Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition

Sushi Simplified - Easy Steps to Perfecting Homemade Rolls

While many sushi chefs spend upwards of 10 years studying their craft, it’s possible to make delicious beginner rolls at home. If you’re new to making sushi at home, try one of these easy rolls using approachable seafood and ingredients.

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3 Seasonal Dishes with Strawberries

Strawberry season is here, and it’s a fruitful time for Michiganders. According to Michigan Grown, our state generates $6.6 million from strawberry production, including more than 43,000 tons of fresh strawberries. Strawberries are not just a staple to the local economy, but also to health.

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Healthy Homemade Popsicle Recipes with Fresh Fruit

The freezer aisle of your favorite grocery stores is filled with different flavored popsicles sure to make you cool off a bit. However, in those freezers full of popsicles there are a lot of added sugars, colors, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Learn some healthy fresh-fruit popsicle recipe to make at home.

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5 Healthy Summer Fruit and Veggie Snacks for Kids

It can be a hassle finding healthy snacks your kids will eat and enjoy. These quick, easy, and nutritious snack options are perfect for your active kids this summer.

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Aster Farm to Table Restaurant in Midland Focuses on Seasonality, Sustainability and Community

Beef from Stoney Grove Farm in Rodney. Whitefish caught in Lake Erie. Fresh tomatoes from Good Stead Farm in Hope. Michigan's incredible farming community is highlighted in every dish at Aster.

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2 Bite-sized Tapas Recipes to Spoil Mom for Mother’s Day

Making something for mom is special - you don’t have to break the bank to make her feel celebrated. Alongside something crafty, preparing some special dishes for mom is a great way to celebrate her.

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Sundried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Grilled Zucchini

These savory roll-ups are easy to make and are loaded with nutrients. Zucchini slices are grilled until grill marks appear and softened for rolling. They’re then filled with a mixture of ricotta, sundried tomato, fresh basil and lemon

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How Do I Get My Kids to Eat Healthier Meals?

It can feel like a constant effort to keep your kids eating healthy meals. Kids can also be notoriously picky, for a variety of reasons. Read on for some ideas for creating healthy meals for your kids and tips on getting kids to eat healthier.

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Does Ginger Beer Have Alcohol?

Most commercially available and mass marketed ginger beers are simply ginger drinks or fermented ginger drinks without alcohol. Ginger beers that contain alcohol are labeled as alcoholic ginger beers.

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The Foodie Focus: Spotlighting Michigan Restaurants Focused on Clean Eating

The Food Focus series is coming to AHM this spring. Each month we'll chat with different restaurant owners in Michigan who prioritizes clean ingredients, sustainability or just general healthy eating. Let's dig in!

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Celebrate Dog Appreciation Month with Activity and Homemade Treats

Did you know that more than one-third of families in the U.S. have a dog, and most people consider their dogs as family members? As our furry friends are part of our family, it's essential to take care of their health. Making your own healthy dog treats can be easy and requires only a few simple ingredients.

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No-bake Pumpkin Bites

These no-bake bites are made from healthy and delicious ingredients for your furry friend. The recipe comes together in just 5 minutes and is ready to serve within an hour.

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Blueberry Pup-accino

Dogs go crazy over this recipe and it requires no visit to the drive-through. Simply add a few staple household ingredients to a blender, scoop and serve.

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The Link Between Stress and Nutrition  

The link between stress and nutrition is bi-directional, meaning they both affect each other. Stress can affect our eating habits, especially the chances of unhealthy choices or overeating. Additionally, poor nutrition and diet choices can exacerbate or increase levels of stress.

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3 Elevated Grilled Cheese Recipes

Grilled cheese sandwiches have long held a cherished spot in the hearts and stomachs of many, not just kids. In fact, according to a 2019 YouGov survey, grilled cheese reigns as the most popular sandwich among Americans.

