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Different Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Ju...

It’s easy to get sucked into junk foods. You can get them anywhere, they’re cheap, they’re delicious, and the sugar can give you the boost of energy you need to coast through a rough day. But they’re called that way for a reason.
They’re high in sodium (which can raise your blood pressure), way more sugar and carbohydrates than what you need every day, and are an abundant source of bad cholesterol (which can put you at a higher risk of heart disease).

It can also be hard to make the switch to healthier whole foods, especially if vegetables make you feel like you’re eating leaves compared to junk food.

But there is good news – there are healthier alternatives to the unhealthy foods you’re used to eating:
• Chips – Instead of your go-to potato crisps that are high in sodium and vegetable oils (which, surprisingly, can be quite uhealthy), try swapping out the potatoes for sweet potato wedges or fried kale chips.

Potato Fries – Potato is a versatile food ingredient, which means it can be cooked in many different ways. Instead of frying potatoes, baking them is a healthier alternative that results in fries that are just as yummy – but without the unhealthy fats that come with frying.

• Cake – Try banana cake instead! While most cakes aren’t really all that healthy, whole wheat banana bread has a lot of fiber and contains important nutrients such as potassium and zinc.
Banana cake is also made with bananas, and is just as delicious while still being a healthy option.

• Ice Cream – There’s nothing quite like this special treat that’s essentially frozen fat and sugar churned a certain way, but frozen yogurt (packed with probiotics that help your digestive system) paired with fresh fruits also works as a sweet, healthier option for beating the summer heat.

• Candy – Swapping out the refined sugar with fresh fruit doesn’t have to feel like a downgrade when you there’s kinds of fruits to choose from. You can even bring them together, add cream, and chill for a few minutes to make a fruit salad.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to feel at all like a culinary downgrade once you know there are a lot of ways you can prepare and season them to your liking. And since the same can be said for fruits (you can preserve them, make them into fruit shakes, etc.), it’s really all about finding the right foods that work for you.

So the next time you get your cravings for some of your favorite foods, keep these healthy alternatives in mind and indulge yourself guilt-free

5 Tips to Appreciate Wine Better (and look like a ...

The best way to sound like a wine expert and impress people (even though you’re new to the wonderful world of wines) is to start working on your finesse.

There are a few simple tips and tricks you can learn to start looking like a pro at dinner parties and other kinds of fancy social gatherings before you know it.

Here’s how you can get started:

1. Know where wine comes from
Most wine is made from grapes, but unlike the ones you usually see in the fruits section of the supermarket, wine grapes much smaller, have seeds, and are mostly darker in color.

Aside from the grape variety, there are also other factors that could determine the type of wine in your glass, such as climate, rainfall, and even soil texture.

“Old world” wines, those from France, Italy, and Spain, tend to focus on environmental factors, while “New World” wines from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States tend to focus more on the grape variety.

2. Think ANP: appearance, nose, palate
If there’s one thing you absolutely need to know, it’s these three that serves as the basic steps you need to savor a glass. Once you’ve poured your wine, place it against a clean, white surface to get a better idea on its color and appearance.

To get a better grasp on the wine’s aroma, give it a good swirl before sniffing, and start with a small sip to take the time to determine its flavor profile. Naturally, the taste will match the smell.

3. Don’t force yourself to speak the language
Even though knowing a little bit about the basics helps a lot, there’s no need to know all the notes and terminology. When you’re just a beginner, as long as wine smells like wine, you can start there.

It’s usually best to start with simpler terms, such as “fruity” or “spicy” when it comes to the taste, or “rich” and “light” when it comes to texture.

4. Right food, right wine
Wine preferences can be subjective since people have different tastes, but it’s still important to know the basic pairings, since having the right wine to go along with your meal can enhance your dining experience greatly.

This simple rule of thumb goes as follows: white wine goes best with light meats, like fish and chicken, while red wine goes best with red meats, such as pork and beef.

5. Check in on your friends’ preferences
And because wine tastes are subjective, it’s all the more important that you check in on what your friends prefer if you do decide to host a wine tasting or offer them any.

The best way you can go about doing this is by paying attention to their preferences the first time, but if you didn’t, you can always make an estimate based on the occasion.

7 Fun Topics to Talk About on a First Date

A first date is a big deal for many. While it is a good idea to just let chemistry do its work, sometimes it takes a little effort to get to that point. That being said, it never hurts to prepare a little to eradicate the pain of awkward silence. Here are seven fun topics to bring up (other than how’s your day) when you’re tongue-tied.

1. Where did you grew up?
Knowing where the person is from, as well as where they lived throughout their life, is a good way to get to know someone. You’ll be surprised to know that you’ve been neighbors all along or at least once in your lives. If not, ask what the place was like living there to keep the conversation flowing.

2. Do you have a favorite place?
Some people like exploring the great outdoors, while others love lazing on the beach. Others like the hustle and bustle of the cities, while some love the peacefulness of the roads less travelled.

3. What do you do for a living?
People can talk about their jobs for hours. Find out what they currently do for a living, as well as their past jobs, and maybe also the reason they left the previous work. You will learn a lot about the person by knowing what keeps them busy.

4. Where did you finish school?
Talking about your college days is always an interesting topic to talk about. Other than sharing about your finished degree, also ask and bring up stories about college friends, the school clubs you joined, fun night outs and your overall college experience. University years are always fun, and you certainly want to highlight your fun side during a first date.

