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7 Healthier Chicken Salad Recipes That Aren't Just Buckets of Mayo

While you may remember it more as a lunch-box staple, chicken salad is actually a pretty solid grown-up meal. It’s easy to make, travels well, and can be dressed up a million different ways. Plus, it’s a simple way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken or can be made on the cheap with canned chicken. Consider this your new go-to lunch on days when meal-prep intentions go by the wayside—a few minutes in the morning is all you need to throw one of these crazy-good lunches together.

1. Thai Peanut Chicken Salad This sweet, crunchy chicken salad tastes like a mix between slaw and pad Thai. Instead of mayonnaise, the sauce is made of Greek yogurt, peanut butter, ginger, lime juice, and soy sauce. Mix it with Crock-Pot shredded chicken, veggies, cilantro, and peanuts for a super-filling lunch. 2. Dairy-Free Fiesta Chicken Salad Mexican food that won’t leave you in a cheesed-out afternoon slump? Yes, please. This fiesta chicken salad gets its creamy texture from avocado and a kick from cayenne, cumin, and paprika. 3. Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad Add some more greens to your chicken salad with this recipe, which starts with a bed of thinly sliced romaine lettuce. It’s bright and crunchy and topped with a light lemon-Dijon dressing. Crumbled bacon doesn’t hurt either. 4. Southwest Chicken Salad Corn, black beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes… this Tex-Mex take on chicken salad is what we’ve been looking for. Mix the chicken and veggies with plain Greek yogurt and spices for a creamy texture with a kick. 5. Curry Chicken Salad Inspired by Trader Joe’s curried chicken deli salad, this recipe is as big on taste as it is on color. It’s also packed with dried fruit and veggies, including raisins, celery, and carrots. We think fresh grapes would taste great added in too. 6. Vegan Mock Chicken Salad No meat? No problemo. Swap it out for extra-firm tofu, then mix it with chicken salad classics such as celery and onion to replicate the taste. Raisins and almonds give it some sweetness and a little crunch. 7. Pesto Chicken Salad Five ingredients have never tasted so good. Combine basil pesto, Parmesan, pine nuts, and grape tomatoes with chopped chicken, and serve on sandwich rolls, a bed of greens, or on its own.  


Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney share photos of son after heart surgery news

After Jimmy Kimmel revealed on the Monday night episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that his newborn son had recently undergone open heart surgery, his wife Molly McNearney took to social media to share a sweet photo of the father and son.

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“I am thankful to love and be loved by these two brave guys,” she captioned the picture of Kimmel and son Billy, who was born on April 21, smiling at each other. “Both criers.”

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During an emotional monologue this week, Kimmel told viewers that three hours after Billy was born, doctors noticed he had a heart murmur and was turning purple, leading them to discover that his pulmonary valve was blocked and that he had a hole in the wall of his heart. Doctors then performed open heart surgery on the infant, which according to the late-night host, “was a success.”

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On Tuesday, Kimmel thanked fans via Twitter, sharing a picture of McNearey, Billy and daughter Jane, 2.

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“Sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support,” he wrote. “Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well – XO.”

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Foam Rollers

After a tough workout, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to follow: soreness. But if you don’t want to walk around like a stick figure, it’s important to make time for self-myofascial release, which is a way for people of all fitness abilities to pinpoint areas of muscle dysfunction and treat them by applying direct pressure, says Michael Camperlengo, master of physical therapy at Professional Physical Therapy. Besides feeling less sore—and therefore ready for your next workout—there are other major benefits to it, including improved muscular balance (so one muscle isn't stronger than its partner), better range of motion (flexibility FTW), and less risk of injury. Plus, you’re basically giving your muscles a free massage—and free is always good for the 'ole wallet. 

So what’s the most common way to practice self-myofascial release? Using a trusty foam roller. While most people have at least heard of a foam roller, not everyone knows how to use one, or even what kind to buy, because some are harder, others more textured, and some even have vibration technology built inside them (fancy, we know). To help you decide, we asked Camperlengo to explain the differences between each kind and how to progress to more intense (and more muscle-relaxing) rollers when you're up for it. Ready? Let’s roll. 

Foam Rolling 101  When should I use a foam roller? 

