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4 Top Healthy Recipes You Need to Write Down and Try Right Now

Finding some new ideas for making your own healthy meals that are organic or raw, full of vitamin K and gives you the best for your body and mind can become a bit of an arduous task. But, if you are a real foodie at heart, and you are also a health nut, you should […]

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Food Health Stores

4 of The Best Health Food Stores in Denver

If you are new to the health food movement, you might wonder where the best places would be to go to your health food shopping. Even those who have been eating health foods, focusing on eating raw and buying organic products, sometimes have no clue where to find the best products and fresh produce at […]

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5 Foods You Thought Were Good for You, But Isn’t

Sometimes we set our minds to do something good for our wellbeing and with the sincerest intentions we endeavor to make better choices in our eating habits. We say no to that juicy burger or stay away from ayummy doughnut, and we settle for our not-so-favorite foods. What if you find out that your new “healthy” friend glooming in your lunch box isn’t so healthy? Let us look at some of the most common unhealthy “healthy” foods you might be indulging.

1.Bran and other healthy muffins

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A muffin with some healthy ingredients bobbed up in the name seems like a healthy hero. While these muffins might consist of ingredients with a healthy whole grain source of fiber, it becomes much less nutritious when baked into a towering muffin with all the unhealthy components of sugar, flour, and fat. A health muffin can have even more calories and sugar than a doughnut, depending on its size. Nowadays muffins are puffed up in size; add the jam, butter, cheese,and cream on the side and your shallow healthy ingredient is bullied away.

2.Trail mix and dried fruits

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Most fruit trail mixes contain salted nuts, sweetened dried fruits and unhealthy add-ons such as chocolate chips, yogurt-covered fruit pieces,and deep-fried banana chips. Dried fruit does contain fiber and vitamins, but with the accompanying sugar and sulfur to increase shelf-life, it is an unhealthy version of the real McCoy. Rather opt for nutritious fresh fruit containing less sugar and are more satiating.

3.Prepared and Fast-Food Salads

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The word “salad” can be very misleading to create the illusion of healthy eating. Prepared and fast-food salads are often loaded with hidden fats and calories due to their unhealthy salad dressings and toppings like croutons, nuts, deep-fried meats,and cheeses. The portion size and add-on ingredients can create an explosive calorie-bomb.

4.Smoothies

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Once again, the size and add-on ingredients usually decrease the health-aspect of a smoothie. The blended fruit and low-fat dairy or coconut-milk base of the smoothie might be healthy, but combine the glamorous size of fructose with added sugar, ice cream, syrups or a heap of nuts and you have yourself a high-calorie meal.

5.Wraps

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You look past the burger or a toasty and fill your tummy with a healthy wrap, or so you thought. A wrap full of lean protein and veggies may appear to be a lighter choice, but don’t be fooled. Wraps often have more calories, saturated fat, and sodium than two slices of whole-grain bread. The ingredients of a tortilla wrap usually contain refined flours and hydrogenated oils resulting in less fiber and contain trans-fats. Once again, the gigantic size and filling of your wrap together with fat-based dressings can make a wrap an unhealthy dish, not only for one but even for two.

In healthy eating, it is essential to read labels for hidden calorie-monsters and fats. Keep the basic ingredients, moderate sizes, fewer add-ons and enjoy the simple and natural version of your healthy meal. It is always better to make these seem-to-be healthy snacks at home. This will enable you to limit the size and to know what you put in.

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5 Indulging Foods You Can’t Stop Eating That is Actually Good for You

We all have our favorite snack foods or our little indulgences. There is no shame in that. Some people can’t help eating chocolate, while others opt for nuts and crisps. Whatever your guilty pleasure, we are sure you will find at least one of them on this list with some of the most surprising healthy foods on it. So, to ease your mind and without further ado, let’s dig in (pun intended) and discover some of the foods you can continue indulging in.

