Top 10 Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Cooking, Food, Sleep |

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones – serotonin and melatonin – flowing. Yawning yet?

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Top ten energy-giving foods

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Cooking |

All of us want more energy, and the Food Network has a great list of ten top energy-giving foods.

The list includes berries, vegetables, salmon, lean proteins, tea, and more; with an explanatory blurb for each one. Get a few of these in your fridge or cupboards on a regular basis and I can almost guarantee that you’ll be grabbing a handful of carrots instead of a Ding-Dong; the trick is to make it easy and convenient.

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30 USB port-powered “BBQ”

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: Cooking, Gadgets |

Ok, so it’s really more of a hotplate than a Barbeque, but for sheer excessiveness and USB-ness this DIY project from Kaizo Aho Ichidai cannot be denied. After not surprisingly failing to get enough juice from a single 500mw USB port to fry an egg, Kaizo went all out and dropped six USB expansion cards into his PC, giving him a ridiculous total of 30 USB ports, all of which got re-wired to a modified USB cup warmer. In no time he had a hot, albeit small meal, and as far as well can tell, a still-working computer. Needless to say, this is one project we don’t recommend trying at home, unless you’ve already managed to build a USB-powered fire extinguisher.

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Bake lighter cupcakes

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Cooking |

A calorie-counting buddy of mine shared a trick she uses to make low-fat cupcakes from a mix: skip the eggs and oil and use diet soda instead.

Sounds wacky, but I tried it last night with Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix and a can of diet 7-Up. The result was really good! Granted, not exactly the light fluffiness pictured on the box, but it turned out to be one third of the fat content, and only two thirds the calories. A little light Cool Whip makes for good icing, too. Apparently one can of diet Coke with a box of chocolate cake mix and Sierra Mist with lemon cake works out well, too. Warning though: only use this trick with cupcakes – not whole pan cakes, which won’t hold together as well.

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