Archive for the ‘Food and Entertaining’ Category

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Chewing Gum

How to Choose the Right Chewing Gum

Buying gum may seem simple, but there are many health issues to consider. Read on. 1 Are you diabetic? If so, sugarless gum may be for you. 2 Even if not diabetic, sugar can still be harmful to your health. Does diabetes run in your family? Does sugar make you hyper? If so, you should avoid sugar as much as possible. 3 Do you have a history of many tooth cavities, or want to avoid them? Again, sugarless gum may be for you. 4 Have you had allergic reactions to…

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Bottled Water

How to Choose the Right Bottled Water

Two Parts:Purchasing Bottled WaterConsidering Other Sources of WaterCommunity Q&A When shopping for bottled water, it can be difficult to figure out which one to buy. This is especially true if you’re unsure of the meaning of the marketing terminology on the packages or bottles. Many bottled water companies have been promoting their products as more natural, healthier, or superior compared to tap water.[1] However, a little research can help when you’re browsing a large variety of bottled waters. Some basic information can help you purchase a brand or type of…

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How to Choose Fruit

Four Methods:StrawberriesGrapesPeachesWatermelonCommunity Q&A Have you ever picked rotten or bad fruit from a grocery store? It’s not a pleasant feeling to bite into a rotten apple or find bruises through your pear. This article will provide you with some clear indicators of what to look for when purchasing new fruit. 1 Buy in season. Fruit that comes out of season comes from farther away, and generally lacks the flavor of fruit in season. 2 Use your senses to pick good fruit at the grocery store. The smell, touch and look…

postheadericon How to Choose Healthy Nuts (for Women)

How to Choose Healthy Nuts (for Women)

Three Methods:Knowing How Much to EatChoosing the Right NutsBuying and Storing NutsCommunity Q&A As of 2012, the USDA recommends eating a variety of protein foods for maximum nutrient intake. Nuts are considered a protein food and have many health benefits. Nuts have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers in clinical studies. Also, due to their high fiber, high fat and protein content, nuts have been shown to help with overeating by increasing satiety, which can help with lowering body weight. Women are at a…

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How to Choose Edible Flowers

Three Parts:Selecting the Type of FlowerFinding a Safe ProviderAvoiding Pitfalls When Choosing Edible FlowersCommunity Q&A Edible culinary flowers are useful for a variety of purposes. You can have fun cooking a meal, making candy, preparing a salad, or decorating a dinner plate. The key is learning which flowers are safe to consume and what kind of flowers would suit your tastes. Be careful when choosing edible flowers. You want to make sure you get flowers from a reputable provider so you can consume them safely. Part 1 Selecting the Type…

postheadericon How to Choose a Quality Beer

How to Choose a Quality Beer

For about 8000 years, beer has been an important, nourishing beverage. Beer was traditionally brewed as a “liquid bread”, and as such has been an important source of calories and nutrients. Beer contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy plant constituents, such as phytochemical antioxidants. But not all beers are created equal. The specific brewing process that is used, as well as the types of ingredients that a beer is made from, help to determine the wholesomeness of a beer. 1 Go to a store that sells a variety of imported and…

postheadericon How to Choose and Cook Asparagus

How to Choose and Cook Asparagus

Four Parts:Choosing AsparagusCleaning and Storing AsparagusPreparing Asparagus for CookingCooking AsparagusCommunity Q&A Asparagus is a low calorie vegetable rich in many important vitamins including folate, vitamin C and vitamin A. The prime seasons for fresh asparagus are February through June and September through December. Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that lends itself to many different cooking methods. Part 1 Choosing Asparagus 1 Inspect the tips of the asparagus spears. Look for spears with tightly closed buds. Avoid asparagus with open or seedy tips. 2 Choose asparagus with firm stalks. Wilted or…

postheadericon How to Choose a Magician for a Birthday

How to Choose a Magician for a Birthday

Are you planning a birthday party for your child? Magic is a great way to entertain guests at a party. In this article, you will find some great tips on how to hire a a magician for a birthday party. 1 Talk it over with your child and make sure that is what they want. Sometimes for a child interested in magic, a magician will make a great surprise gift. If you are unsure if your child would be happy with a magician, sit down and discuss it together. 2…

postheadericon How to Choose a Good Caterer

How to Choose a Good Caterer

Finding the perfect caterer is an essential part of any large scale event. Weddings, corporate events, parties and family gatherings are all times when the services of a caterer might be needed. Unfortunately, there is no standardized grading system for caterers and anybody can start their own catering business. Here’s how to choose a good caterer so that the food at your event is something memorable, for all the right reasons. 1 Listen to word of mouth recommendations. No amount of advertising can replace a good recommendation from somebody you…

postheadericon How to Choose a Bagel

How to Choose a Bagel

Choosing a bagel can sometimes be difficult because there are a lot of bagels and a lot of brands. It can be difficult to find a bagel that is delicious yet healthy at the same. This article can help on your decision of choosing! 1 Choose wisely. Be smart when shopping for bagels. Constantly check the ingredients and nutrition facts to be sure the bagels are healthy. Be aware of the ingredients if you have any allergies, are gluten free, or vegan. Research the ingredients if you don’t know what…