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20 Tasty Ways To Have Mashed Potatoes. #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

20 Tasty Ways To Have Mashed Potatoes. #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

Mashed potatoes seem to always be a favorite side dish on a lot of people’s dinner tables. But in the past few years mashed potatoes have seemed to lose their luster due to the endless variety of boxed and bagged instant potatoes that clutter shelves at your local grocery store.  If you are looking to ditch the box for dinner tonight and experience a taste that you may not have had in awhile, you definitely have to check out these recipes for some amazing mashed potatoes.

1. Ultimate Slow Cooker Potatoes

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    A classic style of mashed potatoes. If you have the time to make them this way, I highly recommend it!

    2. Chipotle and Cilantro Mashed Potatoes 

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      Mashed Potatoes with a Mexican-style influence to them.  If you like a little spice, this recipe is worth a shot.

      3. Veggie Mash

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        This delightful dish is perfect for vegetarians, or people looking for a low calorie recipe.

        4. Smoky Mashed Potatoes

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          This dish is chock full of flavor.  A good recipe to check out if you have a lot of left over mashed potatoes, since it doesn’t necessarily call for freshly mashed potatoes.

           5. Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash 

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            This is a delightful dish, and is commonly seen around the holidays.  The sweet potatoes add a nice amount of nutrients, too!

            6. Two-Tone Potatoes

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              Another fun way to add sweet potatoes to your mashed potatoes!

              7. Pepper Jack-Bacon Mashers

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                Everything is better with bacon!  This award-winning recipe is sure to satisfy the whole family!

                8. Fiesta Potatoes

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                  A very fun and flavorful recipe.  This is sure to be a hit at your next family dinner!

                  9. Leek, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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                    A creamy, garlicky, mouthwatering mashed potato recipe.  This recipe is perfect for garlic lovers!

                    10. Cheddar Potato Casserole

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                      A delightful, cheesy dish that is a perfect solution if you deal with picky eaters on a nightly basis.

                      11. Three Cheese Whipped Potatoes

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                        If you are a cheese lover, and you are not afraid to try something a little more exotic, this is the potato recipe for you!

                        12. Onion & Sage Mashed Potatoes

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                          A good recipe for those who love onions.  This recipe has you roast your mashed potatoes, giving them an unforgettable taste.

                          13. Mashed Potato Quesadilla 

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                            An amazing main dish you must try.  Very easy to make, and it is loaded with flavor!

                            14. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

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                              A quick and healthy way to make mashed potatoes. You cant even taste the spinach!  This is a good way to trick the kids into eating their green vegetables.

                              15. Lobster Mashed Potatoes

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                                The ultimate mashed potato recipe for sea food lovers.  Be sure to try this recipe for your next sea food night at home.

                                16.  Mashed Potatoes and Apples

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                                  A whole new way to experience mashed potatoes.  The apples give the potatoes a whole new flavor that you must try!

                                  17. Moroccan Mashed Potatoes

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                                    A delicious middle-eastern version of mashed potatoes.  If you have never experienced a middle-eastern dish, then this is the perfect place to start. Definitely a must try recipe.

                                    18. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

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                                      An amazing twist to a southern dish. This recipe is worth checking out for your next family dinner.

                                      19. Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

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                                        Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there are mashed potatoes with an Asian influence to them. These have a good spice to them, if you can handle the heat.

                                        20. Perfect Mashed Potatoes 

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                                          If all of those recipes don’t work for you, and you are looking for just a simple, classic recipe, I recommend this one.  You will not be disappointed.  The easy to follow directions on this recipe makes it really easy to make a perfectly smooth and creamy batch of mashed potatoes.

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                                          Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                          4. Feed Your Brain

                                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                          6. Write it Down

                                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                          7. Listen to Music

                                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                          8. Visual Concepts

                                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                          9. Teach Someone Else

                                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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