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Pizza-inspired Grilled Cheese

In this recipe, melty fresh mozzarella alongside your favorite pasta sauce and Italian herbs come together for pizza flavors without the effort. In general, mozzarella is lower in sodium and calories than other cheeses, making it a heart healthier option.

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Fig and Pear Grilled Cheese

This recipe puts a sense of class into a grilled cheese. The bitterness of the Brie cheese is perfectly accompanied by the fig jam. If you don’t have fig jam, any other type of jam will provide a hint of sweetness to cut the bitterness.

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Buffalo Grilled Cheese

This recipe has that kick of buffalo everyone loves – the tang from the vinegar and the kick of heat from cayenne. Both the avocado and jack cheese adds a creamy component that literally makes this a melt-in-your-mouth meal.

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Foods That Help with Stress Relief

What you eat can have a significant effect on your stress levels and risk of chronic stress. Proper nutrition is an important element to handling stress and anxiety. Learn more about foods that can help manage stress and anxiety.

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3 Spring-inspired Mocktail Recipes

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which sheds light on the role of alcoholic beverages in our lives. Alcohol is a central component of social gatherings, celebrations and moments of relaxation. As spring arrives, and the opportunities for celebration increase, consider trying one of these refreshing mocktail options.

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Ginger Lemon Mocktail

Ginger and lemon are ideal flavor combinations for a refreshing beverage. In this balanced mocktail, citrus provides a refreshing acid profile, honey balances it with sweetness while the ginger adds a hint of spice.

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Grapefruit and Thyme Refresher

This refreshing mocktail recipe is citrusy with light hints of woodsy and savory elements from the thyme. The grapefruit’s bitterness mocks the taste of alcohol, while its tartness is balanced with honey.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure to Microplastics

Microplastics are a concern to the environment and for human health. Americans on average consume between 75,000 and 120,000 microplastic particles a year. Read on for some suggestions on how to reduce your microplastic exposures through some lifestyle and consumption changes.

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When Should I Eat My Biggest Meal of the Day?

What you eat certainly is directly tied to your health and wellness, but so is the time of day you eat. This is true especially when it comes to timing the largest meal of your day. How food affects your body can depend on the time of day it’s digested.

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Three Healthy Sandwich Recipes for Leftover Hard-boiled Eggs

Leftover hardboiled eggs can be used for a range of things like snacks, salads and sandwiches. Check out these sandwich ideas to make the most of the Easter leftovers.

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Pesto and Sautéed Spinach Egg Sandwich

This nutrient-dense sandwich features garlicky pesto and sautéed spinach for a rich base. Tomatoes and mozzarella add additional Italian elements for this filling egg sandwich.

Pesto and Sautéed Spinach Egg Sandwich
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Scandinavian-inspired Smoked Salmon Egg Sandwich

This toast features Scandinavian influence of flavors including rye bread, smoked salmon with lemon, peppery arugula, crisp English cucumber and mustard.

Scandinavian-inspired Smoked Salmon Egg Sandwich
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Avocado Egg Toast with Fresh Sprouts

This protein-rich avocado toast features heart-healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the eggs and a host of health benefits from the seasonal sprouts.

Avocado Egg Toast with Fresh Sprouts
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The Month-by-Month Guide for When to Eat Michigan Produce

Certain fruits and veggies are in-season in Michigan between March and September. Learn about each one and find out how long each growing season lasts.

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Welcome Spring with Three Healthy Recipes

During March and April, Michigan experiences a bounty of spring produce including cool-weather crops. Try one of these spring-inspired recipes to make the most of the season’s produce.

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Crispy Broccolini and Mushrooms with Gochujang Noodles

This recipe showcases the famous Korean spicy-sweet paste, gochujang, heart-healthy olive oil, a hint of honey and plenty of garlic. The result is a delicious sauce that coats fettuccine noodles.

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Beet Whipped Feta with Orange Zest

This vibrant recipe is perfect for spring entertaining. Greek yogurt, which is rich in calcium, vitamin D, probiotics and protein, serves as a creamy base for this dip. Beets add a bright pink color as well as antioxidants.

