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10 Health Benefits of Oranges





Who doesn't love a delicious mouthwatering orange for a snack?  And because they are easy to eat and provide a burst of energy, oranges are a very popular snack among athletes.  Here are 10 more reasons you should grab an orange next time you need a mid-day hunger fix. 




1. Helps Prevent Cancer
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids which has been proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

2. Fights Against Viral Infections 
Research show that the abundance of polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections.



3. Lowers Risk of Disease
Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer.



4. Lowers Cholesterol
Oranges are full of soluble fiber which is helpful in lowering cholesterol.

5. Boosts Heart Health
Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well. 

6. Relieves Constipation
Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation.

7. Helps Create Good Vision
Oranges are rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A and help prevent macular degeneration.

8. Regulates High Blood Pressure
The flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure.

9. Protects Skin
Oranges are full of beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.

10. Provides Smart Carbs:
Oranges like all fruits have simple sugars in them, but the orange has a glycemic index of 40. Anything under 55 is considered low. This means as long as you don’t eat a lot of oranges at one time, they won’t spike your blood sugar and cause problems with insulin or weight gain.




Check out this GREAT tip we found on Jewel Pie for peeling an orange...how did I not know this before???




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Handy Dry to Liquid Sugar Substitute Chart




Have you ever wanted to replace honey for white sugar in a recipe?  Do you substitute equal parts or make an adjustment?  Well this little chart from The Gracious Pantry will certainly come in handy next time you are in the kitchen!




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Making Half a Recipe Chart




Here is a handy little chart and EVERYONE needs to have in their kitchen...




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4 Things You Should Know Before You Eat Your Next Avocado



Many of us don't need to be sold on the health benefits of avocados. But did you know studies show that people who eat avocados are over-all healthier than their counterparts?  Maybe this research will give those non-avocado eaters incentive to cross over and give this nutrient-packed green fruit a second look!

The avocado is considered to be one of the healthiest foods around because they contain over 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, magnesium, phosporus, and potassium. The avocado also contains more natural fiber than any other fruit and contains protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various disease and illness.



1. TO CHOOSE: Lush California Hass (right) packs a wallop of healthy monounsaturated fat. A Florida avocado (left) has less flavor and less fat.

2. TO HALVE: Cut avocado in two lengthwise around its pit. Twist halves in opposite directions to separate them, and then pull apart.

3. TO PIT: First, thrust the blade of a sharp paring knife into the pit. Then twist the knife gently to loosen the pit, and lift it out.

4. TO PEEL: Pull the skin off the flesh in strips with your fingers. When the fruit is very ripe, you can often remove the skin in one piece.



You can read the complete article here in Prevention Magazine.


What is your favorite way to incorporate avocado into your diet?




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Win a FREE sample of TNT's IMPACT Pre-Work Supplement :) Good luck!



After years of Research and Development Total Nutrition Technology is proud to announce the most advanced Pre-Workout Formula ever made! Although even the most casual workout enthusiast will benefit from this formula it was designed with the Athlete in mind. If you are looking for a quick energy boost that makes your skin itch and then has you crashing 1/2hr later then this is NOT the formula for you! The exact combination of ingredients with a time release agent will not only increase your energy level and intensity, but most importantly will sustain for over 2 hours! This product is perfect for those individuals that want and/or need a to keep a high level intensity for their entire workout without having to worry about crashing energy levels associated with sugary "Energy" supplements.
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The Best, Most Practical Post-Baby Body Advice You Are Going To Get (Part 3)





Did you miss DAY 1 on Accepting yourself for being beautiful just the way that you are? Read it here.

Did you miss DAY 2 on Practical tips to get your body back? Read it here.

Today is Day 3…


4- Eat like you are worth it, too!

Why on earth do we think we’re not important enough to feed ourselves like champions, too? You made a human being! You’re amazing! Besides, your kids will only keep eating what you tell them for so long before they need to see you doing it, too. You really want them to be healthy? Lead by example. And don’t forget, you’re seriously worth it, too.

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5- Hydrate yourself

Clich├ęs are such for a reason: because they’re usually right.  Drink water. Stop complaining, and drink it. Your skin will stop breaking out, yourstretch marks will fade, your muscles will heal faster, your skin will tighten back up, and the toxins in your cells will hitch a ride down to sewer town. There are so many countless reasons that it just doesn’t make any logical sense that if you have a health goal of any kind, that you’re not drinking water.
So what worked for me? Two things:

Two things:

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This opened my eyes to the bajillion and one options available for flavoring my water without getting bored or having extra calories. Because let’s face it – I might be a Health Educator, butI. Hate. Water. My favorite blends for my water bottle are lemon and rosemary, butorange mint is a close second.I also really like cucumber and basil, and bell pepper and cilantro! I could seriously write an article just on these combos, but that’s not what this is about.

