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Learn About The Teal Pumpkin Project

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When it comes to food allergies in children, Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time. Since trick-or-treaters are often treated with candies that are not typically safe for those with food allergies, it may be hard for those kids to participate. Luckily, the Teal Pumpkin Project exists.

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages food allergy awareness while making all children feel included during the Halloween season. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness and by leaving a Teal Pumpkin out or posting a sign, you are informing others that you support those with food allergies and have non-food treats available.

Some great non-food treats include glow bracelets or sticks, stickers, temporary tattoos, noise makers or even bouncy balls.

Another option for children with allergies is wearing a sticker that reads “non-food items only” to eliminate the need for an explanation at each stop. Or, instead of refusing the candy, you can take it in a separate bag and find a Halloween Candy BuyBack program near you.

If this is the first time you are hearing about the Teal Pumpkin Project, there’s still plenty of time for you to participate this Halloween. You can find more information and free resources online at the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website.

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Fun Fall-Inspired Food Tips

Pumpkin season is here! Despite some places jumping the gun, it’s finally time for pumpkin-flavored coffee, smoothies, cookies, and more. While these treats are nice to indulge in once in a while, they tend to be packed with sugars and calories, which we should consume sparingly.

Pumpkin itself is incredibly healthy. It’s full of vitamin C (2 cups = more than 100% of your daily recommended value), vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant). It also contains a great mix of protein, fat, and fiber, which help to keep you fuller longer.

In order to get that great pumpkin flavor and it’s amazing health benefits, try some of these pumpkin-inspired ideas from creative nutritionists:

  • Replace some of the cheese in any macaroni and cheese recipe with pumpkin puree to cut down on fat and add flavor.
  • Instead of potatoes, try cooked pumpkin squash as a lower-calorie side dish.
  • Mix pumpkin seeds and your favorite nuts for a healthy, filling snack.
  • Swap croutons for pumpkin seeds on your go-to salad for a healthy dose of fat and fiber, plus zinc and magnesium.
  • Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Blend 1 cup almond milk, half of a banana, ¼ cup pumpkin, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice).
  • Stir up some new flavor by adding cooked and diced pumpkin to your marinara sauce, or add pumpkin, roasted pecans, lemon zest and parsley to your regular weeknight pasta dish.
  • A dollop of canned pumpkin, a dash of cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup transform your oatmeal into a sweet breakfast or healthy dessert.
  • For pumpkin-infused baked goods, replace some oil for pumpkin puree (use a 1:1 ratio). If you like your baked goods super moist, use pumpkin puree instead of butter (use a 4:3 ratio).
  • Crush pumpkin seeds to create a protein-packed crust for meat or fish.
  • Pumpkin hummus? Why not! Stir pumpkin puree into your favorite hummus.
  • Add a scoop of pumpkin puree to your pancake batter or add a quarter-cup of pumpkin puree and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to waffle batter for fall-flavored breakfast dishes.
  • For more protein and crunch in the morning, top your cereal with pumpkin seeds.
  • Using coconut oil and pumpkin spice, roast pumpkin for an easy, low-calorie snack.
  • Pumpkin puree + cottage cheese = a creamy, protein-rich snack.
  • Season pumpkin seeds with your favorite spices and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Combine pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder into healthy energy bites.
  • Top yogurt with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and fruit for a delicious yogurt parfait.

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Combat Fatigue With These Foods

Fatigue often refers to the strong sensation of tiredness, usually occurring after strenuous physical and mental activity. It can also be accompanied by headaches, muscle tension, and other pain. Most cases are mild, but it can turn into a chronic issue due to its severity and recurrence.

Fatigue can be a symptom of an underlying cause, which is why it is important to address it. A change in daily fitness habits and an increase in consumption of certain foods that can increase your energy levels help to fight fatigue. Here are some of the best foods for an easy and delicious energy boost.

Bananas
Bananas are a great source of potassium, which helps regulate your blood pressure while supporting the processes that transform sugar into fuel for your body. They also contain significant amounts of vitamins A, B complex and C, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, fructose and glucose. These nutrients assist in quelling that tired feeling and improving physical and mental performance.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are known to be a natural remedy for relieving fatigue and a weakened immune system. These contain large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are known for packing energy and the ability to control cholesterol and inflammation. They also contain B-complex vitamins and minerals (magnesium and copper) necessary for muscular and mental rest. They are also a source of tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that can improve the quality of your sleep and help with emotional fatigue.