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

This is a simple and heart-healthy recipe perfect for family weeknight dinners. The dish features salmon brushed with a mixture of Dijon mustard and honey that sticks the rich breading of panko breadcrumbs and pistachios.

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8 Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy

These healthy pregnancy snacks incorporate many key nutrients and are also easy to prepare, transport and eat whether at home, work or on-the-go.

A pregnant woman preparing healthy snacks for her pregnancy.
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Everything You Need to Know About White Strawberries 

White strawberries are sweeter than red ones and can even smell tropical. Here’s what you need to know about this cream-colored fruit.

Ripe White strawberries, pineberries
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Best Ways to Make Your Diet Heart Healthy 

Want to make some heart-healthy changes to your diet? It’s easier than you might think and it starts with some basic meal-planning tips.

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What to Know About the New Mayo Clinic Diet

A new diet and healthy lifestyle program being rolled out by the well-known Mayo Clinic is creating a buzz.

What to Know About the New Mayo Clinic Die
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Signs of Feeding and Eating Disorders in Children

Feeding and eating disorders are considered mental health disorders and medical illnesses. Understanding the types, signs and symptoms is important, regardless of an individual’s age and gender. 

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Which Cooking Oils Are Best for Heart Health? 

Grocery aisles are filled with choices. All oils are a type of fat, so they should be used sparingly compared to other ingredients in your diet. But there are some easy ways to tell which oils are better for your health.

Young woman preparing food at home using olive oil
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Cheese You Can Eat if You’re Lactose Intolerant

If you're lactose intolerant but still crave cheese, there are several kinds that won't upset your stomach and can still satisfy your taste buds.

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Paczki-Inspired Pancakes

Skip the line for Paczkis this year, head out to the grocery store, and come home and make these Swedish-style pancakes with a raspberry sauce instead.

Paczki-inspired pancake with raspberries
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Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Peanut butter lovers may be aware of some of the pros and cons associated with their rich, creamy snack of choice. Let's dive into those, as well as some of the lesser-known peanut butter health facts.

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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Milk Alternatives 

From soy to almond milks, let’s look at the pros and cons of milk alternatives when it comes to your health and the environment.

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How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Eating Choices at School

How can you help kids make healthy choices when they buy lunch? It’s important to educate children on nutrition and how to make healthy decisions on their own.

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Whole Foods to Eat in the Winter 

In the colder months especially, using whole foods to create nourishing and satisfying meals is one way to give ourselves a delicious health boost. 

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Detroit-Area Entrepreneurs in the Non-Alcoholic Industry Offer Dry January Steps for Success

Trying Dry January? The month-long challenge can be mentally trying. Some of the people at the forefront of Detroit’s "sober curious" movement have some advice.

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Foods to Help Digestion and Bloating

The foods we eat, even our history with food, can impact our daily digestion.

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What is a Mocktail?

Call it a mocktail, a virgin version or a non-alcoholic drink. They’re the hottest things on the beverage menu right now.

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Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Ideas

Enjoying food-centered holidays can be a real challenge for people with diabetes but there are ways to make these traditional gatherings more diabetes-friendly.

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10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes More Nutritious

It’s time to push aside the gravy boats and heavy sauces for healthier holiday options.

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Foods to Avoid with a UTI

Can the foods you eat make urinary tract infections worse? 

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Pros and Cons of Vegan Cheese

Thinking of switching to vegan cheese? The plant-based product has its fair share of health advantages compared to dairy cheese. But it has its drawbacks, too.

Pros and Cons of Vegan Cheese
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Tips for Decoding Egg Labels

Free-range. Cage-free. Organic. What do all these words on your egg cartons really mean?

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Nutrition Differences in Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Fish

Does it matter if the fish on your plate was pulled fresh from a local lake or flown in from a fish farm?

