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Someone asked the other day how to tell if your eggs have gone bad without cracking them open to find out! Here ya go!

This is particularly useful if you don’t see a best before date or you’ve just passed it (most eggs are fine up to a week past their date, sometimes longer).

Good read if you’re a health/fitness blogger (without a license).

Can’t believe this is real. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

Read your labels. We all say it. Even if you’re not calorie counting, it’s good to know what you putting in your body (and very eye opening). 
But when there are no labels to read, you have to dig a little deeper to find out what you’re consuming.And sometimes what you find is scary. Take this lovely drinky, coffee, yummy lookin’ thing. Apparently, there are tons of coupons circulating for it. It’s ‘hot’ right now.

McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip
12 ounces = 530 calories, 24 g fat, 74 g carbohydrates, 66 g sugar, 7 g protein, 1 g fiber, 140 mg sodium, 15 PointsPlus

That’s for a small. 
Note: a litre of coca cola is 400 calories, 55g of sugar and 55g of carbs.Know what you’re drinking! Drinks are the number one reason why people underestimate their calorie consumption (plus, they’re loaded with sugars, processed syrups, and even the ‘healthier’ options may include artificial sweeteners.Via Snack Girl

Read your labels. We all say it. Even if you’re not calorie counting, it’s good to know what you putting in your body (and very eye opening).

But when there are no labels to read, you have to dig a little deeper to find out what you’re consuming.

And sometimes what you find is scary. 

Take this lovely drinky, coffee, yummy lookin’ thing. Apparently, there are tons of coupons circulating for it. It’s ‘hot’ right now.

McCafé Frappé Chocolate Chip

12 ounces = 530 calories, 24 g fat, 74 g carbohydrates, 66 g sugar, 7 g protein, 1 g fiber, 140 mg sodium, 15 PointsPlus

That’s for a small

Note: a litre of coca cola is 400 calories, 55g of sugar and 55g of carbs.

Know what you’re drinking! Drinks are the number one reason why people underestimate their calorie consumption (plus, they’re loaded with sugars, processed syrups, and even the ‘healthier’ options may include artificial sweeteners.

Via Snack Girl

Know Your Produce Codes 101: A Quick Breakdown Of Fruit Stickers

Good to know! 

Produce codes let you know whether your food is conventionally grown (pesticides, herbicides, pumped up fertilizers etc), organic (none of that crap) or GMO’s (genetically modified to be bigger, stronger, fight crime etc). Knowing which is which can help you make better decisions when it’s not clearly stated which category they fall into. 

Click above for the breakdown on what you should look for! 

For more information about how to choose the most natural foods for you and your family, visit the Environmental Working Group website. Loads of info, resources and tips for your food choices. 

Feel A Little Bit Better: Keep It Colorful

Not all quick tips are helpful when it comes to overall well being, but this is a pretty good one for beginners. If adding more fruits and veggies into your diet is a challenge, simplify things by trying to have just one green and one orange vegetable a day. While it’s optimal to eat more variety, just focusing on two can help you transition into healthier eating and get used to the idea of regularly incorporating veggies in your meals/snacks. 

One green. One yellow. Easy right? Try it for 2 weeks, then see if you can add a red. Then a purple. Then a yellow. Bit by bit, step by step.

When in doubt, simplify and make your goals more realistic/ attainable. This applies to fitness as much as it does healthy eating. Make small goals that you can reasonably reach but are just out of grasp. Doing more pushups, losing 2lbs, running longer than you did a month ago, etc.

Watch the video below for more tips from Keri!

Can you guess wha the number one predictor of future weight gain is?

Hint: It’s not the answer you might think. The number one predictor of future weight gain is…..

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Are you looking for ways to make your favorite dessert recipes more guilt free? Then, you’ve come to the right place!

1.) REPLACE 1 cup white flour WITH 1/2 cup white flour PLUS 1/2 cup whole wheat flour OR 1 cup whole wheat flour.

2.) REPLACE 1 cup sugar/brown sugar WITH 1/2 cup sugar/brown sugar.

3.) REPLACE milk chocolate chips WITH dark chocolate chips.

4.) REPLACE whole milk WITH 2% or skim milk.

5.) REPLACE 1 cup oil WITH 1 cup applesauce.

