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Verastile Vegan Staple Foods

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Your skin and hair become stronger and younger looking, and your heart is healthier. Your mind is quicker, your immunity system is boosted so you fight infection and disease, and your entire body looks and feels better. Keep the following 10 vegan staples in your plant-based pantry and you ensure all of those health benefits are delivered with every meal.

1 – Avocados – You actually need to get fat in your diet, and the avocado provides high levels of healthy fat. It can be eaten raw or cooked, made into guacamole or other flavorful pastes, and low-cost accompanies its delicious taste and versatility.

2 – Nuts, nuts and more nuts – Put simply, vegans are nuts about nuts. Like most of the other foods on this list, nuts are super versatile and super healthy. They add healthy fat and protein to every meal.

3 – Apple cider vinegar – This healthy vinegar can be used as the base of a delicious, nutritious salad dressing. You can also combine it with nondairy milk to create a tasty alternative to buttermilk.

4 – Extra virgin olive oil – A recent report shows that extra virgin olive oil is not always that. Make sure you choose a brand that bears the seal of the California Olive Oil Council, International Olive Oil Council or Australia Olive Association. You can also look for PDO, POD or PGI certification, meaning the destination of origin has been validated. An extremely versatile vegan staple.

5 – Maple syrup – Hey, you’ve got to get your sweetener somewhere, and it’s hard to beat the sweet maple syrup and its many uses in the vegan food pantry.

6 – Sriracha – Yummy, hot, spicy and vegan. That about says it all.

7 – Onions – If you want to make an argument that the onion delivers the most attractive combination of low-cost and extreme versatility for vegan cooking, I would probably agree with you.

8 – Garlic – Just like the inexpensive onion, garlic adds a healthy, low-calorie “kick” to literally hundreds of vegan eating possibilities.

9 – Carrots – Great for keeping your eyes healthy, the humble carrot also helps prevent cancer, slows down aging, makes your skin stronger and younger looking, detoxes your body and lowers your risk of stroke.

10 – Kale, spinach, chard and other leafy dark greens – The list of enzymes, healthy minerals, phytonutrients and immunity boosting marvels in these dark green leafy vegetables would fill an entire page. Cooked, eaten raw, in a smoothie, juice or salad, or on a sandwich, leafy dark greens are versatile, healthy and tasty.

Finding the Best Beard Trimmer

Friday, June 26th, 2015

When you are trying to narrow down choice you should look at several different aspects that are common. These include the ease in which they can be used, their different trimming depths, motor speeds, battery life, and any additional benefits that are specific to each brand.

Specific Things to Look for When Purchasing

The first thing you should do is look at the man you will be purchasing for. Will he like or need one that is more portable? If so, many manufacturers offer a model that can be battery operated which can be very helpful for a man, who travels frequently. If portability is not necessary you can then choose a model or brand that has a cord for recharging and then can be unplug and used cordless.

Another important thing to consider is how many different settings are available. Men generally have a desired length of beard that they like to maintain and it is important the one you choose can accommodate it. Most start with a depth that will allow them to maintain a two-day growth or stubble effect. The standard for different settings depends on the manufacturer but most of them have a minimum of six adjustable settings and some will give you up to twelve to choose from.

There are other features that differ by brand also. For example some models will give you a choice of motor speeds. They will give you the option of two different speeds to choose from and other models will just have a standard non-adjustable speed. Having the option can come in handy especially for men that maintain a close cut.

When you are narrowing down your choice you should also look at the rechargeable battery life. Most models have a cord that gives the user the ability to keep it charged at all times. However when using them as a cordless model most brands have a battery that will hold a charge for approximately five to seven hours. Also look at how easy it is to find replacement batteries and how to extend the life of these.

Some brands have unique features that others may not offer. For example some offer a head that will rotate up to 180 degrees to help the user easily get to all the necessary angles. So make sure that you compare all the brands within your price range and this will help you get the best beard trimmer for the man in your life.