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    How Strong Are You, Really?

    Fact: your skeleton renews itself every seven to ten years, modelling and remodelling to increase bone mass, remove damaged bone and reshape itself. By upping your body’s supply of calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, you can create a top-notch structure that’ll support you through pregnancy, Ironmans and heavy grocery bag runs.
    Avoid Injury
    If you’re not taking in the right nutrients, you might find yourself struggling with decreasing bone density – a one-way street to osteoporosis and Injury Town. A little self-care now will go a long way towards helping stay strong, right down to the bone. 
     Meet The Heroes

    Ca: Calcium strengthens bones and teeth and gives them structure.
    Vitamin K2: regulates bone remodelling, assists with calcium absorption and prevents the accumulation of calcium in blood vessels.
    Vitamin D3: inhibits bone resorption, increases the effect of vitamin K and helps with the absorption and urinary loss of calcium.
    Get Them In
    While you can get K Vitamins in cheese, egg yolk and dark, leafy greens, our efficient bodies use them quite quickly and we run low when not taking them in regularly. Our calcium supply is often lacking, too. Menacal’s got all these in one simple supplement that maintains your body’s optimal levels, so you’re good to go in CrossFit class and beyond. 
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    We Hear A Lot About Antioxidants – But What Are They, Really?

    Very simply put, antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our food and drinks, which can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our bodies. Say what, now? First, let’s look at the role of oxygen on our bodies.
    What is Oxidative Damage?
    When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce by-products called free radicals, which are able to cause damage to cells and tissues in our bodies. Antioxidants act like “free radical scavengers” and so are able to prevent and repair the damage done by these free radicals.
    Research has shown that oxidative damage contributes to the development of many common health problems, like heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer. Studies have shown that loading up on vegetables and fruit, the main sources of antioxidants, lower our risk of developing disease.
    Antioxidants may also improve immune defences and therefore may lower the risk of cancer, infection and even dementia. Research even shows it could play a role in minimising ‘chemo-brain’ (brain fog after receiving chemotherapy).
    READ MORE: “I Tried A Vitamin IV Drip For A Health Boost — Here’s What Happened”
    What Are the Commonly Known Antioxidants?
    Obviously, we should be aiming to load up our plates with antioxidant-rich foods to combat exposure of oxidative stress. Luckily, there’s no shortage of delicious and nutritious sources.
    Vitamin A and Carotenoids in carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spanspek, peaches and apricots (bright-coloured fruits and vegetables).
    Vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons etc., green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.
    READ MORE: 4 Things To Look Out For, If You Really Want To Live Sustainably
    Vitamin E In nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils and liver oil.
    Selenium in fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic. (Paella, anyone?)
    Here’s How To Make The Viral TikTok Green Goddess Salad

    Make getting enough vegetables and fruit part of your healthy daily eating plan, to get preventative power of the antioxidants in these foods – it’s vital for your health. Combining this with active living, a healthy body weight and regular health screening will drop your disease risk even further. More

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    Instagram Finally Got Me—Here’s What I Learned From a Week on Athletic Greens

    My grandfather always said a few words that have guided and haunted me throughout my life: “You have to try something 12 times before you can be sure you don’t like it.” Though the exact numbers vary, there’s some science to back up the adage. I expected this to apply to seafood, wine, and anything else considered an acquired taste. But, I was surprised to discover that it also described my experiment with the wellness supplement du jour: AG1, by Athletic Greens. 
    While I’m not one to fall prey to influencer marketing, I have to say Athletic Greens’ partnering with all my favorite social media personalities worked its strategic magic. If they were hooked, I’d have to imagine that I might also benefit from the stuff.
    So, with one too many aesthetically pleasing Reels of pretty people prepping the green stuff, a few five-star recommendations from friends, and a podcast promo code, Athletic Greens had broken me down. I, too, was curious whether this seemingly miraculous, science-backed blend of 75 vitamins and minerals could do my mind and body some much-needed good.
    I placed my order and dove in, prepared to be amazed—or potentially disappointed. This is my honest review.

