The Checkup: How to Use Up Almost-Overripe Avocados Before They Turn

• Just when you thought you’d seen all that avocado has to offer, it hits you with this: A four-ingredient avocado ice cream recipe — the perfect way to use up a few almost-overripe avocados before they turn, without having to eat four pieces of avocado toast — that doesn’t even require an ice cream maker to concoct. [Mic]
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The Common Weight-Loss Advice That Is Actually Useless

When it comes to healthy-eating and weight-loss advice, the “everything in moderation” mantra gets thrown around like confetti at a New Year’s Eve party. The problem with this advice, though: Everyone’s definition of moderation is different, and, according to a new study, it’s often defined by individuals as more — not less — than what they think a person should consume. #Fail Read more »

The Checkup: The Ingredient to Throw on Everything You Eat to Burn More Fat

• With Beyoncé in town yesterday, we feel there’s no better time than now to talk about hot sauce. (After all, Queen Bey does carry it in her bag.) Turns out, hot sauce can work all sorts of wonders for your health, from helping you to burn more fat (really!) to boosting your mood (again, really!) and more. [Women’s Health] Read more »

The Checkup: Are You Better Off Drinking a Juice or a Smoothie?

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

• I feel like I’ve said this a billion times only to have the weather gods turn their backs on me, but here goes: It’s FINALLY warm outside. This means juice bars are probably in your near future, so here’s a question: Is it better to reach for a smoothie or a juice? A dietitian weighs in. [Health] Read more »

The Checkup: Why Paper Cuts Are Always So Much More Painful Than They Look

• Fact: When you get a paper cut on your finger, it hurts — really bad. But complaining about a paper cut can make you feel like a wimp, because, they’re usually so darn tiny. But know: The pain from that tiny cut is not all in your head. Apparently, our fingers are more sensitive to pain than most other areas of the body, which is why the littlest paper cut can make you cry like a baby. [Men’s Health] Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Regain Weight You’ve Lost, According to a Dietitian 

• Talk of losing weight only to gain it back — and then some — has been all over the place for the past week, thanks to new research about “The Biggest Loser.” Here, a dietitian dishes on what she considers to be the top five culprits when it comes to regaining weight. Hint: They have a lot to do with how you think about weight loss. [Washington Post] Read more »

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient to Make a Better (and Healthier!) Margarita

• The time has come, friends: It’s Cinco de Mayo. So, we’re pretty sure you have a margarita or two in your near future, and it should probably be this healthier take made with fresh ginger, pineapple, lime, tequila and — here’s the secret ingredient that gives it a nice fiber punch plus a creamy consistency — avocado. Happy guilt-free sipping! [Well + Good] Read more »

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