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August 24, 2015 - 1:45pm

Frozen burritos are quick and convenient. Your whole meal, wrapped in a portable package—ready to heat and eat. Perfect for a “there’s nothing in my fridge” lunch or super-easy dinner. How do you choose the healthiest ones? Here’s what to look for when you shop.

Perfect Portion
Frozen burritos are reasonably sized and take the guesswork out of portion control. Unless you see a “big” or “jumbo” burrito, most are around 300 calories. For a well-rounded meal, pair with a side of veggies or salad.

Filler-Upper
Look for a burrito that combines protein with fiber, like beans with meat or veggies. Both are filling nutrients that help you stay satisfied post-burrito.

Sneaky Sodium
Some burritos deliver more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium and many hover in the 600-700 mg range...

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August 24, 2015 - 1:12am

Dark leafy greens—like kale, spinach and collards—are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat. They’re packed with fiber and vitamins A, C and K. One serving is 2 cups of raw greens or 1 cup of cooked. We love them in these recipes and also because they can help us stay healthy.

20 Recipes with Dark Leafy Greens

Here are 5 more reasons to help convince you to eat more dark leafy greens.

  • Shed Pounds

Adding dark leafy greens, or any other veggie for that matter, to a meal results in eating fewer calories without increasing hunger, according to a study published in Nutrition Reviews. Their fiber and water content helps greens fill you up and...

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July 20, 2015 - 8:03am

We need water to survive and so does our food. Our agriculture system depends on this resource for watering crops and sustaining animals. California is a big agriculture state and 2014 was its fourth driest year on record. There's a renewed focus on water and our food (for ways to conserve at home click here). Here are some staggering numbers you should know when it comes to food and water.

61%
The amount of California's water usage that is dedicated to irrigation for agriculture.

50%
The amount of the nation's fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in California.

37%
The...

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July 6, 2015 - 4:56pm

I’m a bit of a CSA junkie.

I’ve been a CSA member for the better part of the last 12 years. I love supporting local farmers and being challenged to sometimes cook things I don’t typically buy or finding ways to make my family love certain veggies (or at least accept them for that meal).

For those new to the idea, CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. Here’s how it works: You pay a local farm up front, usually in the spring when the farmer has lots of expenses—seeds, soil amendments, etc.

Then once the farmer starts harvesting, you get a weekly pickup of freshly picked produce. Sometimes the pickup is at the farm, sometimes it’s at a local business. Some farmers bag everything up for you in advance—this makes pickup fast but you don’t get any choices. Other farmers set up tables and provide...

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June 30, 2015 - 1:07pm

Now that the heat of summer has arrived, staying hydrated is even more important, especially if you’re exercising outdoors. Women should get about 11 cups of water per day, men 15 cups—about 20% of that comes from food, the rest you'll need to drink. Here are 3 new sipping “rules” to follow when working out.

Chill Before You Sweat
If you’re looking to set a new record in that 10K or sprint triathlon, slurp an ice slurry, essentially an unflavored snow cone, 45 minutes before your event. When runners did this prior to a 10K in 82-degree weather, they ran 15 seconds faster on average, per a study from the International Journal of Sports Medicine. “The ice slurry increased body heat storage capacity, which allowed runners to push harder,” says Jason Kai Wei Lee, Ph.D., study principal investigator from the Defence Medical &...

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