Whether you are a foodie or just someone who eats anything, at the end of the day, everyone has to eat something. Betty Balls and Luck Pants, the loving characters of Lucky Pants Bingo bring to you some of the top food hacks that could change the way you eat, and guide you towards a healthier diet. Betty has lately been taking great care of her shape. Apart from exercising, she has also been eating healthy. After all she wants to look her best in the bingo rooms when she showers the players with freebies. And when she had any kind of food cravings, she simply resorted to playing the food and fruits themed games instead of devouring junk foods. You too can indulge in top food themed games such as The Fruit Factory, Sugar Train, Cash Scoop, and many more. For now, let’s discover some of the greatest food hacks.
Firstly, there are so many myths in regards to when you require to eat to lose weight. Some might recommend that you eat a few small meals every couple of hours, while others might advise you to have a hearty breakfast and then go light the entire day. It has been shown that various studies about breakfast are quite biased and are more about attracting you to popular cereal brands. What’s best for you, is to choose when you want to have or skip your breakfast as per your lifestyle or requirement. Eating small meals throughout the day might not work for everyone. In fact, some people might even feel hungrier at the start eating a small portion, and end up eating larger portions. Frequent small meals are just there to help to manage your appetite and help you psychologically. Other myths tell you to eat just after work or to avoid eating some hours before bedtime. Indeed, these are just myths!
How to Cook Your Pasta
Did you know that your pasta does not need to be boiled? In fact, you just need to boil the water. You can save some energy and your precious time too by choosing the efficient way to prepare pasta. You don’t necessarily require placing pasta in boiling water with salt and let it continue to boil. Next time, you can just turn off the burner once the water is hot and then drop your pasta in it. Simply cover and let it cook in the water that is already hot. Stir the pasta a few times to avoid it from sticking and let it sit once again. This can be applied for any kind of pasta such as ziti, shells, farfalle, or spaghetti. For each of them, the result is the same – ‘al dente paste’!
The Condiment Packets
Most people like to take home the little condiment packets that they get in fast food chains and restaurants. This is a common practice for many, and it is not your fault if you do not want to waste tens of packets of ketchup or mustard sauce for just a single order of chips. We all just like to have them handy in case our ketchup is over at home or when going outdoors on a picnic. But these single serving condiments don’t normally last forever, and expire at some point of time. Each type of condiment has its own “best by” date period. You can hold on a packet of mayonnaise or ketchup for up to 1 year if you want to enjoy optimal flavour. Parmesan cheese, taco and mustard sauce expire only after 1 or 2 years depending on the brands. Your tabasco sauce can still be used for up to 4 years from its manufacturing date, while condiments like sugar, salt, and honey can last indefinitely. However, to be on safe side, its highly recommended to throw away those little packets if they are over their expiry dates.
Spotting Counterfeit Food
Whatever you buy is not always guaranteed to be the real product that you want. Thus, it is advised to keep your eyes peeled for any such suspected products, as you do not want to buy inferior quality or fake food and waste your money. The selling or distribution of such fake alimentary products is commonly known as EMA (Economically Motivated Adulteration), it is a sub category of serious food fraud. It can be anything from tampering the label of a product to changing the weight of the product by mixing an inferior quality one to it. There are many more examples such as boosting the chemical content of a food by adding protein to it, putting erroneous expiry date on meat labels, and adding water to fruit juice to dilute it. All of them are potential health concerns and illegal. However, the issue of counterfeit food is all over the country and it can sometimes be difficult for the authorities to have control on them all. So, next time you buy your parmesan, ensure that you are not getting cheap cheddar or cellulose instead.
Have you ever wondered why there is sometime a white coating on the surface of the chocolate that you have stored? This is known as a bloom and it happens when the chocolate is stored improperly. This can occur if water condenses on the chocolate or when it is exposed to high temperature. The white bloom is just melted fat that appears on the chocolate surface as crystals. It can also be sugar crystals that accumulate on top of the chocolate when it is exposed to water condensation. There is no need to chuck the bloomed chocolate as they are still edible. You can use bloomed chocolate to prepare chocolate cookies, or use it for baking. A bloomed chocolate will taste the same as a well preserved one, except that it won’t be shiny. Thus, you may just eat the bloomed chocolate on its own, without fearing any side effects.