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Try this Delicious Apple Almond Custard Cake

It makes a delicious, but healthy, end to your meal

Apple Almond Custard Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

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Ingredients:
1 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. + ¼ cup sugar
1 cup 2% milk
3 large eggs
¾ cup almond meal (flour)
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
½ tsp.   Read More

The Best Yogurts For Your Health: Greek or Regular?

We’ve weeded through the yogurt aisle to create a list of the best yogurts that are both delicious and healthy.

The yogurt aisle isn’t what it used to be. In the last few years, greek yogurt has taken over a sizeable chunk of the refrigerator case, leaving non-greeks to compete for the remaining real estate.

Meanwhile, both greek and non-greek yogurts are branching out. Fat-free? Cream on top? You got ‘em. Fruit purée or fruit mousse? Yep. Lactose-free or no dairy at all? Got you covered. And as for toppings and mix-ins, strawberry and vanilla are battling for shelf space with fig and orange zest, and chocolate-coated corn flakes. With so many options, how can you know which yogurts are the best yogurts?

Our recommendations (✔✔) are plain unsweetened yogurts. We’ve listed the criteria—maximums for calories and saturated fat and minimums for protein and calcium—at the beginning of each section. We disqualified products with artificial sweeteners. Within each section, yogurts are ranked from least to most calories, then least to most saturated fat, most to least protein, and most to least calcium.   Read More

What Foods Cause Gas? Beans, Vegetables, Milk, or Something Else?

You may be surprised to find out which foods cause gas.

Beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, milk, bran. Those are some of the usual suspects when people are trying to figure out, ahem, what foods cause gas. And those foods can cause gas.

But most of us overlook a growing source of the problem: inulin, or chicory root extract, one of the most popular ingredients in “high-fiber” foods.   Read More

Beware of Caffeine in Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

Sometimes there's caffeine in ice cream and that's why you can't fall asleep when you have an icy late night snack.

More than 80 percent of American adults consume caffeine regularly. That’s no surprise, what with a coffee shop seemingly on every corner and in every supermarket, and tiny $3 bottles of 5-hour Energy popping up like mushrooms wherever there’s a checkout counter. It turns out, though, that there is also caffeine in ice cream and frozen yogurt.

How does caffeine work in the body?

Caffeine works mainly by temporarily binding to adenosine receptors in the brain. That prevents adenosine, which is a natural sedative produced by the brain, from occupying those receptors and making us feel drowsy. Adenosine levels build up during waking hours and then drop as we sleep.

People who don’t use caffeine regularly and who haven’t developed a dependence on it “usually become significantly more alert and better able to perform cognitive and motor tasks – such as paying attention during boring tasks or typing – if they’re given the right dose of caffeine,” says Laura Juliano, a professor of psychology at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Should You Drink Chocolate Milk After a Workout?

If the world's greatest athletes drink chocolate milk after a workout, should you?

“Beverage of champions: Chocolate milk gets an Olympic-style makeover,” reported the Washington Post in January after ads featuring U.S. Olympic athletes began popping up during the Sochi winter games. Olympic athletes have access to the best in exercise regimens and health and nutrition advice. If they drink chocolate milk post workout, should you?

When it comes to recovering from intense exercise, this classic childhood beverage has taken the spotlight.

In some studies, drinking chocolate milk immediately after a strenuous workout is one of the best ways to recover quickly—better than sugary sports drinks like Gatorade. The milk’s naturally occurring sugar (lactose) is half glucose, its protein speeds up glycogen synthesis in the body, and its electrolytes (like potassium and, to a lesser extent, sodium) help you rehydrate.   Read More

The Best Coffee Creamers, Drinks, and Sweeteners

Nutrition and Caffeine Information

The creamer aisle is hot. From caramel macchiato, crème brûlée, and white chocolate caramel latte to Almond Joy, Cinnabon, and Hershey’s, it’s no longer just a question of “Cream or sugar?”

And it’s not just creamer. Starbucks, Silk, International Delight, and others now sell ready-to-drink coffee in bottles, cartons, or cans. It’s a whole new Joe out there.

Here’s a quick cruise through the creamer and coffee aisles.   Read More

A Healthy Mediterranean Diet

What a 2013 study did—and didn’t—find

“Mediterranean diet fights heart disease,” announced ABC News. “Mediterranean diet cuts risk of stroke,” said USA Today. “Mediterranean diet over low fat? Well, at least it’s more fun,” quipped the Los Angeles Times. A study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine set off a media frenzy in February. Its findings were striking, but the press reports may have misled many. Here’s what the study actually found…and how it should (or shouldn’t) alter what you eat.   Read More

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