Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

•07/12/2012 • Leave a Comment

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Ingredients:-1 lb large strawberries
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
-3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-graham cracker crumbs

Directions:
1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some may already be hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.

The Town With No Roads

•07/11/2012 • Leave a Comment

Giethoorn in Holland is a beautiful and quiet little village unique in that you will not find a single road in the entire town.  Rather, it is connected by waterways and paths and some biking trails.  Visitors are always welcomed and encouraged to rent an electric and noiseless “Whisper Boat” to explore this little piece of heaven on earth. I have actually been to the Netherlands last week but “unfortunately” I only got to visit Amsterdam and Rotterdam. I love Holland and I am definitely going back again and then I am going to visit this town as well and bike around there:)

Top 10 Most Nutritous Fruits

•07/11/2012 • Leave a Comment

Health is wealth! That is what they always say. It is a cliché but still what this statement says is always true. The most important means to get & keep healthy is through eating the right food. We all know this fact but still we tend not to put it in practice. Though unhealthy foods might be delicious, it can be destructive to our health. This is the reason that it is necessary to list down ten of the most nutritious fruits in the world. While different sources might not agree with each other, the fruits listed here are the most frequently mentioned as the most nutritious fruits.

10. Apricot


This fruit is small and round with soft furry yellow to orange skin and a single pit. It has a great amount of anti-oxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Because it is rich in fiber, it can help detoxify your gastrointestinal system. It also has potassium which can help regulate proper muscle contraction and pumping of the heart.

9. Grapefruit


This type of grape is packed with anti-oxidants, potassium, iron, and fiber. It is believed that darker the fruit, the higher the antioxidant ability. Grapefruits can also prevent diseases of the heart and some types of cancer.

8. Papaya


Papaya is also known as “pawpaw” and “tree melon”. Pregnant and nursing mothers should eat papaya because it is rich in folate for the brain development of their baby. Papaya is also a superb source of vitamins A, C, E, and K. it has an amount of vitamin C and potassium that exceeds three times the recommended daily intake. The centre for Science in the United States declares papaya as the most nutritious fruit.

7. Kiwifruit


This fruit is greenish brown and has a hairy skin. Kiwifruit is rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Its sweet green pulp is also a good source of an antioxidant known as flavonoids. Accordingly, if you want a good source of potassium, kiwifruit should be your first choice since it has more potassium than banana and orange.

6. Cantaloupe


This fruit is very aromatic coming from orange flesh. It is rich in vitamin A, potassium, folate, and beta-carotene. This fruit is a perfect diet to develop good eyesight and to avoid development of eye diseases.

5. Cherries


Cherries are good in boosting the immune system because of its high content of flavonoids, potassium, vitamin E and C, folate, magnesium, and Carotenoids. Eating cherries on a daily basis can help you decrease bad cholesterol level, inflammation, pain brought about by degenerative diseases, and risk of cancer.

4. Watermelon


Aside from its delicious and thirst-quenching properties, the watermelon can be very nutritious. The color of watermelon suggests that it is rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamin A, C, and B1, potassium and magnesium. A watermelon can significantly strengthen the immune system and improve the health of the heart.

3. Guava


The Guava is one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. This is because it has dietary fiber, vitamin C, B3, A, and polyunsaturated fatty acid. Especially pigmented guavas, it is rich in carotenoids and polyphenols. It is said that guava has four times more vitamin C compared to orange.

2. Apple


You all heard it, an apple a day makes the doctor away. This is definitely true. Did you know that it is better to eat apple each morning rather than drinking coffee? An apple is rich in fiber especially on their skin. It has vitamins A, C, and E. Apples can be used to fight diabetes and asthma. It is also a natural breath freshner.

1. Avocado


Finally, we are now in our number one slot. The avocado fruit is considered by the Guinness World of Record as the most nutritious fruit and for good reasons. The strength of avocado lies in its high content of monounsaturated fats that helps in lowering bad cholesterol. Avocado is perfect for infants because of its soft and sweet texture.

