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The 5 Biggest Wellness Trends of the Year

A new year is (almost) upon us and with it, a new opportunity to put your health at the forefront. We’re here to offer up a little inspiration with five wellness trends that are going to top the healthy living ladder in the year ahead. Try one, try them all – whatever you do, we wish you a healthy, happy start to the year!

Wellness travel

Vacations don’t just mean rest and relaxation anymore! More than ever, we’re a generation that is looking to get up, go and keep on going when it comes to our travel plans. Wellness retreats, adventure-based tours and health and fitness-focused retreats are all the rage and will see a bigger boost as more people look to integrate a healthy life with a happy one and add a little Namaste to their next getaway. Here is a great guide to some of the most popular wellness destinations from the travel experts at AFAR.

Plant proteins

Whether you’re a meat eater or not, there is no denying the power of plant proteins in the modern-day diet. Peas, hemp, quinoa, chia and chickpeas are all topping menus around the country because they can deliver the power of protein without the fat, acidity and inflammation that may come from a meat-based source. McKel from Nutrition Stripped rounded up 10 plant protein favorites that you can easily add to your daily diet. We say dig in!

Medicinal Drinks

You are what you eat…or what you drink! Health tonics with a bevy of good for you benefits are popping up everywhere. Kombucha and cold-pressed juices have led the way but medicinal beverages that promise everything from energy to increased focus to toxin cleanses are a simple sip away. Break out those striped straws and pop a bottle open today!

Natural beauty products…that perform

Healthy for you beauty and skincare has been a growing trend for several years but now that most brands have figured out everything they need to take out of their products to make them better for us, they can now focus on what to add in to make them more beneficial than ever. Think licorice for anti-inflammation, rosehip oil for texture, beeswax for emulsifying and algae extract (yep…that’s seaweed!) for healthy, happy skin conditioning and a healthy, happy inside, too. Add these must-try ingredients to your skincare regimen!

Flexitarian diets

Paleo. Sugar-free. Vegetarian. Or maybe a little of each? Flexitarian dieters believe in subscribing to various nutritional schoolhouses…all in moderation. You may be Paleo from Monday to Friday or sugar-free after noon each day. The whole premise allows you to keep your body, metabolism and taste buds guessing and prevents you from getting into a food-focused rut. A little of this, a little of that…a whole lot of happiness.

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10 Facts You Need to Know About Turmeric

It may seem odd to call a supplement “trendy” but turmeric is definitely having a moment right now, and we can certainly see why. This powerful powder-like spice has become a favorite among health and wellness advocates around the world and we’re here to tell you more. Here are 10 facts to know about everyone’s favorite spice (of the month, at least):

  • Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant that grows wild in the forests of south and southeast Asia and is commonly used in Asian food, curry or to flavor things like mustards, butters or cheeses.
  • But it’s not just turmeric’s flavor that makes it stand out, it’s its color as well. The spice contains a vibrant yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is also often used to color foods and cosmetics.
  • Turmeric is considered auspicious and holy in India and is often used for wedding and religious ceremonies there.
  • Turmeric has been found effective in treating, among other things, arthritisheartburnjoint painstomach painCrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, and more. Studies on turmeric intake now also point to its potential for improving cognitive function, blood sugar balance, and kidney function, as well as lessening the degree of severity associated with certain forms of arthritis.
  • You don’t need much of it to reap potential benefits – as little as 1200-1800mg per day in supplement form is beneficial and 1-3g per day of dried, powdered turmeric (the spice you commonly find at the grocery store) can work wonders!
  • Dried turmeric powder should kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. Fresh turmeric rhizome (root, now more widely available in grocery and specialty stores) should be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Strength in spices! Turmeric used in combination with black pepper, which contains piperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body.
  • Tea-time is a key time! Turmeric tea has become wildly popular for its spicy, warm, earthy flavor and is often referred to as “Liquid Gold.” We like this simple recipe for a perfect cup.
  • Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper, and potassium. Phytonutrients in turmeric include curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, tumerones, and tumenorols.
  • The first “r” is silent so pronounce it “too-meh-rick” when you go to stock up at the store.
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5 Healthy Halloween Treats – No Tricks Included!

We are just weeks away from Halloween and since we know there are lots of sugar-filled days (and nights!) on your horizon, we thought we’d share some of our favorite healthy Halloween treats now so you can sneak some in in the meantime. Perfect for parties, after-school snacks or just a fun seasonal treat, we think you’ll find these guilt-free picks are great for you and your little ghouls:

Photo Credit: Growing Up Bilingual

Day of the Dead Skull Fruit Pizza – put a seasonal spin on your usual fruit salad with this Day of the Dead inspired fruit pizza. A homemade sugar cookie crust is topped with fresh, colorful fruit for a lighter spin on your usual sweet treats.

Photo Credit: Everyday Jenny

Shredded Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers – turn your peppers into party-worthy pumpkins packed with shredded chicken, rice and diced tomatoes. A healthy, hearty treat to make up for all those candy bowls.

Photo Credit: One Little Project

Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks – we love these simple, protein-packed broomstick snacks made from string cheese, pretzel sticks and chives. So easy and so cute!

Photo Credit: Non-Toy Gifts

Frankenstein Apples – speaking of simple, these Frankenstein apples are a two-minute treat that will wow your little ones. Simply tie up some green apples in small cellophane bags, decorate the bag with a Frankenstein face and tie them up!

Photo Credit: Fork & Beans

Halloween Yogurt Bark – yogurt bark is always a snack favorite around here and this googly-eyed twist on it is perfect for the spook-filled weeks ahead. Get your littles in the kitchen to help you decorate so they can see (no pun intended) that the holiday can be just as fun when it’s not candy-filled.