#1 Popcorn

Probably an obvious contender and most people know this, but if you feel like having a salty snack (of course it is better eaten without anything on it), why not stick to thepopcorn. This movie-goers delight is great for multiple reasons and packed with fiber. Like we said, if you eat it as is, this is your healthiest option for a quick snack while watching a movie at home or in the theater.

#2 Eggs

If you don’t like eggs, you’ll love it now. Eggs are a great source of protein and perfect to kick-start your day. Poached of course is the best option for a healthy egg, but you can eat it any way you like it too. Baked, boiled, scrambled. A single egg holds 13 different nutrients that are good for you, as well as unsaturated fats. For a balanced brekkie, stick to eggs.

#3 Oysters

Also known as an essential aphrodisiac, you won’t mind seducing your partner with the knowledge that it will also be great for your health. Oysters are extremely high in zinc and vitamin D –both acts as the perfect partners to boost your immune system.

#4 Spices

Even though we would suggest to lay off the salt, you can use spices as much as you like. A lot of spices and herbs have healing properties. In fact, did you know that turmeric (used in curries) and cinnamon are known for their properties to decrease certain illnesses and diseases? Even though this is not yet officially confirmed, an active ingredient in turmeric might well be able to fight off cancer.

#5 Chocolate

Did you know that eating chocolate can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure? Yes! That doesn’t mean you can go ahead and eat a block of chocolate in one go altogether, but eating a little bit at a time is considered to be very healthy. Just the right amount of chocolate (preferably dark chocolate) can even reduce the risk of diabetes.

Remember, having a special treat every now and then is not cheating when you choose your indulgences wisely. Also, be wary of over-indulging, as that might as well have the complete opposite effect! We hope you have found this list of facts interesting and insightful and that you will enjoy eating these foods even more from now on. For some more on healthy recipes, be sure to check out this article.

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5 Interesting Facts About Organic Food You Probably Weren’t Aware Of Until Now

When it comes to organic food, what do you know about it? Would you like to test your knowledge with our list of interesting facts about organic? Perhaps there is something here that you did not really know about before. For instance, did you know that organic food can actually contain pesticides? Yup.

For that and a couple more interesting facts about organic food, keep reading!

1. Organic Food Is Affordable

There is this myth doing the rounds that organic food is extremely expensive and that only rich people can reap the benefits from eating organic. That is complete nonsense – as the industry is growing at a rapid pace, more and larger stores are bringing organic to the people at affordable prices. Not to mention community-inspired initiatives that allow citizens to buy organic produce straight from the source.

2. Organic Fish? It’s a Lie

If you are buying any fish products that states it is organic, think again. This is due to the fact that there are no formal regulations in place yet to correctly classify fish and seafood as organic. Those fish and seafood products you’ve bought with an organic label on? Rather bin it, as these products have not been tested or did not meet any standards plus you might just pay more.

3. Packaged Food Is Not Necessarily Organic

That box of oatmeal cookies with the attractive organic sticker on? That’s not entirely organic. Some of the ingredients used may have been organic, but that does not make the entire product organic. Be sure to check the labeling for dead-giveaways. A product that will state it is 100% organic has to undergo testing and all ingredients listed be organic. Other than that, packaging should indicate if not all ingredients used to make the product was organic.

4. Organic is Shipped in From All Over

Whether you enjoy your Kenyan coffee blend or your spicy tea from India – all your most-loved organic products that are imported undergo the same process when establishing whether it complies with the regulations to be labeled as organic. The standard for organic food and organic food labeling is the same everywhere in the world.

5. What Came First, The Chicken or the Egg?

When you buy chicken or eggs that are labeled as organic, you can be 100% sure that the source of the product was not kept in a cage or received antibiotics. This merely means that organic chickens are not kept in a cage at all, and what they eat is what they get on their patch of earth. So, next time when you feel confused about whether to buy organic eggs or free-range, you know it is basically the same thing.

