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Yogurt Can Be Like Junk Food If You Don’t Choose Carefully

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Yogurt Can Be Like Junk Food If You Don’t Choose Carefully

Yogurt is well known for probiotics which can boost your health. If you make yogurt at home, you can be sure of the content and its quality, but the majority of store-bought yogurt can surprisingly be considered junk food because it’s high in sugar and contains other unhealthy additives. That’s why you need to pay attention to the labels and choose carefully which yogurt to buy. Here are 7 things to watch out for that can turn otherwise healthy probiotic yogurt into harmful junk food.

    1. Sugar

    In order to avoid sugar, stay away from obvious sugar-laden products like yogurt topped with candy toppings or crushed cookies. Yogurt has plenty of naturally-occurring sugar such as lactose. Seeing sugar in the ingredient list is not a reason to avoid the product, as the yogurt may include both lactose and fructose (which is from the fruit). However, if sugar is listed as the first or second ingredient, it’s better to look for another brand.

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      2. Artificial Flavoring

      If a yogurt brand says “strawberry flavored,” chances are it contains artificial flavoring and doesn’t have any real fruit in it at all. If you want fruit-flavored yogurt, check that actual fruit is listed in the ingredients. It should be one of the top ingredients. In fact, buying plain yogurt and adding your own fresh fruit is a healthier idea than fruit-flavored products.

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        3. Heat-Treated Yogurt Products

        To reduce the tartness and increase the shelf life, some companies heat-treat some yogurt products. This kills the microbes in the yogurt and removes the probiotics, which helps boost your immune system. So check the label to ensure that there are “live and active cultures.” If the yogurt is heat-treated after culturing, the label should contain that information. You can also look for the “Live and Active Culture” seal created by the National Yogurt Association, (though not every company chooses to carry this seal).

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2021

        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

        Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

        There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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        Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

        Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

        Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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        Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

        1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
        2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
        3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
        4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
        5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

        Now on to the checklist!

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        Here is how your checklist should look

        1. CAMPSITE GEAR

        • Tent, poles, stakes
        • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
        • Extra tarp or canopy
        • Sleeping bag for each camper
        • Sleeping pad for each camper
        • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
        • Pillows
        • Extra blankets
        • Chairs
        • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
        • Lantern
        • Lantern fuel or batteries

        2.  KITCHEN

        • Stove
        • Fuel for stove
        • Matches or lighter
        • Pot
        • French press or portable coffee maker
        • Corkscrew
        • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
        • Food-storage containers
        • Trash bags
        • Cooler
        • Ice
        • Water bottles
        • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
        • Cups, mugs
        • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
        • Cutting board
        • Foil
        • soap
        • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
        • Paper towels
        • Extra bin for washing dishes

        3. CLOTHES

        • Clothes for daytime
        • Sleepwear
        • Swimsuits
        • Rainwear
        • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
        • Extra layers for warmth
        • Gloves
        • Hats

        4. PERSONAL ITEMS

        • Sunscreen
        • Insect repellent
        • First-aid kit
        • Prescription medications
        • Toothbrush, toiletries
        • Soap

        5. OTHER ITEMS

        • Camera
        • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
        • Maps, area information

        This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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