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5-Minute Zesty Mango Salsa

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Mangoes are an incredible fruit rich in flavor and nutrients. Native to South Asia, this super fruit can help lower cholesterol, improve skin complexion, and protect against breast, leukemia, colon, and prostate cancers. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamins A and C to help jumpstart the immune system, and can serve as a natural remedy for heatstroke! Of course mangoes are wonderful on their own, but they can also add zest and tang to many exquisite dishes.

One of my favorite ways to use mangoes is in salsa. You can add mango salsa to grilled salmon, drizzled it over fish tacos, or serve it with corn chips for an easy spring treat. It’s ideal for easy weekend dinners on the patio, Monday nights when you need it to feel like Saturday night, or really any time you’re craving a fresh, colorful injection of flavor into a standard meal. This easy mango salsa packs a serious nutritional punch, incorporating lime, which reduces inflammation caused by allergies and protects against rheumatoid arthritis; ginger, which is a natural antihistamine; and avocados, a protein-rich superfood. Plus, it takes just 5 minutes to make!

Zesty Mango Salsa

Ingredients

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

What’s the Best Way Do A Spring Detox?

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Hi, I’m Maria Marlowe, a Certified Health Coach and author of Detox without the Deprivation. This is my weekly “Ask Health Coach Maria” series, in which I answer frequently asked questions that relate to health and wellness. Have a question? Ask me here.

More energy, brighter skin, and the ability to drop the few extra pounds that crept up over the winter in just a few days…Sign me up!

With the official start of spring coming in just one week on March 20th, many clients have been asking me how to do a spring detox. It makes sense—with this brutal winter finally nearing an end, nature is coming back to life, new and revitalized. Why shouldn’t you do the same?

Why Detox

5 Delicious Ways to Eat Up Cacao Nibs' Health Benefits

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Rich, intense and slightly bitter, cacao nibs have all the advantages of chocolate--lots of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron--with none of the sugar. These tiny treats are bits of cacao beans that have been separated from their husks, and come in both roasted and raw varieties. Use them like chocolate chips in granola; stir into ice cream or even peanut butter; sprinkle on oatmeal or caramel popcorn; or add more to your diet with the following delicious tips:

1. Crave-Buster Candy: Grind cacao nibs in a coffee grinder; melt honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan; then stir in both ground and whole cacao nibs. Add walnuts; stir to coat; and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool and then break into large pieces.

Green Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie Recipe

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The weather is finally starting to warm up here on the East Coast, which means one thing—spring is almost here!

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of a long winter is to start experimenting with the new, fresh produce that come into season this time of year. I especially love trying out different ingredients to spice up my morning smoothie recipes. There are so many possible combinations out there that I can enjoy a variety of delicious and refreshing smoothies all spring and summer long!

My latest concoction is this green pineapple and coconut smoothie. I absolutely love adding tropical fruit to my green smoothies. While pineapple is available all year long, its peak season is from March through July, so using it now means maximum flavor. Plus, pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, aids in digestion, and is bursting with refreshing, tropical taste.

Try this tropical green smoothie for a delicious and energizing start to your day:

Beware of These 4 Food Label Claims

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Bold nutrition claims often overpromise and underdeliver.

You can hardly grocery shop without being bombarded by products promising you more vitamins, more fiber, more nutrients, more everything. According to a 2013 USDA report, 43 percent of all new items that made their way to store shelves in 2010 carried at least one health claim on their packaging. We reality-check the lingo, so you know exactly what you're getting from your favorite foods.

The Claim: "With Omega-3s"

The Real Deal: Heart-healthy omega-3s get top billing on everything from peanut butter to milk to bread. But don't get too excited. Some products contain only 32 milligrams of the healthy fat per serving -- one-tenth the amount in a half ounce of salmon. You're better off following the American Heart Association's guidelines, which recommend eating at least two weekly servings (3.5 ounces cooked) of fatty fish like salmon or trout to get the most omega-3s in your diet.