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High-Protein Meat Alternatives that Vegetarians Love

Worried about not getting enough protein as a vegetarian? There’s actually lots to choose from.

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (Plus Two Tasty Variations)

Don't sleep on homemade roasted pumpkin seeds this fall! Here is a basic recipe for this crispy, crunchy and delicious snack, plus two fun variations.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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Brain Foods for Studying and Exams

The brain is a highly active organ that requires a healthy supply of energy and micronutrients to function at its best.

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How to Find Fresh Local Fish in Michigan

Ready to find your freshest locally-caught fish? We’ll show you how.

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How to Survive Your First Month as a Vegetarian

Ready to go vegetarian? Here are some tips to make that first month easier.

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Are Eggs Vegetarian?

Leaning toward a vegetarian diet and want to know if you can include eggs? Read on for more details.

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The Secret to Cooking Delicious Eggs in the Microwave

Want a healthy start to your day but don’t have a lot of time? Check out these easy recipes for cooking eggs in a microwave for a protein-packed breakfast.

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Hidden Sources of Sugar in Your Breakfast

From popular coffee drinks to cups of low-fat yogurt, do you know where the extra sugar is hiding in your breakfast foods?

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What Are the Health Benefits of Apples

Full of fiber and other perks, apples come with lots of health benefits.

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What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition doesn’t just mean undernutrition, when you’re not eating enough nutrient-rich food. It can also mean overnutrition.

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A Healthy Diet for People with Alzheimer’s

Can what you eat slow down age-related cognitive decline or early signs of Alzheimer’s?

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Microwave Do’s and Don’ts

The last thing you want to do after leaning on a microwave for its convenience is spend a half hour or more cleaning up the mess you made inside of it.

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What is Millet?

Looking for a new high-fiber food to add to your diet? Jump on the millet bandwagon.

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5 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Cooking

Want to sharpen your child’s cooking skills early? These easy, creative tips can make for a fun family experience in the kitchen.

A Muslim mom and daughter have fun baking together in their kitchen.
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Is It Healthier Than a Cookie? Granola Bars Carry Hidden Sugars 

Is reaching for a granola bar a healthier choice than a couple cookies? Here’s how reading a label can help.

Cookies vs granola bars
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Nutritious Alternatives to Mayo for Your Sandwich 

Ready to find a tastier option for your sandwich spread? Here are some flavorful alternatives to mayonnaise.

Man standing with daughter while making sandwich
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Health Benefits of Blueberries 

A sweet fruit of summer, blueberries have lots of health benefits.

Asian Teenager girl eating fresh blueberry and looking at the camera happily from farm
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3 Unique Ways to Use Peaches

While peaches taste great on their own, they are also delicious when incorporated into both savory and sweet recipes.

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Ways Dehydration is Affecting You That You Didn’t Realize

Did you know 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Find out the signs and side effects of dehydration as well as ways you can stay hydrated.

Effects of Dehydration on the Body
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What are the ‘Salty 6’ Foods? 

Trying to keep your sodium intake in check? Beware of the Salty 6.

Close Up of Anonymous Man Adding Salt to a Meal
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Nutritional Value of Broccoli vs Asparagus: Which is Healthier? 

It’s time for a healthy comparison. Which is better for you: broccoli or asparagus?

Healthy kitchen
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Foods That Are High in Iron 

Iron is an important mineral to keep your body working properly. Here’s how to make sure you are getting enough.

Asian woman hand holding glass hermetic pot with mix of nuts
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“Food Facts” You’ve Heard But Aren’t True

Misinformation touches everything - even our food. On this episode, we

Foods Facts You've Heard But Aren't True
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How to Communicate Your Dietary Restrictions with Others 

Millions of people have food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Here are some ways to communicate these with others.

Woman at a restaurant reading the menu
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Grilled vs Baked: Which is Healthier? 

Grilling is a summer pastime in Michigan, and baking is known to be a healthy way to prepare foods. Which is better?