Natural Yogurt
Yogurt offers essential amino acids and carbohydrates, which support your physical and mental energy, keeping tiredness and concentration problems at bay. Yogurt also contains probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that improve digestion and support immune system function.

Walnuts
Omega 3 fatty acids and natural fiber make walnuts a smart choice to fight fatigue. Once assimilated, they counteract the weakness caused by fatigue. Moderate consumption can increase your energy levels and support endurance during high-impact physical activity.

Beans
These legumes deserve a spot in everyone’s diet because they fight fatigue and promote good heart and immune system health. They provide a great amount of dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and protein, all of which eliminate tiredness and improve focus. Minerals like potassium and magnesium are found in beans and keep physical and mental energy up as well.

Spinach
Spinach offers numerous nutritional benefits, including a high mineral and fiber content. It is also a great source of iron, potassium, and magnesium – essential minerals that improve your circulation and control inflammatory processes of your body. Vitamins C and B are also found in spinach (a deficiency in vitamin B is associated with a higher likelihood of suffering from weakness and chronic fatigue).

Oats
Because they pack so much energy, it is recommended that we eat the “queen of the grains” at least 3 times a week. Oats are full of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and natural fiber to improve digestion and the immune system. And its high-quality carbohydrates are stored in your body as glycogen, which eventually turns into fuel for the body.

Watermelon
Dehydration-related symptoms of fatigue are often improved by eating watermelon. Watermelon is loaded with water and nutrients to rehydrate you, and they are especially helpful after exercise or strenuous physical activity.

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Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Spicy foods – some of us love it, some of us hate it, some of us can handle it in moderation. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, spicy foods can have their ups and downs.

Pros

  • Longer Life

A study of over half a million people conducted in China began in 2008 and spanned over seven years. The study found that the group who ate spicy foods at least six times a week lowered their risk of dying by 14%, and eating spicy foods twice a week reduced the risk of death by 10%.

  • Weight Loss

Capsaicin creates the scorched feeling when you eat spicy foods, which tends to slow down your eating. Hot peppers are also known to reduce your appetite and aid in speeding up your metabolism. And when you eat spicy foods, you feel fuller longer, further contributing to weight loss.

  • Relief From Pain

Capsaicin is also known to encourage the release of endorphins, which help you to feel better naturally.

  • Antimicrobial Effects

Spices also show antibacterial properties and slight antifungal benefits.

  • Anti-Inflammatory

Capsaicin helps to deal with many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been shown that autoimmune diseases are not as common in countries where spicy foods are prevalent.

  • Good For Your Heart

Researchers believe that spicy food have a positive effect on your heart. Capsaicin helps to fight inflammation and spicy chilis are able to keep blood from clotting. Spicy foods are also able to lower cholesterol which contributes positively to heart issues, including a decrease in stroke risk.

  • Prevents Cancer

Curcumin, found in turmeric, was proven to reduce cancer cells from growing and may prevent them from forming in the first place.

  • Clears Sinuses

Many people already know this and often order spicy foods when they are stuffy so they can get relief quickly.

Cons

  • Scorched Taste Buds

As mentioned, your mouth often feels like it’s on fire after eating spicy foods. Luckily the feeling is only temporary, and can be assuaged by drinking whole milk.

  • Blood Thinner

While this was mentioned in the pros section, because capsaicin aids in thinning blood, those who are taking blood thinning medicine should avoid spicy foods.

  • Heartburn & Acid Reflux

If you are eating large amounts of spicy foods, you could end up with heartburn and even acid reflux.

  • Digestive Issues

If you have a sensitive stomach, spicy foods may easily upset your stomach. If you continue to eat past the pain and fill yourself with spicy foods, the lining of the stomach could become inflamed and you may end up with gastritis. Your upset stomach could also lead to diarrhea, and, depending on how spicy the foods are, you may end up intensifying any existing hemorrhoids.

  • Sleep Troubles

Eating spicy foods near bedtime can interrupt your sleep, possibly because your body is unable to cool down right away. If you’re going to eat spicy foods, try eating them earlier in the day rather than near your bedtime.

  • Pain

There are plenty of people who enjoy spicy foods, but there are also those who do it to look cool or tough. Eat it if you enjoy it, but if you’re doing it as a stunt, remember the potential side effects we have just discussed.

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Lettuce Varieties: What You Need To Know

Knowing about lettuce and the different types can help to improve your culinary skills. First and foremost, most lettuce types are available year-round at your local grocery store. Lettuce is a cool-weather crop, and if you feel so inclined, it is easy to grow yourself. As mentioned and as we will further discuss, there are four main types: crisphead (a.k.a. iceberg), romaine, loose-leaf and butterhead.

