Garbage Can Health Boosters

Are you throwing away the healthiest parts of your foods?

Garbage Can Health Boosters

Everyone knows that eating fruits and vegetables can keep you healthy. But what about the parts you discard? Sometimes, the parts of foods that you don’t eat have the most health benefits. Here are three health-boosting surprises that will make you think twice before tossing rinds or skins. And, most importantly, we tell you how to incorporate these normally inedible substances into your daily diet.

Watermelon Rinds for Heart Health


Juicy watermelon rinds offer a high dose of cirulline amino acid – which helps dilate blood vessels, improving blood circulation. The easiest way to take advantage of watermelon rind health benefits is to blend a whole piece of watermelon with lime. If you’re in the mood for something with a little kick, add some gin or vodka to make it a heart-healthy cocktail.

 

Celery Tops for Diabetes Prevention

Celery is a good source of magnesium, but the leaves actually have more magnesium than the stalks. A higher magnesium intake has been shown to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 23%. To use celery tops, try finally chopping them up with parsley and stir it into a salsa.

Onion Skins for Stroke Prevention

While onions are a good source for antioxidants, the skin actually has more antioxidants than the onion itself. It’s also rich in quercetin – a flavonol that can reduce blood pressure and prevent arterial plaque that can cause stroke. Simmer onion skins in soups for additional flavor, and discard them before serving.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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