This one’s easy—if you work out, you should be using a foam roller. Even if it’s only a few days a week, says Camperlegno. “All active people are advised to foam roll,” he says. “That way you can relieve tight muscles faster and loosen up trigger points (a.k.a. knots).” It provides a large surface area for you to work on large muscle groups, so it’s the holy grail for your hamstrings, quads, calves, and back.

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Let us count the ways. Not only do you get the health benefits mentioned above, but “once you’re familiar with the practice and techniques of foam rolling, the results are quite significant,” says Camperlegno. “All of a sudden you’ll have the ability to self-manage your recovery, and that’s sustainable long-term for preventing injury and improving athleticism.” Plus, basic foam rollers aren’t all that expensive, they don’t take up a ton of space, and there are even travel-size versions available so you can take it with you on the road. In our minds, that’s a win-win-win. 

Some of these foam rollers look intense—how do I know if I can handle it? 

“Ultimately, which roller you decide to use is based on your ability to tolerate pain,” says Camperlegno. “If you’re sore, it won’t be detrimental for you to use a firm or deep-tissue roller, but it will be slightly painful. [What] happens when you hit a trigger point can be uncomfortable, but it’s just an acquired taste—the more you do it, the less noticeable it will be.” 

How do I progress to a harder foam roller? 

Basically, you want to work on increasing your pain tolerance, and the name of that game is baby steps. So let’s say you want to progress to a firm roller. After a few weeks of regularly using a soft foam roller, Camperlegno suggests rolling on the soft roller for 10 minutes and then spending 3 to 5 minutes on a firm one. As you become more comfortable with the pain level, increase the amount of time you spend on the firm one and decrease the time on the soft roller. 

How do I know I’m ready for a harder foam roller? 

If you feel like the one you’re currently using isn’t really doing it for you—and you’re still walking around with sore, tight muscles—that's a sign that you may be ready for more. And don’t forget, your pain tolerance plays a role. So if you think you’re able to handle a firmer roller than can 'dig in' or provide more direct contact, he says it’s fine to give it a try. You can always scale it back if the pain is too intense.

Your Foam Roller Guide 

Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to find the best fit for you. Foam rollers come in various densities and shapes, so it’s easy to get confused. Below is a list of the different kinds of rollers you might come across and how each one helps take your recovery to the next level. 

Soft A soft foam roller is perfect for beginners and can be used by almost anyone since it’s the most gentle of them all, Camperlengo says. This option is great for those who are just getting used to foam rolling or those who are looking for a more rejuvenating (and less excruciating) recovery session. If you're a total first-timer, this one from Spri is a solid option. Camperlengo says it’s soft and has the most give. Try: Spri Full Round Foam Roller ($24.30, Firm This one’s for the athlete who has super-tight muscles that need a little extra love or for anyone who’s experiencing DOMS—a.k.a. delayed onset muscle soreness (what happens when it's been two or three days since your last workout and you’re still sore AF.) It’s more dense than a soft roller, which Camperlengo says is more effective at relieving tight muscles and trigger points. A firm roller (like this one from SKLZ) “aligns muscle tissue and breaks up the beginnings of adhesions or muscle strains,” he explains. “It can also help with lymphatic drainage—which carries waste away from the tissues—and decreases inflammation.” Try: SKLZ Travel Barrel Roller ($29.99, Grid Only use this style if you’re experienced with foam rolling and are ready for plenty of hurt-so-good pain. It provides little-to-no give, and the textured surface targets knots and kinks. “You should aim for a 7 out of 10 on the pain scale—any more than that is too much,” he says. (Side note: Reaching this level of pain during rolling is OK, but you should feel back to normal within 30 minutes—foam rolling should never create lasting pain or irritation, he says.) Look for a roller like this one from TriggerPoint with a literal grid pattern design. Try: TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller, ($38.39, Deep Tissue An even more advanced level than a grid roller, “this roller should only be used on a healthy athlete, as it is extra firm, and the bumps built into the roller provide more focused trigger point relief and reportedly stimulate deeper layers of muscle," says Camperlengo. It's great to use after one of your more hardcore sweat sessions, and while it’ll definitely hurt in the moment (an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale), Camperlengo says the roller works to increase the flexibility in your soft tissue and provide long-lasting pain relief. In other words, the temporary pain is worth it. If you’re up for it, he suggests trying the RumbleRoller. Try: RumbleRoller ($44.95, Vibrating Consider this the ultimate player in the foam-rolling game. A vibrating foam roller takes the effectiveness of a deep-tissue foam roller and ups the ante with vibration technology. The goal is to minimize how much pain you actually feel (kind of like how those vibrating massage chairs feel good, not painful) while relaxing tight muscles, so you can spend less time and effort on those tender-to-the-touch areas and net better results. This version is much pricier than your standard roller, but worth it if you're serious about relief. Try: HyperIce Vyper ($199,


