Cool Things to do with Coca-Cola

Coca-cola is the worlds most popular soft drink, but did you know that you can do more than just drink it? Sure it’s refreshing on a hot summer day, but it turns out that Coke can cure more than just your sugar cravings.

1. Defrost a Wind Shield: Out of anti-freeze? Pour some Coke on the wind shield and you’ll be amazed at the immediate effect.

2. Jellyfish Burn Relief: Turns out urine is not the only way to sooth the burning sensation from a jellyfish sting. A little bit of Coke will have the same effect without the ‘gross’ factor.

3. Home Made Pesticide: Place a few small containers of Coke out in your garden and your crops will grow up pest free. The sugar from the Coke will attract excatly what your trying to get rid of.

4. Get Rid of Skunk Smell: Everyone knows that you can use tomato juice to get rid of the foul smell of skunks from your skin or animal fur. But tomato juice can be hard to wash out. Coke is just as effective, but you’ll need lots of it to get the job done.

5. Clean Your Toilet: The strong acidic base of Coca-Cola makes this a wonderful cleaning agent. Use it anytime you want to get rid of an ugly stain in your toilet.

6. Sooth Your Dogs Sore Paws: A torn paw is a significant cause of discomfort for dogs. Place your dogs paw in a bowl with Coke for 20 minutes and let the soothing power take over.

There you have it – a list of cool things you can do with Coke.

There is a definite utilitarian use here, which should really make you think twice about ingesting anything into your stomach that can act as an anti-freeze and toilet bowl cleaner.

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Sweet Edamame Salad

Edamame, the immature beans of the soybean plant, make for a delicious and healthy snack. Easy to prepare and a common crowd pleaser, you can find edamame beans in the frozen food section of your grocery store, at Asian markets, and in bulk food stores like Costco.

Edamame are most commonly eaten by boiling and adding a small amount of kosher salt, but are increasingly being incorporated into new dishes. Salads are an especially easy way to include this addictive and nutrient rich food into your diet.

This sweet edamame salad recipe can’t be beat. Full of fresh vegetables and a sweet dressing, it is a perfect compliment to any meal.

Ingredients:
1 Cup edamame beans
1 Red pepper – diced
1 Small red onion – diced
1 Cup sweet corn
1 Large granny smith apple – diced
Salt and Pepper
Salad Dressing:
½ the juice of a lemon
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tbs honey
1 tsp minced ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Prep Time: 12 min

Directions:

  • Add edamame to 2 cups boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes
  • Remove edamame from water, allow to cool
  • Squeeze out beans from pod and place in medium sized bowl
  • Mix in remaining cut/diced ingredients with edamame
  • In a small seal-able container, combine salad dressing ingredients and shake well
  • Pour dressing over salad
  • Top with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve

The Different Colors of Quinoa (Photo’s)

Quinoa, an amino-acid and protein rich seed, is rapidly gaining in popularity. This gluten free ‘grain’ is a versatile component to any number of dishes. Full of healthy benefits and available in a number of different colors, quinoa truly is a modern super-food.

Take a look at the coloruful world of quinoa

Rainbow Quinoa: Red, Pink, Orange, and Purple

Black Quinoa

Inca Red Quinoa

Red and Yellow Quinoa 

Ivory Quinoa 

Orange and Purple Flowering Quinoa

Sour Blueberry Frozen Yogurt in an Ice Cream Maker

Homemade frozen yogurt can be a great substitute to traditional ice cream. It’s lower in calories and fat content, has a wonderful tangy flavor, and keeps well in the freezer for weeks.

If you’ve never made a homemade frozen dessert before, this is an excellent recipe to try out.

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 1 hr 30 min

Extra: 24 hrs to freeze ice cream maker bowl

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup blueberries
1 lemon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 ½ cups of low-fat plain yogurt
¼ cup 1% milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Heat blueberries in a skillet using a fork to burst the berries, about 3 minutes
  • Add sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and the juice of 1 lemon
  • Cook until sugar has dissolved and the mixture begins to thicken
  • Cool 10 minutes and refrigerate up to 1 hour
  • In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt and milk until consistent throughout
  • Combine blueberry syrup and yogurt
  • Shave in the rind of half a lemon and mix
  • Remove ice cream maker bowl from freezer and configure your ice cream maker for use
  • Slowly pour blueberry-yogurt mixture into the ice cream maker, churning for 20 minutes
  • Serve immediately or for a harder consistency, place in freezer for 1 hour or longer
  • Optional: use vanilla yogurt for a sweeter taste

The Least Healthy Items at Subway

Think Fresh, Eat Fresh.

Subway’s world famous slogan has become synonomous with healthy eating. Bigger than Starbucks and KFC combined, Subway has surpassed McDonald’s to become the largest restaurant chain in the world.

The rise of Subway is a true testament to the power of the health conscious consumer. It is proof that our daily consumption habits truly do control the commercial market. Over the last decade, we saw a rise in demand for healthy foods and Subway took full advantage. Only time will tell if the chain can support this trend fiscally in the long term by not falling victim to over expansion (see Krispy Kreme); but one thing is abundantly clear – if enough individuals demand it, the market will respond.

Want proof? Simply walk over to your nearest McDonald’s and look at the menu. Since when can apple slices, cashew chicken salad, oatmeal, and yogurt be ordered along side my Quarter Pounder with Cheese?  This is not the same restaurant that served Pizza Hut and McRib’s from my youth. Not that I’m complaining.

