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Consumer Reports finds alarming levels of heavy metals in kids’ fruit juice

A new study will be hard to swallow for some well-meaning parents. A recent study by Consumer Reports found concerning levels of potentially dangerous metals in many kids’ fruit juices. Arsenic, cadmium, and lead were found in beloved brands including Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value, Juicy Juice, Honest Kids, Minute Maid, Welch’s, and more. Also see: Learn to make your own juice at home. The watchdog group tested 45 fruit juices sold nationwide, including grape, apple, pear, and fruit blends. More than half of the juices tests for those three heavy metals. Overall, heavy metals in fruit juices have gone down since a similar CR test in 2011, but  Consumer Report’s Chief Scientific Officer James Dickerson, Ph.D. warns we shouldn’t be comfortable with that alone. “People should still be concerned that test heavy metals are still being found in juice products… and take action so they can ensure that they…

Is there a difference between apple cider and apple juice?

Apples are the star fruit of fall: Whether they’re baked in a pie or spiced in a sauce, it’s obvious we love celebrating the return of apple season. But there’s one way we can consume apples that causes confusion even among the most ardent apple connoisseurs — cider. More specifically, what’s the difference between the stuff we scoop up exclusively during September and October at markets and that other stuff available on the grocery shelf all year long? This is how you make apple cider: Here is the difference between apple cider and apple juice: Apple Cider Apple cider is made from fresh apples that have been pressed into liquid. To make apple cider, apples are first washed and cut, then ground into a mash that’s about the consistency of apple sauce. The mash is then wrapped in burlap cloth and placed between wooden racks. A hydraulic press squeezes…

Celery, apple, spinach, kale, lemon and ginger juice

It’s not always easy squeezing in the fruits and veggies you need. This green juice is a powerhouse blend of all the nutrients you need to help strengthen your immune system and keep you feeling awake and active. Juice isn’t a substitute for eating the whole vegetable (you’ll miss out on that healthy fiber), but it’s a great quick boost to help see you through cold and flu season. Plus the apples give it a great tart taste that will make it enjoyable to drink any time of year. Celery, apple, spinach, kale, lemon and ginger juice Makes about 4 cups Ingredients 8-6 stalks of celery, washed 2 cups baby spinach 8-10 large kale leaves 3 Granny Smith apples, roughly chopped 2 lemons, peeled 2 inches fresh ginger Directions Set juicer dial to hardest setting and run fruits and vegetables in order of hardest to softest (apples, ginger, celery, kale,…

Watermelon orange carrot ginger turmeric juice

Blending fresh watermelon with other ingredients makes for a refreshing, fruity beverage. This glowing orange recipe will keep you hydrated while helping you sneak in a few servings of fruits and veggies — what’s better than that? Plus, while researchers are still discovering the benefits of turmeric, it’s widely accepted that it has major benefits to your body and brain including such health heavy hitters as lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. Five simple ingredients make this a truly delicious, super healthy recipe to whip up and enjoy any time of year. Watermelon Carrot Orange Ginger Turmeric Juice Serves 4 Ingredients 6 oranges About 1/4 of a large seedless watermelon 2 large carrots About 3 inches of fresh ginger root 1 tsp ground turmeric Directions Set juicer to citrus setting (or soft fruit setting), and juice the oranges and watermelon. Set juice to medium and juice…

Mango pineapple popsicles

These mango pineapple popsicles are the healthy answer to “What’s for dessert?” The cool and refreshing tropical taste is the perfect way to enjoy a sweet summer treat without all the extra sugar that comes along with most other goodies that are this delicious. I’m in love with my popsicle mold. Not only is it great for making healthy treats, but you can freeze leftover juices and smoothies when you accidentally make too much — which for me is all. the. time! Most of all, I love that you can puree fruit and veggies that are about to go bad and extend their shelf life by turning them into delicious frozen treats. This recipe was a product of me going overboard buying mangos. I was so excited they were less than a dollar a piece, but I definitely bought to many. It became the perfect opportunity for fresh mango popsicles.…

Get relief from the heat with these 10 hydrating fruits and vegetables

According to the old rule of thumb, the average adult is supposed to drink 8 glasses of water every day. Some days that can seem downright impossible — and oh so bland! But here’s a tip for your water woes: You don’t have to drink all of that water. On a typical day, 20 percent or more of our water intake comes from solid foods like fruits and vegetables. While it’s still incredibly important to drink enough water, try incorporating some of these snacks into your daily routine. You’ll be checking off a few dietary boxes since all foods listed below are at least 90 percent water and they offer various other nutritional benefits, as well. Cucumbers 96.7% water Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food, so they are perfect for summer salads on those sweltering days you can’t seem to stomach much else. Try mixing with watermelon and red onions…

15 easy ways to use less plastic in your life

Straws are having a major moment. Not only are national fast-food and restaurant chains looking at reducing or eliminating them entirely, but individuals across the country are saying ‘no’ to sipping from the wasteful plastic single-use item. While the straw ban will certainly help, it’s really just the beginning. If you’re interested in other easy ways to cut back on plastic consumption, here are a few ideas. Recycling is great, but the best thing you can do for the environment is use less plastic to begin with. What’s great about reusing materials is that in most cases, you end up saving some cash for your efforts, too. Here are 15 ways to cut out plastic from your life: 1. Stay away from straws. Major corporations like McDonald’s and Starbucks have started to eliminate plastic drinking straws from their restaurants, while whole cities have put a ban on them as well. Only…

Drink cherry juice before bed for a better sleep, study shows

You can get a better night of sleep by taking a swig of cherry juice, than from that nightcap of fermented grapes. It turns out that Montmorency cherry juice contains high levels of melatonin, a natural hormone responsible for regulating our internal body clock. People with sleep issues commonly take this hormone in pill form, but experts say that the tart cherry juice works just as well. One study examined the effects the special cherry juice had on insomniacs. Eight participants were told to drink two glasses of Montmorency cherry juice per day — one in the morning and one right before bed. Compared to the placebo, the cherry juice group ended up averaging an extra 1 hour and 24 minutes of quality sleep time per night. So what is so special about Montmorency cherries? For starters, these little red wonders contain 40 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A (cell regeneration and vision).…

Stay full all morning with a BANANA, SPINACH, PINEAPPLE CHIA SMOOTHIE

Kick start the new year with healthy recipes that make you feel great. No matter what type of diet you follow, most folks can get on board with meals and snacks that use whole foods and little-to-no processed ingredients or sugars. Smoothies are a great way to pack plenty of nutrition into a five minute meal. As you grab a glass and head out the door, it will quickly become part of your healthy routine. This recipe will keep you full for hours, so if you’re skeptical of smoothies, start here. The chia seeds and banana will see to it that I’m right about that! Banana, spinach, pineapple chia smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients 2 cups skim milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 3 handfuls of baby spinach 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 ripe bananas Directions Add all ingredients to the blender, and puree on high for about…

Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade

This is not your ordinary lemonade. It’s far from being summer right now, and with all of these holiday cookies floating around, a healthy dose of fruits, veggies and vitamin C might be just what you need. There’s no refined sugar in sight, yet the pear, apples and touch of honey add just the right amount of sweetness, and the cucumber will keep you feeling refreshed. Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade Serves 1 Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 handful spinach 2 large lemons, peeled 2 Granny Smith apples (or any apple will do in a pinch) 1 medium pear 1 tsp honey Directions Run all ingredients through juicer. Stir in honey. Serve immediately. Enjoy! Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle with groceries from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free. Follow us on Instagram.