6.) REPLACE 1 cup butter WITH 1/2 cup light butter PLUS 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt.

7.) REPLACE 1 large whole egg WITH 2 large egg whites.

8.) REPLACE 1 cup sour cream WITH 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt.

9.) REPLACE 1 cup heavy whipping cream WITH 1 cup evaporated skim milk.

*Cow cartoon art by Skinny Cow

See also: Simple Swaps - Ways To Boost Nutrition, Lower Calories & Eat What You Love

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WEIRD FACT: Strawberries, as you know them, are not actual berries.

According to botanists, a ‘berry’ is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary. Strawberries, however, are an example of an “aggregate fruit”, forming from a flower that has many ovaries. After pollination, each “ovary” eventually develops and ripens into a strawberry.

The way we use ‘berry’ traditionally, is for any teeny, tiny edible fruit, but that’s not so. In fact, according to the definition bananas, tomatoes, and watermelons are all considered berries.

Hmmm….

Bone Facts

1. Pound for pound, bone is stronger than concrete. A thigh bone can take almost a ton of stress before snapping!

2. About 1/2 of our bone mass is soft & alive tissue: allowing it to bend & mend. (meaning they have to be fed & cared for like every other part of your body).

3. Every 7 years, a healthy human will replace EVERY single bone cell: meaning you have the power to change the quality & strength of your bones over time. Starting now can mean stronger bones 7 years from now!

4. Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks.They just have bigger & longer vertabrae!

5. Smoking & booze weakens your bones. They can cause calcium deficiency leading to osteopenia & osteoporosis.

6. While some extra weight can help your bones (making them stronger with the extra resistance), belly fat can produce hormones that increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation can result in increased bone dissolution.

7. Calcium is FAB for the bones, but you don’t need to get it in milk. Yogurt and cheese, fortified foods, and calcium-rich foods like almonds and green veggies can also get your bones in top shape. 

8. Best time to develop your bones? Before age 30. While we replace our bones every 7 years, bone density peaks at 30. The more dense your bones are by then, the better off you are. Almost any activity involving your muscles can help build bone density.



1. Have a plan & make a list. It helps to be prepared and turns shopping into a mission instead of a guessing game. Knowing what you’re buying will save you time while you’re there & allow you to choose healthier options than when you go on the fly (you can even do it on your phone).

2. Have a snack or a healthy meal BEFORE you shop. Shopping while hungry (or tired) can trigger cravings for ALL the unhealthy foods you’ll be assaulted with while you’re there. You’re more likely to end up with unhealthy choices in your cart and subsequently in your pantry. It’s not just about lack of willpower: you’ll be fighting a body that is desperate for the quick energy that you get from sugars & other simple carbs. Eating a healthy meal before you go can help you make smarter choices while you’re there.

Wow.

Well, he certainly has done his research. The tradition of a beer fast dates back hundreds of years to German monks.  That’s where Wilson got the idea.

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When faced with a new food you’ve never tried, do you…

  • Assume you won’t like it?
  • Refuse to purchase it?
  • Reject trying it?
  • Make excuses for why you already hate it (Texture, etc)?
  • Opt for something familiar instead?

My love, you are a picky eater. Yes, you are. And it’s okay, because it’s not a life sentence.

The thing about picky eaters, is that they like being picky eaters. They have little to no desire to change and are more than happy with the options they know and love. Typically, these options tend to be of the unhealthy variety. Most people who want to move towards a healthier lifestyle & eating plan often fail NOT because of a lack of choices but rather a lack of willingness to try new (and healthier) food.

Today, I’m challenging those picky eaters. Why?

Because I used to be one of you.

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Are you excited for spring? Me too!

There’s still snow on the ground, but I’m ready to toss out the winter jackets, enjoy the outdoors again & load up on fresh recipes.

If you’re a smart shopper, you may have notice a drop in prices on certain fruits & veggies. This is because they’re ‘in season’ and there’s more supply than at other times during the year. Finding out what’s in season in your area is important, especially if you’re choosing locally grown foods.

Be sure to add a few of these items to your grocery list and be find a few new recipes to try.

Psst: This is a general list, your area might be different. Check with your local farmers or visit SustainableTable.org to determine the fruits and vegetables that are at their peak in spring in your area.)

In season…

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