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Delicious Foods We Didn’t Know Burn Fat

September 26th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We all know that exercise burns fat, but did you know that there are some foods that can do that for you, too? We were surprised to find that the everyday foods on this list actually help your body burn fat. The fact that you can find these ingredients in some of the best recipes for fall foods is just an added bonus.

So when you’re cooking something up in the kitchen as the temperature takes a dip, try including some of these ingredients. Depending on how you use them, they will help you slim down without you feeling the need to go on a diet more suitable for rabbits.

Foods That Can Make Your Skin (And Teeth) Look Terrible

September 22nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What exactly is going on with my skin today?” Of course, many of us probably have that thought when our periods come around. However, the real reason your skin is having a fit could be due to one of the foods on this list.

Eat too much of them, and it might show up on your skin (or teeth) later on. So if you have a dinner meeting or date lined up, it might pay to leave everything on this menu off of your plate.

Some of these foods (and ways of cooking them) might be better left out of your refrigerator (and diet) for good. Your skin bounces back when you occasionally overdo it. But make a habit of eating too much of these foods and you could do some long-term damage to your skin.

Foods That Help Whiten Your Teeth

September 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Once you start whitening your teeth, keeping that glow going can be kind of addictive. It can also be kind of expensive. Thankfully, there is a way to help your teeth stay brighter longer: by watching what you eat.

Dentists tell you what foods to avoid between whitenings to avoid dimming that new glow. But few of them will tell you about these foods that can keep you out of the dentist’s office longer and help you keep your teeth bright.

You don’t have to eat these foods around the clock. But munching on these snacks here and there, including after a meal when you can’t brush your teeth, will keep them whiter longer.

Kitchen Tools That Make It Easier To Eat Healthy

September 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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“I just don’t have the time” is one of the go-to excuses we flock to use when trying to explain why most of us don’t eat healthier more often. When you work all day, coming home to cook all night is the last thing on the list of things you want to do. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

These kitchen tools make creating healthier meals less of a headache that take a fraction of the time to put together. And, they’re a lot of fun to use. If you need a reason to get excited about getting in the kitchen again and about healthy eating, stock up on these items.

15 Changes You Should Make For A Healthier Lifestyle

September 15th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Did you know that living a healthier lifestyle can add years to your life and even make your kids smarter?

Of course, doing so can seem easier said than done and come off as a daunting life change, but it can be surprisingly easy if you focus in on making small changes at a time. In fact, for most of us, changing just one thing about our diets and how we operate is all we need to see some positive changes.

Pick just one of these easy changes from the list, stick with the healthy swap for two months (but it really only takes 21 days to form a habit), and before you know it, you will be ready for another.

10 Carb Substitutions For Guilt-Free Eating

September 15th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We’ve all heard the health news on carbs: eat too many of them and you’re more likely to gain weight. And, as is the case for Black women, some health problems can be tied to eating too much bread. But even when you’re dedicated to kick the carbs, it can feel like certain cravings just can’t be denied. If you’ve been dreaming about pizza, it might be time to try these carb substitutions.

Not every “healthy” option is as good as the real thing, but some of these foods taste so good, you won’t mind the switch. Plus, they will satisfy your cravings and help you build a stronger willpower when it comes to dealing with your hankerings.

Soul Food Dishes That Help To Strengthen And Grow Hair

September 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Soul food doesn’t just feed your soul and fill your stomach. These classic recipes are also amazing at keeping Black hair healthy and growing.

Getting a healthy length can can require a lot of time and attention to do it the right way. But protective styles and the right products aren’t all you need to focus on to help your locks get longer. The right foods can work wonders when it comes to promoting hair growth and doing some good to your strands. And since these nutrients feed your hair while it’s growing, it gets healthy before heat and products hit it. With that being said, treat yourself to these soul food classics that help with your hair.