    In this article

    What is Athletic Greens?
    To start, let’s break down Athletic Greens’ history. Founded in 2010, Athletic Greens is most known for its flagship product, AG1. The greens powder combines vitamins, minerals, and nutrients designed to promote gut health, support immunity, boost energy, and help you recover faster from workouts and physical activity.
    According to CEO Chris Ashenden, the brand’s focus is on “foundational nutrition.” I assume this speaks to the product’s role in supplementing a healthy lifestyle, helping to fill the nutritional needs our everyday diet might not satisfy. 
    Anecdotally, I began to take note of the brand a couple of years back, when it seemed like every health site and wellness influencer was taking AG1 daily. I can pinpoint the exact moment my interest was fully piqued, and I gave the brand a follow on social media. I was deep into one of my favorite podcasts, The Blonde Files, when host Arielle Lorre (whom I can thank for my promo code) called AG1 one of her “wellness non-negotiables.” And though I felt the power of influence at play, I held onto the memory of that minute-long ad. If all I had to do was buy, mix, and drink liquefied powder for enviable energy, then maybe I was being naive, but I wanted in.

    How is AG1 different from other greens powders?
    While I’m referring to the supplement as a greens powder throughout this article, Athletic Greens is adamant about being much more than simply a substitute for your dark leafy greens. The recommended daily serving—a single scoop—supplies: 
    vitamins and minerals to support immune health and strengthen your nervous system
    prebiotics and probiotics to provide digestive support
    superfood-derived phytonutrients that support the microbiome
    immune-supporting mushrooms 
    adaptogenic herbs and antioxidants to relieve stress and provide metabolic and energy support

    My AG1 ritual
    AG1 is pricey. I purchased the single, 30-day subscription for $79. With your order, you get a month’s supply of AG1, a storage jar and shaker, and five “free” travel packs. On top of that, my shipping cost was $9. While it might not seem like much, I had to grit my teeth in this heyday of free shipping. Thankfully, you can cancel your subscription anytime, so the commitment was relatively minimal.
    I set out to see how AG1 would fare with my already-established wellness routine. That meant working out on the same schedule as I always do, aiming for the same amount of sleep, and not making any major changes to my diet. While my week on AG1 was by no means a deeply scientific study, I wanted to know if I would feel any different by simply adding the supplement to my everyday habits.

    Day 1
    As suggested, AG1 was the first thing I consumed in the morning. Before my coffee and avocado toast, I mixed a scoop of AG1 with eight ounces of water. My package came with a branded wide-mouth water bottle exclusively designed for getting my greens in liquid form. After securing and shaking the bottle, I undid the lid to uncover a frothy, mossy green beverage. 
    Hesitant but curious to consume the vanilla flavor reviews claimed, I took a sip. My first thought? There’s no way I’m finishing this. IMO, the taste was far too sweet. Though it had a slightly fruity, tropical tang, the dominant taste was unmistakably artificial and, frankly, gave me a headache. All in all, it took me about two hours to finish the whole thing (baby sips, folks).
    I carried on with my workout as planned. Because this was my first day, I didn’t notice any shift in my energy or how I felt overall. My main takeaway from the kick-off of my experiment was: How the heck am I going to make it through this week?

    Day 2
    I woke up feeling a little more determined to discover the crave-worthy flavor of AG1 that everyone’s been touting. Adopting a different approach, I shook up my scoop with water and ice. That drop in temperature made a significant difference. When I drank the AG1 this time, it had a clearer, crisper flavor and mouthfeel. It was less sludgy than the day before. (Though I swear, I shook it as hard as I could.)
    Feeling like a wellness girly, I plopped my AG1 down next to my laptop as I started my day sifting through my inbox. Though the placebo effect was obviously at play, something about having that green bottle next to me made me feel a bit more productive. There are worse things.

    Day 3
    At the tail-end of my period today, I woke up and noticed that my skin was significantly clearer than it had been the day prior. It was brighter than it usually is at this point in my cycle. I went to the kitchen, shook up my AG1, and found that I was already beginning to get used to the flavor. My initial impression was that of a slightly thinner green juice. It felt like the flavor had been engineered to mask something particularly unsavory. But I was coming around to it. At this point, I may have even liked it.
    That morning, I texted a few friends who had tried Athletic Greens. They confirmed that the taste takes a little getting used to. For most, they began to look forward to their daily dose of AG1 between their third and seventh day—props to me for being on the early end.

    Day 4
    Athletic Greens’ Instagram is full of ideas for consuming their product beyond the ol’ H20 standby. So, I tried their ultimate summer smoothie bowl recipe to mix things up halfway through my trial. I found that the previously offending flavor was completely masked by adding almond butter, banana, apple, dates, and oat milk. I could see this becoming a go-to breakfast. And while the blood-sugar-balancing enthusiasts might protest this smoothie’s glucose overload, pairing your fruits with the almond butter’s healthy fats is a solid way to mitigate the spike.
    This was the first day I noticed a subtle physiological change. I had more energy during my afternoon barre workout and—day five spoiler—wasn’t at all sore when I woke up the next day. 

