Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Huel Hot & Savory: World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Sometimes it can get quite challenging to eat a well-balanced and nutritional meal. The supplement industry is booming for that very reason. We rely on vitamins and supplements to fill in the nutrition we’re missing from our meals. While it helps, it’s much better, to begin with already nutritionally complete meals. This is where Huel’s Hot & Savory range comes in. Huel is the best-selling complete nutrition brand in the world and is famous for its on-the-go powder food. We’re sure they’re astronaut-approved. In September 2020, Huel launched the industry-first complete hot & savory instant meals. They recently added America’s favorite take-out foods options bringing their vegan, hot, and savory complete food offerings to six.

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally CompleteInstant Curry Meals

Imagine a quick and healthier spin on some of your favorite takeout meals right at home. You can with the latest additions to the Huel Hot & Savory instant-meal line-up. They are nutritionally complete vegan meals packed with rice, quinoa, vegetables, herbs, and spices. These innovative instant-meals offer the world’s first nutritionally complete curry in two delicious flavors and a healthy take on a Chinese classic. The three new flavors join Huel’s Mexican Chili, Tomato & Herb, and Thai Green Curry.

What we love about them. You can enjoy the wonderful flavors of Yellow Coconut Curry, Spicy Indian Curry, and Sweet and Sour in under five minutes. All of Huel’s plant-based, instant meals have the right amount of carbs, fats, protein, fiber, and all 27 essential vitamins & minerals you need. They contain no lactose or any animal products, no soy, and no GMO.

Yellow Coconut Curry

Huel Yellow Coconut Curry Instant Meal

This irresistible blend boats creamy coconut, delicate spices, sweet sultanas, and cooling cilantro. If you love curry flavors but not a big spicy food fan, then you will love the Yellow Coconut Curry.

Spicy Indian Curry

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

If you love spicy food, then the Huel Spicy Indian Curry is a must. It is Huel’s hottest flavor yet and is packed with tomato, sweet potato, and a scorching spice blend.

Sweet and Sour

Huel Sweet and Sour Instant Meal

A mouthwatering mix of sweet pineapple, zesty peppers, spices, and zingy scallions you will thoroughly enjoy.

Two of our favorite things about these meals, first, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy them. In fact, we’ve been alternating between adding shrimp, beef, chicken, or no animal protein at all to our lunches and dinners; second, they are perfect if you’re sick of cooking. After a year of cooking and cleaning up, we welcomed the quick prep time and getting to our meal faster. The amount of cooking time we have saved is incredible; not to mention the money we’re saving on groceries and takeout.

If you have cooking fatigue, you will welcome Huel’s advantage of spending less time in the kitchen.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

A few days ago, we came across several articles on the connection to gut health and Covid-19 from Reuters, American Society for Microbiology, Yahoo News, etc, essentially saying the number of good bacteria living in your gut may help the severity of Covid-19 symptoms and recovery. Basically, good bacteria benefits our immune system, which as we all know, a strong immune system is key to battling deadly viruses. The reports also state that poor gut health is increasing the severity of Covid-19. Because of this, we started looking into gut detoxification, probiotics, GI Tract support, and of course, more ways to boost our immune system and make sure our gut has good bacteria. Luckily, there are multiple probiotic health and wellness products, supplements, and foods that aid in exactly what we’re looking for – building up our gut health.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

In case you didn’t know, the word probiotic literally means “for life.” As in, it is necessary for life. We’re going beyond the typical yogurts and kefirs; we’re highlighting supplements and other foods that provide the probiotics our bodies need to help win the battle against this deadly pandemic. Thanks to these probiotic-rich products from Tokyo-based brand SHINYALab, Routine, YouTheory, Shrewd Food, and Fond, we’re making sure our gut health is at the optimum level.

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

Intestinal Youth, $39.99, is a Saisei Blend of “sticky” ingredients (seaweed, lotus root, and okra) that brings the best of Nippon Wisdom to your body. Developed by SHINYALab’s in-house Ph.D., these “sticky ingredients” help support rejuvenation and graceful aging of the GI tract. They contain large amounts of mucopolysaccharides, a biologically active substance that supports wound healing, tissue regeneration, and provides a protective barrier over an inflamed digestive tract.

Vital Enzymes, $49.99 is a unique supplement that includes fermented ancient Japanese grains, seeds, and flora manufactured using low-temperature technology. It contains Koji, an abundant beta-glucan that stimulates immunity through macrophages and glycosylceramide. It has improving effects on the skin and intestinal microbial flora.

