Wellness

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The Buzz: Adaptogens

What’s the buzz? Adaptogens might be the mystical medicinal tonics that can bust your stress naturally. What does the science say? High levels of daily stress have become normal for...

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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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Budget-Friendly Bites

If you ever feel like eating healthy is a strain on your wallet, you’re not alone. Between $10 green juices and $8 bags of kale chips, it can feel like healthy food has become a luxury good.

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The Buzz: Coconut Aminos

What’s the buzz? Coconut aminos are the healthier, umami-rich alternative to soy sauce that influencers say you should be putting on everything. What does the science say? Made from a...

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The Best (and Worst) Foods 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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Seven Ways to Pump Up Your Productivity

A quick internet search on how to be more productive results in more than 36 million (yes million!) articles. Whether you’re a working professional or a college student, figuring out how to be more productive in the limited hours you have each day may feel like a constant work in progress.

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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.

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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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Grilled Stone Fruit, Arugula, and Olive Salad

Summer stone fruits like apricots, peaches, and plums are the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth without the added sugar. This seasonal salad pairs smoky-sweet grilled stone fruit with spicy arugula and salty olives for a flavorful combination that is perfect for any summer celebration.

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Blueberry-Mint Smoothie

This hydrating smoothie can help cool you down from the inside out. A blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and cooling mint leaves help combat inflammation and will give you a refreshing break to your summer activities.

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Nutritious Foods that Travel Well

Your bags are packed with all the essentials you need for a great summer vacation. Then you get to the airport and realize you’re stuck in a terminal with one small newsstand and nothing to eat.

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Matcha Brown Rice Risotto

Creamy, made without major allergens, and oh-so-satisfying, this plant-forward version of a mushroom risotto includes shiitake mushrooms and green tea for an interesting spin on a comforting classic.

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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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Chocolate-Date Energy Bars

Many energy bars come with a long list of ingredients and high dose of sugar. Skip the uncertainty and make your own. Naturally sweetened by dates and loaded with almonds for extended energy, these bars are sure to satisfy when hunger strikes.

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The Buzz: Clean Eating

What’s the buzz? Is eating “clean” the golden ticket to health and happiness? What does the science say? Search for #cleaneating on Instagram or Twitter and you’ll get several million...

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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.

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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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The Buzz: Turmeric

What’s the buzz? Food as medicine could not be more true for the inflammation-busting spice turmeric. What does the science say?

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Surprisingly Edible Plant Parts

When most of us think of vegetables, we see visions of ruby red beets and vibrant carrots roasting in the oven, or forests of tree-like broccoli stalks waiting to be steamed or stir-fried. But, what about those feathery carrot tops or deep green beet or broccoli leaves?

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Celery and Cauliflower Leaf Salad

Don’t toss those leaves! Celery, carrot, and cauliflower leaves are actually edible and add a pop of flavor to your meal. Use them in place of greens like in this celery and cauliflower leaf salad.

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The Buzz: Drinking Vinegars

What’s the buzz? Drinking vinegars are today’s hottest healthy mocktail. What does the science say? Also referred to as “shrubs” or “tonics,” drinking vinegars were popular during the Prohibition Era,...

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Plant-Based Eating YOUR Way

Health experts like a good debate about food. When reviewing recommendations in the popular media, you may be hard pressed to find a consensus about the “best” diet.

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The Buzz: Jackfruit

What’s the buzz? Jackfruit tastes like meat but is way better for you. What does the science say? Jackfruit is a plant relative of the fig — though with a...

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Red Lentil Slaw with Tomato, Ginger, and Coriander

Not your typical “slaw,”  but we don’t aim for predictable. The ginger and coriander add a brightness to lentils you didn’t know could exist. Packed with protein and fiber, it can be enjoyed as a hearty side or as a main for a light lunch or dinner.

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The Buzz: Kombucha

What’s the buzz? Tapping into probiotic-filled kombucha is good for your gut. What does the science say? Kombucha is a fermented tea drink brewed with black or green tea, sugar,...

