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What Are Non-Startchy Vegetables? Quick Answer + 9 Examples

Not all vegetables are equal, and you’ve probably heard the term “non-starchy vegetables” lately, especially if you are on a diet. In fact, both WW and Nutrisystem now encourage you to eat as many non-starchy veggies as you want without having to count points or calories. .

So, what’s the difference between starchy, and non-starchy veggies? It’s an important distinction, so let’s look at what makes vegetables non-starchy, and provide examples.

Non-Starchy Veggies:

Non starchy vegetables are healthy! They are low in calories but nutrient-dense; packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins including vitamin C, K, and A.

While just about every diet can agree that they are good for you, Nutrisystem recommends that you have 4+ servings of non-starchy vegetables each day.

Non Starchy Vegetable Examples:

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Here are examples of non-starchy veggies:

  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Peppers

Not only are these vegetables diet-friendly, but they also have myriad of health benefits and have been proven to fight cancer, too.

Starchy-Vegetable Examples:

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Examples of starchy vegetables include:

  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Butternut Squash

Wow, those are the vegetables I eat thinking I’m being healthy! Next time try substituting a veggie from the “non-starchy” list.

If you are on Nutrisystem (coupons), you’ll want to count starchy vegetables as “SmartCarbs” instead of vegetables. If you are on Weight Watchers (coupons) certain starchy veggies may not be “free.” Consult the WW points list to see if they have points.

Related: Is Nutrisystem healthy?

Non Starchy Veggie Tips

Non-starchy vegetables are great fresh or frozen. However, if you do buy them canned, go for “low sodium” option, as canned food is notoriously high in salt.

Can’t get low-sodium? Washing or rinsing canned vegetables before using them can get rid of a lot of the sodium.

Also, if you are starting a diet, vegetables are essential, but can add to your monthly food expense. If you are starting a diet like Nutrisystem (cost), South Beach Diet (cost) or WW (cost), be sure to account for fresh fruits and vegetables in your budget.

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McDonalds Menu: 1950’s Portions vs. Today (Shocking!)

McDonald portion sizes 50’s vs now: McDonalds opened their first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois, and they offered only 9 menu items! Although the current menu varies by region and restaurant location, there are now over 150 menu items available worldwide.

The biggest change at McDonalds compared to the 1950’s is probably in their portion sizes. In most menu items the portions have more than doubled, which is certainly one of the biggest reasons we have an obesity crisis in America. Checkout this 1-minute video illustrating how portions have grown at McDonalds since the 1950s:

McDonalds: Change In Portion Sizes “Then and Now”

  • Burgers: When McDonalds first started serving “fast food” in 1955 their only option for a hamburger was 3.7 oz. – Compare that to today when their quarter pounders w/ cheese and Big Macs are all 7-9+ oz each!
  • French Fries: Like burgers, you only had one size option in the mid-1950’s, and fries were 2.4 oz. – That’s small by today’s standards. In fact, it’s literally smaller than their “small” fries which are 2.6 oz. Portions get bigger from there, as their large fries are 5.9 oz.!
  • Sodas: Back in 1955 there was one size of soda, and it was a modest 7 oz. – That’s only a fraction of the size of sodas at McDonalds today, with the large soda tipping the scales at 30 oz. – If you drink the whole thing, you should know that you’ve got about 2 pounds of soda in your stomach with a shocking 97g of sugar! Sweet tea is just as bad. Yikes!

McDonalds Menu: 1950s

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mcdonalds menu 1950s

McDonalds amazing menu! Minute-man service, fastest food in town, prices that please, making dining at McDonalds a real family pleasure. Everything is so inviting, so spotlessly clean; stop at McDonalds for a heap of fun and lots of good eating. (And reasonable portion sizes?!) 

Related: First ever McDonald’s TV Commercial, w/ a Creepy Ronald McDonald!

Obesity Rates 1950s vs Now

It’s no coincidence that fast food portion sizes and obesity rates were both much smaller in the 1950s. In fact, the obesity rate in the 1950s was about 10% compared to nearly 40% today.

