The verdict is in: Plant-based diets are more popular than ever, and with good reason. There's now convincing evidence that yes, bacon and hot dogs are bad for you -- eating them and other processed meats in excess has even been linked to significantly higher chances of certain cancers. Evidence shows that choosing a plant-based diet can ward off high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even acne and wrinkles. At this point, it isn't really rocket science: Eating more fruits and vegetables, vegan or not, is definitely, definitely good for you.
If you've recently gone Paleo, or just looking to lower your carb intake, cauliflower rice is a satisfying, healthy alternative to rice, pasta and all those other carb-centric staples. And just about everyone is obsessed with it these days. Case in point: Trader Joe's recently announced it was rationing its cauliflower rice in certain locations due to high demand.
It's not that you just-can't eat healthy; it's that you just-don't always have time. While staying busy might make you productive and feel more accomplished, tight schedules don't allow for much wiggle room to prepare nutritious snacks. You might grab for whatever is nearest when you're starved between meal times, but what you digest can make or break the rest of your day.
As beauty editors, we fiercely love our anti-aging lotions and potions. But what you put in your face (or rather, your mouth) is just as important as what you put on it -- and maybe, according to dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, even more so. Research shows that when you feed yourself, you feed your skin -- and all of those salty snacks and sweet treats have a way of mucking up your complexion.
Look, it's summer. It's hot. You can't think of anything worse than turning on the oven and making your place even hotter. Plus, you're feeling lazy, and you're in dire need of sustenance that won't leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Luckily, there are meals out there that fit all those requirements: Quick, easy, refreshing and best of all? No oven required.
On a hot day, or after a weekend of unrestricted brunching, a salad starts to look like the perfect meal (or perfect penance). And if you give any thought to the food pyramid, a salad is a super-easy way to squeeze in your daily rec of four servings of vegetables.
If you're making an effort to eat healthy, protein balls are kind of a must. Packed with nutrients, flavor, and protein, they're both filling and delicious. They're a great way to start off a busy day, plus they make for great pre/post-workout snacks. Perhaps best of all, they can be a great way to sate sweets cravings -- after all, many protein ball recipes happen to be inspired by your favorite desserts, from Almond Joy candy bars to fudgy brownies to good old fashioned cookie dough.
When we're not swooning over celebrities' drop-dead outfits or gorgeous complexions, we're envying their six-pack abs and tight AF tushes. Without a doubt, Hollywood's hottest stars make a flawless physique look effortless -- like they could eat doughnuts on the reg and still look fabulous. But one peek inside our favorite A-listers' kitchens tells us otherwise. In fact, many celebrities known for their smokin' bods have stringent diets with long lists of foods they will not eat (we're looking at you, Gisele).
Packed with sugar and alcoholic goodness, sangria isn't exactly health food. That said, it makes an absolutely excellent treat on cheat day -- after all, it's got everything you could ask for in a summery cocktail: Copious fruit juices (and/or fruit-flavored alcohol), wine, bubbly fizz, and, perhaps most importantly of all, booze-soaked fruit. Sangria's perfect for every summer occasion, be it a birthday barbecue, a vacation on a white sand beach, or a good late-afternoon float in the pool.