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What’s So Great About 350 Degrees?

For a long time, 350 degrees was the most common oven temperature in cook books. What was the thinking behind that?

The magic of cooking at 350 degrees isn’t magic at all, but chemistry. It is, for example, the level associated with the Maillard Reaction, the chemical process that gives so many foods a complex flavor profile—and an appealing golden-brown hue—when sugar and protein are heated together just so.

“Without Maillard chemistry we would not have a dark bread crust or golden brown turkey,” wrote the authors of a Royal Society of Chemistry book about the reaction, “our…

30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

Spinach is a popular super food that is filled with nutrients that will benefit your health.

There are lots of different health benefits to spinach; it can improve your hair and skin, it provides protein and iron and it can even help with bone health. Here are 5 of the main benefits of spinach.

5 Benefits of Spinach

1. It Can Improve Your Vision

Spinach is filled with xanathene, beta carotene and lutein, which all benefit your eyesight in various ways. Spinach also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce puffiness and sore eyes.

The potassium and folate in spinach provide neurological benefits; for instance, folate reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. It Lowers Your Chance Of Having Cataracts

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which both work as antioxidants that protect your eyes from UV rays.

4. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure

The potassium in spinach will help to maintain your blood pressure, and the folate helps to relax your blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow.

5. It benefits babies Too!

The folate in spinach is used by a growing fetus for proper development of the nervous system.

Spinach also works very well in smoothies due to its clean, light flavor. As spinach isn’t too overwhelming it works well with lots of different flavor combinations, from sweet to savoury to spicy. Spinach also blends better than other green leaves such as kale.

Here are 30 spinach smoothie recipes you can try at home.

Sweet Spinach Smoothie Recipes

This delicious blackberry and ginger smoothie contains oats, orange juice, and three different types of fruit. It is sweet and refreshing, and the ginger adds anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blackberries

1 cored apple, cut into pieces

1 banana, cut into pieces

2 handfuls spinach

Fresh peeled ginger

1 handful of oats

Orange juice

This beautiful pink smoothie is creamy and sweet, and it also contains lots of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours

3/4 cup water

1 cup frozen or fresh cherries

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup orange juice

2 cups spinach

This tasty smoothie tastes just like an ice cream, but it is actually very healthy. You can also substitute the milk for soy milk if you want to make a vegan version!

Ingredients

2½ cups milk

1 cup spinach

1 banana

½ avocado

8 mint leaves

optional: honey

Optional Toppings

Whipped cream

Grated dark chocolate

Mint leaves

This super healthy smoothie contains vitamin C-rich honeydew and kale, which is a great source of calcium. This refreshing, light smoothie is perfect for after a workout.

Ingredients

½ cup cubed honeydew

½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons water

1 cup spinach

1 cup kale

8 ice cubes

If you love chocolate this decadent smoothie is perfect for you – and it still contains spinach and banana for a health kick!

Ingredients

1 banana

1 cup spinach

1 cup ice

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

This delicious smoothie tastes like a dessert in a glass, so it is perfect for anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw almonds

1 tablespoon flax seeds

3/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup frozen cherries

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 dates

1 cup baby spinach

2 tablespoon coconut cream

This is another wonderful dessert smoothie that was created for key lime pie lovers. Thankfully it is much healthier than an actual key lime pie – and it is vegan!

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water

¼ cup lime juice

½ avocado

¼ cup shredded coconut

2 handfuls spinach leaves

3 Medjool dates

2 handfuls ice

This smoothie is tangy and refreshing with a sweet pineapple kick. It also contains vitamin B6.

Ingredients

¾ cup water

2 cups pineapple chunks

1 avocado, halved

2 cups spinach

½ cup ice cubes

This smoothie may be sweet, but it still contains a whopping seven vegetables and fruits so it is very good…

How Does Jelly Belly Create Its Weird Flavors?

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve no doubt received a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans in your Easter basket at least once. As its name suggests, there are beans of many flavors in the boxes—and not just nice ones. In addition to beans that taste like banana, lemon, and blueberry, there are also black pepper, earwax, booger, earthworm, and vomit jelly beans. Ditto for the company’s BeanBoozled line, which features lookalike jelly beans in flavors like buttered popcorn and rotten egg, licorice and skunk spray, peach and barf, and chocolate pudding and canned dog food. (Part of the fun of taking the BeanBoozled Challenge is finding out which one you’ve gotten!)