    Day 5
    The wake-up this morning was one of the best I can recount in recent history. With little effort, I got up immediately to my 6:30 a.m. alarm and went straight into a few morning stretches and a brief meditation. While I would consider myself a morning person, this level of alertness was out of the ordinary. Mentally, I felt sharp, aligned, and motivated to transition to my to-do list.
    I made the same AG1-infused smoothie as I did the day before and discovered an additional burst of energy after finishing my glass. I made it through my morning to-dos while staying on-task and focused. Thanks, AG1.

    Day 6
    While my wake-up call wasn’t as miraculous as yesterday’s, I did sleep soundly and awoke feeling rested. Craving my usual savory breakfast (a slice of avocado toast with a poached egg), I opted for AG1 and ice water. Interestingly, it took until today to notice that my craving for a second mid-morning coffee had disappeared entirely. Instead, my single cup sufficed in terms of both my energy levels and feeling satiated post-breakfast.
    I often fall victim to the dreaded 3 p.m. slump, but today, I managed to push through all my end-of-day tasks and even enjoyed a 45-minute workout. To say that my energy levels stayed steady throughout the day would be an understatement. I’m not an evangelist of wellness (meditation aside), but when something solves my dwindling energy, I have to shout it from the rooftops. I noticed an easy wind-down after dinner and was able to fall asleep quickly and soundly. That’s a lot to be said for someone who deals with occasional bouts of insomnia.

    Day 7
    I started this journey unsure of how I’d make it to this point. In hindsight, however, things turned out for the better on day three. By now, my daily rhythms came to expect the AG1 before all else, and I have to admit: There is something comforting and ritualistic about sipping on it first thing. 
    While I said I wouldn’t make any significant changes to my diet, I did notice that the supplement naturally inspired me to make nutrient-dense choices. I kept up a consistent pattern of greens throughout the day: a protein-packed salad for lunch, a green smoothie for a snack, and a tall pile of roasted broccoli to accompany that night’s meal. Something about doing good things for my body in the morning inspired me to keep up the momentum all day long. Can AG1 inspire a mindset shift? The correlation likely isn’t strong enough to call it fact, but after a week on the greens powder, I can confirm with confidence: The results I saw this week were enough to keep me going.

    The takeaway
    I still have about 20 servings left in my first shipment of AG1, and I will see it through to the end. Admittedly, a week isn’t enough time to feel the long-term benefits build up. Of course, the price point marks a steep barrier to entry, and as many nutritionists will confirm, you don’t need a fancy supplement to meet your daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. But with the positive results I experienced, I can confirm that it’s worth the hype. 
    Ultimately, this is a convenient product that played into my brain’s positive reward centers—and that’s not a bad thing! The routine of prepping AG1 each morning before breakfast (or as a part of my morning meal) signaled that I was doing something good for my body. It helped set the foundation for those habits to continue throughout the day. A transformed perspective and more energy? That’s what we like to call a win-win.

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    Exactly How To Include Fibre In Your Diet To Reduce Bloating

