7 Delicious Yet Guilt-Free Snacks You Should Definitely Try Out

Healthy eating isn’t always as easy as just buying and consuming more fruits and vegetables. In fact, the biggest challenge that comes for many people is the time between meals when you’re tempted to munch on something sweet or salty. Square meals are not enough to commit to a healthy diet, and that’s why it’s important to have all kinds of food choices for you to mix and match so you won’t get bored or grow sick of your routine.

So if you want to enjoy munching on food while still closely following the path to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, then because to get these snacks since they are definitely worth giving a try in your diet:

Fruits, vegetables, and nuts

The first thing that comes to mind when the term “healthy eating” is mentioned is always the three following types of foods: fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and for good reason: they’re high in nutrients and fiber, and when you prepare them right, they can be really delicious as they are.

Peanut butter

You should probably avoid this if you have a peanut allergy, but a spoonful of peanut butter on whole-grain bread makes for a great protein-rich snack that you can munch on to keep you filled with energy throughout the day.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate doesn’t have to be that bad for you when you take a closer look at the label and pick the kind that isn’t all empty sugar. Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content is more likely to have anti-inflammatory properties and other kinds of health benefits still preserved, which makes them healthier options compared to other types of chocolate, like milk chocolate.

Hardboiled eggs

To keep up on your daily protein requirements, have an egg! It’s inexpensive and is packed with up to six grams of protein, which isn’t bad for a food items with only seventy calories.

Yogurt

What makes yogurt an amazing snack to keep in your fridge as much as possible isn’t just that it’s a healthy food rich in protein and gut-friendly probiotics, but that there are so many ways to enjoy it by pairing it with all kinds of fruits, nuts, and grains.

Popcorn

It’s not the first thing that would come to mind since it’s usually packed with butter and salt, but when you cut out both, you’re left with a delicious helping of corn kernels freshly popped in high heat.

Unsalted seaweed

Kelp is aleady high in mineral content before it even hits the shelf, and this makes for a great snack that doesn’t need any more seasoning to supplement the subtlety of its umami flavor.

Dating in Singapore

Have you ever wondered what dating is like in Singapore? Well, so have we! As much as we’d love to tell you that we have found the perfect formula of finding love in Singapore, sadly that isn’t the case.

Love is such a complicated topic that whenever there is a discussion about love, most of them just come to an inconclusive conclusion. Some people spend their whole lives looking for love and Singapore is no exception. Although there are some Singaporeans married to their careers, it does not mean that Singaporeans are not open to dating. Attraction plays a great deal in the dating game as Singaporeans admire it when you take good care of yourself.

Here is where most people are mistaken when it comes to looks, most people think that you have to look good to be attractive but in reality, you just really have to look like you take good care of yourself. Why shouldn’t you? Buying yourself quality clothing and taking good care of your body are signs of self-respect and once you learn how to respect yourself, others will slowly notice and even respect you for that.

The second thing you have to pay attention to is boundaries. Know how far you are expected to get yourself involved and how intimate you are supposed to get. Now before you go out in the dating scene, ask yourself this, why am I dating? Is it because of boredom, loneliness, adventure, or do you really just want to meet that significant other who you want to build your future with?

If your answer is the latter, then dating in Singapore is perfect. Although the casual fling is still possible, most people in Singapore do not like wasting their time, especially when it comes to relationships. People in Singapore are genuine. If they like you, they will show it and vice versa. Although it may get a little complicated later on, if your relationship is worth fighting for, then why not fight for it?

The last thing you need to know about dating a Singaporean and this is the most important part of all, where do you see yourself in the future with your partner? Direction is important in every relationship and this does not exclude Singapore. It’s not enough that you and your partner get into the same car, you have to drive towards your destination together.

What is Strabismus?

Have you ever wondered why some people have misaligned eyes? The condition is collectively called strabismus and it is classified into several types.

In normal eyes, the external eye muscles or extraocular muscles are supposed to work perfectly for proper position, function, neurological control, and binocular vision. People with strabismus have anatomical or neurological problems that interfere with one of those.

Types of Strabismus

The type of misalignment of the eyes is classified based on the direction of the misalignment. Below are the most common types of strabismus.

