The dumbbell fly is one of the most effective exercises for lifting the chest’s pectoral muscles. It primarily engages the side and lower portion of the pecs and works the upper portion of the pecs and shoulders as secondary muscles. Begin this exercise on a bench or stability ball with your back in neutral alignment. Hold a two to eight pound dumbbell in each hand with your arms out wide and elbows slightly bent. Slowly squeeze the arms up towards the center of your chest line, as if you are hugging a giant beach ball. Squeeze the chest together from the outside- in. Release slowly back to your starting position. Repeat this exercise for two sets of eight repetitions.
The push-up is a classic exercise that targets the pectoral muscles. You can vary this exercise by fitness level to get the most out of it. The beginners version starts on your hands and knees with your shoulders directly over your hands. Slowly walk your hands forward until your torso is in a straight line from your shoulders through your hips to your knees. Keep your stomach and butt engaged and slowly lower your torso toward the floor by bending the elbows. Go down as far as you can without feeling stress on any of your joints, then slowly push back up. Do as many push-ups as you can, trying to increase your count to 25. Once you master the beginning level push-up you can move to a full-body push-up.
This yoga pose stretches the pectoral muscles to give it a natural lift. Balancing strength and stretch training for the chest muscles will help keep your posture correct, giving you an instant breast lift. Begin this exercise sitting upright on the floor and your legs straight out. Stretch your arms back behind you and place your hands on the floor with your fingers facing in, pointing toward your feet. Slowly lift your hips up toward the ceiling, engaging your core and lift the chest as high toward the ceiling as you can. Keep your head and neck in neutral alignment and your shoulders relaxed and hold the pose for 10 to 20 seconds. Release back to the floor and repeat three to five times. As you become stronger increase your hold up to one minute
For nutrient density and appetite control that lasts all day, it’s tough to beat … er, top … an egg.
“From a fitness standpoint, they’re one of the perfect foods: It’s an encapsulated source of very high-quality protein and very high-quality fat,” says certified strength and conditioning specialist Jared Meachem of Precision Body Designs in Louisiana.
And unlike many foods, your body can use almost all of the egg’s protein and fat, says Jim White, a registered dietitian in Virginia Beach, Va., and a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. The biological value of eggs — how much of the food’s nutrients the body can put to work — is 94 percent, he says.
That extends to other nutrients, too: Though eggs have fewer heart disease-fighting carotenoids than carrots, the fat in the egg yolk makes them more bioavailable — so your body can absorb more of the antioxidant from eggs than from the orange stuff.
They keep you thin, too: In a study from the “International Journal of Obesity,” men who had eggs for breakfast lost 65 percent more weight than those dieters who didn’t get crackin’.
All of which begs the question: Why are we only eating them for breakfast? Outside of having them hard-boiled in a salad or as a standalone snack, this incredible food isn’t being eaten much beyond the most important meal.
No more. Those little white muscle-builders can be more than just part of a scrambled, metabolism-boosting breakfast.
You can be a chef your whole life and never make a sauce as good as the yolk of an egg.
Jeffrey Saad, host of ‘The United Tastes of America’ on the Cooking Channel, and a spokesman for the National Egg Board
At Lunch: Pump Up Your Pasta or Rice
Move scrambled eggs from your breakfast plate to midday by stirring them into noodle dishes like pad thai, says Marie Simmons, author of cookbooks including “The Good Egg: More than 200 Fresh Approaches from Soup to Dessert” and “Fresh & Fast Vegetarian.”
The addition of the scrambles adds muscle-building protein, filling fat and, when cooked hot enough, a bit of crunch to the dish.
An egg with a runny yolk is perfect for stir fries, says Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of “A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family.”
Place a fried egg on top of a serving of rice, and then add the stir-fried vegetables on top of that — the yolk runs through the rice and vegetables, creating a savory, flavorful sauce.
“I literally boil spaghetti, touch it with olive oil and black pepper, and crack an egg on top,” says chef Jeffrey Saad, host of “The United Tastes of America” on the Cooking Channel, and a spokesman for the National Egg Board. “The yolk kind of coats the noodles, and it’s like an instant alfredo.” To complete the dish, add some chopped garlic and tomatoes or other spices and ingredients of your choice.
