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33 Healthy Office Snacks to Keep You Energized and Productive

By Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD Having nutritious snacks to eat during the workday can help you stay energized and productive. Still, coming up with ideas for snacks that are easy to prep, healthy, and portable can be difficult. Here… Continue Reading →

7 Benefits of Purple Yam (Ube), and How It Differs from Taro

By Susan McCabe, BSc, RD Dioscorea alata is a species of yam commonly referred to as purple yam, ube, violet yam, or water yam. This tuberous root vegetable originates from Southeast Asia and is often confused with taro root. An… Continue Reading →

What Is Sole Water, and Does It Have Benefits?

By Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD Sole water is water saturated with pink Himalayan salt. Countless health claims circulate around this product, and proponents suggest that it can help you lose weight, balance your hormones, decrease muscle cramps, and improve… Continue Reading →

What Is Margarine Made of and Is It Vegan?

By Alina Petre, MS, RD (CA) Veganism is a way of living that tries to minimize animal exploitation and cruelty. Because of this, vegans avoid foods made of or derived from animals and instead seek plant-based alternatives. For example, as… Continue Reading →

Green Tea Detox: Is It Good or Bad for You?

By Rachael Link, MS, RD Many people turn to detox diets for quick and easy ways to fight fatigue, lose weight, and cleanse their bodies. The green tea detox is popular because it’s easy to follow and doesn’t require any… Continue Reading →

8 Nutrients That Will Optimize Your Eye Health

By Atli Arnarson, PhD Your eyesight is probably the most important of your five senses. Eye health goes hand-in-hand with general health, but a few nutrients are especially important for your eyes. These nutrients help maintain eye function, protect your… Continue Reading →

21 Reasons to Eat Real Food

By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Real food is whole, single-ingredient food. It is mostly unprocessed, free of chemical additives and rich in nutrients. In essence, it’s the type of food human beings ate exclusively for thousands of years. However, since… Continue Reading →

7 Proven Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts

By Elise Mandl, BSc, APD Brazil nuts are tree nuts native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. Their smooth, buttery texture and nutty flavor are typically enjoyed raw or blanched. These nuts are energy dense, highly nutritious,… Continue Reading →

The 7 Healthiest Types of Bread

By Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD Dozens of varieties of bread line store shelves and fill cookbooks, though some are healthier than others. Certain types are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while others are made from refined grains and… Continue Reading →

Mushrooms as Medicine? Psychedelics May Be Next Breakthrough Treatment

By Gigen Mammoser Soft lighting. Comfortable furniture. Art decorating the walls. To the untrained eye, this setting appears to be a living room. But it’s not. It’s a research facility specially designed to evoke comfort and ease. A psilocybin therapy… Continue Reading →

9 Impressive Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee (Plus How to Make It)

By Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD Cold brew coffee has gained popularity among coffee drinkers in recent years. Instead of using hot water to draw out the flavor and caffeine of coffee beans, cold brew coffee relies on time by steeping… Continue Reading →

What Are Ginger Shots? Everything You Need to Know

By Jillian Kubala, MS, RD Ginger shots, which are drinks made from concentrated amounts of ginger root (Zingiber officinale), are claimed to help ward off illness and boost your immune system. Although ginger shots have only recently become popular in… Continue Reading →

17 Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Snacks

By Rachael Link, MS, RD Selecting nutritious snacks to enjoy throughout the day is a key component of any healthy diet — including vegetarian diets. Unfortunately, many quick and convenient snack foods offer little in terms of nutrition apart from… Continue Reading →

3 Potential Downsides of Bulletproof Coffee

By Kris Gunnars, BSc Bulletproof coffee is a high-calorie coffee drink intended to replace breakfast. It consists of 2 cups (470 ml) of coffee, 2 tablespoons (28 grams) of grass-fed, unsalted butter and 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) of MCT oil… Continue Reading →

What Is the Healthiest Type of Rice?

