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September 22, 2014 - 3:57pm

The sky's the limit when it comes to smoothie combinations you can whip up in your blender.

And while you don't always need to follow a recipe, if you're not careful even green smoothies packed with things like kale or bananas can easily turn into sugar- and calorie-bombs.

So we've done the calculations for you to get a super-healthy, delicious green smoothie every time.

Try one of our suggested green smoothie combos below—and check out our other recipes—or create your own favorite flavor!


Liquid - 1/2 cup: You’ll need some liquid to get everything whirring in your blender, but choose wisely. Skip juices—they’re high in sugar (even when they’re 100% fruit juice).

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September 19, 2014 - 3:02pm

Granola bars are convenient when you’re on the go, but some varieties have such a hefty sugar load they may as well be sold in the candy aisle. You can't assume all of them are automatically healthy.

Here's how you can find the healthiest granola bars:

Star Ingredient: Make sure oats are the first ingredient listed on the package. This healthy whole grain is a good source of fiber, which helps keep you full and is good for your cholesterol. If rice or rice flour is listed, make sure it’s brown rice (it’s a whole grain), otherwise it’s refined.

Chewy vs. Crunchy: Crunchy bars tend to have a shorter ingredient list than chewy bars, but a package may have about 50 more calories because they usually come in pairs. If you’re looking for fewer calories go for chewy, or have just one of the two crunchy bars...

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September 12, 2014 - 9:30am

Though the low-fat craze has come and gone, many of the beliefs we have about fat are tough to let go of.

Recent research raises new questions about fat and its role in health, particularly when it comes to saturated fat. It’s hard to know what to believe.

It’s true that fat—at 9 calories per gram—has more calories per gram than proteins or carbs (which each have just 4 calories per gram). And trans fats, mostly found in hydrogenated oils, are still considered harmful to our health.

Foods can certainly be healthy without a low-fat label, and it’s OK to embrace that fact. Fat adds flavor to foods and helps keep you full, because it takes a long time to digest. Many fats are good for you, like the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, olives and avocados. Plus, sometimes the good kind of fat that...

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August 26, 2014 - 4:26pm

Picking healthy spreads and cooking oils at the grocery store can be pretty confusing. There are many different choices out there, but which is best to pick?

We put two popular fats head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Is it healthier to use butter or coconut oil when it comes to fats?

The Winner: It’s a draw, actually.

They were both considered nutritional bad boys at one time for their high content of saturated fat, but both coconut oil and butter have gotten a bit of an image makeover in the past few years, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.

Saturated fat might not be the dietary villain it has been made out to be, according to recent research. And we’re seeing more “Butter Is Good for You” and “Coconut Oil: Super Health Food” headlines than ever. Our take on...

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August 26, 2014 - 4:08pm

Picking healthy foods at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. Among those thousands of foods, there’s a wide variety of frozen desserts to choose from. We put two creamy frozen snacks head to head to find out which kind is healthier: this or that?

On hot days when you’re looking for a cool and sweet treat to enjoy, which is the better pick—a low-fat chocolate ice cream sandwich or a classic fudge pop?

Winner: Fudge pops, by a nose.

Calories: In this “treat” category, nutrition isn’t really the point, but calories can be—and here, portion control is key. Fudge pops, with their slightly smaller portion size, win the calorie race: they have 60 to 80 calories per bar versus 120 to 130 for a low-fat ice cream sandwich, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.

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