Recipes to Try
Skillet-baked Eggs with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
(Recipe adapted from “Fresh & Fast Vegetarian: Recipes That Make a Meal ” by Marie Simmons-Houghton Mifflin Harcourt April 2011)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 to 4
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, stems removed
½ cup thin-slivered onion
1 garlic clove, grated
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil, cilantro or dill
½ tsp. coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
¾ cup shredded cheese (see headnote)
1. Heat a large skillet until it is hot enough to sizzle and evaporate a drop of water.
Add the oil and tilt the pan to coat. Add the tomatoes and cook over high heat,
stirring, until blistered and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook over
medium heat, stirring, until the tomatoes are juicy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic,
basil, salt and a generous grinding of black pepper.
2. Break an egg into a small cup. Make an indentation in the sizzling tomatoes with
a spoon and slip the egg into the indentation. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs.
Sprinkle the cheese on top. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the eggs are
set, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula or wide spoon to scoop out servings of eggs and
Afternoon Snack: Stir It Into Soup
Create a simple, two-minute soup with this childhood favorite from Simmons: Boil a mugful of chicken broth, then add a little grated parmesan and beat in an egg. The egg will cook into strings of protein that turn broth into a filling, protein-packed soup while adding just 70 calories to the cup.
Tan also stirs egg into soups and stews, but suggests a different method: Add them hard-boiled.
“Toward the end of cooking [a stew or braised meat dish], add in some whole, hard-boiled eggs,” she says. In five to 10 minutes, the egg white will absorb the colors and flavors of the stew, turning a chocolate brown. “They take on the taste of the stew, and you can eat them with the braised beef or pork.”
At Happy Hour: Make Your Dips Fill You Faster
Meachem says eggs can be a transition from unhealthy, sugar-laden fare to healthier choices. And they can even make indulgent choices — like tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole — more filling and nutrient-dense.
“It makes sense; you’ll see a lot of omelets with avocado in them,” he says. Reverse the trend by adding chopped hard-boiled pieces to guacamole and salsa, upping the dip’s protein while also filling you faster with the yolk’s fats. And that fat has an added bonus that’s worth mentioning again: The antioxidants in tomatoes, including carotenoids, become more bioavailable in the presence of fat.
This can work for an otherwise vegetarian, dinner, too: “The other night I had a whole dinner of steamed asparagus, boiled potatoes, herby green salsa and chopped, boiled eggs,” says Simmons.
After Your Workout: Use Them in a Smoothie
For a clean, post-workout choice, skip the yolk and enjoy the nearly calorie-free protein source in the whites, suggests the American Dietetic Association’s White. Each egg white has just 15 calories and 3.5 g of protein, and the egg whites in cartons is perfect in a smoothie, he says.
To use them this way, mix some vanilla protein powder with half a cup of pasteurized egg whites from a carton — if they’re pasteurized, you won’t need to cook them. Mix in some skim milk with some cranberries, and blend for a post-workout smoothie.
At Dinner: Create an Instant Sauce
The yellow’s not all bad, though. “You can be a chef your whole life, and never make a sauce as good as the yolk of an egg,” says Saad. He lets the yolk run down sandwiches, bruschettas, meatloafs and sloppy joes — using fried eggs or simple, pan-poached offerings.
To poach an egg easily with this method, the chef says, bring a small amount of water to a boil in a shallow pan. Crack an egg into the water, then turn the heat to low. In about three minutes, use a slotted spoon to remove the egg and add to your sandwich — think a BLET — or other sauce-worthy meal.
For grilled vegetables, Saad creates a simple, butter-free hollandaise sauce without butter: Puree a few hard-boiled egg yolks with a small amount of water to create a rich topping that will make your side dish more fulfilling.
You’re having lunch with a friend, and the topic of exercise comes up. “I’m reading a book right now,” she tells you, “and it says the best way to lose weight is …” But as she describes a particular workout method, you remember reading a recent fitness article that said nearly the opposite. You know the trainer at the gym recommends a completely different method. And the doctor on television suggests still another.