Esotropia

This is described by the turning-in of one or both the eyes and is sometimes called crossed eyes. Some newborns may exhibit this symptom, but they usually go away after a while. But if the misalignment does not correct itself by the time the baby is 4 months old or the misalignment is significant, the child should be taken to an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis. Esotropia can also be a symptom of another eye condition, neurological condition, thyroid eye diseases, stroke, and others.

If left untreated, the child will frequently experience double vision, amblyopia, and decrease in the binocular vision. Although the condition can run in families, a baby has a higher risk of developing esotropia if he/she is born premature, or there is a history of systemic disorders, neurological problems, and other genetic disorders in the family. Esotropia can be treated by addressing the cause of the problem. This means that ocular alignment, diplopia, and amblyopia should be addressed using spectacles, surgery, and Botox injections.

Exotropia

This type of strabismus is the opposite of esotropia. Exotropia is the turning outward of one or both eyes and is most noticeable if the child is daydreaming or is tired or looking at a distance. Intermitted exotropia is harmless as long as it resolves itself, but if it happens frequently, the child should be taken to an ophthalmologist. Usually, the child is unaware that one eye has drifted outwards and experience no changes in the vision, although some describe blurry or double vision.

One common symptom is that the child will close or squint one eye when they focus on bright lights, which means that it can be difficult for them to use both eyes at the same time. Other than possible genetic abnormalities and eye conditions, exotropia is not caused by any external factor or activity. This is usually treated using glasses or surgery to realign the eyes if the symptoms affect everyday activities.

Hypertropia and Hypotropia

Hypertropia is the turning upwards or the eye, while hypotropia is the turning downwards of the eye. It does not cause pain and other symptoms, but the child will experience double vision, eye strain, and headaches from time to time. One common sign is that unconsciously they will tilt the head to one side to get better vision. However, these types of strabismus may be a symptom of other conditions such as Brown syndrome, fourth cranial nerve palsy, and Duane syndrome.

4 Must-Try Lemon Recipes

Lemon isn’t just for garnishing drinks and desserts. You can also make a variety of dishes like these four must-try recipes.

Lemon Pie

  • Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 4 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, ¾ cup lemon juice, 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, 1 tablespoons cornstarch, sweetened whipped cream
  • Crust Ingredients: 3 tablespoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 50 Nilla wafers
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° To create a crust, in a food processor, combine wafers, salt, sugar, and butter. Pour into a glass pie plate and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. To make the filling, whisk cornstarch and sugar in a saucepan, then add eggs, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Whisk constantly over medium heat for 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat before adding butter and lemon zest. Pour filling into crust, cool, then chill for at least 8 hours. Serve pie with whipped cream and lemon zest topping

Lemon Frittata

  • Ingredients: 1 Meyer lemon, 2 leeks, 1/3 cup Italian parsley, 3 ounces goat cheese, olive oil, salt, and ground black pepper

  • Preparation: Preheat broiler. In a bowl, whisk eggs and lemon zest, then crumble goat cheese. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and toss leeks. After ten minutes, stir in parsley. Cook until slightly wilted then remove from heat before seasoning. Let cool then pour leek mixture into the egg mixture. Heat the oil in the skillet again then cook the egg mixture for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, place frittata under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes.

 Lemon Tart

  • Ingredients: ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, 1 tablespoon flour, 2/3 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, ½ recipe basic pie dough, 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and confectioner’s sugar
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° Roll pie dough recipe on a floured surface then place in a tart pan (9 inches). Press and fold overhang and freeze for 15 minutes. Next, line the pan with parchment paper and fill with dried beans. On a rimmed baking sheet, bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Discard parchment and beans then bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk flour, eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, granulated sugar, and salt. When combined, pour into the tart crust. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cook for 2 hour before dusting with confectioner’s sugar. Remove tart ring before serving.

Lemon Crème Brulee

  • Ingredients: 2 teaspoons lemon extract, 5 egg yolks, ½ cup granulated sugar, and 2 cups heavy cream
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 325°F. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until combined. Stir in lemon extract and cream or fold them into the mixture. Divide into ramekins then arrange them in a baking dish filled with hot water. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely then sprinkle with sugar on top. Place them under the broiler until the sugar caramelizes before serving.