7 Easy Steps to Make Small Talk (When You'd Rather Be Doing Anything Else)

I had a very awkward encounter at a party recently. 

I was chatting in a small circle, and a woman was lurking behind me, solo. It was kind of distracting. I wanted to be polite, so I invited her into the group to join our conversation.  But I was met with an abrupt, “No thanks—I don’t feel like talking.” 

It was weird. 

Her honesty was out of place. But her frame of mind? I’m pretty sure it was a common one. Because who wants to make small talk, exactly? Almost no one. But almost everyone has to, and pretty regularly too—at a job interview (at least the opening of one), a networking event, when meeting your S.O.’s parents, a corporate social gathering, in a long elevator ride with a colleague, during a meet-up. 

So here’s how to tackle some of that inevitable small talk with ease (and like you mean it):

1. Smile!

Yep. The most important step is actually nonverbal. Nothing beats the power of a smile to make people warm up to you in an instant. Sometimes people are actually unaware of their very serious facial expressions (resting bitch face, anyone)? Smiling also gives other people (and you!) a boost. It’s scientifically proven.

2. Find common ground. 

Common ground doesn't have to mean that you and the other person are both black belts in karate. Common ground can be based on anything at all: being from the same town, the people you both happen to know, a love of Serial or The Leftovers. Even an appreciation of the food/drink/music present works well. When in doubt, discuss the setting.

3. Ask open-ended questions.

Engaging the other person always happens by asking questions, especially those that can’t be answered with a yes or no response. Questions like “How did you two meet?” “How do you know Sally?” and “What are you doing this summer?” all open up easy, light dialogue. 

With a little luck and some back and forth, the common ground should keep expanding: “Oh I love Florida,” “We met online also, funny story…” “Sally and I worked together too….”

4. Listen.

Sounds simple, right? But it’s an oddly underutilized and highly impactful communication tool. Pay attention to what the other person is saying. Don’t check your watch or phone. Don’t let your gaze dart around the room, scoping out other people to talk to. And don’t just wait for the next opportunity to speak. Listen. Hey, you might even learn something! 

5. Loosen up.

Our body language is even more important than what comes out of our mouths. Studies show that up to 93 percent of how we communicate is interpreted nonverbally. So pull back those shoulders, lift up your chin, uncross your arms, and look your conversation partner in the eye.

6. Keep it carefree.

Small talk is not the time to share our darkest moments or debate the most recent national budget proposal. The art of conversational flow is the art of keeping a conversation going with upbeat energy and an optimistic undertone. 

The point is not to outsmart the other person, to win an argument, or to prove a point. Negativity repels, so avoid any topic that can go south quickly. 

If a conversation takes a dive into religion, politics, or anything divisive and/or unpleasant, redirect it as soon as you can. A swift, “So crazy, isn’t it? Hey another interesting thing in the news this week was…”

7. Exit with grace.

Many of us dread small talk because we worry we’ll get stuck talking to someone boring with no way out (except being rude). A solid strategy here is to use the phrase “I need” to excuse yourself—“I need to call my husband/say hi to the speaker/use the restroom/get a drink/food/fill in the blank.” To sweeten your exit, mention something you enjoyed about your conversation: “I really enjoyed speaking with you about skiing, Paul. I hope we’ll chat again soon.” 

Then off you go, guilt free.

The next time the need for small talk arises, remember that the people around you probably aren't crazy about it either. But it doesn’t have to be dull, awkward, or peppered with uncomfortable silences. We humans have to connect. It’s how beautiful relationships can form, if you give them an opportunity. You might even have fun.

So take a deep breath, pocket a couple of these tips, and remember: In any anxiety-inducing social situation, you don’t have to dazzle or be brilliant and charming. You just have to be nice. 

