Food & Suplement

9 nutrition and diet apps for 2020

The smartphone in your pocket is a miracle of modern science. Its processing power is millions of times greater than that of the machines NASA used for the Moon landings, and it connects you to a worldwide network of over 3 billion people. Today’s best diet apps leverage the power of your smartphone to help you take control of your nutrition and health through better eating. We tested 10 of the most popular weight loss app choices for Android and iPhone (iOS). Here’s a breakdown of those choices, and a look at their pros and cons. While a few of the diet apps in this list are calorie counters and food diaries with  added bells and whistles, we’ve made sure to include innovative and unique options as well.

Remember that the true measure of an app’s worth is if it helps you to make healthy changes. If an app doesn’t

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10 scenic PNW hikes recommended by Kaiser Permanente doctors

It’s no wonder Washingtonians love the outdoors. With thousands of miles of trails and coastline, two glaciated mountain ranges, three national parks, and 143 state parks, Washington state is a hiker’s paradise. Besides being a favorite Pacific Northwest pastime, hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors while improving your health. So for Great Outdoors Month, we asked Kaiser Permanente doctors and physician assistants to tell us about some of their favorite local day hikes.

Best Washington day hikes

Sometimes hiking can be just what the doctor ordered. Here are 10 Washington hikes that allow you to challenge yourself physically while enjoying our region’s natural beauty.

1. Snow Lake (Snoqualmie Region)

Snow Lake is Washington’s most used trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It’s a short and easy hike with minimal elevation gain, clear waters, and scenic peaks.

  • Distance: 7.2 miles (all distances round trip)
  • Elevation gain: 1800
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Roasted broccoli with almonds and parmesan

Broccoli is known for being the food that no one at the dinner table wants. For instance, the first President Bush forbade its use in the White House kitchen. “I do not like broccoli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it,” he said famously.

But this recipe is so tasty it could convert even the staunchest broccoli detractor. Not only is this dish easy to make, it is also highly nutritious. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.

Tips on selecting and storing broccoli

When buying broccoli, choose heads that have firm and compact florets. (Florets are the small flowers that make up the broccoli head.) Avoid broccoli with florets that are yellowing, or broccoli with blossoming flowers. Store broccoli in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Remember not to wash or cut broccoli

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Vegan potato broccoli soup recipe

Celebrate National Soup Month with this vegan potato broccoli soup. Ladle up this inspired homemade dish that features several plant-based substitutes for non-plant ingredients to create a delicious meal for your loved ones who are following a plant-based diet.

Much like our creamless creamy cauliflower soup recipe, this recipe achieves convincing dairy-like creaminess with 2 hearty ingredients in the vegan arsenal: cashew cream and nutritional yeast. The cashew cream is made by pureeing soaked, raw cashews with water. It’s a great stand-in for whipped cream or creme fraiche. Nutritional yeast is a good source of vitamin B12. Vegan diets often lack enough B12. This ingredient also has a taste and appearance that mimics grated parmesan.

Servings: 6 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 large white potatoes, grated
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery,
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Heart healthy snacks

You may be tempted to celebrate American Heart Month in February by enjoying a handful of chocolates. While small amounts of dark chocolate have their place in a healthy diet, another way to celebrate is to choose snacks that will help your heart stay healthy and strong.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for American men and women. Offering heart healthy snacks at home and in your workplace is an important way to help those you care about build good eating habits.

Get started with these heart healthy snack tips

Find healthier substitutes for high-fat snacks. If your favorite high-fat snack is potato chips and dip, try baked tortilla chips with bean dip or hummus instead.

Top your fruit. If the idea of a plain piece of fruit doesn’t appeal to you, try dipping fruit slices in low-fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Try a healthy dip.

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