Blog Posts by Healthy B Daily

  • Is Raw Food for You?


    raw foodIt's official: The hottest health craze is here and it's completely uncooked.

    It also promises weight loss, great skin and energy galore. But before you get too excited, know that your food must be cooked at temperatures below 104 to 118 degrees to be considered "raw."

    Still want that bowl of cold soup?

    Heated Drama

    Cooking food kills off its precious, naturally-occurring enzymes, which are said to be the very life force that allows us to digest nutrients that keep us glowing and energized. It's also speculated that a lack of those enzymes can cause accelerated aging and weight gain. No thanks!

    So is it worth un-cooking your life?

    Well, it's a bit tricky. For example, when broccoli and some other veggies are cooked, their heath benefits are diminished, while other foods become more healthful after cooking because fiber is broken down.

    Related: Gassy and Bloated

    raw foodAsk the Doc

    Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing

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  • Do Vegans Get Enough Calcium?



    milkThe dairy industry has you wrapped around their fingers.

    They claim that milk and mucous are an excellent source of calcium, and they've spent millions of dollars on celebrity advertising to make you believe it. The irony? Osteoporosis remains a major public health threat -- and 80 percent of those affected are women. Lucky us.

    So how do you protect your precious bones?

    Go Green

    Your body is kind of like that co-dependent boyfriend you had in college: it's super needy when it comes to calcium. And as vegan chicas, magnificent greens are your bones' deepest desire. Try to eat lots of your meals on a bed of kale or collard greens. Saute some spinach or bok choy and put it on your sandwich for a nutrition boost. Plant-sourced calcium has been shown to increase bone mineral density, which decreases your risk of osteoporosis. Bonus tip: Give seaweed a go! Sea vegetables are also an amazing calcium and mineral source.

    Related: Kale Caesar Salad

    Best Friends

    Calcium is a social butterfly;

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  • Brussels Sprouts with Cashew Dipping Sauce


    brusselsRemember when you'd feed your Brussels sprouts to the dog under the dinner table?

    Now that you're all grown up, you probably wonder what your problem was -- Brussels sprouts are good. Fun fact? They may have health benefits when it comes to DNA protection and lowering cholesterol. Try this recipe for a new twist on your kids' most hated veggie - we can almost guarantee they'll like it.

    What You Need

    1 pound Brussels sprouts
    2 cups green tea, brewed
    2 tablespoons agave nectar
    1/2 cup raw cashews, ground
    1/2 cup almond milk
    2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
    1 teaspoon dulse flakes
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1/6 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon chili powder
    2 tablespoons warm water

    Related: Mint Green Tea Pudding

    How to Make It

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place Brussels sprouts in a roasting pan. Pour 2 cups brewed green tea over Brussels sprouts, then drizzle with agave nectar. Place into the oven for 30 minutes; flip sprouts after 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.

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  • Easy Arm Exercises


    sculpted armsTank-top season scares us.

    Winter whiteness and chicken wings just don't go with that cute little sundress. But you don't always have time to squeeze in a yoga class after a 10-hour work day, now do you?


    Big Guns


    My girlfriend, Stefanie, requested easy arm workouts that are accessible from home. The truth is, with ten minutes of arm sculpting a day, your arms will become lean, strong and flab-free. These are four workouts I do almost every day to prevent the dreaded jiggle. My trainer Chris was kind enough to take these pictures while keeping a close eye on my form.

    Related: Working Out is for Wimps


    sculpted armsPress-Ups

    Take 3 or 5-pound weights (if weights aren't available, canned food works well), come down by the sides and then press up into an "O" shape. Do three sets of 25 reps.




    sculpted armsTriceps Dips

    Bring the palms of the hands on an elevated surface (a chair works). Come down to 90 degrees with the elbows and press back up. Try to hold it for two seconds when down. Do three sets of 20 reps.



    sculpted arms

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  • Healthy Cocktails

    cocktailAs a working girl, sometimes it can feel like you spend more time schmoozing clients at happy hour than clocking in hours at the office. Hey, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. But, the problem is that one too many cosmos makes Jane a bloated girl. So, how can a socialite maintain her skinny figure without looking like the sober buzzkill?

    Related: Pomegranate Cranberry Kiss Cocktail

    The solution: Get back to the basics. With summertime right around the corner, sugary cocktails like margaritas, daiquiris, and mojitos gain more popularity than the high school homecoming queen. Instead, ask the bartender to whip you up something that delivers some health benefits and is lower on calories. Just remember: a few rounds of anything is never good on the love handles [Sigh].