That’s McScary!

*Related: How Social Media Makes You Depressed and Fat

Nutrition: If you Must Eat at McDonalds Today…

Speaking of “nutrition” and “McDonalds” is a bit of an oxymoron, but if you are on a diet or counting WW points, you can use the calculator at to add up the calories, fat, carbs, and protein in your meal.

You can truly ring up a shocking number of carbs and calories on an average meal like this:

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Of course, there are much better menu choices than burgers and fries, but hang around a McDonalds for a while, and you’ll see that not many people are ordering salads or veggie burgers. (if even available!)

Much Larger Portion Sizes at Restaurants

While most of us know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, portion size is harder to determine. Most restaurants serve portions that are much bigger than the recommended size, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why we are overweight.

McDonald’s isn’t the only culprit with portion sizes, as most restaurants now serve portions twice as big as our parents’ generation. It’s also the foundation of meal delivery diets like Nutrisystem that offer pre-portioned meals, and meal delivery services like Home Chef (coupons). At first these pre-portioned meals can look comically small until you realize that they are the correct size, and what we are used to is actually super-sized!

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Starbucks + Weight Watchers: 9 Healthy Menu Choices w/ SmartPoints

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Best Starbucks drinks and menu items with low Weight Watchers Points: As a fellow Starbucks lover and former (successful) Weight Watchers member, I know how difficult it can be to avoid those morning coffee cravings.

The great news is, you don’t have to quit the good stuff altogether as your basic coffees and teas are actually very low in SmartPoints, calories, sugar, and can pack some killer nutrients. You just need to make some conscious lifestyle choices when ordering your daily (or weekly) beverage.

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Need some advice for navigating the Starbucks Menu if you’re counting Weight Watchers points? Here are some quick tips before we get started:

  1. Stick with simple. Coffee and tea alone have zero SmartPoints 
  2. if you want to add milk, skip the half & half and opt for soy milk or skim milk instead
  3. Skip the fancy seasonal drinks (like the Pumpkin Spice Latte!) and most breakfast items, although we highlight the best ones below
  4. Keep sugar to a minimum, or even use a packet of Splenda
  5. The rule of thumb with Starbucks drinks is that Sweet and/or creamy drinks will cost you SmartPoints.

Ok, got the basics? Here are the 9 best healthy drinks & food menu items to order at Starbucks if you are on Weight Watchers, (review) or just about any other diet:

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1.) Espresso: (0 SmartPoints)

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Espresso is also the perfect drink to have on weight watchers, the espresso itself contains zero SmartPoints. Some people opt for a ‘red eye’ when ordering their Starbucks drink. It’s not an official expression, but basically means an extra shot in your cup. Great way to get the extra caffeine without the added calories.

2.) Fresh Brewed Filter Coffee: (0 SmartPoints)

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When it comes to fresh filter coffee, this is your next best bet. There’re usually two or three different varieties and they are zero SmartPoints, just add points for your milk or cream. For an even lighter option, using soy or almond milk will be more forgiving on your waistline than cream.

Blonde roasts are perfect for your morning cuppa as they will give you just the right amount of energy to kick start your day. Those who are looking for something a little weaker with a similar taste can get the Pike Place, it has 30mg less caffeine than the Blonde if you go for the grande option.

*Related: How Many SmartPoints in a glass of wine? | WW points list

3.) Classic Caffè Americano: (0 SmartPoints)

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A Caffe Americano is great for someone who loves the espresso taste and doesn’t want a filter coffee. It is a strong coffee and great for first thing in the morning. It is basically a shot of espresso and hot water has zero smartpoints and 15 calories unless you add milk or cream.

If you want a less harsh taste, Starbucks now has their blonde espresso beans which are smoother and tastes ever so slightly sweet; perfect for those who crave a sweet touch but are trying to go sans sugar.

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4.) Iced Coffee: (0 SmartPoints)

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Iced coffee is a personal favorite and if you stick with a regular nitro or Nariño cold brew, your coffee will be guilt and SmartPoints free. That is unless you add some additional cream or sweetener. As a weekly treat you could have a grande iced latte, but it comes in at 5 smartpoints if you use 2% milk.

