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50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again | zestful living | Scoop.it
Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without is a favorite adage in both frugal and green circles, and it is something I strive to live by. One of the best ways to use it up is to think differently about our food and ways to avoid wasting it.
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Food is necessary for life. Thinking about food in different way opens us up to becoming mindful of our daily actions in regard to using the food to avoid waste. According to this article, North Americans waste about 14% of food purchases and the average family throws out about over $600 of fruit each year.

 

Plan ahead to use the fruit and vegetables your purchase within a week of shopping at the latest. Use a fruit bowl so your children/other family members will see the fruit in plain view to grab it and eat it. Serve vegetables with every meal. Planning saves waste.

 

Here are 50 ways to never waste food again. See if you can come up with even more ways after reading this nifty post.

 

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50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again. This is brilliant love there Ideas

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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

Via The BioSync Team
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Read how the food companies trick you into craving junk food by making certain foods more addictive and tasty than others.

 

Steven Witherly, a food scientist has spent the last 20 years studying the why of addictive junk food. Read the entire article to get links to his excellent report, "Why Humans Like Junk Food".

 

Witherly says there are 2 factors that make eating pleasurable: one is the sensation of eating the food. This includes tastes, smell, and mouthfeel - which is very important. Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the food your brain craves.

 

The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food - blend of proteins, carbs, and fats it contains. And in the case of junk food, the manufacturers are looking for the perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain, and gets you coming back for more.

 

So what can you do about this craving because as you probably know by now, junk food is unhealthy and causes a myriad of chronic diseases, weight gain, obesity, and even death in certain individuals. 

 

As you begin eating less and less processed foods, you begin to go through a transition period known as "gene reprogramming".

 

Best strategy is to avoid buying these products. If you can't do that then try to reduce the amount you buy/eat by using his strategies.

 

"Outer ring" and "5 ingredient rule". 

Shop on the outer ring of the grocery store where the produce section is located and the eggs, meats, fish etc. Remember you're really wanting real whole food, food that you're body recognizes, and food that serves your body.

 

.If the product has more than 5 ingredients, then put it back on the shelf. It most likely is trying to trick you into buying.

 

Eat a variety of foods and eat Rainbow Foods. These are the foods that contain the antioxidants, the phytonutrients, the minerals, and vitamins that your body craves.

 

Instead of eating a chip with a dip of unknown ingredients. try eating carrots, celery, red, orange peppers with hummus or nut butters. You'll still get the crunch and your body will thank you by keeping you healthy. Just remember to chew slowly and you'll get a great mouthfeel. Plus your digestive system will be happy.

 

And there are better alternatives to handling stress than eating junk foods which really do not comfort you in the long run. Listen to music you like, get up and dance with your special ones, breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable sound, try yoga, meditation, take a nature walk, sing in the shower, laugh for no reason - a great stress reducer, help someone else and you'll forget your problems.

 

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:18 PM

Learn how food scientists and manufacturers have created food addictions by design and read tips to counter the cravings including the "outer ring strategy" and "5 ingredient rule".


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7 Ayurvedic Herbs that Destroy Colon & Other Cancers Fast

7 Ayurvedic Herbs that Destroy Colon & Other Cancers Fast | zestful living | Scoop.it
These 7 herbs are used in Ayurveda to bring balance to the doshas, helping to minimize or completely eradicate colon cancer as well as other cancers.
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Herbs are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines. Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicines have been using herbs for thousands of years because they work.- on the underlying causes of disease states as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs which mask symptoms.

 

Here's a great article on the 7 Ayurvedic Herbs That Destroy Cancer Fast. Most of these herbs you will find in your kitchen pantry.

 

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20 Foods to Give you Energy

20 Foods to Give you Energy | zestful living | Scoop.it
Coffee is great, but it's far from the only source of a jolt of energy. Eat some of these 20 energy-boosting foods and you'll feel much more alert.
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Think what you eat doesn't make a difference for your health? Think again as it's quite the opposite. What you eat, digest, and absorb has a direct correlation to every facet of who you are, your behaviors, your moods, your energy levels, your metabolism, and your outlook on life.