We hope you enjoyed our little list of interesting facts about organic food, and that you will be enjoying more and more organic products and produce nonetheless. Here’s a great articleabout organic food trends of 2018.

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4 of The Best Health Food Stores in Denver

If you are new to the health food movement, you might wonder where the best places would be to go to your health food shopping. Even those who have been eating health foods, focusing on eating raw and buying organic products, sometimes have no clue where to find the best products and fresh produce at the best prices.

Not to worry, we’ve done some homework and found 4 of the very best health food stores located in Denver, just for you. All you need to do is get your shopping list ready and choose any of these top-rated stores before going shopping.

#1 Natural Grocers

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This mega-health food store’s story alone is so inspirational, anyone would switch to health foods just by their testament. The family-owned company was founded in 1955 when Margaret got chronically ill and was instructed by a trusted nutritionist to adjust her diet and switch to nutrient-rich foods and natural supplements. She recovered from her illness, and right there, the family was inspired to educate others on the benefits of healthy living, but also make healthy foods accessible to everyone. Read more about their five founding principles here.

#2 Sprouts Farmers Market

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At this megastore, you will be spoilt for choice with all things healthy and organic. The store’s modus operandi is to promote healthy living, by providing health foods and products that are affordable. They also aim to educate their customers and empower them with knowledge about health foods and healthy living, all the while trying to make the world a better place with multiple community service and volunteering efforts.

#3 Trader Joe’s

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Formerly known as Pronto Markets, Trader Joe’s go out of their way to ensure the consumer gets the very best products and fresh produce at the very best prices, ensuring they add value to all their clients’ lives. They also specialize in certain products, and when you get something you won’t usually get at the local grocer, you probably expect to pay an arm and a leg. Not at Trader Joe’s. For value for money, and value for health, choose Trader Joe’s.

#4 Savory Spice Shop

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And what would a list of the best health stores be without a great spice shop? This little gem of a store offers customers a great variety of spices and spice mix, including other condiments that are all carefully grounded freshly each day. For filling up your spice rack, there is no better place to go than Savory Spice Shop – brighten any dish with some of the tastiest spices.

And that is a wrap – we hope you have found this list helpful, and that if you haven’t heard of any of these stores, or visited them before, that you would go give them a shot! It’s worth it.

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4 Top Healthy Recipes You Need to Write Down and Try Right Now

Finding some new ideas for making your own healthy meals that are organic or raw, full of vitamin K and gives you the best for your body and mind can become a bit of an arduous task. But, if you are a real foodie at heart, and you are also a health nut, you should have your ways to find some of the best healthy recipes quite easily.

For those who are just starting out embracing a healthier lifestyle, we have found some of the most delicious recipes that are not only healthy but super-fast and easy to make. Are you ready to start drooling?

1. Peanut butter Smoothie

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Whether you are in a rush to get to the office and need a healthy on-the-go breakfast, or just want to fill up during lunch time, this delicious smoothie will not only titillate your taste buds, it will also boost your energy levels instantly.

Ingredients

  • Bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy milk
  • Honey
  • Ice cubes

Throw them in the juicer, blend, and you are good to go!

2. Spicy Tuna Sandwich

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For the love of tuna and all things healthy and delicious, why not try this smart sandwich for a lighter and healthier lunch? Packed with all the nutrients you need to get you through the last haul of the day, you will definitely make it more than once, it’s just so good!

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chopped spicy beans
  • Finely chopped celery
  • Spicy bean brine
  • Finely chopped chives

Mix the mayo, beans, celery, chives, and brine well. Add to bread. Done!

3. Eggy Breakfast Muffins

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These are perfect for planning ahead and can last quite long, a whole week (if you can’t resist them). The simplicity of this recipe is what we love most, it won’t take you the whole day to prep, and you will be able to enjoy them for breakfast, as a snack, or as a quick lunch at the office. If you love eggs, you’ve got to try this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Cheese
  • Bacon

Get your muffin pan ready by greasing it just a little bit. Then you just whisk the eggs and add the other ingredients until you’ve got a nice gooey mixture. Pour into the muffin pan, and bake for 15 minutes – voila! No sweat!

