How to make perfect easy to peel hard boiled eggs

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Published on: September 14, 2013

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Hard boiled eggs can provide a very nutritious and very portable meal/snack when you are in a crunch for time.  I have had a couple problems in the past getting these right.  Cooked them too little and they can be runny in the middle, too much dry rubbery whites, green outer yolks, and they stink.  Second if they take forever to peel they start to lose their quick on the go snack rating.  Fortunately after some trial and error I have come up with a technique that takes care of both of these problems.

 

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Step 1: Puncture the eggs.  This provides the ability to bring the special water mixture you are boiling with to enter the egg filling the space between the whites and the shell making peeling these eggs a breeze.  Simply grab a thumbtack, needle, or in my case these corn holder I almost never use and poke a hole just through the shell.

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Step 2: Bring eggs to hard boil.  For every quart of of cold water add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (helps prevent eggs from escaping the shell) and add to saucepan with eggs.  Turn on to high heat and let cook for one minute on rolling boil.

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Step 3: Cover for 10 minutes.  This is important no more, no less.

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Step 4: Cool eggs down quickly.  Many people opt for an already prepared ice bath here.  This never made sense to me…first you have to drain the boiling hot water then drop your eggs into some ice water giving you another bowl to clean.  here is what I do…simple drop the pan into your sink and turn on the cold water in about 20-30 seconds the water in the pan is now cold water and the very heat conductive aluminum pan is now also cold, simply drop in a few cups of ice and instant ice bath and only one pan to clean.

Now you should have some perfectly cooked eggs with shells that almost will fall right off.

Losing Body Fat Without Fat Burning Supplements

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Published on: May 4, 2013

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We presented several reasons on why you should stop using protein powder, and now it’s time for you know that fat burning supplements aren’t necessary when it comes to reducing the flab around that waistline. They’re supposed to create an effect by metabolism ‘heat-up’, but studies show many individuals have failed to lose weight even after using them, while they’ve suffered side effects as well.

Losing fat, and getting ripped even, is possible without the use of fat burners. The key here is that you should avoid getting stressed or depressed about losing fat, and if you’re already suffering from a similar condition, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate it by use of over the counter meds and other effective solutions.

So how do you lose fat without using fat burners? There are several ways to do so and by following them; you would be able to lose body fat without spending on bottles of pills with before and after pictures that claim to get you that beach body within 2 weeks (which is really not possible unless you’re already in shape and have to lose 2-3 pounds of bulge):

How to lose body fat without using fat burning supplements:

1.  Eat foods that speed up the metabolism

There are fat-burning foods that you can include in your diet. The best thing about them is they’re affordable compared to fat burning supplements and don’t have any side effects as well. They increase the metabolism and the rate at which your body burns calories, creating an overall fat loss effect. With time, your body will get used to the increased metabolism effect, allowing you to burn more calories in the long-run.

For example, try skipping oatmeal or cereal in the morning for breakfast. Sure it has plenty of fiber but also a ton of carbohydrates and sugar which spike your insulin levels leaving you hungry a couple hours later. Go back to basics and have some bacon and eggs with a little bit of fruit and not only will get get more nutrients from the real food they are also very delicious.  Adding spices such as jalapenos and peppers will also help your weight loss efforts by pushing your metabolism to burn calories. They contain a chemical known as capsaicin, which lets your body burns calories for hours after you finish eating.

2.  Do cardio on an empty stomach

Some of you may be aware, while others may not be informed that the body users either glycogen stored in the body for energy consumption or the fat reserves. The preference of energy is usually from glycogen, but when it runs out, the body has no choice but to convert fat into fuel. This is where cardio on an empty stomach can be the ultimate weapon for losing body fat.

The best time to carry out empty stomach weight lifting or cardio is in the morning before breakfast. This time is idle because glycogen reserves are used by the functioning of the brain while you’re asleep, so in the morning, there’s a golden window where the body can tap into fat deposits. Cardio can come in the form of running, elliptical or anything else that’s low to moderate in intensity.

3.  Shock your body

You can shock your body by doing different exercises on alternative days. You can lift weights one day; play sports on the next, do body weight exercises on the third and so on. By shocking your body, you’ll attain muscle growth, which would decrease the percentage of your body fat.

The reason for switching exercises is that your body can get accustomed to a particular routine, and if it does, it won’t be able to burn calories in an optimal way. There are several exercises you can perform, and when you run out of ideas, head over online; there are tons of videos on unique exercise routines such as Spartan 300 training etc.

Follow these tips to lose body fat, and say goodbye to fat burning pills.

Lose fat and gain muscle with Lean Ape Living

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Published on: February 7, 2013

Three years ago, I started my journey losing my 70 pounds of weight and have kept it off for over 2 years now.  Of course when people asked how I did this I really couldn’t point to one particular diet that made this happen.  It was a bit lower carb, though not exactly Atkins.  I ate whole foods but not entirely Paleolithic (or Cave Man diet as the media likes to call it)  After reading Lean Ape Living I finally found something that explained specifically what I was doing to easy lose my weight as well as some helpful tricks/hacks to help get rid of those last stubborn 10-20 pounds that remain after a significant weight loss..