Susie Moore is Greatist's life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

15 Surprising Foods That Sneak In Added Sugar

You ate a yogurt and granola for breakfast, a grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette for lunch, a protein bar as an afternoon snack, and whole-wheat pasta with tomato sauce for dinner.  

That day sounds like it deserves the healthy-eating nod of approval. But despite being packed with whole grains, veggies, and lean protein, there’s one issue: That menu easily packs in more than 50 grams of added sugar (we did the math on typical serving sizes). That’s more than double what the American Health Association recommends for women (25 grams per day) and well over the maximum recommended intake for men (37.5 grams). So even all of us *generally* healthy eaters can consume way more sugar than we thought. 

But you didn’t even eat chocolate for crying out loud, so where is all that sugar coming from?! We’re about to break it down for you.  

1. Granola

What?! It’s the epitome of healthy eating (right?). You're probably picturing images of oats, nuts, and seeds right now. How could that possibly be unhealthy? It’s not—until heavy-handed additions get mixed in.

What to Look Out For

Look for words beyond just “sugar” on the ingredient list: Brown rice syrup, molasses, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, and rice malt syrup are other culprits. And pay attention to serving sizes. The nutrition label may say the granola only has 8 grams of sugar per serving, but if a serving size is listed as 1/4 cup (who only eats 1/4 cup?), it means you’re probably downing 16 grams. 

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2. Protein Bars

Chowing down on a protein bar is the smart thing to do post workout, right? Well… sometimes. We devoted a whole article to the perils of certain protein bars, but here’s the bottom line: While they can be a convenient choice for refueling hardcore workouts, many come with more sugar than a candy bar. 

What to Look Out For

Watch out for brown rice syrup, cane syrup, and cane invert syrup, which are often added to improve flavor. But also beware of sugar alcohols such as glycerin and malitol. They’re commonly used in protein bars to keep the sugar counts lower, but aren't great for your gut.

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3. Cereal

There are about 20 gazillion cereals on the market, from chocolaty crispies to bran-packed flakes and gluten-free clusters. But one thing 90 percent of them have in common: They’re loaded with added sugar.

What to Look Out For

You’ll find all forms: plain sugar, malt syrup, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, brown sugar syrup, fruit juices… the list goes on. Look out for fruity varieties like low-fat raisin bran, which can contain 17 or 18 grams of sugar per serving. 

Brand We LoveBarbara’s Puffins 4. Yogurt

Flavored yogurt is often a part of a “healthy” breakfast, and while it can provide several key nutrients such as protein, calcium, and vitamin D, many brands sneak in a ton of extra sugar, especially in those fruit-on-the-bottom or honeyed versions.  Yogurt: role in healthy and active aging. El-Abbadi NH, Dao MC, Meydani SN. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2014, Apr.;99(5 Suppl):1938-3207.

What to Look Out For

While we don’t think there’s anything wrong with the sugar that naturally occurs in fruits (fructose), all too often, added sugar is listed before the actual fruit on the ingredient list. This means there’s more of the added sweet stuff than the naturally present kind. And don't assume that “light” yogurts are a safer bet. Many either have artificial sweeteners or get more sugar added to them to make up for the flavor that can get lost when the fat is removed. 

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Icelandic Provisions Skyr 

5. Bread

While it’s not so surprising that varieties like “cranberry nut” or “cinnamon swirl” or “honey nut” bread would contain sugar, it may surprise you to discover that plain whole-wheat or multigrain breads often can too.

What to Look Out For

No matter what type of bread you’re buying, look out for other sneaky sources of added sugar, such as molasses, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, and fruit juice concentrates. Strip it down to basics: Bread is typically made with water, salt, yeast, and flour. Select a variety that comes closest to that list of ingredients; even better, look for ones with whole grains. Ideally, breads shouldn’t contain more than two grams of sugar per slice.  

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Ezekial Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

6. Tomato Sauce

It’s not unusual for grandma’s pasta sauce recipe to call for a bit of sugar to bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes. But the problem arises when jarred sauces turn that “bit” into a ton.

What to Look Out For

There will always be a bit of sugar in tomato-based pasta sauces because of the tomato itself, so don’t expect the nutrition label to boast zero grams of sugar. If added sugar is involved, it’ll usually appear as just that—sugar—so it’s pretty easy to spot. Try to opt for brands that contain fewer than seven grams of sugar per serving, because many jarred pasta sauces can fall anywhere between seven and 12 grams—that’s more than a serving of Lucky Charms cereal!

