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Kitchen Hack: 3 Easy Steps To Create Healthy Frozen Yogurt

Kitchen Hack: 3 Easy Steps To Create Healthy Frozen Yogurt

Editors Note: I’ve had frozen yogurt lots of times at ice cream stands and from grocery stores. I never thought to try and make it in my own freezer though because I assumed it was more than just frozen yogurt. It turns out I was wrong! Thanks, Celes, for the tip! I took mine out mid-freeze and gave it a brisk stir for a slightly creamier consistency. Delicious!

    Looking for a quick snack you can whip up at home? Want some delicious after-meal dessert without feeling guilty?

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    If you (1) like eating ice cream (2) are lazy to make it and (3) are calorie conscious, I have the perfect solution for you. Being a calorie conscious individual, I’m particular about eating high calorie foods. Imagine my exhilaration when I found this simple kitchen hack that not only lets me prepare ice cream with absolute ease, but allows me to eat without worrying about calories. Each serving is only 100 calories. Get ready to enter ice cream haven :D.

    What You Need

    Just 3 things: (1) Yogurt (2) Freezer (3) Spoon (for eating later). It can’t get any easier.

      Step 1: Pick your yogurt

      Do you like your ice cream plain? Or do you like fruits in it? Nowadays yogurt comes with fruit variants such as blueberry, apple, peach and strawberry. I always pick the fruit variants because it gives added crunch and flavor to the ice cream. My favorites are mango and peach, strawberries and mixed berries flavor.

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      Brands like Yoplait, Danone and Marigold will have more than enough options for you to choose from. They are about 100 calories per cup, which makes for a delicious low calorie ice cream :) You can even have 2 if you want, though I find 1 is sufficient whether as a appetite filler or after-meal snack.

      Step 2: Put it in the freezer for 2 hours

      Typically yogurt is placed in the refrigerator to keep it chilled. Since we are making yogurt ice cream, we’re putting this in the freezer. Depending on the size of your container and type of yogurt, this’ll take at least 2 hours.

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      Step 3: Get your delicious ice cream

      Check if the yogurt has hardened into ice cream by squeezing the container. If it can be squeezed, put it back in the freezer for a while longer. If it can’t, that means it has hardened into ice cream.

      If so, remove the seal. Use a spoon to poke into the ice cream. If it’s too hard, leave the yogurt at room temperature for about 15 minutes for it to soften first.

      Enjoy your delicious yogurt ice cream :D. Go ahead and have one snack every day of a different flavor. Since it’s a healthy food and only 100 calorie per serving, there’s no reason to limit it in your diet. This is a kitchen hack I use almost every day and I love it.

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      Last Updated on January 2, 2020

      How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

      How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

      Over time, we all gather a set of constricting habits around us—ones that trap us in a zone of supposed comfort, well below what our potential would allow us to attain. Pretty soon, such habits slip below the level of our consciousness, but they still determine what we think that we can and cannot do—and what we cannot even bring ourselves to try. As long as you let these habits rule you, you’ll be stuck in a rut.

      Like the tiny, soft bodied creatures that build coral reefs, habits start off small and flexible, and end up by building massive barriers of rock all around your mind. Inside the reefs, the water feels quiet and friendly. Outside, you think it’s going to be rough and stormy. There may be sharks. But if you’re to develop in any direction from where you are today, you must go outside that reef of habits that marks the boundaries of your comfort zone. There’s no other way. There’s even nothing specially wrong with those habits as such. They probably worked for you in the past.

      But now, it’s time to step over them and go into the wider world of your unused potential. Your fears don’t know what’s going to be out there, so they invent monsters and scary beasts to keep you inside.

      Nobody’s born with an instruction manual for life. Despite all the helpful advice from parents, teachers and elders, each of us must make our own way in the world, doing the best we can and quite often getting things wrong.

      Messing up a few times isn’t that big a deal. But if you get scared and try to avoid all mistakes by sticking with just a few “tried and true” behaviors, you’ll miss out on most opportunities as well.

