Cooking Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

Cooking Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

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Sweet potatoes are one of the most beneficial vegetables in the market. It is rich in flavor and gives off a soft, comfort-food like appeal when it’s made the right way.

One of the ways people make sweet potatoes is by cutting into pieces and frying them in oil, or boiling them in water and finishing them off in the oven.

Maybe you’re trying to eat healthier, avoid fried foods, or look for a way to make sweet potatoes without the hassle of prepping and switching from stove to oven.

This article will explain four different methods of cooking sweet potatoes in the oven, that will significantly benefit health, convenience, and time while retaining its great flavor.


Baking Sweet Potatoes

Baking sweet potatoes whole is one of the easiest, yet most tasteful ways of cooking them oven-wise. It gives off a firm, flaky texture followed by crispy outer skin. Depending on the size of the potato, cooking time will average between 50 – 55 minutes.

Directions:

  • Place the whole washed potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet, poking small holes into the potato in decrease cooking time.
  • Wrap around in aluminum foil to prevent the outer skin from burning.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes at 400 degrees, checking halfway for any burns or need to flip the potato.
  • Stick a chopstick in the center of the potato. If it goes in smoothly and comes out with its contents stuck on the stick, it is done.

Broiling Sweet Potatoes

Broiling sweet potatoes can be a great alternative to grilling, it gives off a very charred flavor, making the outer side crispy and the middle soft and tender. Cooking time is approximately 15-20 minutes depending on the type of appliance.

Directions:

  • Place sliced, washed sweet potatoes in a bowl and toss with a small amount of oil.
  • Place on a non-stick baking sheet and place under the broiler (at medium setting if possible) for 15 minutes
  • Take the sheet out and flip potatoes and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Add salt and leave for a few minutes to cool off.

Boiling Sweet Potatoes

Boiling sweet potatoes in the oven can be a great way to cook them in a fast and secure manner while keeping their texture into place. Cooking time is approximately 30-35 minutes.

Directions:

  • Place cut potatoes in a baking pan filled ¾ of the way with water, salt and cinnamon if desired.
  • Cover top with aluminum foil ¾ of the way.
  • Place in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove lid and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the water evaporates.
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Roasting Sweet Potatoes

Roasting sweet potatoes is the overall best way of cooking sweet potatoes. It is golden brown with a crispy outer side, followed by a soft tender middle that gives off its intense sweet potato flavor. Cooking time is approximately 30-35 minutes, depending on size.

Directions:

  • Place cut potatoes in a bowl and toss with salt and oil.
  • Place on a baking tray and into the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
  • Take out and stir/flip the potatoes.
  • Place back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes until the outer side is golden brown.
  • Insert fork. If it slides in easily, the potatoes are done.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes and enjoy!

 

 

 

These four methods will turn your sweet potatoes into a beautiful dish, whether it’s a side dish or an entrée, it will leave them tasting great as ever. It’s essential to check on them halfway through cooking to make sure they don’t overburn due to its sweetness. Baking sweet potatoes is a much healthier and more fabulous option compared to frying. I hope this article has helped you come up with different methods of cooking sweet potatoes. Share this article with your friends and family that like sweet potatoes as well. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Peace & Positivity.

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea

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So it’s that time of the year, the time when trees start to blossom, grass turns greener, and the weeds begin to sprout. But what if  I told you one of those weeds are actually one of God’s most magnificent forms of medicine? Those weeds are Taraxacum Officinale, in regular terms, a Dandelion.

Dandelions are a weed plant that is formed from up to 300 small micro flowers that are banded together to form one single flower. It contains essential nutrients that are provided by its roots, also called taproots.

The taproots can be up to twelve inches long and are packed with so many vital medicines that are overlooked. Some people eat the Dandelions whole but avoid the roots. That’s where tea comes into play.

By drinking tea that is made with the use of Dandelions, you will be able to extract those vital medicines and consume it like any other tea and will provide you with great benefits. Here are 4 main benefits of adding dandelion tea to your everyday diet.



1. It is full of essential vitamins and minerals.

When you steep a bag of chopped and dried dandelions, no matter if it’s the flowers or the roots, you are releasing many essential vitamins and minerals that are found within the plant. These vitamins can be a great source of overall health and stability, especially if it is drunk daily. The table below shows the vitamins and minerals found in Dandelions:


Source: NutritionValue.org
Vitamins Found In Dandelions
Vitamin B
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin K
Iron
Manganese
Magnesium
Zinc
Phosphorus
Potassium

These vitamins are best provided by its taproots, so it’s best to include them in the making of your tea.

2. It contains helpful antioxidants that guide towards specific health problems.

With the addition of essential vitamins and minerals, having a cup of dandelion tea will also provide you with a few powerful antioxidants that serve as a great assist towards specific health problems.