 

Food is information for your body to process and utilize. Eat real food that your body  recognizes and can use for repair, rebuilding, and restoring or eat foods that are unrecognizable and cause inflammation which leads to chronic diseases, cancer, and death.

 

Here's 20 Foods to Give You Energy  These foods are suitable for vegetarians, vegans, paleo and any other food group. Eat real whole foods that work for your body. Everyone's body is different. No one path is the right path. The idea is to eat the food -real food that your craves - the food that will help you to be nourished and healthy.

 

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Vitamin K Deficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vitamin K Deficiency [INFOGRAPHIC] | zestful living | Scoop.it
Click to learn the benefits of Vitamin K and what your body might experience if you lack this nutrient. See the infographic now!
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Vitamin K - have you even heard of it?  Dr Bruce Ames, one of the world's leading authorities on aging and nutrition published research indicating that optimum intake of vitamin K plays an important role in longevity.  A new study in 2014 confirms this information.

 

And did you know that it's never too late to get started?  Increasing intake also gives protection for cardiovascular health.  Vitamin K activates proteins involved in many chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and cancer according to Life Extension.

 

This neat info graphic shows you the foods that contain vitamin K and how much you usually get in a serving. You might consider supplementing as well with vitamin K1 and K2 for optimal coverage.

 

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5 Reasons Spirulina Is The Next Big Superfood

5 Reasons Spirulina Is The Next Big Superfood | zestful living | Scoop.it
Superfood: A naturally existing bundle of powerful, densely packed nutrients that enhance health and protect from disease. Generally derived from plant life. The original vitamin supplement. See
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Have you heard of spiraling or are drinking it in your smoothie? Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in freshwater lakes and ponds. It is a potent superfood.

 

This article gives a great definition of the word "superfood" and gives 5 Reasons why Spirulina is the Next Big Superfood.

 

When making smoothies try to remember that spiraling goes great with chocolate (raw cacao) but doesn't do well with citrus (acidic) ingredients.

 

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Oil of Oregano: 4 Health Benefits of Nature's Antibiotic

Oil of Oregano: 4 Health Benefits of Nature's Antibiotic | zestful living | Scoop.it
Oil of oregano is nature's antibiotic. The powerful antioxidants in oregano oil have antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making oregano oil a beneficial natural alternative...
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Are you aware that nature has proprietary formulas for your health and well being?  Oil of oregano is nature's antibiotic. - a more beneficial alternative to over the counter and pharmaceutical drugs.

 

Oregano oil is a potent antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It also contains calcium, magnesium potassium, zinc, copper, boron, manganese, vitamins A, C, E, and niacin (B-3).

 

Read this interesting post on why you might consider using Oil of Oregano.

 

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5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Don't Know About (But Should!)

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Don't Know About (But Should!) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Nature has provided us with an abundant food web, each plant bearing its own complex of beneficial compounds. And yet, many of us eat a diet composed of just 30 or so foods — which means that we're
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How many of you have tried a different veggie and or fruit once a week, once a month, once a year?  If you're like most people you stick to what you're familiar with and you could be missing out on getting key nutrients  that your body craves from lesser known vegetables.

 

Most people have inflammation from the foods consumed.  Inflammation breeds chronic diseases and ill health. Eating anti-inflammatory foods is one of the best ways to help your body be healthy. And you might discover a new taste treat that will help you to reduce consumption of processed (inflammatory) foods.

 

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An Anti-Inflammatory Cucumber Smoothie

An Anti-Inflammatory Cucumber Smoothie | zestful living | Scoop.it
This smoothie tastes delicious, and combines two of the most powerful superfoods on earth.
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Did you know that  cucumbers and fennel make a delicious, nutritional Green Smoothie?  Cucumbers with their high water content have anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel with its distinctive flavor and taste is rich in plant nutrients, is an immunity booster, and also is anti-inflammatory.

 

Here's a new superfood smoothie to add to your morning/lunch meals. Read the full article for all nutritional benefits and recipe.

