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Egg Cups with Hot Smoked Salmon

Makes 12 muffins (freeze some!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
These little egg cups are a fantastic portable high protein breakfast that can be made ahead of time. I also love them after a workout with salad for a light lunch. You can use any kind of hot smoked salmon you can find. It can often be found in vacuum-packed pouches in the seafood section of the grocery store. Or use leftover grilled salmon from home. I used Trader Joe’s Hot Smoked Peppered Salmon, and it’s wonderful on top of salads too.
To add variety to this recipe, add in sautéed mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, or diced kale.

  • 12 eggs
  • ¼ cup diced fresh basil
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1–2 cups fresh spinach or baby kale, diced
  • A few dashes of garlic powder
  • A few dashes of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • Pink salt or sea salt
  • 8–10 gluten-free tortilla wraps (I used the Rudi’s Fiesta Gluten-Free Tortilla wraps—look for them in the freezer case)

About 1 cup of hot smoked salmon, crumbled into chunks In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in the basil, goat cheese, diced kale, and spices.
Spray two muffin tins with cooking spray. Take the tortilla wraps and rip them into thirds—making uneven strips. Line the muffin tin with the wraps, making sure the entire bottom is covered with tortilla. Fill each nearly to the top, leaving room for the salmon. The tortilla wraps can extend beyond the height of each muffin hole. Once all the cups are filled, add a few pieces of salmon to each muffin tin and poke them into the egg mixture. Place them in the oven for about 15–20 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted near the center of the muffin comes out clean and dry.

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Food and Video Games

It shouldn’t take a scientific genius to make sense of that computer games and weight are connected. I need to concede that I am a bit desirous and appreciative while the innovation of today was not around when I was a kid. Computer games can be fun and are without a doubt addictive. Overweight kids by and large live more stationary ways of life and are socially less dynamic. They have more sit without moving time and since computer games can be so addictive they discover themselves playing diversions for excitement. The ramifications of this is that playing computer games could bring about stoutness as opposed to corpulence being a reason for playing computer games.

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Contrasting computer games and heftiness with TV seeing doubtlessly genuinely evident that TV review is the more awful of the two wrongs. Most customary computer games oblige the utilization of two hands to work the diversion controller. One could speculate that while playing computer games kids are eating less and are not presented to notices advancing horrible sustenances. Obviously, the drawback to this hypothesis is the “respite” catch. Furthermore studies have demonstrated that heavier youngsters invest more energy in inactive exercises than more slender children do. Youngsters with lower body mass lists are more inclined to utilize PCs for non-diversion purposes, and their computer game utilization changes.

Due to computer games and corpulence the makers of electronic recreations have had a terrible notoriety throughout the years. Be that as it may, much the same as any great business they have thought of an answer that might just be a response to adolescence weight. Incorporated amusement comforts, for example, Nintendo Wii have opened up an entire new viewpoint on physical movement. “Youngsters blaze more than four times the same number of calories every moment playing a dynamic computer game than playing a situated diversion, and their heart rate is additionally fundamentally higher with the dynamic amusement”, as indicated by a report in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Personally I love to play Clash of Kings on my phone and I usually do it using some Clash of Kings cheats.

The Nintendo Wii amusement is easy to understand and enlivening for everybody including onlookers. It accompanies 5 games amusements: rocking the bowling alley, golf, boxing, tennis, and baseball alongside different elements, for example, a body mass record number cruncher and a following framework for up to 8 clients. The amusement is played by utilizing the controller as a part of a comparable design as you would a knocking down some pins ball or golf club. Another mainstream amusement is the XaviX gaming framework. Entirely like the Nintendo Wii framework with the exception of it additionally games diversions that include more physical action, for example, running by utilization of a gaming mat called the XaviX-J-Mat.

It is reviving to realize that computer games and stoutness have trust. Computer games do accompany a sticker yet regarding the matter of your children well-being it is justified regardless of the speculation. Entertainment amusements could pay for themselves when you consider the reserve funds from hospital expenses, crisis room visits, and different expenses connected with heftiness treatment. In the event that you end up in a hopeless scenario with the children and computer games this may be a positive answer for the entire family to appreciate. Dr. David Katz, executive of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, “the force of innovative advancement can be changed over from adversary to companion as to the soundness of youngsters” by being tapped to give a significant wellspring of physical movement (Reinberg, Health Day, 9/1/08; Mellecker/McManus, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, September 2008]). While these may turn out to be gainful, folks ought to urge open air action to further help avoid corpulence.

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Online Shopping

Online grocery shopping has revolutionised my life. I’m really terrible at grocery shopping because I get tempted by all the delicious-looking things on the shelves, buy things that will make me put on weight, and spend too much money. When I do my grocery shopping online, however, I’m not at all tempted by the offers that flash up in front of my face (although I might be in trouble when they invent a way of making the smell of freshly baked cookies waft out of my computer screen). Moreover, I don’t have to carry my shopping home. However, the companies’ method of substitution is a bit suspect, in my opinion. You know how it works: if something you’ve ordered is not available, they bring you something else instead, but you’re allowed to decline it if you want.

