4 Clever Ways to Improve Your Nutritional Intake

Fruits and vegetables provide us with nutrients and vitamins that our bodies need to stay healthy. They provide us with a way to combat numerous diseases, reduce blood pressure and even prevent certain kinds of cancer.
 
For those looking to improve their diets, but dislike the thought of eating more vegetables, we’ve found 5 clever ways to help you and your loved ones switch up your diet and consume more healthier items.

1. Switch Over to Olive Oil


 
If you haven’t already, making the switch to olive oil will help make a huge difference in your health. Research has shown that olive oil has the ability to improve your health, as it is high in antioxidants, can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels and even reduce inflammation.

2. Disguise Vegetables


 
For those who are picky about what they eat and completely refuse eating their greens, you can put vegetables into dishes in places they normally wouldn’t suspect.
 
For example, when putting together some homemade burgers, shred some squash or carrots along with the meat and add it into the mix. They’ll be none the wiser, and it’ll taste just as good.

3. Experiment With Different Vegetables


 
Eventually, you’re bound to run into a vegetable that you actually like the taste of. There’s no need to have the mentality that you hate every vegetable, go in with a fresh and open mentality to everything you try. Sure there are some disgusting vegetables out there, but for every gross one there’s an equally delicious one.
 
Go out there and try new things, you never know what you may actually like until you actually try it.

4. Soups!


 
Soups are a great way to increase your intake of vegetables in a much easier and tastier way.
 
Most people don’t consume as much vegetables as they should, and a great way to remedy this problem would be to make soups filled with vegetables instead of eating raw vegetables.

Into Avocado Sandwiches? Well Check Out These 9 Recipe Ideas!

salmon3_zpscff44903

Avocados, who doesn’t love them?
 
What makes this unique buttery tasting fruit even better? Well of course when it’s made into sandwiches!
 

 
Join the trend and start adding avocados to your sandwiches if you haven’t done so already! Trust me, it’ll bring your sandwiches to a whole new tasty level. Who knew?
 
My favorite way to eat avocado is as a breakfast sandwich, with some buttered toast, a spread of avocado topped with a sunny side cooked egg and tomato.
 

 
But venturing out of my comfort zone, I’ve resorted to looking up additional avocado sandwich recipes. That’s when I stumbled upon POPSUGAR Food’s avocado video.
 
Take a look at the following video and share your thoughts with us!
 

 
Did the video excite your taste buds?

3 Flavor Packed Japanese Inspired Recipes

Japanese food is more than just sushi, there are plenty of dishes and sauces that can be made and utilized to spice up your palette. Here are 3 simple recipes that will have you wanting more.

Ginger Marinated Steak


 
Ingredients:
 
• 2 lbs Steak
• 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
• Ginger (Roughly size of thumb)
• 2 Limes
• 3 tbsp oil
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Zest and juice both your limes into container.
2. Peel and finely mince the ginger.
3. Mix all ingredients except for your steak in the container.
4. Add in the steak to marinade for at least an hour, ideally try to marinade overnight.
5. Take out your steak and grill each side for 5-6 minutes.
6. Allow your meat to properly rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.

Wasabi Infused Mashed Potatoes


 
Ingredients:
 
• 6 Potatoes
• 1/3 cup Half and Half
• 2 Green Onions
• 1 tbsp Wasabi Paste
• Cilantro
• Zest of 1 Lime
• Salt
 
Method:
 
1. Boil a pot of hot water while you roughly chop your potatoes into smaller pieces.
2. Once your water is boiled toss in a couple of pinches of salt and then add in your potatoes.
3. Cook for about 20 minutes or until softened.
4. Drain all water, add in half and half with wasabi, and then mash until desired texture.
5. Before served, top with lime zest and chopped green onions.

Versatile Dipping Sauce


 
Ingredients:
 
• 1 Clove of Garlic
• 125 mL Chicken Stock
• 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
• 1 tsp Sweet Chili Sauce
• 1 Green Onion
 
Method:
 
1. Finely chop your green onion and garlic as small as possible.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Save Time (And Dishes) With This Delicious One Pot Pasta Dish

5c0a926a_Martha-Stewart_s-Tomato-One-Pot-Pasta.xxxlarge_2x

Do you ever feel like giving up on dinner after an exhausting day at work?
 

 
And on those days, you skip out on making a homemade meal for some takeout or frozen meals instead? Well no one will blame you for doing that, we’ve all had those days before.
 