    If you’re turning your nose up at beans and broccoli for fear of that universally-hated bloat, we’ve got bad news for ya. Eating fibre to reduce bloating is a winning strategy and keeping regular by eating a balance of fibre-rich foods is going to be a much better strategy than chomping on prunes after a week of nothing but pasta and pizza.
    In fact, on average we take in 60 per cent or less of what’s recommended. A high-fibre diet has many essential benefits including improving your digestive system and reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases in the long term.
    One of the barriers to increasing intake may be the lurking myths which discourage people from focusing on high-fibre foods. Kellogg’s Nutrition and Public Affairs Manager as well as Registered Dietitian, Linda Drummond, shares the facts to clear up some common misconceptions…
    Fact: It’s best to eat your fibre
    The World Health Organisation recommends a daily intake of at least 25g per day for adults*. This requirement can be met by taking small steps to increase food sources each day. Fibre-rich foods offer additional intrinsic nutrient benefits such as vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
    The naturally occurring combination of these nutrients can never be perfectly replicated or manufactured. Despite supplements being available on the market, experts agree that when looking for particular nutrients, food sources are the best choice.
    To meet the daily recommendation, choose a high-fibre breakfast every morning, eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day and replace animal protein sources with a vegetable source such as beans or legumes regularly.
    READ MORE: 24 High-Fibre Foods That Should Be On Your Plate Every Day, According To Nutritionists
    Fact: Not all fibres are created equal
    Skipping this essential part of your diet? Read these facts and you may consider adding a few apples and bran flakes to your breakfast…
    There are many different types of fibre from different food sources, which play unique roles in the body, contributing to overall well-being. Wheat bran, composed mostly of insoluble fibre, is the most effective cereal to promote regularity. Apples, barley, carrots, legumes and oats are rich in soluble fibre, which has a cholesterol-lowering effect.
    Other benefits of a high-fibre diet include helping to achieve normal blood sugar levels and to assist in the maintenance of a healthy body weight. By including a variety of different sources and types of it in your diet, it’s possible to improve several functions of the body.
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    Fact: It isn’t just for constipation
    The benefits of regular and adequate intake, nutrition experts all over the world agree that most carbohydrate-based foods eaten on a daily basis should be a source. In fact, the South African Guidelines for Healthy Eating, which provide nutrition messages to the general public, recommend that everyone should have an intake of at least 25g per day to ensure healthy functioning of the gut, as well as decreased risk for lifestyle-associated chronic diseases.
    Increasing the intake (particularly wheat bran) prevents food from lingering in the digestive system, which can cause you to feel bloated and uncomfortable. By absorbing water and creating bulk, it speeds up the passage of food through your system, helping to prevent constipation.
    Fibre helps food move through the digestive system and plays a bulking role so that undigested food can be more easily eliminated. Fibre plays a vital role in helping keep the walls of the digestive tract healthy. A high-fibre diet can help to reduce that bloated feeling.
    When beginning to increase your intake, do so slowly to allow your body to become accustomed to the change. This will help to ensure that you do not experience bloating with a sudden increase in fibre intake.
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    Fact: There are risks associated with following a low-carb diet
    One of the risks of following a low-carb diet is that it would be even more difficult to meet one’s requirements, as the major sources of fibre are also sources of carbohydrate. By not meeting your requirement, there is a risk that you may experience digestive discomfort and constipation, as well as an increased chance of developing chronic diseases in the long-term. More

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    What This Viral Hormone Expert Eats in a Day to Balance Hormones

    I don’t have to tell you that hormones can be a bee-och: Whether we’re on our period or not, it can feel like we’re at their beck and call. They affect everything from our emotions and mood to sexual function and sleep, after all! The good news is we can keep our hormones in check naturally (music to my ears) and live our best lives PMS-free with some simple tweaks in the kitchen. Thanks to functional nutrition and women’s hormone expert and creator of The Cycle SyncingⓇ Method, Alisa Vitti, I’ve got the holy grail of balancing hormones down to each phase of our cycles, and I’m letting you in on it. Ahead, the foods to hack your way to hormonal bliss, proving once and for all that food is medicine.

    Meet the expert
    Alisa Vitti, HHC, AADP
    Alisa Vitti is a functional nutritionist and womens hormone expert, the founder of modern hormone health care company FLO Living, bestselling author of WomanCode, and creator of MyFLO, the #1 paid period app on iTunes. She has made expert appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, Women’s Health, MindBodyGreen, and The Huffington Post.

    How does diet affect hormonal balance?
    Let’s face it: What we eat can make the difference between optimal health and not functioning at our best (and who doesn’t want to be their happiest and healthiest self?). When it comes to balancing those pesky hormones, your eating habits make the call. “Diet is one of the main drivers of hormonal balance—what you eat affects your insulin, cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone levels—and so any issues you are having with your hormones, skin, weight, moods, cycle are all tied to your diet and can all be improved dramatically by using food strategically to support and optimize endocrine function,” Vitti explained. 
    Vitti revealed that women have an unknown second biological clock called the Infradian Rhythm, which we experience over the course of our monthly cycles, and it affects everything from your metabolism, brain, and immune and stress response to your libido, fertility, and cycle. And, yes, your diet plays a major role in supporting the Infradian Rhythm. The moral of the story? “Change the foods you eat and caloric levels to match the four phases of your cycle to optimize blood sugar stability and hormonal balance.” Read on to learn how to do just that. 

