Check out Michaela Guzy's expert packing tips for a sub-Saharan trek
Michaela Guzy offers up her backpacking must-haves.
Join Michaela Guzy, founder of OhThePeopleYouMeet.com as she packs her light weight bags for Africa yet again. Since her first trip to sub-Saharan Africa in 2012, when she set off on a three-month solo journey across seven African countries, she's become quite the bush princess-- code name for expert safari packer. In the past three years, she's been back countless times, packing and unpacking through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa just to name a few. Check out her video on the Top 5 Things to Pack for Safari to learn the must-haves to stay safari chic and still under the weight limit for the bush planes. Favorite pieces like REI's black puffy vest, Anatomie's never wrinkle trench and Kenyan designer, Anna Trzebinski's feathered pashminas!
50 Chicken Dinner Recipes
Food Network Magazine created dozens of recipes using a favorite weeknight staple: chicken breasts.
Use skinless, boneless chicken breasts for all recipes (small = 6 ounces large = 12 ounces).
1. Basic Sauteed: Season 4 small chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until golden, turning once, 12 minutes. Cover cook 3 more minutes.
2. Lemon-Thyme: Cook Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) in 1 tablespoon each butter and oil. When done, stir in 1 tablespoon each butter and lemon juice, 4 strips lemon zest and 2 thyme sprigs turn the chicken to coat.
3. Blue Cheese–Shallot: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Cook 3 sliced shallots in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter. Pour over the chicken top with blue cheese.
4. Hoisin-Plum: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Cook 4 diced plums and 1 bunch chopped scallions in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup hoisin sauce simmer 5 minutes. Stir in the juice of 1 lime pour over the chicken.
5. Apple-Mustard: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped apple in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 1 tablespoon grainy mustard pour over the chicken.
6. Stuffed: Mix 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, 2 ounces goat cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped chives. Cut a pocket in the side of 4 small chicken breasts fill with the cheese. Cook as for Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1).
7. Saltimbocca: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1), topping each breast with2 sage leaves and wrapping with 2 slices of prosciutto before cooking. Top each with a slice of provolone during the last minute.
8. Mushroom: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped shallot and 1 pound sliced mushrooms in the drippings, 4 minutes. Add 3/4 cup red wine and 1 cup chicken broth cook until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tablespoons each butter and chopped parsley pour over the chicken.
9. Piccata: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Add the juice of 2 lemons and 3/4 cup chicken broth to the drippings simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tablespoons each capers, chopped parsley and butter pour over the chicken.
10. Leek-Grape: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1), adding 1 chopped leek before covering. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add 2 cups grapes and 1/2 cup each cream and chicken broth to the pan simmer until reduced by half. Add 1 tablespoon grainy mustard and some chopped parsley pour over the chicken.
11. Alla Vodka: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) remove to a plate. Add 3 sliced garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon butter to the drippings cook 1 minute. Add 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup cream and 1/4 cup vodka simmer 5 minutes. Pour over the chicken and top with chopped basil.
12. Breaded: Pound 4 small chicken breasts until 1/2 inch thick season with salt. Dredge in flour, dip in 2 beaten eggs, then dredge in breadcrumbs. Cook in 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until golden, 3 minutes per side drain on paper towels. Season with salt.
13. Cornflake: Make Breaded Chicken (No. 12), swapping 2 cups crushed cornflakes mixed with 1 teaspoon paprika for the breadcrumbs. Cook only 2 minutes per side.
50 Easy Recipes for the Best Tailgate Food Around
Tired of your usual tailgate menu routine? As daunting as tailgating food may seem, there&rsquos no need to settle for plain pretzels and boring burgers. You can get creative and please the whole crew with these delicious make-ahead tailgating recipes &mdash without adding too much extra work for yourself. All it takes is a little planning and prep to whip up these hearty tailgate meals and appetizers that are perfect for large groups. From drinks to easy tailgate dips, appetizers, chilis, and tailgate desserts, these game-day classics and new delicious ideas will spice up your tailgating menu.