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The Buzz: Alternative Waters

What’s the buzz? Are wacky flavored waters bad for your health? What does the science say? Move over coconut water, there’s a new group of trendy beverages in town. Made...

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A Recipe for Healthy Summertime Celebrations

Backyard barbecues, pool parties, picnics in the park, and trips to the ice cream shop — ahh, the signs of summer! Between a calendar full of festive occasions and the whirlwind of summertime travel, it’s easy to let your healthy habits slide.

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The Buzz: Natural Sugars

What’s the buzz? Natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, agave, and coconut sugar are better for you than table sugar. Or are they? What does the science say? We have...

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The Buzz: Menu Labeling

What’s the buzz? You’ll now get a side of calorie information with your burger and fries in many restaurants. What do the law and the science say? Not so fast....

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The Buzz: Food Intolerance Testing

What’s the buzz? Food-sensitivity blood tests can save you from exposure to harmful ingredients. But could they be needlessly limiting your food choices? What does the science say? Awareness around...

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Celebrating the Mediterranean Way of Life

Imagine a table filled with freshly caught fish topped with bright green herbs, platters of vibrantly colored vegetables, and a simple bulgur salad lightly tossed in a fragrant citrus and olive oil dressing. Sitting around that table are your closest family and friends, breathing in the sea air and lingering over the meal with great conversation and lots of laughter. Sounds like vacation, right? For those living near the Mediterranean Sea, this is just a typical evening.

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The Buzz: Blue Zones® Diet

What’s the buzz? Eating like people in the globe’s “Blue Zones” could be the secret to a long, happy, and healthy life. What does the science say? The Blue Zones®...

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Beet and Frisée Salad with Smoky Pistachio Dust

Antioxidant-loaded beets are transformed with a quick-pickle that lends a sharp, yet sweet flavor. Served over a fresh frisée salad and sprinkled generously with pistachio dust, this salad is healthful, full of flavor, and may just look too pretty to eat. The smoky pistachio dust is adapted from Ripe: A Fresh Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by Cheryl Sternman Rule

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The Buzz: Carb Cycling

What’s the buzz? Carb cycling is the latest go-to diet to boost athletic performance and burn fat. What does the science say? As the primary fuel for our muscles and...

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The Buzz: The MIND Diet

What’s the buzz? The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay — a.k.a. the MIND Diet —  will help your brain stay younger for longer. What does the science say? It’s well...

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The Buzz: Plant-Based Milks

What’s the buzz? Dairy is mooooving over for plant-based milks in many people’s diets. What does the science say? The days of soy milk as the only cow’s milk alternative...

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The Buzz: Bee Pollen

What’s the buzz? Bee pollen may relieve a variety of health problems, including seasonal allergies and low energy. What does the science say? Bee pollen is a nutrition supplement touted...

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The Buzz: Carrageenan

What’s the buzz? The food additive carrageenan may cause a variety of health problems. What does the science say? Carrageenan is an food additive made from seaweed that is commonly...

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Eat These 10 Foods to Show Love for Your Heart

When talking about heart disease prevention, often the focus is on what you shouldn’t eat: red meat, cheese, salt, too much alcohol. While removing these foods from your diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, emphasizing what you can add to your plate to better your heart is just as important – and a lot more fun.

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The Buzz: Nutrigenomics

What’s the buzz? Your food choices can help or hinder you in reaching your genetic potential. What does the science say? An emerging form of nutrition science called nutrigenomics may...

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Warm Radicchio Breakfast Salad with Soft-Cooked Egg

Salad for breakfast? We should have said: Salad! Yes, for breakfast! Warm, satisfying, and super-fast, this breakfast, brunch, or lunch dish is interesting, but so comforting you’ll forget it’s low calorie. Pair with avocado toast, grapefruit, and hot coffee or tea for a complete meal.

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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, with social gatherings, volunteer service, shopping excursions, family activities, and faith events all crowding the calendar and making it even harder to fit in exercise and healthy meals.

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The Buzz: Lower-Fat Avocados

What’s the buzz? New “light” avocados could mean indulging in #avocadotoast more often What does the science say? There are more than 6 million photos tagged #avocado on Instagram. Whether...

