Archive for January, 2019
Food today takes many forms, and for upper-scale restaurants, fine dining means serving not only the best ingredients in dishes, but also presenting themselves to look appealing on the plate. This can often be done with fruits and vegetables, and crystallized flowers, edible flowers for salads, edible blossoms, and more may be found on a fine diner’s plate today. True leaves are often found on these flowers, and microgreens have emerged as a popular way to include vegetables in one’s diet. Micro green varieties are grown across the United States, and for years, these plants (which have true leaves as well as stems) have become popular among those who prefer fine dining. Just what are microgreens, and how can true leaves add to their appeal?
Microgreens for the ConsumerPut simply, microgreens are a small form of edible greens that are produced from young vegetables, such a
As spring turns to summer and the weather warms up, you can be sure that Americans are going to get out and grill. That’s especially true on the Fourth of July, when 87 percent of people planning outdoor cooking events for the holiday.
According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA), 75 percent of U.S. households own a smoker or grill. The HBPA also reports that 60 percent of grillers cook outdoors all year-round. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.1 million Americans reported grilling in 2016.
With grilling and smoking being such popular summer activities, it’s important to know what you’re doing. Whether you’re using a vault smoker, a stand up smoker, a BBQ pit or carbon steel drum smoker, knowing how to cook your meat perfectly can ensure that your next family cookout is a success.
When it comes to smokers, there are many types and each has their own benefits. Different types of smokers include:
- Offset Smokers: These are tw
- Knee sleeves: The main purpose of knee sleeves is to protect the knees for future injuries. Essentially, they provide compression which increases blood flow and reduces swelling in the joint during and after a workout. As a result, you’re able to recover quicker and perform better on a day-to-day basis.
- Powerlifting wrist wraps: The very nature of powerlifting, as described by its name, involved the maneuvering of exceptionally heavy weights. Wrist wraps provide support to your wrist joints during such movements (like presses or overhead lifts). Since injury is quite easy with such a heavy load, wrist wraps make sure your joint isn’t pulled into excessive extension under it.
- Weight lifting belt: It’s important to remember that powerlifting or doing deadlifts forces your body to experience a lot more strain that it’s used to, so keeping proper form is essential to your continued bodily safety. Weightlifting belts can help you keep that form by reminding you to keep your spine in the correct position, while also helping you maintain abdominal pressure (which stabilizes the spine during heavy lifts).
- Knee wraps: These are absolutely different from knee sleeves in that they act more like wrist wraps — by supporting the joint through reducing stress and pulling forces on the quadricep tendon, you are able to lift heavier weights (and perform faster) during squats.