Tip: Remember, coffee doesn’t hydrate you like water, so make sure you’re drinking enough

5.) Teavana Teas: 1 SmartPoint (But, Not “Sweet!”)

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Tea is a perfect menu option for non-coffee drinkers who still need a bit of a kick on a morning. Tea is great for the body and has a ton of antioxidants. If you’re an English Breakfast Tea drinker then skip the milk and opt for a slice of lemon instead, lemon is also the perfect pair for an Earl Grey.

Green Tea works wonders for digestion and is common drink amongst dieters. Chai tea is zero SmartPoints, but beware of sweet tea, lemonades, and peach teas. The extra sugar will cost you SmartPoints, especially in the Venti size. Don’t believe me? Here the difference between “smart” and “sweet”:

Observe the points difference when you add lemonade:

  1. Shaken Iced Green Tea: (tall or grande) 1 SmartPoint vs.
  2. Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade (venti) 8 SmartPoints
  1. Shaken Iced Black Tea: (tall or grande) 1 SmartPoint vs.
  2. Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints

And, look how many points “sweet tea” will cost you:

  • Shaken Sweet Tea: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints
  • Shaken Iced Peach Tea: (Venti) 8 SmartPoints

Yikes! What a difference “sweet” makes with your tea choice. If you do have a sweet tooth, make sure you view that sweet tea as a treat, because you’re going to pay for it in Weight Watchers SmartPoints. If you do go with sweet, order it in a grande or tall.

6.) Caffè Misto: (2 SmartPoints)

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Sometimes you need a creamy coffee drink, so instead of getting a regular latte (4-7 SmartPoints), try ordering a Caffe Misto instead. If you want to further reduce it’s 80 calorie total, try order this:

  • A Tall Caffè Misto made with steamed nonfat milk and coffee (instead of espresso) with Splenda or a little sugar

At only 2 SmartPoints and 60 calories, it’s a very point-friendly latte-alternative to a latte. In fact, you could say that Caffè Misto is a hit (get it?) with Weight Watchers!

7.) Best Breakfast Food: Oatmeal (4 SmartPoints) 

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Starbucks has some real WW SmartPoints bombs on their breakfast menu, but the steel-cut oatmeal is great, including Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal and Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal which will only cost you 4 SmartPoints. Add fruit on top if available, because fruit is Zero SmartPoints!

8.) Spinach, Feta, Egg White Breakfast Wrap: (8 SmartPoints)

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Although most Starbucks breakfast sandwiches will cost you a lot of SmartPoints, the Spinach, Feta, Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap (nutritional info) is not bad at 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. It also has only 290 calories and 19g protein, so if you need a breakfast sandwich, it’s your best bet. Personally, I like all of their breakfast sandwiches with a packet of free Starbucks Sriracha sauce!

9.) Best Bowl / Salad: Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl (12 SmartPoints)
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There aren’t a lot of lunch bowls, bistro boxes, and salads under 12 SmartPoints, so consider the Chicken & Quiona Protein Bowl w/ Black Beans and Greens. (nutritional info) It costs a reasonable $8, comes with a chile mildly-spicy vinaigrette, and boasts 27g of protein and 9g fiber, so don’t judge it on WW points alone!

*Related: Weight Watchers Quinoa RecipesHow Much Does Weight Watchers Cost?

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7 Hacks to Help You Drink More Water (You Need 8 Cups a Day!)

How to drink more water during the day: While diets and weight loss plans may vary, they all can agree on a few basic truths. One of these is the indisputable benefit of drinking lots of water during the day. Nutrisystem asks you to drink 8 (8 ounce) cups of water per day, and Weight Watchers recommends 6+ cups.

