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Mango Hack! How to Cut A Mango In A Minute!

Mango Hack! How to Cut A Mango In A Minute!

Mangoes are a delicious snack with amazing health benefits. They are high in Vitamin C, which help strengthen the immune system, enzymes, which helps aid in digestion, antioxidants, which help fight cancer, and Vitamin A, which promotes good eye sight. Did you also know that mangoes are known as the “love fruit” and an aphrodisiac? This is because the abundant presence of Vitamin E which boosts virility in men. Mangoes are found native to South Asia and are used for a variety of dishes from desserts, salads, salsas, smoothies and even as a dressing for chicken and fish.

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    Some people are intimidated by mangoes as they are unsure as to how to prepare them. Cutting a mango doesn’t have to be difficult. Mangoes are one of the easiest fruits you can cut and require little to no knife skills. Don’t deprive yourself of this yummy, exotic treat and follow these easy steps on how to cut a mango in only one minute. Make sure you pick out a mango that is ripe. Just push down on the skin and if it leaves a dent, then your mango is ready to slice. If the mango is still too firm, just leave it out for a few days to ripen first. Just remember that the riper it is, the sweeter it is.

    how to cut a mango in under one minute
      1. There is a big seed or pit in the middle of the mango. You will want to slice the mango vertically as close to the seed as possible on one side.

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      how to cut a mango in a minute

        2. Slice the other side of the mango so you end up with three pieces (two end pieces and one middle piece with the seed). Try to stay as close to the pit as possible so you get more meat.

        how to cut a mango in one minute

          3. Take one of the end pieces and score three lines across to divide it into three equal parts. You are only cutting the flesh of the mango and keeping the skin intact. Do not cut all the way through.

          how to cut a mango in one minute

            4. Now score horizontally across the slices you’ve already made three times again to create a crosshatch. You should end up with a bunch of squares.

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            how to cut a mango in one minute

              5. Now push the back skin of the mango so that the flesh of the fruit pops up and the pieces separate into cubes.

              how to cut a mango in one minute

                6. Repeat steps 3-5 on the other piece you cut from the mango. You should end up with two identical pieces like this.

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                  7. Using either a peeler or a knife peel the skin off the middle piece (the seed or pit piece). You can stop here if you like and just gnaw on the seed piece or move on to step 8 for one extra step. Depends on your eating preferences.

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                    8. Slice the remaining flesh off the seed. Try to remove as much flesh as possible so you’re not wasting anything. You should end up with two pieces on either side of the seed.

                    how to cut mango in one minute

                      9. Enjoy your yummy mango. You can either peel the mango pieces off the skin or just eat them straight off the peel. The mango cubes should come off relatively easily without wasting any of that precious meat. If they don’t come off easily, you can either use your knife or if that makes you nervous, just use a spoon to scrape off the cubes.

                      Try these easy recipes that feature mango:

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                      Try it with sticky rice, topped with coconut milk and sesame seeds – a sweet Thai-Lao dessert 

                      Mango Salsa

                      Mango also goes really well with fish or chicken.

                      Bon Appetit!

                      How do you cut and eat your mango? There are a few different ways to prepare and eat a mango. This method is just the easiest and quickest way to do it.

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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