Put your carved jack-o’-lantern on your porch, but please pass along its seeds to your plate! Those tiny ovals will obtain an irresistible crunch upon roasting, meaning they have no place in the trashcan.
They’re also scary good for you. Legend has it that jack-o’-lanterns originated as a means to ward off evil spirits. However, we’re starting to think it’s the pumpkin seeds that deserve most of the credit for scaring off death. You see, pumpkin seeds contain a solid 150mg of magnesium per ounce. Research shows that meeting the recommended daily value of magnesium (442mg/day) is highly associated with a reduced risk of death. (That’s a 34% risk reduction for overall mortality, 59% reduction in cardiovascular death & a 37% reduction in cancer death, according to this study. Woah!)
In addition to that magical magnesium, pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and heart healthy fat. This all makes them an incredibly satisfying snack — especially when you add a little salt and curry powder to the mix.
We’ve got the recipe below that shows you how to do just that, so get ready to go save your seeds and take them to the table.
If you’re headed to de-stress in the sand anytime over these last few weeks of summer, we’ve got a bunch of snack ideas for you that are heavy on nutrition yet light on calories. These will swim you away from the pizza, ice cream, funnel cakes, and other beach fare that are likely to crash a tidal wave down on your beach body. Use these smarter choices to keep those temptations at bay. Below find five, 100-calorie bites for the beach:
There are some things in life we don’t have direct control over – like when it rains and our shoes get wet (free laundry?). Or like when we walk down the road and bird poop falls from the sky (good luck?). Or when the vending machine runs out of M&Ms (even better luck – for our health, at least?). Luckily, however, life is not all surprises, and one thing we can control is choosing how to take care of our bodies. Many people hit the cookie jar after a long, strenuous day at work, or buddy up with the couch instead of our running shoes, even when we know the latter is what we really need. Even us LifeVesters can admit to doing that from time to time.
The important thing is to become aware of your triggers for unhealthy behavior so that you can then realize how to change them. A few simple choices in a different, healthier direction can end up drawing a major impact.
Below, we’ve got tips for 5 common challenges that take a lot of us by the belly.
A grumbling and growling stomach can be pretty embarrassing in a quiet office full of people. We’ve all been there. Often, lunchtime and dinnertime are 6 or 7 hours apart, so it’s only human to get hungry between meals. While a trip to the vending machine may seem like the easiest solution, a bag of Doritos or a Hershey’s bar will not tide you over until dinner and will likely prompt more complaints from your stomach an hour later. Instead, bring snacks high in protein and low in sugar to keep you feeling fuller longer and give you lasting energy during that 3pm slump. Read the rest of this entry »
Back and forth between the kitchen and elsewhere; it is a ritual I find myself repeating and loathing. I try to eat pretty healthy, but I knew something wasn’t right with my constant snacking. Leading an active lifestyle requires you to eat a lot of food so you have a healthy amount of energy to burn, but it can take a turn for the worst if you are eating the wrong foods. Here are some foods you can add to your diet so you can feel and stay full and avoid the hindering of constant snacking!
- Eggs! And what a great way to start the day so you feel full, energized and ready to take on the day
- Vinegar and cinnamon are two flavors to spice up your meals. Both will help you regulate your blood sugar, allowing you to feel full. Cinnamon vinaigrette, anybody? (We may need to experiment a little more before we try that on our salads!)
- Surf and turf- hold the turf. Research shows that fish eaters stayed fuller longer than meat eaters and saved more calories.
- Power up with protein. Beans and nuts, topping our health food charts once again will help you feel fuller.
- Oats for president!… I mean suppressant. Oats contain a filling fiber complex which helps release a hunger suppressing hormone. If you had eggs for breakfast, how about oats for dessert?