Trying to lose weight? A recent study in the Annals of Family Medicine concluded that obese adults are more likely to get dehydrated, and should be drinking 10 cups of water each day! So, how do you remember to drink all those cups of H2O each day? It shouldn’t feel like a chore, so here are some hacks to help:

7 Ways to Drink More Water Each Day:

1.) Drink a Cup of Water Before Your Morning Coffee

While most people think that caffeine dehydrates you, it apparently doesn’t. Still, coffee isn’t great for hydrating you, so you should get a cup of water in your system before your morning cup of coffee. In one study, dieters who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals, including breakfast, lost 36 percent more weight than those who didn’t.

2.) Set Hourly Alarms on Your Phone

Pick a good, non-jarring alarm chime or music to gently remind you that it’s time to drink more water. This is especially helpful if you have a desk job, as time flies when you’re having fun! Hey, why not use the sound of running water or a watery song “Same as It Ever Was” by the Talking Heads:

“Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down,
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground,
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone.
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground…”

Ok, ringtones can be annoying, so maybe pick something soothing that you won’t mind hearing 8 times a day!

3.) The Arm Band Reminder

Start the day with 8 strings on your wrist. Every time you finish a cup of water, take one off and put it in your pocket. This is a good low-tech reminder, and if you’re creative, you can probably think of similar systems.

4.) Don’t forget Ice or Fruit

A cup of water with ice or infused with fruit is more appealing than a glass of room-temperature water. Drinking water shouldn’t feel like taking medicine, so add some ice or fruit to make your water more refreshing and enjoyable.

5.) Write the Hours on Your Water Bottle

Add hash marks to your water bottle with a sharpie with each hour. Depending on how big your water bottle is, you might get 3-4 hours on there. If you’re aiming to drink a cup of water every two hours, that means you can mark 4 hours on a 24 ounce water bottle. (6 ounces per hour) 

6.) Use a fun straw

If you’re not using a water bottle, It can be fun to add a straw to your glass. I recommend a reusable straw, as disposing of plastic straws is bad for the environment.

7.) “Eat Your Water” in Fruits and Vegetables

Foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, bananas, and cucumber are rich in H2O. It’s a good habit to snack on fruits and veggies (instead of chips or unhealthy snacks) and eating fruit has even been proven to make you happier!

Drink 8 (8 Ounce) Cups of Water Per Day

Ok, start thinking about how you can fit those 8 cups of water into your daily routine. You’ll notice health benefits like: more energy, better weight loss results, improved skin complexion, and a stronger immune system (you’ll get sick less!) and many more.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest

9 Vitamin D Health Benefits (Yes, Even Weight Loss!)

Vitamin D benefits for women including weight loss: You can fight breast cancer, weight gain, and more with vitamin D. Here’s how to get the most out of this miracle nutrient.

You probably already know that vitamin D can help build strong teeth and bones, but vitamin D has a plethora of health benefits you probably don’t know about. Vitamin D can keep off extra pounds, boost your mood, ward off colds, reduce your risk of cancer, and more.

That’s great news, right? Yes, except for the fact that more than one third of all women fail to get enough vitamin D for healthy bones, and more than three-quarters of women lack the higher amounts of vitamin D needed to benefit from it’s disease-fighting powers.

Vitamin D: Think, “Milk & Sunshine”

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No, that’s not the name of a 60’s folk duo, it’s the two best ways to get vitamin D every day. While a daily glass of milk is good, sunlight is even better, but we’re not getting enough. Our bodies produce vitamin D with exposure to ultraviolet radiation, but as we’ve started slathering on sunscreen to ward off skin cancer, we’re getting less vitamin D.

Here are our top 9 vitamin D health benefits:

1. Vitamin D Lowers the Risk of Cancer

Vitamin D may substantially cut the risk of a number of common cancers including breast, prostate, colon, and ovarian cancer. Scientists believe that Vitamin D helps regulate genes in a way that protects healthy cells and stops the growth of cancerous ones.

There are receptors for vitamin D in most of our body’s cells, and to feed them you need an adequate level of vitamin D in your blood. Getting enough vitamin D depends not only on how much time you’re in the sun, but also where you live. People in higher latitudes get fewer UVB rays, especially in the Winter, which means they’re more likely to have low blood levels of vitamin D and a higher risk of cancer.