Information on health and exercise is available more than ever these days, and even the experts don’t always seem to agree. Still, in spite of the many conflicting opinions, you probably know more than you think. Put your fitness knowledge to the test, and see if you can determine which of the following four statements are fact and which are fiction.
Losing fat isn’t rocket science, but it is indeed science.
Fact or Fiction: There Is a Way to Make Every Exercise More Effective
FACT. Some exercises are better than others at targeting a specific concern, but you can make any exercise generally more effective just by manipulating one or two variables. Resistance exercises, for example, typically consist of two main phases: the lifting and the lowering. With this in mind, you can increase the value of these exercises by adjusting the speed of contraction.
Craig Ballantyne, trainer and the creator of the Turbulence Training system, agrees. “You can make the lowering phase slower, and this is perfect for beginners getting used to a new exercise.” He cautions, though, that this technique “may cause more muscle soreness, so watch out for that.”
Another variable to consider is the stance in which you perform an exercise. A simple change in position can often increase the number of muscles involved, thereby enhancing effectiveness. The next time you work out, if you normally sit to perform a particular exercise, stand instead. This should present a greater challenge to your core muscles than your usual method.
Sometimes It’s Hard to Tell Fact From Fiction
With so many opposing opinions on fitness out there, it’s hard to tell what’s right and what’s wrong — especially when multiple respected authorities offer different insight on the same subject. The best thing to do is follow a source whose insight makes sense to you and whose advice you can fit into your life. Perhaps more important is to realize that 90 percent of what fitness professionals say is in agreement. Focus on that 90 percent instead of the 10 percent of controversial stuff, and you’ll make amazing progress.
Fact or Fiction: There Is a “Best” Way to Lose Weight
FACT. While nearly any type of sensible training and nutrition plan will help you shed unwanted pounds, if you really want to torch fat, change your game plan. After all, there’s a very real difference between the simplistic approach of eat less and do more and the more discerning approach of a scientifically proven fat-loss training method. Losing fat isn’t rocket science, but it is indeed science.
To find a method that scholars have shown to be exceptional, you’ll need to look at the research. A number of studies, for example, have indicated that metabolic resistance training may be one of the most effective training techniques for fat loss.
This training style, known as MRT, consists of fast-paced weight-training circuits that are arranged in a noncompeting order. Noncompeting exercise order means your muscles are worked in an alternating sequence; so an upper-body exercise will be followed by a lower-body exercise.
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University assessed the efficacy of metabolic resistance training and published the results in the September 1999 issue of “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.” Their study proved that combining a weight-loss dietary regimen with MRT yields greater results than either the combination of a weight-loss dietary regimen and aerobic exercise or a weight-loss dietary regimen alone. While all three test groups experienced similar reductions in body weight, those who combined diet and MRT lost nearly 20 percent more fat than those who combined diet and aerobic exercise and nearly 30 percent more than those who only dieted.
Another advantage to MRT sessions is that it allows you to move quickly from exercise to exercise, burning more fat in less time. And yet the effectiveness of MRT lies not only in the more efficient workouts, but also in what happens afterward. In a study published in the March 2002 issue of “European Journal of Applied Physiology,” researchers from Ohio State University showed that MRT keeps the body’s metabolic rate elevated for up to 38 hours. In other words, you’ll continue to burn fat long after your MRT workout has finished. This is known as the “afterburn” effect and is a result of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.
Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights Will Make You Bulky
FICTION. Body-weight training expert Adam Steer explains this myth. “Lifting weights won’t make you bulky; it’ll make you shapely. There’s nothing more attractive than the curves of a well-developed derriere or the form of well-sculpted shoulders in a sleeveless top. And what gives shape to these beautiful body parts? Muscle.”
Indeed, lifting weights tones muscles and develops definition, and there’s nothing inherently “bulky” about that. But for those who still fear that weights will lead to hulking brawn, Steer said, “Don’t worry about getting bulky. It’s hard work to pack on a lot of mass. And it has to be done very deliberately. But adding some shape through lifting weights is achievable and desirable.” And this is true for everyone.
It’s also worth noting that weight training offers valuable health benefits for both men and women. In addition to simultaneously burning fat and building strength, resistance training is one of the most effective ways to strengthen bones and help prevent osteoporosis.
