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Why You Should ‘Activate’ Your Nuts & Seeds

WoW… I must thank one of my Readers Ashley Johnson for the Article, Cause i was seriously not aware of Activation of nuts Until Now.. Thanks Again

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Nuts and seeds are full of nutrients, healthy fats, and fibre, and if they aren’t already a part of your diet, you should definitely consider adding them in. They make for easy, delicious, and satisfying snacks, and can add a huge punch of essential nutrients to otherwise lacking meals and smoothies.

Get The Most Out Of Your Nuts

If you are eating roasted nuts I urge you to consider switching to raw, dried nuts. Unfortunately, during the roasting process the natural oils in the nuts often become rancid and this can lead to various health concerns. Many companies use cheap oils to roast their nuts as well. To preserve the integrity of your nuts without sacrificing that delicious roasted flavour, you should buy them raw and roast them yourself, making sure to eat them as soon as possible (but waiting for them to cool down before doing so!)

Why Should Nuts & Seeds Be Activated?

To take full advantage of everything nuts have to offer, you must first soak them for several hours or overnight in a process known as activation.

Nuts and seeds contain something called Phytic Acid – the storage form of phorphorous in plants. It binds to minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and manganese in the digestive tract, rendering them unavailable to us. If we consume too many phytic acid containing foods on a regular basis, we run the risk of developing mineral deficiencies and potentially osteoporosis. If you eat a few nuts here and there this likely won’t affect you, but if you’re someone who eats handfuls a day, then you should consider activating your nuts.

Some animals have phytase in their bodies, the enzyme which breaks up phytic acid, but unfortunately we humans do not. Fortunately, we do have tools available to us to recreate this enzyme so that we can effectively obtain all the nutrients and minerals these nuts and seeds have to offer. Soaking, sprouting, and/or fermenting our nuts and seeds helps neutralize phytic acid.

Nuts And Seeds Also Contain Enzyme Inhibitors

Enzyme inhibitors occur naturally, preventing nuts and seeds from sprouting prematurely. In the wild, nuts and seeds can lay dormant for a long time while waiting for ideal germination conditions — warmth and moisture. The inhibitors clog up and essentially deactivate the active site of an enzyme, which is why unsprouted nuts can be difficult to digest.

How To Activate Your Nuts

If you eat a lot of nuts you can save time by activating your nuts and seeds in large batches, though you can of course do this daily if you prefer.

  • Pour 2 Cups of your favorite nuts or seeds into a large bowl (except for hemp and chia seeds, which are fine on their own).
  • Cover your nuts with filtered water and 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Make sure they are completely submerged with about 2 inches of water on the top.
  • Most nuts and seeds should be soaked between 7-12 hours, with the exceptions of cashews, which take between 3 and 5 (any longer and they get slimy), and almonds, which can take 12-14.
  • After soaking, strain off excess water and rinse.
  • If you have a dehydrator place nuts on dehydrator racks, if not you can use cookie sheets in an oven and slowly dry the nuts at 150 degrees F or 65 degrees C. The drying time will vary between nuts.
  • When they are completely dried out, store nuts and seeds in an airtight container in the fridge. Unless you plan on eating them that day, make sure they are completely dry, otherwise they will quickly spoil.

Enjoy!

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WD-40 Life Hacks …♥♥♥…

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Published on Feb 6, 2016

Unlocking the secrets of WD-40! We have put together the best 10 WD-40 tricks to use around the house and save you time and money,
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Coolest Hotel Room Secrets – Tricks For A Smart Traveller …♥♥♥…

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Published on Dec 8, 2014

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Here are some super hotel tricks that every traveller should know about. They sound crazy but are so simple you will wonder why you hadn’t thought of them before. Many travellers, especially those on a long business trip find themselves in hotels for long stretches of time. Eating meals at restaurants or ordering room service day after day becomes quite a bore. Sometimes you crave nothing more than a simple home-cooked meal. With these amazingly creative hotel tricks, you’ll be able to cook yourself a healthy meal using a tea-maker and iron, appliances that are readily available in most hotels.

The next time you are stuck in a hotel that doesn’t offer free breakfast, don’t worry. You can still fix yourself a good home-cooked hot breakfast in your hotel room.

There are also some great tips and tricks in this video for those travelling on a budget. Hotel laundry services are usually quite expensive. With the simple tips and hotel tricks shown here, you’ll never have to worry about dirty jeans or smelly clothes any more.

If you are a tourist, the last thing you need is your mobile with the fancy camera dying on you. This video shows you how you can charge your phone without a charger!

In most hotels, the power switches off the moment you leave the room. This is pretty annoying when you come back to a warm room after spending the whole day outdoors. This video shows you how you can keep the AC on so that you come back to a room cooled to perfection.