2) I learned that everyone has a way they’ll drink lots of water.
I will drink double if not triple the water from a cup with a lid and straw. So I use my TNT bottle now when I’m running around (so it won’t spill everywhere) and my straw cup when I’m at home/work. None of the hard work I put in for points 1-4 can happen without enough water to get things where they need to go. So drink up!

Stacey


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PLEASE CHECK YOUR PANTRY - Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger with Massive Almond Butter Recall.




CORRECTED* THIS RELEASE CORRECTS THE EARLIER VERSION WHICH CONTAINED AN INCORRECT UPC

nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail Lots Of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, Maranatha® Almond Butters And Peanut Butters And Specific Private Label Nut Butters Because Of Possible Health Risk

 
Contact: 
Consumer:
1-800-937-7008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 19, 2014 - nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.
nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. For this reason we are initiating this voluntary recall of the products below as a precautionary measure.
Recalled Retail Lots
Item DescriptionUnit UPCBest By Date Range
Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz.07433347032831DEC14 thru 14MAY15
Arrowhead Mills Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz.07433347052631DEC14 thru 14MAY15
MaraNatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165106032524DEC14 thru 17JUN15
MaraNatha Roasted Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165109201226DEC14 thru 06JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165106021923DEC14 thru 04JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Roasted Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165109203604JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165109212822DEC14 thru 01JUL15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz.05165109217314APR15 thru 01JUL15
MaraNatha Raw Almond Butter 16 oz.05165109218005APR15 thru 02JUL15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz.05165109219707APR15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz.05165109220306APR15 thru 07APR15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109221006JAN15 thru 20MAY15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109232603JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109233302JAN15 thru 15MAY15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109235704JAN15 thru 27JUN15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109236405JAN15 thru 28JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Raw Almond Butter 8 oz.05165109263013APR15 thru 30JUN15
*MaraNatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter 26 oz.05165119289704DEC14 thru 21APR15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 26 oz.05165109291303JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 26 oz.05165109292002JAN15 thru 25JUN15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz.05165109368212DEC14 thru 21JUL15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Almond Butter 12 oz.05165109369917DEC14 thru 20JUL15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109375004JAN15 thru 10APR15
MaraNatha Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 16 oz.05165109376705JAN15 thru 19MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz.05165109368214DEC14 thru 14JUL15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Almond Butter 12 oz.05165109369917DEC14 thru 18JUL15
MaraNatha Creamy Maple Almond Butter 12 oz.05165109386630MAY15 thru 31MAY15
MaraNatha Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 340 grams05165109305711DEC14 thru 02JUN15
MaraNatha Creamy Raw Almond Butter 340 grams05165109306407MAY15 thru 05JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams05165109330903JAN15 thru 24JUN15
MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams05165109331631DEC14 thru 15MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams05165109340820MAY15
MaraNatha No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter with Salt 500 grams05165109341513MAR15 thru 28JUN15
MaraNatha Creamy Almond Butter No Salt 340 grams05165109345316DEC14 thru 11MAY15
MaraNatha Crunchy Almond Butter No Salt 340 grams05165109346016DEC14 thru 14MAY15
MaraNatha Creamy Almond Butter 737 grams05165109286908DEC14 thru 03JUL15
Kroger No Stir Creamy Almond Butter 12 oz.01111079121411DEC14 thru 05JUL15
Safeway Open Nature Almond Butter 12 oz.07989311374611DEC14 thru 03JUL15
Trader Joe's Crunchy Raw Almond Butter 16 oz.0091989028DEC14 thru 18JUN15
Trader Joe's Creamy Raw Almond Butter 16 oz.0056995827DEC14 thru 18JUL15
Whole Foods 365 Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz.09948240657823DEC14 thru 24DEC14
Whole Foods 365 Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz.09948240656124DEC14 thru 26DEC14
Whole Foods 365 Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz.09948240596023DEC14
The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The Company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses.
Products were distributed across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The products also were available for purchase on the internet.
The recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA.
Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the Company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund, and with general inquiries.

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