Wondering how you heat food at a tailgate? Whether your setup includes a grill or a slow cooker, there are plenty of options to create the perfect feast. If you prefer to make transportable treats ahead of game time at home, we&rsquove still got you covered. Check out these grilling tools and gadgets that&rsquoll make preparing and serving even easier. With such a winning spread nearby, your favorite team will surely be inspired to crush it on the field. Disclaimer: The whole parking lot will be crowding your spot for a taste, so be prepared to fend off the opposing team.
What Goes Into Jungle Juice?
Historically, jungle juice is made with grain alcohol because of its exceptionally high alcohol content. Depending on the crowd, the ingredients that actually go into making jungle juice can include whatever is on hand, but, with regard to liquor, vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and tequila may be used in any combination – together or alone.
The next key ingredient is a sugary fruit mixer. Generally, fruit juices like orange, grapefruit, pineapple, apple or grape are used. Again, you can use a single flavor or combine them. Both jungle juice and hunch punch tend to include liquor-soaked slices of fruit – such as watermelon, oranges, pineapple or apples – in the mix as well. Typically, one guideline rules when mixing up a batch of jungle juice or hunch punch: More, be it types of fruit juice or liquor, is better.
Public Health England's National Diet and Nutritional Survey found that kids ages 4 to 10 ate 51.2 percent of their daily sugar intake from unhealthy snacks (think pastries, juice, and fizzy drinks), and therefore encourage parents to look for healthier snacks containing no more than 100 calories. These chewy and chocolatey bars fit the bill: they pack in 25 percent less sugar than most kids' granola bars!
14 Of The Best Snacks To Pack For A Day Hike
There are tons of articles out there detailing the best gear for hikes and the best tips for hikes, but all I care about are the best snacks for hikes — because, snacks. Seriously, my favorite thing about going on a hike is snack time. If you've ever been on a long hike, you know that during the first leg of it, you're thinking one thing: it's almost snack time, it's almost snack time, it's almost snack time.
When you find that perfect spot to stop in, to catch your breath, to take in the view and to feed your rumbling tummy, having the perfect snack makes it all worthwhile. I made the terrible mistake one too many times thinking that basic trail mix would suffice. Mainly because I didn't want to carry anything heavy and didn't realize how hungry you can get after a few hours in the heat heading uphill.
Now I know to take my time putting together a thoughtful snack. It gives you a moment to stop, take in your surroundings and stay present. It also helps you to slow down. Sometimes a long hike can propel you to think about the finish line. You look forward to that moment you realize the end is near and you can soon collapse in your car and not move for a week. But if you punctuate your hike with little rest stops for refreshments, you can take your time. These are my favorite snacks to pack for a day hike. They're energizing, refreshing, and far from boring. Please keep in mind that I've gone on a lot of hikes and had to be quite experimental to keep things fresh!
Seasoned Fruit Bowl
Cut up all of your favorite fruits and toss them into a sealed plastic baggie or tupperware container. Add some cinnamon or some cayenne, or even a pinch of salt. These flavors will liven up your fruit so that when you take a bite, you instantly get a pop of energy. Easy on the salt, though — you don't want to dehydrate yourself.
The night before you go on a hike, cook up some powerful cookies. You can add chia seeds and cooked quinoa to oatmeal cookies for a major protein and energy boost. Or you can make no-bake peanut butter cookies with rolled oats, dried fruits, and your favorite protein-packed seeds. Add honey or brown sugar for sweetness.
Cucumbers are mostly water, so they're the best hydrating veggie to snack on when you're working up a sweat. Cut up some cucumbers, toss in some of your other favorite veggies. Season or dress lightly and enjoy a crisp flavorful snack that fills you up.