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Once, just before Christmas, I ordered four 500 g bags of brussels sprouts. Yes, I eat loads of brussels sprouts – I find them delicious and filling and they’re so healthy. For a treat I sometimes dip them in barely sweetened homemade dark chocolate. Anyway, they didn’t have any 500 g bags of sprouts, so they substituted four 100 g bags of sprouts instead. Yes, four bags in total, so I had a total of 400 g of sprouts instead of 2 kg. But the funniest substitution I’ve heard about was my friend who ordered a toothbrush and was presented with a toilet brush instead. The computer system was thinking too much in terms of the inherent characteristics of the objects (‘they’re both brushes’) instead of the role that they fulfil. We have already seen that category theory studies things in context, via their relationships with other objects rather than just looking at what an object is like by itself. One of the aims of this is to be able to make precise which things count as ‘the same’ in particular contexts. This is at the very heart of mathematics. As a basic example, this is really what solving equations is all about. You start with a statement in which something is equal to something else, and you replace it with successive statements in which something is equal to something else in a progressively more useful way, until you have some particularly useful information at the end. Equations give us different ways of understanding the same concept.

 

For example, 3 × 4 = 4 × 3 tells us that if we take 3 bags with 4 apples in each, we’ll get the same number of apples as if we take 4 bags with 3 apples in each, although these two situations are not exactly the same. Similarly the equation 5 + (5 + 3) = (5 + 5) + 3 tells us that if we do 5 + 3 and then add 5 to that, it’s the same as first doing 5 + 5 and then adding 3 to that. Again, these are not exactly the same processes. In fact, that’s why this equation is useful – because the second way (doing 5 + 5 first) is probably easier, as it gives 10, and then you have to do 10 + 3. If you follow the left-hand side of the equation, you end up having to do 5 + 8, which is probably more difficult for most people. So we see that this equals sign is already hiding a lot of information.

 

It doesn’t mean that the left-hand side is exactly the same as the right-hand side, because it visibly is not. It just means that if you follow the process on the left, you’ll get the same answer as if you follow the process on the right. This gives us the slightly uncomfortable fact that the only genuinely honest equations are the ones where the lefthand side is exactly the same as the right-hand side, such as 1 = 1 or x = x and these equations are completely useless. The only useful equations are those that tell us two different ways of doing something are ‘somehow the same’. One of the aims of category theory is to make precise different notions of what ‘somehow the same’ can mean, taking into account that different meanings are useful and relevant in different situations. In category theory we observe that sometimes when we say things are ‘equal’ we’re not being entirely honest. It’s a sort of white lie that doesn’t matter too much until you get into more delicate situations, and then your white lies start piling up and you need to start keeping track of them.

 

One of the reasons you don’t usually study category theory until you’re an advanced undergraduate or masters student of mathematics is that you can mostly get away with ignoring the piles of mathematical white lies up until that point, without getting into too much trouble. Here are some examples of notions of ‘sameness’ we’ve already seen that are not precisely ‘equality’: Similar triangles, which have the same angles but different lengths of sides. Topological sameness, in which a doughnut is ‘the same’ as a coffee cup because one can be squashed into the shape of the other. The symmetries of an equaliteral triangle, and the ways of ordering the numbers 1, 2, 3, because we can label the corners of the triangle with 1, 2, 3 and see where they move to when we flip or rotate the triangle. The various different versions of the Battenberg cake that we saw in the last chapter: coming from addition modulo 2, multiplying ±1, positive and negative numbers in general, real and imaginary numbers and rotations of a rectangle. Sometimes in category theory the process goes the other way round – instead of asking what counts as ‘the same’ in a given context, we start by knowing what we want to count as the same, and ask what context will make that true. Sometimes it’s not the most obvious one.

 

For example, the most obvious context (or rather, category) in which to study shapes like doughnuts and coffee cups does not result in the doughnut and coffee cup counting as ‘the same’. The fact that we want them to count as the same means that mathematicians have built much more subtle categories in which to study them. In fact, the theory behind building these more subtle categories is an important piece of maths in its own right, which is one of the main areas of current research in the field. In this chapter we’ll see how category theory makes these ideas precise.

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Blueberry Pancakes with Amaranth, Quinoa, and Almond Flour

Makes about 5 4-inch pancakes

  • ¾ cup amaranth flour
  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ½ cup hazelnut flour (or almond flour)
  • 1½ tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 3½ tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom, ground
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (plus a little more for the skillet)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

 

 

Top with grade B maple syrup or honey

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
Stir in the remaining ingredients until mixed through.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, vanilla, and coconut oil together, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix with spoon. Fold in blueberries. Add a tad more liquid if it seems too stiff. It can be thick, but not too stiff.
Heat up about 2–3 teaspoons of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Spoon in the batter to make a pancake about 4 inches wide or less. Cook about 3–4 minutes per side and flip when the edges become brown.
Serve immediately with a little honey or maple syrup.

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And here is another one:

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