Gadget: Stove-top Pizza Oven

Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

The oven allows you to cook delicious pizza up to 12-inch quickly at 600°F.

With the device, you can cook a pizza in six minutes using your stovetop’s gas burner.

Source: Hi-consumption

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Infographic: Meatless Monday – How One Day Without Meat Creates a Better World

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Source: Visually

Want a Younger Brain? Stay in School — and Take the Stairs

Taking the stairs is normally associated with keeping your body strong and healthy. But new research shows that it improves your brain’s health too — and that education also has a positive effect.

In a study recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers led by Jason Steffener, a scientist at Concordia’s PERFORM Centre, show that the more flights of stairs a person climbs, and the more years of school a person completes, the “younger” their brain physically appears.

The researchers found that brain age decreases by 0.95 years for each year of education, and by 0.58 years for every daily flight of stairs climbed — i.e., the stairs between two consecutive floors in a building.

“There already exist many ‘Take the stairs’ campaigns in office environments and public transportation centres,” says Steffener. “This study shows that these campaigns should also be expanded for older adults, so that they can work to keep their brains young.”

For the study, Steffener and his co-authors used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to non-invasively examine the brains of 331 healthy adults who ranged in age from 19 to 79.

They measured the volume of grey matter found in participants’ brains because its decline, caused by neural shrinkage and neuronal loss, is a very visible part of the chronological aging process. Then, they compared brain volume to the participants’ reported number of flights of stairs climbed, and years of schooling completed.

Results were clear: the more flights of stairs climbed, and the more years of schooling completed, the younger the brain.

“This study shows that education and physical activity affect the difference between a physiological prediction of age and chronological age, and that people can actively do something to help their brains stay young,” he says.

“In comparison to many other forms of physical activity, taking the stairs is something most older adults can and already do at least once a day, unlike vigorous forms of physical activity,” says Steffener, who is also a researcher at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

“This is encouraging because it demonstrates that a simple thing like climbing stairs has great potential as an intervention tool to promote brain health.”

Source: Concordia University

Baked Breakfast with Egg, Lentil and Vegetables

Ingredients

1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 bell peppers (mixture of yellow, orange, red), sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 Tbsp honey
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp chopped thyme
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (reserve some for garnish)
10 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked or canned green lentils drained and rinsed
8 large eggs
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ⁰F (200 ⁰C).
  2. Cook in a large, ovenproof sauté pan over medium high heat, the cumin and coriander for 2 minutes stirring often. Add onions and olive oil, and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, peppers, honey, bay leaves, thyme, cilantro, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add tomatoes, paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooked lentils and cook 7 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves.
  4. Continue in your ovenproof sauté pan, or divide lentil sauce into 8 individual ovenproof skillets or ramekins. Make 8 indentations in the sauce and crack an egg into each. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until eggs are cooked to desired doneness.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Dietitians of Canada

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