Food & Suplement

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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6 tips to keep moving and avoid injury

Maybe you’ve found a workout you love and do every chance you get. But are you building muscle and heart health, or are you putting yourself at risk for injury? Even seasoned exercisers can fall into habits that do more harm than good. By reexamining your regimen and making a few simple tweaks, you can fine-tune a safer workout routine for a stronger, healthier you.

1. Start strong to finish stronger

Always warm up and cool down. A pre-workout warmup gives you more energy for the task ahead, and an after-workout cooldown followed immediately by stretching can help your muscles recover faster — and even improve your range of motion. Some general guidelines:

Warm up: Before cardio, walk briskly for a few minutes or march in place (swing your arms and lift your knees as high as you can with your toes pointed) for a count of 40. Before calisthenics

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Are probiotics and prebiotics the path to a healthy gut?

If you have problems with your digestion, someone may suggest that probiotics could help you. They could be right.

Probiotics

Probiotics are a type of bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in your stomach and intestines. There are hundreds of these in a healthy digestive tract. Some types of probiotics discourage the growth of harmful bacteria, while others promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infections.

Your health care provider may suggest that you take a probiotic during and after a course of antibiotics since antibiotics can destroy the “good” bacteria in your gut and probiotics may help restore the balance. Another common use of probiotics is to prevent diarrhea.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are also important, but for a different reason. They are the food that the probiotic bacteria need to grow and stay healthy. They’re found in food fibers that we can’t digest in

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