Fact or Fiction: There Is a “Best” Time to Work Out
FICTION. While training in the morning may have the very slight advantage of raising your metabolic rate earlier in the day, other considerations are more important in the long run.
Joel Marion, fitness coach, author and creator of the Cheat Your Way Thin weight-loss program, offers his perspective. “When is the best time of day to work out? In an ideal world, for several factors, it’s probably in the morning, as the research suggests. But in the real world, the answer is the time of day in which you personally are able to work out with the utmost intensity, put forth the greatest amount of effort and train with impeccable levels of focus. For many, many people, that is simply not the morning.”
So the meaning of “best time” when referring to workouts is highly subjective. For the exerciser, the definition might simply be the time most agreeable for a successful workout, which may not necessarily be what the research suggests is optimal. The answer, of course, is to train at the time that works best for you, the time when you’re most capable, energetic and productive.
Your breast skin holds your breast tissue into position. However, your breasts may become saggy and less youthful looking once the supportive skin stretches out and the fat and tissue within the breast decrease in volume. There is no foolproof method of fully erasing the appearance of saggy breasts, but you may be able to take some steps to tone the underlying muscle or at least make your breast area look tighter.
Lie face-up on an exercise bench or exercise ball to do chest fly exercises. Because your breasts contain mostly fatty tissue and no muscle, they won’t change shape or size directly through exercise. However, doing exercises such as chest flys can help work your pectoralis major muscle to hold your breasts higher. Begin chest fly exercises by holding a weight in each of your hands, keeping your palms facing in and elbows bent. Extend your arms away from your sides until your elbows drop slightly below your shoulder level, then raise your arms up over your chest so that they meet 1 to 2 inches apart from each other. Repeat 10 to 15 times and do three sets.
Get on your hands and knees on the floor. Raise your knees off the floor and extend your body so that you are resting your weight on your hands and the balls of your feet. Your body should look like a flat plank of wood in diagonal position. Keeping your hands about shoulder width apart and contracting your abdominal muscles, bend your arms to lower your body until your nose about reaches the ground, then raise back up. Work up to 15 repetitions. If you don’t yet have the strength to do a floor push-up, do the same maneuver standing up 18 inches from a wall by placing your hands on the wall and pushing toward the wall and back.
Wear a supportive bra. Push-up bras, for example, use a supportive underwire and are padded with inserts that push the breasts upwards. Some push-up bras even use inserts such as water sacks or silicone for a similar texture to natural breasts. Although bras aren’t a permanent or true fix, they will at least improve your breasts’ appearance.
Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon for a breast lift surgery consultation if you want a dramatic change. During a breast lift, a plastic surgeon will strategically make incisions and cut away excess skin that causes breasts to sag. Depending on your desired results breast structure, the surgery may also involve inserting implants.
Breast tissue is primarily made of fat, but also contains connective tissues, milk ducts, lymph nodes and blood vessels, according to MayoClinic.com. There is no muscle tissue in the female breast, so exercise does not directly lift the breast itself. Worse, weight loss frequently results in a loss of breast tissue, according to Michele S. Olson, Ph.D., of Auburn University, quoted by Mind, Body + Spirit Fitness.
However, exercising the pectoral muscles, which support the chest, can provide lift to the breast area. This lift can enhance the look of your breasts in addition to shaping your torso. Push-ups, weight training and even yoga can strengthen the pectoral muscles and provide lift for sagging breasts.
The Right Bra
Eight out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra, according to Linda Becker, a lingerie shop owner in New York City, quoted by Mind, Body + Spirit Fitness. In addition, a woman’s breasts change sizes several times during her life, due to weight fluctuation, Becker says. Wearing the right bra is especially important while exercising, according to Peter Bruno, M.D, quoted by Mind, Body + Spirit Fitness.
A professional fitter first measures the circumference of your body just underneath your breasts to determine your band size. The fitter then measures your breasts by wrapping a tape measure around your body and over the nipples. Subtracting the band size from the measurement over your breasts will determine your cup size: 1 is an A cup, 2 is a B cup, 3 is a C cup, 4 is a D cup, 5 is an DD cup and 6 is a DDD cup, according to Good Housekeeping.