5. What kind of music do you often listen to?
For the music lovers, this is a particularly interesting topic to talk about. Ask about favorite bands and artists, concerts and music festivals you have been to, and so on. It will give you a peek of whether you have the same taste for fun. Plus, you’ll have ideas for your second date!

6. What hobbies do you have?
Learning new interesting things is important when dating a new prospect partner. Your date may have some cool hobbies that can lead to weird and fun conversations, or you can share yours and offer your date to teach them your hobby some time.

7. What do you like to splurge on?
Many people love to go shopping for clothes, others have an impressive music collection, while some enjoy a splendid vacation once a year. This will give you a glimpse of what your date really enjoys doing.

Let’s face it; first dates are like job interviews, except that the both of you are the interviewer and the interviewee. And just like any job interview, you want to make a good impression. A little preparation and some research will more likely make things run smoothly for you.

6 Things You Need to Know When Travelling to Singa...

Singapore is one of the smallest (if not the smallest) country across the globe. But don’t be fooled by its land size; it is one of the most vibrant and exciting city-states in the world.

On a quick glance, Singapore may seem like a collection of high-rise corporate buildings and luxurious hotels, but once you get to explore the place, you will get a sense of how truly exciting the Little Red Dot is and why you need to visit very soon.

1. Extremely Safe Place
Walking your way back to your hostel in a dark and quiet alley is like taking a stroll at the park in broad daylight—it is that safe. If you are planning for a solo trip, Singapore is one of the safest place in the world to visit.

2. Cheap Food
In some aspects, Singapore can be quite costly. But if you are looking for gastronomical experience, the Merlion City is oozing with cheap and authentic eats. The hawker centres are where you can find cheap and delicious local treats.

3. Multi-Cultural City
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. The mix of locals and expats from neighboring countries creates a colorful fusion of a variety of culture, experiences and food.

4. The King of All Fruits
Durian, the king of all fruits, is eaten often here. Sounds like a boring fact, but wait until you experience the fruit yourself. Try to smell it. Yes, indeed, it stinks a lot; which probably leave you wondering why people, especially the locals, love it. The trick is to first try it before the fruit gets too ripe. But if you’re an avid durian fan, you’d probably don’t mind picking the ripest one in the bunch.

5. The Best Airport in the World
This is a well-known fact about Singapore—Changi Airport is hands-down one of the best airports in the world. There is so much to do and see in this airport, making it a great place to have transit in.

6. Beaches are Scarce
Singapore doesn’t really have fascinating beaches, but they have breathtaking infinity pools. That being said, there are still a number of decent beaches in Singapore, though they aren’t as glorious as the beaches in Bali, they are still great hangout place for a weekend with friends.

7. Summer Weather All-Year Round
The weather in Singapore is quite consistently warm all-year round. So, if you are planning to stay in one of its luxury hotels with pool in it, like the Marina Bay Sands with a magnificent infinity pool that boasts a mesmerizing view of the Singapore skyline, you sure have a lot of time for a dip and swim.

Singapore is a popular tourist destination for all the good reasons. Let this list be your little guide to appreciate this city in the best possible way.

Pros (and Cons) of Online Dating

OkCupid, Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, and a whole lot of dating apps and sites are already being used in Singapore. The question is simple, are they really reliable?

1. Quick and convenient
One of the best things about online dating is that it is quick and easy. You can easily disregard people you don’t match with without, for example, having to spend any time or money on a coffee date. You can save some time and maybe save yourself from the embarrassing moment of getting turned down on the first date.

Con: No second chances
The other person might already be doing a hobby that you want to try out, or you just observe certain things about him/her that is mysteriously appealing in person. You can only really see this if you see each other face-to-face.

2. Plenty of choices
‘There’s plenty of fish in the sea’ it is! Dating online means you get exposed to a diverse set of people who may share the same interests with you. You’ll never run out of choices because dating online means you’re not only limited to the people of your place, but also in other places, cities, even other countries.

Con: A little too many choices
It can be a hassle to sift through people who don’t interest you only to find “the one/s” an hour later. Also, there are others who incidentally use multiple dating sites and apps at once for whatever reason – this definitely adds to the stress.

3. It is fun
Somehow, you could say that online dating is meant to be a fun approach to romance. You get to learn about a person’s culture, language, likes and dislikes, all by simply talking to them online. When it comes to dating apps, for some reason, people have a lot of fun swiping left or right (left: not interested & right: interested, although this can change depending on the app).

Con: You might get disappointed
It may be fun before you meet each other in person, but once that happens, prepare for the worst (well not always if you’re lucky). You might get disappointed because the other person isn’t the same as he/she is online. For instance, a guy or girl might be talkative and funny on chat, but plainly the opposite in person.

4. Compatibility
Some dating sites and apps start with a personality test when you sign up. You put down your hobbies, likes and dislikes, and all that information. This is then what the site uses to match you with others whom you might be interested in. Plus, some people also put descriptions on their profile, which can tell more about themselves making it easier for others to see if they can be suitable partners.

Con: People lie
It’s very easy to fool others on the internet. There are people who use fake pictures, lie about their physical appearance, maybe even pull scams. This is why it’s not entirely reliable and safe when meeting someone online.