Amazing: The Next Big Superfood Tastes Just Like Bacon

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We healthy foodies love our kale, but even the most veggie-worshipping among us (ahem, me) cannot pretend that any green can take the place of bacon … Or can we? According to TIME, researchers at Oregon State University have bred a new type of seaweed that has the potential to take over the superfood scene. Why? It’s ridiculously nutritious and, when fried up, tastes very much like bacon. Yes, bacon.

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The Checkup: What Everyone Who Uses Olive Oil Needs to Know

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• Extra virgin olive oil is a staple in any health-conscious cook’s kitchen, and for good reason: For years, we’ve been reading about the health benefits of monounsaturated fatty acids which olive oil boasts plenty of. But what you might not know is that cooking with EVOO at high temperatures can lead to the formation of harmful free radicals. Here, how to make sure you’re playing it safe the next time you sauté. [Well + Good] Read more »

Read Before You Sip: Are These Six Weird Drink Trends Actually Worth It?

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Charcoal water. Breast Milk (really!). Bulletproof coffee. Most of the time the proponents of these trends advertise a quick fix, but what I learned from talking to April Schetler, registered dietician at South Jersey’s Virtua Health (and one of the semifinalists in last year’s Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge!), is that it’s usually a mistake to take these too-good-to-be-true claims at face value. Below, with Schetler’s help, we break down some of the weirdest “healthy” beverage trends that have been floating around the Internet lately and the science, or sometimes lack thereof, behind their touted health benefits. Read more »

Master the Art of Making Nut Butter: 17 Delicious DIY Nut Butter Recipes to Try

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Nut butters are a great way to add healthy fats and some plant-based protein to a meal or snack. But while pre-packaged nut butters are convenient, many contain hydrogenated oils and preservatives. By making your own nut butter, you’ll cut out artificial ingredients—and you may save money, too. Grab your spoon and check out our list of 17 homemade nut butter recipes that will have you scraping the jar clean.

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The Checkup: Calorie-Burning Cardio Workouts for the Non-Runner

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• Anyone invested in their overall fitness knows that cardio is a crucial element of any exercise regimen. I happen to be a fan of running, but not all of us are. And even if you are a die-hard runner, sometimes these ninety-degree July days just aren’t ideal for pounding it out under the sun. Looking to get your heart rate up without going for a jog? These nine circuits are short, efficient, cardio-packed calorie burners. [BuzzFeed]
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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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Packing Lunch Made Easy: 20 No-Cook Lunches Under 400 Calories

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Pb & J on whole wheat every day was cool in third grade, but I need a little more variety in my lunch these days. I could go out to HipCityVeg and Honeygrow every day, but that would put a strain on my wallet. And honestly, I don’t have the time or resolve to cook my own lunch every single day. But as I recently discovered, you don’t need an oven and a ton of elbow grease to prepare healthy, tasty, not boring lunches. That’s where these recipes come in.

These 20 recipes should take you through the next month of work lunches, and not a single one of them involves cooking. And because most meats need to be cooked, most of these recipes are vegetarian-friendly. Better yet? They’re all under 400 calories, nutritious, and satisfying, so you and your waistline can relax until dinnertime.

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