5 Best Ways to Store Greens So They’ll Last Longer

5 Best Ways to Store Greens So They’ll Last Longer

If you’ve ever stocked your fridge with fresh romaine, arugula, and kale only to find bags of wilted mush a few days later, we have news for you: It’s not the plants’ fault. And it’s not really your fault, either. You simply need to brush up on a few food storage tips. It’s not like spinach comes with an instruction manual or the produce section offers a course on how to store greens so they last longer! If you want to know how to store salad greens, all you have to do is a little research. Lucky for you, we asked a few registered dietitians how to store greens so that you can enjoy fresh, nutrient-packed meals all week long. They weighed in with best practices, worst mistakes, and their favorite methods. Read on to learn how to store greens, from arugula to spinach. 1. In a Sealed Container With a Paper Towel... Read More
13 Unusual & Fun Facts About Pumpkins

13 Unusual & Fun Facts About Pumpkins

Pumpkins are the unofficial mascot of fall. Seeing those bright orange orbs with green stems show up in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets signals the transition from the hot summer to cooler temperatures, crisper air, and, of course, Halloween. But how much do you know about pumpkins? Probably not much — at least until now. Here’s everything you need to know about pumpkins, including a few facts that’ll make you say “oh, my gourd!” 1. Pumpkins Are Technically a Fruit So you might not find pumpkin included in a delicious fruit salad recipe, but it’s technically a fruit. The reason: It contains seeds. Pumpkin is a type of winter squash and is closely related to cucumbers and melons. 2. Pumpkins Are Packed With Nutrition Pumpkins are a nutrient-dense and naturally low-calorie food. One cup of cooked pumpkin is only 49 calories, but contains 49 percent of your daily needs for vitamin... Read More
What Really Happens if You Skip Your Workout

What Really Happens if You Skip Your Workout

Our bodies need time for rest and repair, so taking a day or two off each week can be a great way to keep our bones and muscles healthy and to avoid overtraining and injury. For you, that means don’t freak out if you skip one workout or two because you’re not feeling up to it or are going on vacation—you will be able to bounce back and you might be doing the best thing for your body, anyway! Yet, when that one or two days turns into weeks and more, it can become a pattern of lack of exercise that can be hard to break free from. And if you’re no longer working out regularly, it can lead to a few mental and physical changes over time. That’s what you want to avoid, as getting into a habit of regularly working out can be hard! Here’s what really happens... Read More
How to Make Pumpkin Puree: 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Pumpkin Puree: 4 Easy Steps

While you can find pumpkin puree in grocery stores year-round, fall is the time when cans of it start to fly off the shelves, as we look to make delicious autumn-inspired recipes like a pumpkin spice shake or pumpkin spice energy balls. But this year, try something new and make homemade pumpkin puree for your recipes. Why? It comes down to flavor. “[There’s] nothing like home-grown pumpkins and making your own puree,” says Mary Competti, co-owner of Old World Garden Farms in rural Ohio. “The taste simply can’t be beat.” Even better? Pumpkin contains vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and fiber, says Leslie Beck, a registered dietitian in Toronto, Canada. Here’s how to make fresh pumpkin puree from scratch, four different ways. How to Make Pumpkin Puree Before we get into how to make homemade pumpkin puree, it’s important to start with the right pumpkin and prep it properly. 1. Choose the right pumpkin Skip... Read More
What to Expect if You Go Keto

What to Expect if You Go Keto

The keto diet is known for being high in fat and super low in carbs (often to under 25 grams of net carbs a day!), so that the body can use fat as its main fuel, as opposed to relying on glucose. It goes against the campaign behind decades of “low fat food equals less fat in your body and less fat on you!” beliefs of the late 80’s/early 90’s thinking. We now know that science doesn’t add up – we now know that high fat, moderate protein, minimal carb diet can actually speed weight loss and promote fat burning. And if you make it through the initial “keto flu” transition phase, you might notice greater energy, fewer cravings, and even better athletic performance down the road. That initial period can be rough, as your body is adjusting to the lack of carbs and higher intake of fat, so you... Read More