A+ For Apricots

A+ For Apricots

  • Apricots

What’s not to love about apricots? They’re sweet, they’re juicy, and they look and smell great. Like peaches, their pretty orange-yellow color provides a clue as to their nutrient content. They’re a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C and more. And while they’re on the sweet side, they’re a far cry from sugary breakfast cereals. From sweet to savory dishes, check them out in these apricot bars, apricot and basil pesto chicken, and apricot chicken tajine.

Learn more here.

They’re more than just a snack!

Detox Diet

  • Detox Diet

It’s time to forget your notion of what a cleanse is. Cleansing can be as easy as eating foods that help filter gunk out of your gut and drinking enough water to keep digestion in check so it releases unwanted toxins from your system. Here’s how.

  • Eat anti-inflammatory food, like whole foods packed with nutrients
  • Drink more of the right things, like water with lemon or green tea
  • Get moving, get out there and exercise
  • Eat smaller portions – and slowly
  • Get a good night’s sleep

Happy cleansing!

Forever Young Smoothie Bowl

  • Superfood Smoothie Bowl

The perfect healthy breakfast or quick and easy afternoon snack, this smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients that will keep you energized all day long. Enjoy!


Acai Bowl with Berries and Banana

Serves: 2

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 frozen banana (peel before you freeze it)

1/2 an avocado

1 tbsp. unsweetened acai powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tbsp of walnuts crumbled on top

Fresh strawberries, for topping, optional

Granola, for topping, optional


Pop the berries, banana, avocado, acai powder, almond milk and chia seeds into the blender and mix everything up. You might need to give it a few pulses to get the right consistency. Then pour into two bowls and top walnuts. Add the strawberries and granola, if desired.

Summer Skin Safety

  • Summer Skin Safety

While it’s always sunny in San Diego, it’s important to be mindful of skin safety this Summer. Check out these tips for protecting your skin all year-round:

  • Most sunscreen SPF ratings are done with application of the cream twice as thick as most people put it on.  Go for at least SPF 30 to 50 to be on the safe side. By the time you rub it all the way in, the SPF will be half as much as the bottle says.
  • For the amount of sunscreen to use, think as much as a shot glass to cover the body.  And don’t forget sunscreen ratings assume you will re-apply every two hours and every hour if in the water or sweating.
  • The broadest UVA protection is offered by zinc oxide.  And NO, this is NOT the zinc oxide your dad used to wear on his nose making it white when you all went to the beach as kids.  Today’s zinc oxide, in the right product, is micronized or ultra-micronized such that it rubs in and you don’t see it at all.

Keep this in mind next time you’re having fun in the sun!

Rehydration Rules

  • Rehydration Rules

Not all fluids are created equal. It’s important to think about this when workouts leave you drenched or when it’s so hot outside your clothes cling to your body. If you don’t hydrate, your body and brain can suffer. During exercise, the average person should drink about two cups of water every 30 minutes to replace the fluids you’re losing. Research shows that milk is also an ideal recovery beverage, packed with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Drink up (if you’re not intolerant of dairy)!

This Beet Smoothie Has Anti-Aging Powers

  • Beet Smoothie Anti-Aging

The ingredient that has been having a moment on social media lately, beets are superfood stars for reasons beyond their brilliant appearance. The veggie is packed with important nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and more. Plus, they are known to detox the liver, and possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making them useful for anti-aging and skincare. Click here for an anti-aging beet smoothie recipe.

Chocolate May Improve Cognitive Function

  • Chocolate May Improve Cognitive Function

Need an excuse to raid that chocolate stash? A new study shows that cocoa flavanols could boost cognitive function within just a few hours of consumption. To sweeten the deal, researchers found that regular, long-term intake of cocoa flavanols may also protect against cognitive decline. It looks like a little bit of chocolate can do wonders, so enjoy that chocolate bar!

15 Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

  • Chocolate May Improve Cognitive Function

According to the rule of thumb, you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day. However, roughly 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables. It’s still important to drink plenty of water. Click here to read more about 15 hydrating foods, which are at least 90% water by weight.

Intense Exercise Reduces Cellular Aging by Nine Years

  • Exercise Reduces Cellular Aging

Findings from a recent study show significant exercise is tied to nearly a decade of slower cell aging. It seems that highly active individuals enjoy the benefits of a younger-feeling body. Adults who constantly engage in demanding exercises have a biological aging boost of nine years versus those who live comparably idle lifestyles. Will you jump on the exercise train?

The Healthiest Fruits for Your Body

  • Healthiest Fruits

While it’s not exactly breaking news that fruit is good for you, it’s important to keep in mind about the health benefits of each variety. Are grapes as good for you as raspberries?  Understanding the nutritional perks of each fruit isn’t always self-explanatory, but it can help you maximize your health goals. Read more here.

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