When you were younger, your breasts may have defied gravity, staying perky even when you went bra-less. Give your breasts a break from all that heavy lifting with a supportive bra. Choose a bra that will lift your breasts and keep them in place all day. Expert bra-fitter Linda Becker, of TheBraLady.com, said that in the right bra, your nipple should rest between your shoulder and elbow. If your breasts hang lower, get re-fitted for a more supportive bra. The more time your breasts spend uplifted and supported, the longer they will hold that shape when not in a bra.
Replace Old Bras
Becker says even well-made bras only have a life expectancy of six to nine months. Over time, the weight of your breasts stretches the cups and band size. Washing also weakens bra material, allowing bras to stretch more over time. Hand-wash bras in cold water.
Never dry your bras in a heated drier. Heat weakens the elastic used to keep your bra snug. Instead, re-form the bra cups, and lay the bra flat to air-dry.
Massaging your breasts daily increases circulation in breast tissues. Increased circulation moves fresh oxygen through your tissues and muscles, allowing your body to heal itself. For your breasts, this means your body has fresh oxygen to encourage collagen growth and boost elasticity.
IndiaParenting.com says that if you’re breast-feeding, you run a higher risk of sagging breasts after you wean your baby. Milk in your breasts stretches skin, and your baby also stretches out tissues as he or she pulls on your breast. Instead of resting your baby on your lap and leaning down, causing your baby to pull your breasts downward, alter your feeding position. Brace on a couch or chair so your baby can sit higher in your arms. Support your breast so your infant can suck from the side, instead of below.
Dehydrated skin is weaker and more susceptible to stretching, according to IndiaParenting.com. Slather on moisturizing lotions or body butters every day. Look for products with collagen-boosting ingredients, such as echinacea or holy basil.
How to Help Sagging Breasts
Your breasts consist of fat, connective tissue, milk ducts, blood vessels, lymph nodes, lobes and lobules. As you age, gravity, weight gain and pregnancy may cause your breasts to fall. One common misconception is that breast-feeding causes sagging. However, breast-feeding doesn’t negatively affect breast volume or shape, according to MayoClinic.com. Supporting your breasts with the proper bra and toning your chest muscles can help sagging breasts. Give your breasts a natural lift–strengthen your pectoral muscles and your core to improve your posture and increase muscle volume, recommends “IDEA Fitness Journal.”
Lie on your back on a bench or the floor, holding a light- to moderate-weight dumbbell in each hand. Choose a dumbbell that challenges your muscles–it shouldn’t stress your shoulders, elbows or wrist joints. Engage your core to maintain neutral back alignment.
Press your arms toward the ceiling with your palms facing each other. Visualize holding a large beach ball between your arms to keep them rounded at the elbows. Relax your shoulders, neck and head.
Lower your arms slowly, feeling the weight of the dumbbells on your chest. Take your arms down to slightly past shoulder level. Hold this pose for five to eight counts.
Raise your arms toward the ceiling slowly, keeping a slight bend in your elbows. Visualize squeezing your chest muscles as you lift your arms back up.
Perform 10 to 12 repetitions. Place the dumbbells on the floor. Open your arms straight out to your sides at shoulder level. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds to a minute.
How to Reverse Sagging Breasts
Your breasts are made up of fat, glands and connective tissue. Over time, these breast tissues may start to sag as a result of stretched breast skin, weight, the aging process and overall health. When your breasts begin to sag, it is impossible to completely reverse the process naturally. You can either have the breast tissue lifted surgically or take a few steps to slow the process and give your breasts a more lifted appearance.
Quit smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking cigarettes reduces the elasticity of your skin, causing your breasts to sag. Although getting rid of a smoking habit cannot reverse sagging, it can slow the process.
Maintain a healthy body weight. When you gain weight, your skin expands, reducing its elasticity.
Wear sunscreen any time your chest is exposed to the sun. Sun not only damages the skin; it can also speed up the stretching of elastin fibers in your skin. Remember to reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if you plan to be in the water.
