Diet VS Exercise – Which is the Most Important?

Diet VS Exercise - Which is the Most ImportantToday we are going to attempt to tackle that age of question of which is better diet or exercise? For many decades’ people trying to lose weight have debated this question. While we all know that exercise will help shed those pounds and it very good for you, today we will focus on diet. Studies have shown that diet plays a huge role in weight loss. It’s really a simple matter of calorie intake and which types of foods you are putting into your body. Below we will go into further detail about calorie intake and how you can lose weight by watching what you eat.

Why is Your Diet More Important Than Exercise?

The truth is you are what you eat. No matter how hard or how long you work out, if you keep putting high-calorie foods into your body exercise won’t matter that much. The only real way you are going to see a noticeable amount of weight loss is by watching what you eat. This is the real key to true weight loss.

Keeping Up with Your Calorie Intake

Counting calories can be a nightmare if you are not prepared. In the past people used to have to write down everything they ate. Now there are many apps that will help make calorie counting easy and the best part is many of them are free!

Add Some Exercise but Focus On Your Diet

While this article informs you that diet is the key to weight loss, you should always add in some exercise to help the body shed those pounds. Exercise can help speed your body’s metabolism which will help you burn calories faster. But always remember to stick to your diet, so that you don’t add unnecessary calories because they will only make your body work harder to achieve your weight loss goals.

If you struggle with making time for exercise, investing in an exercise machine like an elliptical would be a good idea. Ellipticals provide upper and lower body workout unlike a threadmill or a stationary bike. For help in choosing the best elliptical for weight loss, make sure to do your research and read online reviews.

Also see: Juice Recipes To Help You Lose Weight

No More Messy Snacks – Twisting The Way You Eat

elite-daily-eating-600x300 (1)Does eating some popular snacks leave you messy? Worry not as we give you some new innovative mess free ways to eat your favourite snacks.
Popsicles
Do your popsicles require you to change your dress after eating? You can easily catch drips by threading the Popsicle stick to a cupcake wrapper. The wrapper acts as an impromptu dish and catches all drips. Enjoy your Popsicle without getting your dress dirty.
Powdered Sugar Doughnut
Do you look like a ghost after indulging in powdered sugar doughnuts? The trick here is to wrap the doughnut in a paper napkin. Tear the doughnut into half. The paper napkin prevents the powder from settling on your face. Eat the doughnut sandwiched between the folds of the paper napkin.
Burger
Healthy-Snacks-Girl-Eating-Fruit-300x300Does your burger turn into a soggy and messy pile before you finish eating? Burgers usually have thicker buns at the bottom than at the top. The trick here is to flip your burger and eat it upside down. No more juicy sauces running down your chin.
Cupcakes
Does the mile high frosting on top of the cupcake reach up to your nose? The right way to eat a cupcake is to slice it in half horizontally and to create a cupcake sandwich with the bottom half of the cupcake on top of the frosting. This method also lets you enjoy the right frosting to cake ratio in each bite.
Chips
Does your habit of munching chips leave messy fingerprints on your keyboard or on the shiny screen of your Smartphone? Eat chips with a chopstick and say good bye to sticky fingerprints. Use a chopstick to poke into the chips bag and eat your crunchy snacks like a pro.
Tacos
This popular Mexican dish always breaks before you finish it. Give it an additional layer of strength by wrapping your tacos in lettuce. You also add a nutritional boost to this filling meal with the lettuce.

So when you try any of these popular snacks, try eating them in the way mentioned above and stay spotless.

Read Also: Make The Ultimate Perfect Sandwich Right At Your Kitchen

Make The Ultimate Perfect Sandwich Right At Your Kitchen

breakfast_elitedaily-600x300No one can deny the power of a perfectly made sandwich. Sandwiches are highly versatile and by just swapping a few ingredients you can get a totally different dish. But sadly the sandwiches we make in our kitchen often are not perfect. Either they turn soggy or the bread to filling ratio is not perfect. The reasons are endless for a failed sandwich. Here I provide you with a few steps to ensure that your sandwich turns out perfect every time.

1. Bread: If you get this right, you are of on the right path. Toasted bread makes for a sturdier base that regular bread. If you don’t prefer toasted bread, you can just slightly place bread on a hot pan and take it off before it gets toasted. Also when you cut the bread do not cut diagonally but cut across if you want a sturdier sandwich.

exps39618_SCSC163923C03_29_5b2. Lettuce: This forms the next layer. Select lettuce leaves that are at the right stage. No over-ripened leaves. Also dry the lettuce leaves either with a kitchen towel or a paper napkin to remove the moisture after washing. Moist lettuce is the main culprit for soggy sandwiches.

3. Cheese: Cheese should be place right under the top layer of your sandwich rather than at the bottom. It acts as a barrier between the moist middle layers and the top half of the sandwich.

4. Crunchy ingredients: Place crunchy ingredients like nuts, carrots and celery in the middle. They provide the right amount of crunch in between soft bites when you eat the sandwich.

5. Veggies: When you add veggies to your sandwich make sure they are completely dry. Else they lead to a soggy sandwich.

6. Sauces: Spread sauces on the inner side of both the top and bottom half of the sandwich. This ensures equal distribution of flavour with every bite.

Follow these steps and enjoy the perfect sandwich every time.

Read Also: Tips To Turn Your Leftover Food Into Delicious Dishes

Tips To Turn Your Leftover Food Into Delicious Dishes

22816_minestroneOn an average each household in the UK wastes food worth 470 pounds to a huge 700 pounds in a year. Just think of huge savings you can do if you do not waste food. But often however prudent we are, we have huge leftovers. Reheating a dish and consuming it on the next day just doesn’t appeal to a whole lot of people.

