A jar of hazelnut chocolate butter, like Nutella or Nocciolata, is always scrape-worthy, even if there's next to nothing left. But no matter what tool you use, be it a spoon, spatula, or index finger, bits of precious, chocolatey nut butter are sure to remain glued to the sides. Instead of resigning the jar to the bin, make hot chocolate instead.
Tofu isn't just for stir-fries; it's also a great addition to smoothies! When blended with fruit, it tastes sweet and offers an incredibly creamy consistency similar to Greek yogurt but without a drop of dairy. Most people would probably think to reach for silken tofu for a supersmooth consistency, but if blended enough, soft tofu is equally smooth and offers more protein.
Made with only four ingredients, this smoothie tastes more like a luscious vanilla milkshake — seriously! Keep reading to learn how to make this smoothie that offers over 17 grams of protein.
Summer weather hasn't yet started in San Francisco — the city is still in a misty haze — but when it comes to Summer adventure, that's a whole different story. For the past two months, the City by the Bay has played host to the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup, two of the most thrilling and prestigious sailing matches in the world. To ring in the 34th anniversary of the America's Cup, one of the sponsors, Nespresso, has created a coffee drink that pays homage to Fog City in a surprising way.
If you're not one of the hundreds of thousands of spectators flocking to the San Francisco Bay for the best-of-17 series, then you may not be able to catch the remainder of the races in the flesh, but you can still celebrate by making yourself one of the competition's official beverages, The Fog, a unique blend of espresso, milk, honey, and spices. Get the recipe when you read more.
There are many health benefits to both coffee and tea — disease-fighting, metabolism-revving, and memory-boosting benefits, to name a few. But in order to maximize these health benefits, there may be a few tweaks you should be doing to your morning routine. Read on for the dos and don'ts for making your morning cup of coffee or tea even healthier!
With whimsical packaging straight out of a children's picture book (literally), it's easy to write off The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Blue Tiger Tea ($11) as a brew best suited to the under-10 set, but don't discount it quite yet. A herbal blend of lemon myrtle and malva flower, with a dash of raspberry flavoring added for good measure, this tea is fruity, bright, and equally as refreshing sipped hot or poured over ice.
We love it as an afternoon pick-me-up: its strong citrus-like flavor invigorates, while a fruity element satisfies cravings for a sweet treat. Try a cup for yourself if you're fond of lemongrass, lemon myrtle, or lemon itself — its flavor reminded us of an all-natural, slightly grassy take on Lemonhead candy.
If you're craving a cool, refreshing sweet treat and thinking of heading to your local Starbucks for a creamy drink, then consider your choices first. These stats will help shave calories off your order.
|Instead of||16-oz. Caramel Frappuccino Blended Beverage: Coffee blended with caramel sauce, milk, and ice, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce: 410 calories|
|Go For||16-oz. Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage: Coffee blended with caramel sauce, milk, and ice: 140 calories|
|Instead of||16-oz. Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha: Espresso, milk, white chocolate flavored sauce, and peppermint flavored syrup on ice, topped with sweetened whipped cream: 500 calories|
|Go For||16-oz. Iced Skinny Mocha: Bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, espresso, and nonfat milk served over ice: 100 calories|
Keep reading for more lower-calorie options at Starbucks.
As grueling as it can be, the blissful high after completing a long run is what keeps you coming back for more. But if you fail to eat the right foods afterward, headaches and fatigue can last for days, making it impossible to even consider getting up to go get the mail, let alone tackle another eight miles.
A recovery drink is easy to sip down fast, but if you ran for an hour or more, a sports drink like Gatorade won't offer your body enough nutrients to refuel and heal those weary muscles. What you need are a combo of carbs to give you energy and protein to rebuild muscle; a four-to-one ratio of carbs to protein is ideal.
Skip the sports drink and reach for this refreshing postrun recovery smoothie instead. It's made with Greek yogurt and chocolate milk to offer muscle-building protein, and banana and the chocolate in the milk provide energy-packed carbs. Since a long run can be really taxing on your body's immune system, the blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries will offer your body an antioxidant boost. Top it all off with some water for hydration.
Fruity, sweet, and satisfying, this smoothie should be consumed within 30 minutes of finishing your run. As a bonus, the water and fiber will keep hunger under wraps for hours. Keep reading to learn how to make this simple 350-calorie smoothie.
You may think that your nighttime nightcap routine isn't affecting your sleep patterns, but guess again. To be sure you're imbibing beverages that are going to help you out, instead of hinder you from catching some solid Zs, check out these recommendations that will help curb late-night cravings.
- Instead of green tea, drink herbal: White tea may not seem like a real culprit, but guess again; while farther down the stimulant scale, it still contains brain-buzzing caffeine. Just grab some chamomile or peppermint tea to help you calm down before bed. We're also loving Sleepy Time Extra over here these days!
- Instead of orange juice, drink tart cherry juice: Lots of juices like orange have a high sugar content that's going to keep you up and moving. The exception to the rule comes in the form of tart cherry juice. Cherry juice actually contains melatonin, which can assist you in getting some much-needed rest.
- Instead of booze, go for some warm milk: You may think that drink is going to help you chill out in bed, but instead, it can do just the opposite and keep you up or make for a restless night of sleep. Instead of trying to get comfort in something boozy, a warm glass of milk will calm you down in a nostalgic, G-rated way. This may be a tough switch, but your body will thank you for it later.
If you're feeling bloated and lethargic, you may have heard of drinking dandelion root tea to cure that puffy, overly full feeling. But is imbibing a steaming mug of a bitter-tasting common weed really the key to feeling your best?
Many people use dandelion root to detoxify, relieve constipation, soothe an upset stomach, and help shed water weight, among many other health remedies. In fact, tea made from the dandelion's root or leaves has been used in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine for centuries; now, even Dr. Oz has jumped on board, recommending dandelion tea as part of his 48-hour cleanse to help your liver release toxins while you sleep.
There's even some limited science to back up those ancient claims. Studies have shown that dandelion does contain diuretic and liver-detoxifying properties, and promising new research is looking into whether dandelion root has cancer-killing properties as well. A small lab study in mice even found that hot water dandelion root extract reduced alcohol-related liver damage in mice. However, scientific research has not been able to prove all the claims about dandelion root and health, and more research is needed.
Even so, medical experts regard dandelion use as generally safe — rare side effects include upset stomach and diarrhea — making dandelion root tea a good option if you're looking for ways to detox and debloat. Be sure to note the warnings about who shouldn't ingest dandelion root, however, and find a reputable, high-quality brand you trust (we like the Roasted Dandelion Root Tea from Traditional Medicinals). Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medication as well, since the weed can interact with some medications, such as lithium, certain antibiotics, and drugs that are broken down by your liver. And note that dandelion tea can have laxative effects, so try it out at night if you've never had it before.
It's not really Summer until you have enjoyed a big slice of watermelon. But when the seeds just won't do, take a sip of this refreshing watermelon-mint cooler, inspired by one of our favorite OnJuice concoctions. Perfect for hot Summer days, this hydrating, cold-pressed juice is full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Add to that the debloating properties of mint, and you've found yourself the go-to health elixir of the season!
Learn how to make this refreshing drink after the break!