Why You Should Never Thaw Frozen Fish in Its Vacuum-Sealed Packaging

  There’s a lot to love about individually wrapped pieces of frozen fish: they’re easy to store, prepare and portion. But what if we told you that those handy vacuum-sealed filets also pose a huge hidden health risk? Eeek! Few people realize that thawing fish in its packaging presents a high risk for botulism. Clostridium botulinum is an anaerobic bacteria that forms spores that allow it to thrive in low-oxygen environments—like the ones created by vacuum-sealed packages. When the right conditions are present, the spore can produce a deadly toxin. That toxin causes botulism, a life-threatening disease that attacks the
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5 Delicious Veggies You've Never Heard Of—And Need to Try

Apples and spinach have you bored out of your gourd? Thanks to creative crossbreeding, there’s a handful of new fruits and veggies popping up at farmer’s markets and grocery stories—and they’re worth sinking your teeth into. (Cotton candy-flavored grapes, anyone?!) “Some of [these hybrids] even offer superior nutrition compared to their old school counterparts,” says Wendy Bazilian, RD, author of Superfoods RX Diet ($26, amazon.com). Break free of your broccoli-and-peas rut with these five fresh new ways to get your five a day. RELATED: Eat More Veggies: 5 Easy Raw Food Recipes   Kalettes With a purple sprout base, leafy
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What Is Monk Fruit Sweetener and Is It a Healthy Option?

You’re probably super familiar with Stevia, the popular sugar substitute derived from the Stevia plant. but what about monk fruit extract, another calorie-free sweetener that’s become trendy among health-conscious eaters over the last few years? According to the FDA, monk fruit extract can taste up to 250 times sweeter than standard table sugar—thanks to chemical compounds called mogrosides, which give the fruit its characteristic sweetness. But where does monk fruit come from, and is this sweetener actually good for you? We reached out to a nutritionist for the facts. RELATED: What is Manuka Honey—and Why Is It So Good For You? Benefits of monk fruit extract Monk fruit extract
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13 Camping Food Recipes That Will Make Glamping Even More Fun

There’s nothing quite so comforting as a campfire. And after a long day fishing, hiking, or simply reveling in nature, you need food that's more delicious and nutritious to cook over those flames than boring old franks and beans. With help from these bloggers, we've rounded up several mouth-watering camping food recipes that people can’t stop pinning on Pinterest.  Breakfast sandwich Start your day with healthy protein and carbohydrates with this breakfast sandwich from Sunny Home Creations. Cinnamon roll-ups Make the morning even sweeter with icing and cinnamon skewers from Almost Supermom. BBQ chicken and vegetables in foil Bring your barbecue on the trail
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8 High-Sodium Bloat Bombs at Chain Restaurants

  You already know that eating out can be a minefield of too-large portions, deceptive marketing (we see you, 1,000-calorie salads) and the temptation of fried appetizers and rich desserts. Being the savvy diner that you are, you already have strategies for dealing with all of the above. But the sneaky monster of next-day bloat can be harder to fight. Why? It comes from the high sodium count in many restaurant dishes, which can be harder to sleuth out just from a menu description. It’s enough of an issue that New York City now requires chains to put a little salt shaker
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This Protein-Packed Bean Recipe Takes Literally 10 Minutes—and Dinner Is Done 

There are days when you come home from work or errands in a hot panic of hangry. You look in the fridge and flip when you realize you won’t be eating in the next 10 minutes. There are no leftovers, no frozen burritos to microwave. No bread. No eggs. No salvation. These are often also the days when you order panicky pizzas or sit on the couch with a jar of peanut butter and crackers. There’s nothing wrong with either scenario, but I’d like to float another idea—one that takes 10 minutes to make, soup to nuts, and comprises mostly
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This Instagrammer Proves How Simple Healthy Meal Prep Can Be

For most of us, Sunday calls for two things: rest and relaxation. But for people who meal prep, Sunday means spending lots of time in the kitchen, preparing or making lunches and dinners for the week ahead. If you like the idea of prepping meals but can’t bear the idea of spending hours over the weekend in your kitchen, we've got a brilliant solution.  Shannon Eng, a California-based fitness influencer, meal preps without slaving over the stove or ruining her entire Sunday. With simple ingredients and step-by-step videos on her YouTube page, Eng shows her followers how to eat clean with ease. Here are
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5 Ways to Use Your Instant Pot Instead of Your Stove (and Keep You Kitchen Cooler All Summer)

No matter how much you love summer, most of us are not inclined to pop the oven up to 500 degrees when it’s 90 degrees out there. Nor crank it to 400 for roast chicken when it’s 85. Nor even deal with a boiling pot of water when it’s 80. Whether you’re struggling with a couple of cantankerous, wheezing A/C units or have the luxury of central air, there’s no need to restrict yourself to cold salads, raw foods, or a single can of tuna, eaten as you sit in front of the blast from the box fan. You can
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Whole-Grain Meals: Vegetarian Dish Packed With Protein

HOWARD LEE PUCKETT The whole story: The quinoa in this Toasted Quinoa With Chiles and Corn recipe has more protein than any other grain, so it makes a fantastic vegetarian main dish or side. Prep: 8 minutes Cook: 23 minutes Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup canned no salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained 1/3 cup jalapeño peppers, chopped 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions 2 tablespoons lime juice Instructions: 1. Add the quinoa to a 2-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting
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Whole-Grain Meals: Lamb Chops High in Fiber and Heart-Healthy Fat

HOWARD LEE PUCKETT Make the nutty, satisfying bulgur in this Lamb Chops With Lemony Bulgur recipe a staple in your kitchen. Its great in salads and pilafs. Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 11 minutes Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 12 (2-ounce) French-cut lamb rib chops, trimmed 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 14-ounce can fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup uncooked bulgur 1 large carrot, julienne cut 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Cooking spray 2 teaspoons black pepper Instructions: 1. Place
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