Having tasted the vomit jelly bean myself, I can tell you it does, in fact, taste like puke. (I had to spit it out.) “We’re nothing if not committed to making flavors as true to life as possible,” Jelly Belly spokesperson Jana Sanders Perry tells mental_floss, “and that includes the wacky flavors, too.” Still, no one at Jelly Belly is eating canned dog food or vomit to make these beans, or putting that stuff in the beans themselves—and yet, they taste just like what they’re named after. So how is it done?

Smells play a huge part in how we taste, so Jelly Belly’s first step in creating a jelly bean involves analyzing the real thing in a gas chromatograph. The machine converts the target object into vapors in an oven (either after dissolving it in a solvent and then boiling it or simply by heating it), and then analyzes the chemical makeup of those vapors and converts them to flavor markers,…

Candy-Flavored String Cheese Exists. Why? Your Guess Is as Good as Ours

image credit: Courtesy of Cow Candy

Kids and teens need plenty of calcium, but it’s hard to get enough of it when they prefer candy to cottage cheese. To entice picky diners, Eater reports that a Wisconsin-based company called Cow Candy has created fruit-flavored Monterey Jack cheese sticks, designed to be a sweet alternative to sugary treats.

Contrary to its name, Cow Candy’s products aren’t packed with sugar. According to the manufacturer, each cheese stick contains just 1 to 2 grams of the addictive additive and gets its taste and color from natural fruit flavoring. And just like conventional cheese sticks, they’re packed with calcium.

Cow Candy’s current selection of flavored cheese snacks includes grape, orange, honey, and two…

Would You Drink Sewage Beer? New Brew Uses Treated Sewage Water.

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Bottoms up! A Southern Calfornia brewery is taking its beer from toilet to tap.

San Diego’s Stone Brewing has started making a beer using treated sewage water. The beer, called Full Circle Pale Ale, was recently unveiled for a tasting at their brewery. The beer was made using the recycled water from Pure Water San Diego, a program that has set out to provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply through its treatment system by 2035.

Stone Brewing logo, Fair Use usage
Stone Brewing logo, Fair Use usage

Stone Brewery is one of the largest (top 10) craft breweries in the United States and has made a concerted effort towards environmental sustainability. By brewing Ful Circle Pale Ale, which will be available for sale soon, the brewery is testing consumer demand for a process with clear environmental benefits. The result, however, may be less about taste buds (water doesn’t dramatically change the flavor of beer) and more about human psychology.

Would You Drink the Beer?

When you read that the Full Circle Pale Ale was made using treated sewage water, your first reaction was probably not, “That sounds delicious!” As earlier pieces in Big Think have discussed (“Our Sense of Disgust Is Holding Back Life-Saving Innovation“), the thought of drinking treated sewage water often triggers a sense of disgust–even though…

10 Utterly Flavorful Drinks You Can Drink All Day And Still Not Gain Weight.

As you embark upon a journey of weight loss you soon discover how many empty calories we all intake, and they don’t always come from food we eat. It can be quite frustrating to realize that no matter how hard you try to regulate your diet, the drinks you are used to consuming are actually harming your weight loss process. What’s even more challenging to most people is the fact that healthy alternatives in food and drinks usually taste quite blend which is one of the most frequent reason why people return to old habits of eating and drinking. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between healthy, low calorie drinks and drinks that taste good. In order to help you stick to your healthy regiment, we have compiled a list of 10 flavored drinks you can drink and still not gain weight.

Instead of fruit juices that are high in sugar, why don’t you try vegetable juices instead? I promise they taste just as good!

In order to avoid fruit sugar, and still keep great flavor, you can opt for delicious vegetable juices that not only taste great, but can also help you lose some body fat.

Cucumber juice

Cucumber is high in water and it’s good for hydrating your body too!

One of the most refreshing beverages that actually aids the weight loss process by acting as a strong diuretic, cucumber juice is one of the best options when you want a flavored, refreshing, and toxin-removing drink.

Beetroot juice

Beetroot contains antioxidant and it’s good for your skin too!

Beetroot is known for being rich in healthy nutrients. By containing both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, beetroot helps reducing body fat as it sustains proper bowel function. Beetroot juice provides a tasty and healthy alternative to sugary juices that turn into fat.

Wheatgrass juice

Wheatgrass is high in fibre and it’s can help to ease your digestion!

Wheatgrass is beneficial to weight loss since it not only acts as a great detoxifier, but it is only rich in fiber, which…