The 20 Best Foods for Men

Knowing what you put in your mouth is vital to maintaining health and well-being. As an active employee, sports enthusiast, and father men need to be aware that they must meet the daily dietary requirements. Below are the best foods for men.

Almonds

If you need more energy to get through the day, snack on almonds which is high protein and healthy fats.

Berries

Most berries contain vitamin C which help produce collagen to promote hair growth and strengthen hair.

Cabbage

Even if you do not like leafy greens, you should at least try cabbages because it is low in cholesterol but high in vitamins such as vitamin K.

Cashews

If you need stronger muscles, eat more cashews because they contain magnesium, which will complement your diet of protein.

Chickpeas

If you need a substitute for white rice, you can prepare meals with chickpeas. It is high in fiber and vitamin B6.

Coconut

Contrary to the belief that coconut oil is high in bad cholesterol, it actually contains lauric acid which boosts good cholesterol. Do not feel guilty using coconut oil and other coconut products.

Eggs

Need to address hair loss? Eggs contain biotin and protein which stimulate hair growth.

Kiwi

Most fruits are high in vitamin C. Kiwi is a nutritious snack that can be consumed fresh or dried.

Lentils

Need a source of good carbohydrates? Add more lentils to your diet to get enough protein and carbohydrates.

Mustard products

Mustard seeds in particular contain folates and nutrients that are good for the heart.

Oranges

These are a good source of vitamin B. You can eat oranges on the go or pick products that are low in sugar content. As much as possible, stick to natural juice drinks if you want to refresh.

Sunflower seeds

Grab a pack of sunflower seeds next time you are on a movie marathon. It contains antioxidants and vitamin E.

Pasta

You will need carbohydrates to get through a busy day. Whole wheat pasta can be a substitute for white rice.

Pistachios

For other snack alternatives, a small pack of pistachios contain protein and good cholesterol.

Pumpkin

This can be used for a lot of dishes and contains zinc to strengthen bones.

Salmon

For men who want to build muscles, salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Sweet Potatoes

They have a high vitamin A content. Instead of potato chips, you should snack on sweet potatoes to avoid high sodium content and bad cholesterol.

Soybeans

Food products made from soybeans are good for your body, especially if you are lactose intolerant. It is high in calcium and iron, necessary nutrients you need to maintain strong bones.

Tomatoes

These are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C—all good nutrients for your heart.

Watermelon

Need to refresh during a hot afternoon? A fresh watermelon contains lycopene and potassium. Both play a role in maintaining normal blood pressure and prostate health.


Things You Should Know About Keeping Hanging Plants

Most hanging plants are quite hardy and are less demanding for care than other ornamental plants, but you can make them even healthier with these easy tricks.

There are varieties of hanging baskets used for hanging plants, but the sturdiest is made from wire and filled with a growing medium. Clay pots are also fine, but they are slightly heavier than the wire baskets.

Any type of material for a hanging basket is fine but you should pick the biggest baskets that you can find to allow the plant to grow. Bigger baskets also minimize pruning, but you will also have to take into consideration its water retention characteristics.

Water retention can be addressed by picking the right liner for the hanging basket. There are plenty that you can choose from in garden supplies shops, but the most common are the following: cocoa liners which are thick but not suited for planting on the sides; sphagnum moss which is thick, mostly dry, but can be difficult to maintain; burlap liners which are environmentally-friendly and will not retain water, but it has to be treated with copper; and the supamoss which has excellent drainage but has an artificial look.

When transferring the plant to the hanging basket, make sure that the first layer of soil is at least 5 inches thick. If you are going to place a drainage, there has to be at least 3 inches of soil between the pipe and the base of the basket. Make tiny incisions on the liner and place the plant just below the soil.

Some varieties of hanging plants require full sunlight and survive warm temperatures but be sure to check for specific requirements for each plant before buying. Some plants also require only minimal sunlight and cool temperature. You can place these in shaded areas or indoors but take them out occasionally.

During hot days, you will need to water the plants every 2 or 3 days. When watering, do so only at the coolest time of the day. The size of the hanging baskets should also be considered; smaller baskets dry out faster than the larger once. To determine if the plant is getting enough water, wait until the water streams down through the holes and the basket feels heavy with water.

However, avoid watering the plants too much. At least one inch of the top of the soil should be free from moisture before you water. The roots can rot if the soil or planter is soaked in too much water.

Remove dead flowers and leaves by pinching off the part where it meets the stem. However, there are varieties that will not need pruning, so be sure to check first.

You can use a fertilizer for hanging plants if they are not getting enough nutrients from the soil. Apply the fertilizer only while the soil is moist, but again check for the specific requirements for each plant.

