wrap them in bowls with a lid and a paper towel. The towel will absorb excess moisture.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Reasons Why Foldable Bikes are the Best Mode of Transportation

Reasons Why Foldable Bikes are the Best Mode of Transportation
With most people clamoring for a ride on a hoverboard or electric scooter, bikes are often seen as oldschool or left behind technologically.  The need for portable, convenient, and reliable transportation, especially in inner cities, has never been greater.  Folding bikes have been around for a while, but they have always been seen as gimmicky or impractically due to their shortcomings.

Now, foldable bikes have emerged as lightweight, easy to fold, strong, and easy to ride alternatives to traditional bikes.  The foldable bike industry has exploded to more than 150 bikes on the market, each exceedingly efficient and distinct advantages over the old bikes.

Freedom with the Best Foldable Bikes

The big draw with these bikes is, of course, is the ability to carry your bike with you wherever you are permitted with a backpack.  This allows you to protect your investment, save time from never having to worry about how you’re going to lock it up and prevent anyone from stealing it.  Save space by being able to simple toss your bike in a closet or under a bed, for example. 

While foldable bikes are typically more expensive than standard bikes, they are worth the investment, not just because of their inherent values mentioned above, but also their ability to retain value and are easily resalable, if you were to ever find yourself to stop using it for whatever reason.

A Bike for Everyone

Thanks to the growing popularity of these bikes, there are now a lot more models to choose from for your specific needs and budget.  The highest-end foldable bike reviews tend to focus on the extremely lightweight frames that are capable of being carried around in a suitcase or backpack without much effort or loss in structural integrity.

If you’re looking for something at around the $400 range, expect the bike weight to be a bit closer to a standard lightweight mountain bike.  Still portable, but not quite something you’d want to carry around all day.  The biggest perks here are how easy it is to store and lock up a portable bike, considering that any would-be bike thief would be unable to simply remove a wheel, for example, if your foldable bike is locked through both frame and both wheels.

Easy Riders

What is often overlooked by most bike shoppers is the inherent advantages of having smaller wheels on a bike that is used for commuting.  The combination of a lightweight bike with smaller wheel circumference means peddling with much less effort.  As a matter of fact, at full stop, smaller wheels make for faster acceleration than a full-size mountain bike with less energy expended.  You might get passed-up at top speeds, but you will do just fine biking around the city, rarely breaking a sweat.  These bikes are also much easier to repair, as they are extremely streamlined and only require the minimal chain and tire maintenance.  Just make sure you don’t get cheap knock-off bikes and you’re golden.

Monday, July 25, 2016

How to Eat Gluten Free Even When Travelling

When planning a trip, packing is one of the biggest concerns for many. However, if you are gluten free, it may not be the clothes you are so worried about. In fact, you may be more concerned about how to stick to your eating habits away from home. The good news is that it is easier than ever to have a stress-free vacation and remain gluten free. Some tips that will help you do that are highlighted here.

Create a Snack Pack
Having a gluten free snack pack on hand is a good idea, even if you are just going to the grocery store. You can pack baggies with a number of non-perishable items such as energy bars, crackers, nuts, dried fruit, seeds, nut butter, gluten free cereal and tea bags. When you are the road or get to the airport you can supplement these items with water, yogurt, hummus, cheese, veggies and fruit. Not only will this help you have something to snack on when the urge strikes, it will also minimize the chances of you getting something with gluten in it if you are on the go.

Use Social Media
Are you planning to travel to a new state or even a new country? If so, it may be difficult to determine which restaurants are gluten free. Also, using your dinner gluten free recipes may not be an option if you are staying in a hotel. This is one of those times that social media can be invaluable. Use social media to ask others for suggestions of gluten free eating spots for your destination. There is a good chance you will receive more than a few responses and you can do a bit more research prior to leaving to ensure these are good options. This can result in great options and reduce the stress of “where to eat” each night.

Do Some Research Ahead of Time
Not every town may be “enlightened” as the one you live in. This means that you need to do a bit of research prior to heading out to find out about any eating options available in the area that cater to allergy-sensitive or gluten free eating habits. This will pay off in the long run and minimize the chance you will have to sit around wondering where to go to grab a bite to eat while you are on vacation.

Taking the time to plan ahead will definitely pay off when it comes to traveling while sticking to a gluten free diet. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Coconut Macaroon Greek Yogurt Mousse

I'm not going to lie, it's been almost two weeks since I've physically typed out a review and quite frankly, I haven't missed it much.  Not sure that bodes well for the future of the blog, but I will be popping in periodically to submit review of new products that I find in the store.  Today's review adds to the exponentially large Yoplait review catalog as I'll take a look at this Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Coconut Macaroon Greek Yogurt Mousse that I was able to pick up at Kroger for $1.00.  Each container is a fluffy and light 4.0 ounces and is packed in with 100 calories and nine grams of protein.  It's also gluten free.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: Curate Salted Decadence Dark Chocolate & Almonds Bar

Curate bars have successfully infiltrated my Kroger in all shapes and sizes.  Okay, so maybe they are all the same shape and size, but they at least have different flavor varieties and I've taken a look at some of those already.  In standard operating procedure for me and this blog, today's review is another example of me plowing through all the flavor varieties of a particular manufacturer as I take a look at this Curate Salted Decadence Dark Chocolate & Almonds Bar that I was able to pick up at the aforementioned Kroger for $1.79.  Each bar clocks in at 1.59 ounces and has 200 calories with seven grams of protein.  It's also gluten free and crafted with joy, so if either of those things are of interest to you, then maybe that sparked a little interest in this review for you.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: LUNA Protein Berry Greek Yogurt Bar

LUNA was a big start of review in the early days of the blog and over time, I've cranked out seventeen past reviews (as of this writing).  Primarily designed for women, I've decreed that it's okay for men to eat them too, thus I happily eat them. A recent trip to Kroger allowed me to discover one of their new (to me) flavors and I snatched up this LUNA Protein Berry Greek Yogurt Bar for $1.25.  The bar itself clocks in at 1.59 ounces and 170 calories with twelve grams of protein. It's gluten free for those that are so inclined as well.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: Gatorade G Series Prime Honey Oat Fuel Bar

I frequently see Gatorade's foray into nutrition bars sitting on the shelves of my store.  I've had varying success with them in past reviews, but it seems like the flavors never change.  Upon a recent browsing of Kroger, I happened to notice a flavor of bar that I hadn't seen before, so that led me to snatch up this Gatorade G Series Prime Honey Oat Fuel Bar for today's review.  This bar clocks in at 2.1 ounces and packs in 220 calories and five grams of protein.  Unlike a lot of their previous products that I've reviewed, this bar is neither huge in size nor is it a huge calorie bomb.  Basically, this abandons everything I've come to expect from Gatorade bars as this one is certainly more modest.

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