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5 Food Myths Debunked

Myths and misinformation about food are like the 3-headed Hydra of the diet world — you knock one down and two more pop up! But we’re certainly still going to try and bring you the best information possible so you can make informed decisions about your own health. With that in mind, here are some common myths we’ve routinely seen pop up over the years. Dietary supplements are safe Dietary supplements can be safe, but not all of them are. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is primarily responsible for regulating supplements, but the regulations are such that some less-than-reputable products can find their way into the hands of unsuspecting consumers. The best way to ensure you’re getting a high-quality supplement is to purchase those that...

How to Find a Quality Supplement

If you have ever tried to shop for a supplement — either in person or online — you are familiar with the anxiety-inducing amount of options you have to choose from. Which brand do you buy? Is it safe? How do you know this is a good product? With more than 80,000 products on the market, it's easy to get lost and overwhelmed in the sea of choices. This article will walk you through some simple steps to take to ensure you can find high-quality supplements that meet your specific health needs and goals. The Problems With Supplement Regulations In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for checking a supplement’s label claims, evaluating any new dietary ingredient introduced into the market, inspecting manufacturing facilities,...

5 Nutritious Shelf-Stable Foods for Your Pantry

Winter is coming! And with it has come an unfortunate increase in Coronavirus cases. Some areas are already discussing the need for another round of lockdowns. Hopefully, this will not come to fruition, but if it does there are some steps you can take now to bolster your food stores. Having a bit of extra food on hand can be also helpful if you find yourself needing to isolate or quarantine. If you are concerned about potential food shortages, know that there are some highly nutritious and highly shelf-stable items you can pick up now at any grocery store.  Great shelf-stable foods Apples Rich in potassium and vitamin C, apples come in numerous varieties, each with its own flavor profile — from tart to sweet. Apples boast culinary versatility...

Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

There is no shortage of research on how our gut microbiome influences our health. With over 35,000 research articles published to date, the use of prebiotics and probiotics have been implicated in treating a host of issues — allergies, anxiety, sleep, skin conditions, and diseases that affect the intestines (Crohn's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, etc).   Maintaining a healthy balance of the 1,000+ different species in your microbiome can play a central role in your overall health. While both pre- and probiotics work to support your gut health, they do so in slightly different ways. Let's dive in and see how they each work to help your gut health. Prebiotics Prebiotics are mostly plant fibers that can be consumed via foods (chia seeds, oats, greens) or supplements (psyllium, beta-glucan, guar...

8 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas That Don’t Involve Hummus

Hungry, but not that hungry? Or maybe you’ve put on some quarantine weight and are looking for some healthy snack alternatives to the boxed brownies you’ve been baking every week? Check out some of our favorite snack ideas that are tasty and packed with nutrition. And we have nothing against hummus. We love hummus. We’re just trying to expand out of the hummus box when it comes to healthy snack ideas.   Full-Fat Greek Yogurt and Fruit Preserves Snack on some Greek yogurt mixed with fruit preserves for something that’s delicious and will provide you with protein and probiotics. We prefer using full-fat Greek yogurt for this snack because it’s flavorful and very satisfying. Photo by Kelsey Curtis on Unsplash   Watermelon-Raspberry Smoothie One of our favorite smoothies to drink, simply...

Editor Tips: How to Get in Enough Vitamin D

Did you get in your vitamin D today? We hope so because it helps with everything from bone health and depression to promoting calcium absorption and fighting respiratory infections. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) recommends that adults (19-70) get in 15 micrograms (mcg) or 600 International Units (IU) of it.   A lot of us think of vitamin D as a sun vitamin, as our body produces it when we are exposed to the sun, which makes sense if you find yourself lacking it during the colder weather months. But you can also get your vitamin D in with a plethora of foods and supplements. If you’re trying to make up for any sun that you’ve missed out on, try these foods and supplements to give...

In-Season Recipes With Fall Produce

Enjoying produce at its peak is a must! From the freshest apples to hearty greens, it’s time to get ready to enjoy fall’s beautiful and tasty bounty. Browse through these amazing recipes to see what to stock up on during your next shopping trip.   Apples Apples, apples, and more apples! Of course, you know this delicious fruit is in season, as everyone posts apple picking photos each fall. It’s a great item to use in sweet and savory dishes. Chasing James Beard Apple Funnel Cake We love the shortcut this recipe takes by using pancake mix so that you can whip up a quick and easy dessert or snack. Food & Wine Smoked Duck Breast With Apple-Brandy Caramel If you consider yourself quite the cook, then tackle this fancy duck recipe...

5 Easy Ways to Zhuzh Up Your Smoothie

The summer months have us craving smoothies every day. Not only are they refreshing when it gets hot, but there are so many mouthwatering in-season fruits to blend up right now. Interested in finding ways to make your smoothies a bit more nutritious or filling? Then add one of these ingredients to your next concoction.   Avocado Everyone is on the avocado toast bandwagon, but adding some avocado to a smoothie makes it thick, creamy, and will give you a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins like C, E, and K. You’ll feel like you’re sipping on a milkshake.   Nut Butter Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter, $13.49 Vitacost Organic Peanut Butter, $4.84 Nut butters are a wonderful way to add flavor and a bit of protein to your smoothies....

Boost Your Body: 8 Supplements to Try

Getting in the right foods is essential to a healthy lifestyle. But we understand that it can be really hard getting in all of the recommended amounts of vitamins, protein, antioxidants, etc. Sometimes to help you get a complete diet, you’ll benefit from taking a supplement. Browse these recommendations to see if they’re a good fit for your lifestyle.      Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro Whey, $39.99 If you find yourself lacking in protein, try adding a protein shake to your diet. This Platinum Hydro Whey caught our eyes when we found out Dwayne Johnson was a fan of it. Just one scoop equates to 30 grams of protein. We love how easily it dissolves in liquids. For best results, don’t use hot liquids with it. Nature Made Calcium...

More Pantry Food Recipes

It’s time for round two of pantry food recipes! We hope that you tried some of the dishes from our first post. As time has gone on during quarantines and social distancing, we find ourselves going out less for fresh produce because, well, Coronavirus is everywhere it seems, and we really only want to go out for essentials. So as our fresh fruits and veggies are dwindling, we find ourselves digging into our pantry and freezer a lot more now. Besides, we stocked up on pantry and frozen items in the very event that we would need to use them.   Good Food Stories Oatmeal Start your day with something hearty or eat this as an afternoon pick me up. This recipe contains only four ingredients and is...