Sweet Wines To Try If You Love Moscato

September 6th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Exploring wine is always a lot of fun, especially when you already know what you like. But sometimes, asking for “something sweet” and successfully finding it can be a struggle. And after you’ve struggled through a glass or two of wine that just isn’t to your taste, it can feel like branching out isn’t worth the trouble.

But while moscato is one of the most popular sweet wines out there, it’s far from alone when it comes to fruity flavor. So if you’re looking for something that you will fall in love with, try one of these sweet wine varieties. Not only are they delicious, but they are also great for bringing to dinner parties when you want to bring something to sip and share.

“Bad Habits” That Actually Help You Lose Weight

September 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Not every diet means having to give up everything you love. In fact, some bad habits might actually help you see the progress you’ve been hoping for.

It’s not as crazy as it sounds. We’ve all tried eating right and exercising every day, but no one can live on baked chicken and squats alone. And you shouldn’t. Recent studies say that giving yourself a break from your diet can actually help you stick to it longer.

And when you backslide with these so-called bad habits, treating yourself doesn’t have to mean putting your goals on the back burner completely. Whether it’s a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate, these treats can actually speed your metabolism up instead of slowing your diet down.

She Tried It! I Added A Little Spice To My Life (And Meals) Thanks To Spiceologist

September 1st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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What are the go-to seasonings in your kitchen cabinet? I keep it pretty simple. I’m a sucker for Lawry’s seasoned salt, curry, thyme, black pepper, red pepper, cumin and chilli powder. I pretty much use most of that combination on damn near every dish. I haven’t received any complaints, and if I do say so myself, my food comes out pretty tasty.

But I was pushed out of my comfort zone when I was sent a new mix of seasonings from the company Spiceologist. And if I thought my food was good before, it was even better after I tried their colorful concoctions on my dishes.

From the Black & Bleu cajun bleu cheese rub, to the Thai Peanut sweet and spicy curry rub, as well as the Smokey Honey Habanero sweet and spicy rub and the Greek Freak Mediterranean option, all of the blends sent my way were unique. The rich scents, the consistency of the spices, the flavors — absolutely delicious combinations. The Spice Cave options, which are the newest innovation from Spiceologist, came in blends to match the four elements. Fire? A mix of coconut palm sugar with cayenne and paprika. Land? Garlic with a blend of mustard and cumin. Sea? Lemon blended with ground pepper and herbs. As for wind, it’s a perfect combination of herbs, garlic, onion and orange peel.

We rack up deliciousness. Which is your fave?

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I used the gluten, MSG and filler-free combinations to cook a variety of my favorite dishes in a very different way. For instance, I used the bleu cheese rub to make turkey burgers. The rich taste helped to make them mouthwatering. I rubbed drumsticks with the Thai Peanut curry and some thyme (and yes, some Lawry’s), as well as the Spice Caves fire blend, and the taste was both sweet with quite a bit of zest. I rubbed the Mediterranean rub, as well as the Spice Cave’s Wind seasoning, on some chicken thighs. You could easily taste the mix of sun-dried tomato and orange peel. And for a chimichurri shrimp night, I used the Smokey Honey Habanero rub, which gave the shrimp a light, smoky taste. Sprinkled with a little lime, you get a nice flavor for your palette.

Thai curry rub chicken, bleu cheese burgers, Mediterranean thighs.

Thai curry rub chicken, bleu cheese burgers, Mediterranean thighs.

All while I found myself completely in love with the Black & Bleu cheese rub, all of the options I was able to try were delicious. They brought some extra life to my meals (and a party to my mouth). You should check them out for yourself, as the large 4-ounce glass bottle rubs are currently on sale for $9.56 (regular price is $11.95). Spice Cave seasonings are currently on sale for $7.16 (regular price is $8.95). I personally recommend the Fire seasoning out of that collection for the heat and sweet it brings to dishes. But whatever spice you choose to try, know that you won’t be disappointed — and neither will those lucky enough to taste your food.