    What to eat in each of the four phases of the cycle 

    Follicular phase
    During the follicular phase, the metabolism is slower, so focus on fresh, vibrant, and light foods that will make you feel more energized. Prioritize healthy fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cruciferous vegetables that can help flush out excess estrogen. As for fresh produce, opt for artichokes, broccoli, carrots, parsley, green peas, string beans, and zucchini, which have a lot of the nutrients needed during this phase. Vitti recommends trying these easy, yet tasty, meals: 

    Overnight oats with cashews, goji berries, and cinnamon
    Lentil tomato quinoa pilaf
    Chicken veggie buddha bowl

    Ovulatory phase
    Fill up on raw veggies for fiber and fruit for high levels of glutathione to ensure your body easily metabolizes and eliminates any estrogen surplus. If you experience any cramping or acne during this time, you may have issues breaking down estrogen in your liver and gut. Eating fiber-rich and cruciferous vegetables during this time helps flush excess estrogen from the body. Load up on asparagus, brussels sprouts, chard, escarole, scallions, and spinach during this phase. Channel your inner Ina Garten and try out these recipes: 

    Sweet green protein smoothie
    Hearty greens salad with salmon toasts
    Zucchini noodles with pumpkin seed basil pesto and grilled chicken

    Luteal phase
    During the luteal phase, your metabolism speeds up, so you should eat more nutrient-rich calories daily to maintain stable blood sugar, which helps balance insulin (a critical hormone that greatly affects the degree of PMS). Emphasize foods rich in B vitamins to stave off sugar cravings, eat leafy greens to boost your calcium and magnesium, and add roasted or baked root vegetables to help your liver and large intestine flush out estrogen. Think: 

    Avocado sweet potato toast with eggs
    Turkey tacos with corn, cassava, or cauliflower tortillas
    Chickpea pasta with garlic kale

    Menstrual phase
    Your hormone levels are at their lowest, so it’s important to eat adequate calories and get plenty of protein and healthy fat during your bleed. Protein, fats, as well as low glycemic veggies and fruits, will keep your blood sugar steady while adding fiber and antioxidants. Add in foods high in iron, like red meat and kidney beans, and some seafood or mineral-rich seaweed that helps replenish mineral levels in your body. Whip up the following eats that are sure to get a chef’s kiss: 

    Cream of buckwheat with almond butter and raisins
    Salmon soba miso bento
    Bunless bison burgers with mushrooms, baby spinach, and avocado

    Alisa Vitti
    In The Flo
    For details on the aforementioned recipes and more of Vitti’s go-to meals

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    10 Viral TikTok Recipes That Are Healthy, Easy, and Actually Worth Trying

    I’m always on the lookout for fun new recipes to try, and while I used to scour different blogs and Pinterest for the best ones, I now find most of my favorite easy, satisfying, and healthy recipes on TikTok. It all started in 2020 with the discovery of whipped coffee. Now, a whole portion of TikTok is dedicated to food hacks, meal prep, five-ingredient recipes, and salads you never thought could taste so good. As someone who lives a busy life but loves to cook, I’ve tried everything from the “internal shower” to nature’s cereal. Read on for the viral TikTok recipes you’ll want to make over and over again.

    1. Chia seed water (aka the “internal shower”)
    I could rave about the benefits of chia seeds all day, so it’s no surprise this recipe made the list. Chia seed water, otherwise known as the “internal shower,” combines six ounces of water, two tablespoons of chia seeds, and a squeeze of lemon. It rose to viral TikTok fame for its help with digestive issues, and it certainly seems to do the trick. Chia seeds are a superfood filled with antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Combining them with water and lemon helps make the gut-healing drink. After trying it multiple times, I’ve noticed a difference, but I advise you to start with a smaller portion and ease your way up.

    Also helps with 💩 #chiaseedwater #chiaseed #weightloss #healthtrends
    ♬ original sound – Happy&Healthy Olivia

    2. Green goddess salad
    Baked By Melissa has made the world fall in love with her green goddess salad, and I can see why. The base contains cabbage, cucumbers, chives, and green onion—all finely chopped. The dressing combines lemon, olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, shallots, chives, walnuts, spinach, basil, nutritional yeast, and salt. It’s easy to make and so delicious. The fact that she recommends eating it as you would salsa—by scooping up the salad with chips—says it all.  

    She’s a green goddess #food #recipe #vegan #foodie #viral #asmr #fy #fypシ
    ♬ original sound – Baked by Melissa

    3. Salmon rice bowl
    As someone who eats a mostly-vegetarian diet—aside from fish—I usually make salmon once a week. But like all food, if we routinely cook it the same way, it can get a little boring. Enter: Emily Mariko’s salmon rice bowl. All you need is salmon, rice, avocado, seaweed, soy sauce, sriracha, kimchi, and mayonnaise. Heat up your salmon and rice, add soy sauce, sriracha, and mayo, and mix it all together. Top it off with sliced avocado, seaweed, and kimchi. You can then fold the seaweed around the other ingredients, and enjoy! 