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Cucina Antica

7. Canned or Boxed Soups

From hearty black bean to chicken noodle, canned or boxed soups can be a fantastic option for those nights you’re short on time. But even these savory convenience items can come with surprising amounts of added sugar. 

What to Look Out For

Look for sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, and high fructose corn syrup on the ingredient list. Certain soup flavors are likely to have more added sugars than others; the usual suspects are tomato, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot, and some minestrone varieties. 

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Imagine Boxed Soups

8. Frozen Yogurt

It’s marketed as a healthier alternative to ice cream, but in making up for the fat and texture that make ice cream taste so good, fro-yo can be a total sugar bomb. And when you’re swirling some of the self-serve stuff into your cup, you could easily be consuming two servings at once.

What to Look Out For

You’ll find sugar appearing as corn syrup, cane sugar, fructose, malitol syrup, sucralose, and fruit concentrates. On average, frozen yogurt can contain about 17 to 25 grams of sugar per 1/2-cup serving—and that’s before even factoring in the fun flavors and toppings.

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Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars 

9. Nut and Seed Butters

Full of peanuts, almonds, cashews, and sunflower kernels, nut and seed butters are a super-healthy way to get in some good fats, protein, and fiber. But with so many brands on the shelves, it’s all too easy for added sugar to make its way onto that daily piece of toast.

What to Look Out For

Even "all-natural" brands can try to better their flavor with hidden sugars in the form of cane syrup, palm sugar, and dextrose. Don't even get us started on those reduced-fat versions. Read the label and look for brands that just contain the nut or seed and maybe a touch of sea salt. You won't need the sugar, we promise.

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Once Again Almond Butter

10. Salad Dressings

You’ve topped a huge pile of greens with chopped veggies, a sprinkle of nuts, and a lean protein, so you’re well on your way to a nutritious lunch. Would you want to undo that effort by drizzling it all in liquid sugar? Probably not—but that’s what many bottled salad dressings amount to. 

What to Look Out For

High fructose corn syrup is a star ingredient in many sugary dressings, along with plain old sugar and concentrate. Light or fat-free dressings often contain even more sugar in the absence of fat. Look for bottled varieties with four grams of sugar or less per serving. And do your best to stick to that two-tablespoon serving size, even though we know how hard that can be!

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Annie’s Balsamic

11. Oatmeal

Oatmeal might be the first food that comes to mind at the mention of a healthy breakfast. What could be dangerous about the whole-grain, high-fiber, heart-smart poster child of a virtuous diet? Turns out, a lot. While quick-cooking or regular oats are a good bet, the instant, microwavable packets or cups with added flavors should come with a warning sign. (Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!)

What to Look Out For

Brown sugar, strawberries and cream, apple cinnamon—these should be instant giveaways that there’s a lot more in those little packets than just wholesome oats. Most flavored varieties should be given a second look for added sugar. We're not mad, because they taste good, but why not just make it yourself so you can control how much maple syrup you're adding?

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Nature’s Path

12. Frozen Dinners

While it’s commonly known that frozen meals can have some pretty shocking sodium stats, they’re also just as guilty of hiding added sugars. Yes, likely even more sugar than the waffle you defrosted for breakfast.

What to Look Out For

Fruit juice concentrates, high fructose corn syrup, and dextrose are the most common sugar sources you’ll find in frozen foods. Be extra wary of barbecue-flavored dishes and Asian-inspired dinners that have teriyaki, sesame, or sweet-and-sour sauces, as they can pack in serious amounts of sugar. Look for frozen entrees that contain fewer than 10 grams per serving—added or otherwise—and take a good look at the ingredient list to make sure that, along with sugar, other weird additives such as MSG or partially hydrogenated oils aren’t included.

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Amy's Burritos 

13. Protein Powders

Protein powders are pretty convenient when it comes to getting quick, efficient fuel to help replenish nutrients and improve muscle recovery. Effects of protein supplements on muscle damage, soreness and recovery of muscle function and physical performance: a systematic review. Pasiakos SM, Lieberman HR, McLellan TM. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.), 2014, Nov.;44(5):1179-2035.  So scoop up the powdered stuff, but look out for those sugars.

