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16 Awesome Things Every Gaming Nerd Should Contemplate Buying

16 Awesome Things Every Gaming Nerd Should Contemplate Buying

Thanks to ever more impressive technology, video games have become complex, multifaceted worlds all of their own. With increasingly sophisticated environments to explore, it’s no wonder gamers are a more and more present and ever-growing breed. Celebrate this inspiring, exploding world with 16 of the coolest, most unbelievable, gaming-related gift items that every gaming nerd should have.

1. N64 Cartridge Soap

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    This Nintendo 64 cartridge soap is the perfect bathroom accessory for any gaming nerd. Sure to bring back nostalgia for this ’90s classic, even casual gamers will find comfort in this once familiar sight.

    2. ThinkGeek Beach Boy Towel

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      A celebration of the best in ’90s gaming, this beach towel is a great way to enjoy the sun without leaving the essentials behind.

      3. Bluetooth NES Controller

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        Another throwback to ’90s gaming is this incredibly helpful Bluetooth NES controller. Not only will this make you feel like you’re playing your old favorites, it connects with Bluetooth-enabled computers and mobile devices. Such versatility makes this controller highly useful, yet nostalgic in all the right ways.

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        4. TravelBoy Backpack

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          With another nod to a Nintendo favorite, this backpack is sure to drive any gaming nerd wild. Precisely designed, yet spacious enough for all your stuff, this backpack is both useful and classic. Not only that, the buttons on this gigantic Game Boy replicate real ones, making the design much more dynamic than just a printed image.

          5. Retro Duo Portable NES SNES Game System

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            One item that every gamer has been waiting to see is this portable Nintendo game system. Letting gamers bring their retro games with them on the go, this pint-sized screen and controller finally lets you play your original, retro games anywhere.

            6. Donkey Kong Shelves

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              Any fan of early gaming will love these Donkey Kong shelves. Replicating the classic, beloved arcade game, these easy-to-install features bring your favorite arcade style into your home.

              7. Super Mario Brothers Brick Planter Box

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                Another incredible Mario product is this question mark brick planter box. This box allows you to expand your green space at home, without sacrificing style. Great for gaming nerds into classic and contemporary games, these 8-bit question boxes are an incredibly useful throwback.

                8. Street Fighter Converse Shoes

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                  Sure to be another favorite of the arcade gaming nerd, these specially printed Chuck Taylor Converse shoes bring the classic Street Fighter arcade game to your closet. Bringing a classic game to classic fashion, these shoes will delight any gaming nerd.

                  9. iPad Arcade Machine Holder

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                    Here’s a fantastic option for nerds who love arcade gaming, this unique iPad holder transforms any Apple tablet into your very own arcade machine. The buttons and joystick actually work, letting you enjoy home arcade gaming at a reasonable price. Certainly the most effective way to bring arcade gaming home, this holder belongs in any gaming enthusiast’s collection.

                    10. Lightsaber Key Chain Flashlight

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                      Calling fans of the extended Star Wars gaming universe, this sci-fi flashlight is the perfect keepsake for any nerd. Though we can’t guarantee it will be useful in the event of a rogue sand person attack, this keychain lightsaber will at least help you find your way to Mos Eisley.

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                      11. Pac-Man Pencil Toppers

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                        In many ways the grandfather to all modern games, every gaming nerd can appreciate Pac-Man memorabilia. A cute, portable way to show your gaming enthusiasm, these pencil toppers are an essential addition to every gaming nerd’s stationery stash.

                        12. Breaking Bad 8-Bit

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                          An excellent meeting of two classic pop culture icons, this t-shirt merges 8-bit gaming with a whole new world. Fans of the show Breaking Bad will immediately recognize this pixellated hero and it’s the perfect way to incorporate your love of gaming and bad boys.

                          13. Plants vs Zombies

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                            Finally, a gaming answer to flamingos for your lawn! With this Plants vs Zombies lawn ornament set, never have your favorite villains looked better than in the front garden.

                            14. 2-Player Gaming Mug Set

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                              Sure to be another favorite among retro gaming enthusiasts, these mugs mimic a Super Nintendo controller. Just in case you needed another reason to drink even more coffee to get through a night of MMO.

                              15. Portal 2 Test Candidate Hoodie

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                                This graphic hoodie is an impressive addition to any gaming nerd’s closet. A perfectly designed reference to the popular game Portal, you’ll be ready to tune in to GLaDOS and grab your portal gun.

                                16. Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

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                                  Speaking of which, just in case you don’t have a portal gun to go with your hoodie, we found one for you. Top off your ultimate gaming geek collection with this incredible replica.

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                                  14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                  14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                  Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                  What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                  The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                  Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                  It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                  Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                  In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                  Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                  Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                  1. Quinoa

                                  GI: 53

                                  Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                  2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                  GI: 50

                                  Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                  3. Corn on the Cob

                                  GI: 48

                                  Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                  4. Bananas

                                  GI: 47

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                                  Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                  They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                  5. Bran Cereal

                                  GI: 43

                                  Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                  6. Natural Muesli

                                  GI: 40

                                  Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                  7. Apples

                                  GI: 40

                                  Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                  8. Apricots

                                  GI: 30

                                  Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                  Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                  9. Kidney Beans

                                  GI: 29

                                  Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                  10. Barley

                                  GI: 22

                                  Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                  Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                  11. Raw Nuts

                                  GI: 20

                                  Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                  12. Carrots

                                  GI: 16

                                  Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                  13. Greek Yogurt

                                  GI: 12

                                  Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                  14. Hummus

                                  GI: 6

                                  When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                  Bottom Line

                                  If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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