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5 WAYS TO BAKE A BETTER DESSERT

If you rely on butter, white flour, and sugar as the base of all your desserts, you’re missing an opportunity to add nutrients and unique flavor combinations. Learn more about baking swaps.

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Bat Energy Bites

Easy and healthy, these Bat Energy Bites are the perfect snack to make this spooky season – full of oats, protein, cocoa powder, and other energy boosting ingredients!

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The Buzz: Adaptogens

Looking to decrease stress and increase energy levels? Adaptogens to the rescue — or so they claim. Find out if these various substances can really help your body “adapt.”

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Make Meals Social for Better Health

In a world where we’re constantly on the go, sitting at the table for a meal with family or friends might feel like a bit of a luxury but taking a break and eating with others offers many benefits.

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Is Your Drink (De)Hydrating?

Foods and beverages affect hydration in different ways, depending on factors such as water content and other ingredients. Use this quick guide to determine how your food or beverage choices affect hydration.

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10 Brain-Boosting Bites

The connection between food and healthy aging has been well-established. More recently though, scientists have found a relationship between certain foods and how the brain functions even beyond early development in children.

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Toasted Pepita Pesto

Pesto can be made with almost any nut or seed one desires; this recipe uses pepitas. Toasting the pepitas releases their oils and deepens their flavor for a delicious take on the classic. Serve over whole wheat pasta thinned with a bit of pasta cooking water and topped with halved cherry tomatoes, torn fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

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ZUCCHINI AND CHICKPEA FRITTERS

Incorporate homegrown or local zucchini into your breakfast or lunch routine with these zucchini and chickpea fritters. Served warm, enjoy these fritters as-is, with a drizzle of yogurt, or topped with a poached egg.

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THE BUZZ: ESPORTS

Nutrition is just as important for mental performance as it is for physical. See if you can gain a competitive edge by properly fueling for esports.

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Plant-Based Eating YOUR Way

You don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan to reap the benefits of plant-based eating. There are no rules when it comes to adding plant-based meals to your routine — choose what works for you.

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AVOCADO-PISTACHIO PESTO “ZOODLES” 

Zucchini noodles are a lighter, fresher alternative to traditional pasta, while avocado-pistachio pesto is full of flavor and packed with nutrients. Personalize the way you eat plants by enjoying this meal warm or cold!

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PERSONALIZE YOUR (WELLNESS) PLATE

Turns out, the secret to health and wellness may be a “choose-your-own adventure” story. Learn more about how you can personalize your plate for sustainable changes to dietary behavior.

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The Best (and Worst) Food for Your Gut

Research shows that our gut microbiome — the community of bacteria that reside in our digestive tract, primarily the small intestine — is linked to everything from acne and eczema to diabetes and weight management.

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The Buzz: Postbiotics

Most of us have heard of pre- and probiotics, but there’s a new kid on the block, known as postbiotics, that’s showing a lot of promise in the scientific community.

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Cocoa Banana Steel Cut Overnight Oats

Take action the night before to fuel a day of healthy choices. Overnight oats are a no-cook way to set yourself up for a nutrient-rich breakfast with minimal prep work. Make a large batch to fuel your week.

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Micro Actions for Lasting Change

When New Year’s Resolutions have a (sad) history of failure, why do we keep attempting sweeping changes? Perhaps setting your sights on something smaller will lead to bigger results in the long run.

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Winter Reindeer Snacks

These adorable reindeer are fun for kids of all ages — and we’re using the term “kid” loosely — to make. Take a break from gingerbread making and cookie decorating to try this healthy holiday snack that’s almost too cute to eat!

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SWEET POTATO AND KALE MACARONI AND “CHEESE”

Nutritional yeast is a unique protein-rich ingredient that lends the cheesy flavor to this modern take on macaroni and cheese. Adding sweet potatoes and kale boost the fiber and antioxidant content making this a hearty vegetarian entrée or side dish at your holiday table.

