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The Happiness Diet: Foods That Put You In A Better Mood

July 26th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When you have one of those days where the traffic is bad, your boss is breathing down your neck, your cramps are cutting up, and quitting time refuses to get any closer, what do you do?

You could complain about it. You could take an unauthorized extended lunch break. You could curse everybody out. But honestly, how would these options really help? Instead, why don’t you try eating something that could change your mood? I’m not necessarily talking about your favorite junk food, but rather, foods rich in mood-boosting nutrients. There’s a lot of truth to the idea of changing your mindset by changing what you put in your body.

These foods have a great reputation for being able to turn a bad mood around. So when work is getting you down or your hormones have hijacked your sunny disposition, stash these snacks in your desk and change your dinner plans. A good mood can be just a few bites away.

Too Much Salt? Easy Fixes For Basic Cooking Mistakes

July 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Cooking mistakes happen to everyone. Why they always seem to happen when there will be company coming over at any minute, we’ll never know.

Thankfully, not every cooking mistake means it’s time to throw out your meal in progress and hope that you have enough time to start again. Read through these easy ways to fix common cooking mistakes and you may be able to save your meal with items you already have in the kitchen.

So don’t be afraid to brush up on your cooking skills and throw down even if it’s been a while. With a little help from us, you can get back to earning bragging rights about your skills in the kitchen.

Easy Ways To Trick Your Taste Buds Into Eating Healthier Food

July 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all have our favorite foods as well as the ones that we just can’t take the taste of. We have the treats that we go to for comfort, foods that we could honestly do without but need in our diet, and flavors that we hate. But what you may not have known is that taste buds are easy to train.

If eating healthier was on this year’s (and last year’s) list of goals, there are ways to get more good stuff into your diet — even if you don’t love the taste of them right now. Follow these tools to train your taste buds and you can not only have a healthier plate and palate, but love what’s on both.

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Give Yourself a Reason

Healthy food is easier to eat when you have a good reason to indulge. Know which foods make your skin glow, take years off of you or add shine to your hair and you might find motivation to add them to your meals more often.

Gasp! You Haven’t Been Eating Authentic Wasabi

July 19th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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My best friends and I love to spread wasabi on our Tempura Shrimp, Eel or Philadelphia Rolls and then cover them in pickled ginger. But little did we know, the wasabi we love/d is actually an imposter in disguise.

According to Chemical & Engineering News Senior Editor Sarah Everts, no one has ever eaten real wasabi…well, on the western hemisphere. And to be honest, authentic wasabi can hardly even be cultivated in Japan because the root it’s made from is susceptible to diseases, but that’s the only place where you can get the real thing.

So what is the textured green condiment placed in the corner of our bento boxes that we’ve fallen in love with?

Everts claims it’s actually European horseradish mixed with hot mustard and dye; The BBC reports that only five percent of the wasabi we’ve ever eaten actually comes from wasabi rhizome and one must have a bank account like Beyoncé to ever experience the real mccoy. But those who’ve attained such a tax bracket and palate know that real wasabi is grated over sushi; its signature taste and zing only last for 15 minutes. Interestingly enough, “wasabi was initially used by the Japanese many centuries ago as a way of preventing illness: the story goes that it was used on raw fish to prevent food poisoning, not because of its spicy taste,”Kim Gittleson writes for The BBC.

But if this information doesn’t suffice for sushi connoisseurs and they must try the real thing,  wholesale wasabi can be purchased for $150 per pound, here.

Learn more about wasabi in the video, below.

Foods That Are Secret Calorie Killers

July 15th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When you’re on a diet, counting calories can be frustrating. But when it comes to these foods, it might be necessary. These everyday fixings we all have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner have a surprising amount of calories — and not in a good way. Even a few handfuls of some of these snacks can put you 600 or more calories over your goal. And if you haven’t dragged out the measuring cup it can be easy not to notice — except when you stop seeing movement on the scale.

Don’t have time to over-analyze everything you eat? Try separating these into portion sizes as soon as you get them home. Then you can just grab a snack pack on the go without having to do any math.

Ways We’ve All Been Prepping Produce Wrong

July 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer is fresh produce season. But some fruits and vegetables can seem like more trouble than they’re worth. Cherry tomatoes are great in a salad, but we don’t always have the time (or the patience) to slice all of those little fruits in half.

And the real talk is, when fresh fruits and veggies aren’t easy to grab and eat, we’re more likely to go for a bag of chips that are simple to open instead of healthy options before we head out of the door. As for those veggies? Well, let’s just say that the week’s grocery budget ends up going bad in the crisper drawer.

Luckily, there’s a better way to deal with all of this. Use these quick tricks to prepare all of your fruits and vegetables ahead of time. Pack them in easy-to-grab containers and you’ll be much more likely to eat them before they go bad. So go ahead and stock up on fresh food this summer. Next time you won’t waste your money.

Foods That Help Hydrate And Protect Your Skin During The Summer

July 6th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Summer is one of the best times of year, but your skin might not agree. Although darker skin tones seem as though they’re made to stand up to the sun’s rays, that doesn’t mean that our skin is exempt from sun damage.

If left unchecked, years of sun damage can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, other subtle signs of ageing, and even skin cancer. Thankfully, you can do the work to avoid these issues with the help of some SPF — and a change in your diet.

These foods are famous for protecting your skin when you eat them regularly. They can help even out your skin tone, give you more elasticity and even dial back a little damage. Work them into your diet as often as you can, and these summer snacks and foods may even help you shed a few pounds. They have quite a bit to offer.

Great Things That Happen When You Stop Dieting

June 30th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that dieting makes some people gain weight? Anyone who has ever backslid, yo-yo’d or tried a dozen different ones knows that diets don’t always work. Sometimes it’s the fault of the particular diet, sometimes it’s our own missteps. And whether or not it’s working, being hungry all the time while you try and change your eating habits can make even the strongest of people a little miserable.

That’s why taking a break from your diet, whether it’s just briefly or when you’re done for good, feels so great. And those good feelings aren’t just based on the fact that you can stop feeling so restricted in what you consume. Coming off of a diet can do great things for your mood, your health and even your waistline. So if you’re thinking about it, there are lots of reasons why it might just be a great idea to give yourself a break from consistent food restrictions.

Signs That You Need To Change Your Diet

June 28th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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How can you tell if your diet is working for you? A good rule of thumb is that if you’re happy with it, it’s working. When you’re healthy, happy and feeling good, it’s a sign that you’re getting everything you need out of what you eat.

But not every diet is good for you. And if you’re feeling off, the food you eat could be to blame. Whether you’re eating to lose weight or cutting out foods just to eat better, switching up what’s in your refrigerator can have quite the impact on your health.

If you’ve experienced one of the struggles on this list, it might be time to change what you eat. But if the issues and symptoms you’re dealing with keep getting worse and worse, make an appointment with your doctor to make sure everything is OK.

Breakfast Beverages That Will Keep You Full Until Lunch

June 24th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you do breakfast right, it will help you fuel through your day and make better diet decisions throughout it. If you need to start your day with something that won’t leave you hungry by the time you finish your first assignment of many, it’s time to make some space in your fridge for these breakfast beverages.

Whether you’re on a diet, tired of being tempted by the vending machines in the break room or just don’t have time to snack, these drinks will do the trick. Really pressed for time? Make any of these drinks the night before and pop them in the fridge. They’re all easy to grab on the go when you’re rushing out of the door.

Do you have your own signature breakfast beverage that you swear by? Give us the recipe in the comment section and we’ll give it a try.