How to Digitally Enhance Your Cooking Experience

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By Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org

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Whether you are learning how to cook, wanting to break out of a cooking rut, or looking for ways to make cooking easier, technology can help. Keto Kooking wants you to know that you can use the internet, smartphone apps, and the latest gadgets and devices to find new recipes, try out new cooking methods, and save some time in the kitchen. Now, let’s get cooking!

First, Look at Your Kitchen’s Accessibility

When you begin working in the kitchen, you want to think about two things right off the bat: safety and comfort. If your kitchen doesn’t comfortably accommodate your needs and you don’t feel safe using it by yourself, then you may want to think about making some modifications to the space to make it more suited to you. The added benefit of making upgrades to your home, like installing an island or new countertops, is that the value of your home is likely to increase.

Kitchen renovations are a big job, and you want to make sure the additions/changes are made by a team of professionals who understand what you need. So, before hiring a contractor to make these alterations, particularly for the plumbing, search online for local plumbing companies and check out reviews from previous customers.

Get inspired at your favorite restaurants

One fun way to dive in is to recreate some of the dishes you love at your favorite restaurants. If you reach out to restaurants via email or social media, they might just be willing to give you their recipes. But even if not, you can try to recreate copycat recipes at home. It can be a fun challenge between you and a friend or a partner to see who can do it the best. You can do the same with your favorite drinks from local bartenders or your favorite pastries from your neighborhood bakery.

Find interesting recipes

As Digital Trends shows, you can find hundreds of different recipe apps available for your smartphone or tablet. However, some of the best are the ones that find delicious recipes for ingredients you already have on hand. SuperCook or BigOven are great choices with easy-to-use features and recipes galore.

We also love Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (dish.allrecipes.com/mobile-apps). This app features trending and seasonal recipes, allows you to search for recipes by ingredients or themes, and you can create custom collections to share with families and friends. There are also many interesting recipes that you can prepare from pantry staples like rice, pasta, nuts, and canned vegetables and fruits.

Finally, for those who love the keto lifestyle as much as we do, check out these great resources for recipes:

Turn to video tutorials to try something new

Video has really changed the way we cook. It’s so much better to actually see recipes being made instead of just reading about them. One of the best ways to learn a new cooking method is by watching online video tutorials. For example, you can learn how to zest an orange, how to quarter a chicken, or try a number of other cooking techniques with some assistance from Bon Appetit.

Investing in a quality wireless speaker or set of speakers is a good idea, as you’ll benefit not only from clear audio and voice-activated commands (meaning hands-free control of the videos) but you’re able to place the speaker anywhere you need in the kitchen. Using smart devices like Google Nest with Google Assistant, you can do so much more as you prep your dishes, such as using voice commands to set your cooking timer.

Avoid touching your screen

If you are following along with your favorite recipes on your tablet in your kitchen, you will want to keep your messy hands off the screen. And thanks to the Food Network, that’s now possible. Intel teamed up with the Food Network to enhance your cooking experience. Now you can use gesture control and voice commands to scroll through their RealSense-enabled recipes without getting oil, flour, or anything else all over your screen. You also might want to add a screen protector, just in case you get carried away.

Take advantage of new cooking gadgets

Make cooking more fun and interesting by trying one of the latest cooking gadgets. Smart technology has made its way into the kitchen in the form of various devices that can be controlled from your smartphone. For example, BGR explains sous vide machines allow you to set up everything, leave for a while, and then come back later to an absolutely perfectly cooked meal.

You can also find a wide array of other smart kitchen appliances and gadgets, from refrigerators and ovens to scales and thermometers, that are integrated with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to make prep and cooking easy from anywhere. Many have found that cooking with an air fryer is a healthier way to enjoy their favorite foods because meals cooked in this device won’t have the extra oil (or calories).

Cooking can sometimes be boring if you are making the same meals for your family night after night. It also can get frustrating if you don’t know your way around the kitchen well. But no matter your level of cooking expertise, technology can lend a hand. If you are looking for interesting recipes or different ways to cook, tap into the latest tech, gadgets, and apps to augment your cooking.

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It’s Never Too Late for Older Adults to Lose Weight

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By Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org

You’re not as young as you once were, but that’s no reason to resign yourself to a life stuck on the couch. Sedentary lifestyles have been proven to negatively impact a person’s overall health, and can even bring on obesity and other health complications. Instead of believing you are too old to lose weight, make the choice to change your current situation and get back to feeling good about yourself. Here is some advice from Keto Kooking for losing weight and wellness.