    ♬ original sound – Emily Mariko

    4. Chinese cucumber salad
    If you’re looking for an easy side to any meal, look no further than the Chinese cucumber salad. This salad is made by slicing a cucumber or cutting it into spirals (tastes the same either way) and then pouring the dressing on top. Combine chopped garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar for the dressing. I’m not ashamed to admit I eat this one on repeat. 

    SPIRAL CUCUMBER SALAD 🥒 absolutely addictive! #easyrecipes #chinesefood #veganfood
    ♬ Beving: Ala – Joep Beving

    5. Nature’s cereal
    Finding healthy snacks I love is often a struggle, but nature’s cereal does the trick. Made by adding fresh fruit to ice and coconut water, it’s the ideal alternative to regular cereal. I usually stick to berries, peaches, or nectarines. Sometimes, I’ll add granola or substitute coconut water for coconut milk.

    Umm thanks @natures_food 😍 of course we had to try this 🥥 #naturescereal #naturesfruitcereal #asmr #foodtiktok #coconutwater #lizzo @lizzo
    ♬ original sound – 🥭 Student of Nature🍍

    6. The Jennifer Aniston salad
    I’m always on the hunt for a new salad recipe, and when The Jennifer Aniston Salad went viral, I knew I had to try it. I believe all great salads have a little bit of everything, and this one certainly checks all the boxes. The base of this salad is bulgur or quinoa with cucumbers, chickpeas, red onion, parsley, mint, feta, and pistachios. You simply chop up all the ingredients and add them to a large bowl. For the dressing, you combine the juice of two lemons with ¼ cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. It’s very filling, and you can easily substitute ingredients to cater to your dietary restrictions or taste preferences.

    Will this make my arms look like hers? #jenniferanistonsalad #quinoasalad #mediterraneansalad #saladrecipes #easylunchideas #ByeByeSundayBlues
    ♬ Just a Cloud Away – Pharrell Williams

    7. Baked feta pasta
    When it’s the middle of the week, and you don’t have time to cook, this baked feta pasta recipe comes to the rescue. It contains cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, pasta, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. It’s the time-saving recipe you didn’t know you needed. To start, you bake the feta, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. While that’s baking, boil the pasta and save ¼ cup of the pasta water to add in after. Once everything is ready, mix it together for the perfect easy dish.

    @feelgoodfoodie Baked feta pasta with cherry tomatoes!! Recipe on blog • Inspired by @grilledcheesesocial 😘 #tiktokpartner #LearnOnTikTok #fetapasta #recipes ♬ original sound – Feel Good Foodie

    8. Ginger shot
    Taking a ginger shot seems to be all over #wellnesstok right now, and as a juice fan, I was all too eager to hop on this trend. The best part is you don’t even need to own a juicer to make it. All you need is a blender, ginger, coconut water, and a strainer. You start by cutting up the ginger and blending it with coconut water. Then, strain out the juice. Ginger is beneficial for your gut, loaded with antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties. I can see what all the hype is about.

    Best ginger shot recipe and so good for your gut health!! #gingershot #ginger #healthy #recipe
    ♬ More Than Friends – Aidan Bissett

    9. Pesto eggs
    TikTok recipes seem to revolve around taking the basics and elevating the taste, which is precisely what the pesto eggs recipe does. You start by putting some pesto into a frying pan, and once it begins to sizzle, crack an egg on top. Add some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes while the egg cooks. Then, toast your bread and spread it with goat cheese. Once the egg is done, place it on top of the toast. Brunching at home never tasted so good.

    #eggs #pestoeggs #homecook
    ♬ cooking video – cooking

    10. Bell pepper sandwich
    If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be a sandwich. But consistently eating bread has never sat well with my stomach. The difference between this sandwich and all others is that bell peppers are used in place of bread. The recipe calls for cream cheese, mustard, Everything But The Bagel seasoning, deli turkey, bacon, cheese, avocado, and cucumber. Still, I usually opt for whatever ingredients are in my fridge that day to make a bell pepper sandwich. Just don’t think about it as an authentic sandwich (it’s not going to taste the same!). Instead, think of it as a delicious, easy, plant-filled meal.