We’ve added the above Japanese supplements to our daily vitamin and supplements intake. It’s just over a week and we look forward to the wonderful health benefits and results.

Routine Probiotics for Her

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Routine Probiotics for Her, $39.95, is a complete prebiotic-probiotic supplement. It boasts 24 billion CFU per capsule, curated with 5 premium strains, and delivers with minimal eco-impact. Motivated to design a simpler, streamlined, scientifically-backed supplement, Routine is rooted in 5 core principles—science, ingredients with integrity, transparency, community, and sustainability. It’s about building a foundation for whole-body health—living better, feeling better, and nourishing a healthier, more vibrant you. Adding Routine to your every day is one of the easiest, fastest ways to nourish your body. The daily women’s probiotic was carefully curated with 5 USA-sourced strains that have been scientifically proven to improve gut health, boost immunity, balance vaginal health, promote healthy weight, and relieve stress and anxiety.

YouTheory Spore Probiotic Capsules

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Youtheory Spore Probiotic capsules, $27.99, are uniquely designed to survive and thrive. The word “spore” means seed. Like a seed, each spore probiotic is covered by a naturally protective shell that safeguards it until it reaches the intestinal tract. Spore technology is simply a better way to replenish the body’s microflora – offering multiple advantages over traditional probiotic preparations. Unlike other probiotic strains, spore probiotics do not require big doses to stimulate a large biological response in the body. Unlike milk and lactose-based probiotics, they also do not require refrigeration, resist stomach acid breakdown, effectively colonize the human GI tract, and secretes L-lactic acid, which is favorable for health.

Shrewd Food Protein Cookies

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

We know what you’re thinking, can cookies benefit gut health? Yes, these do! Made with 7 different fruits and vegetables, the Shrewd Food Protein Cookies, $14.99/variety pk, are delicious AND good for you. Each serving contains 8g of protein, probiotics (1 Billion CFU), prebiotics for digestive health, and of course, those tasty fruits and veggies mentioned earlier. Each bag of cookies contains only 200 calories; this allows you to treat yourself to the protein snacks you love without spoiling your diet. They are peanut and tree-nut-free, have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Available in Oat & Chip and Oat & Berry, Shrewd Food is honestly the smartest way to snack your way to good gut health.

FOND Bone Broth

FOND Bone Broth

Although we haven’t tried it yet, FOND Bone Broth, $8.99/14oz jar, is another excellent foodie option to add probiotics to your day. You won’t find any preservatives in this broth, just all-natural goodness. It’s brewed like beer and infused similar to tea, creating a flavorful tonic while banning blandness in the process. Its unique flavor combinations make it unlike any other broth on the market. More importantly, it boasts a long list of health benefits. This includes gut health, anti-inflammatory properties, skincare restoration, weight maintenance, and more.

We want to know, are you doing anything to assure the health of your gut? Will you look into how good bacteria and gut health can help you beat Covid-19? Let us know in the comments.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

It’s clear that Americans have had to make incredible sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’ve had to adjust to working from home, seeing our friends through a screen, and even canceling major life events. Weddings and graduations have been postponed, while nine out of 10 funeral services held today have loved ones who are unable to attend.

That said, the pandemic has forced us to get creative. Necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention — and despite the risks, many are determined to soldier on (albeit in new ways). That’s especially true for the restaurant industry, which was arguably one of the hardest-hit sectors during this health crisis. Things may not be back to normal yet, but we’ve found plenty of ways to support our favorite eateries — and experience something slightly resembling normalcy, in some cases.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

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Is Winter Outdoor Dining Safe?

One of the main questions being asked is whether winter outdoor dining is actually safe. Not only are the temperatures rather frigid in many parts of the country, but temporary structures are being erected by many restaurants in order to accommodate customers. The problem is that many of these structures don’t seem much safer than indoor dining when it comes right down to it.

There’s a lot of variation when it comes to outdoor dining structures. Some restaurants are using igloos or yurts, while others have enclosed areas on two or three sides. It’s a bit of a mystery as to whether or not any of these structures have proper airflow, which could be a problem if you’re dining with someone outside your immediate household. It’s also up to the municipality to set rules pertaining to outdoor dining capacity — but there’s no guarantee whether or not the restaurant will comply.

