Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helpful Insights on Keeping Your Truffles Fresh

Truffles remain fresh only for a short time after they have been harvested. There are four factors that contribute to the length of their freshness. These are:

1) their species. Summer and winter black truffles will last for up to ten days if stored correctly while white truffles should be consumed within five to seven days.
2) their age or maturity. Mature truffles have an exciting aroma, but immature truffles have little or no culinary value.
3) presence of larvae in them. The larvae of the truffle fly feed on the truffles.
4) storage methods used.

Truffle experts recommend proper storage methods to ensure the freshness of these mushrooms for at least two weeks after harvest. If proper storage conditions are met, they can remain fresh for many months.

There are a number of arguments about whether to clean or not to clean truffles before storage. Most culinary masters agree that truffles should not be cleaned until the day you are ready to cook or to use them. According to these culinary experts, truffles must be wrapped individually in paper towels to maintain their freshness. They also recommend the use of air tight containers for storage. These containers may be either glass jars with tight covers or Ziplock bags.

Truffles that will not be used in a couple or more days after harvest can be kept frozen for up to six months. Before placing them in the freezer, wrap them tightly in foil in small quantities and then place them in a closed container. You can also submerge them in olive oil prior to freezing. This will enhance the aroma of the truffles and generate truffle oil in the process.

Truffles can also be preserved by storing them in rice. Rice grains are able to maintain the natural moisture of truffles. They absorb the extra moisture truffles emit to avoid quick decay. After some time, these rice grains will be truffle-flavored and can then be cooked as a separate dish.

Do you need a step-by-step guideline for storing your truffles? Read this detailed infographic from Susan Alexander Truffles.


Friday, March 20, 2015

What Moms Need to Know About Skin Pigmentation

Skin pigmentation is one of the most painful signs of aging that can happen to women. It gives emotional pain to its sufferers as it usually affects the face - the very part of the body part that is hard to masks. Facial blemishes can easily affect a woman's or a mom's confidence for that matter.

Getting exposed in the sun is the major cause of discolorations and problems of the skin. This why frequent use of sunscreen is advised. Exposure to radiation and ultraviolet rays can also cause skin pigmentation. These may come from indoor lights, computer monitors and television screens. Wearing moisturizers with SPF may help the skin combat against them.

Lentigo or lentigenes is a skin condition that is common among ageing women. Lentigo simply means a freckle while lentigenes means multiple freckles. Solar lentigenes is a term used by dermatologists to refer to freckles resulting from sun exposure. Other terms for this are sun spots, age spots and liver spots. Some over the counter toners and creams promise erasure of these age signs. BUt only few users of such products affirm postive results. Utilizing laser technology is much more effective than topical cures.

Melasma is another discoloration that plague the faces of most women. Yes, you read that right. Melasma usually happens among women than men. Unlike lentigenes, this condition spares men and enslaves women with patches of dark skin on the cheeks, chin, forehead and even on the lips. This is also caused by too much exposure to sun. Tanning procedures which are often undergone by Caucasians results to this condition too. Effective melasma treatment happens with the use laser than application of any bleaching cream.

Acne scars also comes with discoloration. This is primarily because the facial skin acquires small lesions and some sort of darkening after it has been picked on. Depending on the depth of the scars, microdermabrasion may work as an effective option in removing them. There are times though when the dermatologist would suggest laser techniques particularly in the presence of dermal scars - these are the scars that have seeped deep into the skin layers.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mom Alone Time: Best Ways to Get One

It is not easy to be a mother 24/7, year in and year out. It can be a source of joy and stress at the same time. According to experts in psychology. moms need some alone time in order to be truly happy with motherhood and to keep their sanity intact.

You need not engage in fancy activities in order to experience alone time. There are simple and small ways which you do at home to feel relaxed, relieved and revitalized. They are as follows.

1) Take naps. Naps are necessary in regaining your strength. If you are well rested, you will be able to tackle any task effectively and quickly. Decide what time you're going to take a nap during the day. You can have two short breaks to nap (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) or one long break after lunch. It is important to brief your kids about your naptime details (its exact time and place) and the rules they need to observe while you're resting.

2) Let your spouse take charge. Talk to your spouse and explain to him when you need to be alone. After setting the date, explain to him the things he need to prepare and do while caring for the kids. If you don't have a spouse, ask help from your family and friends.

3) Make use of stolen moments. It's good to plan your alone time. However, opportunities for some alone time may come unexpectedly and you must be quick enough  to seize them. For example, you can sit down and listen to relaxing music while your kids are on a field trip or simply playing at your neighbor's.

Alone time has many surprising benefits to us moms. If you're keen to experience these benefits, prioritize and commit to your alone time starting today.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Seven Things to Do After Tooth Extraction

I welcomed the New Year not with a bang but with a tooth extraction. The tooth for which I underwent a root canal therapy finally cracked and its roots were left deep into my gums. 

Together with the medication receipt, I received reminders from my dentist. She reminded me to take good care of the extraction site to avoid any infection. Read up to know the proper dental care to be practiced after extraction.

1. Bleeding is expected after extraction. Change the gauze every 20 minutes or so to control the bleeding. Hold the gauze firmly in place by biting or using finger pressure. If the bleeding continues,  apply a first measure. You can do this by folding a tea bag in two and placing it on the extraction site.

2. Do not disturb the wound when changing the gauze. This will help avoid irritation, infection and further bleeding.

3. Do not brush your teeth within 8 hours after extraction. When you're ready to brush your teeth, do it gently and avoid the extraction area.