Exercise your chest muscles regularly. Exercises such as dumbbell flyes and chest presses firm up the muscle tissue beneath your breasts, giving your breasts a firmer appearance.
Wear a supportive bra, especially when participating in athletic activity. A well-fitting bra supports the ligaments of your breasts and may reduce stretching and sagging. Even if you cannot reverse sagging with a bra, you can use a bra to give your breasts the appearance of being firm.
How to Correct Sagging Breasts
As is the nature with aging, the breasts can start to sag as you get on in years. Even if you’re in good physical condition, gravity will start to take hold, pulling the breast tissue down and even making the nipples point south. However, there are ways to correct sagging breasts. A breast lift may seem like the most straightforward way to accomplish this, but there are other ways to get the look you desire.
Lift weights. This will provide a solid support structure for your breasts and help lift them up. Perform exercises that require lifting weights out and up above you. Lying on your back, use free weights in each hand and push them from a resting position toward the sky. Your arms should stay in line with your shoulders. Repeat 10 times.
Perform arm circles each morning. Try to really extend the range of your arms on each rotation. Repeat 10 times, circling your arms backward, then switch direction for another set of 10.
Do a set of 10 pushups three times a week. Start with your weight distributed evenly between your hands, which should be shoulder-width apart, and your knees (or toes if you have the strength). Lower your body down to be horizontal with the floor and lift back up.
Perform exercises to strengthen your back and core muscles. Yoga is a good example, since it requires that you be centered and strengthen all of your muscles at once. As you posture improves, so will the look of your breasts as it will appear they are sitting higher on your chest.
Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. This will keep your skin looking smooth and supple, which is key for correcting sagging breasts. If your skin appears full and supple, any shifting your breasts have done over the years will be less noticeable.
Invest in a bra that fits you well and supports you properly. An underwire will help lift your breasts, and wearing a sports bra will ensure your breasts stay in place and will droop less in the future. At the very least, your breasts will look fuller and as though they haven’t sagged with a good bra
Photo by: Taste of Home Chicken Wonton Rolls Recipe
83% would make again
Guests will think you fussed over these warm golden bites from Mary Dixson of Decatur, Alabama. “I sometimes turn the recipe into a main course by using egg roll wrappers and serving the rolls with chicken gravy,” she explains.
Chicken Wonton Rolls Recipe
Prep: 40 min. + freezing Bake: 15 min.
40 15 55
1 package (3 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
2 tablespoons minced chives
1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1-1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained and chopped
1 package (12 ounces) wonton wrappers
2/3 cup crushed salad croutons
Sweet-and-sour sauce, optional
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, chives and lemon-pepper until blended. Stir in chicken and mushrooms.
Place a rounded teaspoonful in the center of a wonton wrapper. (Keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) Fold bottom corner over filling; fold sides toward center. Moisten remaining corner with water; roll up tightly to seal.
Melt remaining butter; brush over wontons. Coat with croutons. Place on a baking sheet; freeze. Transfer to a large freezer bag; seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
To use frozen wontons: Place wontons on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Turn; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Serve warm with sweet-and-sour sauce if desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (3 pieces) equals 50 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
“An easy cake using a white cake mix, and moistened with a creamy coconut sauce. You may reduce the amount of sauce if you prefer, and it will still be delicious
8 Hrs 50 Min
Original Recipe Yield 1 – 9×13 inch pan
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water and coconut flavoring. Beat for 2 minutes and pour into 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
In a medium bowl, combine coconut cream with sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. When cake comes out of the oven, poke holes into it in even rows using a large fork or chopsticks. Pour milk mixture over, allowing it to soak into the cake. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
In a large bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue whipping until stiff. Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle top with flaked coconut
“It uses few ingredients, which are usually on hand, and takes little time to put together. It’s a favorite of ours during fall and winter, when apples are at their best”
Prep Time: 15 Min Ready In: 15 Min
Original Recipe Yield 2 servings
•1 medium apple, peeled and cubed
•3 tablespoons butter or margarine
•1 cup bread cubes
•3 tablespoons sugar
•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions
1.In a skillet over medium heat, saute apple in butter until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Add bread cubes. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Saute until bread is warmed. Serve immediately.