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Stuff I Ate: Smoothies & Chili 2 Ways

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Stuff I Ate: Smoothies & Chili 2 Ways

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Even though Health Made Simple is over, I’m still eating very healthily at home. I’ve kept up my morning smoothies. Each day starts with a Larabar and a workout followed by immediate post-workout carbs in the form of white rice or fruit juice. Then, about an hour later, I have my proper breakfast of a green smoothie. Here’s a Spinach Colada Smoothie with pineapple, coconut water, banana, spinach, flaked coconut, and walnuts.

And here’s a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with pureed pumpkin, banana, and walnuts. No greens this time. And I added a little Reddi Whip coconut whip because pumpkin NEEDS whipped cream.

I made a great chili for dinner this week. The recipe was from More Fabulous Beans, an older cookbook from Book Publishing Co. (my publisher) by Barb Bloomfield. The recipe was called Kidney Bean Pepper Chili, and it has kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, celery, peppers, and onions, plus dried ancho chiles. The recipe was already low-oil, but I made it oil-free because I rarely cook with oil anymore. Topped with Tofutti sour cream!

Barb is a really cool lady who lives on The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee (where my publisher is located). I’ve stayed at her house a few times on visits to The Farm (if you’re not familiar, it’s a former commune-turned-intentional community in Middle Tennessee, and most people there are vegan or vegetarian).

The next day, Paul and I had leftover chili over baked potatoes. Very good!

And here’s a bowl I ate last week at my desk at work. It has quinoa, sauteed kale and squash, chickpeas, and tahini dressing.

December 6, 2018 at 06:00AM

15 Massagers For the Person Who Trains All the Damn Time and Is Always Sore

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15 Massagers For the Person Who Trains All the Damn Time and Is Always Sore

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Feeling muscle soreness the day or two after a workout is one of those hurts-so-good feelings; you know you worked your body hard enough to get sore, but damn if it doesn’t hurt to walk up stairs or dry your hair.

If you know a person who spends all their free time in the gym and is subsequently constantly sore, they’re probably looking for immediate relief. After all, there are only so many sports and deep tissue massages you can get. Luckily, there are home massagers for every part of your body. We gathered some of our favorite options for sore muscles, tight feet, and other types of fitness-related discomfort.

December 6, 2018 at 04:26AM

Avoiding the Flu Shot Because You’re Worried About the Side Effects? Let’s Calm Those Fears

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Avoiding the Flu Shot Because You’re Worried About the Side Effects? Let’s Calm Those Fears

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If you’ve been putting off getting your flu shot, chances are you have concerns, like any potential side effects you might experience after leaving the doctor’s office. Like other medicines, the flu vaccine can have side effects, but most of them are mild and not worth forgoing the shot altogether – especially as we brace for what’s likely to be a brutal flu season.

According to Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, those potential side effects include soreness, redness, and swelling from the vaccine. "Some people occasionally report headache, low-grade fever, nausea, and muscle aches as well," she told POPSUGAR. "As with any vaccination, allergic reactions can occur and can be life-threatening, but effective treatments are available."

The flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein, so if you’re allergic to eggs, you should discuss the vaccine with your doctor. Fortunately, Phil Johnson, MD, a professor of general internal medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, explained to POPSUGAR that this type of reaction is rare.

Also rare is a condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the nerves. "It occurs in one to two cases per one million doses," said Michael Ison, MD, a professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a practicing physician at Northwestern Medicine.

In other words, it’s much more likely you’ll simply protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated. If you can’t afford to deal with the milder symptoms, like pain and swelling, Dr. Johnson suggests asking for the vaccine in nasal spray form.

December 6, 2018 at 03:46AM

Feel More Confident on Your Runs With This Cute, Reflective Running Gear

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Feel More Confident on Your Runs With This Cute, Reflective Running Gear

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We’re not trying to sound like your parents, but if you’re running when it’s dark outside, it’s important to wear gear that will increase your visibility and help keep you safe. We know that style and comfort are important no matter the time of day, which is why we found the best reflective running gear that will keep you safe and looking good. From reflective tights to LED lights for your sneakers, there’s something for everyone.