In fact, studies have shown rates of death from colon cancer to be up to 50% higher in the far North compared to the sunnier South.

2. Fight Off Winter Weight Gain

Did you know that Vitamin D can help you lose weight?

More indoor time and fewer hours of sunlight can lead to a decrease in vitamin D production for many women. This may explain why a lot of women gain weight in colder weather. Lower levels of vitamin D can cause a drop in leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.

When this happens, your brain may not send the signal that you’re full and should stop eating. Overweight / obese women are especially at risk because excess fat can absorb vitamin D, making its health benefits unavailable to the rest of the body. Losing those few stubborn pounds may be as easy as getting enough sunlight each day!

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3. Vitamin D Benefits Your Heart Health

Vitamin D is thought to help lower blood pressure and regulate hormones that affect blood vessels and the muscles of the heart. Studies suggest that people with the highest vitamin D levels may have up to a 50% lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

4. Vitamin D Fights Seasonal Depression

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Low levels of vitamin D seem to also be linked to seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression more common in the North. Researchers believe that vitamin D helps keep the brain flush with serotonin, the “happy hormone” that regulates our mood. Vitamin D also seems to offer brain-health benefits for everyone from developing infants to senior citizens. So, stay away from that depressing blue light of your phone, and get some real sunlight!

5. Vitamin D Boosts Defenses Against Cold & the Flu

Research shows that colds and the flu increase as when levels of vitamin D decrease, especially in the Winter and countries at higher latitudes. Research seems to confirm that keeping your levels of vitamin D high may significantly reduce your risk of catching that cold or bug that’s going around the office. Some scientists have even started calling Vitamin D, the “antibiotic vitamin.”

6. Vitamin D Can Prevent Autoimmune Disorders

Vitamin D seems to interact in a protective way with genes that increase the risk of diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating nerve disease that strikes mostly young women. Studies suggest that vitamin D may also help prevent other autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and Crohn’s disease.

Even in healthy women, low levels of vitamin D can lead to increased inflammation, a negative response of the immune system. *Related: Nutrisystem Bad Reviews?

7. Vitamin D Benefits Your Bones

The work that vitamin D does with calcium to keep bones healthy might be old news, but it’s no less important, especially for women. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Osteoporosis and fractures resulting from bone weakness affect up to half of all women.

While most women turn to calcium for help, it may be vitamin D that they really need first for the calcium to be effective. Vitamin D helps your body absorb minerals like calcium and phosphorus that increase bone strength.

How Much Daily Sun Exposure is Healthy?

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OK, so how much sunlight is healthy without overdoing it? For each minute you spend in peak Summer sunlight, your body can produce about 1,000 IU of vitamin D. That’s as much vitamin D as 10 glasses of milk!

So, in short, a little bit of UVB exposure can go a long way. In fact here’s how much sun exposure you’ll need a day without sunscreen to get enough vitamin D:

  • Fair complexion: 5-10 minutes
  • Medium complexion: 15-20 minutes
  • Darker complexion: 20-30 minutes

Of course, use your own judgement if you feel those numbers don’t work for you, and ask your doctor if you have any questions. While sun-related issues like skin cancer are obviously a concern, don’t forget the myriad of health benefits you’ll get from getting enough vitamin D.

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5 Ways Eating Fruits Regularly Can Make You Happier

It’s been well documented that fruits can have a positive effect on your mental health, and some medical experts have even gone as far to state that the impact is nearly instantaneous.

“Eating fruits apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health,” states University of Warwick professor Andrew Oswald in statement shared by the Thrillist.

This effect was also observed in the study cited by Health IQ, which examined the eating habits of over 12,000 random participants. Conducted over a period of 7 years, the researchers saw that those who increased their fruit intake experienced a substantial boost in happiness and life satisfaction. They even noted that the mental changes were so significant that it was comparable to the joy an unemployed person experiences when getting a job.

However, to understand this relationship better, here are 5 ways eating fruits can make you happier.

