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7 Reasons Meditation Is for More Than Stress Relief

This ancient practice can do so much more for your mind and body. Unless you’ve been living on a desert island, you’ve heard that meditation can help reduce stress. And if a friend or family member hasn’t told you, “You really should try meditating,” you’ve certainly had headlines scream it at you. Mindfulness may make…

The Science of Dried Fruit

– By Angela Liu, CrispyGreen.com Most people have eaten dried fruit in one form or another. It’s probably safe to say that dried fruit has been part of the human diet for as long as humans have been around. Dried fruit is a good source of energy and nutrients, and typically, it lasts longer (has…

Why You Should Try Barre Workouts

You may have heard friends talk about ballet-inspired toning classes or heard about celebrities like Kelly Ripa using barre fitness classes to get long and lean, but were worried that they are too challenging or expensive to try. Luckily, that fretting was for naught—you can try barre from the comforts of home right now! The…

Reasons to Pack a Healthy Lunch

The back-to-school season is finally here, and it’s time to take that “big trip” to the local grocery store and stock up on lunchbox items for the kids. To help you get shopping, there’s a great deal of information on the internet about what to include in healthy school lunches for your children – just…

Activity: Fruits and Veggies Word Search

If you have a picky eater at home, you know how hard it is to get them to choose an apple versus a bag of potato chips! But, it’s still important to expose your children to fruits and veggies early on, so that they get all of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow…

Fast, Healthy Recipes for Every Time of Day

Between going to work or school and managing a household or studying for an exam, finding time to prepare nutritious meals can often feel close to impossible. Here are seven delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can prepare in no time! Easy, Healthy Breakfast Recipes Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie If you’re looking…

Overnight Oats

Make breakfast a no-brainer in the morning by prepping this dish the night before! Here’s our favorite one-serving recipe. Ingredients ½ cup Old-fashioned rolled oats 1/3 cup almond milk Chia seeds Peanut butter Cinnamon or cocoa powder Directions Stir together all of the ingredients (except the peanut butter) in a mason jar then refrigerate overnight….

Homemade Trail Mix

Searching for healthy snacks for runners that don’t need refrigeration? Create your own homemade trail mix at home! Mix and match these ingredients, portion out, then munch while you’re on the go! Ingredients Raw nuts, like almonds, peanuts Seeds, like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds Whole grain cereals, like Cheerios or Chex, bran flakes, granola,…

Apple Slices with Nut Butter

This snack is perfect for runners to nosh after a workout. Ingredients 1 medium apple, sliced (your preference on type) 1.5 Tbsp. all-natural nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter (we like Crazy Richard’s brands) Directions It doesn’t get any easier than this! Portion out your nut butter and dunk apple slices in. Lick your…

Crunchy Turkey Wrap

Searching for fast healthy recipes you can make the night before for lunch? Why not pack yourself a delicious turkey wrap to munch on? Ingredients Whole wheat wrap 2 ounces deli turkey slices 2-3 tomato slices Lettuce leaves or spinach 3-4 cucumber slices 1 Tbsp. light mayo 1 Tbsp. shredded Cheddar cheese ½ package of…