When an environmental engineering professor was interviewed by Vice News, it was revealed that an enclosure with multiple walls or sides can’t technically be categorized as outdoor dining from a safety standpoint. It’s also important to note that there are no totally safe indoor environments, even with good ventilation and air purification. Some restaurants are forgoing the six-feet rule with outdoor dining, as walls or tents provide a false sense of security and separation. And because customers don’t wear masks during meals, dining outdoors might be a lot riskier than you’d think. Of course, weather conditions can also make outdoor dining less safe. Snow, freezing temperatures, and even heat lamps could pose dangers to diners.

COVID-19 is certainly a huge concern for most Americans, given the number of rising cases across the country. Although anywhere from 8,000 to 18,000 U.S. residents are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease every year, more than 27.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last year with approximately 488,000 fatalities. While this isn’t deterring Americans from eating outdoors (or inside, in many cases), many experts agree that it’s nearly impossible to know whether an outdoor dining setup has good ventilation — and you might not know until you arrive how a given restaurant is adhering to health guidelines. Although virtually no situation is without risk, it’s worth asking yourself whether it’s really worth it in this case.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

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What Should You Wear When Dining Outdoors This Winter?

If you live in a warmer state, you might not have to bundle up for outdoor dining. But in many areas, cold temperatures and inclement weather can make eating outside a lot less comfortable. And while some eateries will attempt to use technology to fight some of those effects, it’s never going to be as pleasant as indoor dining would be.

So how can you stay cozy? Dressing in layers is key. Instead of wearing breathable fabrics like cotton, opt for wool or synthetic fiber for your base layers. You should probably wear a thick, long puffer coat, thick socks, insulated boots, a scarf, leather gloves, and a hat, as well. It’s a good idea to BYOB — bring your own blanket, in the case — to cover yourself up as your body temperature drops throughout the evening. You might even consider getting yourself a battery-powered heated jacket or hand warmers for some extra warmth.

Overall, try to keep your meal brief (which you should do anyway to reduce transmission risk!) and check the weather forecast before you decide to dine out. It’s a good idea to call the restaurant directly, as well, to assess whether they have the room or what kinds of accommodations they might have. If you know you’re someone who is sensitive to the cold, it might be best to sit this one out.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

What’s the Best Way to Keep Supporting Local Restaurants?

Many people choose to dine outdoors because they simply miss the restaurant experience. But a CDC study from September found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those who tested negative (and there was no discrimination made between indoor and outdoor dining). Another study published in November found that restaurants were the riskiest places for new infections. If you’re being tempted because you see others enjoying meals outside or you want to support your favorite eatery, you might want to consider some alternatives.

Although fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh as much as 18,000 pounds, lighter-weight food trucks are still a common sight on many roads throughout the United States. If you have a favorite, follow them on social media to see where they might be headed if you’re looking for a restaurant experience without taking as big a chance. Ordering take-out is also a popular option, albeit not a new one. Instead of relying on GrubHub or DoorDash, which take a percentage of sales from the restaurant, opt to order directly through the restaurant for pick-up or delivery. Many restaurants put together special dining packages for holidays or even virtual events, so inquire with them about whether there might be something exciting to try at home.

It’s not easy for many of us to accept that restaurant dining isn’t yet back to normal. But until it is, dining outdoors this winter might be a bit too risky — or just a bit too uncomfortable — for some.

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao’s Homemade

Do you know what America’s favorite food is? The #1 comfort food that US citizens say they could eat for the rest of their lives? It’s Pizza, of course. For those who didn’t know, February 9th is National Pizza Day, and to celebrate we’re making our own homemade pizzas using the premium products from Rao’s Homemade.

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade has a range of products to make sure you can enjoy a fresh and delicious homemade pizza anytime. Their sauces are slow-cooked in small batches with hand-selected ingredients like whole leaf basil, sweet Italian tomatoes, and fresh garlic; the perfect base for a hearty pizza. They also offer exclusive pizza gift sets and individual pizza stones to ensure your pizzas come out perfect every time. Read on for some of the great products we’ll be using on National Pizza Day.

PIZZA SAUCES

Rao's Homemade Pizza Sauces

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce ($4.99) – Their classic pizza sauce is a delicious combination of Italian whole peeled tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and natural herbs, slow-simmered to perfection. It’s the perfect base for ANY pizza!

Rao’s Homemade Margherita Pizza Sauce ($4.99) – This amazing sauce features slow-simmered Southern Italian tomatoes with fresh herbs to create this authentic sauce. Ideal for pizza lovers who like going back to basics!

PIZZA STONE

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Stone ($24.99) – This 15-inch cooking stone helps spread heat evenly for consistent baking to make the perfect pizza!