4 Crucial Steps You Need to Do to Bounce Back from Feeling Burnt Out

Nearly everyone will experience fatigue at some point in their lives, and when you do encounter being burned out from whatever you do, whether it’s your day job or your passion project, it’s important to know the signs and the steps you need to take to bounce back.

While it seems easy enough, these steps can actually be a little harder and take more time than you think or would like. However, when you get to the other side, you will not only be rested and motivated, but also gain a new perspective on yourself and your job or passion project.

Here are the four crucial things you need to do to bounce back:

1. Recognize the signs of a burnout.
Burnouts have signs that are easy to recognize. For instance, if you feel exhausted, ineffective, and unaccomplished in your work for extended periods of time, no matter how much effort you put into it, you might be experiencing a burnout.

2. Get some rest.
Place some distance between yourself and the things that you find unable to focus on. For one day, try to leave your work in your workplace and get some rest as soon as you get home.

During this part of the burnout, you will be your own doctor taking care of yourself, and this is the part where you need to pay better attention to your physical and emotional needs. Because you’re in a state of burnout, you will find that you will be sleeping more.

3. Find out what’s really draining you.
Burnouts don’t happen without a reason – and it’s your job to find out why you’re experiencing a burnout in the first place. Doing this will let you focus on finding the solution to bounce back, as well as keep you from having to run around and trying to fix every aspect of your life.

It’s also likely that there’s more than one cause of your burnout, and that there are more aspects of your life being affected than you think. If this is the case, write down the aspects of your and rank them according to how they are currently doing.

4. Be willing to reach out and accept help.
No person can bounce back from a burnout alone. In order to get back the motivation you lost, you will need to reach out to people you can trust, and you need to want to reach out to friends and family yourself.

Again, keep in mind that this is a process that will take time – you won’t be able to recover from exhaustion right away – so it’s important that you focus on only one thing at a time, starting with the decision that will make the biggest impact.

5 Surprising Benefits of Alcohol You Should Know

Drinking alcohol can be a lot like a tightrope walk – while it can offer certain health benefits and can be a great way to unwind after a long day, it can also lead to a lot of health problems later on. The key is to keep it balanced.

Of course, you don’t have to start drinking just for the health benefits, but when you already do, here are a few that can give you reason enough to be comfortable with having a drink or two:

1. Alcohol can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
Multiple studies have shown that alcohol, when consumed in moderate amounts, can raise HDL (high-density lipoproteins), otherwise known as “good” cholesterol, which has been linked to better protection against different heart diseases.

Moderate drinking has also been linked to other benefits, from better response to insulin (an enzyme that allows the body to store glucose) to improvements in blood clotting.

2. A drink or two can improve your libido
One drink a day can help to improve your sex life. Even though alcohol is considered to be a depressant (it limits activity in the nervous system), consuming small amounts can build your libido and help to protect against erectile dysfunction.

3. You are less likely to be diabetic
Healthy adults taking two glasses a day can have a lowered overall chance of developing type-2 diabetes when compared to healthy adults who don’t drink at all, ad this is because small amounts of alcohol can increase a person’s sensitivity to insulin.

4. You’re less likely to develop dementia
When taken in small amounts, alcohol can cause moderate amounts of stress in brain cells. Because they are able to respond appropriately to the stress caused to them, they are able to build themselves up to withstand more stress better, which keeps dementia at bay.

5. Alcohol can make you live longer
Drinking can even add a few years to your life, especially when small amounts are consumed during meals (and only consumed during lunch and dinner) as part of a Mediterranean diet. However, with this type of regular consumption, the rest of the day needs to be alcohol-free.

How Much Should You Drink?
Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol means taking one drink per day at most for women of all ages, as well as men over the age of sixty-five. For those sixty-five and below, the amount is up to two drinks.

How much you should drink also depends on the type of alcohol you drink. For beer, the amount is 355 milliliters (or 12 fluid ounces), 148 milliliters (5 fluid ounces) for wine), and 44 milliliters (1.5 fluid ounces) for distilled spirits or drinks with a proof of 80 or higher.