Monthly Archive: November 2017

How Pressure Cookers Work

As a cook or a student of culinary arts, you probably don’t use a pressure cooker too often. Pressure cookers can actually be quite useful in the process of cooking. While many people choose to use pressure cookers, they don’t really know the science behind it.

Pressure cookers are quite old, they were invented in the 1600s. The cooker relies on high pressure that builds from the evaporation of water to steam. Steam builds up inside the cooker which forms pressure and allows the food to cook from the pressure of the steam. This is actually a wonderful way of cooking as it allows a lot of the nutrients that are usually lost in the cooking process to remain within the food.

How Pressure Cookers Work

What can you cook in a pressure cooker?

The wonderful thing about pressure cookers is the fact that you can make almost anything in them. From rice to boiled eggs to stews, a pressure cooker is a great way to cook. It saves you time and a lot of effort, making it an easier way to cook.

It can be tricky

If you haven’t used pressure cookers before then we recommend you read instructions properly. Electric pressure cookers tend to work better than stove but either one gets the job done. The process of cooking with the cooker is simple. You add water in the pressure cooker, wait for it to heat up then add the food and the lid. Sounds simple enough? Well, you need to be aware not to overfill the cooker with water and ensure that with the food and the water, there is enough room on the top for steam to really build.

You can try it out and test it, it isn’t rocket science and with experience, you will learn how to use it properly.

If you are now thinking about getting a pressure cooker, we recommend you do your research before you go and get one. We recommend getting something like the Cuisinart pressure cooker, it’s easy to use, safe, and cleans easily also. However, you have tons of pressure cookers to choose from so do your research and see which one fits your budget and needs. Be sure to pay attention to the materials used in the build of the pressure cooker, you want stainless steel, and also the size. You don’t want a pressure cooker that rusts and is tough to clean while also too big.

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

Athletes are people that use up a lot of energy and they therefore need to eat food that is rich in protein. Eating the wrong foods could lead to their performance becoming poor. In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of good nutrition for athletes.

Energy and Performance

Food is fuel for the energy that we use every day, and especially athletes.

Carbohydrates regulate blood sugar and glycogen levels in the muscles, reducing muscle fatigue. Fat on the other hand, is the source of fatty acids, although it should be eaten in limited quantities. Protein takes care of building new tissue and is a source of energy.

Weight Control

In order for us to have a healthy body weight, we must have good nutrition. When it comes to athletes, weight can be a big issue, and if they are after cutting weight, they should not restrict calories since it could affect their performance. Instead they should use more high-fiber vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes to get essential nutrients. Lean protein sources and low-fat dairy foods also work perfectly.

Hydration

All athletes that participate in sports should stay hydrated since an imbalance in body fluids could affect their performance. Water is responsible for musculoskeletal lubrication, and transporting nutrients through the body. Water is the best way to stay hydrated.

After the Game

It is important for people to restore balance after games by eating, and especially if they didn’t take enough fluids during the event. High-sodium foods such as pretzels, cheese, and soups are highly recommended, as well as having snacks such as whole-grain bagels, apples or bananas.

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Athletes

The Best Folding Bikes in 2017 – A Complete Buying Guide

We have been looking at the importance of good nutrition for athletes and we would now like to look at one of the activities that athletes take part in, biking. We are going to review the best folding bikes in 2017.

Montague Paratrooper

This bike that is built by Montague comes with a patented folding design that came from a DARPA grant allowing airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and helicopters, and into combat. It is a 24 speed bike with front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear. It is a long lasting bike that can carry heavy loads with ease, and it is now also popular with commuters and other riders.

Features

  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • It comes with 24 speeds, front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear.
  • Authorized dealer – Montague’s warranty of 1 year on parts and their backing on frame’s potentially past that date, are valid. Contact them with any concerns as to Warranty.

Cyrusher FR100

This folding mountain bike comes with full suspension capabilities to handle the most demanding trails. It comes with an aluminum frame despite the fact that it is light. It also features a 24 gear Shimano drivetrain with quick and precise shifting. Other features include 26-inch, 6-spoke magnesium alloy rims, disc brakes, ergonomic handlebars, and cut-away saddle. This is the perfect workhorse to tackle those tough terrains.