What to Look Out For

Common sugars in protein powders include sucrose, maltodextrin, fructose, and the vaguely termed “concentrate.” Don’t let artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, and xylitol throw you off either—while they may not contain the calories that sugar sources do, they come with their own set of sketchy potential side effects.

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Primal Kitchen Primal Fuel

14. Sports Drinks

Because sports drinks are meant to replenish fluids and electrolytes lost during strenuous activity, a bit of sugar is actually a good thing. But way more than is necessary goes into those little bottles. 

What to Look Out For

Sugar in most sports drinks will be present as dextrose, sucrose, fructose, and maltodextrin. Some brands also opt for high fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients. Here’s the thing: Unless your intense exercise lasts longer than an hour, you don’t really lose electrolytes to the point where they need to be replaced via sports drink. What you absolutely do lose is water, so plain old H2O will be more effective at hydrating. If you do need to replace electrolytes and energy, we like plain and unsweetened coconut water.

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Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

15. Fruit Juices

Even these harmless-sounding beverages can’t be entirely trusted. Touting terms like “all-natural” and splashing the benefits of their vitamins and antioxidants all over the container, juices can make a convincing case for being healthy. But in reality, they can rank right up there with soda as far as sugar content goes.

What to Look Out For

Let’s start with the obvious: Be wary of juice mixes, punches, and other fancy-sounding fruity drinks, which contain barely a drop of real fruit and rely instead on sugary additions for sweetness and flavor. Comparison of the nutrient content of fresh fruit juices vs commercial fruit juices. Densupsoontorn N, Jirapinyo P, Thamonsiri N. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet, 2002, Nov.;85 Suppl 2():0125-2208. Regular fruit juices can be trickier. Words like “natural flavors” can refer to flavor packs added to restore taste to juice that’s been stored in tanks, and high fructose corn syrup can be a common addition too. Keep in mind that even 100 percent and no-sugar-added juices come with plenty of natural sugars, which might be healthier but can add up fast too. 

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The Takeaway

Next time you stock up on healthy foods for the day, keep your sugar intake in check with these tips:

1. Check the ingredient list: When sugar is listed as one of the first few ingredients, move on to the next product.

2. Don't let the serving size fool you: It’s all well and good when there are only 8 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup, but be real with yourself... can you really only eat 1/4 cup?

3. Make it yourself: When you can, whip it up at home so you can control how much sugar is going into your batch. 

4. Live a little and enjoy your favorite foods in moderation: When you know you can't live without your favorite sugar-filled granola, it's OK to dive in every once in a while (maybe just keep that 1/4 cup in mind). 

10 Gifts Under $100 for the Mom Who Loves to Cook, Eat, and Drink

A homemade card and flowers just don't cut it anymore. It's time to sharpen your gift-giving skills (and also spend less than most bouquets cost!). Show any food-obsessed mom some love, no matter what your budget is, with one of these 10 gifts ranging from $3 to $100. From dairy-free chocolate bonbons to a modern spice rack that will take her from regular mom to cool mom, she's going to seriously appreciate how much thought you put in this year. #favoritechild