4. CrispyAvoTacos

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Forget eating avo in your salad or on your sandwich, use it as the key ingredient for some spectacularly delicious spicy tacos. Throw a couple of delicious fresh and raw ingredients in the mix, and you’ve got a winning combo!

Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Lime
  • Mayonnaise
  • Red cabbage
  • Jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Tortillas
  • Sour cream

The key here is to get your avos coated in the best possible way. To do that, you have to mix the flour, salt, and pepper, and egg whites separately. Dip your avo slices in the flour, then the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Bake it in a pre-heated oven on a tray with baking sheets for about 20 minutes. You’ll be able to tell when the avo is ready and crispy. Next, all you need to do is make a cabbage slaw with the remainder of the ingredients, and build your amazing tortilla! Yes, please!

These recipes are not only super healthy, they are super quick and easy to make! We hope you are as excited as us to try out these recipes right away. Enjoy!

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5 Ultimate Benefits of Eating Raw Food That Will Have You Converted to a Raw Way of Life

A lot of people consider the raw-movement a trend. We are here to assure you that it is not a trend, it is a way of living a healthier life, and it has undeniable benefits to your body when you switch over to raw. Something that used to do back in the old days was to cook all food to the point where it had no more traces of all the wholesome nutrients. Those days are thankfully long gone!

In this post, we look at 5 benefits of eating raw food that will have you sticking to raw and ditching the pan in a flash. Let’s get started.

#1 Higher Nutrient Value

When you get more nutrients, you won’t eat as much as your body will get satisfied and full quicker. Did you know that introducing any foods to heat while cooking diminishes the nutrients including fiber, fats, vitamins,and others which all have a positive impact on your body and digestive system? Eating raw foods will immediately improve your health, energy levels, and you won’t feel the need to eat more than you should as raw foods are packed with all the goodness your body needs to function at its pest.

#2 Wipes Away Common Illnesses

If you suffer from chronic heartburn, struggle with constipation, indigestion or any common imbalances, following a raw diet might help you overcome these issues easily. Remember to monitor and manage your intake and you should find an ultimate balance that will keep these discomforts at bay.

#3 Indulgent Tastes and Flavors

Raw food has way more flavor than any cooked meal, we can vouch for that. Your taste buds will start exploring, enjoying, and savoring the natural taste of everything and you probably won’t want to spoil it with any seasoning. This adds to the nutritional value, as salt, pepper,and other spices can be bad for your body and nervous system specifically.

#4 Raw = Green

Yes, switching to raw means you will have an environmentally-friendly household that does not support any industries that are causing devastation to our natural resources. You won’t need packaging, so the trees will be safe, you won’t need an oven or power, so you won’t contribute to pollution. All-in-all, switching to a raw diet is not only good for you, it is good for the planet.

#5 Good for Your Wallet

Switching to raw means you won’t have to pay a hefty doctor’s bill every time you get the flu because you won’t be getting the flu anymore. Due to the number of nutrients and vitamins in raw foods, you will also be less likely to suffer from chronic diseases. You won’t have to own an oven, pots or pans.

We hope you are tempted or definitely convinced to make that change and start eating raw food straight away. If you are excited about the change but you are not sure how or what to make, be sure to visit this blog that is chock full of awesome raw recipes.

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3 Surprisingly Healthy Ingredients You Should Have in Your Kitchen, Always

It’s easy to just give in and buy all the necessities without even thinking twice. But we’ve come a very long way from relying on what is available, to buying food that is good for us and can possibly actively fight off harmful diseases or simply make our bodies function optimally.

