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Healthy Spring Desserts

Entertaining this weekend? These easy, nutrient-packed desserts are great for Spring get-togethers. Apple Cranberry Crumble Serves 4 Filling 3 cups chopped apple with skin 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tsp cornstarch 1 tbsp of lemon juice Crumble Top 2 tsp brown sugar 2 tsp whole wheat flour 2 tbsp […]

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How to Pack a Healthy Lunch

Packing your lunch can be a challenge. You want a delicious, balanced meal that travels well and doesn’t take too long to prepare. Never fear! Here are our tips for success. Pack Leftovers The quickest way to throw together lunch is to use something you’ve already made. Plan ahead with your favorite dinners, so you […]

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Top Foods for your Heart

Your heart is probably the coolest muscle in your body, not to mention the most important (if you had to pick). It works hard day and night to keep you going. Here are a few ways to show your heart you care: Turmeric Turmeric is the spice that makes curry and mustard yellow.  It is […]

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Why We Love Salt

In Oversalted  we reviewed why we need salt, the roles it plays in our body, and food sources of salt.  I want to take the time now to describe why salt is such a compelling ingredient. Salt Makes Food Taste Good Salt enhances almost every food item you can think to add it to.  The more […]

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Oversalted?

Salt is a constant topic of controversy. In my head the argument usually goes a little like this: Too much salt is bad for me, but my body needs it and my taste buds want it. So, how much is too much? Lets break it down and reach a compromise. The Role of Salt in Your Body: – […]

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Preservatives: What are they?

Wiki Definition: A preservative is a naturally occurring or synthetically produced substance that is added to products such as foods to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes. Why do we Need Preservatives in our Food? Preservatives are necessary for foods that will not be immediately consumed.  Natural food products are susceptible to decay, rot, and going rancid if […]

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Omega Fatty Acids

Omega-3s and omega-6s are types of fats that our body needs but cannot make itself. They are considered essential because we must get them through food. Omega-3s and omega-6s have opposite tasks in the body and we need a consistent ratio of both in order to operate properly. Functions Research on additional benefits of omega-3s […]

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Pros and Cons of Meal Replacements

Ever think meal replacement drinks might be a whole lot easier than making a meal?  It’s true that meal replacements save time, and make cutting calories much easier. However:  Pros of Meal Replacements: Save time No meal planning or preparation involved Usually a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat Set amount of calories Short-term weight […]

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Fermented Foods aka Probiotics

If “Fermented Foods” is a phrase that is sounding more and more common we’re not surprised.  Michael Pollan mentioned them in his latest book, Stanford is busy mapping the human microbiome, and Fermented Foods were voted one of the top 5 food trends of 2013. What are Fermented Foods? Fermentation occurs when bacteria and yeast […]

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Cleanses and Fasts: Are they healthy?

A cleanse claims to rid the body of toxins via dieting, fasting, consuming certain foods exclusively and/or avoiding specific foods.  This might involve liquid diets, colon cleansing, or chelation therapy. We have all heard the promises of what a good cleanse can do for us:  Sounds pretty good right?….Too good to be true? There is […]

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