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The Next Big Thing: Birch Sap

Birchtree Tapping

Do you remember the rise of coconut water?

It happened so suddenly, but now, you can't go to any grocery store, big box or mom 'n pop, without seeing a bottle.

Coconut water boasts a number of health benefits, including a hydrating properties, a high amount of electrolytes, a low number of calories, and many, many, many more. A whopping 2,660,000 results come up when you Google "coconut water benefits."

But its reign at the top of the hydration chain is slowly coming to an end.

Enter: birch sap.

It's exactly what it sounds like. Similar to the process of tapping maple trees, birch trees can be tapped as well. Continue reading “The Next Big Thing: Birch Sap” »

Got Allergies? Bee Pollen Might Be Your Solution.

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Everything from raw honey to honeycombs have been widely accepted as containing incredible health benefits, but it looks like the bee's influence doesn't just stop there.

Enter the latest craze: bee pollen.

When honeybees collect pollen, flying from flower to flower, some adhere to their hind legs as well as their secrete a thoraxes. These efficient workers then pack the pollen into granules, and carry them two at a time back to the hives to feed to their young. Continue reading “Got Allergies? Bee Pollen Might Be Your Solution.” »

The Ugliest Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Passion fruits

We've all turned up our noses away from some ugly looking foods before. It is true what they say: food is a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. If it's ugly, you're less inclined to eat it.

Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of foods that are less-than-appealing, but ultimately, very, very good for you. Like they say, you can't judge a book by its cover, right?

Here are some of the ugliest foods that are actually good for you. Continue reading “The Ugliest Foods That Are Actually Good For You” »

Why You Should Have Açaí Bowls For Breakfast

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Remember açaí berries? A few years ago, they were everywhere, incorporated into every recipe, featured on ever health blog, and vouched for by everyone. The buzz has died down since; there was a bit of drama regarding false endorsements of açaí diet pills.

Açaí may not help you lose weight, but its rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, and antioxidants are reason enough to start eating it. Continue reading “Why You Should Have Açaí Bowls For Breakfast” »

Improve Your Mood With These Foods

Chocolate

Eating poorly can drastically affect your mood. You might notice that when you are bingeing on processed and fried foods; you become more sluggish and get tired easily.

If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, then it's time to cut the crap—literally. Substitute your diet with some key foods, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

Here are some foods that will improve your mood. Continue reading “Improve Your Mood With These Foods” »

9 Breakfast Recipes That Will Help You Start Your Day

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We're almost a week into the new year; have you kept your resolution? We went through some tips on how to eat better, but here, we're giving you some really tangible ways to follow through.

One of the biggest struggles for many is fitting a breakfast in. There's absolutely no excuse when they're as gorgeous and nutritious as the ones below.

Here are 9 breakfast recipes that will help you start your day right. Continue reading “9 Breakfast Recipes That Will Help You Start Your Day” »

10 Ways to Help You Eat Better in 2015

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It's a new year, a fresh start, a clean state. There's no better time than now to create some new resolutions to help you have a better 2015.

Resolutions are hard to keep, though. It's easy to be disillusioned when you don't have the proper steps to achieve your goal. One of the hardest ones to keep is eating better.

In an effort to help everyone live better in the new year, we've set out some tips to help you eat better in 2015. No, it's not going to make your life miserable, and no, you will not only be eating grapefruits.

Here are 10 ways to help you eat better, without sacrificing all the good flavours that fresh food has to offer. Continue reading “10 Ways to Help You Eat Better in 2015” »

It's Going Bad, But It's Good For You: All About Fermented Food

Pickle Jars

Amongst the many health food trends, fermented foods are one of the most popular items on the menu. It's an age-old practice, first used for the sake of preserving food.

Remember: your ancestors had to grow everything in their diet, meaning that seasonality really had a say in what they got to eat. Food was harvested in one season, and if you wanted to get the most out of that harvest, you had to preserve it. Continue reading “It's Going Bad, But It's Good For You: All About Fermented Food” »

How to Make a Healthy Cubano

cubano sandwich

A cubano is exactly what you'd expect it to be—a sandwich that was first crafted by Cubans, for Cubans. This mouthwatering ham and cheese sandwich was put together with Cuban workers in early Cuban immigrant communities of Florida in mind.

Still incredibly popular in the Key West area, Tampa, and Miami, the cubano is often filled with ham, roasted pork, pickles, mustard, Swiss cheese, and often other meats like salami. The bread is the selling point—Cuban bread—crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

It's so loved and influential that Tampa's city council designated the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandiwch" as the "signature sandwich of the city of Tampa" in 2012.

People love their cubanos.

So, how do you go about making this legendary sandwich? Continue reading “How to Make a Healthy Cubano” »

Is Drinking Chlorophyll Really Worth Your Effort?

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Health trends come and go, but the truth of the matter is that some are actually very good for you.

One of the newest trends is liquid chlorophyll. It's exactly what it sounds like: chlorophyll, in liquid form, and diluted in water. Ideally, a few drops to a teaspoon is consumed at most twice a day.

Those have taken up this practice are citing changes close to what miracles are—improved digestion, cured bad breath, and hell, some have even credited chlorophyll for getting rid of cancer.

Why is liquid chlorophyll such a big deal? How does it work, and more importantly, does it even work? Continue reading “Is Drinking Chlorophyll Really Worth Your Effort?” »

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