By Jillian Kubala, MS, RD Rice is a staple food in many countries and provides billions of people around the world with an inexpensive, nutritious source of energy. There are many varieties of this popular grain that differ in color,… Continue Reading →

6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Lemons

By Helen West, RD (UK) Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control and digestive health. Here are 6… Continue Reading →

What Are Cacao Nibs? Nutrition, Benefits and Culinary Uses

By Jillian Kubala, MS, RD Cacao nibs are small pieces of crushed cacao beans — or cocoa beans — that have a bitter, chocolatey flavor. They’re produced from beans derived from the Theobroma cacao tree, also known as the cocoa… Continue Reading →

What Is Noni Juice? Everything You Need to Know

By Maria Zamarripa Noni juice is a tropical drink derived from the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia tree. This tree and its fruit grow among lava flows in Southeast Asia, especially in Polynesia. Noni (pronounced NO-nee) is a lumpy, mango-sized… Continue Reading →

5 Promising Benefits and Uses of Saw Palmetto

By Rachael Link, MS, RD Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a type of palm native to the southeastern U.S. The berries of the plant are commonly used in supplements to improve prostate health, balance hormone levels and prevent hair loss… Continue Reading →

Here’s What You Need to Know About Vegan Collagen

By Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD You’ve probably heard the buzz around collagen supplements and your skin by now. But is the hype really that promising? After all, research has pointed to both the benefits and downsides of collagen supplements —… Continue Reading →

9 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Oat Bran

By Ryan Raman, MS, RD Oats are widely regarded as one of the healthiest grains you can eat, as they’re packed with many important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The oat grain (Avena sativa) is harvested and processed to remove the… Continue Reading →

7 Effective Ways to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

By Ansley Hill Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that your body needs for many vital processes, including building and maintaining strong bones. Low vitamin D intake is considered a major public health concern across the globe. In fact, vitamin… Continue Reading →

9 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

By Jesica Salyer What is Aloe Vera Juice?   The aloe vera plant is a succulent plant species from the genus Aloe. It grows abundantly in tropical climates and has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant. Aloe vera… Continue Reading →

Can Moringa Powder Help You Lose Weight?

By Gavin Van De Walle MS, RD Moringa is an Indian herb derived from the Moringa oleifera tree. It has been used in Ayurveda medicine — an ancient Indian medical system — to treat skin diseases, diabetes and infections for… Continue Reading →

9 Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify

By Gavin Van De Walle Detoxification — or detox — is a popular buzzword. It typically implies following a specific diet or using special products that claim to rid your body of toxins, thereby improving health and promoting weight loss…. Continue Reading →

5 Instagrammers Who Inspire Our Passion for Plants

You don’t need a green thumb to appreciate the immense power of plants. They help us nurture, heal, and feed our bodies, minds, and hearts. Plants and Collecting @plantsandcollecting   ?Seija? on Instagram: “Tea and coffee, which one do you prefer?… Continue Reading →

How to Make a Homemade Digestive Bitter

By Tiffany La Forge Your body naturally produces acid, bile, and enzymes to help break down what you eat so you can absorb nutrients, but there are also some times our digestive system needs a little support. In comes: bitter… Continue Reading →

A CBD-Infused Sleep ‘Cocktail’ to Bring on the Zzz’s

By Kristi Pahr The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be overstated. So often, we stay up late trying to milk the day for as much time as we can get — then wake up early feeling tired and… Continue Reading →

Ripple Milk: 6 Reasons Why You Should Try Pea Milk

By Jillian Kubala, MS, RD Non-dairy milk is increasingly popular. From soy to oat to almond, a wide variety of plant-based milks are available on the market. Ripple milk is a non-dairy milk alternative made from yellow peas. It’s produced… Continue Reading →

The 14 Best Gluten-Free Flours

By Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD Flour is a common ingredient in many foods, including breads, desserts and noodles. It’s also often used as a thickener in sauces and soups. Most products are made from white or wheat flour…. Continue Reading →

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