    SKIP: Cosmopolitan
    INDULGE: Champagne


    Celebrate with a toast! Bubbly is known for its cool factor and actually has a healthy side, too. With a high level of polyphenols, a powerful

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  • Vegan on the Cheap


    saving moneySaving money is tough.

    If you're a seasoned veggie, you probably already know this, but it may be news for plant-noshing newbies: Being vegan can be expensive.

    But hold up. True, certain products come with a higher price tag, but it's completely possible to do the vegan thing without spending more than you normally would. Here are some ways to get what you need while trimming down your weekly shopping bill:

    Rule 1: Lists are your friends.

    Knowing what you're going to need for a week's worth of eating is a smart move. For one thing, you can check out stores' websites or look for coupons and discounts to see what's on sale. Keep a running list of essentials, like vegan cheese, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, tofu, etc. You'll be surprised by how much you can make if you just always have your staples on hand. Also, it will limit the impulse buys you make when you wander the frozen aisle thinking, "So hungry - oh, frozen potstickers? Yum!"

    saving moneyRule 2: Buy in bulk.

    Yep, it's a pain to buy

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  • Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?


    veganYou know it's coming.

    You're at the company barbeque, and the guy who works four cubicles down makes his way over to you with his plate of dripping hamburger.

    "Don't you miss this?" he asks, as your nose registers the scent of ground pig lips. You step away tentatively. You shake your head and mumble something about how you have to go. But before you make your escape, he manages to force out between a mouthful of flesh, "How do you get your protein, anyway?"

    Tired of meat-eaters harassing you about how much protein you get? We are too.

    Protein Myths

    The real deal: Meat-eaters are obsessed with protein, and it's just not an issue. "How do you get your protein?" seems to be their favorite question to ask. It doesn't matter how you answer them - be prepared for skeptical looks and even more questions.

    Gym rats will tell you that you need one gram of protein per pound of lean body weight. Like most diet myths, that's not actually true. Consuming that much protein is useless at best,

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  • Does Being Late Harm Your Health?

    An Alarm ClockFirst, you couldn't find a thing to wear. Then you just had to check your email one last time before you ran out the door. But when you jumped into your car, low and behold, you remember that your lovely vehicle is running on fumes. Now you're running 20 minutes behind and are stuck at a red light behind dueling senior citizens who can barely see over the wheel. Stress much?

    Related: Is Stress Making You Fat?


    Being late is horrible. It draws the positive energy right out of each of us through anger, worry, fear and anxiety.

    Physical Effects of Excess Stress According to medicinenet.com, the effects that elevated stress can have on our poor little selves range from:

    • Headaches
    • Intestinal problems
    • Sleep disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Mood swings
    • Muscle tension
    • Poor diet habits
    • Increased use of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
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  • Vegan Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes


    cheesecakeCheesecake can perform miracles.

    OK, maybe not -- but I've never met a cheesecake that couldn't drag me out of a deep depression or cure a stress headache. This vegan version will have you doing a little tap dance. We promise.

    What You Need

    Crust

    1 cup vegan vanilla wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers, crushed)
    1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
    6 tablespoons sugar
    6 tablespoons cocoa
    1/3 cup vegan butter, melted

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    Filling

    3 (8 oz.) packages vegan cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) vegan butter, melted
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 can (14 oz.) vegan condensed milk
    3 egg replacers, mixed
    Vegan whipped cream
    Chopped pecans

    How to Make It

    Stir together all crust ingredients in medium bowl until well blended. Set aside.

    Heat oven to 300°F. Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups or spray with vegetable cooking spray and prepare crust. Press about 1 tablespoon of crust on bottom of each cup. Beat

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  • What Does Your Hair Say About Your Health?

    Pretty Eh?Sometimes you wish you knew what was going on in that silly little body of yours.

    You got eight hours of sleep every night last week but felt like a walking Zombie. You've been putting on a few extra lb's though you got enough mileage in last week to make Prefontaine look like a wimp. And the metal detectors went off at the airport the other day and you were, well, metal-less. Hmm … a slight hint?

    As it turns out, your hair follicles are quite the crime scene - behind the yellow tape are the clues as to why your body is performing like a two-pump chump.

    Related: Safe, Natural Hair Dyes That Actually Work!

    Mobile nutritionist Meg Gotelli unlocks all the secrets to your nutritional needs through a snip of your hair. Easily collected, Meg comes to your office or home, with bag and scissors in tow, to meet and collect a small hair sample to send in for lab results. Yeah, but are they accurate? Analyzing more than 50,000 hair samples a year, the state-of-the-art lab

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