Maintains serotonin

Fruits like bananas, pineapples, and kiwi can indirectly influence serotonin levels, a chemical neurotransmitter that promotes good mood and social behavior. These fruits maintain healthy levels of tryptophan, a substance which is a precursor to serotonin.

More antioxidants

Optimism is heavily associated with antioxidants, which are commonly found in oranges and various types of berries. Research shared by Medical Daily found that optimistic people generally have more antioxidants in their bodies. On average they tend to eat more fruits and vegetables than people who are generally pessimistic.

Vitamin C can prevent angry outbursts

Maybe that’s why pirates were so mean? (and suffered from scurvy)

Anyway, Vitamin C is commonly found in citrus fruits like limes, lemons, and grapefruits. The Fusion Model discussed a study which discovered that it can decrease hostility and antisocial behavior. Additionally, they mentioned that Vitamin C significantly contributes to a happier mood as well.

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Look how happy SHE is!

Cutting calories improves your mood

Eating fruits regularly instead of meat generally cuts down your calorie intake but it can still give you protein and healthy fats. Fewer calories can cause a positive, long-term effect on your mood.

Fruits ward off depression

Research has shown that stabilizing your ghrelin and leptin can counter depression. By regularly eating fruits, you are able to control your ghrelin level, your hunger hormone, while increasing your leptin sensitivity, the hormone that makes you feel full. The hormonal imbalance in this regard is one of the reasons why people suffering from depression tend to overeat.

*Did you know that under Weight Watchers new point system fruits cost you zero points? 

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4 Benefits of Barley Grass Powder (Weight Loss, Fiber, Oh My!)

barley grass juice powderLooking for a quick and convenient way to boost your overall health? Barley grass powder is a multi-nutrient rich superfood loaded with a variety of vitamins and essential minerals.

It’s been a go-to health booster since 7000 BC. It was popular with the Greeks and Romans, and it’s trendy today as more people focus more on wholesome living and healthy eating.

So what makes it so great?

Read on to learn health benefits of barley grass powder!

1. It Reduces Toxic Buildup in the Body

One of the biggest benefits of barley grass juice powder is that it’s a natural detoxifier, which means it helps reduce toxic buildup in the body. If you’re not eating a healthy diet, it’s a great way of dealing with the physical repercussions of poor eating habits.

Here’s how the powder can reduce toxic buildup:

  • It has an abundance of zinc, selenium, and copper, which are elements that contribute to detoxification.
  • It contains chlorophyll and beta-carotene which helps get rid of waste materials like mucus and crystallized acids.
  • barley grass powder supports the metabolic process and strengths and detoxifies the liver.

If you’re experiencing toxic buildup, barley green powder is a great option for you. It’s been purified to eliminate toxins.

2. It Improves Skin Health

The powder is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to healthy skin. Here are just a few skin health benefits it offers:

  • It Heals Skin – The powder has zinc in it, which helps the skin heal and repair wounds. By taking barley grass powder orally (juice) or applying it as a paste, you can reduce facial lesions and wounds. 
  • It Improves Skin Elasticity – The powder contains a large amount of selenium, which helps maintain elasticity in the skin, keep it’s tone, and prevent damage from free radicals.
  • It Brightens Skin – The powder has anti-inflammatory properties. It can reduce acne and fight skin infections. It can also brighten your skin by exfoliating it and controlling oil secretion. 
  • It Treats Clogged Pores – Barley grass powder contains an acid that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. That makes it great at fighting acne and treating clogged pores.

3. It Helps With Digestion

Barley is believed to have the highest amount of fiber among grains. The fiber in the powder works as a probiotic to help friendly bacteria in your intestine.

The roughage also aids bowel movement and digestion and also helps with constipation. Hey, it might not sexy, but it sure is healthy! 

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4. It Can Help With Weight Loss

As you know, being overweight or obese makes you more susceptible to cancer, diabetes, and other health-related issues.

The powder’s insoluble fiber can help with weight loss by making you feel full for longer, while also providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs. It also helps control blood sugar levels, (glycemic index) which means you won’t have as many cravings between meals.