    How to make a low carb sandwich with Bell Peppers. Also known as the #idiotsandwich #gordonramsey #learnontiktok #tiktokpartner
    ♬ original sound – My Nguyen

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    Is the ‘What I Eat in a Day’ Trend Helpful or Harmful?

    By now, we’re all well aware that social media is far from reality, but when we’re in the depths of our feeds, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. This is true of one of the biggest trends currently crowding our feeds: “What I Eat in a Day.”
    When I first discovered the trend, I felt a palpable confusion. Getting a play-by-play of creators’ carefully-crafted meals left me questioning what a healthy diet looked like for me. As someone in recovery from a years-long eating disorder, I was susceptible to this one-size-fits-all approach to diets. Below, I’m breaking down the trend—what it is, why it can be damaging, and how I learned to make peace with the proliferation of diet diaries. And if you’re also feeling uneasy about this trend, know that you can always redefine your relationship with it.

    What is the “What I Eat in a Day” Trend?
    Watching a short video of someone detailing the meals and snacks they ate in the last 24 hours might sound dry and—truthfully—kind of boring. However, the personal content of “What I Eat in a Day” videos is a huge engagement driver for many online creators. Looking through the hashtag #WIEIAD, you’ll see short-form videos recapping everything that person ate in a day, from their morning cup of coffee to their after-dinner dessert (if there is one). Today, the tag #WhatIEatInADay has amassed over 12.8 billion views on TikTok.
    As with ample online video content, this trend started on YouTube. It can be traced back to the early 2010s, when users began tracking their meals (and often, calories). Fast forward a couple of years, and the videos started to shape a significant part of the wellness conversation, with vegan and fitness communities leading the charge. Daily diet diaries began surfacing on YouTube in abundance, and this content spread from fitness to more general lifestyle realms. With the rise of TikTok and the inception of reels, these quick videos set the stage for an even easier way to roll out “What I Eat in a Day” content. Because of social media, we can now track and recreate others’ diets for ourselves.

    Why the social media trend could be damaging: 
    Most of the foods and meal plans showcased in “What I Eat in a Day” videos aren’t inherently harmful, and many tout the benefits of nutrient-dense and satisfying picks. However, this content can drive obsession and keep us from choosing the foods we truly want and need. 
    “Many of these videos are promoting diet culture and disordered eating behaviors. When watching these videos, people may feel self-conscious and anxious about what they eat in a day, compared to these curated videos,” Chelsea Kronengold, Communications Manager for the National Eating Disorders Associated, shared with Healthline. For example, viewers may believe eating larger portions than what’s shown in a video is wrong and, therefore, plan to cut back. 
    These videos are often created with good intentions. Some videos even highlight the importance of flexible eating styles or how to eat more sustainably. But just because your favorite influencer eats a certain way—even if it’s a healthy way—that doesn’t mean you should too. While I appreciate the nod to inclusivity with disclaimers like “intuitive and non-restrictive,” it can still lead to people thinking there’s a right and a wrong way to eat. Remember: Our days and our diets differ, and one person’s nutritional needs don’t look exactly like another’s. What intuitive eating looks like for one person will look, by definition, entirely different for another.
    Registered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert shared with Business Insider that what someone else eats—healthy, sustainable, realistic, or not—might be completely opposite of what another person needs. And just because the FDA uses the 2,000 calories per day mark as standard nutrition advice, your needs could fall above or below that threshold. So when calorie counts get involved, the experience of watching “What I Eat in a Day” videos can become all the more confusing—and potentially damaging—for viewers.

    How #WIEIAD can be used for good:
    Get curious about your intentions for watching.
    Even as I critique the trend, “What I Eat in a Day” content has helped me discover fun food brands, try out new recipes, and learn the aesthetic pleasure of matching Tupperware. By watching the videos for inspiration beyond nutrition and meal planning, I’ve come to enjoy them. And that’s what it comes down to—the intention you bring when you tap on a post or press play on a video.
    While we can still watch and feel inspired, we must stay grounded in our truth, knowing that whatever we eat is perfectly OK—so long as it supports our unique and personal needs. As with all social media, I ask you to get curious and be critical about the content you’re consuming. Some questions that might be helpful to ask yourself: 

    Does this video make me feel like I have to change how I eat?
    Do I feel bad about myself or my eating habits after watching?
    Do I feel inspired and excited to try new foods and make new recipes?
    Does the creator make me feel seen because their budget or body type is similar to mine?

