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General Mills recently announced they’re releasing a limited edition all-marshmallows version of Lucky Charms. In anticipation of that Fantastic Four-sized sugar bomb, we wanted to take another look at what’s currently on shelves. They’re not the Lucky Charms you grew up with. Starting in 2005, General Mills began slowly moving whole grains into all its cereals, and today you’ll find whole-grain corn, rice, oats and wheat in cereals like Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s Puffs and Count Chocula. Considering that 95% of Americans fall short on their whole-grain intake, we applaud General Mills’s effort, but unfortunately the move is a lot like sticking a small bandage on a machete wound. → Read more

Are you getting bored with your vegetable dishes? If you are, maybe it’s because you are cooking the same vegetables the same way every time. We all know that we need to eat our vegetables because they are good for us, and our bodies need all those vitamins and minerals to be healthy. Besides our bodies, our minds, taste buds and appetites need to be nourished as well. Our vegetable dishes should be exciting, appetizing and delicious, motivating us to eat even more vegetables.

There are over a dozen different ways to cook vegetables, so if you usually steam or saute them, maybe it’s time to try something new. All veggies are not created equal, and some may taste better roasted while others are best grilled. The more you know, the more you will get the most delicious taste out of your veggies. Let’s go over the different methods of cooking vegetables and pick up some recipe ideas along the way. → Read more

Hands down, one of the greatest things you can do to look and feel better is to eat more plants. But while it’s easy to run out and grab a salad, it takes some practice to get good at eating a balanced plant-based diet most of the time.

Below are some qualities that all successful plant-based eaters share. Follow these tips and you’ll start feeling, looking and living your best life!

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Only about 8 percent of Americans doze off in their birthday suits, but many more should consider going to bed in the buff. In addition to not having to launder any jammies or crank up the A/C, there are some major, healthy benefits to snoozing au naturel: → Read more

When you come across a new vegetable and you are not quite sure what to do with it, try roasting it. Roasted vegetables taste like nothing else. They get brown and crisp on the outside. Their natural sugars caramelize, making them sweet and concentrating their veggie flavor. Whether you are going to eat them straight from the oven or use them in a veggie burger, you won’t want to miss the intense flavor that is only brought out by roasting. Roasting is also one of the easiest, hands-off ways to cook. Turn on the oven, cut up the veggies, toss them in some oil and seasoning, slide the tray in the oven and walk away. Roasting is a great way to cook a lot at one time while leaving the stovetop free for other dishes. One pan makes for easy clean-up too. Here is a handy guide to roasting vegetables along with well over a dozen recipe ideas at the end. Print it out and hang it on your fridge. Then sharpen your knives, turn on the oven and get ready to roast. → Read more

The true chicken-of-the-sea, tilapia is a mild-tasting white fish that’s cheap to breed and easy to sell.

In fact, for the first time in 2012, farmed fish production topped that of beef, reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with beef at 63 million. But there’s a dirty secret about tilapia, the lean-meat alternative that beckons you in the supermarket–promises of weight loss, a healthy heart and beautiful skin ringing in your ears. While most health experts agree we should be eating more fish (for all the reasons listed above), this Eat This, Not That! research has found the inflammatory potential of farmed tilapia to be greater than a burger, doughnuts—even pork bacon! It gets worse… → Read more

Ginger has been around for centuries for it’s natural medicinal benefits in many cultures. In the United States, it’s been popularly known for its ability to soothe upset stomach and nausea.

In fact, ginger has been shown to be effective in treating arthritis, morning sickness, motion sickness, heart health, and more. Research also shows that ginger may provide a natural remedy for those suffering from asthma! → Read more

Next to pure water, coconut water is one of the healthiest beverages to consume! They have a combination of B vitamins, micronutrients, and phtohormones that will be beneficial to your health. In one review, it is considered as a natural replenisher as it helps to prevent heart attacks, lowers high blood pressure, have anti-aging effects, fights free radicals to help prevent cancer, and can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Over the centuries, coconut water has been a staple beverage in the tropical countries since it’s believed to help treat health-related ailments. They are called as “kalpa vriksha,” which means, “Tree which gives all that is necessary for living.” → Read more

Aside from their delicious taste, pineapples can help you get glowing skin, reduce bloating and digestive issues, prevent colds and flu, reduce inflammation and even strengthen your bones! That tropical fruit with it’s spiky green leaves and rugged, golden skin is, in fact, a collection of multiple fruits, and a powerhouse of health benefits! Here are 15 reasons why you should enjoy pineapple regularly:

1. It’s nutrient-rich!

Fresh pineapple provides a host of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese!

2. It helps to strengthen your bones

The manganese content in pineapple helps your body build strong bones and connective tissues!

3. It improves digestion

Pineapples contain bromelain which helps to regulate the pancreatic secretions that aid digestion!

4. It keeps your gums healthy

One cup of pineapple provides 105% of your vitamin C needs for the day. Because of this, eating the fruit lowers your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease!

5. It can help alleviate arthritis pain

Pineapple is actually anti-inflammatory, helping to alleviate the pain of arthritis, along with similar conditions, like gout and carpal tunnel syndrome.

6. It can help to prevent hypertension

Trying to reduce your high blood pressure? The potassium content in pineapples can help to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

7. It may assist with cancer prevention!

The high antioxidant content in pineapples helps to fight against free radical damage, keeping your cells healthy.

8. It prevents and fights coughs and colds

As pineapples are rich in vitamin C, they naturally boost your immune system, helping you fight off coughs and colds. The bromelain content also helps to loosen mucus and suppress coughs.

9. It can protect your eyes from macular degeneration

A source of beta carotene, pineapples can help lower your risk for this disease by up to 36 percent!

10. It may help prevent blood clots

The bromelain content in pineapples may help protect you from blood clots, making it a great snack for frequent flyers and those at higher risk of clotting.

11.  It’s great for watching your weight

Nutrient-rich, a good source of fiber and low in calories, this delicious, juicy fruit makes a great addition to any diet as a healthy, filling choice!

12. It can help ease an upset stomach

Pineapple juice may also have the ability to reduce nausea and morning sickness!

13. It can help boost your fertility

A diet rich in antioxidants have been shown to improve fertility. The antioxidants and nutrients in pineapple such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc and folate affect both male and female fertility.

14. It supports healing and reducing inflammation

Studies show that the bromelain enzyme in pineapples can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgical intervention, as well as inflammation in the body.

15. It helps maintain gorgeous, healthy skin!

The vitamin C content of pineapples helps to support collagen production, helping you to maintain healthy, supple skin. Try this homemade papaya and pineapple face mask!

by Food Matters

Just when you thought that the health benefits of blueberries couldn’t be any more plentiful, new research has found that freezing the superfood actually increases the berry’s nutritional content. Graduate student Marin Plumb, a food science major at South Dakota State University, found that frozen blueberries are equally nutritious as fresh blueberries, even after six months of freezing.

Plumb’s experiment involved observing antioxidant levels in blueberries frozen for one, three and five months. After comparing the antioxidant content of frozen berries to fresh berries, she found no decrease in the nutritional value of the frozen berries. In fact, Plumb noted that freezing actually increased the anthocyanin concentration. → Read more

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