Final Thoughts on Barley Grass (Juice) Powder

This powder offers so many more benefits beyond the ones listed in this article. It can prevent urinary tract infections, help cure anemia, and is even beneficial during pregnancy.

Don’t wait to start improving your overall health! Buy now and start enjoying all the health benefits barley grass powder has to offer!Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest

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Drink Tea for Weight Loss: 5 Top (Natural) Teas for Your Diet

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Drinking tea for weight loss: What if I told you that losing that extra weight can be as easy as boiling water?

It’s true, and you might want to put down that coffee with cream, because there are a plethora of health benefits to drinking tea, including potential weight loss.

Fat burning tea can reinvigorate your weight-loss routine to help you shed those stubborn extra pounds.

Top 5 Fat Burning Teas for Weight Loss

Tea has been used as a homeopathic medicine for centuries and can provide powerful health benefits in addition to burning fat.

Pounds aren’t everything. Holistic health should be your goal, and fat burning tea packs a powerful health punch. You can access a world tea directory, for more information on nature’s medicine cabinet.

1. Green Tea – The Fat Burning Beast

Green tea is a fat burning sensation. It’s loaded with powerful anti-oxidants known as catechins that turbo-charge the body’s metabolism.

Catechins improve the body’s ability to metabolize fat. And green tea is loaded with EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) — a particularly powerful catechin that is a fat-burning pro.

Try using local honey to sweeten your green tea instead of sugar or Splenda®. In fact, recently diets like WW and Nutrisystem have specifically recommended green tea to replace coffee because of the health benefits. (plus, no unhealthy cream!)

2. White Tea – The Beauty Enhancer

Drinking white tea will help the pounds fall off and you’ll look great doing it. Structures in white tea buttress your skin cells against the deteriorating effects of the sun.

White-tea keeps new fat cells at bay and helps you break down all the fat you’re carrying around for extra energy.

3. Black Tea – Heart-Pumping Goodness

Black tea improves cardiovascular function and blood vessel dilation — meaning your workout just got way easier!

And, black tea increases your body’s production of interferon — a key player in your infection-fighting team.

But, skip the milk! Milk can neutralize the goodies in black tea that helps your heart beat beautifully.

4. Oolong Tea – The Fat Incinerator

Oolong is Chinese for Black Dragon — and this appropriately named tea will incinerate your fat. Like green tea, oolong is loaded with catechins that help your body blast through fat cells.

Oolong tea also obstructs the body’s absorption of fat and is a powerful tool to fight weight gain and lowers your blood pressure.

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5. Rooibos Tea – The Hunger Squasher

Rooibos helps your body regulate hormones that cause fat storage in the body.

A powerful flavinoid known as aspalathin is present in rooibos in large quantities. Aspalathin reduces the stress hormones that make you feel hungry and lead to fat storage.

The resulting decrease in your stress hormones has positive rippling effects on other parts of your body. The same hormones that regulate fat storage can also cause hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes and insulin resistance.

Drink Fat-Burning Tea

Fat burning tea will turbo-charge your diet. The powerful anti-oxidants and flavonoids in tea can help bust through tough fat and benefit your overall health.

The powerful anti-oxidants and flavonoids in tea can help bust through tough fat and benefit your overall health.

Brew a cup today and start feeling the benefits!

Why drink tea for weight loss?

Our hunter-gatherer DNA is making us fat — we weren’t designed for unlimited food access and a sedentary lifestyle.

Today, 2 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese, and these extra pounds cause problems in more than just the dressing room. Compounding the problem is that we don’t drink enough fluids, including 8 + cups of water a day. Tea counts as water, and is a better option than coffee.

Carrying unwanted weight increases a host of health risks and dropping those extra pounds is crucial to your health!

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6 Great Weight Loss Shakes (aka Smoothies) for Fat Burning

It should come as no surprise that Americans spend over sixty billion dollars a year on weight loss and health products.

One health industry that is expanding is the nutrition shake market. While many prepaid options exist, it is very easy to make your own shakes at home.