The Claim: "Good Source of Antioxidants"

9 Tips to Beat Caffeine Addiction Painlessly (We Promise!)

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Caffeine addiction is a term you often hear tossed around, but how real is it? And, more importantly, is habitual caffeine consumption really detrimental to your health? The truth is that caffeine works as a stimulant and is indeed mildly addictive, so if you find yourself craving a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, there’s science behind it. Plus, regular caffeine drinkers gradually build up a tolerance, requiring more and more caffeine to achieve the same effect they used to get from one shot of espresso. It’s a slippery slope toward needing a triple-venti-extra-shot in an IV drip to your arm just to fend off a 3 PM headache!

Sure, most caffeine addictions aren’t that extreme, but if you drink coffee, tea, or soda in large quantities, weaning yourself off of them slowly can decrease unpleasant side effects like irritability, headaches, trouble sleeping, and grogginess. Plus, when you get your energy from non-caffeinated sources like whole foods, good sleep, and exercise, you’ll find that it’s longer-lasting, more stable, and better-feeling all around.

If you want to eliminate caffeine from your diet (or at least cut back significantly), consider these tips to make the process as painless as possible.

Is the Oil Cleansing Method the Answer for All-Natural Flawless Skin?

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Have you ever read the ingredient list on a bottle of store-bought facial cleanser? Yikes! All those chemicals, sulfates, and preservatives are not only bad for your health, they can also be quite irritating to your skin. Turns out there’s a better way to wash your face, no chemicals involved, and it doesn’t involve buying any obscure or expensive products. That better way is oil cleansing. Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to cover your face in oil, but trust me. Once you give it a try, and see the glowing skin it reveals, you’ll wish you’d discovered it sooner. 

How Oil Cleansing Works

Oil cleansing works because of the principle that “like attracts like.” You wash your face with plant oils, which then stick to the oils in your skin (sebum) and dirt. When you rinse away the plant oils, all that excess sebum and dirt rinses right away with it, and you’re left with a clean, clear complexion. Plus, your skin will be more nourished because the plant oils leave behind omega-3 fatty acids that keep your skin soft, elastic, and hydrated.

9 Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

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Any woman who has been pregnant can tell you that “morning” sickness is a misnomer. It should be called “all-day” sickness, especially during the first and last trimester. For many women, the feeling of nausea can strike well into the afternoon or even post-dinner. But it’s actually a sign that things are going well, really! Studies have found that morning sickness is a good indication of a healthy pregnancy. Great news, right?

Morning sickness is caused by an increase in pregnancy hormones and fluctuations in levels of electrolytes, glucose, and carbohydrates as your body makes proper accommodations for your baby-to-be. Fortunately, if you’re looking for some much-needed relief, but don’t want to turn to prescription or OTC drugs, there are many all-natural, DIY methods for soothing your symptoms. Try out these tricks and home remedies to fight off nausea, vomiting, and queasiness, no pills involved. Goodbye morning sickness, hello all-day wellness!

10 Signs You're In The Wrong Relationship

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Let's face it: When we're newly coupled up, we tend to look at our partner -- and the budding relationship itself -- through a pair of proverbial rose-colored glasses.

Any flaws we detect in our partner are all too easily written off: He shies away from introducing you to his immediate family? It will happen when it happens. She has a tendency to leave dirty dishes and shoes scattered around the house? You're neat and orderly enough for the both of you.

But once you get real about your relationship and consider it for all that it is -- and all that it isn't -- there are some issues that are just too serious to overlook. Below, dating and marriage experts weigh in with 10 red flags they say should be cause for concern in any relationship.

1. You feel the need to change who you are to make your partner happy.

How Yoga Helped Me Confront Insomnia

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In 2011, after being hospitalized for a major staph infection, I went through a period where I had severe insomnia. Two weeks passed and I slept only 1-3 hours per night. It was (no question) the worst time of my life. I had been on antibiotics for such a prolonged period of time that my body was all out of sorts. I had severe debilitating muscle spasms that kept me awake all night long. I tried all sorts of things to treat my inability to fall asleep. I drank chamomile tea, I tried breathing exercises, I read extremely boring books, I took over-the-counter sleep medication, I tried using melatonin. None of it worked. I still lay in bed in chronic pain unable to soothe myself to sleep.

Thankfully, with time, physical therapy, anxiety medication, and acupuncture my body and mind healed. But I never forgot those two weeks of my life. I began to actively seek out a more permanent solution as to what to do if insomnia ever reared its ugly head.

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