How to cook with healthy herbs like Ashwagandha

The inclusion of herbs and natural dietary complements can be a total game-changer on how you feel every day, so why not learn how to cook with healthy herbs like Ashwagandha? It is one of the most important plants in the Ayurvedic diet and medical practices. This form of holistic care has been part of India for years, with many benefits for overall health. Continue reading “How to cook with healthy herbs like Ashwagandha”

17 BEST Electric Smokers Reviews of 2020

Start your search for the best electric smoker here. Compiled in this guide is this year’s top choices. Included are in-depth reviews and recommendations geared to make choosing the best electric smoker to match your expectations and budget easier.

From smoked spices to sides to meats and fish, that charred essence and tender juiciness is dynamite. Whether you’re a total novice or grilling pro, smoking is quite the labor of love. But with one of the best electric smokers, it’s much simpler.

We rated our top 17 picks based on — cooking space, construction, temperature control, cleaning ease, and affordability. The list consists of electric smokers that are best for your buck, and get the job done the easy way. We also deep dive into helpful information for using, cooking with, and cleaning your electric smoker of choice. Continue reading “17 BEST Electric Smokers Reviews of 2020”

Super Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies

This extremely simple dessert asks for a few ingredients but it will give you lots of delight and joy! Crispy edges, thick center, and plenty of room for your creativity to decorate them, these sweets can become a perfect choice both for a weekend treat and Christmas or Birthday party.

Baking Guide From A to Z

So, what makes these easy-to-make cookies so popular? They are soft, they have that absolutely wonderful vanilla flavor that nobody can resist, finally, they stay appetizing and fresh for days. Isn’t that a dream of every cook?! 

That amazing days-lasting softness is a result of using the cream of tartar that, when combined with baking soda, makes this bakery both chewy and so delicate in texture. Fortunately, the cream of tartar is not that rare product, besides, it’s rather durable which makes it a perfect ingredient.

In addition, these flat cookies have pretty much surface for icing and various decorations that make them a true find for kids!

What about saving some for later? No problem! Freeze a bunch of these cookies easily since they are exposed to frost beautifully.

So how do we make them?

First, prepare the ingredients. You’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour, 2 and ¼ cups
  • Baking powder, ½ tsp
  • Salt, ¼ tsp
  • Softened unsalted butter, 170g
  • Sugar, 150g
  • 1 egg
  • Pure vanilla extract, 2 tsp
  • Icing/glaze

The baking process is extremely simple and won’t take too much effort.

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with a mixer at high speed for nearly 2 min. You have to receive a smooth and creamy textured substance in the end
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat again (high speed) until mixed. You can scrape down the sides and up the bottom part of the buttery cream to blend it more thoroughly
  4. Now mix together both dry and wet components, and blend them at low speed. The dough must not bee too soft or sticky!
  5. Divide the dough in two and roll both with a floured rolling pin. The flat dough needs to be ¼ inch thick
  6. When you have two flat flapjacks, sprinkle one of them with flour and spread parchment paper over, then place the second flapjack on top. Wrap in cling film and chill for1-2 hours
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 F, take out the chilled dough, and cut out cookies using special cutting forms. Arrange raw cookies on the baking sheet leaving enough space between each since they’ll rise when being baked
  8. Bake for 10-12 min

Before you proceed to decoration, let the cookies cool completely, otherwise, the glaze will melt on them!

Such sweets can be kept in the frosting camera for up to three months (by the way, the dough is the same durable!), and they’re extremely simple to defrost – only remove them to the fridge or take out and leave on the table.

Bon appetit!

Live an Energetic, Pain-free Life with Kratom

Kratom is an herb native to Southeast Asia. The herb grows in the Mitragyna Speciosa family of tropical evergreen trees. When consumed by smoking, swallowing, or chewing, the compounds released positively impact the central nervous system.

Currently, Kratom is becoming increasingly popular as an opioid alternative. As it aids addict’s recovery from their withdrawal. Kratom powder is often used because its medical properties effectively relieve pain, boost energy, and improve mood for a more fulfilling life. While the recreational benefits are widely known, here’s what you didn’t know about the medical benefits of this herb.

Natural Pain Relief

There are two types of pain: nociceptive and neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by physical injury. While, neuropathic pain is induced by inflammation, cancer, and chronic ailments. Fortunately, Kratom powder treats both pain types especially neuropathic pain. This treatment results in relief for the physical and mental effects of pain.

Alkaloid compounds such as 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine in Kratom act like opioid drugs.  Alkaloids bind to nervous system receptors causing the body to release feel-good hormones. The production of dynorphins, endorphins, and enkephalins hormones reduce the body’s ability to perceive pain. Thereby suppressing the pain caused by sclerosis, backache, arthritis, and other painful chronic illnesses.

Kratom leaves are found in three colors red, white, and green. Each has different analgesic benefits; of all three, the red leaves are praised for its strong pain killer effect.

Energy Boost

Kratom leaves considerably increases metabolism. Several studies indicate that compounds in Kratom powder increase metabolic reactions. This metabolic effect accelerates energy generation in the body. Researchers found that 1 to 5 grams of Kratom powder enhance energy, alertness, and mood. When increased to a dose of 5 to 15 grams, test subjects also experienced pain relief and sedation.

For centuries Southeast Asian laborers chewed and brewed the leaves to combat fatigue during long workdays. Kratom also has caffeine-like effects. Its chemical properties often improve blood circulation by raising your blood pressure. With increased blood flow, cells receive more oxygen contributing to a higher metabolism rate. This effect is very helpful for persons suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS causes extreme, unexplainable tiredness.

Whether you have CFS or long working hours, Kratom powder is a natural energy booster. Although banned in several European countries and Thailand, it is legal in America. A quick internet search for Kratom powder will result in offers for high-quality products.

Conclusion

With Kratom, you can live a fulfilling life. If you are someone with chronic pain or someone who needs an energy boost, Kratom powder is worth considering. But it is best to consult your doctor before buying because side-effects may occur with use. Just like caffeine, nicotine, and opioids, the herb can be addictive. So, make sure to take it in moderation in accordance with dosage directions. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking it. Go ahead and ask your health expert, if this herb is right for you.