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How to Make Water “Bottles” You Can Eat

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Fortunately, there are ingenious designers out there who are working on ways to create water bottles that are truly biodegradable (i.e., don’t take a thousand years and emit toxins as they biodegrade) and even edible.

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couch won a Lexus Design Award for their invention, the “Ooho,” which mimics nature by capturing water in a droplet-shaped container that is earth-friendly and can be eaten in a pinch. Imagine how handy that would be on your next camping or car trip!

The designers are currently in the process of testing prototypes. Their version would actually have a double layer (i.e. two membranes) for durability and hygiene. In 2013, they did a video test of the Ooho for a Spanish TV station:

Not all the participants loved the way the “bottle” tasted since it’s not exactly formed from flavorful ingredients (we’ll get to that in a moment), but the positive implications of the invention are enormous, considering that plastic pollution is a hugely troublesome environmental issue.

Yes, You Can Try This at Home

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Learn More About These Edible “Water Bottles”

You can watch Inhabitat’s video below to get a step-by-step visual guide to the process, or check out their site for even more details.

While edible water bottles may not be on the market any time soon, you can definitely play with making your own in your kitchen. Even if you can’t quite take them camping yet, these edible water bottles could still be quite useful in an eco-friendly water balloon fight.

Regrowing Vegetables With a Little Magic & Patience

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Upcycling vegetable stems and growing veggies from your kitchen leftovers never was so much fun…that is, if you have a little patience and want to access your inner “green thumb” magician. Here is a great post on how you can use your veggie scraps to feasibly grow your own veggies. Some more easily than others. I’d love to try some of these, being that I haven’t time for much gardening, but sure do have patience. 🙂

13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves

And here’s one just focused on lettuce, which seems to be one of the easiest to do so with:

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14 Nail Hacks For The Perfect DIY Manicure

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If you do your nails at home, here’s every tip you could possibly need to ensure a salon-quality manicure. This is for KP………… Galactic Human

1. Use ice water to dry your nails in three minutes.

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Let them air dry for a couple minutes then dunk away.

2. Fix a broken nail using a teabag and nail glue.

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3. Take off your nail polish in less than 5 minutes using only 1 cotton ball.

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 Get the whole technique here.

4. Take apart a loofah and use the netting to get a fishnet manicure look.

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5. Make a dotter for your nails.

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Just stick a pin into a pencil eraser.

6. Whiten your nails after removing a dark polish.

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Soak your nails in a solution of hot water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda for about a minute. Or you could also put some whitening toothpaste on a toothbrush and scrub the stains off your nail.

7. Erase mistakes by dipping a tiny brush into nail polish remover.

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Use an old paintbrush or an eyeliner brush (perhaps the felt tip of an old liquid liner that dried up?) that you don’t care for anymore.

8. Follow this diagram to imitate how professional manicurists apply nail polish.

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9. The first coat of chunky glitter polishes should be dabbed, not brushed on.

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This will help to distribute the glitter evenly and get the big chunks where you want them. If all else fails, use a toothpick to move the chunks of glitter around.

Watch this video for a demonstration.

10. Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to cuticles to protect your skin from errant nail polish strokes.

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But be VERY careful! Any ointment that gets on the nail will prevent the polish from sticking. Visit Mad Town Macs for more DIY tips.

11. Easily paint a heart with a toothpick.

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12. Use Band-Aids (the sheer kind) to get perfect French tips.

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Peel off towards the cuticle, not towards the nail. Get more info at De Lune.

13. Soak nails in a solution of water and white vinegar before applying nail polish.

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You could also just wipe your nails using a paper towel dampened with vinegar. Vinegar will strip the nails of any oils or moisturizers left over from polish remover in order to prevent bubbles. It helps the polish adhere better, therefore prolonging your manicure.

14. Use VapoRub for nail infections.

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The ingredient thymol works on bacterial and yeast infections of the nail plate.

Jasper van Ramshorst Fastest Peeling APPLE..WoW

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Separating 5 Egg Yolks with a Water Bottle

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You can buy special utensils to do just about anything these days, and separating eggs is no exception. If you don’t have (or want to buy) a fancy tool to do it, the classic method is simple—just crack the egg and transfer the yolk back and forth between the two halves.

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But even though egg separators are pretty cheap and using the shell (or just your fingers) isn’t hard to do, neither is as fun as this trick by YouTuber jifenzhongDIY.

All you’ll need is a couple of bowls and an empty plastic bottle. The suction of the bottle picks the yolk right out of the slimy white without breaking it. Plus, you get the added bonus of not having to worry about getting your hands messy, so keep this in mind the next time you’re thinking of baking an angel food cake, because you can even do multiple yolks at the same time.

