Has it been a week already since I posted the first Tips for Tuesday? Oh my. I’m a little surprised, not only in that, but also that I remembered it’s Tuesday to post a few more!
1. EGG FRESHNESS TEST
Do you ever wonder if your eggs are really fresh? Do the stamped dates on the carton really matter? Here’s a great way to tell if they are fresh or if you need to toss them. Get a bowl and fill it with water. Place your eggs in the water and see if they sink or float.
If they stay submerged, but the wide end doesn’t want to stay on the bottom, they are still good but use them up quickly.
If they float, toss them.
2. KEEP APPLE SLICES FROM BROWNING
If you have to pack lunches for the little ones, this tip might come in handy for you. When the kids are little, it’s hard for them to bite into a big apple so they prefer apple slices. But if you pack them, they turn brown. You don’t need to buy the overpriced prepackaged apple slices anymore!
Just slice up your apple and put the slices in a bowl. Add some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and soak them for about 10 minutes. Either soda works and it can be flat – it doesn’t matter. I usually do this and then make the rest of the lunches. I’ve had them soak for less than 10 minutes and it still works in case you’re crunched for time. I don’t dry them; I just let the excess drip off and put them in a resealable bag.
They will stay good all day. I am not sure if they last longer than a day, but if I test it out I will update.
3. HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
If you have high blood pressure or you were told you were borderline, you might consider having these items as a snack: Raisins and dark chocolate!
It is suggested to eat a snack of raisins 3 times a day, but even once a day can’t hurt!
We’ve all been hearing about the benefits of dark chocolate for some time now because of the flavanols it contains, from lowering your cholesterol to lowering your risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce the dilation of blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.