    Watch to get inspired, not down on yourself.
    If you get a serotonin boost every time you watch a video with colorful fruits, veggies, snacks, and sweets, by all means—revel in it. And if you’re tired of your same old breakfast routine or are guilty of making the same thing for lunch every day, there’s no harm in letting a recipe or video be the catalyst for your own creations. Seeing how other people eat can be beneficial. If you see a meal that looks tasty and you want to try it in your own way, go for it! Just be sure to recognize that not every meal of the day needs to be exactly like theirs. If you start to feel bad about the way you eat, it may be time to stop watching.
    Online food content can allow you to learn more about yourself and develop a kinder relationship with your eating habits. As someone with a big appetite for novelty, I find immeasurable joy in discovering the best avocado-slicing hacks and diving deep into other cultures’ staple recipes. Just as food is fuel, it’s also a pleasure and an opportunity to connect with the people and world around you.
    So, search for inspiration, then put down your phone and eat, cook, and create in a way that feels truest to you. And if it’s really pretty and you’re proud of it, feel free to snap a pic or take a video. Just remember that the aforementioned rules apply: Your plate doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. 

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    How To Recreate the Viral Hailey Bieber Smoothie on a Budget

    If there’s one thing I’m always on the lookout for, it’s tips on how to achieve flawless, glowing skin. Luckily, we have celebrities like Hailey Bieber to let us in on their skincare secrets. Well known for her flawless skin, she recently launched her own beauty line, Rhode. While Rhode currently has a waitlist, her viral Strawberry Glaze Skin Smoothie does not. 
    Launched at Erewhon Market in June, Hailey Bieber’s limited-edition smoothie includes skin-enhancing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (which, by the way, I did not know you could ingest) and sea moss, which Erewhon described as a “wellness supporting ingredient.” Coming in at $17, this smoothie promises to have your skin glowing from the inside out. If you’re like me and don’t have an Erewhon Market nearby, or if you want to save money (doesn’t everyone?), you can easily re-create the viral smoothie from the comfort of your own kitchen. To find out if the smoothie is worth the hype, I tested it out for myself. 

    How to re-create the smoothie
    I followed the recipe Vital Proteins shared on their TikTok, which omits the hyaluronic acid and sea moss, making it more budget-friendly. Although these two ingredients are the stars of the smoothie show, don’t worry. This recipe is still packed with nutrient-dense flavors that are great for your skin. That being said, if you want to make the smoothie more authentic to the one sold at Erewhon Market, hyaluronic acid and sea moss are both available to order online. The recipe I followed does call for a strawberry glaze, which you can make yourself. For a more convenient option, it can also be purchased from the store, or you can use an alternative like strawberry jam or preserves. 

    Once I had my ingredients assembled, it was as simple as tossing them into my Nutribullet and blending until everything was well combined. In the meantime, I used the back of a spoon to spread coconut cream and strawberry glaze onto the sides of my drinking glass. You can skip the aesthetics and put both ingredients at the bottom of your glass for the same effect. 
    Before trying the smoothie out for yourself, I’d be remiss not to mention some quick tips. Depending on your blender, you may need to cut up the dates prior to blending to save yourself from big chunks of dates. Additionally, make sure to blend the smoothie thoroughly so that the collagen powder is well incorporated. Lastly, while dates, maple syrup, and strawberry glaze contain naturally-occurring sugars, the amount this smoothie calls for is something to be mindful of. If you want to make it less sweet, you can simply use only one date or omit the maple syrup or strawberry glaze altogether. 

    My thoughts as a registered dietitian
    I absolutely loved the texture of this smoothie. Thanks to the avocado, it was thick and creamy and much fluffier than other smoothies I’ve tried. The taste reminded me of a strawberry milkshake, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious post-workout snack or an on-the-go breakfast option.
    For me, smoothies are my go-to summer breakfast, and I can definitely see myself adding this to my weekly smoothie rotation. I personally love to toss a handful of greens into all my smoothies for an extra nutrient boost, which I plan on doing with this recipe in the future. Chia seeds are my favorite smoothie topping to aid in digestion, and I think they would make an excellent match for this glowing skin smoothie. 
    While this smoothie does contain some amazing ingredients for your skin (think: healthy fats from the avocado, vitamin C from the strawberries, and collagen for tissue support), I wouldn’t say it’s a magic cure-all for your skincare woes. As always, staying hydrated and eating a well-rounded diet rich in plants and other whole foods will provide essential nutrients to protect and keep your skin healthy. 

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