Healthy Living

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?

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Why Coffee Will Always Be Part of My Healthy Morning — Healthy Mornings

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

I've been trying to drink more tea lately. This is partly because I feel like tea is good for me, but also because every time I make myself tea, I am glad I did. I really like tea! But somehow it still feels like something I have to talk myself into making.

The very simple explanation is this: I also really like coffee. Coffee is my preferred morning drink and, even as I hope that my newest tea purchase (spoiler: it's a kettle/pot combo due in the mail any day now) will inspire me to make tea more often, coffee will always be part of my morning.

I'd even go so far as to say that coffee is a "healthy" start to my day.

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Why Coffee Will Always Be Part of My Healthy Morning — Healthy Mornings

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

I've been trying to drink more tea lately. This is partly because I feel like tea is good for me, but also because every time I make myself tea, I am glad I did. I really like tea! But somehow it still feels like something I have to talk myself into making.

The very simple explanation is this: I also really like coffee. Coffee is my preferred morning drink and, even as I hope that my newest tea purchase (spoiler: it's a kettle/pot combo due in the mail any day now) will inspire me to make tea more often, coffee will always be part of my morning.

I'd even go so far as to say that coffee is a "healthy" start to my day.

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Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad Spring Rolls — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Spring rolls are one of my favorite foods. They've got just the perfect blend of vegetables, noodles, and protein, all wrapped up together in a soft, chewy rice paper roll. Plus, anything that comes with a dipping sauce gets a thumbs-up from me. Here, I take the ingredients for Chinese chicken salad and stuff them into colorful, fresh rolls that are perfect for spring.

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Curious About Adaptogens? Start with This Walnut Milk Mocha. — Delicious Links

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Have you noticed an influx in recipes featuring "adaptogens" lately? I've seen them popping up on some of my favorite blogs and Instagram accounts in recent months. Touted as magical herbs that help you adapt to new situations and decrease stress, adaptogens are naturally earning a coveted spot in the hearts of the wellness set. If you're curious about experimenting with these herbs, this recipe for a walnut milk mocha is a very delicious place to start.

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The 2 Things I Do for a Healthier Morning — Healthy Mornings

If you thought I was gonna say that I take a spin class or set up a spread of fruit for breakfast, you are wrong! Although I do hit up Soul Cycle (once every four, er, six months), the things on my (short) list are a lot more simple. And, well, a lot less labor-intensive.

Here are the two simple things I do for a healthier morning.

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