1. COCOA V Chocolates A box of Russell Stover chocolates is lazy fine, but this year you can show mom you have your sh*t together by sending her a box of COCOA V chocolates. Both gluten- and dairy-free, these little bites are so pretty your mom will want to keep them forever. But as soon as she takes a bite, the rest of the box won't last long. (Starting at $3; 2. Arrow Set of 4 Measuring Spoons Let’s be real: She already has measuring spoons, but she doesn’t have super-stylish measuring spoons. With a brushed gold finish and an arrow shape, these $15 beauties will make her feel on trend while adding a teaspoon of baking powder to the secret family recipe.  ($15; 3. Bee's Wrap Sustainable Reusable Food Storage If mom has been a recycling queen for years, she's going to love Bee's Wrap. These reusable food storage wraps, made with beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil, and tree resin, are the best-looking eco-friendly replacement for those plastic bags she hates to use. Make it extra special by wrapping the Bee’s Wrap around homemade cookies. ($19.00; 4. Black and White Olive Oil and Vinegar Set You go home so mom can cook for you, right? Well don’t let her use just any old oil and vin to dress her special salad. This hand-painted gift set fancies up the duo, so mom will feel like she's using souvenirs from Greece. (Maybe next year you can buy her an actual trip to Greece. She birthed you for crying out loud.) ($29.99; 5. Personalized Cookie Tin From Malt Shop Cookies What's better than homemade cookies to show mom you love her? Ones you don't have to actually bake. Malt Shop Cookies does the baking for you and lets you add a special touch with a customized bag or tin featuring a personalized photo and message. Don't risk burning mom's cookies when Malt Shop can guarantee a perfect batch. ($30; 6. The Napkins If she loves hosting dinner parties but hates having to wash (and then iron) her fancy napkins after the fact, give mom a pack of these disposable napkins so cleanup is a breeze. These napkins look like you'd find them on a bistro table in Paris, so they'll add an elegant touch to the dinner table while being totally practical. The Kitchen Line Pack includes 50 single-use napkins packaged in cellophane wrap. ($30; 7. Modular Magnetic Walnut Spice Rack Your mom is too hip to still use the same spice rack she registered for 25 years ago. Bring a modern touch to her kitchen (and help her stay organized) with this Modular Magnetic Walnut Spice Rack. Choose from a set of three or five mini shelves that include empty glass jars that fit inside.  (Starting at $42;   8. Patio Party Iced Tea Pitcher Set Set mom up to host a summer fling in the backyard with this Patio Party Iced Tea Pitcher Set, which has everything she needs to make the best iced teas. The set comes with three tea infusions, including Coco Colada, Rainbow Sherbert, and Sour Watermelon. We think adding a bottle of rum would make it the ultimate gift. ($45;  9. FEED We Heart Mom Gift Set If you can't get mom out of the soup kitchen (even on Mother's Day), she’ll appreciate this gift. FEED and Mouth put together a tote bag filled with small-batch sweets: X&O candies, dried cranberries and blueberries, Barely Sweet Berkshire granola, and a brownie. This one bag helps provide 25 school meals for children worldwide. Go ahead and buy one for yourself while you’re at it. ($75; 10. Vinfluence Wine Subscription A woman that loves good wine deserves good wine. With a Vinfluence wine subscription, she can enjoy handpicked bottles from boutique wineries that aren't often found in stores. And while she sips, she can sit back and relax, knowing that 20 percent of the proceeds are going to nonprofits making a difference. We love this idea as a "group gift," since the price can get up there depending on how many months you want to quench mom's thirst. (Starting at $100;


VIDEO: This is how colorblind people see the world

Approximately one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the world are colorblind, according to the Colour Blind Awareness organization.

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Though colorblind people are usually able to see things as clearly as everyone else, they’re unable to fully see red, green or blue light, according to the Colour Blind Awareness website.

Business Insider put together a video using Colblindor’s online color blindness simulator to show you how people who are colorblind see the world.

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7 Easy Bruschetta Recipes That Look Fancy AF

Toasted bread rubbed down with garlic, topped with chopped tomatoes and basil, maybe a little mozzarella cheese. I ask you: What could be better than bruschetta? (Nothing, that’s what.) No appetizer is going to be as easy to make—nor as stunning to look at. From classic to funky, and from sweet to savory, these seven bruschetta recipes will improve any meal.

1. Classic Tomato and Basil Bruschetta This classic bruschetta is the reason classic bruschetta is so good. It's as easy as tomatoes, garlic, basil, and bread. Need we say more? 2. Balsamic-Thyme Mushroom Bruschetta Cover your toasted bread with mushrooms, thyme, and balsamic for a delightful French twist on bruschetta. 3. Beet and Goat Cheese Bruschetta If you’re going to make a dinner out of bruschetta, (and let’s be real, why wouldn’t you?) add some veg and cheese to that bread—this time, try creamy goat cheese and tender beets. 4. Roasted Grape and Ricotta Bruschetta This ricotta-spread bruschetta is the answer to how to get creative with all those grapes in the fridge. Roast the fruit with olive oil and thyme, then drop over the creamy cheesy and crunchy grilled bread. 5. Sweet Potato Tomato Bruschetta If you’ve invited your gluten-free friend over for dinner, try this spin on bruschetta: Pile sliced sweet potato with the classic tomato and basil topping. 6. Spicy Pea and Avocado Bruschetta Celebrate warm weather with this vibrant bruschetta. Smear a spicy, lemon-kissed pea mixture over toasted bread, then top with sliced avocado and radishes. 7. Creamy Strawberry Bruschetta Instead of making another cake, serve these strawberry bruschetta for dessert: Whipped honey goat cheese and sticky-sweet balsamic reduction look gourmet, but really couldn’t be simpler.