Start Small

Beginning is always the hardest part of losing weight. You want results fast and are just ready to get this “diet thing” over with so you can go back to feeling good about yourself, but results don’t come easy. According to ZenBusiness, when you go too hard and fast, you run the risk of back to your old habits.

As the adage goes, it’s a marathon—not a sprint. Start small with your exercise. Go for 30-minute walks. Do daily stretching and aerobics from home in the evening before you go to bed. You shouldn’t have to go all out on a gym membership or punish yourself with hours-long routines. Start small and build up to where you want to be over time by letting your results motivate your intensity. By committing to making one small change each month, it will become a part of your routine.

Get Into a Routine

The idea of falling into a routine is a little more abstract than telling someone to go to the gym, or to start eating kale, which is why many weight-loss strategies fail to include this vital component. Routines introduce regularity into your life, which is crucial for you to methodically achieve your weight-loss goals. Grab yourself a daily planner and schedule out your weekly routine. Make note of what times you’ll be eating, working out and sleeping. By adopting your lifestyle to revolve around your weight loss, you’ll find it easier to keep progressing along your wellness journey.

Eat for Energy, Eat Light

Another important aspect of your weight loss are the foods that you choose to put into your body. As an older adult, there are a few challenges you have to face when it comes to digestion. Things can sometimes move a little slow, which is why you shouldn’t skip dairy products to ingest necessary probiotics to help move things along. Yogurt is an excellent, healthy snack that can help your body stay regular and efficiently digest foods. Focus on smaller portions and choose foods that give you a boost of energy to stay up and active throughout the day. In terms of which diet to choose, you may want to give keto a try and see if it works for you. Keto Kooking offers great advice and recipes to help you along the way.

Ditch the Scale

After the first few days of diet and exercise, you may feel the need to hop on the scale and see how much weight you’ve lost. The problem with using scales to measure progress is that you often become blind to the other ways that weight loss is meant to affect your life.

When it comes to scales, people get so caught up in the numbers game that they forget to see how much better they feel when eating good food, going to bed on time and exercising regularly. If you only focus on the numbers, you won’t notice all the other ways you’ve been making progress, so instead of living by the scale, toss it out. More importantly, it’s not about what you read on the scale, it’s about how you feel. It’s the choices we make that define who we are and what kind of lives we lead. By choosing to live healthily, you are making your golden years shine a little brighter.

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A Guide to Building Confidence and Living Your Best Life

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By Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org

We all want more out of our lives, but it’s not always easy to figure out the steps we need to take in order to make that happen. Keto Kooking will give you a few tips on how you can start living your best life right now and get closer to achieving your goals.

Top 5 Tips You Can Use to Build Confidence and Live Your Best  Life

  1. Know you are valued – The first thing you should do to build confidence is to know you are valued in the world. What does this mean? This means that your life matters and that your existence has a purpose here on Earth. One of the best ways to increase confidence is to let go of all those negative things others say about you and focus instead on the positive aspects of your life. Doing this opens up your mind to achieve more of what you want and will help you to build confidence in yourself.
  2. Go back to school – Enhance your career prospects with an online degree. You work hard and you deserve a career that will help you achieve your goals. Even if you have a job already, going back to school can only benefit your life. Take the time out of your busy schedule to further your education today!
  3. Stop comparing yourself to others – Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today. If you compare your life to someone else’s, that is not helping you. It only makes you feel as though you aren’t reaching your full potential because someone else is doing better than you. The truth of the matter is this: No two people are alike. We all have different gifts and talents which makes each one of us unique. In order to build confidence in yourself, you have to accept this and stop comparing your life to someone else’s. Focus on the positive aspects of your own life and you will soon notice how much better things are!
  4. Learn a new skill – There are plenty of online courses and opportunities to learn a new skill that you enjoy. Check out Youtube or Udemy for free or low-cost options to learn something new.  Think about what you like to do and learn more on the subject. Knowledge is power!
  5. Consume better food – Eating a nutritious diet that is full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and other nutrients is vital for our health. Consider the keto diet. It can help you to lose weight, boost energy, and improve stomach issues.

Focus on what’s important. You should be more concerned with your health, career, and things that matter in life, rather than worrying about petty things. Worrying about small things like this can put a strain on our mental health. Focus on being happy and you will feel much better for it.

In Summary

The article provides a number of tips and ideas to help you live your best life. Hopefully, these will inspire you to take the necessary steps in order to do so. The most important thing is for you not to worry about small things like this because it can put a strain on your mental health and hold you back. Focus on being happy and achieving your goals. You got this!

For more healthy tips and recipes to help you live your best life, visit Keto Kooking today!

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