Tomato And Cheese Sandwich
Sandwiches can be kind of boring on hikes. And they never look or taste nearly as good as they did before they left the house. My all-time favorite and lazy sandwich is made of just three things: heirloom tomatoes, cheese, and bread. Pack a plastic knife, a large tomato, a foil wrapped piece of refrigerated cheese and some bread. Once you get to your resting place, cut off some tomato and cheese and place it in your fresh bread. No sogginess. No mess. Total delish.
Peanut Butter & Banana
Bananas are filled with potassium, which is really good for muscle cramps. If you're climbing all day, your calves and toes will be very grateful for this protein and potassium pick-me-up.
The night before your hike, freeze a bag of grapes. By morning, they'll be rock hard and icy. But snack time, they'll be cold, crisp, and so sweet, you'll think it's candy.
Chickpeas have a lot of protein, but they're very boring to eat. Roast the in your oven the night before. Season them with a little bit of salt, olive oil, pepper and whatever herbs your heart desires. They'll be much more enjoyable to crunch on this way.
All you need is a super ripe avocado and some crackers. If you want to be extra fancy, bring some lemon to season the avocado. This snack is lightweight and very filling.
Tuna & Goldfish
Tuna is one of those magical non-perishable miracle snacks. Bring a can of easy open un-salted tuna and a bag of Goldfish and yes, eat them together. Pretend you're an adult and that the tuna is caviar and the Goldfish is a fancy cracker. Dip and enjoy.
Jerky is a trail favorite. It's got protein. It's got tons of flavor, but it's also got lots of dehydrating sodium. So a small serving is fine, but don't over-pack. You'll end up wasting all of your water on replenishing yourself from your snack.
Ants On A Log
I'm not positive this a real thing, but my mother always made it for me growing up. Super easy prep: before you leave, cut up some celery, smear a covering of peanut butter and add raisins on top. It's hydrating, savory and sweet. And most importantly, theme-appropriate.
Store-bought granola tends to hold a lot of extra ingredients you don't need. Make your own granola at home by toasting rolled oats and mixing with your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Use brown sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup to sweeten.
Cinnamon Apples & Honey
When you're parched and tired, your mouth will always appreciate a juicy, sweet treat. Before you leave the house, cut up some apples, sprinkle on some cinnamon and toss with honey. Expect sticky fingers.
Peppers & Hummus
Green bell peppers are of the most hydrating peppers. Slice up a few and package in a tupperware container with hummus. Biting into a nice fresh pepper will be so hydrating and the hummus will help fill you up without slowing you down.
Nutella & Pretzels
It's sweet, it's salty, it's perfection. While this might not be the best snack for the beginning of a hike, it's certainly a fun snack for the end. Wake your tastebuds up, get a slight sugar rush going, and make the drive home a lot more lively. It's always good to end on a sweet note.
5. Quinoa Chicken Bowls With a Mango Salsa
Bowls are all the rage right now, and the possibilities for quick combinations are limitless. Prepare a batch of chicken and quinoa ahead of time, along with the salsa, and use them in a variety of your meals throughout the week for quick and easy meals that contain healthy ingredients. These Quinoa Chicken Bowls With a Mango Salsa are the perfect option to start with!
5 Detox Foot Soak Recipes that may Flush Out Toxins
The idea behind a foot detox is that you rid your body of harmful chemicals and toxins – which are the cause of some illnesses according to the Center for Disease Control (Gould, 2016). It’s similar to a warm detox bath, only it’s just for your feet. Fill a shallow metal bucket, dishpan, or just use the tub to make these five simple foot soaks that will pamper your feet and your immune system with some quality home spa indulgence. (There are no guarantees with these but they may be good to try).
The Oxygen Detox
2 C. of hydrogen peroxide
1 Tbsp. of dried ginger
Fill the tub with warm or hot water (to your preference). Add the hydrogen peroxide and ginger powder and then soak your feet for 30 minutes or longer. Feel free to add more hydrogen peroxide, sit back and just relax.
