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How to avoid getting the flu beyond just washing your hands

Last flu season nearly 38 million people came down with the illness. Of those, 531,000 were hospitalized, and between 36,400 and 61,200 people died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course the usual advice is great: Get the vaccine, wash your hands often, and avoid contact with anyone who has been sick. But beyond that, is there anything else we can do? Most illness are spread by your hands, so using sanitizer and washing them regularly is extremely important, especially after coming home from a day in our germ-ridden world. So that really is the number one thing you can do. But what’s some other advice for avoiding the flu this season all together? Disinfect items you touch often. Your cell phone, tablet, and desk phone are all prime hiding spots for germs. You touch the outside world, then touch your cell, then put it to your…

10 fun facts you never knew about maple syrup

If you’ve ever had maple syrup—the real maple syrup—you know those corn syrup knock-offs just can’t compare. Real maple syrup has a rich, complexed flavor with a balanced level of natural sweetness. The fake stuff? Super sugary and pretty bland in comparison. With all of that fake syrup floating around, we tend to forget where the good stuff comes from. If you love real maple syrup, stick around. Here are 12 fun facts you never knew: The maple syrup capital is canada, of course. Vermont is the biggest U.S. producer of the sweet amber elixir with more than 890,000 gallons a year, but the U.S. pales in comparison to Canada’s production. More than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada. Québec alone is responsible for nearly 8 million gallons a year. Native Americans were the first to discover maple syrup. Legend has it that Native Americans observed…

What time does McDonald’s stop serving breakfast?

It all started in 1970 with the introduction of the Egg McMuffin. Since then, we’ve been left trying to cram our fast food breakfast cravings into certain hours on the clock. But when exactly does McDonald’s stop serving breakfast nowadays, and what’s that All-Day Breakfast Menu about? Can you guess the 10 oldest restaurant chains in America? All-Day Breakfast menu For decades, company policy insisted that breakfast hours end sharply at 10:30 a.m. One minute late and you would have to order from the main burger menu, as many late-to-rise fans found out. But in 2016, McDonald’s decided to cut us some slack and started serving an All-Day Breakfast Menu. Sure, you can’t get the entire menu all day, but you can order staple items like hotcakes, hash browns, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits, McMuffins, and Sausage McGriddles, 24/7. When does McDonald’s start serving breakfast? McDonald’s breakfast hours vary by location, but…

How to make your own Old Bay Seasoning

Seafood recipes scream for a healthy dose of Old Bay Seasoning. If you don’t have that iconic tin hanging around the house, don’t fret. You can mix up your own with ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet. Plus, it’s always better to make your own spice blends because then you can adjust the heat according to your tastes. Old Bay Seasoning is the most beloved spice blends of the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and through parts of New England and the Gulf Coast — and for a good reason. It’s the perfect way to kick your seafood up a notch. But if you think it’s only for fish dishes, you’re missing out. Have some fun with it! Try it as a popcorn topper, add a pinch to melon slices, or sprinkle on top of your dinner rolls before baking. Rim the glass of your next Bloody Mary, dash it…

Spicy thai tuna stuffed avocados

Tuna stuffed avocados are an easy yet impressive meal that definitely need a spot in your healthy New Year menu. No fatty mayonnaise here! Just tasty tuna, creamy avocado, and loads of fresh and delicious extras. This is one of those great recipes that is super customizable. Don’t like cilantro? Leave it out. Don’t like things spicy, leave those ingredients out. Have extra peppers or carrots at home? Add those right in. What you have is a healthy base of protein-packed white tuna and avocado full of oh-so-satisfying healthy fats. (It’s also low carb if you’re looking to make up for a few holiday cookie crimes you have have committed last month.) Whatever your preferences, this is sure to be a winning recipe in your house this year. Also see, 10 easy ways to start a healthier lifestyle.  Spicy Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados Makes 2 servings  Ingredients 1 12-ounce can…

How long to cook chicken breast

Whether it’s tenders, tacos, breasts, or kabobs, everyone loves chicken. The average American eats a whopping 201 pounds of chicken every single year. Most people, especially those looking for a healthier diet, prefer chicken breast to other kinds of meat because it’s a great, lean source of protein, and it’s highly accessible. Yet, this dietary staple is surprisingly difficult to cook correctly and often times comes out dry and rubbery. So how long exactly should you cook a chicken breast? Chicken breast loses its juiciness and appetizing texture when it’s overcooked. How long you need to cook your chicken breast largely depends on the size and thickness of the breast and of course your method of cooking. Also, try this easy weeknight Chicken Parmesan recipe. how long to cook a chicken breast In the oven: Bake or roast chicken at 375ºF for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on thickness. In…

Blue and green blueberry avocado smoothie

Mornings that start with smoothies are the best mornings. They’re such a nice, light and filling guilt-free breakfast option. Plus, I just love getting creative and trying different flavor combinations — but not as much as I love squeezing in a few servings for fruits and veggies before 9 a.m. Seriously, I make smarter eating decisions all day because I know I’ve had a great start. Why stop there? I think to myself. It’s true what they say. One healthy decision really does lead to another, and another, and another. Days that start with donuts definitely don’t inspire gym workouts. If you’re trying to get in better shape this year, start with your mornings and go from there. Try this healthy blue and green blueberry avocado smoothie — it’s one of my favorites — and see if you don’t feel like making other healthy choices, too. Blue and green blueberry…

Gluten-Free foods you can order at Panera Bread

Panera Bread doesn’t seem like it would be the place to go if you’re gluten-free, after all, it has “bread” right in the name. But the quick, casual restaurant chain actually has quite a large number of menu options for gluten-free guests. Of course, in a restaurant where fresh bread is baked daily, there is always the chance for cross contamination, so anyone on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons so inquire further, but those on a less-strict dietary regimen can dig right in to a delicious variety of items. Here is everything you can order gluten-free at Panera in both categories: Gluten-free Panera menu items Just order these straight from the menu. No need to ask for special orders unless otherwise noted. Salads Greek salad Seasonal Greens Salad Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken Green Goddess Cobb Salad with…

25 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep

A fresh new year brings good reason for a bright, positive outlook. But those New Year’s Eve sparkles in our eyes can sometimes blind us to the reality of our lofty goals. Sure, it is totally possible to set a New Year’s Resolution to “lose weight” and actually be successful, but the chances of you sticking with that—just because it’s your resolution—are pretty unlikely. (That’s a pretty big goal to reach without a game plan.) My advice? Aim smaller, and be more specific. It’s true that one healthy move promotes another. Choose one or more of these small resolutions below, and you’ll be setting yourself up to actual achieve your bigger health goals sometime not too far down the road. Here’s to new happy, healthy beginnings! healthy New Year’s resolutions 1. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water every morning and another before dinner. 2. Get outside to walk for 10…

“How to lower blood pressure” was the most searched Google health question of 2019

Americans had a lot of questions about blood pressure in 2019. They also wondered about the keto diet, hiccups and more. These three topics were among the top 10 most-searched health-related questions, according to new data from Google. The list tabulated our trillions of collective searches between January and early December of 2019. In 2018, the most-searched health-related questions typed into good were about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), endometriosis, and how long does weed stay in your urine. Here are the 10 top most-searched for this year: 1. How to lower blood pressure More than 75 million people have high blood pressure but just more than half are managing it well, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So people are turning to Google to try to find answers about how a healthy, low sodium diet, exercise, and stress relief might help them get it under control.…