Related: 15 Gadgets Fitness Lovers Won’t Be Able to Live Without This Year

December 6, 2018 at 03:10AM

These Smoothie Bowls Are So Stupidly Beautiful, You Almost Won’t Want to Eat Them

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These Smoothie Bowls Are So Stupidly Beautiful, You Almost Won’t Want to Eat Them

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Smoothie bowls have taken Instagram by storm, and I’m not complaining – maybe it’s in my head, but I find smoothies more satisfying when I can eat them with a spoon rather than through a straw. And when they’re as beautiful as the ones on Insta? Well, I’m not sure there’s a better way to start your morning. We’ve rounded up 20 magical creations that look more like a dessert from a cool new restaurant than a breakfast made in your own blender. The next time you want to get creative in the kitchen, find some healthy-living inspiration here. (And invite us, please?)

December 6, 2018 at 02:40AM

Don’t Listen to the People Who Say Leggings Aren’t Pants – We’re Living in These 14 Pairs

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Don’t Listen to the People Who Say Leggings Aren’t Pants – We’re Living in These 14 Pairs

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When we’re home for the holidays, the only thing we want to wear is leggings. Specifically, the comfiest, coziest pair we can find. So, we’ve done the digging for you and found 14 of the most comfortable leggings on the internet. Consider your holiday wardrobe solved.

December 6, 2018 at 01:59AM

The Basics of Consuming Cannabis – For Total Rookies

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The Basics of Consuming Cannabis – For Total Rookies

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The following post was originally published on Miss Grass.

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There’s never been a better time to try cannabis. The science is barreling ahead, and options are bountiful. This story is part one of a four-part series on the basics of cannabis.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself sweating at a party because someone’s pulled out the weed. If pressing the joint to your lips, you’ve cursed yourself for choking on an excuse not to partake. If paranoid about what you’ve said (or haven’t), you’ve bumbled your way through an Irish goodbye because leaving a party immediately was never so important. Raise your hand if this is you.

For a lot of people, cannabis is a really scary thing. Not just anyone can look swaggery smoking a joint. There’s real cache to being good at it. But let’s be real: high school ruined cannabis for a lot of us. And to this day, the sight of a joint is little more than an embarrassing reminder of how little time we dedicated to dealing with that PTSD.

As cannabis makes its way into the zeitgeist and the greenrush hits its stride, the little plant is getting a second chance. And noncannabis users deserve the straight goods on how it’s changed.

For some advice on where to start, I spoke to bona fide cannabis expert Samantha Miller, president and chief scientist at Pure Analytics (a cannabis lab in Santa Rosa, CA). According to Miller, a lot of cannabis users aren’t trying to get high at all. There are people who use it for anxiety, for pain, and for sleep, while others use it much like someone might use a drink.

"[Cannabis] can be great for the new user who wants to take a little bit of a vacation from their state of mind," says Miller. "It’s the replacement of a glass of wine at the end of the day."

You can consume cannabis in all kinds of ways, at all levels of potency, to all sorts of effects. But Miller recommends three specific modes of ingestion for the new user and keeping a strain journal just like any good wine aficionado might. She says this is our best tool while getting to know the plant, the body, and how the two fit together.

1. The Oil Vaporizer

If you like the idea of carrying a little cannabis with you at all times, an oil vaporizer like Wildflower’s CBD one is a good discreet option. This product comes preloaded with a concentrated CBD oil cartridge, so there’s no fuss or muss. And it won’t leave you smelling of cannabis either. Expect a nonpsychoactive, consistent, and repeatable experience.