Features

  • Premium Quality: The bike adopts 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, the front fork and middle frame are packed with comfort shock absorption.
  • Brake & Gear Shift System: With front and rear disc brakes and 24-speed shifting system, you can choose any speed to complete your journey, and perfect brakes fully protect your safety.
  • Light & Foldable Frame: Folding is simple and easy. Great bike for hitting the trails, and ideal for use as a commuting bike.
  • Ergonomic Design: we pay great attention to every detail of each component, ergonomic hand bar, adjustable seat and anti-slip wear resistant tire.
  • Unique Rim: 26 inch, 6 Spokes Classical Rims magnesium integrated wheel.

The Best Folding Road Bike

Montague Boston 21”

This full size, single-speed folding bike comes with 700c wheels that are ideal for the city. The flip-flop hub ensures that the rear wheel can work as both a fixed-gear or free-wheel setup. This is a fast and simple bike that also has a Clix quick release and the patented folding system that can fold the bike in less than 20 seconds.

Features

  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • 700c wheels.
  • Flip-flop hub enabling the rear wheel to operate as either a fixed-gear or free-wheel setup.
  • Clix quick release and the patented folding system.
  • Authorized dealer – Montague’s warranty of 1 year on parts and their backing on frame’s potentially past that date, are valid. Contact them with any concerns as to Warranty.

Retrospec Folding Single Speed

This bike comes in a small, compact frame style that is foldable. It comes with an aluminum frame that is not heavy, making it manageable, the weight barely 22 pounds.  The larger sprocket gives it sufficient speeds, while the 20-inch wheels come with Kenda Kwest commuter tires that have a smooth, rounded tread, for added traction during the wet weather. It comes with a coaster brake system and not handbrakes, and all at a very affordable price.

Features

  • Folding single-speed bike with rear coaster brake perfect for riding around the city, easy to carry and store in small spaces
  • Ideal for commuting or exercise on paths that are mostly flat or smaller hills
  • Lightweight Aluminum frame is up to 30% lighter than steel or chromoly
  • 20″ Wheels with Kenda Kwest commuter tires with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
  • Folding time of 10 seconds with folding handlebar tube, top-tube and pedals

The Best Folding Commuter Bike

Dahon Mariner D7

The Mariner D7 was specifically designed for boaters, fitting easily into small boat holds. It is rust resistant but not rust proof, meaning that it needs proper maintenance, minimizing corrosion. This bike emphasizes on comfort and convenience, coming with quick folding.

Features

  • It folds in less than 15 seconds so you can take it anywhere and It’s light enough to carry on public transport.
  • Perfect for taking on a bus or train on your commute or stashing in your apartment.
  • Equipped with a Dahon Neos rear derailleur that features crisp, fast shifting and a low profile design that is protected from damage.
  • 7005 aluminum frame with custom-drawn Sonus tubing and six patented technologies.

Schwinn 20-Inch Loop Folding Bike

This bike comes with a frame made of reinforced aluminum for enhanced strength and durability, and a total weight of 34 pounds. It is easier to climb up steep slopes due to the 7 gear drivetrain, while the caliper brakes on the front and rear wheels offer efficient braking. It features 30” alloy wheels with 30 spokes for added reinforcement.

Features

  • 20-inch folding bicycle designed for commuting
  • Low stand over frame and rigid fork for easy on and off
  • Sure stopping alloy linear pull brakes
  • 7 speed drivetrain to get up hills easily
  • Nylon carrying bag included

The Best Folding Electric Bike

Prodeco V5 Phantom X2

This is a versatile and rugged bike, something like a mountain bike with an engine, that can also fold up. The electric engine and battery make it somewhat heavy, and therefore not as portable as the non-electric bikes. It comes with an aluminum frame and a magnesium suspension fork for a smoother ride. The 8 gear drivetrain ensures for both urban and off-road riding, the highest gear going up to 20mph and 38 miles on a single charge. It comes with a very silent motor.

Features

  • 8 speed mid derailleur
  • Twist 8 speed shifter and avid db1 disc brakes
  • Rear direct drive 36v 500-watt motor
  • 36v 11.6Ah Samsung cell battery
  • 20 mph and 25-35-mile distance

Greenbike USA GB5

Worth every penny, this bike comes with full suspension and a 8FUN 350W motor, allowing for smooth rides of up to 20 miles an hour, and 50 miles on a single charge. The foldable seat is easy to remove and return when placing the battery. Made for safety, convenience, and comfort, it comes with wide-set handlebars for graceful maneuvers, as well as three riding modes, regular biking, pedal assist, or throttle. The LCD display shows functions such as the speedometer, distance, 9 levels of pedal assistance, and battery life.

