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Three Simple Things That Will Boost Your Brain Power

Could simply adding three things—two foods, and one activity—to your daily health regimen seriously boost your brain health? Integrative neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, best-selling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker, thinks so.

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The Best Gifts for the Healthy Foodie

Cooking more at home — where you can control what goes into your food and make your own decisions about portion sizes and ingredients — is unquestionably healthier than eating out night after night. Fortunately, it’s also a lot of fun. With that in mind, check out Yahoo Health’s top cooking gifts for the foodie in your life. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to pick up a second kombucha set for yourself!

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The 10 Cleanest Foods You Can Eat--And The Dirtiest

No longer: Eat Clean, Stay Lean is our clarifying new guide to dirty, clean, and superclean versions of your favorite foods. Here’s how to make sense of the confusing labels:  (Photo: Prevention) Energy Bars Bars are booming and can be a healthy, convenient way to snack on the go—provided they’re not filled with sugar and junk, which most are. Here’s how to choose a cleaner nosh: (Photo: Prevention)   Related: 4 Best Foods For Your Brain Nuts Adding the cleanest versions of these pint-size superfoods to your salad delivers up to 6 g of protein and 3 g of fiber per serving—way more than carb-heavy croutons or sugar-packed raisins.

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What’s the Deal With Game Meat?

Not all red meat is created equal, and for meat lovers, there may be a silver lining: game meat. Just make sure you stick to the 18-ounce-per-week limit on red meat recommended for healthy adults by the American Institute for Cancer Research. “In the studies we’ve done, game meat’s fatty-acid profile is by far the most nutritious, meaning that it is high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s,” Loren Cordain, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University’s department of Health and Exercise Science and a foremost authority on the Paleo movement, tells Yahoo Health. Game meat, Cordain says, contains the optimal balance of both omega-3 and omega-6.

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The One Thing These 2 Women Do Every Day to Be Healthier

Green smoothies aren’t just healthy — they’re delicious! (Photo: Stocksy) What are the chances that two moms who met in a kids play group would become business partners and build a powerful social media empire based off of … smoothies? This is the true story of Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner of Simple Green Smoothies. Drinking just one homemade green smoothie, full of whole, fresh fruits and greens, per day made a massive difference in their health, as well as their families. As Jen and Jadah explained what inspired them to create their incredibly popular Instagram account, Simple Green Smoothies, I was inspired by how passionate they were.

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8 Vegetarian Meals Under 400 Calories

Incorporate these satisfying meals into your repertoire – even if you’re not a vegetarian! 1. Seeds and Greens Bulgur Buddha Salad Having a salad is always a good idea. Sometimes it offers far too few calories to be a complete meal. 2. Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Quinoa Authentic Cajun red beans and rice is one of the fullest-flavored dishes in America.

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What Soda Does To Your Teeth Will Make You Ill

This one’s for you, devoted soda-lovers: Buzzfeed took a look at what drinking soda does to your teeth over time, and the results are not pretty. Check them out in the video above.  Read This Next: What One Can of Coke Does to Your Body in Only One Hour

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How to Make Crackers Out of Juice Pulp (Yes, Juice Pulp)

Blend all ingredients except for the water in a food processor. Add water to the food processor in a thin stream till the mix is easy to spread but not watery. If you have a food dehydrator: turn the “dough” out onto a Teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and spread it evenly (it should be about ¼-inch thick, or just less than that). If you don’t have a food dehydrator: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Picky Eater Meal Plan (Week 8)

The past two weeks have been kind of crazy in our house! I was traveling for almost an entire week, and then the husband was traveling for almost an entire week. So basically, not much cooking got done. The night before I left for my trip, I made my Veggie Lasagna – which Layla and the […]

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Simple Springtime Ratatouille

Spring is finally here! And to celebrate, I decided to make one of my favorite veggie dishes: ratatouille. It’s simple, packed with flavor and fresh herbs, and super easy to make. I like topping ours with some parmesan cheese and serving it with quinoa for some extra protein! You can make it with any veggies […]

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What You Need to Know About Red Meat and Diabetes

Yet when a news article talks about red meat being bad for you, you can bet the author (or the study behind the news) failed to distinguish between processed meat and unprocessed meat, as well as overcooked meat and properly cooked meat. “Red-meat-is-bad” articles don’t always deserve a rebuttal because *most* red meat actually is bad for you. This post serves to confront misleading headlines about red meat and diabetes risk. Research Doesn’t Distinguish Between Processed Red Meat and Unprocessed Red Meat When articles suggest red meat causes chronic diseases like diabetes, you would expect a high degree of specificity and accuracy.

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#FreeBacon Sizzles on Social Media After WHO Meat Report

Social media expressed its love for bacon Tuesday after a controversial international report released Monday said processed meats (like bacon) can cause cancer. Many experts agree the report has merit, but say it’s still OK to eat bacon in moderation. (Photo: Getty Images) Bacon lovers took to social media on Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day.