Midsection of family outdoors on garden barbecue, grilling.
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Health Benefits of Cherries 

Sweet or tart, cherries are packed with what’s good for you. Here are the health benefits of cherries.

Happy African-American Family is Having a Picnic in a Park and Eating Sweet Cherries.
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Can Food Impact Your Lifespan by the Minute?

Can eating a hot dog reduce your lifespan by 36 minutes? On this episode, we explore a study analyzing the impact foods can have on lifespan by the minute.

Can Food Impact Your Lifespan by the Minute?
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How Nutrition Guidance Has Evolved from These '90s Trends

The ‘90s were a decade of juice boxes, fruit snacks and low-fat everything. Our nutrition has evolved for the better.

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10 Questions You Should Ask at the Farmers Market

Just because something is sold from a stall doesn’t mean it’s necessarily organic, hormone-free or even local. That’s why it’s important to ask questions.

A farmer's market vendor and customer discuss produce.
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A Better Barbecue: 10 Tips to Grilling Healthier Meals

If you’d like to fire up the grill this spring and enjoy some hearty barbecue dishes without compromising your diet, we’ve got you covered.

Portrait of multigeneration family outdoors on garden barbecue, grilling and talking.
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How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

A mother applies a tissue to a child's runny nose outdoors.
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Spices That Can Improve Your Health 

A pinch or more of these spices can make your meals more flavorful and even improve your health.

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How Chronic Stress Impacts Our Weight

Do you gravitate towards comfort food when you’re feeling stressed? There could be a reason for that. Find out more on the relationship between stress and food.

How Chronic Stress Impacts Our Weight
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Stinking Good – Reap the Health Benefits of Garlic

In addition to its culinary uses, garlic has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Garlic
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Health Benefits of Tea

Drinking tea is linked to health benefits including preventing cancer, heart disease and diabetes; aiding in weight loss and boosting mental alertness.

Woman enjoying health benefits of tea during a tea break
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How Does Caffeine Affect the Body?

Sleep, jitters, a morning pick me up - we all know that caffeine is known to affect all of these things, but what is it’s true impact?

Effects of Caffeine on the Body
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Boost Your Brain with These Healthy Foods and Habits

It’s never too early to think about your brain health. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, these tips can help keep your mind young.

A heart-shaped bowl full of healthy foods like avocado, berries, fish and more.
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The Importance of a Good Breakfast

Breakfast is important every morning, partly because of its metabolism-boosting properties. Don’t have time? These grab-and-go ideas should help.

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Is It Safe to Eat Food After Its Expiration Date?

When it comes to use by dates, it's common to throw food out when it's passed the expiration date. but is it really expired? we'll unpack that here.

Is It Safe to Eat Food After Its Expiration Date?
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Small Daily Food Swaps Can Net Huge Results

Swapping out your morning caffeine source and afternoon snack for healthier options are two of the many tweaks you can make to your diet.

Blue Cross Healthy Michigan Spaghetti Squash
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What to Look for When Reading Food Labels

Low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb. We see these phrases on products at grocery stores thinking they're a healthy option, but are they truly? find out more here.

What to Look for When Reading Food Labels
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Is Organic Food Overrated or Underrated?

There's a perception that organic foods are more nutritious and environmentally friendly than non-organic foods, but they actually better for us? find out.

Is Organic Overrated or Underrated?
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4 Easy Ways to Get More Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to protect the body against external factors. This valuable vitamin is found in these foods and supplements.

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How Much Water Do You Need?

Are you drinking enough water? Find out why staying hydrated goes far in keeping you healthy.

A woman stands at a kitchen sink filling her teal water bottle.
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A Peek Inside Protein Bars

Are protein bars right for you? Read our tips for what to look for on the label.

Hand holding a half-unwrapped granola bar.
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A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

Knowing how to talk to a child about their health is key to empowering them to make smart choices. Here are tips on how to start a dialogue.

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