After dinner tonight, satisfy a sweet tooth with frozen, chocolate-drizzled bananas topped with crushed nuts, dried fruit, or cacao nibs.
Even the healthiest eaters crave something sweet, during the 3 p.m. slump or after dinner. For a light and fairly nutritious dessert, dip a banana in dark chocolate and get creative with toppings. Bonus points for adding antioxidant-rich dried berries or cacao nibs. The best part? This easy dessert can be served on a stick. It’s like a popsicle but so, so much better.
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Start the day with a slightly sweet and nutritious smoothie. We’ve got 54 recipes to get you started.
This week, we recommended eating well for physical and mental health, training carefully to avoid injuries, clearing out excess stuff, focusing on correct push-up form, and making a chocolate-covered frozen banana for dessert! How many healthy choices were you able to make this week?
Bartender by Samuel Moosmann
In this game you must mix drinks. Miguel, the barman is testing them for you! The goal is to mix an Cosmopolitan.
This weekend, get the most out of every leaf by making a salad with super-healthy greens.
THE EATING OF THE GREEN
Whether you’ve got the luck o’ the Irish or you just like wearing green, celebrating St. Patty’s day (it’s Sunday!) is pretty fun all around. Make it better with a salad full of nutrient-rich spinach, red leaf lettuce, or arugula.
EASY BEING GREEN
Sip on two or three cups of green tea every day for a boost of antioxidants.
RAISE THE BAR
60 drinks for healthier boozing.
This week, we recommended strategies for sharing a bed with a partner, cooking kale chips in the toaster oven, setting aside space to make working from home more productive, using deadstop training at the gym, and picking healthier salad greens. How many healthy choices were you able to make this week?
If drinking, grab a glass of red wine to load up on health-boosting antioxidants (moderation is key)!
RED, RED WINE
Get out the Chianti tonight — drinking red wine in moderation can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and can even increase life span. Full-bodied reds are loaded with antioxidants called resveratrol and proanthocyanidin that can have important health benefits. Dark wines (made with grapes with thick skins) like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are especially rich in antioxidants. If red wine isn’t your style, get similar health benefits from white wine or even purple grape juice (though careful of those sugars!).
Pairing booze with diet soda can make you drunker than when using other mixers.
Not into the vino? Brew up some tea for antioxidants without the risk of intoxication.
PESTO QUINOA SALAD
IS CHOCOLATE ACTUALLY HEALTHY?
- Red wine: A drink to your heart. Saleem, T.S., Basha, S.D. Department of Pharmacology, Annamacharya College of Pharmacy, new Boyanapalli, Rajampet, Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 2010 Oct;1(4):171-6. [↩]
- Grape seed and red wine polyphenol extracts inhibit cellular cholesterol uptake, cell proliferation, and 5-lipoxgenase activity. Leifert, W.R., Abeywardena, M.Y. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Division of Human Nutrition, Adelaide BC, Australia. Nutrition Research, 2008 Dec;28(12):842-50. [↩]
- Favorable effects of berry consumption on platelet function, blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol. Erlund, I., Koli, R., Alfthan, G., et al. Biomarker Laboratory, Department of Health and Functional Capacity, Nutrition Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008 Feb;87(2):323-31. [↩]
- Moderate red wine consumption and cardiovascular disease risk: beyond the “French paradox”. Lippi, G., Franchini, M., Favaloro, E.J., et al. Diagnostica Ematochimica, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma, Italy. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis 2010 Feb; 36(1):59-70. [↩]
- Alcohol consumption raises HDL cholesterol levels by increasing the transport rate of apolipoproteins A-I and A-II. De Oliveira, E., Silva, ER., Foster, D., et al. Rockefeller University New York, NY. Circulation, 2000 Nov 7;102(19):2347-52. [↩]
- Protection against recurrent stroke with resveratrol: endothelial protection. Clark, D., Tuor, UI., Thompson, R., et al. Department of Physiology, Clinical Neurosciences and Radiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. PLoS One, 2012;7(10:e47792. [↩]
- Resveratrol protects against experimental stroke: putative neuroprotective role of heme oxygenase 1. Sakata, Y., Zhuang, H., Kwansa, H., et al. Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore , MD. Experimental Neurology, 2010 Jul;224(1):325-9 [↩]
- Red and White Wines Inhibit Cholesterol Oxidation Induced by Free Radicals. Tian, L., Wang, H., Abdallah, A.M., et al. College of Enology, Northwest A&F University, China. Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry 2011 May. [↩]
- Wine and polyphenols related to platelet aggregation and atherothrombosis. Ruf, J.C. Nutrition and Health Unit, International Wine and Vine Office, Paris, France. Drugs Under Experimental Clinical Research 1999;25(2-3):125-31. [↩]
- Potential health benefits from the flavonoids in grape products on vascular disease. Folts, J.D. Coronary Thrombosis Research Laboratory, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison 53792-3248, USA. Advanced Experimental Medical Biology 2002;505:95-111. [↩]
- Type of wine and risk of lung cancer: a case-control study in Spain. Ruano-Ravina, A., Figueiras, A., Barros-Dios, J.M. Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Thorax 2004 Nov;59(11):981-5. [↩]
- Does white wine qualify for French paradox? Comparison of the cardioprotective effects of red and white wines and their constituents: resveratrol, tyrosol, and hydroxytyrosol. Dudley, J.I., Lekli, I., Mukherjee, S., et al. Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut 06030-1110, USA. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2008 Oct;56(20):9362-73. [↩]
- Antioxidant capacities and phenolics levels of French wines from different varieties and vintages. Landrault, N., Poucheret, P., Ravel, P., et al. Département d’Oenologie and Laboratoire de Pharmacologie, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université de Montpellier I, France. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2001 Jul;49(7):3341-8. [↩]
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