4. Gargle with antiseptic mouthwash 24 hours after extraction to avoid infection.

5. Avoid doing things that can cause bleeding. Do not spit or suck through a straw. This will dislodge blood clot. This will also cause dry socket - a painful condition where a blood clot forms in the socket, or the hole where the tooth was.

6. If you're a smoker,  avoid smoking for at least 12 hours.

7. Eat ice cream or take cold drinks after extraction. This will help you feel comfortable. Stick with a soft diet on the first day. Drink plenty of fluids. Go back to your normal diet as soon as you can.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Marathon Diet for Running Moms

Carbohydrates, fats, protein and fiber are the key nutrients that can keep marathon moms going through the difficult days of training. When making a nutritional plan, their proper amounts must be regarded because they play important roles in a marathon training diet.

Carbohydrates and fats are perfect energy sources. Moreover, the amount of oxygen they yield per unit keeps runners from experiencing shortness of breath as they try to perform at their best.

Intense workouts damaged the muscle tissues. The healing and repairing wonders of protein allow them to be in good condition once again. Fiber, on one hand, makes runners heart disease free and healthy all through out the physical activities they endure.

Here are the must-have foods for all those who are running to win their dream race. Along each are the indispensable benefits.

Water - We can't underscore enough the importance of water to a marathon diet. Continuously sweating drains the body of the important vitamins and minerals that makes its systems function properly. More so, proper water intake can hydrate the body keeping important fluids in it in perfect balance.

Fruits and vegetables - They are the energizers that makes the body able to train each day because of the enzymes and nutrients they provide.

Fish, chicken, lean pork and beef
- The amount of protein gained from eating them increases the endurance level of a runner. With endurance, an athlete can stand running longer distances at greater speeds.

Healthy fats and oils - Not all fats are to be avoided. Those coming from fruits like avocados can give the extra energy the body needs during strenuous activities. Nuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil, corn oil and egg yolks are other sources of these important elements.

Cereals and grains - Known as providers of complex-carbohydrates, they push runners to do their best during trainings.

Following is a list of foods that must be avoided because they can rob the body of the ability to function at its best.

Junk food  - Hamburgers, fried chicken and potato fries are the common fast foods that are enticing to it. No matter how tasty they are, they must be resisted as they are loaded with saturated fats and low-quality carbohydrates. The same goes for junk foods like sodas, chips and candies.

Frozen and packaged food - Often lacking nutritional value, these foods often include chemical additives preservatives.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marathon Race 101 - Best Preparation Tips for Moms

A lot of moms today are joining marathons in order to keep themselves fit while having a sense of achievement in their lives. Winning a race is not easy. If you're dreaming of winning one, observe the following tips.

Clear your mind - Stop worrying on how long the race is going to last and how far it will take. Focus on the things you must do to get closer to your target. If the word 'ultra' brings shivers to your spine, try to remove it from your vocabulary and start treating this marathon just like any other race that you can accomplish. Believe on what you can do during the ultra marathon training.

Wear comfy clothes and shoes - Never fall into the trap of buying running clothes and shoes that look beautiful but do not fit you well. Perfect fit and comfort are two considerations to keep in mind when buying your outfit. This means you must not get irritated wearing them as you run. During you training, it is advisable to wear clothes that will complement with the weather. On cold days, wear tops that get rid of sweat quickly. You can wear plain shirts on warmer days. 

Train gradually - In here, you must get the picture that training in longer periods with gradual increase in the drills is advisable. Some runners want to cover long distances in a short span of time. They think this can speed up their skills building. This is not true. This will only make you susceptible to injuries during ultra marathon preparation. Afterwards, you can increase them up to two miles per week. For the firs ten miles, an increase of one mile per week is best. Afterwards, you can increase them up to two miles per week.

Research about the race path - Is it going to be on a flat ground all the time? Or would there be uphills and downhills? Whichever is the case, you must be able to train your body on the exact terrains that the race will cover. This will make your body running comfortably come race day.

Watch your diet - You can eat as much and drink as much. Just make sure that the substances you take in your body are healthy. Refrain from munching of junkfoods. Besides being unable to nourish your body, they steal the small amount of energy left on your body after you train. Instead go for fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in minerals. Drink lots of water. Sports drinks are great in replacing the expended electrolytes in your body.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Six Steps to Raising Active Kids

It is quite difficult to raise active kids these days because of the many gadgets that they enjoy these days. This is something that parents should be alarmed about because their health is suffering. In fact, researches show that more and more kids are becoming obese and dying at an early change because of inactivity. Do you want to raise active kids? Check out the following tips.

Lead the way – Show your kids how they can have an active lifestyle. Be a role a model yourself. Kids usually pick up what their parents do. If they see you exercise or play outdoors, they are most likely to follow what you do. This is especially true for kids who are under seven years old.

Have fun together – Invite them to walk to the park and play games there. Jump, run and play tag with them. You will all laugh, sweat and have fun. You will be surprised that you’re benefiting from these physical activities too.

Scrap the junk food – All kinds of junk food are energy busters. They make kids feel down. If you want your kids to be active and exercise, provide them with fruits and vegetables. These are rich with enzymes that boost up energy levels in the body.

Discourage screen time – Your kids will not be interested in playing outdoors if they’re watching TV or playing computer games. Confiscate their gadgets for a while and divert their attention to physical activities.

Enjoy the rain – Don’t let the rain stop you and your kids from playing outdoors. Play in the rain. Do the same when the snow comes.