PIZZA GIFT SET

Raise a Slice to National Pizza Day with Rao's Homemade

Rao’s Homemade Pizza Gift Set ($75.00) – This is the ultimate kit for making pizza at home or to gift to a pizza fanatic. The Pizza Gift Set includes the 13 oz. Pizza Sauce, 13 oz. Margherita Pizza Sauce, one Pizza Stone, one Rao’s Homemade Apron, one Rao’s Homemade Oven Mitt, and one Rao’s Homemade Jar Opener. It’s just about all you need to make your perfect pizza. You can argue about toppings but you’ll definitely agree that this gift set is a must-have in the kitchen.

Since we cannot venture out as much because of the pandemic, we love the idea of making your own pizza. What better way to celebrate than to raise a slice you made for National Pizza Day.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Giving chocolates is all fine for Valentine’s Day but sometimes we need a bit more. One can’t live by chocolate alone. We want cookies, brownies, popcorn, and other delicious treats. This is why we’re here to sing the praises of giving the gift of gourmet food gifts like these ones from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Everyone loves food, especially if it comes wrapped up in a lovely gift basket. Valentine’s Day is just over a week away and Gourmet Gift Baskets’ Valentine’s Day collection is a great way to show loved ones how much you care. They have some great 2021 gift options that your Valentine or Galentine will devour.

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Gourmet Gift Baskets has gourmet Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day gifts for everyone, whether they love sweet or salty snacks. There are options to entice any foodie with particular favorites or a snack lover who loves it all. Why not give the gifts of cookies, chocolate, and popcorn? Or chocolate-covered strawberries? Gourmet Gift Baskets even offers gifts for the beer, wine, and champagne lover. Keep reading to get to know these delicious 2021 gourmet foodie gifts below:

From the Heart Gift Tower, $49.99

From the Heart Gift Tower

These heart-themed gift tower boxes overflow with caramel popcorn, chocolate covered Oreos, toffee and chocolate cracker cookies, and more! This sweet gift is perfect for your sweetheart and is a great way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day. The tower contains the following:

  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Foiled Chocolate Covered Oreos by Williams & Bennett
  • Milk Chocolate Truffles by Lindt – 0.8 oz.
  • The O.G. Toffee, Chocolate, Cookie Combo by Legally Addictive
  • Caramel Popcorn

Sweet Chocolate Surprises Gift Tower, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Want a sleek, sweet, and SALTY gift for someone you love? Then check out this elegant gift tower. Your recipient’s snack cravings will be satisfied when they discover chocolate sea salt caramels, chocolate-covered nuts and cherries, cookie bites, Belgian chocolates, and more in each of the three-box layers. This gift tower contains:

  • Caramel filled Milk Chocolate Squares by Ghirardelli
  • Dark Chocolate Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews by Marich
  • Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels by Morley Sanders
  • Belgian Chocolates by Annalie’s Chocolates
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries by Sconza
  • Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites by Sconza

Teddy Bear & Chocolates Gift Basket, $59.99

Gourmet Gift Baskets: Give Gourmet Foodie Gifts This Valentine’s Day

What’s the best way to let someone know you care? With red velvet and chocolate, of course! This sweet gift basket is packed with red velvet cookies that taste just like a red velvet cake, decadent chocolate, and chocolate wafer rolls. Top it off with cube cookies and a soft and cuddly teddy bear and you’re sure to make the object of your affection feel great. Giving this gift means they’ll enjoy:

  • A Plush Bear
  • Red Velvet Cookies by Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory
  • Valentine’s Chocolate Presents by Madelaine Chocolates
  • Strawberry Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet
  • Heart Crispy Treat by Selma’s Cookie Company
  • Chocolate Cubetti by Fusion Gourmet

Valentine’s Day Baked Goods Gift Box, $29.99

Valentine's Day Baked Goods Gift Box

Gourmet Gift Baskets has taken the tastiest, freshest cookies they could find, fudge brownie and chocolate chip, and packed them in a very attractive red, pink, and white XO-themed gift box. Then they added a heart-shaped, drizzled chocolate crispy treat. This is the perfect gift for your sweetheart or anyone else who could use a little added sweetness for Valentine’s Day. Your love or bestie will enjoy the following:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – (2) 2 pack
  • Fudge Brownie Cookies – (3) 2 pack
  • Heart-Shaped Drizzled Crispy Treat

All baked goods in this gift box are Kosher OU-D certified except for the crispy treat.