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Turmeric, Potato, and Cauliflower Coconut Curry Soup

Warm up and prevent the sniffles with this immune-supporting soup. Bright orange carrots provide a punch of Vitamin A, while the curcumin in turmeric fights inflammation. Enjoy this hearty soup in the middle of cold and flu season to give your immune system a little TLC.

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Navigating the Holidays, Nutritiously

Most of us experience a host of challenges to our wellness goals during the holidays. We’re crunched for time, (maybe) stressing over how to navigate gatherings, shopping, and other activities during COVID times. Consider these tips for navigating the holidays nutritiously.

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The Buzz: Adaptogens

Looking to decrease stress and increase energy levels? Adaptogens to the rescue — or so they claim. Find out if these various substances can really help your body “adapt.”

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Halloween and Fair Trade Month

Not only do we celebrate Halloween in October, it’s also Fair Trade Month! As you purchase or treat yourself to sweets, take a moment to consider where your chocolate comes from.

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Recipe: Homemade Muesli

A balanced breakfast is the best way to start your day right — and keep productivity at its peak. Try this homemade muesli for a low-sugar high-fiber alternative to sugary cereal or granola.

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The Buzz: Vegetable Butchery

From beet “brats” to smoked carrot “lox,” vegetable butchery puts a new twist on plant-based entrées. Learn how this approach to cooking vegetables invites new stars to the center of your plate.

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The Buzz: Nootropics

Nootropics are the latest in pills, powders, and potions claiming to increase mental focus. Learn what they are and what they can/can’t do.

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The Buzz: Oat Milk

Move over almond milk, there’s a new nondairy option in the spotlight. Our dietitians take a look at the latest craze: oat milk.

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The Buzz: Moringa

Said to have anti-inflammatory properties, moringa is the latest craze in supplements. But does this superfood actually have nutritional powers?

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Recipe: Toasted Pepita Pesto

Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are an excellent source of heart-healthy fat. Add them to salads, enjoy as a snack, or incorporate into sauce like in this recipe for pepita pesto.

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The Buzz: The Carnivore Diet

The carnivore diet is just what it sounds like — eating only animal products and avoiding all other foods. Our dietitians weigh in on the latest low-carb, high-protein diet for meat lovers.

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The Buzz: Turmeric

Because of its high concentration of the antioxidant cucurmin, turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Are the purported healing powers all that they’re made out to be?

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The Buzz: Jackfruit

It’s the hottest thing in vegan cooking! Jackfruit has neutral flavor and a fibrous texture similar to that of cooked poultry or pork. Have you tried it yet?

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Bye-Bye, Plastic Straws

We’re committed to being plastic straw–free by September 2019 or earlier. Bon Appétit Management Company is the first major restaurant company to make this commitment in the country.

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The Buzz: Alternative Waters

From aloe and artichoke to maple and watermelon, innovative flavored waters promise to both quench your thirst and provide nutrients and electrolytes. Find out if they’re worth it.

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Recipe: Blueberry-Mint Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to hydrate. Try this simple smoothie recipe that’ll cool you from the inside out, featuring antioxidant-rich blueberries and cooling mint leaves that help combat inflammation.

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The Buzz: Menu Labeling

While calorie counts aren’t the last say, they do provide insight into a dish. Some of your go-to restaurants and cafés may soon add calorie information to their menus. Keep an eye out for this and more information to help make informed meal choices.

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The Buzz: Food Intolerance Testing

At-home test kits offer a way to find out if you have any food allergies or intolerances, but it’s still best to consult a trained health professional so you don’t unnecessarily limit your diet.

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The Buzz: Blue Zones® Diet

What’s the secret to living past 100? It may be eating and living like people in the world’s “Blue ZonesⓇ.” Here’s what we can learn from healthy centenarians and the Blue Zones Diet.

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When Beauty Is Skin Deep

Nutrients, fiber, antioxidants — there’s so much that makes peels and rinds appealing, so why throw them away? Check out this list of produce you don’t have to peel.