As to specifically what the Lean Ape book describes for an optimal eating strategy I will use the word directly from their site":

What this is not is some fad diet. This is a way of eating that is going to transform how you look, and also how you feel. We don’t encourage anything that you cannot stick to over the long term. And it doesn’t seem like you are missing out on anything at all.

  • Learn the power of carb cycling to burn fat fast and still gain muscle
  • Why you NEED to cheat and overeat every week
  • A controversial approach that has revolutionized fat loss
  • Learn about the foods that make you fat, and you don’t even know it
  • We show you how to keep your metabolism high and never enter starvation mode
  • and tell you the real reasons why you may not be losing weight, even if you have previously been on a calorie restricted diet

So as you might be able to read between the lines that the lifestyle this book promotes is definitely lower carb than our typical SAD (Standard American Diet) though at the same time definitely not dipping into ketogenic low carb.  It should be normal to actually see some starchy carbohydrates on your plate just in a more of a supporting role (1/4 of plate at most) than the main event.  Other items on your plate should then consist of real foods (vegetable, protein)

Santa gets quite a carb load tonight

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Published on: December 24, 2012

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Given the physical activity required for Santa’s journey around of the world I am sure he burns most of the calories off during his yearly trip but assuming there are about 91.8 million stops taking in account that some people in the world do not believe for philosophical or religious reasons as well as a percentage of “naughty” houses that does not require a stop.

Assuming that at each stop he gets 6 ounces of low fat milk and a couple of cookies (went with Chips Ahoy given we are busy this time a year) per stop he would have consumed 21,114,000,000 calories.  This is enough calories for an average man to run over 6 million marathons.

Looking at the macronutrient level he would consume 2,845,800,000 grams (2,845.80 metric tons) of carbohydrates with 71% of those coming directly from sugar.

The good news is he does get 734,400,000 grams (734.40 metric tons) of heart healthy fat and 826,200,000 grams (826.20 metric tons) of protein to restore any muscle lost while going up and down chimneys.

I think I might make some Almond Flour cookies for Santa this year…better yet maybe some Brussel sprouts with bacon.

Low carb bacon meatza pizza

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Published on: December 16, 2012

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I was feeling like some pizza but wanted to avoid the crust so decided what would be better than a meat pizza. Basically the same idea as a traditional pizza though use a nice layer of bacon instead of pizza crust. Now this is healthier than a traditional pizza with just 5 net carbs for the entire pizza, but at over 1000 calories and over 2000mg sodium not exactly a meal you should be having every week. Though it was delicious and definitely kept my full for the night.

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Servings: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 6 ounces grass fed hamburger meat
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce (tomato sauce w/ ¼ teaspoon oregano and salt)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Place bacon layered on pie pan and cook at 425F for 12 minutes, draining fat that is rendered.
  2. Add browned hamburger on top of bacon
  3. Top with pizza sauce and cheeses and return to oven.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes more until cheese is melted and bacon is at desired crispiness and enjoy.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 1067 Fat: 77 Saturated Fat: 33 Unsaturated fat: 16 Trans fat: 2 Carbs: 6 Sugar: 3 Sodium: 2137 Fiber: 1 Protein: 85 Cholesterol: 277

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How to make almond butter

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Published on: December 15, 2012

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Almond butter is delicious and it is a natural and more nutrient dense replacements for things you would typically use peanut butter one of my favorites as a topping for low carb pumpkin pancakes. On problem with the stuff it can be quite expensive costing between $10-15 for a 16 ounce container. Fortunately You can a 3 pound bag of raw almonds from Costco pretty cheap so with a food processor or Vitamix blender and very little effort you can make your own at the fraction of the price.

Step 2: Roast the almonds.  Place 1 pound of almonds on a cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2: Add Ingredients to food processor

  • 1 pound of raw almonds (or any other nuts you wish to make into nut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (optional but delicious)
  • 1 tablespoon homemade coconut butter (optional but delicious)

Step 3: Turn on food processor and wait 5-10 minutes. Scrape the sides and repeat.

Yeah that’s pretty much about it…after a few iterations of step 3 everything should smooth out and have the consistency of what you see below.  Just to warn you it will go through a couple stages before it gets there though.  First it will be powdery (almond flour), then it will resemble a dry lumpy ball of almond, and finally it will begin to smooth out.  The longer you let it run the smoother the butter so good to take a taste every few minutes to see if it as the consistency you desire.

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Once you are done simply pour your finished into nice glass container (I used old coconut oil jars) and place in the refrigerator.  Not only will this allow your nut butter to stay fresh longer but also prevents the oils from separating so added bonus no stirring required.

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