The Antioxidants that are promoted in the Dandelion is Beta-Carotene, which provides support against cell damage and stress in the oxidative matter. Followed by that is Polyphonic Compounds that help reduce inflammation and slows down aging towards the skin.

If you have diabetes or are trying to prevent it, a cup of dandelion tea contains Chloric and Chlorogenic acid. This antioxidant helps the blood sugar control, helps to guide it to normal levels.


J, Shankaranarayanan & Krishnakumar, Arunkanth & Kumar Chellappan, Dinesh. (2018). Beta Carotene-Therapeutic Potential and Strategies to Enhance Its Bioavailability. 7. 001-007. 10.19080/NFSIJ.2018.07.555716.

Source: softschools.com

3. Dandelion tea can help a variety of health issues.

When you drink a cup of dandelion tea, you are drinking a lot of hidden medicines that can help you if you have specific health issues that need taking care of. The combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that target particular areas of need will help you in a long way if consumed every day.

Diseases That Dandelion Tea Will Help Aid
Liver Function
Cell Damage
Blood Suger
Skin Aging
Eye Problems
Digestive Problems (Appetite, Constipation Problems)
Urinary Tract Disorders

If you are having any of the problems mentioned above, drinking dandelion tea regularly can be a great support system to provide aid towards those specific health issues.

4. Dandelion tea is easy to make.

One of the best things about Dandelion tea is that not only is it very nutritious, but it is effortless to make! Keep in mind, however, that some dandelions are sprayed with pesticides, so be careful when picking dandelions. Once you have selected some safe ones to eat, then you can make the tea in 5 easy steps:

  • 1) Thoroughly wash the flowers, leaves, and roots, removing any dirt and bacteria contained.
  • 2) Separate the flower, leaves, and roots into sorted piles.
  • 3) Pick apart the flowers into small pieces, cut the leaves into little bits, and chop the roots into beautiful pieces.
  • 4) Place the roots in the oven for two hours, letting it cool for 15 minutes afterward.
  • 5) For the flowers and leaves, place them in boiling water, letting it steep for up to 20 minutes. For the roots, put them in a filter and place into boiling water, making it steep for up to 20 minutes as well.

If you would rather want to buy the tea instead, then you can buy them at a variety of locations. My personal recommendation would be on Amazon.


 

Dandelion tea is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it is a very beneficial addition to your healthy lifestyle. Even though Dandelion Tea can be helpful to health, it can be some side effects that may possibly occur if taken in the wrong fashion.

For example, If you pick dandelions that have been sprayed with chemicals and pesticides, it can be very hazardous to your body. So make sure that you choose clean, freshly grown dandelions. Also, if you’re allergic to plants like ragweed, then the tea may not be suitable for you.

If you’re taking prescription medication, then consult with a doctor before investing in dandelion tea, as it may interact with certain medicines you are currently taking. Other than that, if you want to have a complete source of powerful drugs right in your hands, Dandelion tea is the way to go.

I hope this article has helped you in a significant way, share this post with your family and friends and let me know what you think!

Peace & Positivity.


Best Amazon Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

Best Amazon Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review

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When it comes to headphones, it can be quite a hassle. From dealing with the high prices, only to have them break or wear out in the long run. Wasting hundreds of dollars when you could’ve gotten headphones on Amazon that delivers the same quality if not better for a much lesser price.

I have gone through approximately 20 – 30 pairs of headphones in the last 3 years. Still, last year I decided to do some research on Amazon and find wireless headphones that I could get for less but have the same quality as the Bluetooth headphones that are priced in the multi-hundreds.

I have brought 3 headphones that I consider to be very beneficial in regards to sound quality, durability, and the hours of playtime. I have listed the 3 options below divided by each preference audience.

OPTION #1

Product Name: Xclear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Charging Case

Price: $31.99

Pt Hours: 5hrs (1 Charge) 14hrs (W/Charging Case)

Charge Time: Varies

Noise Cancelling: Yes

Call Capability: Yes

Introduction:

I was thinking about getting some AirPods, but I looked at the price and realized that it was kind of out my budget at the time. That’s when I decided to try out the XClear headphones. They are an excellent alternative if you want exceptional sound quality with a luxury appeal of AirPods.

Audience/Who Is It For?

If you are a fan of AirPods but want an excellent alternative that delivers while also being an affordable price, then these headphones are a great addition to your music activities and everyday wear.

Product Overview:

Xclear headphones come with a portable charging case that shows you a percentage of the battery so you can tell when they are fully charged. You can bring both the charger and headphones to the gym, work, school, and even outside to maintain up to 14 hours of great music!