The Clay Bath
This recipe calls for bentonite clay – a special clay composed of aged volcanic ash that acts as a natural cleaner. You’ll need the following items for this foot bath:
2 Tbsp. of bentonite clay
½ C. of Epsom salt
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Essential oils (optional)
Dissolve your salt into your hot water (not boiling, but almost) and set it aside. Mix your clay with the apple cider vinegar and add a little bit of water if it gets too thick. Coat your feet in this mixture and let it dry (about 10 minutes), giving the water a chance to cool off a bit. Once it’s dry, add about 10 drops of essential oils to your water and then submerge your feet, soaking them until the clay dissolves. Soak them for about 15 minutes, and then use a bristle brush to gently exfoliate dead skin and any remaining clay. Rinse and pat dry.
The Simple Salt Soak
A simple Epsom salt foot soak can be a useful detox and relaxation tool. Just make sure you don’t have any open sores or ulcers on your feet. Simply dissolve two cups of Epsom salt into a gallon of warm or hot water (again, to your preference). You can add more water to fill your container and then soak your feet for 20-40 minutes for a hassle-free yet effective foot soak.
The Vinegar Soak
Just like the simple salt soak, all this requires is one cup of apple cider vinegar and a foot tub full of hot water. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Don’t rinse when you’re done, just pat your feet dry.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Soak Your Feet in Them
1 C. of lemon juice
1 Tbsp. of olive oil
¼ C. of milk
Mix your ingredients into a gallon of water and relax. The milk provides protein, the oil moisture and the lemon provides fragrance and a slew of antioxidants making for a powerful yet soothing combination.
There is a variety of easy and soothing foot soaks. Hopefully, these recipes get you started on your next blissfully self-indulgent health practice.
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13 Mediterranean Lunch Recipes to Upgrade Your Midday Menu
Packing your own lunch in the morning saves loads of cash, and it can be way healthier. While eating Mediterranean food (aka all the tomatoes, lemons, feta, and falafel you can put on one plate), you won’t miss those fatty subs one bit.
You may not be able to jet to Greece and back in your 1-hour lunch break, but these tasty Mediterranean recipes definitely live up to the hype.
The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil (we see you, healthy fats) as well as fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, and seeds. There’s also a bit of seafood on the menu, sprinkles of cheese here and there, and an occasional glass of red wine thrown in for good measure.
If the delicious list of ingredients wasn’t enough to convince you, research shows that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, increase fat loss, and protect against type 2 diabetes. Lăcătușu CM, et al. (2019). The Mediterranean diet: From an environment-driven food culture to an emerging medical prescription. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16060942
1. Classic Mediterranean salad
A bowl of classic Greek salad doesn’t need any company — it’s satisfying enough on its own. Prepare spinach, black olives, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and the beloved salty cheese, feta.
For a simple dressing to suit it, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
2. Falafel kale salad with tahini dressing
Homemade falafel sounds like a daunting all-day endeavor. In reality, you can whip these vegan fellas up in just 10 minutes.
Just blend chickpeas, onion, and garlic in a food processor and then add cilantro, parsley, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes.
Once you’ve finished frying up your falafel, your base salad is just as simple: kale (marinated in lemon juice), red onion, white beans, and jalapeño.
The blogger points out that kale is amazing for meal-prepping because it can hold up for days — you can’t really say the same about spinach.
3. Mediterranean lentil salad
Lentils are a pantry item that can work in a variety of dishes — stews, soups, and more. This recipe has them in a starring role with the help of red onion, radishes, celery, red bell pepper, parsley, and feta.
The best part? You can have a big batch ready in less than 30 minutes, and it’ll keep for days.
4. Bulgur salad with feta
Bulgur can easily hold its own as the main dish in your lunch box. This one is extra lemony and pairs perfectly with all the best herbs: cilantro, mint, and parsley.
As for the must-have topping, you’ve got feta, which is first marinated in olive oil with lemon zest, garlic powder, and fresh oregano. Hello, salad of our dreams.