In general, all lettuces provide dietary fiber and vitamins A, C and K, and the average lettuce has less than 10 calories per shredded cup. A good rule of thumb is the darker the leaf, the more nutritious the lettuce (thus, crisphead is the least nutritious).

Before You Buy
As convenient as prepackaged greens are, it is best to steer clear of lettuce than has been pre-cut or processed. Because of its large leaf surface, lettuce often retains pesticides so it is highly recommended to buy organic when you can.

Types Of Lettuce

  • Crisphead

More commonly known as iceberg, and easily the best-known variety thanks to its shrink-wrapped ever-presence at the grocery store. You want to look for a round, compact, pale green head. Its flavor is very mild and is generally eaten raw in salads and on sandwiches, or even shredded in tacos and other dishes. Although it often gets a bad rap, iceberg’s crunchy texture and sturdy leaves are crucial for the classic wedge salad.

Use in: salads with heavy dressings, dishes that call for shredded lettuce, sandwiches, and overnight layered salads.

  • Romaine

If you’ve had a proper Caesar salad, you’ve had romaine lettuce, also known as cos lettuce. Romaine lettuce has a long upright head of crisp pale green leaves with crunchy midribs and is more flavorful than some other varieties (especially the lighter leaves toward the center/heart). You can often find romaine hearts packaged at the grocery store. Since it is sturdy, romaine can also hold its own on the grill.

Use in: salads with rich, creamy dressings or spicy, pungent vinaigrettes, or on the grill.

  • Loose-Leaf

You can tell when you look at it, the name comes from its appearance. Large, open, ruffled leaves grow around a central stalk rather than a compact head. Loose-leaf is commonly available in red and green varieties and is a bit more perishable than head-type lettuces. Because of this, these should be dressed just before serving to avoid wilting. For smaller heads, you can use the leaves as is, but for larger heads, tearing the leaves into bite-size pieces is recommended.

Use in: salads with light-to-medium dressings, baby lettuce mixes, wilted lettuce salads, wraps and sandwiches.

  • Butterhead

These look like a loose head featuring soft, smooth-textured, red-tinged or pale green leaves that become lighter toward the center. This lettuce should be handled with care as the leaves are tender and bruise easily. The main varieties are Boston and bibb (the latter is smaller and more pricey). It has a mild and sweet flavor.

Use in: lettuce cups and wraps, with light, delicate salad dressings and on sandwiches.

Storage

  • Crisphead lettuce can be stored unwashed in the crisper drawer of your fridge (just remember to wash it before eating).
  • Loose-leaf varieties should be thoroughly washed with clean water and dried before storing. Roll the leaves in several layers of paper towels or a kitchen towel, then seal in a plastic bag and store in the crisper drawer for up to one week.
  • Store fresh lettuce away from ethylene-emitting produce (ex. apples, plums, grapes) as ethylene can cause lettuce to wilt.
  • Because lettuce has high water content, you should avoid freezing it.

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Healthy Food Myths Debunked

With all the health and nutrition advice out there, often times contradicting each other, it’s hard to determine what is true and what is not. By following the wrong health advice, you may be missing out on proper, well-balanced nutrition. Here are some of the most common healthy food myths you should stop believing.

Myth: Fresh is always better than frozen.
Ideally, we would always opt for fresh produce, however, some fruits and vegetables are not always available. The common belief is that fresh produce is better than frozen, or that frozen is unhealthy because it reduces the nutritional value of the produce.

But it has been shown that the nutritional content of fresh and frozen produce is similar. Because the freezing process is initiated when produce is at its peak, it actually preserves the nutrients. So next time you’re craving fruits or vegetables that are out of season, you can head to the freezer aisle.

Myth: Brown eggs are more nutritious than white eggs.
The only thing that the color of an egg indicates is the breed of the chicken. Although there are differences in production methods, it does not affect nutritional values. Whether white or brown, eggs still provide amazing health benefits and are a great protein source.

Myth: All fat is bad.
Not all fat is created equal. Sure, there are bad fats which increase LDL (bad cholesterol), but there are also healthy fats. Heart-healthy fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which should be consumed in moderation, and can be found in foods like fatty fish (salmon, sardines, trout), avocado, nuts, and olive oil.