Part of the astounding success of Subway can directly attributed to their aggressive strategic marketing and public relations campaigns to win over the masses. Simple advertising isn’t the caveat it used to be. Today brands seek to develop a lifestyle or movement behind the logo and Subway has managed to do both.

Their popular TV ads have gone viral – with pant buttons popping and hammocks breaking from obese burger eating patrons, and their Commit To Fit brand ambassadors, sponsorship awareness campaigns (think 5 k runs), and utilization of spokesman (namely the Subway Diet king Jared Fogel) have lured the average consumer into the folly of thinking that Subway is the be all and end all of healthy eating. Subway wants you to think that you can do no wrong in the Subway sandwich line.

Subway has fooled us into thinking that they are the best healthy option out there and we fell for it head over heels. While Subway dose in fact carry healthy and nutritional options, there are parts of their menu that simply do not provide the kind of sustenance we were hoping for. In fact, it is pretty damn easy to run up the calorie count if you’re not careful.

Take a look below at highlighted sections of the Subway Nutritional Guide and see which are the worst sandwiches, breads, and sauces at the restaurant. The information may just shock you.

Note: I am not trying to label Subway as an unhealthy brand. I am simply advocating for a better understanding and a sharing of nutritional information for fast foods. If you found the information below to be surprising at all – please share…there is no better resource out there than your peers.

The Worst Sandwiches:

Food Item Calories Cal. From Fat Total Fat Sodium Carbs
6” Chicken Bacon Ranch 570 250 28 1080 47
6” Chipotle Steak w Cheese & Avocado 560 250 28 1170 53
6 “ Pizza Sub 490 220 24 1670 49
6 “ Spicy Italian 480 220 24 1520 46
6 “ Tuna 470 210 24 620 44
6” Big Philly Cheesesteak  500 150 17 1310 51

6g of Fat Subs to Stay Away From:

Food Item Calories Cal. From Fat Total Fat Sodium Carbs
6″ Smokehouse Chicken 380 60 6 950 57
6″ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki 380 40 4.5 900 59
6 ” Roast Beef 320 40 5 700 45

Breads to Avoid:

Food Item Calories Cal. From Fat Total Fat Sodium Carbs
6″ Monterey Cheddar 240 50 6 360 38
6″ Italian Herbs and Cheese 250 45 5 490 40
6″ Roasted Garlic 230 25 2.5 1260 45

Sauces:

Food Item Calories Cal. From Fat Total Fat Sodium Carbs
Chipotle Southwest 100 90 10 220 1
Mayonnaise 110 110 12 80 0
Zesty Italian (House Sauce) 110 105 12 170 1
Ranch 75 73 8 205 0


The Healthiest Food Items at Tim Horton’s

The health conscious consumer is driving change in the fast food industry. What we eat and how we are presented food through advertising has never been this fresh, whole, healthy, or local. Nutritional guides for our fast food menus are widely available in-store, online, and are even prominently on display with calorie counts on brightly lit menu’s. Restaurant chains have responded to our desire for healthy and low-calorie food offerings with corporations such as McDonalds, Subway, and Tim Horton’s leading the charge.

But the challenge of eating properly is still up to you.

We may have a better understanding of our health and dietary needs, but the decision to elect a healthy lifestyle and to eat accordingly can be a challenge. What’s worse, is that more often than not, we don’t take advantage of the information at our fingertips.

Tim Horton’s is the perfect example of a company that effectively captures the healthy consumer crowd but whose food items are not necessarily the most nutritional. Determining what menu items are bad for you and the ones that deliver the nutritional value you’re looking for can be quite a demanding task. A visit to Tim Horton’s needs to be meticulously mapped out if you’re following a typical 2000 calorie diet.

By examining the nutritional content of the Tim Horton’s menu, it becomes quite clear, that there are only a few items with which you can safely order a low-fat, low-calorie, and low-sodium item.

Below is a list of some of the healthiest items from various food categories at Tim Horton’s. The next time you visit Timmy’s keep these items in mind if you’re watching what you eat.

*The following is taken directly off of the Tim Horton’s Nutritional Calculator 

Soups:

Sandwiches:

Breakfast:

Bagels:

Donuts: If you have to fill a craving these are the donuts you should look for.

Cookies: The healthiest of the cookie options…

How To Keep Burgers Flat

Tired of having your home-made chuck burgers round out during cooking?

The high heat of your Broil King is to blame. As the burger is heated the juices inside expand causing the top of the patty to become domed or rounded.

The secret to a perfectly flat burger is to press down in the centre of the patty to create an indentation or divet. This will cook your patty flat through cooking and keep your toppings on the burger and not in your lap.

Blueberry Lemon Frozen Yogurt Pops

In the humid heat of summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than a frozen treat. This blueberry lemon frozen yogurt pop recipe is a healthy and addictive snack you can eat guilt free to fulfill your cravings. If you have 15 minutes to spare you’ll want to give this a try.

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 medium sized lemon
2 tbs honey
2 tbs granulated brown sugar

Directions:

  • Heat blueberries in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft
  • Squeeze in lemon juice, stirring often for about 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and cool
  • Mix together blueberries, yogurt, honey and granulated brown sugar in large bowl
  • Pour mixture into popsicle moulds and  freeze

You can make this recipe for virtually any type of frozen yogurt pop. A couple variations I use are blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, or peaches in place of blueberries. In fact, why not blend them all together for a fruit punch!