Mom who lost son to opioid overdose shares heartbreaking photo

A Calgary mother wants the world to see the destructiveness of drugs.

As her son lay dying in a hospital bed from an overdose of fentanyl, a man-made opioid, Sherri Kent climbed into the bed to comfort him and held his hand. Kent posted a photo of the emotional moment on Facebook in hopes of warning others to stay away from the deadly drug.

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Her son, Michael, was just 22 years old. 

“I just want everyone to know that my son Michael overdosed on fentanyl,” she wrote in the Facebook post. "My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life. I just want to make everyone aware of the epidemic that’s goin (sic) on right now. It’s out of control and there is no way to protect our children from this other than to warn them of the dangers of drug use today.

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“I’ve lost my son to this horrible tragedy and want to make parents aware that it can happen to anyone … Please share this with your family and friends to help prevent another tragedy.”

In an interview with the CBC, Kent said her son met a man who offered him heroin while he was in the town of Kelowna – about 240 miles east of Vancouver. He didn’t initially take the man’s offer; however, Kent said the man tracked her son down the next day.

She said the man and her son went into a store bathroom to use the drug.

“The other man got all sketched out and messed up and left my son in the washroom,” Kent told the CBC. “About 20 minutes later, he was too scared to go back and check on my son … so he ran for the people who own the store to unlock the door, and that’s when they found him.

“He was already blue in the lips. By the time the ambulance got there, he was in cardiac arrest.”

The young man was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. He died on March 21 when the life-support apparatus was turned off.

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Woman’s reaction to sandals prompts severely swollen feet, ER visits

An unsuspecting woman was confined to a wheelchair and visited multiple hospitals when her ankles blistered and swelled uncomfortably and alarmingly.

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When Jessica Jones noticed a small, red spot on her ankle in February, she thought it was a spider bite. When she saw a doctor, he told her it was cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection, WVUE reported. He gave her medicine and sent her home. 

But the next day, the spot on Jones’ ankle had grown, and it was inflamed and painful.

Jones visited a local emergency room, where doctors told her she had bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin condition that causes large, fluid-filled blisters. Again, she was given prescriptions for medication and sent home.

But the blisters continued to grow, causing Jones more pain.

“She essentially had, at the end of the day, second-degree burns,” dermatologist Robert Benson told WVUE.

Visits to two more hospitals left Jones with a diagnosis of a photosensitivity rash and lupus erthyrematosus. Each time she was given medication, but nothing eased Jones’ pain or reduced the swelling and blisters. Before long, Jones couldn’t walk and she was confined to a wheelchair.

“It scared me because I’m thinking, ‘What if they have to amputate my feet?’ That was going through my mind,” she told WVUE. “They’re telling me this is lupus, bullous impetigus, and I said, ‘This is getting worse.’ I said, ‘I’ve been on all these antibiotics, steroids, creams -- nothing’s working.”

Two weeks after her first doctor’s appointment, Jones called an ambulance and was taken to a third hospital. While at Oschner Hospital in New Orleans, a doctor asked a question that the others hadn’t. She asked if Jones had worn any new shoes recently. Jones said she had. 

“I noticed a couple of days after wearing them, the top(s) of my feet (were) getting sore, but I didn’t think anything of it. Shoes have always done that whenever I tighten the straps up on them,” Jones told WVUE. “The doctor said, ‘Where the strap is located on the shoe is exactly where your burns are.’ She says, ‘This is looking more like a chemical burn from leather more than bullous impetigus or lupus.’”

The doctor diagnosed her with contact dermatitis, a result of the severe allergic reaction Jones had to a material out of which the shoes were made.

Jones, who doesn’t blame the shoe manufacturer, said she may never wear leather again. 

“As soon as you see (your skin) with redness, blisters and irritation, don’t wait too long to get checked out,” Benson said.

Read more at WVUE.

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