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Composting 101

Composting is a lot easier than you think. To celebrate Earth Day, check out these resources that’ll have you composting at home or at work in no time.

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A Farmworker Awareness Week Spotlight

Founded in 1993 in Immokalee, FL, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has pushed for fair labor practices by forging strategic alliances among farmworkers, produce growers, and retail buyers. Take a look at key moments in their impressive 25-year history.

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The Buzz: Bee Pollen

Is bee pollen really a natural allergy reliever and energy booster? Our dietitians clear up what’s backed by science and what’s just buzz (pun intended).

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The Buzz: Carrageenan

Should you be concerned about the carrageenan in plant-based milks, yogurts, and coffee drinks? Find out what the science says about the controversial food additive.

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The Buzz: Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is an emerging form of nutrition science creating major buzz — but is it worth seeking out? Here’s what to know about personalized nutrition plans based on your genome.

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Love Seafood? Get the Seafood Watch App.

We’re proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program and serve only Best Choices and Good Alternatives. Join us in supporting healthy oceans by downloading the free Seafood Watch app to find recommendations for sustainable seafood today.

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Recipe: Homemade Muesli

Have you met muesli? It’s similar to granola but rather than mixing in oil and honey prior to baking, you toast the grains plain and add your own honey upon serving (yes, you control the sugar!).

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Is Your Compost Making You Complacent?

Much is being made about fighting food waste these days, and we’re glad to see it! No one wants to waste food, but even if you’re well aware of the environmental impacts of food waste, it’s easy to backslide in your day-to-day waste reduction practice.

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Let’s Be Food Waste Warriors Together

We admit it, there’s no glory in fighting food waste. It’s a battle of minutiae, a day-to-day grind. Planning, paying attention, getting creative with carrot tops and potato peels…Even so, the truth is, we love it!

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The Buzz: Seaweed

What’s the buzz? Seaweed is being hailed as the “new kale” — a nutritional powerhouse that we should all be eating. What does the science say?

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National Cancer Prevention Month

From your morning caffeine fix to your afternoon snack, what you put on your plate (or in your mug) can affect your risk for cancer. Learn more about the protective power of plant foods.

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Happy New Year!

A new year and a fresh start, right? As you set your goals for 2017, make them S.M.A.R.T. and consider trying fiber-loaded recipes such as Wheat Berry and Lentil Soup

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Immune Health

Instead of reaching into your medicine cabinet, stock up on foods that will help you avoid those “achoos” this season. Read about 7 foods that help boost your immunity, and try our recipe for winter chopped salad.

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Healthy in Your Kitchen

Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be bland, nor does it have to be complicated. Learn techniques to boost flavor, while retaining the most nutrition in your kitchen.

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Recipe: Garbanzo Cauliflower Soup

Cozy up in your favorite chair and enjoy this hearty nutrient-loaded soup. Before taking your first spoonful, take a mindful moment to smell the deep aromas and hint of paprika as the steam warms your face.

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Celebrate Vegan Month

Meat and dairy are two of the biggest dietary contributors to the environmental impact of an omnivore’s diet. Even small changes to your diet can make a big difference.

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Recipe: Chocolate Yogurt

Better your gut with a daily dose of probiotics. This chocolate yogurt combines plain yogurt with rich cocoa powder and sprinkle of sugar for a touch of sweetness.

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Bumper Crop Mix & Match

Happy Eat Local Challenge Day! As you enjoy our chefs’ 100% local meals that incorporate a regional bumper crop, check out these basic recipes that’ll teach you how to wrangle abundant produce in creative ways.

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Watch New Bon Appétit Video

Thanks to your support, Bon Appétit hit $1 billion in revenue last year. Our CEO and cofounder Fedele Bauccio tells how great chefs, responsibly sourced ingredients, and delicious yet nutritious menus will keep us growing.

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