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      Lots of people who suffer from boredom at work are doing it to themselves. They’re bored and frustrated because that’s what their choices have caused them to be. They’re stuck in ruts they’ve dug for themselves while trying to avoid making mistakes and taking risks. People who never make mistakes never make anything else either.

      It’s time to pin down the habits that have become unconscious and are running your life for you, and get rid of them. Here’s how to do it:

      1. Understand the Truth about Your Habits

      They always represent past successes. You have formed habitual, automatic behaviors because you once dealt with something successfully, tried the same response next time, and found it worked again. That’s how habits grow and why they feel so useful.

      To get away from what’s causing your unhappiness and workplace blues, you must give up on many of your most fondly held (and formerly successful) habits. and try new ways of thinking and acting. There truly isn’t any alternative. Those habits are going to block you from finding new and creative ideas. No new ideas, no learning. No learning, no access to successful change.

      2. Do Something—Almost Anything—Differently and See What Happens

      Even the most successful habits eventually lose their usefulness as events change the world and fresh responses are called for. Yet we cling on to them long after their benefit has gone.

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      Past strategies are bound to fail sometime. Letting them become automatic habits that take the controls is a sure road to self-inflicted harm.

      3. Take Some Time out and Have a Detailed Look at Yourself—With No Holds Barred

      Discovering your unconscious habits can be tough. For a start, they’re unconscious, right? Then they fight back.

      Ask anyone who has ever given up smoking if habits are tough to break. You’ve got used to them—and they’re at least as addictive as nicotine or crack cocaine.

      4. Be Who You Are

      It’s easy to assume that you always have to fit in to get on in the world; that you must conform to be liked and respected by others or face exclusion. Because most people want to please, they try to become what they believe others expect, even if it means forcing themselves to be the kind of person they aren’t, deep down.

      You need to start by putting yourself first. You’re unique. We’re all unique, so saying this doesn’t suggest that you’re better than others or deserve more than they do.

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      You need to put yourself first because no one else has as much interest in your life as you do; and because if you don’t, no one else will. Putting others second means giving them their due respect, not ignoring them totally.

      Keeping up a self-image can be a burden. Hanging on to an inflated, unrealistic one is a curse. Give yourself a break.

      5. Slow Down and Let Go

      Most of us want to think of ourselves as good, kind, intelligent and caring people. Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes it isn’t.

      Reality is complex. We can’t function at all without constant input and support from other people.

      Everything we have, everything we’ve learned, came to us through someone else’s hands. At our best, we pass on this borrowed existence to others, enhanced by our contribution. At our worst, we waste and squander it.

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      So recognize that you’re a rich mixture of thoughts and feelings that come and go, some useful, some not. There’s no need to keep up a façade; no need to pretend; no need to fear of what you know to be true.

      When you face your own truth, you’ll find it’s an enormous relief. If you’re maybe not as wonderful as you’d like to be, you aren’t nearly as bad as you fear either.

      The truth really does set you free; free to work on being better and to forgive yourself for being human; free to express your gratitude to others and recognize what you owe them; free to acknowledge your feelings without letting them dominate your life. Above all, you’ll be free to understand the truth of living: that much of what happens to you is no more than chance. It can’t be avoided and is not your fault. There’s no point in beating yourself up about it.

      Final Thoughts

      What is holding you in situations and actions that no longer work for you often isn’t inertia or procrastination. It’s the power of habitual ways of seeing the world and thinking about events. Until you can let go of those old, worn-out habits, they’ll continue to hold you prisoner.

      To stay in your comfort zone through mere habit, or—worse still—to stay there because of irrational fears of what may lie outside, will condemn you to a life of frustration and regret.

      If you can accept the truth about the world and yourself, change whatever is holding you back, and get on with a fresh view on life, you’ll find that single action lets you open the door of your self-imposed prison and walk free. There’s a marvelous world out there. You’ll see, if you try it!

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