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10 Best Foods for Your Heart

The food choices you make can drastically affect your heart health, energy and appetite control. “Peas are loaded with fiber, and they provide a sweet burst of flavor and add bright colors to any dish,” says New York-based nutritionist Keri Glassman. One cup of peas has fewer than 100 calories with an abundance of micronutrients, fiber and protein.  “Try frozen peas, which are flash-frozen at the peak of ripeness, and steam them for a bright addition to salad or even omelets,” recommends Keri Glassman, New York-based nutritionist, television cooking host and author of “The New You (and Improved) Diet.” 2. Tomatoes Tomatoes contain a solid dose of heart-healthy vitamin C and like watermelon, are rich in lycopene. 3. Berries Packed full of antioxidants, berries are a great snack choice to keep your heart healthy.

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8 Spaghetti Squash Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

There are few activities in this world that are as comforting as autumnal cooking, especially when you utilize all of the produce now in season.   One of our favorites: Spaghetti squash. It’s one of those foods you can use in so many dishes — in its basic form, as a substitute for pasta under sauce, or even as an ingredient in crepes. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and B6 and potassium. 

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I Went Vegan To Get Thin

(Photo: Anna Kavalinuas) This week, I’m sharing a piece from Anna Kavaliunas. She wrote this essay in the midst of a big transition in her life, as you’ll see. So often, we feel the need to run and hide from our missteps or willfully ignore them, but stories like this show how important it is to fully acknowledge our pasts, even (or especially) when they are painful. Click through to read Anna’s story. — KM Related: 30 Photos Of Unretouched Butts, In Case You Forgot What They Really Look Like The Anti-Diet Project is an ongoing series about intuitive eating, rational fitness, and body positivity.

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Why Dairy Isn’t as Bad as It Seems

Thankfully, I got some good advice from a nutrition expert — who also happens to be a friend I went to high school with!  Liz Wolfe is a Paleo expert who lives on her own farm, grows her own food, and raises her own animals. She wrote a book on her philosophy for eating clean, in which she explains how simplifying the way we see food can enable us to eat well without the stress.

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This Mushroom, Chorizo and Lentil Stir-Fry Is Perfect for Dinner Tonight

Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 2 cups (480 ml) water  1 cup (192 g) brown lentils*  Schmaltz for cooking (See page 135)  2 pounds (896 g) cremini or button mushrooms, sliced  2 large onions, chopped  1 pound (448 g) chorizo  1 bunch chard, ends trimmed, leaves chopped  Instructions:  In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil.

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How to Make Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread

This time of year, it’s hard to walk into any grocery store or restaurant and not find a dozen pumpkin-flavored varieties of all your favorite foods. And I totally understand why. Pumpkins are full of fiber, beta carotene and potassium — plus, they’re just downright tasty. The problem is, most seasonal pumpkin goodies are far from good for you.

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Low-Carb… Carbs? How to Hack Your Rice With Coconut Oil

Turning brown rice into white rice removes phytate – an anti-nutrient that stops us from absorbing minerals – and leaves both a clean source of starch and an excellent base for several easy meals.  It also reduces arsenic – brown rice was found to have up to 80 times more arsenic than white rice. White rice is the perfect vehicle for all kinds of tasty things: bacon, grass-fed butter, veggies…the list goes on. Your body converts white rice to glucose quickly, which is why too much of it, like too much of any carbohydrate, can trigger insulin resistance, fatigue, weight gain, and a host of other issues.

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4 Amazing Effects of Caffeine (and One That’s Not So Great)

Speaking of light, researchers compared the effects of caffeine on circadian rhythms to that of bright light, which is already a well-established mechanism for extending the circadian phase. Participants in a double-blind study took either a 200-milligram tablet of caffeine or a placebo just five minutes after studying a compilation of photos.

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This secret ingredient means you can eat way more gooey chocolate brownies

We’re always on the hunt for ways to indulge ourselves in ways that won’t negatively affect our health and bodies. That’s why we connected with Australian Chef Danielle Shine, a natural foods chef with an amazing array of recipes and tips. Having come from a stressed out life as an international fashion and entertainment PR pro, she gets what a busy lifestyle can do to your health, and how much a little splurge here and there can really help your well being. ...

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Your Fruit Is Covered With Nasty Pesticides: Scientists Have Discovered the Best Way to Wash Them Off

A common kitchen product could supercharge fruit-washing protocols. A new study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on Thursday, found that baking soda could remove far more pesticide from the surface of an apple than just tap water or a bleach rinse. Scientists already knew that pesticides could be absorbed into fruits and that baking soda could remove them. Then, they tried to get the pesticides off using tap water, bleach and a baking soda soak.

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The #1 Reason Not to Kick Your Coffee Habit

One leader at the apex of nutrition and neurology is David Perlmutter, MD. He has spent his career taking an integrative approach to neurodegenerative disease and writes a lot about the power of food in modulating brain health.

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