It is also designed to have a comfortable fit while revealing a sleek, modern design that is guaranteed to flow well with any outfit. As far as sound quality, it delivers an intense, rich bass that is similar to stereo speakers.


Source: Amazon


Source: Amazon
Pros: Cons:
Multi-Functionable Very high volume
Up to 14hrs battery life Decent call quality
Fast-pairing Bluetooth ability No equalizer settings
Water/sweat/dust resistant
Portable charging case
Exceptional sound quality
Affordable price
Sleek luxury design

Final Opinion:

Even though it delivers average call quality, these headphones are a great alternative if you want AirPods at a much affordable price while maintaining an exceptional sound and convenient charging capabilities.

General’s Rank: 9/10

Website/Where to Buy: Amazon https://amzn.to/3dmm4Po

Option#2

Product Name: Boltune Bluetooth Wireless Headphones W/ Magnetic Connection

Price: $34.99

Pt Hours: 16hrs

Charge Time: 40 Mins

Call Capability: Yes

Introduction

One of the reasons why headphones are so popular is because it allows you to hear the sounds head-on, rather than listening by ear. When I brought Boltune’s wireless headphones, I was surprised to know that it will enable you to experience just that, by giving three different eq levels that identify your listening preference.

Audience/Who Is It For?

These headphones are fabulous if you are a music lover that can listen to music all day with no restrictions and wants headphones that allow you to adjust your sound preference to your liking.

Product Overview

In terms of sound, you can’t get any better quality sound then these headphones, especially in regards to the price. Boltune is equipped with APT-X HD audio combined with high fidelity, which delivers excellent sound with the right bass level.

It is also designed to last up to 16 hours of playtime, that’s equivalent to 2 whole work shifts at once! You can do an intense workout or jog in the rain, and the headphones will not be impacted.

If you have different ways of listening to sound, Boltunes headphones come with 3 different equalizer modes suited for your best listening habits. What I like most about these headphones is that it is constructed to never fall off while running or exercising.


Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon
Pros: Cons:
Noise-cancelling Complicated controls
APT-X HD audio Controller weight might be heavy for some
Three equalizer settings
Resistant towards sweat and water
16 hours of playtime!
Constructed to never fall off while exercising

Final Opinion:

These headphones are fabulous for all-day use, and the sound quality Is outstanding. The controls might be complicated at once, but once you become used to it, you will be amazed at what $35 headphones will provide you in all aspects of quality.

General’s Ranking: 9.5/10

Website/Where to Buy: Amazon https://amzn.to/3fwIsHP

Option #3

Product Name: Otium Wireless/Bluetooth Headphones

Price: $18.99

Pt Hours: 9hrs

Charge Hours: 30 Mins

Call Capability: Yes

Introduction:

It’s hard to find headphones that can last more than 6 months, I had been through the struggle. When I first brought these headphones, I was concerned about them lasting a long time, but after using them every day, I was shocked by these Otium headphones being very durable. I have brought these headphones last spring and are still working correctly to this day.

Audience/Who Is It For?

These headphones are fabulous if you want wireless headphones for casual everyday use, without worrying about durability and wearing out over time.

Product Overview:

The sound quality is similar if not better than the Powerbeats, as you can hear the sound in a crisp matter along with the perfect bass level to match. What I like most about these headphones is that it is waterproof and durable.

You can walk outside in the rain with them on and will still work at full capacity. The playing time is around 9 hours with a 30-minute charge time, so about half in correlation to option #2. It is also equipped with one-button control, which makes changing music, making calls, and activating voice mode much more accessible.

A few things to note, however, is that if you press the button repeatedly, it will sometimes make the phone redial the last number that you called unexpectedly.


Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon
Pros: Cons:
Noise-cancelling Automatically call someone if button is pressed incorrectly.
Durable from liquid/wear
Waterproof/sweatproof
9 hour playtime
Latest Bluetooth connectivity
One-button control
Good sound quality / great bass level

Final Opinion:

If you’re looking for wireless headphones for everyday use without worrying about durability issues, Otium is an excellent option. It delivers good sound quality and Bluetooth capabilities at a price that is considered the lowest compared to other Bluetooth headphones. I recommend these headphones for everybody.

General’s Rank: 9.5/10

Website/Where to Buy: Amazon https://amzn.to/2AcelFt

 

 

 

 

 

These 3 options are the headphones that I have used off Amazon and consider fabulous headphones given their qualities and price points. If you take good care of them on a day-to-day basis and charge them fully after the battery dies, you will have a good chance of keeping them for a good year or two.

I hope this review has been beneficial to you and is deciding on investing in one of the options I have mentioned. Thank you for reading and happy listening!

Peace & Positivity.