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin, $39.99 – $59.99

For My Valentine Popcorn Tin

Love is in the air and what’s better for celebrating than gourmet popcorn?! Our Valentine’s Day 2-gallon popcorn tin has three of our best and most beloved flavors including Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup, while our one-gallon tin includes white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s® & waffle shaped pretzels. All packaged in a heart patterned Valentine’s Day themed tin. This popcorn gift is just the thing for a sweetheart that loves to snack! One tin design contains two different sizes and flavor combinations and is as follows:

  • Gallon – Tin w/handle & cover – Cupid’s Crunch: Luxurious white chocolate drizzled popcorn mixed with M&M’s and waffle shaped pretzels.
  • Gallon – Tin w/cover – Chocolate Dreams Trio: Includes Cookies & Cream, Mint Cookie Mayhem, and Peanut Butter Cup popcorn flavors.

Valentine’s Day Wine Duo, $99.99

Valentine's Day Wine Duo

When one bottle of wine just won’t do, your sweetheart will fall head over heels for our Valentine’s Day Wine Duo! Nestled side by side in our new water hyacinth basket is a bottle each of Pinot Noir and Rosé wines*. Accompanying these incredible wine selections is our house-made cinnamon & brown sugar kettle corn and a selection of Valentine’s day candies. This perfect for two gift basket contains:

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettlecorn
  • Valentine’s Select Mix by Marich
  • Pinot Noir by I Am Wines
  • Rosé All Day

*Wine glasses not included.

We’d be happy to any of these Valentine’s Day gift baskets (okay, all of them) and we know you would too. We’d love to know which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets would you like to receive for Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day?

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

One of the hardest adjustments to make through life is improving our eating habits. We get so used to eating what we like that we sometimes forget we are aging, our metabolism is slowing, or that we need to be more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies. The New Year is the perfect time to make these difficult adjustments, as it provides us with a fresh slate to start with! If you aren’t sure what to tackle first, we have a few tips to help you out!

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

  1.  Start small

 By starting small, you aren’t overwhelming yourself or your body. An easy thing to start with is drinking proper amounts of water and making sure you have a healthy snack every day. By employing these two methods, you will create small healthy habits that will help you along your health journey. 

Keep a water bottle close to you at all times, that way you see the water you need to be drinking, and make sure you have healthy snacks in the house or with you on the go. It is easy to cave and pack not-so-healthy snacks, but if you prep them and have them ready to go, you will be much better off!

  1.     Have a support system in place

 Creating a social media account to document your journey will provide you with some accountability. You can make it a fitness account if you are wanting to work on your exercise routines, or just make it a healthy eating account. If you don’t want to start a whole new page, our best advice is to unfollow accounts that aren’t supportive, and follow those that are not only supportive but give you the motivation you need to make this change! 

  1.     Create a plan

 Writing out your meals and creating a meal plan is a great start, but it will also be good to plan out what you want from this journey. Planning out milestones you want to accomplish, what you want your end results to be, or just what you want your body to look like is a great plan to have. 

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

An important step in goal-setting is to write it all down! You don’t want to lose track of what you want or the timeline you want to accomplish them in. Plus, writing about your progress will help you to reflect on all those little steps you are taking! Having a fitness journal or planner will take this tip to the next level!

  1.     Supplement your wellness

 Taking supplements such as CBD can help improve your wellness and take your health into your own hands. CBDfx makes the best CBD vape kit, and it’s small, discrete, and sleek, so you can use it wherever you are. 

There are many other supplements out there as well. Try to choose a supplement that’s best for your needs. For instance, if you plan to start hitting the gym in addition to eating better, consider picking up some whey protein from Optimum Nutrition to help you put on muscle faster.  

  1.     Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Asking your friends or family to help you along your journey will give you the support and accountability it takes to start and continue on a healthier lifestyle. If you need more help from your support system, don’t be afraid to ask for it, and be specific when doing so! 

Tell them exactly what kind of help you need, whether that means having them send you supportive messages, helping you find new healthy recipes, or asking them to help you in the kitchen. Lean on those around you, you will be happy you did 

  1.     Have the courage to try new things

 If cooking isn’t your forte, then now might be the time to learn! Having a healthy diet is hard to do when you don’t see yourself as a cook. By subscribing to a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, you can get easy to create recipes and healthy ingredients sent right to your door. 

This will take all the guesswork out of shopping, curating, and creating. There is no need to stress about what you will be consuming when using a meal service, because you get to pick what you want, then create it yourself! You will see everything that you are going to be eating, leaving you with no surprises.