Myth: Eating after 6pm makes you gain weight.
This common weight loss tactic is often found to be unsuccessful. The truth of the matter is that what you eat matters more than what time you eat. You will gain weight if you consume more calories than your body needs. Therefore, a person who consumes more calories than they need before 6pm will gain weight, versus someone who consumes fewer calories and eats until 8pm. You want to burn more calories than you consume, but you also want to consume the right calories to ensure you are maintaining your health and nutrition.

Myth: Fasting periodically helps detox.
Your body uses the spleen, liver, kidney, and digestion process to rid your body of toxins naturally. Although many believe fasting or juicing for a certain amount of time will help to detox and cleanse their system, it is rather unnecessary and doctors often advise against it. You can help your body eliminate toxins naturally by eating a well-balanced, fiber-rich diet and staying hydrated throughout the day.

Myth: Food plays no role in our mental health.
A healthy diet not only affects our bodies, but it can play a significant role in our mental health as well. For example, people who suffer from mood disorders (ex. manic depression) can benefit from dietary changes. In fact, the Mediterranean diet is encouraged for individuals who struggle with depression as it delivers nutrients (such as folate and vitamin B12) which support mental health.

Myth: Granola bars are very healthy.
It is believed that these are healthy because they contain whole grains, but they are often loaded with sugar and cooked with oil, butter, or some other kind of fat. All things considered, granola bars are calorie-dense foods, and are good for an energy boost. The problem is that people use them as a healthy snack when they want to lose weight, but it can end up hindering your progress.

Myth: Vitamin water is always a good choice.
Water is always the healthiest beverage to drink. It is necessary for your body to function properly and is great just how it is. But there has been an uptick in vitamin water, which contain different vitamins for specific needs. In theory, this sounds good, but the problem is that it also contains sugar and adds extra calories to your diet.

If you want a bit of flavor and added nutrition, try infusing your water with lemon, cucumber, or berries.

Myth: Dark bread is healthier than white bread.
Some people assume that dark bread is healthier because it is supposed to contain more whole grains. However, if you don’t look closely, it may simply be darker because of caramel coloring, but still contains the same nutritional content as white bread. Be sure to check the label to see if it really contains whole grains, and to ensure you are getting a quality product.

Myth: Foods labeled “natural” are better for you.
Using the term “natural” or “all-natural” on labels is not strictly regulated, so it is important to look at the ingredients list and nutrition label. Sometimes these foods contain a high level of fructose syrup or may even be treated with pesticides and other substances. The good news is that the FDA and other government agencies are working to enforce more stringent rules in regards to using the term “natural” on labels.

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Prepare For Cold & Flu Season

As cold and flu season approaches, we all want to do our best to stay healthy and keep our immune systems working properly. Aside from good hygiene and sleep patterns, a flu shot can also help to decrease the likeliness of catching a cold or flu. However, you can also look to your diet to boost your immune system. Try adding these foods to your diet to help fend off cold and flu bugs in the coming months.

Kefir
This cultured-milk beverage is loaded with probiotics which stimulate the immune system. Once consumed, they strengthen the intestinal lining (helping to keep harmful bugs out) and increase the activity of key immune system cells. And certain probiotic strains have also been shown to prevent cold and flu symptoms.

Try having kefir with your cereal, blend it in to smoothies, or simply have a glass. Although it has a thinner consistency than yogurt, you can substitute kefir for yogurt or buttermilk in dips, dressings and baked goods.

Bell Peppers
Vitamin C stimulates the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, and also increases the release of interferon, a protein that stops viruses from replicating. Bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C – one medium red bell pepper has 152 mg, one medium orange bell pepper has 70 mg, and one medium green pepper has 95 mg. While the recommended daily intake for vitamin C is 75mg for women and 90mg for men, many experts believe 200 mg per day is optimal for disease prevention.

Where else can you get vitamin C? Try cantaloupe, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, mango, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or tomato juice.

Salmon
Vitamin D triggers and arms the body’s T-cells, which are cells that kill invading bacteria and viruses (including influenza). Salmon is one of the few foods that contains vitamin D, and is also a good source of protein and vitamin B6 (which aid in healthy immune function). Six ounces of cooked salmon delivers 890 IU of vitamin D, whereas one cup of vitamin-fortified milk has 100 IU.

Despite eating salmon regularly, adults should take a 1,000 IU vitamin D supplement daily in the fall and winter.

Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts contain selenium, which help to increase white blood cell counts, which destroy viruses. The recommended daily intake of selenium is 55 mcg for adults, and a single Brazil nut contains 96 mcg.