 

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite)

11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite) | zestful living | Scoop.it
This is a detailed article about garlic and its health benefits. Here are 11 ways that garlic can improve your health, supported by science.
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Are you a garlic lover or do you avoid garlic due to its distinctive scent and garlic breath? Better to start eating more garlic as it is a powerhouse of nutrition and makes your other foods taste even better. Do check with your health care provider if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning meds before you increase your garlic intake.

 

You can chop a couple of garlic cloves and add to a stir-fry, add to soup, salads, and veggies. Are you aware that it's best to wait a few minutes or more after you cut or mince a clove of garlic before eating raw or cooking?. This action helps to give the necessary time to release all the anti-cancer compounds.

 

Here's 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic.  How do you use garlic, what's your favorite recipe?

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Love garlic and now there are more reasons to use it.

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8 Foods To Help You Lose Weight Naturally

8 Foods To Help You Lose Weight Naturally | zestful living | Scoop.it
Have you ever wished that there was a magic pill for natural weight loss? If you have, I can totally relate, as I spent many years looking for one myself!
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A really simple way to lose weight naturally is to eat nutrient dense foods, loads of organic veggies, some fruits, healthy fats, ancient grains and little or no gluten, no processed foods or refined sugars. Move your feet and drink pure filtered water throughout your day. And don't forget to laugh.

 

For those of you who do eat animal/fish products choose wisely and kindly.

 

Here's 8 Foods to Help You Lose Weight Naturally.

 

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Mangoes - Herbs Info

Amazing Health Benefits Of Mangoes - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Check out this amazing list of the potential health benefits of mangoes, as reported by the latest scientific research!
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Mmm. Yummy. Mangoes are one of the sweetest fruits available and they are nutritionally healthy too. (Organic preferable.)

 

Here's 10 of the Amazing Health Benefits of Mangoes.

 

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Here's Why Nutritional Yeast Is The Magical Ingredient You Didn't Know You Needed

Here's Why Nutritional Yeast Is The Magical Ingredient You Didn't Know You Needed | zestful living | Scoop.it
What if we told you that you could eat cheese without any dairy?...
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Do you love cheese and creamy dishes, but just have health issues with dairy or are you avoiding dairy for other health issues? Whatever the case, help is on the way. Nutritional yeast to the rescue.

 

Nutritional Yeast is indeed the magical ingredient that makes food taste creamy and cheesey and oh so delicious.

 

Many vegans, vegetarians, and others in the know have been using Nutritional Yeast for cooking nutritious and delectable meals for years. Nutritional Yeast is rich in those key B vitamins, which help your bones, your energy levels, your mood, your stress level, your sleep, your memory, and for your brain cells.

 

Here's 9 fabulous reasons Why Nutritional Yeast is the Magical Ingredient You Didn't Know You Needed.

 

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12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About

12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cutting back on meat? You don’t need to miss out on protein. Here are 12 complete (and tasty) meat-free proteins to try this week. Eat up!
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From conversations with other people, it seems that many think that humans need a lot of protein every day. Not so. What you do require is to get the amino acids, the building blocks of protein. This is found in foods that are called "complete proteins". Did you know that there are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein and 9 that the body can't produce on its own?  These 9, called "essential amino acids" are important because you need to eat them as your body doesn't produce them.

 

As humans you don't need to eat every essential amino acid with each meal as long as you get a sufficient amount of these complete proteins each day. Vegetarians and Vegans eating mostly plant based  foods which contain a wide variety of amino acids are getting plenty of protein each day.

 

For those of you who want complete proteins in each meal, eating plant based foods and other food sources such as eggs and dairy is easy.

 

Here's a nifty Infographic of excellent plant based sources of protein and other food sources which give you complete proteins. Also included are a wide variety of recipes for each complete protein entry. This articles offers up choices for people which is always helpful.

 

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10 Fun Ways To Eat Chia Seeds!

10 Fun Ways To Eat Chia Seeds! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients. They're loaded with protein, Omega 3s, and fiber. Plus they're packed with calcium, magnesium and manganese. They are also gluten-free!
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Who doesn't love chia seeds?  Chia seeds are great for use as a holistic thickener for smoothies, puddings, beverages, baked goods, and anything else that fits the bill. They are also a nutritional powerhouse  as chia seeds are a complete protein, one of the healthy fats - omega 3, 6.and 9, rich in potassium, calcium, iron, and antioxidants Here's a quick food tip: to reduce appetite eat chia seeds before your meal.