2. Smokable Flower

Flower is what we call the actual cannabis bud in its unprocessed state, and it’s what you grind up to roll into a joint or smoke from a pipe. Flower is a good option if you have a bit of an appetite for the unknown. Even if you buy the same flower from the same dispensary and the same farmer, there’s no guarantee you’ll have the same experience each time you go back. Miller recommends reaching for more top shelf flower and asking your budtender (the person at the dispensary) for something with under 20 percent THC. If rolling a joint is beyond your skill set, you can always ask for a prerolled joint, too.

3. The Edible Treat

Edibles tend to terrify people. But dosed properly, they can actually have the most mellow and predictable effect of all. It’s worth noting, the high from edibles is different – more of a body high than a head high. Miller suggests starting with edibles that have no more than 5 mg of THC. And if you’re feeling especially enterprising, consider setting yourself up to make DIY edibles at home.

December 5, 2018 at 09:37PM

We Are So Freaking Excited About These Gluten-Free Goodies From Trader Joe’s

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We Are So Freaking Excited About These Gluten-Free Goodies From Trader Joe’s

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When your diet has restrictions, the holidays can really suck, especially since food is such an important part of the celebrations. Good news is here for all you gluten-free folks: Trader Joe’s has your back with these delicious holiday foods. From eggnog to latkes to peppermint brownies, head to Trader Joe’s and grab these holiday gems!

December 5, 2018 at 07:20PM

A Quick Long and Lean Bodyweight Workout

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A Quick Long and Lean Bodyweight Workout

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We love adding lengthening moves into our strength training, and this workout does just that. These feel-good bodyweight exercises will stretch you out while toning you all over.

Long and Lean Workout

Equipment needed: None

Directions: After warming up with two minutes of light cardio (find inspiration here), perform each exercise for one minute, keeping good form, before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit twice.

Exercises:

  • Alternating lunge with shoulder squeeze
  • Down Dog push-up
  • Single-leg deadlift
  • Superman

Keep reading for detailed explanations and images of the moves.

December 5, 2018 at 04:12PM

Forget the Fireplace: This Low-Carb Chicken Pot Pie Is All You Need to Stay Warm

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Forget the Fireplace: This Low-Carb Chicken Pot Pie Is All You Need to Stay Warm

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If being on the keto diet has forced you to end your love affair with anything resembling chicken pot pie (looking at you, Chrissy Teigen, and your tasty pot pie soup), we have some very good news. It’s possible to enjoy that rich and savory filling – and even add some crunch – without the extra carbs.

For this delicious take, you’ll start with the ingredients for a more traditional filling, including heavy cream, fresh thyme, and a mix of vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, and green beans). But the real magic is in the low-carb crust, made with almond flour, eggs, and lots of cheese.

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For the crust, you’ll simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, and portion the dough so it can be shaped to fit over the top of each baking pan. Then, it’s into the oven, where you’ll bake the pie until the crust is golden brown.

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The result? A keto-friendly pie with the same texture and taste as the classic you’ve always loved. It’s everything you want on a cozy night in. Keep reading for the recipe, and add it to your rotation this Winter, right alongside those hearty, low-carb soups.

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Keto Chicken Pot Pie

Original Recipe

Keto Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Filling
  2. 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
  3. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 1 yellow onion, diced
  5. 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  8. 2 cups mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas)
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  11. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  12. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Crust
  2. 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  8. 1 cup shredded cheddar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the onions in butter until soft and translucent. Add the chicken, along with paprika, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook until slightly browned. Pour in the chicken broth, heavy cream, and xanthan gum. Bring to a boil, and then reduce over medium-low heat. Add the veggies and continue to simmer until thick. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the crust dough by adding the almond flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, butter, and cheese to a large mixing bowl. Combine all the ingredients using a rubber spatula.
  4. Shape the dough to be a little larger than the size of your pan so the edges are sealed.
  5. Scoop the filling into your baking pan and fill 3/4 of the way up. Place the dough on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then change the oven setting to low broil and watch closely until the top just turns golden brown (about two to three minutes).
  7. Cool for five minutes before serving.

Information

Category
Main Dishes
Yield
4
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, 20 minutes

December 5, 2018 at 03:59AM

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