Making the Perfect Salad

The Perfect Salad
The Perfect Salad

Salad is The Diet Food of choice, but it takes finesse. You can’t just throw some iceberg lettuce out of a bag into a bowl and drown it in salad dressing and think to yourself: “ah, health”. It doesn’t work that way, so don’t try and tell yourself that you’re making the perfect salad just because it’s dressed up with so many ingredients you can’t even tell that it was once a salad.

Account for Taste

Some extra add-ons to everyone’s favorite leafy vegetable are okay, and if you want the salad to be anywhere near palatable you have to account for your own tastes and incorporate that into your perfect salad. If you like cheese toss a little bit of shredded cheese on top of the salad. If you want to get a serving of fruits you like at the same time you get a serving of vegetables from the salad, cut up some apples and sprinkle them in. It’s easy to incorporate things you like to eat into the salad, that way you can eat the things that are suited to your tastes even if you aren’t the biggest fan of salad.

Get the Perfect Ingredients

To Eat Healthy You Need Fresh Ingredients
To Eat Healthy You Need Fresh Ingredients

Only the freshest ingredients are allowed to be in the perfect salad, it’s a rule. If the vegetables or mushy or the dressing is just a little too warm, it won’t work. If you want to make the perfect salad, you have to have the perfect ingredients. Try going to a farmer’s market instead of your typical grocery store! Make an exercise out of it by jogging to the farmer’s market instead of driving, and use the bags full of fresh produce to work out your arm muscles on a day you might not be able to get to the gym otherwise! Try out new combinations of ingredients that you might not normally try, like a new type of nut combined with a fruit you might not have considered.

Don’t Skimp On the Preparation

Pick The Right Combination Of Ingredients
Pick The Right Combination Of Ingredients

The perfect salad isn’t an accident. It can’t be made just be throwing ingredients into a bowl and eating it, because that’s just not how things work. Besides, if you’re doing that, you’re more likely to eat more food because you’re just throwing it haphazardly into a bowl. Take the time to pull the leaves off of the head of lettuce, take the time to cut up the vegetables neatly and don’t dump the dressing into the bowl with no care for over-saturating part of the salad and leaving the rest uncomfortably dry. We’re not saying it has to be an art form, but taking the time to prepare your salad well will make sure that you’re really enjoying what might be an otherwise boring meal.

Proportion It Well

Don’t Overdo It With The Dressing
Don’t Overdo It On The Dressing

If you’re trying to eat healthy, proportions are key. This is especially true if you’re trying to lose weight and are just starting out down the road of trying to eat healthier but it applies to everyone. Don’t give your salad too many lettuce leaves or it’ll seem like that’s all you’re eating. That will bore you very quickly. Alternatively, don’t overdo it on the dressing. Make sure you’re paying attention to serving sizes and how much fat is in the dressing if it’s a creamy-based one and make sure that the sugars in any fruit you’re using don’t overdo it on your recommended intake for the day. Proportions are everything when it comes to eating healthy and just because you’re eating a seemingly healthy salad doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want.

MOBAs, and Why They Are the Next Big Thing in Gaming

Moba Tournaments
Moba Tournaments
So, as an answer to your first question—what is a MOBA? MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, in which a player only controls a single unit on one of two teams. The objective of the game is to destroy the other teams’ main structure in their base. Typically, these games play out in a 5v5-type fashion, and one must work together in order to succeed. Two of the most popular MOBA games that are out currently are Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) and League of Legends (LoL). Combined, their user bases can hit close to ten million concurrent users daily.

Due to the nature of these games, focusing heavily on individual mechanics as well as an extreme amount of teamwork, each game has spawned a very large and active competitive scene, where teams of five can win millions of dollars competing in official tournaments held by a game’s respective company. Instead of traditional sports, such as football or baseball, we are introducing a new type of athlete that could change the landscape of sports forever.

Defense of the Ancients 2

You Can Make A Lot Of Money Playing On Moba Tournaments
You Can Make A Lot Of Money Playing In Moba Tournaments
DOTA 2 came out of beta on July 9, 2013, and is a sequel to the highly popular Warcraft 3 mod developed by the Valve Corporation. In 2011, Valve head a global championship called The International at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The total prize pool for this game was one million dollars, and was the first competition of its kind with a prize pool of that size. Teams hailing from all corners of the world came and competed for the prize pot, and in 2014, it was the central focus of the documentary “Free to Play”. Since this tournament’s inception, the prize pool has gone up to over ten million dollars, and was the first eSports title to make it on the television channel ESPN, and was streamed on WatchESPN.

League of Legends

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
League of Legends came out on October 27, 2009, and was developed and published by Riot Games. Just like DOTA 2, League of Legends held their first Season 1 World Championships back in 2011, and Dreamhack, held in Sweden. The prize pool wasn’t nearly as significant as DOTA 2’s pot (at around $50,000), but since then, the prize pool has jumped up to two million dollars for the winners of the World Championships.