But what if I told you that there’s a dish out there that requires ingredients your pantry is stocked up with and one pot! Think about the time you’ll save on dishes too!
 
Watch the video below to see how you can turn a boring dinner night into a successful one with Martha Stewart’s recipe for one pot pasta!
 

 
Are you going to try this the next time you cook? Tried it already and have some tips to make the dish better? Share your thoughts with us!
 

 
Video courtesy of Martha Stewart.

3 Classic Irish Recipes to Get You Ready for St. Patty’s Day

Popularly known as a day of consuming green beer, St. Patrick’s Day has a rich history in the world of cuisine with famous savory dishes to go along with the consumption of alcohol.
 
For those who love to cook, but would rather spend more time drinking than eating, we’ve compiled 3 simplified recipes for classic Irish dishes to help get in you in the spirit of celebrating this beloved holiday.

Simplified Shepherd’s Pie


 
Ingredients:
 
• 4-5 Potatoes
• 3/4 cup Half and Half
• 1 Small Onion
• 1 Can Creamed Corn
• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 3 tbsp Butter
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Boil a pot of hot water and toss in potatoes for 30-40 minutes.
2. Remove potatoes and place into a bowl with half and half, butter, salt and pepper and mash until you get desired texture.
3. Preheat oven to 375 C
4. Cook ground beef and make sure to drain leftover liquid.
5. Finely chop the onion, toss into cooked beef along with corn, and mix thoroughly.
6. Grease your baking dish and add in the beef mixture, then layer your potato mash on top.
7. Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Beef and Potato Stew


 
Ingredients:
 
• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 1/2 lb Green Beans
• 1 3/4 cups Cream of Mushroom
• 3 Potatoes
• 2 Carrots
 
Method:
 
1. Heat a pan and cook up your ground beef, making sure to drain any leftover liquid.
2. Heat stove to medium heat, then roughly chop your potatoes and carrots, and throw into your pot to cook. Add in cooked beef.
3. Chop off the ends of your beans and roughly chop into bite sized pieces.
4. Pour in your can cream of mushroom.
5. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for roughly 6 hours. Alternatively you can crank the heat up a touch and reduce the cooking time to 3-4 hours.

Tasty Potato Soup


 
Ingredients:
 
• 2 cups Chicken Stock
• 6 Potatoes
• 6 Slices of Bacon
• 1 Onion
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Roughly chop your potatoes and bacon into bite sized pieces and then toss into desired pot.
2. Finely chop onion and add into the pot.
3. Pour in chicken stock, heat on medium heat and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes become semi soft.

U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Boycotting World Championship Tournament

For the last year, the women on the U.S.’s national soccer team went to battle against the U.S. Soccer Federation as they demanded equal pay and fair wages as their counterparts.
 
Now the women’s hockey team is demanding the same.
 

 
It was announced by some members of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team on Wednesday that they will not participating in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship tournament in Plymouth, Michigan set to take place this month.
 
By boycotting the tournament, the women are hoping that USA Hockey, the governing body for the sport, will provide them with fair wages and benefits.
 
What does it mean for the Women’s World Championship that is set to begin on March 31st? Well, for one, the U.S. women’s team will be absent and the tournament will be without its host team.
Having won six gold medals out of the eight championship gold medals, the tournament will also be void of its defending champion.
 

 
For over a year now, the hockey players have been seeking a contract with the governing body that will allow the players better compensation. The situation for the majority of the women is that their current pay comprises of the insignificant $1,000 a month stipend over the Olympic training period that lasts six months long.
 
According to the lawyers of the players, USA Hockey is paying them “virtually nothing.” This has resorted in half of the players to finding other jobs outside of ice hockey to produce enough funds.
 
Other than fair compensation, the female hockey players are also asking to receive more funds for equipment, more staff, expenses and marketing as they bring up the notion that the men’s team receive much more compared to them.

Australia Pushes For Hosting Candidacy of 2022 Commonwealth Games

Representatives of the cities of Perth and Melbourne have been leading a push for their country to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
 
This news comes after Durban dropping out of hosting duties due to a lack of finances needed to host the games.
 

 
Back in 2006 Melbourne was the host of the Commonwealth Games and fully welcome a return of the event to their city. When talking to the mayor of the city, he went on to mention, “Melbourne already has the infrastructure in place to host an event of this magnitude, there are not a lot of cities in the world that can say that.”
 