Instead of buying the basics and not thinking twice about your grocery list or meal plan, why not give it some thought and plan better, healthier shopping that will ensure you and your family get the best possible meals that will enhance their health and living experience.

1. Chickpeas

There is no end to the versatility of this ingredient – whether you buy canned or dry, chickpeas go with just about anything and a lot can be made from it. Add it to a green salad, or use it to make a scrumptious veggie patty, the possibilities are endless. What’s so great about chickpeas? Chickpeas are packed with soluble and insoluble fiberwhich is great for digestion and lowering the risk of heart disease and decreases cholesterol. Having a couple of these in your cupboard is a must!

Recipes:  70 Chickpea Recipes to Make Your Heart Happy

2. Cilantro

This herb has much more to offer than fantastic flavor, and those who have it at hand will be sure to tell you why they love having cilantro for spicing things up a bit. Cilantro is also versatile and can be used as a garnish with spicy foods, or as a main ingredient in yummy dips. The benefit of keeping Cilantro around is that this herb helps the stimulation of insulin release – which makes it an ideal have-to ingredient for diabetics.

Recipes: 22 Cilantro Recipes For The Herb’s Biggest Fans

3. Turkey

And more specifically, turkey legs. Braised in a pan to keep this delicious white meat moist and juicy, you can use it for just about anything. Whether you want to make a quick salad, healthy sandwiches, or snacks for the barbeque, you’ll be able to eat it anytime, knowing that it is good for you. Turkey is rich in Vitamin B, protein, selenium and zinc. There is no doubt that having some turkey on your shopping list is a definite must, from now on.

Recipes: Low-Calorie Turkey Recipes

Now, there are of course a lot of healthy ingredients that should be in your cupboard, fridge,and freezer at all times to ensure you consume only the best foods and food types that will enhance your life and ultimately your health, but these three are a good starting point to start including on your shopping list today.

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6 Of the Healthiest Foods,You Should Include in Your Diet

Eating healthy has become quite a topic of discussion, and every now and then there are new findings one reads about regarding the legitimacy of claims made about the health benefits of certain foods. With so many contradicting articles out there, where would one go for reliable information on what is healthy and good for your body, and what is not?

Obviously, any raw or fresh food is healthy, but how you consume it and the amount you consume is what can make or break the deal. In this post, we look at 8 of the healthiest food types and give you a short overview of why these foods are considered to be healthy.

1. Potato

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A vegetable that is high in starch, you ask. Yes. Potatoes are very healthy. Experts say even more so when it’s been cooked and consumed when cooled down completely. This is due to the fact that potatoes are a fat-resistant starch that can increase fat burning by up to 25% after a meal.

2. Broccoli

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Not as surprising as potato, adding broccoli to your diet will increase your Vitamin C and K consumption as this veggie is rich in these. It is also very high in fiber and protein – more so than the majority of vegetables.

3. Salmon

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Ah, salmon! Not only does it taste super yum, but the health benefits of eating salmon would make you want to eat more and more of it. The Omega 3 fatty acid content of salmon makes it less likely that you would get serious diseases like cancer, depression, and heart disease.

4. Avocados

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Avocados have natural fats that can decrease cholesterol up to 20% and, this superfood can even lessen the chances of you being diagnosed with heart disease due to its folate and fiber content.

5. Quinoa

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Great in a salad, you can guiltlessly munch on quinoa anytime. This grain is high in fiber and magnesium, and of course, plant-based protein.

6. Spinach

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It might not give you muscles like Popeye, but it sure is good for you. Whether you eat it raw or cooked, spinach is a must-add to your diet. And, you would be surprised to know that the lutein and zeaxanthin content of spinach is great for your eyes.

We are pretty sure you are amped to start eating more of these yummy and nutritious foods, whether raw, cooked or organic. If you have some healthy recipes with any of the ingredients in our list, be sure to share it with us! In the meantime, head on over to this page that will inspire you to mix things up and make some smoothies.

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