Due to the competitive nature of LoL, Riot Games have since made a way for hopeful teams to make it into their circuit. Each region (North America, Europe, and Korea) has its own leagues and seasons, to determine who is able to compete at the end-of-the-year tournament. Riot Games have even gone as far as allowing anyone who is on a skilled team to be able to join their league by competing in ranked games, to work up the ladder and prove that you can make it in the big leagues. Due to this mentality that anyone can make it, it’s not surprising that this popular game has 67 million active monthly players; the largest player base in any video game known to date.

Twitch.tv

Enjoy The Games...
Enjoy The Games…
Twitch.tv is a streaming service that allows people to watch other people play video games. One is allowed to subscribe to specific streamers for a monthly fee, as well as donate money to them so that they can maintain a daily stream.
What does this have to do with MOBA games? Well, this is how hundreds of people make a living. With specific streamers garnering an audience of upwards of 40,000, subscribers and the ability to make money by playing commercials during a stream provide a way for an individual to make thousands of dollars a month. MOBA games, due to their competitive nature and large player base, largely surpass any other game, with current viewers always in the hundreds of thousands. When the yearly tournaments roll along, they garner millions upon millions of viewers. The last League of Legends tournament peaked at 32 million viewers worldwide, beating out the NHL Stanley Cup finals by a measure of millions.

The future of eSports is a bit of an unknown, due to the infancy of the sport. However, with the amount of attention that it is already getting, it will not be long before we start seeing players hailed alongside the likes of top-tier athletes like Derek Jeter and LeBron James.

Should You Try Online Dating?

Online Dating
Online Dating Is Very Popular
If you’re not having an easy time finding the type of people you want to date in real life, you might have considered online dating more than once. It’s starting to become more and more popular, and there are tons of sites that offer the chance to get started. If you’ve never tried online dating, you may be slightly hesitant to get started. No matter what you’re looking for, however, online dating can be an amazing way to find just what you want. If you’re not yet convinced, there are some things you should consider about online dating before you start. Here’s what you need to know:

Can You Really Meet Decent People?

Meet The Right People
Meet The Right Person For You
You may be wondering if you can really meet anyone worthwhile when you’re trying out online dating. It seems like there are tons of scumbags out there, and tons of weird-looking or just plain weird people. While this is definitely true, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find people worth your time. There are plenty of decent and normal people who use online dating sites nowadays, as it continues to grow in popularity. You should definitely not shy away from giving online dating a try, because it can definitely be a good way for you to find the type of people you’re interested in. at the very least, you’ll be able to meet up with a few interesting people to go out on casual dates with, and that’s worth giving it a shot.

How to Attract the Right People

Don't Attract Weird, Crazy People
Don’t Attract Weird, Crazy People
Of course, it’s important to be able to attract the right kind of people if you’re going to be doing online dating. Make sure to make it clear just what you’re looking for when you type up your profile. Don’t sound too picky or snobby, since it can drive away the people you’re interested in. make sure to send out messages instead of just waiting to receive messages from other people. You’ll likely receive quite a few creepy messages, but it’s best just to ignore them and move on instead of worrying about them. They’re not worth your time. If you type out a good profile, you’ll be bound to find some decent people eventually. It’s worth a shot.

Safety Considerations

Avoid Sharing Too Much Online
Avoid Sharing Too Much Online
Make sure not to post too much personal information on you profile, since you never know who might be looking at your page. Don’t make it too easy for anyone to find out where you live or what your full name is, as it’s important to be as careful and cautious as possible. Try not to post too many pictures – just post as many as you need to give people a good idea of what you look like. Don’t post exactly where you go to school or anything, since you never know what someone might use against you if you wind up with a creepy stalker. It’s a possibility, so make sure to be as careful as possible when you’re writing out your profile. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

3 Grocery Bill Busting Tips to save Money

Save Money And Eat Healthy Food
Save Money And Eat Healthy Food
The cost of food is one of the most expensive parts of your budget, but also one of the most important. If you’re going to try and cut back on expenses, you should take a different approach with groceries. Instead of buying less, buy smarter. Food is an essential item that not only impacts your quality of life, but also influences your mental state. Being healthy is necessary in order for making good decisions, and that includes ones about your finances. You should put food in your budget as a top priority, but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge unnecessarily. Here are three grocery bill busting tips to help you save money and end up with more in your pantry.

Clip Those Coupons

Clipping Coupons Is A Great Way To Save Money
Clipping Coupons Is A Great Way To Save Money
It might seem like something your grandma does, but clipping coupons is still a great way to save money. Some grocery stores even still require you to be present to honor the coupon. While it’s become increasingly popular to have your groceries delivered after you order them online, the best deal you’re usually going to get is the normal sales and a promo code if you’re lucky. The part you’re missing out on is the weekly curricular that has the special coupons. Many times, these are only usable in stores, but can save you a lot of money. They’re also designed for people who are buying a lot of groceries at once. The standard ones are saving a certain flat dollar amount if you buy a certain type of brand, or something to that effect. If you really want to save money, don’t abandon the traditional coupon clipping method quite yet.