Now that you know the best gift of Mother Nature for us, humans, you can have more reasons to eat fruits rather than empty foods. Remember that what you eat now will have an effect on your body, now and in the future. So stick with this list and you are on your way to a better and healthier you.

Tattoo Love

•07/09/2012 • Leave a Comment

Want a tattoo, but don’t know yet what exactly? Here are quite some cute tattoo ideas:)

 

 

50 Painless Ways to Cut 100 or More Calories

•07/08/2012 • Leave a Comment

50 Painless Ways to Cut 100 or More Calories
“Losing weight can be as simple as cutting out a meatball here and an egg roll there.” ~~Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.

REACHING YOUR FAT-LOSS GOALS may be easier than you think. To lose a pound of fat a month, all you need to do is cut 100 calories a day from your diet, assuming the intake and expenditure of all other calories remains the same. That’s because a pound of body fat is equivalent to about 3,500 calories. So if you cut 100 calories a day for 31 days, you’re cutting 3,100 calories–or about a pound.

Wait…a pound a month? Isn’t that a little slow? Well, mounds of research indicate that you’re more likely to keep weight off if you lose it slowly. Besides, losing a pound a month doesn’t require drastic changes in your eating habits. It can be as simple as eating two egg rolls with your Chinese stir-fry instead of three. Here are 100 painless ways to cut 100 or more calories a day. As a bonus, they all reduce fat or sugar, which means, calorie for calorie, you’re getting more vitamins and minerals.

1. Spread 1 tablespoon of all-fruit jam on your toast rather than 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter.

2. Replace 1 cup of whole milk with 1/2 cup of nonfat milk.

3. Eat 2 poached eggs instead of 2 fried eggs.

4. Replace 1/2 cup of granola with 2 cups of Cheerios.

5. Instead of using whole milk and eggs to prepare 2 slices of French toast, use nonfat milk and egg whites.

6. Snack on an orange and a banana instead of a Snickers candy bar.

7. Munch on 35 pretzel sticks instead of 1 ounce of dry-roasted peanuts.

8. Replace 1 cup of sweetened applesauce with 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce.

9. On your lamb-and-vegetable kabob, replace 2 of the 4 chunks of meat with fresh whole mushrooms.

10. Dip an artichoke in 1 tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise instead of 1 1/2 tablespoons of regular mayonnaise.

11. Steam your asparagus rather than saut�t in 1 tablespoon of butter or oil.

12. Instead of a 5-ounce glass of wine, opt for cherry-flavored sparkling water.

13. For a chewy snack, have 1/2 cup of dried fruit rather than 9 caramels.

14. Replace 3 slices of bacon with 3 slices of Light & Lean Canadian bacon.

15. Eat a Lender’s egg bagel instead of a Sara Lee egg bagel.

16. Select 1 cup of home-style baked beans instead of an equal serving of baked beans with franks.

17. Replace 2 biscuits with 2 dinner rolls.

18. When making a sandwich, use 2 slices of Roman Light 7-grain bread instead of Pepperidge Farm wheat bread.

19. Eat 1/2 cup of steamed fresh broccoli instead of 1/2 cup of frozen broccoli in cheese sauce.

20. Make a burrito with 1/2 cup of fat-free refried beans and 1 ounce of nonfat cheese instead of the same amount of traditional refried beans and cheese.

21. Replace an apple muffin with a high-fiber English muffin.

22. Reduce a typical serving of chocolate cake (1/8 of a two-layer cake) by one-third.

23. Switch from 1 cup of whole-milk hot chocolate to 1 cup of steamed 1% milk flavored with a dash of almond extract.

24. Replace 1 cup of caramel-coated popcorn with 2 1/2 cups of air-popped popcorn.

25. Switch from 1/2 cup of yogurt-covered raisins to 1/2 cup of plain raisins.

26. Snack on 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt instead of 1 cup of custard-style yogurt.

27. Top your celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese instead of 3 tablespoons of regular cream cheese.