Don’t forget to rotate the baskets occasionally so that every side gets the sunlight it needs. Indoor plants should also be taken out occasionally into the sunshine.


Reasons to Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly

Among all our senses, our sight is probably the one we rely on the most. Our eyes allow us to see and enjoy life as it is. That’s why it is important to know the conditions of our eyes.  The great thing is, you don’t even have to make trips to the eye doctor every month. You can have check-ups annually or every two years. That’s what “regularly” is in terms of your eyes. Anyway, here are some other reasons to have your eyes checked!

Vision correction

First of all, if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses and notice that your eyesight is already blurry, of course, you’d want to get your eyes checked. If you have astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, or other eye problems, you’ll have to go to your doctor regularly. This is so that he/she can keep monitoring your condition and get your vision corrected accordingly. Because our condition can change as we age, your doctor will need to update your prescription through the years so that you can still maintain good eyesight.

To avoid straining our eyes too much

Wherever you are in Singapore, you will see screens almost everywhere. From computers to our phones, too much exposure to screens can have a significant effect on our eyesight. Sometimes we also get tempted to use our phones in the dark before we sleep. That simple act can have a lot of negative implications for our vision. If you’re able to get your eyes checked, your doctor might recommend glasses that can help alleviate digital eye strain.

Identify eye diseases

Another important reason to get your eyes checked is so that you can detect eye diseases in their early stages. There are eye problems that aren’t really detrimental, while there are also others that can lead to vision loss. There are times when you don’t notice that your vision is deteriorating and one day you’ve suddenly lost vision in one eye.  If you can identify the symptoms of serious eye diseases early, you might still be able to take the proper measures to prevent them.

You might also detect other health problems

It may come as a surprise, but a lot of people have already learned that they have a health condition because they had an eye exam. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are among the serious health conditions that have been detected through an eye examination. If you’re wondering why this is possible, the answer is pretty simple. When you go for a check-up, eye doctors evaluate the blood vessels around your retina. The blood vessels in the retina is actually a good gauge to know the condition of the blood vessels that circulate throughout your body as a whole.


How to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

In Singapore, kiasu is what we call “the fear of missing out”. A more popular term used by people around the world today though is FOMO which is basically the acronym. Because other people also experience it, you can be sure that it’s something not just felt in Singapore. In many cases, the fear of missing out can affect our mental and emotional health negatively. If you think you’re already under too much FOMO, here are some things you can do.

Take a break from social media

One of the biggest fuels for FOMO is social media. In social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll see endless posts about people living the good life. This will lead you to compare yourself to them over and over. Then, you might also post similar experiences to feel better about yourself and to feel that you’re not getting left behind. This is why taking a break from social media is a giant leap you have to make to overcome FOMO. Once you try it, you’ll see that you’re not really missing out on anything at all.

Think that doing nothing isn’t negative at all

One effect of FOMO is that it makes us think we have to keep doing something. It becomes so bad that it comes to the point when even if we need rest, we still think about doing something. Let’s say your co-workers go out for dinner parties almost every Saturday. You might think that you’ll miss all the fun if you don’t go but not going at least once or twice really won’t hurt at all. If you feel tired, don’t sacrifice rest just to have fun!

Practice being mindful

Another great way to overcome FOMO is to practice being mindful of the present. You can practice mindfulness through a variety of ways. Some of the most common are meditation and journaling. You can also practice it by simply focusing on your senses at a given time. For example, you can pay attention to the taste of the laksa you’re eating right now. Or you can pay attention to the sounds you hear while on your commute. Being mindful simply teaches you to live in the moment.

See the value of gratitude

Because of FOMO, we see ourselves focusing more on the things we still lack instead of those we already have. This is why we should all see the importance of being grateful for what we have. This allows us to appreciate our smallest successes and even the challenges we face. When you realize how much you have, it will not be difficult for you to overcome the fear of missing out. That is simply because you’ve learned to be content.


4 Dark Chocolate Recipes

Can’t get enough of dark chocolate? Here are different ways to enjoy them with your family.

No-Egg Black Forest Cake

Ingredients: 1 chocolate sponge cake, 4 cups beaten whipped cream, 16 pieces halved cherries, ¾ cup water, ½ cup sugar, 1 ¼ cups chocolate curls, and 10 whole cherries

Preparation: Make a sugar syrup by combining water and sugar in a pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and cool. Meanwhile, slice the sponge cake into 3 equal horizontal layers. Take the bottommost layer and soak it with 2 tablespoons of the sugar syrup. Next, spread 1 cup beaten whipped cream using a spatula and arrange half the halved cherries on it. Repeat the process for the second layer.