You can also get selenium from tuna, halibut, salmon, turkey, chicken, beef, pork, whole-wheat bread, sunflower seeds and eggs.

Garlic
Natural sulfur compounds in garlic increase the production and activity of white blood cells, antibodies, and other natural killer cells. Garlic also has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Add garlic to soups, pasta sauces, stir-fries, chili, roasted vegetables and salad dressings. Roasted garlic cloves are great on pizza, or mashed with cauliflower or potatoes, or you can blend them into bean dips.

Pumpkin
This is a great source of beta-carotene, a phytochemical that the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to maintain a strong intestinal lining (a physical barrier against pathogens) and ensures cells of the immune system work properly. The beta-carotene content in one-quarter cup of canned pure pumpkin leads to the production of more than half of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A (477 mcg).

Blend pumpkin purée into smoothies and lattes, add it to oatmeal, soups and pasta sauces, and fold into muffin and pancake batters. You can also get your beta-carotene fix from carrots, sweet potato, cantaloupe, mango and leafy green vegetables.

Oysters
Zinc is a mineral critical for the development and action of cells within the immune system, and oysters are loaded with it. Six medium oysters (about three ounces) provide 33 mg of zinc.

Other great sources of zinc include crab, beef, baked beans, black beans, lentils, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ.

Sunflower Seeds
Vitamin E enhances the body’s production of cells in the immune system and is thought to reverse some of the decline in immune function thanks to aging. One-quarter cup of sunflower seeds offers 12 mg of vitamin E (recommended daily intake is 15 mg).

Toss sunflower seeds into green salads and tuna or chicken salad, sprinkle it over hot and cold cereal or stir it into yogurt. You can even add it to a homemade trail mix.

Other sources of vitamin E include wheat-germ oil, almonds, sunflower oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil, hazelnuts and cooked spinach.

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Healing Foods

We have all suffered through minor health issues, like headaches or bloating, which are often uncomfortable, painful, and inconvenient. According to beloved Dr. Oz, rather than turning to medications, food can help. Next time you’re stricken with one of these common woes, try eating these foods to alleviate your symptoms.

Painful PMS?

  • Flaxseed: Thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds can reduce inflammation, which is often a cause of cramping. Try adding two ground tablespoons to your morning smoothie or cereal.
  •  Salmon: Also full of good fatty acids, salmon can provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Try to get one serving at least three times a week.
  • Eggs: Providing vitamins, D, B6, and E, eggs can also help ease symptoms of PMS. Enjoy a couple for breakfast or add them to sandwiches or your favorite dishes.

Uncomfortable Belly Bloat?

  • Parsley: This helps to prevent water retention. Chop fresh parsley and add it to your soups or salads.
  • Papaya: Papain, an enzyme that breaks down gut-clogging foods, is found in papaya. Get your bowels back on track by eating a cup of raw, cubed papaya.
  • Whole Grains: Too much at once can worsen bloat, so it’s best to slowly add this fiber to your diet. Begin by adding 5 grams per week, which is about one slice of sprouted-grain bread. Repeat this until you reach 25 grams per day.

Killer Headaches?

  • Pickle Juice: Thanks to its high electrolyte count, a few sips of pickle juice can help to stop your skull from pounding.
  • Watermelon: Dehydration is a common trigger for headaches. Thanks to its high water content, watermelon is a great snack to prevent dehydration and headaches.
  • Dark Leafy Greens: Thanks to their magnesium content, these can reduce migraine frequency. Incorporate spinach or mixed greens salads into your diet, as a side or main dish.

Chronic Low Energy?

  • Quinoa: Iron helps to increase energy levels, and one cooked cup of quinoa provides you with 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  •  Coconut Oil: Thanks to its fatty acids, adding coconut oil to your coffee will slow your body’s absorption of caffeine, helping to prolong your buzz.
  • Cherry Juice: Enjoying a shot with dinner will help you sleep better, thanks to its natural melatonin. After a good night’s rest, you should wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

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Foods For Better Skin

You are what you eat, and when it comes to your skin, it shows. It’s important to take care of your skin not only in the summer, but year round as well. Aside from using sunscreen daily, you should also pay attention to what you eat. Diets full of sugar and fatty foods will break down collagen faster, making your skin look dull and aged. Add these foods to your diet to perk up your skin and make you glow.

Papaya
You will often find that papaya is a common ingredient for skin-care products (from faces scrubs to masks) because it contains a great amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which helps repair skin tissue and protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. It is also a key nutrient to make collagen, which is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity.