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The Unsuspecting Health Barometer: Your Gut

It is well established that the billions of bacteria that reside in your gut are important for digestive health. In recent years, though, scientists have discovered that the state of health in your gut may be a window into your overall health status and risk for certain diseases down the road.

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The Pros (and Cons) of Probiotics

Probiotics have gotten a lot of attention in recent years as helping lay a foundation for a healthy gut. They’ve infiltrated their way into our grocery stores, and supplement makers may have you wondering if a little probiotic pill is the secret to feeling great.

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Classic Home-Cured Sauerkraut

If you’re not already eating fermented foods, what are you waiting for? Good for your gut and made with just a few ingredients, sauerkraut is a good place to start. Use it to top a grain bowl, tacos, a bean burger, or try one of the many other suggestions made below.

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The Hype on Whole Grains

In recent years, grains have been quite the controversial food category. From books like “Wheat Belly” or “Grain Brain” to popular diets that eliminate grains like Whole 30 and The Paleo Diet, it may seem like grains are the cause of all health problems. For most people, however, whole grains are part of a healthy diet.

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The Buzz: Cricket Protein

What’s the buzz? Bugs with benefits: Are crickets the new perfect protein? What does the science say? While insects are a regular part of many people’s diets around the world,...

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Eggplant with Coconut, Mint, and Pistachio

The combination of crunchy pistachios, nutty coconut, and spicy cardamom, brightened up by fresh mint, provide a wonderful punch of flavors. As simple as it is delicious, the thin slices of eggplant create shell-like structure, turning each into a bite-sized treat.

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The Buzz: Acai Bowls

What’s the Buzz? Açai is a deep-purple wonder food that’s the coolest new food trend (literally). What Does the Science Say? Açai (ah-sigh-ee) is a dark purple tropical fruit native...

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The (Bitter)Sweet Truth about Sugars

In recent years, sugar has been deemed a major contributor to our nation’s obesity crisis, along with other health conditions. It’s true that added sugars add empty calories to one’s diet, and few of us need more of those!

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The Buzz: Monk Fruit Sugar

What’s the buzz? Monk fruit sugar is the newest zero-calorie sweetener to have dieters salivating. What does the science say? Monk fruit, also referred to as “lo han guo,” is...

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Forget what you know about soup. This watermelon gazpacho is a little sweet, a little savory, served cold — and is extremely refreshing. The watermelon makes it perfect for keeping hydrated on a hot summer day.

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Green Beans with Chopped Eggs and Olives

Although readily available year-round, seasonal green beans really take the spotlight. For a quick and easy lunch or side dish, fresh green beans are blanched to retain their beautiful vibrant color and are paired with chopped hard-boiled eggs and briny olives.

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Avoiding Gluten?

For our guests with gluten-related disorders or those avoiding gluten for other reasons, we offer “made without gluten-containing ingredient” options.

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Plant Power for Cancer Prevention

When it comes to cancer, the stats are scary — one in two men and one in three women will get cancer sometime in their life. While that reality is daunting, don’t let it make you feel powerless.

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Food Allergens

We take food allergies seriously. Our menu items are prepared from scratch in our kitchens each day using the freshest, highest quality selections available seasonally and regionally. As a result,...

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Plant-Based Diets for Everyone

More people are choosing to eat a plant-based diet, whether it be a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet; a pescetarian diet (includes fish), or a more flexible diet that includes...

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Eating Healthy in the Workplace

The workplace can be one of the biggest saboteurs of eating healthy. It’s where many of us spend the majority of our days, and from working lunches, office candy jars, and celebrations, it’s easy for unwanted calories to sneak in without even realizing it. Pair that with a sedentary desk job and you have a recipe for packing on extra pounds.

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Cheers Without the Fear — Navigating Holiday Beverages

From holiday parties and family celebrations to shopping trips and end-of-semester traditions, the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can feel like one marathon celebration. Pair that with all of the tempting holiday foods and drinks that are everywhere you turn, and it’s easy to see how the average American gains between one to five pounds during the holiday season – many of which unfortunately will stick around after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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