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Karen Howard, Health & Wellness Coach

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9 Perfect Springtime Crock Pot Recipes from Around the Web

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Spring is here! Time to shake off the winter blahs, enjoy the sunshine outside, and put your heavy coat in the back of the closet. But don’t think that warmer temperatures mean you should put your crock pot in the closet, too! In fact, all the fresh produce in season in early spring makes it the perfect time to make a delicious, slow-cooked meal. If you’re not in the mood for a hearty soup or stew, use your crock pot or Dutch oven to create a curry, main dish, or even a jam! Here are 9 of our favorite crock pot recipes from around the web, guaranteed to put a spring in your step!

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Soup with Roasted Veggies: This recipe from Holistic Squid is a version of the classic chicken soup that takes advantage of fresh herbs and veggies. It’s perfect to fend off any pesky spring colds!

Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk: Nourished Kitchen came up with this creamy, vegan recipe. It’s protein-packed, and  has vitamins A and K2 and linoleic acid for bone and skin health.

4 All Natural Beauty Tips for Spring

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Spring is my favorite time of year. The trees are turning green, the flowers are blooming, and everyone seems to be outside enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather. I love watching the entire world start to come back to life after a long, cold winter!

But there’s one thing that I don’t love about spring, and that’s the transition from the thick, cozy clothing of winter to lighter warm-weather clothes that tend to show a bit of skin. If you’re anything like me, your winter skin is dry, flaky, and pale—and don’t even get me started on my frizzy, dull locks! Luckily, with a bit of at home beauty TLC, you can bring your skin and hair back to life just in time to bury your tights in the back of your drawer and pull out the sleeveless shirts!

Here are my 4 favorite DIY, all-natural beauty treatments for a spring makeover:

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

The Best Way to Store Flax and Chia Seeds

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Superfoods, like chia seeds, flax seeds, goji berries and more, are becoming commonplace in kitchens across the world. Now that we all know what they are and why we should eat them, it’s time to learn how to store them properly.

The best way to store flax and chia seeds – and all superfoods, is in a glass jar in the refrigerator. It sounds simple, but storing your superfoods this way is super important. Here’s why: 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About...Maca

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You might have seen maca at your local health food store, or heard someone asking for it in their smoothie at the juice bar. You might also have been asking yourself: what the heck is maca? 

Maca is a leafy plant native to the Andes Mountains of Peru and Bolivia. The root of the plant has been used by indigenous societies for nourishment and healing for thousands of years, and despite its superfood status, I bet there are a few things you don’t know about this special plant:

6 Popular Theories About Food That Have Not Yet Been Proven

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As a dietitian, I steer clear of saying that eating a particular food is 100 percent guaranteed to prevent a person's risk of disease, promote weight loss, or result in health ramifications.

The fact is, nutrition science is always evolving, and what may appear to be good or bad today may not be the case tomorrow. That's the challenge -- and beauty -- of science, particularly in the field of nutrition. One of the most helpful things to me as a writer is reading the comments left by readers as well as interacting each and every day with patients. I am reminded that many fallacies exist in the world of food, many thoughts about particular diets that haven't been proven (or disproven) yet in studies and many opinions taken from sources that are not always reliable.

Sweet and Savory Kale Salad

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There is something incredibly satisfying about digging into a salad that tastes just as good as it looks. This sweet and savory kale salad is vibrant and has just the right amount of sweetness, tanginess, and crunch to every bite. I like to serve it as a side, or enjoy as a refreshing, light lunch. It also makes for the perfect first course to serve at your next dinner party. Not only will your guests be impressed by the elegance of this salad, but they’ll also be blown away by its amazing flavor. 

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil 
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups kale, pretty finely chopped
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (dried cherries are great, too!)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese (omit if you’re dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

For the dressing:

Heart Disease: Could Causes Include Carnitine or Choline?

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Cholesterol and saturated fat have long been thought to be related to the higher risk of heart disease seen in those eating more red meat. New research suggests that carnitine and choline may play a role. Carnitine is made from lysine, an amino acid. Red meat is an especially good source of carnitine, as are energy drinks and supplements. Most people make enough choline and do not need to have a dietary source. Apparently, bacteria that live in the intestines of humans digest dietary carnitine and turn it into another substance, TMAO, which can lead to blocked arteries. When vegetarians or vegans are given carnitine, they produce less TMAO than meat eaters, suggesting that vegetarians and vegans have fewer bacteria in their intestines that can convert carnitine to TMAO. This could help to explain why heart disease rates are lower in vegetarians.

As an aside, media reports of this study said that 77 vegetarians and vegans were fed red meat. The published study actually said that one long-term (>5 years) vegan male agreed to eat an 8-ounce sirloin steak and that a small group of vegetarians and vegans was given carnitine supplements but was not given meat. This shows how information gets distorted; if a story sounds off, it's necessary to read the original study.

The Best Green Smoothie Recipe, Personalized For You

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Green smoothies are one of the absolute best ways to get a dense amount of nutrients into your daily diet. With one quick spin of the blender you can easily start your morning out with a drink e that will keep you energized and feeling great all day.

The only hard part of smoothie-making is knowing what to add to the blender. From fruits and vegetables to seeds and nut butter, the possibilities are endless! Even if you limit it to just green smoothie recipes, you’re faced with hundreds of options!

Luckily, your body knows exactly what you need, so if you listen to exactly what it’s asking for, you can come up with a smoothie that is 100% satisfying, healthy and right for you at that moment.

To get in touch with what your body needs when it’s smoothie time, just answer these five questions, and you answers will tell you what your ideal smoothie looks like. Keep in mind, the smoothie you need today could be much different than the one you needed yesterday or will need three months from now, so it’s important to check in with your body regularly!

Is this smoothie a meal or a snack?

Organic Lip Balm: 6 under $6

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Having chapped lips is the worst. It’s painful and slightly unsightly, not to mention the fact that it’s usually an indicator of a deeper problem.

While many people associate chapped lips with the blustery months of winter or the scorching heat of summer, there are a variety of reasons—allergies, thyroid complications, dehydration, and stress among them—that can cause chapped lips year-round. Luckily, we can easily hydrate and repair our lips with lip balm!

Although there are tons of lip balms on the market, not allare created equal. Many brands contain chemicals, pesticides, and other additives, making it imperative to always buy organic. When reading the label, you should scan for natural ingredients such as beeswax, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, shea butter and aloe vera, and always avoid artificial colors and flavors.

Check out my top 6 organic lip palm picks - all under $6!

EcoLips Mongo Kiss: $2.49

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