 

Here's a super article on all the 10 Fun Ways to Eat Chia Seeds with  recipes.

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10 Cool Health Benefits of Cucumbers

10 Cool Health Benefits of Cucumbers | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cucumbers are very cool and healthy. Discover how this perfect summer veggie keeps your body hydrated, strong and happy. Enjoy some of my favorite cucumber
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Cucumbers were made for summertime. Have you ever had a cool cucumber, lemon, and mint refreshing drink on a hot day? it sure hits the spot.

 

Cucumbers are one of the original healthy fast foods that will fill you up, hydrate you, and can be eaten on the go. (organic preferable as they are one of the dirty Dozen for pesticides).

 

Here's a cool article - 10 Cool Health Benefits of Cucumbers with recipes and cool facts. Did you know that cucumbers from your garden taste even better than store bought organic? Grow some and find out for yourself.

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Love Coconut Oil | Health Digezt

Top 10 Reasons to Love Coconut Oil | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
So how are people using coconut oil? What are some of the health benefits of coconut oil being reported? Some of the most recent research has come from people
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Do you use coconut oil for just about everything, from eating, to cooking, to body care?  What's not to like about coconut oil?  It's one of the healthy fats and has numerous health benefits.

 

Here's The 10 Reasons to Love Coconut Oil from Health Digezt. What are your reasons for loving coconut oil?

 

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Top 15 Potassium-Rich Foods - Herbs Info

Top 15 Potassium-Rich Foods - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Please Share This Page: If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Pistachio pic – © Paweł Burgiel – Fotolia.com Potassium is an element that contributes to tons of benefits towards the body. It can help [...]
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Potassium is one of the top key electrolyte minerals your body requires to function optimally. Potassium pulls sodium out of your body and helps to reduce blood pressure. Potassium is also essential for proper adrenal function. Many people are deficient in potassium and other important minerals such as magnesium, chromium, calcium, and zinc.

 

This is a great site which lists the Top 15 Potassium-Rich Foods for Vegan, Vegetarian, and Paleo lifestyles.  Other foods rich in potassium are cantaloupe, figs, and green beans

 

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Sitting All Day Is Really, Really Bad For You (Infographic)

Sitting All Day Is Really, Really Bad For You (Infographic) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Perhaps we've been beating a dead horse on this subject, but it's worth repeating: sitting all day is bad for you. Like, really, really bad.
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Are you aware that the more you sit, the more you create ill health for yourself?  A NASA scientist wrote a book called "Sitting Kills". That just about sums it up.  Move throughout your as often as possible. Get a stand/sit chair for work. Go dancing, exercise, garden, do Tabata or Tai Chi, swim, just move. You'll have fun, learn new things, interact with others, and be healthy.

 

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15 Brilliant Ways to Eat Your Veggies and Enjoy Them, Too

15 Brilliant Ways to Eat Your Veggies and Enjoy Them, Too | zestful living | Scoop.it
Don't love the taste of vegetables? Try these 15 clever techniques to make both your health and taste buds happy.
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Are you one of those people who knows you should eat more veggie/fruits and you have issues consuming them or perhaps a family member has this issue. There's always ways to incorporate veggies into your recipes. Once you start eating more vegetables, you;ll notice a difference in your taste buds and after a time, you'll be wanting to eat more without hiding them in other foods.

 

This gal has a good selection of ways to Eat Your Veggies and Enjoy Them Too. If you're adding to breads, consider trying gluten free or make your own. Involve your kids in the baking. The more veggies/fruit you eat, the healthier your body will be and you won't be craving as much processed foods and refined sugars.

 

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5 Healing Plants for the Home

5 Healing Plants for the Home | zestful living | Scoop.it
Houseplants are not just for decoration. The advantages of having healthy plants throughout your home go far beyond feng shui. Plants can clean the air in your
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Healthy plants, healthy home, healthy YOU.  Your health is affected by many different things throughout your life. Food is a huge part of this equation and so is what you surround yourself with on a daily basis.