28. Replace 2 fried-chicken drumsticks with 2 roasted drumsticks and a cup of peas and carrots.

29. Instead of eating 5 chocolate-chip cookies, savor the taste of 2.

30. Lighten your 2 cups of coffee with 2 tablespoons of evaporated nonfat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of half-and-half.

31. Replace a 12-ounce can of cola with a 12-ounce can of diet cola.

32. Thicken your cream sauce with 1 percent milk and corn starch instead of a roux of butter and flour.

33. At the appetizer tray, choose 4 fresh raw mushrooms instead of 4 batter-fried mushrooms.

34. Use 2 tablespoons of fat-free sour cream instead of regular sour cream (on baked potatoes or in stroganoff). If done twice in the day, 100 calories will be cut.

35. Reduce the size of your steak from 4 1/2 ounces to 3 ounces.

36. Grill a cheese sandwich with nonstick cooking spray instead of margarine.

37. Replace 1 cup of chocolate ice cream with 2/3 cup of nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt.

38. Snack on 2 ounces of oven-baked potato chips instead of regular potato chips.

39. Instead of topping your salad with an ounce of croutons, get your crunch from 1/4 cup of chopped celery.

40. Instead of 1 cup of macaroni salad, eat 3 1/2 cups of spinach salad with 2 tablespoons of low-calorie dressing.

41. Cut the peanut butter on your sandwich from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.

42. Serve your turkey with 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce instead of 1/2 cup.

43. Order a sandwich on cracked wheat bread instead of a croissant.

44. Complement your hamburger with 1 1/4 ounces of oven-baked tortilla chips instead of a side of fries.

45. Split an apple Danish with a friend rather than eat the entire thing.

46. Order 2 slices of cheese pizza instead of 2 slices of pepperoni pizza.

47. Grab a Dole Fresh Lites Cherry frozen fruit bar instead of a Sunkist Coconut frozen fruit bar.

48. Snack on 1/2 cup of fruit cocktail canned in water instead of 1 cup of fruit cocktail canned in heavy syrup.

49. Switch from 1 cup of fruit punch to 1 cup of sparkling water flavored with 2 teaspoons of concentrated orange juice.

50. Instead of eating garlic bread made with butter, spread baked garlic cloves on French bread.

20 Hairstyles- Braids, Ponytails, Buns & More

•07/05/2012 • Leave a Comment

New hairstyles and variations for the summer are great, especially when they are easy to make!:)

 

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Pretty ponytail twist
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Braid headband with a side ponytail
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Twist and Pin
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Bump and braid combo hairstyle
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How to style long hair short
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Flat Iron Curls
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Half up braids
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Classic French Braid
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Zooey Deschanel Half Ponytail
The Twist Braid
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Messy Side Ponytail
Waterfall French Braid
Waterfall French Braid
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Gibson Tuck Hair
Side Chignon
The Ponytail
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In a rush-forget the brush
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Hair Stick Bun

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Get quick waves from flat iron and braids

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Pin Curls Style

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Braided Bun

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100 little things that travel has taught me

•07/05/2012 • Leave a Comment

I love her travel lessons and I totally agree with them:) I makes me feel better not to be the only one experiencing things like these :)

Travel has been one of my most valuable teachers. Rather than sit in a classroom and learn about the world through a someone else’s eyes, I did it through adventures and misadventures, tears and laughter. I know I still have so much to discover, but here are some lessons that sometimes I had to learn the hard way. Some of them I already kinda knew, some I are silly, some are serious, some are obvious, and some are embarrassing. Maybe this collection will help open up new doors in your own life and own travels, and although we will all learn our own lessons, I hope maybe I will help someone avoid some of my mistakes (example: #14). Happy travels!