Skip the Delivery Fees

Pick Up Your Food From The Store
Pick Up Your Food From The Store
When you order groceries online or you opt to have them delivered from the store, this can be a serious money drain. While it may not seem like a lot at the checkout, it adds up over time. If you go grocery shopping once a week, and you pay around a $10 delivery fee each time, that’s already $40 you’ve racked up in a month. That could potentially be a whole other grocery shopping trip. Therefore, if you can, try to either carpool to the grocery store. You can also bring your own cart if it’s in walking distance. This will save you a lot of money over time, and you’ll be able to see and smell all the items you’re buying firsthand. Ordering online is convenient, but has its drawbacks.

Cooking Is Better for You in Every Way

Cooking Your Own Meals
Cooking Your Own Meals
Overall, the best way to save money on food is to try to cook at home as much as possible. Going out to eat on a regular basis is a money drain on your bank balance. Going out to a restaurant should be a special treat, rather than a standard staple whenever you’re hungry. There aren’t only ways to bust your grocery bill, but also ways that your grocery bill can bust other expenses. Cooking is also more healthy, since you don’t have to deal with a lot of the processed foods and fatty oils that many meals in mainstream restaurants are used to cook in. Cooking at home guarantees a happy wallet, and a healthy heart.

3 Crippling Comments to Never Use on Annual Reviews

Move Away From Shame Based Management
Move Away From Shame Based Management
When you’re giving an employee their annual review, you need to make sure that the experience is a productive one. You should outline key points and goals in such a way that the employee understands what’s expected of them. They shouldn’t come away from the review feeling negative or confused. This is especially important. However, there are some comments that you should never use during an annual review. They’re not only negative, but they’re more than just a simple slip-up. You’ll need to do major damage control if you end up uttering one of these phrases, so be careful. Here are three remarks to never share with an employee during an annual review unless you want to crush their spirit.

“You’re Not as Qualified as I Thought You Were”

The Impact Of Your Words Can Be Damaging
The Impact Of Your Words Can Be Damaging
This rocks the very foundation that the employee stands on. When they came into the job, they probably had a good self-image because they were hired in the first place. As a supervisor, you need to foster this from the beginning, because positive guidance will result in more quality work. Praise goes a long way with employees, and this is especially true during the first year of employment. If an employee feels like they’re doing a good job, then they start to settle into the company and feel more at home. This, in turn, establishes an intellectual investment in both their work and the company itself. You’ll get the best work ethic and work quality from employees with this type of investment. However, if you question their very qualifications, you’re basically tearing all of that confidence out by the root. Be careful to never say this. If the employee really isn’t as qualified as you thought, reassign them with some tact, rather than saying this. They’ll be looking for another job quickly.

“Your Coworkers All Have Issues with You”

There is no greater way to inspire paranoia in an employee than acting like you have insider knowledge that they don’t about how their coworkers view them. Challenging someone’s self-image is bad enough, but telling an employee that their professional image isn’t good is a huge problem. One of the building blocks of doing a good job is good, professional relationships with colleagues. Obviously an employee doesn’t think their coworkers have issues with them unless it’s made clear. Therefore, if you bring that up out of the blue—whether it’s true or not—you risk losing the employee to a confidence meltdown. This also creates an extremely negative work environment for both the employee being reviewed as well as all the people who work with them. Be careful of how you say other people view the employee, because you’re putting words in their mouths, which always a risky move. You don’t personally want to get a reputation for being a gossip or misrepresenting other people, so steer clear of this kind of remark. If an employee’s coworkers do have issues with them, bring it up in the context of teamwork. Discuss with them their attitude toward teamwork, and ask lots of questions first. Let the issue emerge on its own without forcing it out.

“You Hold Blatant Disregard for Your Job”

Recognize Their Effort And Praise Them
Recognize Their Effort And Praise Them
Questioning an employee’s dedication to their job is one of the worst things you can do. People take great pride in the time and energy they invest in doing a job well. If you undermine that dedication, it can make an employee feel like all of the time and effort the expended on the job was worthless. It takes a lot to do a good job, and it’s also tiring. Saying to an employee is similar to spitting in their face, because even if they don’t want praise, they want recognition for the work they put into projects. One of the number one ways to win employees over is to praise them during the times when they do the best work. Adversely, one surefire ways to turn employees against you is to insult their work in general, and question their dedication. No one wants to come to a job every day where they put their own emotional and intellectual energy to use, only to be told that they aren’t. The result is an employee who won’t try at all because you broke their spirit. If you think an employee isn’t putting in the effort needed to their job properly, find a more constructive way to convey that in their annual review.