 

  An interesting fact - Lavender was one of the most popular herbs in England during the Victorian era. Women carried "swooning pillows" filled with lavender and camphor so they could be revived from fainting. Bed pillows filled with lavender without camphor were used to induce sleep. Lavender helps with headaches and skin conditions, burns, and soothes stomach upset.

 

Here's 5 Healing Plants You might want to consider for your Home.

 

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The Science of Vitamins in the Body (Infographic)

The Science of Vitamins in the Body (Infographic) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Vitamins and minerals are what keep us going, but it's super challenging to remember what vitamins are in what foods and if we're incorporating enough diversity
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Are you having trouble remembering which vitamins are in the food you eat? You want to have a mix of different vitamins and minerals each day. Keeping a rainbow of veggies and fruits in your fridge and consuming them daily will help.

 

Here's a neat Infographic showing the Science of Vitamins in the Body. Vitamin B-12 make sure to take Methylcolbamin.

 

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Peanut Butter and Beyond: 10 Nutrient-Packed Nut Butter Options

Peanut Butter and Beyond: 10 Nutrient-Packed Nut Butter Options | zestful living | Scoop.it
Peanut butter is one of America’s great culinary contributions to the world in our opinion. But new nut butter options are making a play for peanut’s top spot: almond, cashew, sunflower seed, walnut, soy nut, and sesame seed butter, to name a few.
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Who doesn't love nut butters? Many people grew up on peanut butter for sandwiches with jam or jelly. Yet today with so many allergies related to peanuts,  more people, especially families with children aren't consuming this product anymore. 

 

Now that people are becoming more health conscious more companies are introducing other nutritious nut butters. These nut butters have been available for years. It's just that now more mainstream communities of people are getting the message that nuts and seeds are powerhouses of nutrition.

 

Here's 10 Nutrient Packed Nut Butter Options. A few are new to this curator. Remember with any food eating the lesser amount is best for your body.

 

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds - Herbs Info

Amazing Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Pumpkin seeds are packed full of nutritional benefits and make a delicious snack either on their own or added to a wide variety of recipes! Check our list of astounding benefits of pumpkin seeds. We've referenced the scientific studies for those interested in further research / verifying the claims.
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Pumpkin seeds pack a nutritional punch and make a great healthy snack on their own or added to other recipes. They are among the richest sources of magnesium, a key electrolyte mineral, which helps with blood pressure and other heart related issues. They are high in folate which is associated with mood and depression and high in fiber.

 

Here's 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds. You can buy them in the bulk section of your favorite grocery store. ( raw organic preferable)

 

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40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less

40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less | zestful living | Scoop.it
Try running in place for a few minutes to get those endorphins flowing. Even brief physical activity can help beat stress.
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Do you feel sometimes as if you're running in circles with too many "to do" lists and/or things you'd really love to do and can't find the time? 

 

It's time to take a Relaxation Break to refuel you. Choose a time whether it be 30 minutes or 5 minutes, take that time to refresh yourself and step away from your daily routine. You'll be surprised how more focused and energized you feel.

 

Here's 40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less. And breathe deeply. It's a great way to get that oxygen flowing.

 

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5 Incredibly Healthy Foods That Taste Like Ice Cream

5 Incredibly Healthy Foods That Taste Like Ice Cream | zestful living | Scoop.it
Summer is finally here, and nothing beats the heat quite like a fresh scoop of ice cream. Here are 5 incredibly healthy foods that actually taste like ice cream!
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Summertime is the best time to enjoy ice cream like desserts. Are you an ice cream lover who doesn't eat this treat anymore due to health issues?

 

Here's 5 delicious, nutritious healthy foods that taste like ice cream and are easy to make, your family and friends will love,. and no more missing out on your favorite summertime dessert.

 

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How to Detect Nutritional Deficiencies (Infographic)

How to Detect Nutritional Deficiencies (Infographic) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Tell-tale signs from the body that you're missing out on some key nutrients.
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Trying to get the nutrition piece that works for you isn't always easy. One way that really works is to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Your body knows best. It really does.

 

Here's a neat infographic that shows How to Detect Nutritional Deficiencies in your body.

 

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