    1. Travel is about the journey, not the destination. The destination is only the means for the journey to begin.
    2. Laws prohibiting durian on public transportation are there for a reason.
    3. Walking is the best way to explore a new city, and to burn off the calories from those cocktails last night.
    4. There are some tourist destinations that are “must-do’s” but they rarely really show you what a place is about.
    5. What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.
    6. If you can’t pick up your bag, you probably packed too much shit.
    7. Mango sticky rice is a wonderful breakfast, dessert and/or midnight snack. The same goes for banana pancakes.
    8. Lonely Planet doesn’t know everything.
    9. Learn how to bargain.
    10. Your whole life can change in a month, but your hometown will be just as you left it.
    11. Buying imported booze instead of drinking the local stuff is a fast way to blow your budget.
    12. Your friends are as inspired by your travels as they are envious of them. I promise.
    13. No matter how many you see, never stop appreciating sunsets.
    14. “Embarazado” DOES NOT mean “embarrassed.”
    15. Sleep with your valuables as a pillow on overnight Eurorail trips, and in stations. Even then keep on guard.
    16. Postcards and tacky heartfelt souvenirs are the cheapest and greatest gift you can give.
    17. You can’t get contraceptives, tampons, etc. over the counter in all countries. Plan accordingly.
    18. At least attempt to learn the local language.  “Hello!” and “Thank you!” will get you farther than you think.
    19. Learn how to wash your own clothes.
    20. Tattoos are great souvenirs that will last a lifetime.

    1. Carabineers are not just for rockclimbing.
    2. It’s fun to have a gimmick to make new friends. For example: playing an ukulele, fire dancing, perfecting a card trick, etc. You have the time, learn how to do something!
    3. Beware of monkeys. They are absolutely not to be trusted at all.
    4. Big or small, boats are fun! (Unless you get seasick, in which case I apologize for being the happy hyper blonde girl talking about how much fun boats are while you were vomiting.)
    5. Working on farms is an awesome way to live cheap or free and see a different part of culture.
    6. There is something delicious about having sex in foreign countries. Double delicious with a foreigner. Triple if they don’t speak your language very well (or at all).
    7. Chronicle your journey: years from now you will be so happy you blogged or journaled.

    1. Invest in a comfortable pair of sandals.
    2. Bored? People watch. Make up stories about strangers.
    3. The world is smaller than you think.
    4. Learn the tipping policies of whatever country you are in and adhere to them.
    5. More smiling. Less bitching. No matter how miserable you feel, your friends back at home would still trade places with you in a heartbeat.
    6. Be wary of accepting tea from merchants, especially in Islam countries, it is how they trap you long enough to hear their full sales pitch.
    7. Always have spare toilet paper with you.
    8. The famous Koh Phangan Full Moon parties are overrated. There are smaller more intimate parties all over Thailand without thousands of puking, littering, stumbling eighteen year olds. No offense, I was the same way when I was eighteen. But I’m not anymore and have higher party standards.
    9. Don’t be a chump, but generosity is a good trait.
    10. Wading through crocodile swamps is rarely a good idea.
    11. Quitting smoking while on the road is damn near impossible.
    12. Don’t touch the dogs in Bali.  Don’t go near them. Please.
    13. Spending the day looking at street art can be just as rewarding as paying to visit a museum. And will be much cheaper.
    14. “Spicy” has different meanings in different countries. And different chilis can be spicier than nearly identical ones.
    15. Deep fried bugs aren’t as gross as you would think, especially after a night of drinking in Phnom Penh.

    1. Food poisoning sucks, but is a rite of passage.
    2. Sometime you have to embrace clichés.
    3. No one wants to buy your friendship bracelets. But they will wear them as anklets for free!
    4. Just because you’re on the road does not give you the excuse to slack on hygiene.
    5. It does however mean you don’t have to shave. As often anyways.
    6. Latino lover stereotypes are basically true. The good ones and the bad ones.
    7. Don’t touch Asian people on the head. No matter how cute they are.  It’s rude.
    8. Respect the elderly wherever you are.
    9. Life is a celebration.
    10. Bring snacks for airplane, bus, and train rides.
    11. The easiest way to adjust to time changes is to make yourself go to sleep at whatever time you would at home in your new zone, whether it means staying up for twenty-four hours, or dosing yourself with a Tylenol PM early.
    12. It’s nothing personal babe, but snuggling just doesn’t work in tropical countries with no AC.
    13. Pack one little black dress that is wrinkle-proof.
    14. Sarongs have a plethora of uses.
    15. Please stop littering. This isn’t a travel lesson, this is a life lesson.
    16. Not all who wander are lost.
    17. Coconuts are full of electrolytes and will make you feel better after a long night of drinking, food poisoning, travel, etc.

