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Authentic Maldivian breakfast to try at home (mas huni)

Besides all of the fun and interesting people you meet, one of the most memorable aspects of traveling, for me, is the food (of course). I’m talking about enjoying local cuisines and new foods that can broaden your horizons and give your taste buds something brand new to crave when you get home. I discovered a super simple breakfast dish during a recent holiday in the Maldives I couldn’t wait to make it when I got home. Maldivian cuisine is an exotic blend of rich flavors and regional influences from neighboring countries like Sri Lanka and India. Dishes range from a mild spiciness to a delicate sweetness, often times straddling the two. Eat traditional Maldivian food and you’ll fall in love with complex curries and easy-to-eat coconut-oil fried finger foods. Maldivian cuisine, also called Dhivehi cuisine, is largely based on three items: coconuts, fish, and starches. This tasty dish, called mas…

What time does McDonald’s stop serving breakfast?

It all started in 1970 with the introduction of the Egg McMuffin. Since then, we’ve been left trying to cram our fast food breakfast cravings into certain hours on the clock. But when exactly does McDonald’s stop serving breakfast nowadays, and what’s that All-Day Breakfast Menu about? Can you guess the 10 oldest restaurant chains in America? All-Day Breakfast menu For decades, company policy insisted that breakfast hours end sharply at 10:30 a.m. One minute late and you would have to order from the main burger menu, as many late-to-rise fans found out. But in 2016, McDonald’s decided to cut us some slack and started serving an All-Day Breakfast Menu. Sure, you can’t get the entire menu all day, but you can order staple items like hotcakes, hash browns, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits, McMuffins, and Sausage McGriddles, 24/7. When does McDonald’s start serving breakfast? McDonald’s breakfast hours vary by location, but…

Blue and green blueberry avocado smoothie

Mornings that start with smoothies are the best mornings. They’re such a nice, light and filling guilt-free breakfast option. Plus, I just love getting creative and trying different flavor combinations — but not as much as I love squeezing in a few servings for fruits and veggies before 9 a.m. Seriously, I make smarter eating decisions all day because I know I’ve had a great start. Why stop there? I think to myself. It’s true what they say. One healthy decision really does lead to another, and another, and another. Days that start with donuts definitely don’t inspire gym workouts. If you’re trying to get in better shape this year, start with your mornings and go from there. Try this healthy blue and green blueberry avocado smoothie — it’s one of my favorites — and see if you don’t feel like making other healthy choices, too. Blue and green blueberry…

What time does Burger King stop serving breakfast?

A productive day starts with a hearty breakfast—and for most of us, that sometimes means fast food. We can claim to hate it all we want, but there’s no denying the allure of a tasty bacon, egg, and cheese Crossan’wich served with a side of toasty hash browns. If your rise and shine is somewhat sluggish some mornings, you may wonder what time can you order breakfast until at Burger King? Well, Burger King typically starts serving breakfast at 6 a.m. and serves its morning menu until 10:30 sharp at which time, lunch promptly starts. (The exceptions to this rule are the 24/7 locations, which may start breakfast earlier than that.) Find a Burger King location near you. If you’ve ever wondered why fast food joints just don’t serve breakfast all day long, it has to do with griddle temperatures. Lunch menu items, like those sizzling burgers, require higher griddle…

What’s the difference between jam, jelly, marmalade, and preserves?

Is there any more simply satisfying breakfast than toast with jam? Or wait, was that jelly? Or was it preserves? Maybe marmalade? Fruit spreads are all deliciously similar, but they do have definite distinctions. Whether you smother your fresh baguette with preserves from the farmers market or smear your peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Smuckers, it’s important to know the difference because they each have their own texture and sugar content. What they have in common According to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, jam, jelly, preserves, and marmalades are all made up of the same basic four ingredients: sweeteners (such as can or beet sugar, corn syrup, or honey); naturally occurring acid, pectin (which can be swapped or even eliminated depending on the desired outcome); and of course, fruit. So now that we know what’s in them, what makes them each different?…

Easy cranberry ricotta cake makes the holidays merry

When is cake an acceptable breakfast choice? When it’s Christmas, or New Year’s, or bunch anytime, or basically any day in December. There’s nothing like this incredibly delicious cranberry-streaked cake to make your whole Christmas season feel special. The ricotta cheese makes this recipe super moist and the plentiful cranberries give it tons of juicy flavor. Add a thin crystalized sugar crust on top and you have yourself a dessert-for-breakfast delicacy that pairs perfectly with your choice of coffee, tea, or orange juice.  This cake would also be delicious with fresh raspberries in the summer.  [Prepworks Flour Sifter (seen above), $9.99.] Cranberry ricotta cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta 1 stick butter, melted (1/2 cup) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup fresh cranberries + 1/2 cup fresh cranberries…

Why toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible

If you every drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing your teeth, you probably wish you hadn’t. It’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? Blame it on your tastebuds. Your taste buds can detect different flavor types: salty, savory, sour, sweet, and bitter. When you brush your teeth, your ability to detect sweet flavors — be it candy, pastries, OJ, or anything else — stops working so well. It goes like this: Your toothpaste and toothbrush work up a foamy lather that creates bubbles and makes your mouth feel clean. But this foam is made by a chemical called sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), according to the American Chemical Society. On top of disabling your sweet receptors, SLS also break up the phospholipids, or fatty compounds that help reduce bitter tastes, meaning that once…

Slow cooker maple, pear, pecan oatmeal

Can you think of any better way to start a cool, autumn morning that a piping hot bowl of maple, pear, pecan oatmeal? Yes, that’s Maple. Pear. Pecan — It’s fall packed in a bowl. I’ve already made it twice this season, and we’re just getting started! I mix up the ingredients before I go to bed, so it’s waiting for me in the morning. With a healthy, delicious option like that, who even wants to reach for those donuts? It’s a little trick to resist the morning sweets. Plus, it feels like someone else made breakfast — who doesn’t love that? Remember when you’re grocery shopping, you must use steel-cut oats for this recipe. Other oats just won’t hold up under the long cook time. Plus, steel-cut oats are way healthier for you than their processed cousins. Also, use real maple syrup. Those syrups for kids are basically corn syrup.…

Tips and tricks to save your smoothie

Smoothies are a fun way to get your daily fruits and veggies, but sometimes things can go a little awry. They can turn out too thick, too thin, or just plain “blah.” But there’s no reason to throw all of that goodness down the drain just because it doesn’t taste right the first time. Turn your smoothie into something delicious with just a few quick tips and tricks. Here are the best ways to save that smoothie: It tastes too watery: Perhaps the ice cubes got away from you and left you with a watery tasting smoothie. The fix Save it by adding more frozen fruit (or fresh fruit if that’s all you have). Then add something creamy (like almond butter or Greek yogurt) to help lessen the watery taste. Add a splash of flavorful fruit juice (whatever you have in your fridge) and a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, or…

Creamy Fig Almond Smoothie mixes up fall breakfasts

As much as I adore pumpkin flavored foods, autumn has so much more to offer — namely, fresh figs. I don’t think I had a fresh fig until my dad decided to test his luck on a potted fig tree. With the crazy cold Pittsburgh winters, it ended up more like the fig tree testing him. If you’re not lucky enough to live in the Mediterranean or other mild, semiarid climates like California and Oregon, you’ll probably just have to buy them at the store. Fresh figs are super fragile and often bursting with juice to the point they split open. Because of this, some stores stock figs that have been prematurely picked. So beware. You may find a variety of dark and light figs. Black Mission, Adriatic, and Brown Turkey are three common varieties. Each will have a slightly different flavor, but any will work well in this creamy…