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8 Unexpectedly Good Fried Food That You Need To Try!

8 Unexpectedly Good Fried Food That You Need To Try!

You probably eat a healthy and balanced diet for most of the year or at least you are trying to. Once in while, when you decide to give it a rest, indulge in these totally unique and scrumptious fried foods.

These foods are all batter dipped and deep fried. Shallow frying will not give you the same crispy texture all around. Many these recipes call for frozen scoops to be fried for very short periods over high heat. The food item should be completely submerged in hot oil.

If you are hosting a party, most of these recipes can be made ready for frying, ahead of time. These foods can be then be quickly fried and served piping hot to your guests. Hot and crunchy on the outside, cold and melting inside, the contrasting textures and temperatures create an explosion of sensations for your taste buds.

1. Deep Fried Oreos

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    You may have come across these delicacies in local county fairs. This is a fun dinner party dessert that can be easily made at home with pancake batter. Egg and milk are optional. Remember to keep the batter consistency thick enough to coat the biscuits.

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    2. Pineapple Fritters

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      Banana fritters were a staple in my house till they got replaced by a new favorite: chilled, sweet and juicy pineapple. Serve some super crispy pineapple fritters made with light tempura batter, as starters at your party. Add a dash of cinnamon or drizzle some honey over them.

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      3. Fried Watermelon

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        It is extremely easy to make fried watermelon. Dip watermelon cubes into light pancake batter and then deep fry them. Top with castor sugar for a unique and colorful dessert.

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        4. Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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          The ultimate indulgent dessert, deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough is made with frozen cookie dough that is dipped in batter and fried till crisp and golden brown. The inside will be soft and gooey with melted chocolate bits. Another idea along similar lines is simple dropping spoonful of leftover cake batter in hot oil to make crispy balls and then rolling them in melted chocolate. Simply dusting with cinnamon flavored icing sugar is also a great idea.

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          5. Crispy Strawberries with Chocolate Sauce

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            Loaded with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, there’s no denying strawberries are a popular fruit. Sweet, not too tart, these strawberry bites make a great spur-of-the-moment dessert. Just think what other berries can be used similarly…maybe raspberries?

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            6. Deep-Fried Guacamole

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              Guacamole, the  avocado-based Mexican classic, has now become one of America’s favorite dips. To turn the dip into a salad dressing, the prepared guacamole is ground more finely till smooth and then water or  olive oil is added to make the consistency more flowing.  Guacamole is quite easy to make; mashed avocado is mixed with other ingredients like lime juice, salt, onion, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic and cayenne pepper. You can freeze leftover guacamole in ice cube trays. Pop the frozen cubes into batter and deep fry for a quick and amazing snack.

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              7. Deep Fried Butter Balls

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                These actually are said to taste like the most buttery bread you’ve ever had. You can combine some cheese with the butter and use a funnel cake batter to dip and fry them. You can also coat them with bread crumbs after dipping in the batter and then fry them crisp.

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                8. Deep Fried Candy Bars

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                  Liquefied chocolate and caramel on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside! Try making these with different types of candy bars. My personal favorite is the deep fried snickers bar.

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                  How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                  How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                  Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                  But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                  Sight – Visual Stimulation

                  The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                  1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                  Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                  Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                  2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                  Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                  Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                  Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                  3. Take note of your environment.

                  Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                  By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                  Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                  What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                  4. Engage in conversation.

                  Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                  Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                  Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                  Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                  5. Listen to upbeat music.

                  Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                  Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                  Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                  If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                  6. Work your nose.

                  Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                  If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                  Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                  Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                  If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                  7. Have a good breakfast.

                  Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                  Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                  Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                  8. Drink lots of water.

                  Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                  So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                  Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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                  9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                  Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                  Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                  Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                  Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                  Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                  10. Splash cold water on your face.

                  Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                  This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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                  11. Use acupressure.

                  Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                  Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                  12. Get moving.

                  Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                  And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                  You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                  Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                  Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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