So here we give you a few tips on how to turn leftovers into yummy dishes that is craved by every member in your household, while also saving a few hundred pounds in your budget.

1. Bread: This is one dish that turns stale very often before you finish off the loaf. While stale bread makes unappetising sandwiches, it can be easily used for other yummy dishes. Desserts like bread pudding often taste better with stale bread than freshly cooked bread.

ss_slide2_1017359842. Make use of leftover vegetables and meat from last night’s dinner by making them as fillings for yummy pie. You just have to make the outer shell of the pie and prepare some quick sauces to go with the pie and you are done.

3. Leftover rice can be easily turned into take out style Chinese Fried Rice. All you have to do is add a few veggies and meat and you have a whole meal prepared in a jiffy for the whole family.

4. Stale biscuits make the perfect base of creamy cheesecakes. Just powder the biscuits in a blender and add them as the base for your cheesecake. You can then top them with cream cheese and add in your favourite flavour. This is a dessert that uses minimum effort but never fails to impress your guests.

5. Vegetables tend to get dry and soggy after being left in the fridge for more than a week. Using these veggies in a stir fry is not advisable. However you can use them in a mash or as fillings for your pita pockets. They taste just the same and no one will know the difference.

Read Also: Should You Invest In A Cooking Thermometer?

Should You Invest In A Cooking Thermometer?

f0c8a-everyone-instant-read-thermometer-kitchen-gives-bannerTemperature is the key. Even a slight change in the temperature can cause your entire dish to go bad. From grilling meat to baking everything has to be done at the exact temperature. But is it worthwhile to invest in a digital thermometer for your regular home cooking? Here we list out the facts and look at some popular models available in the market.

thermapen-thermometersThe dangers of undercooked meat are many. From food poisoning to bacterial infection uncooked meat is the culprit for several diseases. Especially for households with young children it becomes mandatory to have a meat thermometer in the kitchen. These thermometers show when meat is cooked and are available for just 4£.

For more accurate cooks there are several digital thermometers available in the market that performs various functions like displaying the accurate temperature, timer and conversion scales. These temperatures range from 20£ to 40£. If you make jams and sauces frequently at home, you will be familiar with the risk of letting it burn even with slight variations in temperatures. A digital thermometer makes your job easy.

Yes it is possible to cook up dishes with a fancy looking gadget. But if you don’t want to risk undercooking or over cooking it’s best to invest in a quality digital cooking thermometer.

Juice Recipes To Help You Lose Weight

juice-detox-recipes-get-juicy-cleanse-canEvery one of us would have tried some new diet in our life at some point or other. It is not easy to shed those extra kilos. Losing weight requires a lot of self control and determination and also the right diet. Juices are an integral part of any diet. You can simply shed of that extra weight by just drinking the right juices. There are several vegetables and fruits that are very effective in helping burn calories.

Here we present you few amazing juice recipes that increase your metabolism, burn calories and help you stay fit and healthy. Make these juices a part of your daily meal and watch the weight drop.

1. Tomato and Cucumber Juice:
Ingredients:
3 ½ cups finely diced tomato
2 ½ cups chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon flax seeds
½ teaspoon pepper
A dash of honey

Go-Green-4-Juice-Recipes-to-Get-More-Leafy-Greens-into-Your-Diet-ThumbnailProcedure:
Blend all the ingredients together. Pour in a tall glass. Add a few crushed ice cubes. Garnish with a few mint leaves. This juice is ideal to cool of during summer. Enjoy.

2. Watermelon and Carrot Juice:
Ingredients:
Quarter watermelon sized into cubes
2/3 carrots peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
A handful of mint leaves
A dash of honey

Procedure:
Blend all the ingredients together with some water. This is a very refreshing drink and it is naturally sweet. So you can skip the honey if not needed. Add in a few crushed ice cubes. Serve in a tall glass. Enjoy.

3. Beet and Celery Juice
Ingredients:
1 beetroot peeled and diced into small cubes
Few celery stalks
A handful of chopped cilantro
One tablespoon salt

Procedure:
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender. This is a very healthy juice that boosts your metabolism and helps you in burning fat. Add a dash of honey if needed. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy.

A Perfect Summer Drink – Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

summer_drink_recipesStrawberries are the quintessential summer fruit. Every summer I drive to the nearby strawberry farm and help in picking strawberries. The aroma of the fruit fills the air and makes me so happy. Have you ever tasted a strawberry fruit right after it is plucked from the vine? The fruit is ripe and so juicy that you are immediately transported to strawberry heaven.

42d1ceaa0ded94b4b03e0f5b14e05e1cNow how about combining this favourite fruit with liquor to create the perfect adult drink for summer? It is so refreshing and simple yummy. Here I give you the recipe for the classical frozen strawberry daiquiri. This recipe is citrusy and punchy instead of being loaded with sugar. There are several commercially marketed daiquiri drinks available in the market. But they are just sugary drinks that lack the punch. Try this and am sure you’ll never buy a readymade daiquiri again.

Ingredients:
4 to 5 fresh strawberries cored and sliced into halves
1 cup white rum
1 teaspoon lime juice
Crushed ice cubes as needed

Procedure:
Blend all the ingredients other than the ice cubes in a blender. Add in the crushed ice cubes. If you want it thick you can add in more ice cubes to make it slushier. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy the official drink of summer.