Features

  • 8FUN 350W motor and 36V/13AH fast-charging lithium Samsung battery: allows for up to 50 mile range per one charge
  • 3 modes: regular biking, 9 levels! pedal assist, or only throttle for hours of enjoyment.
  • Full suspension allowing for a smooth and more comfortable ride up to 20MPH
  • pedaling speed-28mph, electric horn. Kenda puncture resistance, wheel
  • LCD display, front and rear disc brakes, Shimano 6 gear, wide handlebars, front and rear light controlled by the display, left and right turn signals, brakes lights, extremely reliable

The Best Folding Hybrid Bike

Montague Allston Pavement

This hybrid bike is made for both paved and off-road riding, coming with a strong and durable aluminum frame. It comes with 11-gear Shimano shifters that are fast and responsive on any terrain, featuring an oil free belt drive instead of a chain. The bike has a hydraulic braking system on both front and back wheels, and is the excellent choice for heavy commuters and exercising.

Features

  • 21-Inch Frame: For riders 5’11” – 6’4″, stand over height is 29-Inch
  • Speeds: 11, Wheel Size: 700c, Folding Time: 20 sec, Folded Size: 36x28x12-Inch, Approx Weight: 30lbs
  • The Allston combines a Gates carbon belt drive with the Shimano Alfine 11 internal gear hub
  • Grease-less and virtually maintenance free, it’s perfect for urban riding and can easily be stowed until your next ride

Montague’s Urban Folding Hybrid Bike

Coming with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, this is a speed oriented hybrid bike that performs excellently and is also durable. The frame is made from custom-drawn aluminum tubing, with extra reinforcement in high stress areas. The wheels consist of 32-hole alloy rims that consist of 700c, 35mm wide tires, perfect for gravel without compromising speed. It also consists of a Tektro Dual Pivot Caliper side pull brake system with Quick Release for instant braking.

Features

  • Small – 17 Frame: For riders 4’8 – 5’2. Stand over height is 28
  • Speeds: 21
  • Wheel Size: 700c
  • Folded Size: 36x28x12
  • Folding Time: 20 sec.

Summary

You need to eat healthily if you intend to take part in any athletic sports, including biking. This is because you’ll use energy and it will need to be supplemented. When taking part in any athletic sport, go for the best equipment, hence the reason why we reviewed the best folding bikes for 2017.

Choosing The Best Commission Advance Company

If you are in real estate, you must be aware how long a payment can take especially if you are a broker. Well the good news is that there is a way that you can access your funds more easily, and that is through a commission advance company. The only requirement is that you should have completed your sale and you are good to go. You can access your funds as soon as in 24 hours and that is better than taking a loan as it is money you have earned and you don’t have to pay the interest. There are however many commission advance companies and hence you have to know what to look out for to make sure that you end up with the right company. Some of the factors to consider include:

Commission Advance Company

Commission Advance Company

Fees

Every commission advance company normally charges a fee, a discount fee. You should look out to make sure the company does not have any hidden charges as that will basically mean that you will get less money. Hidden fees can come in form of administration fees, minimum fees, application fees, wire fees or reserve holdbacks. You should look out for that so that you don’t get a raw deal.

Mode of operation

A commission advance company should not as you for credit checks rather should be able to give you funding on the basis of contract of sale and a pending commission.

Period of approval

Most of the time you will seek the services of a commission advance company because you are looking for convenience. In this case you should look for a company that has quick approval if possible same day approval. If it takes more than 24 hours to process your application then that may be a sign of a red flag.

Application process

For more convenience the company should have a simple application process. The standard mode of application in most companies nowadays is an online application. The ease of the application process may have an influence on how fast you can access funds.

No minimum or maximum

As much as commission advance companies should not have a minimum or a maximum commission that can be advanced, there are those that have. You should be keen to check out so that incase it has a minimum or maximum the amount you want to advance falls in between the bracket. It is however advisable to go for a company that has no minimum or maximum.

The number of deals that can be advanced at a time

Most brokers or real estate agents normally require advancing several deals at the same time. There are some companies that may have limits and this may be inconveniencing especially if you have several deals that you may consider to advance. Normally most well established companies will not impose a limit on the number of deals that can be advanced at the same time. It is therefore important to keep that in mind.