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What is the Best Milk Alternative?

Alternative milks seem to be wildly popular these days. First soymilk then almond milk swept the nation. Now hemp and coconut milks are demanding their place in the sun. But are they all created equal? Which kind is best?

It really depends on what you’re looking for in a milk or alternative milk (I’ll lay out the nutritional highlights of cow’s milk below so you know what to look for when evaluating milk alternatives). Note that there can be a lot of variation between brands, even for the same “type” of milk. Most kinds of milk also come sweetened or unsweetened. For this comparison, I looked at unsweetened versions of the different milks. Make sure to read the labels carefully.

(All information per 1 cup)

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Health Benefits of Apples

From September through May, apples are the staple fruit that I eat. They’re in season now and then are stored throughout the winter, making them one of the only local fresh fruits I can get in the Northeast.

While they may not seem like nutritional superstars compared to flashier fruits like blueberries and oranges, apples actually deliver a lot of health benefits, making them a fruit that should be in your regular diet too.

1) They’re a good source of fiber: Fiber is great for your overall health — it helps keep your blood sugar steady, your colon healthy and your cholesterol levels low. You need 25 grams a day of the stuff if you’re a woman, 38 if you’re a man. A single medium (3 inch) apple delivers 4 grams, half of which comes from the peel, so keep it on!

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Healthiest Apple Recipes

Bye-bye, berries. Hello, apples! Apple trees across the country are churning out a bounty of the crunchy, sweet and tart fruits — and it is time to get cooking. But cooking with apples doesn’t need to mean an overdose of sugar and butter. Here at Cooking Channel, you can find lots of apple recipes that are as healthy as they are delicious.

Apple Muffins (pictured): Whole-wheat pastry flour, applesauce, pecans and fresh apples combine in this heart-healthy muffin recipe from dietitian and Chef Ellie Krieger. (These are also a low-cal option.)

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What Are the Saltiest Cheeses?

A few weeks ago I asked people on Facebook what nutrition questions they want answered. This time, I got a question that surprised me: “What cheeses are the saltiest?” Random, I thought! Yet once I dived into writing this post, I realized it’s a really good question; Americans eat way too much sodium, and cheese is a high-sodium culprit. If you’re trying to lower the amount of sodium in your diet, knowing which cheeses are less salty than others could help you out. More generally, you can minimize the sodium load of your diet by cutting down on restaurant meals and processed foods — the two biggest sources of sodium in our diets — and cooking more meals at home using fresh, whole ingredients.

Here are some of your favorite cheeses ranked from most to least salty. To put these numbers in perspective, a teaspoon of salt is 2,400 mg of sodium, and the recommended daily limit of sodium for most people is 2,300 mg/day.

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How to Pack a Perfect Lunch

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

If you do it right, a packed lunch can be more exciting and way more nutritious than anything you can buy at the neighborhood deli. Whether you’re packing lunch for kiddos or for yourself, here are things to keep in mind:

1) Make it visually appealing. Colorful foods are exciting, and an array of colors is also good for you (as long as you’re getting those pretty colors from strawberries and yellow peppers, not cheese puffs and Kool-Aid).

2) Keep it balanced. For a lunch to be satisfying and keep you going through the afternoon, it needs three main components: protein (such as tuna, peanut butter, tofu, roasted chicken, yogurt), whole grains (could be 100 percent whole-wheat bread, crackers or wraps, leftover cooked grains, baked tortilla chips) and fruits and/or vegetables (celery sticks and dip, grapes, apples). Protein and the fiber from the whole grains will fill you up and keep you satisfied. Most adults need about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, meaning you should try to have some with every meal.

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How to Avoid the Freshman 15

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

Freshman year is an exciting time — new friends, new classes new experiences. One new experience you’re probably not eager to have is the dreaded Freshman 15. I’m going to guide you through some of the pitfalls that can lead to weight gain your freshman year (or really any time during college) and how to avoid it.

Pitfall 1: You’re up all night
When you were living at home, chances are you had a somewhat regular sleep schedule. But when left to your own devices, you might find yourself sleeping way less as you get used to late-night partying and study sessions and early morning classes. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to put on weight, thanks to a chain reaction involving stress hormones (plus you have less energy for exercise — more on that in a minute).
Solution: Ideally aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

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Best Foods for a Road Trip

Chances are you’re spending some time on the road this summer. And chances are you’re going to get hungry on your road trip. It happens to me almost every time I take a trip, and despite being a nutritionist, I’m usually not prepared. So as a summer resolution, I’m going to take some time to figure out what types of food I should pack for trips and share with you what things I get at gas stations and rest stops when I’m stuck with an empty belly.

What to Pack
My primary rule is that it should include something you’re excited about and also include something healthy. It should also store relatively well. Cucumbers, sugar snap peas or green beans are good veggies to pack since they’re crunchy and fun to eat. Plums, nectarines, grapes and apples all travel relatively well if you’re looking for something fruity. In terms of excitement, I like to pack some dark chocolate-covered almonds or popcorn. Single-serving cheeses (like string cheese) or mixed nuts or trail mix are also good items to round out the fruit or vegetables you’re packing.

What to Pick Up at the Gas Station

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Snack Foods That Don’t Need to Be Refrigerated

For people between the ages of 5 and 23, going back to school is a standard — and sometimes unsettling — part of life. We’ve put together easy recipes and food tips to help make the entire experience way more appetizing.

Whether you’re looking to stock your dorm room or office with ready-to-eat snacks, this is the list you need. All of these items will keep unrefrigerated for a while, and they offer plenty of filling fiber and protein to satisfy your snack attack.

Nuts: Nuts are one of the best, most shelf-stable snacks you can keep on hand. Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pistachios are all good choices, offering healthy fats, fiber and protein — three things that keep you feeling full and satisfied. Get them raw or roasted and unsalted for the healthiest choice.

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Best Foods to Bring to the Beach

If you’re spending a long, lovely day on the beach, you’re bound to get hungry and thirsty. Rather than wasting money and calories on the less-than-stellar boardwalk fare, why not pack a cooler of goodies to keep you refreshed all day long? Here are some beach-worthy picks to keep you company at the ocean:

Raw veggies: Munch on raw veggies for a satisfying crunch and extra hydration. Cucumber coins, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas are great on their own or with a dip like hummus or tzatziki.

Health Benefits of Red, White and Blue Foods

It’s that time of the year when recipes show up that are patriotically red, white and blue — like this Red, White and Blue Smoothie, which you should definitely make. Showing your stripes in the colors you eat is also good for your health (I’m talking about plant-based foods here — not red, white and blue cheesecake!).

Plant-based foods get their colors from phytochemicals — various compounds linked to a raft of health benefits. So I’m going to tell you about the phytochemical cocktail that adds color and nutrition to red, white and blue foods.


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