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Wake up with orange, carrot, ginger juice

Orange, carrot, ginger juice. It seems too simple to call this a “recipe” — it’s only 3 ingredients long! But if you’ve only been drinking orange juice in the morning, there’s room improvement. Orange juice’s hefty dose of vitamin C is great for some morning pep, but why not pair it up with other pro-health ingredients and get even more greatness per gulp? Ginger is known to fight against infections and alleviate muscle pain and soreness, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, help indigestion, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and it may even prevent cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Carrots help prevent cancer, improve eyesight, boost immunity and control diabetes. Furthermore, fresh-squeezed juice gives you the most nutrition, so when possible, DIY. orange, carrot, ginger juice Serves 2 Ingredients 5 large carrots, washed 2 oranges, peeled 1 inch fresh ginger Directions Press all ingredients through a juicer. Pour and…

The most likely places you’ll catch a cold this winter

The cold and flu are a harsh reality of winter for many. Between October and March, about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu, according to the CDC. Adults average about 2-3 colds per year and children have even more. While we all know to wash our hands frequently and eat a healthy diet, to stay healthy it also helps to know the places where we’re most likely to pick up cold and flu causing bacteria and viruses in the first place. Both cold and flu are contagious infections of the respiratory tract. Coughs and headaches are common to both. Congestion, sore throat and sneezing are associated with colds, while the flu brings tiredness, a high fever and an overall feeling of weakness in the body.  A cold is milder than the flu, and one can’t turn into the other because they are completely different virus. What they…

Teacher’s “Bread Trick” Reminds Kids Hand Washing is important

Flu season is officially here. It’s time to stock up hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap and, of course, Kleenex. If you or your kids ever questioned if maybe our modern obsession with hand washing wasn’t just all a little overboard, just ask Donna Gill Allen, a Health Occupation teacher at Cape Fear High school in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A shocking experiment Allen did with her students has gone viral. “You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on, hence “controlled,” then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for “clean.” Last, but definitely not least, you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it, then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty,” Allen said in a Facebook post. Then you let the bags sit in a place where…

Positive running behavior is socially contagious

The key to becoming a better running might just be your friend squad. A study published in Nature Communications found evidence to suggest that friends who push themselves to run father and faster influenced other friends to do the same — just by being running buddies. Essentially, positive exercise behavior is contagious. The researchers looked at the habits of 1.1 million runners around the world over a period of five years. Knowing that its possible runners could be pairing up because of their comparable running habits, researchers wanted to rule out coincidence. Since bad weather can deter runners, they compared friend pairs in different regions of the world to see if weather made a difference. The found that friends of runners who typically run an extra 10 minutes, influenced friends to run an extra 3 minutes — even when the weather was bad. Also, the study found, when one friend goes…

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

While pumpkin pie, the king of fall foods, isn’t exactly a breakfast mom would approve of, you can still satisfy your morning sweet tooth without the guilt — or the gluten. These pumpkin pancakes are quick and easy, but they are also quite impressive. You’ll create an instant family favorite, guaranteed.  Not gluten-free? Substitute any quick-ready pancake mix you choose. This recipe leaves lots of room for customization — my favorite part of cooking. Top these pumpkin beauties with warm, sliced apples, cinnamon and walnuts, chocolate chips or even sliced peaches if you’re making them early enough in the season. These gluten-free pancakes freeze really well, so go ahead and double the batch. As you work with the ingredients, remember you want the batter to be pourable, but not runny. It should run off a spoon, but not spread too quickly in the pan. Easy Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Serves 2-3; Time: 10…

New study shows walnuts can curb hunger

If you’re thinking about dropping a few pounds, it turns out walnuts might be an effective food in helping you control your cravings. A recent study showed that eating walnuts curbed participant’s appetites when they were shown “highly desirable” foods. The study, published in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, separated participants, all adults with BMIs considered obese, into two groups. One group was given smoothies containing 14 walnut halves, while the other half was given  smoothies with a placebo — one that replicated the taste, texture and calorie content of real walnuts. After drinking their assigned smoothies for five days, the participants were then asked to look at photos of high-fat foods like onion rings, low-fat foods like fresh fruits, and non-food related images like flowers for MRI testing. The participants were then set back on their normal diets for a month, before returning to the study and repeating the five-day walnut smoothie…

Kind Bar dumps 45,000 pounds of sugar in Times Square to show childhood health trend

KIND snack company is shedding light on just how much extra sugar children consume, by creating a 45,485 pound pile of sugar in Times Square. The 45,485 pounds represent the amount of sugar American children consume every 5 minutes. The American Heart Association recommends children eat or drink less than six teaspoons of added sugars per day. Six teaspoons of added sugar amounts to about 100 extra calories, or 25 grams, per day. But the average amount is nearly triple this recommendation. Many children consume more than 270 calories from added sugars each day according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Much of this comes from fruity beverages and soft drinks. Artificial sweeteners aren’t without consequence either. “Hopefully it empowers consumers — especially parents — to make informed food choices,” Stephanie Perruzza, RD & Wellness Specialist at KIND told USA Today. Eating foods high in sugar during childhood has been linked to the…

10 recipes for when it’s too hot out to cook

Maybe it’s too hot outside to fire up the skillet, or maybe it’s busy back to school season — either way, there seems to always be a reason not to cook. But don’t fret. Here are a few incredible recipes for when time is at a premium, but taste is still what you crave. No cook dinner recipes: Easy Vegan Spring Rolls A big dose of veggies in your diet goes down easy along with the perfect peanut dipping sauce. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/145241156707084471/ Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps A simple, no heat recipe perfect for long summer days. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/271201208787853399/ AVOCADO STRAWBERRY SPINACH WRAPS WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING There is nothing not to love about this incredible ingredient combo. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/4574037104887733/ Zucchini Noodles and Veggies Keep it light with these raw zucchini noodles. The vegetable packs tons of hydration so you’ll be sneaking more water into your diet — always a good thing in the heat. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/144115256804496683/…

College campuses with the best food

Every year the Princeton Review ranks America’s 382 best colleges, but students say, one category compiled for the list is becoming increasingly important. “In researching our guides to help high school students determine the best college for them, we have learned that food is becoming an increasingly important factor in their decision-making process,” said Rob Franek, Editor in Chief of The Princeton Review. Students are more health conscious then ever before, and they want to know that when they move to their new environment, they can continue to eat the diet they’re nutritionally and morally accustomed to — or looking to upgrade to. Many schools are committed to offering students healthy food options, but a few have gone above and beyond to offer sustainable and sometimes locally-sourced foods, nutrition classes, and extensive recycling and composting programs. Here are the top 10 ranked colleges for food, according to the students who dine there. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA…

The sneaky calories you’re slipping into your diet

It’s time to rethink your drink. Unless you are a natural water lover, chances are you’re consuming unnecessary calories through ice teas, coffee, juices or sugary smoothies and sodas. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average American consumes 400 calories a day from beverages — that’s about 37 percent of our total daily diet. Research suggests that drinking calories isn’t as satisfying to us a eating the same amount of calories in solid food form, so if you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight, you should start to pay attention to what you’re pouring down the hatch. Here’s how to make the switch to healthy drinks that still taste great, but won’t have you pushing your calorie limits. Know what you’re drinking: Read those nutrition labels. Beverages like energy drinks and iced teas can be deceiving because they advertise their health benefits while hiding…