Avocado
Avocados contain high levels of vitamin E, which reverses free radical and oxidative damage to the skin, and healthy oils, which help maintain lubrication and hydration of the skin. It is also believed that the combination of vitamin C and vitamin E help protect against UV damage. All of these benefits will help refresh your natural skin glow.

Hemp Seeds
These seeds contain healthy oils which draw hydration to your skin and repair skin cells from damage from wind, sand and saltwater. Hemp seeds are also great for balancing out your fatty acids, as they contain alpha-linolenic acid which is a member of the omega-3 fatty acid family. Increasing omega-3 consumption also tends to better balance your skin and body.

Shellfish
Zinc is a key ingredient in sunscreen since it is great at blocking UV rays, but it is also supports wound healing and helps to prevent cell damage. And luckily, shellfish is a great source for zinc.

Cantaloupe
Aside from offering a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, cantaloupe is high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in our bodies, which helps the growth and repair of body tissues like the skin.

Sardines
Sardines contain DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), which is used in skin-care products because it aids in collagen synthesis and helps draw water to the surface. Sardines are also a great source of omega -3 fatty acids and calcium.

Water
While it is not technically a food, you should drink up. Aside from obvious health reasons, dehydration can also be seen on your skin. Well-hydrated skin looks firm and healthy. Not only should you drink water, but you can load up on hydrating foods such as watermelon and cucumbers.

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Cheat Meals: Do’s & Don’ts

While we all may manage our health and wellness differently, there is one thing we have in common – at one point or another, we like to indulge in a cheat meal. Cravings vary from person to person, but regardless of what they may be, the way they affect us depends on the way we approach it.

Whether you give in to a lavish meal, snack, or dessert, here are some things you should and shouldn’t do.

x DON’T Get Consumed By Guilt
Try to avoid using the word “cheat” as it holds a negative connotation and may make you feel guilty. When it comes to your diet, some choices are better than others, but ultimately, there are no “right” and “wrong” choices. Let go of the guilt and simply opt for a healthier choice for your next snack or meal. An occasional indulgence won’t make or break a mostly healthy diet.

  • DO Indulge Your Cravings

As mentioned, surrender to your cravings and really enjoy it. Denying your body what it really wants often leads to obsessing about the food or continuing to eat and seek out foods that won’t ever satisfy you (and can lead to over-eating). By allowing your body to have what it is craving is a way for you to treat yourself with loving kindness, something that is important in maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Be mindful of what your are eating and make sure the treat is really worth it.

x DON’T Turn A “Cheat” Meal Into A Cheat Day/Week/Month

Again, it comes down to making better choices. It is perfectly fine to indulge here and there, but it is also important to do it smartly. Choose the one thing you are really craving and fight the urge to extend the indulgences over a day or a week or longer.

  • DO Have A Small Treat Every Day (Really!)

Rather than going overboard in your indulgences, enjoy a small treat and really take the time to enjoy it. Be mindful of this indulgence by eliminating any distractions while you eat, chewing slowly and paying attention to your senses. Practicing mindful eating may even show you that you only need a few bites to be fully satisfied.

x DON’T Go Into An Indulgent Meal All-Out Starving
If you’re going out to a barbecue or happy hour, you may want to refrain from eating beforehand to save your appetite. However, this may work against you. Depending on how long you withhold from eating, you may be so starving that you want to eat everything in sight. If your plans aren’t for a few hours, maybe have something light like veggies and hummus, or maybe some fruit. This may help steer you toward a healthier option.

  • DO Create A Buffer When You Indulge

If you know you’re going to indulge, eat lighter meals before and after the main event. Listen to your body and understand when it’s hungry and full. If lunch was extra heavy, maybe you can skip that afternoon snack. Enough of this practice will train you to healthfully manage your portion sizes and find balance in your eating habits.

  • DO Pinpoint What You’re Craving And Make It Healthier

Figure out what it is you are really craving and find something healthier that provides a similar flavor or texture. Whatever you are craving, you can likely find a healthier version with a quick internet search. For example, a grilled hummus quesadilla may be just as satisfying as regular cheesy quesadilla, while providing you with more healthful benefits.

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Visit us today for a yummy breakfast or lunch. Looking for a lighter option? Try our Lentilicious (vegetarian) sandwich or build your own Veggie sandwich (both can be made vegan – just ask). View our menu online or call 909-596-5225 if you have any questions.