Australia isn’t the first country to display interest in hosting the event, as the British cities of Birmingham and Liverpool have also sent in bids to the committee.
 

 
Both Perth and Melbourne have been hosts of the games in the past, and are now just looking for a push from the government to help secure a spot to host.

New Unisex Collection From H&M Aims To Break Gender Barriers

Denim-United-la-premiere-collection-unisexe-d-H-M-enfin-disponible-!_exact1900x908_l

Gender means nothing for H&M’s latest unisex denim collection. The clothing brand hopes to break down gender barriers with its Denim United collection.
 
Image 19
 
The international fashion retailer goal through this collection is to create a sustainable and modern clothing line that everyone can wear. In doing so, the company will be blurring the borders that once categorized fashion into men’s fashion or women’s fashion by creating clothing that borrows fabrics and silhouettes from both genders.
 
Image 20
 
A spokesperson for the clothing brand, Marybeth Schmitt, stated in a press release that it was only natural that the company create a unisex collection since fashion is always “evolving and intersecting”. She goes on to say that in fashion, there is no boundaries and should be inclusive.
 
What kind of looks can you expect to see from the collection? From what we have seen so far, the unisex collection will include some oversized pieces, as well as some casual mix-and-match items like jackets, overalls and shorts. All items will be available to consumers in a variety of washes.
 
Image 18
 
Another reason why you should buy clothing from this collection is that the clothing is also environmentally friendly! The materials are made out of organic and recycled cotton. Talk about innovation.
 
The collection will be made available March 23 with its launched, though for now the items can only be found online at the store’s shop.

Twitter Inks Deal with National Lacrosse League

Looking to branch out in the realm of sports live-streaming, Twitter has expanded their roster with the addition of Lacrosse to their roster. The NLL will join the NFL as one of the leagues on the sports live streaming platform.
 
This is a huge win for the National Lacrosse League, as the sport will now see a bigger opportunity to be broadcast around the world, as traditionally there is little appeal for the sport and television networks don’t wish to air the sport on their stations for this reason alone. This deal will help Twitter in the long run build their sports network, as they see a build up of numerous niche markets could work out in their favor over the long run.
 

 
With this arrangement, Twitter will have exclusivity for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. They will stream one game a week – for free, and the deal also includes all playoff games and even the Champions Cup. Both companies look at this as a way to build up the niche market, and attract those of a younger demographic, which Twitter sees as a huge part of their user base.
 
It may seem that there is low appeal for Lacrosse, but statistics have shown that Lacrosse ranks third for audience attendance. They are only behind the likes of the NBA and NHL, which is a huge deal.
 

 
To catch any of the games streamed in the future, be sure to follow the official NLL account at @NLL or on NLL.twitter.com.

5 of the Most Popular Spring Fashion Trends

Spring is upon us which means it’s time to store those knitted sweaters and down-filled coats and break out the lighter clothing.
 
To make sure that you’re looking best for the spring, we’ve compiled some of the most popular spring fashion trends from the fashion runways across the world. Here are 5 trends that we’re looking forward to rocking.

1. Floral Patterns


 
Nothing says spring like flowers! There’s a reason that floral patterns never go away, they always remain a style staple no matter the season. Fashion runways included dresses covered in flowery patterns so time for you to bring those dresses out of the closet.

2. Over-sized Trench Coat


 
The trench coat has remained a style staple in the closets of the fashionable for decades. If you’re looking to upgrade the state of your closet, time to upgrade the look of your trench to one that is over-sized, with the use of billowy sleeves or make use of asymmetry. Guard yourself from those spring showers in style!

3. Use of Neutral Tones


 
All winter long you’ve been rocking the all black everything look, but now that the sun is shining it’s time to switch that look for something else. Now you’re going to want to wear neutral tones of a lighter variety, such as off-white or cream. Embrace more color!

4. Sheer Tops


 
For those who love to layer up but hate the amount of warmth that brings in, worry not, that’s what sheer tops are for! Sheer tops help to add more range to your outfits, or even show off more skin. They’re a great way to experiment with the layering of different kinds of clothing without getting too hot.

5. Slip-on Shoes


 
Now that the snow has melted you can trade in those bulky boots for more comfortable footwear. No longer do you need to wear those multi faceted shoes, make life easier with shoes that you can easily slip on and off, that work great for the office and can still wear to those outings for drinks on the patio.