    1. It’s nice to have a fake wedding ring handy.
    2. Drinking with locals is the best way to learn a new language.
    3. Earplugs.
    4. Read books that take place in the location you are visiting for plenty of daydream material.
    5. Make a Couch Surfer account
    6. Call your parents just enough so they don’t worry, no matter how old you are, they are still your parents.
    7. Trust your instincts.
    8. Buy travel insurance.
    9. You can wear the smallest bikini in the world in Brazil, but for some reason you can’t sunbathe topless.
    10. You actually can’t sunbathe topless in a lot of countries, research before you strip.
    11. Good luck finding a burger in India.
    12. A deck of cards will give you hours of entertainment and help you make friends.
    13. Cockroaches, however disgusting, will not actually hurt you.
    14. Guard your passport with your life. Get an under the clothes travel wallet. Please don’t get those ones that go around your neck, they are sooooo ugly and you can see them right through clothes.
    15. Research local laws. You never know what weird things may be illegal and/or frowned upon.
    16. Talking with other travelers will teach you more than checking government websites.
    17. Even if you don’t believe in karma, karma believes in you.
    18. Ask before you take pictures of people.
    19. Eat less things that come in plastic packaging and more things that grow on trees.
    20. Stop and smell the flowers. Especially plumerias.

    1. Even if it doesn’t make you look cool or the law doesn’t require it, wear a helmet while on a motorbike whenever possible.
    2. Tigerbalm has multiple uses.
    3. There is a 95% chance that anything “designer” you buy on the street isn’t. Ray Bans do not equal Ray Bands.
    4. Don’t just rely on GPS for road trips. Sometimes the old fashioned way is better.
    5. Don’t leave your purse on the table at the bar while you stumble to the bathroom with your friends. (Yeah… I know…I did a lot of stupid stuff when I was eighteen.)
    6. Beware that when you see the word “happy” before food or drink (happy-pizza, happy-shake, happy-omelet, etc), it might not be the kind of happy you’re used to. And don’t worry, the rainbow dragons are your friends and will be gone tomorrow back in their magical kingdom.
    7. Mini sewing kit.
    8. Calm down. Just because you can’t post about it online does not make it less real.
    9. No one ever said travel is easy. We all get lonely and homesick.
    10. No matter what your beliefs are, respect the local culture. You are a guest.
    11. Once you get home, print out some of your favorite photos. When you’re old, are you going to want to pull up your old Facebook page to show your grandkids the pictures, or would you rather pull out a box full of treasures?
    12. Wear sunscreen.
    13. If you get sunburned, immediately pop an ibprofin, take a cold shower, and slather yourself with sunscreen when you get out. You know how when you get out of the sun you keep on turning redder? These things will stop the burn from intensifying.
    14. Ziploc bags do come in handy. As do credit cards.
    15. Skinny dip in tropical water under a full moon at least once.

  1. Riding camels is AWESOME! (And just a little stinky. But mostly awesome.)
  2. Stick to your fitness routine. Yoga on the road helps me so much. Even five minutes every morning of stretching makes a difference.
  3. Flipflops come and go. It’s better not to get too attached.
  4. Its simpler to pack lots of accessories, than it is to pack lots of clothes. Plus you’ll pick up new threads on the road anyways.
  5. A day spent doing nothing in a hammock is a day well spent.
  6. There are always more mistakes to be made, more lessons to learn, more adventure to be had, and more sunsets to watch. If there is a way to travel without making mistakes, learning lessons, having adventures, and watching sunsets, then I don’t want to do it.
 
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