Benefits of Eating Celery Raw

Benefits of Eating Celery Raw

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Raw Celery Vs Cooked Celery

 

One of the best things about plant-rich foods is the many hidden medicines that are containing within. One of the vegetables that are very overlooked and underrated in comparison to the other well-known plants is celery.

 

Celery is a stalk vegetable that is in the Apiaceae family, that is in the same group with Carrots, Parsnips, Parsley, and Celeriac. Even though there are many options for eating celery, the best way to eat celery and keep 100 percent of all antioxidants is by eating the celery raw.

 

A study by LWT Food Science and Tech shows that boiling and blanching celery loses between 38 and 41 percent of essential antioxidants, and steaming loses 10 percent of antioxidants. Here are a few great benefits that celery provides when consumed in raw form.

 


 

Contains Antioxidants That Help Fight Cancer

 

Each stalk of celery contains antioxidants that help fight certain types of cancer, Apigenin, and Luteolin. Apigenin is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant flavonoid that targets the cells to fight cancer, and helps decrease anxiety levels. Apigenin is in correlation to the floral flavonoid Chamomile. Luteolin is a natural flavonoid that protects the cells from damages such as Reactive Oxygen Species, and apoptosis in tumor cells.

 

 

 

Apigenin

 

 

 

Luteolin

 

Contains Essential Vitamins And Nutrients

 

Even though celery contains mostly water, it still has a nice amount of essential vitamins and minerals that can make a significant impact in the long run, especially if consumed daily. The highest vitamin level that raw celery contains is Vitamin K, which is at 30 percent per cup, followed by Vitamin C (2%), Vitamin A (4%), And Vitamin B.

 

Along with the essential vitamins, you will get a good dose of fiber and potassium as well. The USDA states that one medium stalk of celery contains 2% fiber and 195 milligrams of potassium, so if you have five stalks of celery a day for a week you will get 70 percent of essential fiber and 6,825 milligrams of potassium!

 

 

 

Source: USDA Website

 

Helps Guide With Weight Loss

 

Celery can play a role in helping you maintain weight by reducing hunger. One cup of fresh chopped celery contains 1.6 grams of fiber in which, when consumed throughout the day, will help reduce appetite, therefore, maintaining weight gain. By celery having less than ten calories per stalk, combined with it containing up to 95 percent of water, you can eat as much celery as you want and will feel full after a while with not having to deal with calorie intake. One great way to eat celery is by having it as a midday snack along with some crunchy peanut butter. It will leave you feeling full until dinner time and will provide you with your daily intake of nutrients.

 



 

Provides An Alternate Form Of Hydration For The Body

 

With celery containing a very high level of water, it can be a great way to replenish your body and provide proper hydration. Celery can be a great snack to have during the summer, as it’s water content combined with the nutrients will provide a quick way to replenish hydration throughout your body. If you are also in a place where no water source is around, such as walking through a forest during the summertime, having a bag of celery on hand is a great way to get hydrated and become full at the same time.

 

 

Celery Alternatives

 

If you don’t like the texture of raw celery or are looking for an alternative but still get the same benefits of celery, there are options available. You can take celery in forms of oil extract that can be used in dressings, sauces, and by itself. Or in the way of celery seeds for medicine, supplements, and flavor enhancers for a dish. These alternatives can provide many powerful drugs and flavonoids that will provide aid towards many sicknesses and diseases.

 


 

Illnesses That Celery Seed Oil Extract Will Taper Illnesses That Celery Seeds Will Taper
Blood Pressure Blood Pressure
Liver Disease Bronchitis
Urinary Tract Obstruction Asthma
Gout Fever
Rheumatic Disorders Vomiting

 

Source: (Jillian Kubala, Medical News Today, 2019)

 

Where To Buy Celery Supplements

 

The celery seed extract is an excellent alternative if you hate eating celery, but want the full benefits of it by eating it in a safe pill form. One of my favorite celery seed extracts is the ones made by Natural FactorsIt is 100% natural and provides 75 milligrams of celery seed extract per 1 capsule, which helps the circulatory systems combat the illnesses mentioned in the table above. The celery seed extract is available in oil form as well, it will make the process smoother and efficient, especially if you’re sensitive to pills. The best celery seed oil extract to get is on Puritan’s Pride, and Healing Solutions on Amazon is the way to go if you want the same powerful benefits at an affordable price.

 

 

 

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No matter if consuming in the standard form, seed form, or oil form, celery is a vegetable that carries a lot of great benefits that can make a positive impact on your body. By incorporating celery into your diet, you will notice a much healthier change throughout your body in the long run. You will be surprised at what a vegetable containing over ninety percent of water can produce. I hope this article has inspired you to start investing in celery, no matter if it is fresh or in supplement form. Thank you for reading, and feel free to share this article with your family and friends!

 

Peace & Positivity.