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50 Smoothies

1. Banana Blend 2 bananas, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. Top with whipped cream and more strawberries.

4. Triple-Berry Blend 1 1/2 cups mixed blackberries, strawberries and raspberries with 1 cup each milk and ice, and sugar to taste.

5. Raspberry-Orange Blend 1 cup each orange juice and raspberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup ice, and sugar to taste.

 

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago.

City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.

These developments seem to be linked to some extent, according to a growing body of research. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.

 

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Penne with Sage and Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 whole garlic head
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1/2 ounce dried wild mushroom blend (about 3/4 cup)
  • 8 ounces uncooked 100 percent whole-grain penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 ounces fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

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50 Holistic Doctors Have Mysteriously Died In The Last Year, But What’s Being Done About It?

Recently, Erin Elizabeth from HealthNutNews wrote up an expose about the past year’s findings concerning the many disappearances of holistic doctors.

In case you’re not aware, the confusing conundrum first began when Dr. Bradstreet was found dead exactly one year ago – yes, on Father’s Day – in the U.S. The noted autism doctor, researcher, and parent was found in a river with a gunshot wound to the chest. While authorities at first thought his death was a result of suicide, it has since been confirmed that Dr. Bradstreet was murdered and that the wound was not self-inflicted. His family, like the families of many other missing and dead naturopathic practitioners and MD doctors, believe that he was murdered for using and promoting controversial therapies, such as GCMaF.

According to Elizabeth, nearly 50 doctors have now died or gone missing under mysterious circumstances. This riveting finding has resulted in some exposure on the topic – including articles by the New York TimesThe Independent UK, and network affiliates such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, but the whole story – or the many threads connecting the various murders – is not being told.

For this reason, the activist took to the internet today, on the one-year-anniversary of the first of the mysterious deaths, to express how serious of a concern these events are.

Right now in the United States, consumers are being told that they are not enough and that they must purchase more items on credit, eat high-fat, high-sugar foods, take prescription pills they cannot afford, and buy into the fear-mongering propaganda. In effect, America – perceived to be one of the most “developed” nations in the world – spends more on ‘health care’ than any other affluent nation, yet still has the worst state of health as a collective.

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Lemon-Blueberry with Mascarpone Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared lemon curd
  • 3 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon mascarpone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons sliced toasted almonds

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3 Reasons Why You Need Fish Oil: Your Body Will Thank You!

Whether you’re looking to maximize muscle building and fat loss, or you’re simply looking to take the best pathway to optimal health, fish oil is a supplement you must be adding to your daily diet. There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does. Regardless of who you are, it’s almost certain you will benefit from it.

Benefits of fish oil:

  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Boosts your mood
  • Helps to maintain strong bones

What Fish Oil Is For

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Ultimate Guide To Cruelty-Free + Vegan Makeup Brands 2017

Who said there aren’t many cruelty-free and vegan makeup brands?! I created this guide containing 101 brands to show you that it’s possible to find quality cruelty-free makeup for every budget, from high-end to drugstore!

I included my personal experience with these brands, but I also remained objective about my recommendations. If some products really suck, I made sure to tell you about it. If you’re a makeup beginner, I hope this guide will be helpful to you!

! 2017 UPDATE ! I added more brands to the list! I also now mention ALL cruelty-free brands regardless of parent companies. If a brand is owned by a company that isn’t cruelty-free, you’ll find a * beside the brand and the parent company will be clearly marked.

I divided the guide into 4 sections: Mid-Range and High-End BrandsDrugstore BrandsNatural and Organic Makeup Brands, and Independent or Indie Makeup Brands that are quite popular, but mostly not available in stores.

See the makeup list HERE

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10 Items You Can Stop Buying and Start Making for Better Health

Every condiment or body care product can be replaced with a homemade alternative.
Okay, so it takes a little effort to make these products. You may have to combine a few things and find jars or bottles to hold your… [read]

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Pomegranate and Pear Jam

Ditch the plain strawberry jam and opt for this unique flavor twist instead.

 

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Find Out Your Gut Type – QUIZ

What’s your gut type?

Find out your gut type and what could be affecting your body.

Click HERE to take the quiz now!

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The Health Benefits of Meditation

From the medical community to the yoga community, the verdict is out: you need to meditate!

Recent studies from Harvard University found that long-term meditators have increased amounts of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions, and the auditory and sensory cortex.

Wait…what?

Basically, Harvard has confirmed what yogis been teaching for thousands of years:

  • meditation reduces stress,
  • fosters clear thinking and
  • increases our capacity for empathy and compassion.

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7 UNHEALTHY SYNTHETIC DYES AND FOOD COLORINGS TO AVOID AND WHY

Food dye in some form or another has been in use since the ancient Egyptians to make food look more appetizing. The first synthetic food color was obtained from bituminous coal and introduced in 1856. Today’s food coloring may be more sophisticated, but big food companies like Kraft, General Mills, Campbell’s Soup Taco Bell, and Chipotle are among the businesses announcing that they will be removing synthetic food dyes from many if not all of their offerings. It’s a move in keeping with the increasing demand for less processed, healthier food options while eating out or at the grocery store.

We’ve been eating them forever, and we’re fine…right? Not so much.

Dyes and colors are controversial, and they have been linked to cancer, allergic reactions, and other health issues. Eating something for a long period of time does not automatically equal healthy or safe. Consumers are turning away from processed foods for health reasons, and labels are the best way to see what’s in your food. Here’s what you should be on the lookout to avoid.

 

Find out which dyes to avoid HERE

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Raspberry and Blue Cheese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 ounce blue cheese

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The Best Natural Cleaning Products to Limit Your Toxin Exposure

While cleaning products are meant to clean, their impact on your health may be a little more than you bargained for within your home and body. Many of us were raised to use some of the most hazardous products on the planet and not think anything of it, but we should give it a second thought and focus on using natural cleaning products as opposed to the everyday cleaners you can pick up at just about any store.

Why, exactly, you might ask? It’s been reported that in the year 2000, household cleaning products caused about 10 percent of all toxic exposures that we know of, according to U.S. Poison Control Centers. (1) This was around 206,636 phone calls and 120,434 of those calls reported exposure to children under the age of 6. That’s not all. These cleaners can cause severe burns internally and externally if inhaled or touched and in some cases even death if ingested. That’s why we need to throw these common household cleaners that may include harmful substances like triclosan and phthalates and opt for natural cleaning products and safe eco-cleaners instead.

Best Natural Cleaning Products

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Citrusy Banana-Oat Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup prepared quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 large banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup ice cubes

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