Health & Diet

Going Grain-Free? You Can Still Have Granola! — Delicious Links

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Whether you need to adopt a grain-free diet for health reasons or you're just looking to start your day on a lighter note, I have good news for you: Granola is very much still on the table. Even though oats play an integral role in granola recipes, you can still make it without them. The key is using flaked coconut as the base.


A Food-Lover’s Guide to Our Favorite Healthy Eats in Nashville — Travel Bites

If you had told me 10 years ago that Nashville would become an international culinary destination, I would have kindly noted that even the best collard greens do not a foodie hotspot make. How wrong I was!

Nashville has proven itself an ideal melting pot for traditional and foreign foodways, thanks to a welcoming atmosphere, ample room for growth, and a pocketed neighborhood setup that encourages small businesses. The last decade has seen an exodus of talented creatives from competitive, saturated, and expensive economies into Music City.

Nashville now boasts examples of almost every cuisine imaginable, and dozens more keep coming each year — including some amazing healthy restaurants. These days, it's my goal as a Certified Holistic Chef and founder of Laura Lea Balanced to promote health through whole-foods home cooking, but I also respect the reality of our busy lives — and sometimes we just want to dine out!


PSA: Being Healthy Isn’t a Contest, So Stop Trying to Win It — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be healthy — if it's a word I qualify for, or a word I even aspire to. I think it's a word that is generally more useful than things like "normal," in the sense that it allows for varying definitions based on goals and needs, but it also feels like an increasingly loaded word, full of judgment and constantly moving goalposts.

I know (vaguely) what it means for me to be healthy, from both a mental and physical standpoint, but I also know that it's not a constant state, or a mountain I will one day climb to the top of and sit upon for the rest of my life. My life, like anyone else's, is made up of millions of little individual choices, some better and some worse for me, and the battles are won much more along the averages than they are on any individual choice. And yet this sensible, how-am-I-doing-on-the-whole approach seems to have almost entirely disappeared from our culture, replaced by a violent pendulum swing that is always pushing us to indulgence or deprivation.


Here’s What Scientists Found Eating Chocolate Does to Your Heart — Health News

A new study from Denmark gives you another excuse to indulge in chocolate: It's been linked to a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, which is when your heartbeat is irregular. The study, published in the journal BMJ Heart, adds to a wealth of research that touts the sweet confection as a heart-healthy treat since it's been linked to preventing heart disease and stroke.

The Denmark study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at 55,000 Danish subjects between the ages of 50 and 64, their chocolate consumption, and heart health. Those who reported eating chocolate (of all kinds) once a month have atrial fibrillation rates that were 10 to 20 percent less than those who were less regular in their chocolate intake.


Great Debate: Is Greek Yogurt Really Better than Regular Yogurt? — Great Debates

Welcome to the Great Debates, where we consider the greatest nutritional controversies of our time. Our goal isn't to tell you what to think or do, but rather to present both sides of hot-button issues, like coffee (is it good for you?) and breakfast (the most important meal of the day?). What's being said? Who's saying it? Then it's up to you to make your own decisions.

It's not a secret that yogurt has been associated with a number of health benefits. Regular yogurt-eaters gain less weight, over the course of a year, than their occasional yogurt-eating peers! They are more likely to have lower blood pressure! Probiotic yogurts promote healthy gut bacteria, which, recent studies suggest, could in turn improve brain function!

And even if it turns out that none of that is true — as usual, more research is needed; ideally research that's not funded by yogurt companies — yogurt still has a lot going for it. At the very least, it is a good source of vitamins (B2 and B12), minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc), and high-quality protein.

But what yogurt, exactly, should you eat? Is Greek yogurt better than regular yogurt? Does it matter? What does "better" mean, anyway?


Trader Joe’s Sells Tiny Avocados Now (and They Actually Serve a Purpose) — Grocery News

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Trader Joe's just released the most adorable grocery find: teeny-tiny avocados. Ranging from $2.69 to $2.99, shoppers can get a bag of six miniature Insta-worthy avocados. And while they're not practical for mass consumption, there are some benefits.


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