 

Remove Wrinkles from Clothes Without an Iron

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Wrinkles are a serious pain — especially when you’re in a hurry. Instead of plugging in the iron and rushing through a quick ironing only to see the wrinkles pop back,that we had to try. Here’s what you do:

  1. Set your dryer to the highest setting and toss in your clothes. We put a couple of highly wrinkled dress shirts and a pair of paints to the test.
  2. Add three to four ice cubes and turn on your dryer. As it heats up, the dryer melts the ice cubes, creating wrinkle-smoothing steam.
  3. wrinlecloths3. After five minutes, remove clothes, give a few snaps, and they are ready to wear. We found letting clothes spin for 10 minutes offered the best wrinkle-free results.

Full disclosure: I have no qualms ironing. We’ve talked about ways to de-wrinkle your clothes without ironing before, and they work well, but ironing isn’t hard, and usually it’s just way more effective than trying to hack your way to wrinkle-free clothes. Still, when the folks at PopSugar sent this one over to us, I decided to give it a try, and it works well-as long as you don’t have a lot of clothes in with your ice cubes.

This trick works if you have a couple of shirts, or maybe a shirt and a pair of slacks or pants. Jeans, heavy fabrics, or too many clothes and you lose the benefit. As you run the dryer, the ice cubes melt (and seriously, we mean like two or three ice cubes, not a handful, no matter how big your dryer is. In fact, this works best with a big dryer, few clothes, and a few cubes.) to water, which eventually gets hot enough to become steam. That steam-along with the hot temperatures-smooth out the wrinkles. It’s like the shower trick and the dryer trick all rolled into one.

Clever Chemistry-Based Cures to Kitchen Conundrums

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You probably already know that cooking involves a ton of chemistry. Bread rises because of the reaction between the flour and leavener, and the delicious crust on your steak is formed by the Maillard reaction. Understanding the chemistry going on behind the scenes is one of the best ways to improve the quality of your food—it’s much easier to fix a problem when you know what’s causing it.

But you don’t need a degree in food science to use it to your advantage. This video from the Reactions series by the American Chemical Society explains a few hacks for your coffee, produce, cookies and cast iron, along with the science behind them. Most of these tips are things we’ve covered before, but it never hurts to hear it again.

#1. Add a Pinch of Salt to Your Coffee

If your morning coffee tastes a little bitter, add a pinch of salt before or after brewing to make it more palatable.

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Why It Works

When the salt dissolves, the sodium ions block bitter molecules from reaching your taste buds. A teeny tiny pinch is enough to balance out the bitterness and enhance the other flavors.

#2. Ripen Bananas Faster in a Brown Bag

To speed up the ripening of bananas, avocados and other fruit, put them in a brown paper bag.

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Why It Works

As fruit ripens, it produces ethylene, an invisible and odorless gas that breaks down cell walls and starches. The more ethylene in the air, the sweeter and softer it gets. Placing fruits in a bag with ripe tomatoes (or another fruit) increases the amount of ethylene and traps it in, helping the unripened fruit to ripen much faster.

#3. Keep Cookies Soft with a Slice of Bread

To keep your fresh-baked cookies from going stale, store them with a slice of bread in a plastic bag or airtight container.

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Why It Works

Cookies have much more sugar than bread, and sugar is hygroscopic, which means it soaks up moisture from the environment. The cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread, and you’ll end up with one hard, dry piece of bread and soft, delicious cookies.

#4. Remove Rust from Cast Iron with Coke

If you get lazy with your cast iron and it ends up rusting, you can easily remove the rust with a splash of Coca Cola.

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Why It Works

Coke contains phosphoric acid, which is used industrially as a rust remover. It converts iron oxide rust into ferric phosphate, which is much easier to clean out.

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Don’t have any Coke? You can also get rid of that rust with steel wool, white vinegar, or kosher salt and a potato.

6 Moving Hacks You Should Know ..Grt HouseHold TIPS….

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Published on Feb 22, 2014

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Use a Lemon to Make Cleaning the Microwave Easy

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The process here just requires a lemon, a microwave-safe bowl, and a dry towel:

  1. Pour water in the bowl: Measure about a half cup of water into the bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lemon: Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water. Drop the lemon halves into the bowl.
  3. Microwave for 3 minutes: Place the bowl in the microwave. Microwave on high power for 3 minutes so the liquid comes to a boil.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes: Do not open the microwave door. The steam trapped inside will help loosen food gunk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe the microwave clean: Open the door and carefully remove the bowl with the lemons. If your microwave has a turntable, lift it out and wipe it clean. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean starting with the ceiling and the sides. Finish with the floor, sweeping any crumbs into your hand. Don’t forget the door!
  6. Cleaning stubborn spots: If you come across stubborn spots that won’t easily wipe away, dip the corner of your dishtowel in the lemon-water and scrub until the spot comes away.

With that, you should have a clean microwave with very little work.

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