 When you first start following a healthy diet, it may not be an easy process but, in the end, it will be well worth it! Happy New Year and good luck!

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

Out of the Frying Pan: Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

During the course of the pandemic, most of us have been forced to stay home and explore the possibilities of our own kitchens. Some learned how to make a good loaf of sourdough, while others mastered the art of baking banana bread. But if you and I want something a bit less labor-intensive with a healthier twist, we might have asked Santa for air fryers for Christmas. And now that it’s taking up space in your cabinet, you might be wondering: is it even worth it?

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

Air fryers have actually been around for more than a decade. While 78% of campers participate in outdoor cooking while they rough it in the woods, home cooks have been able to get their hands on air fryers since they premiered in 2010. It wasn’t until recently, however, that their popularity really took off. They work in a similar way to a convection oven — by circulating hot air using a fan system — but an air fryer circulates air more quickly and can decrease cooking times.

Another perk of air fryers is that they provide supposedly healthier alternatives to what deep fryers can produce. Although 75% of grill owners actually grill during the winter months, it may not always be feasible to use this option. But air fryers can fit comfortably on most countertops and are enclosed, preventing potential injury associated with deep fryers. Instead of using oil (including those that come from the four major biotech crops, including soybean) to fry foods, you don’t need to add much oil at all to make the food crispy and delicious. That means you can potentially save calories without sacrificing the dining experience.

Do Air Fryers Actually Live Up to the Hype?

That said, you can’t throw just anything in your air fryer and call it a day. Experts warn that certain fresh produce, like broccoli and apples, really don’t belong in the air fryer and can be cooked much more effectively using other methods. Most meats can be cooked in the air fryer, but it’s important to note you might not get the same kind of sear as you would on the grill or even in a pan. Certain types of fish may not be the best fit for an air fryer, especially if you’re cooking them with the skin on. Battered foods might not be the best choice either, though breaded foods are an excellent choice. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may also need to cook in batches — which isn’t the most convenient thing in the world, to be fair — if you’re making large quantities. However, frozen foods, homemade French fries, and chicken tenders, and a number of other yummy treats will work just fine.

For those who might otherwise be intimidated by the concept of cooking or who are eager to try out the recipes they’re seeing on social media, it makes sense to invest in this new kitchen staple. The cost of these appliances is actually decreasing, which makes owning one a much more accessible endeavor than before. As long as you have the counter and storage space for one, it could definitely be worth trying out. That said, it won’t magically solve all your kitchen queries — and if you already have a convection oven, you might want to use what you’ve already got instead.

Sweet Love: Give the Gift of Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons

We’re almost to the end of January and you know what that means. It is go-time for Valentine’s Day preparations. While romantic dinner reservations at expensive restaurants are out, it doesn’t mean you can’t sweep your significant other off their feet with some culinary delights. Why not capture the heart of your love or best friend with the gift od delicious sweetness. We’ll be sharing a few favorites and today, we’re diving mouth first into some exquisite heart-shaped goodness, the Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons from Pastreez. For those who are not familiar, Pastreez is a California-based Macaron shop founded by the husband and wife team, Yami & Anthony, French Chefs from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Who knows french pastries better than French chefs! Naturally, it’s who we’d turn to for this iconic French dessert. We promise they are guaranteed to enchant the tastebuds of your love.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Known for their decadent macarons that are shipped fresh from their kitchen to your door, the Pastreez macarons will tantalize your palate. The Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons are the perfect gift for your Valentine or Galentine. *A reminder that February 13th is Galentine’s Day and the time to celebrate your friends. The heart-shaped, creme-filled treats come in four options – 48 regular macarons or a gift box of 20 macarons in Vanilla, Rose, and Strawberry; or 48 vegan macarons, or a vegan gift box of 20 in Coconut and Strawberry. All are gluten-free,  1.7″ in size, and under 50 calories each.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

We love that Pastreez will guarantee the freshness of your macarons when you place an order. All of their macarons (heart-shaped and classic round) are handmade in-house, in small batches upon receiving an order. The sweet treats are then placed into an insulated pouch, air cushions, and a sturdy carton; this ensures 100% freshness upon arrival at your door.

Sweet Love: Celebrate Love with Pastreez Valentine's Day Heart Macarons

Since Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day are coming up quickly, we recommend you place your order now. To get your Pastreez Valentine’s Day Heart Macarons by Feb. 14th, select Valentine’s reservation at checkout.