Place the topmost layer and soak it with the remaining syrup, spread remaining whipped cream on top and cover all the sides of the cake including the second and bottom layers. Sprinkle ¾ cup chocolate curls on top and distribute ½ cup of the curls on the sides of the cake. Place the whole cherries on top. Refrigerate until cooled before serving.

Cola Chocolate Ice Cream Float

Ingredients: 2 cups chilled Coca-Cola, ½ cup chocolate ice cream, and 2 scoops chocolate ice cream for toppings

Preparation: In a blender, combine, Coca-Cola and ½ cup chocolate ice cream until smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses with a topping of chocolate ice cream.

Mango Chocolate Cake

Cake Ingredients: 1 ½ cups whipped cream, ¼ cup mango puree, 1 7-inch chocolate sponge cake, and 1 cup sugar syrup

Cake Toppings: 1 cup whipped cream, 3 tablespoons mangoes, and ¼ cup chocolate vermicelli

Preparation: To make the cake, whisk ¼ whipped cream with mango puree until smooth then set aside. Meanwhile, divide the chocolate sponge cake into 2 horizontal halves. Soak the bottom layer with ½ sugar syrup then spread the mango-cream mixture on top. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Repeat the same process for the other half of the cake and refrigerate for 20 minutes. When ready, run a pastry comb on the sides of the cake. Fill a piping bag with 1 cup whipped cream and make borders for the cake. Next, fill a piping bag with chocolate vermicelli and make swirls around the cake. Once you’re done decorating, garnish cake with chopped mangoes.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Ingredients: 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 3 eggs, 3 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, ¾ cup butter and additional 2 tablespoons butter, and powdered sugar

Preparation: Grease ramekins of custard cups with 2 tablespoons butter then arrange them in a baking pan. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over low heat, combine ¾ cup butter with bittersweet chocolate until the chocolate has melted. Stir continuously then set aside to cool. In a bowl, beat eggs with granulated sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla using a mixer on high speed for 8 to 10 minutes.

Once thick and yellowish in color, gradually fold in 1/3 of the chocolate mixture. Next, fold the remaining chocolate mixture and flour gradually until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins or cups. Bake for 12 minutes at 425°F. Cook for 3 minutes then loosen the cakes from the sides and invert into plates. Sift powdered sugar on top before serving.


The Best Horror Podcasts to Listen to Today

Listening to podcasts is simply one of the many ways you can entertain yourself while spending most of your time at home. Now, we all know that quarantining ourselves and limiting contact with other people is important to contain the spread of COVID-19. So, we have to find ways to keep our life at home fun! If you like listening to podcasts and want a little extra spice and scare, here are some great horror podcasts!

The NoSleep Podcast

First off, let’s start with one of the most popular which is the NoSleep Podcast. It’s become one of the most well-known horror podcasts because it’s born from the subreddit of the same name. With above 300 episodes already and about 5 stories per episode, you’ll have the option of binge-listening or just listening to it in the background while doing your work. Additionally, each story is told in the first person. So, as a listener, you can really immerse yourself (if that’s a good thing).

The Dark Verse

The Dark Verse is another great podcast to listen to, mainly because of its vibe and simplicity. For one, they create a great vibe because of the signature vocal filter added to the narrator’s voice. This horror podcast also already has above a hundred episodes. The great thing about The Dark Verse is that it already has something like its own universe of fantastical and metaphysical horrors. Each story also leaves you with something to think about, which is always a bonus!

Knifepoint Horror

Speaking of simplicity, Knifepoint Horror is another podcast that’s popularly known for exactly that! In fact, it really does fit the definition of simplicity. There are no sudden bursts of background music to fill in the silences and it also only relies on only one speaker. It’s very stripped down and that really adds to the creepy atmosphere of each story. There are about 50 episodes already so you can binge if you want.

Video Palace

All the podcasts we’ve mentioned so far have a lot of episodes. But if you’re hoping for something short yet still intense, Video Palace might just be the one for you. It starts when the main character finds a strange white VHS tape. Then, he and his girlfriend fall into a life of occult mystery! We’ll stop the tease there. This podcast runs for 10 episodes and the quality of each is enhanced because of the intervention of real-life horror writers and filmmakers!

Limetown

Limetown is known for having one of the best production values among horror podcasts. It features the story of a fictional radio host trying to figure out the mystery of several people vanishing from their town. The storytelling is superb and the whole ambiance they’ve created really makes the podcast worth listening to.


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