Unsure where to start? Keep reading below for six of the best weight loss shakes that will both taste good and be good for your body.

1. Strawberry and Banana

This is a good smoothie recipe to have in your weight loss arsenal. Take a banana, at least a cup of strawberries, and some type of milk.

Strawberries are packed full of antioxidants, vitamin c, and fiber. Bananas are a prime source of potassium and can be a key ingredient to lower blood pressure.

2. Berry and Oats

This shake is a good way to get some of the benefits of oatmeal without sitting down with a full bowl of it.

Take a half cup of oats and a half cup of frozen berries. Add some vanilla greek yogurt, ice, and honey to sweeten everything up. Add about a cup of milk and blend to your desired consistency.

This smoothie will provide you with ample antioxidants from the berries. The added oatmeal with keep you full and satisfied until lunch.

3. Green Detox

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A green smoothie is often the first image people have when thinking of the best weight loss shakes. These shakes are an easy way for people to get two to three servings of vegetables.

Try experimenting with different greens. Kale, spinach, and even watercress can be used in these smoothies.

Choose your green and add a banana for sweetness. Add milk, ice, and protein powder (if you choose), and you will have a perfect way to start any day.

Be sure to always use a high-quality blender when making smoothies. The vitamix blender has quality blades and is very easy to clean!

Try adding protein powder or almond milk for an extra boost of protein to feed your muscles.

4. Chocolate Raspberry

When considering the best weight loss shakes, decadence doesn’t always mean unhealthy. This smoothie is perfect when you are craving a chocolate treat and don’t want to overindulge.

Take a cup of milk, one cup of raspberries, half a banana, a spoonful of cocoa powder, some coconut oil, and a pinch of sea salt.

Optional add-ons include extra chocolate nibs. Consider using a chocolate protein powder for extra flavor and protein.

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5. Carrot and Ginger

Combining these two healthy staples together creates a smoothie jam-packed with benefits.

Start with a frozen banana, half a cup of carrot juice, and a small knob of ginger. For a thinner smoothie, add some almond or soy milk.

Want to take your carrot and ginger smoothie to the next level? Consider adding a pinch of turmeric to it. Besides giving you an energizing color, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and can help lower the risk of heart disease.

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly

Yes, you can have a smoothie that tastes like your childhood. It will give you a salty and sweet treat without ruining all your hard work.

Combine a cup of frozen berries, a spoonful of peanut butter, two spoonfuls of oats, and one cup of the milk of your choice. Be sure to include a vanilla protein as well. This will add sweetness and nutrients.

The Best Weight Loss Shakes – Get Your Blend On!

There you have it, six healthy shake options! Whether you are in the mood for something fruity or chocolate based, there is an option for you. Break out your blender, get some ice, and add your favorite ingredients.

Which one will you try first?

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Eat Pears! Here’s the (Surprising!) Weight Loss & Health Benefits

The simple pear is, frankly, no one’s favorite fruit, is it? A bit of an outcast in the fruit world, it’s never the first snack that comes to mind. After all, arguably, strawberries, apples, and bananas are far superior in taste, and no ice cream or candy is made in “pear” flavor.

Plus, when you think of a healthy figure, a pear isn’t exactly the shape that comes to mind!

Well, you may not realize it now, but there’s a whole host of weight loss and health benefits to eating them on a regular basis. You see, when you consume these tiny fruits, you’re increasing your vitamin and fiber intake in an instant.

These two things are utterly vital if you’re hoping to have a healthy diet. Yes, there’s a whole load more to these superfoods than you know. Let’s take a look at the facts, shall we?

One pear a day fights obesity

Obesity is a growing (big, fat) problem, and if it’s one that affects you, you absolutely have to do something about it. There are a wealth of health concerns relating to this issue, such as heart disease, diabetes, and the risk of premature death. It might sound shocking, but so it should; obesity is doubtless a cold, hard killer. Make no mistakes about that.

If you’re currently battling the problem, eating just one pear a day could make all the difference. According to the results of a study published in Nutrition and Food Science, you’re a whopping 35% less likely to be obese if you consume just a single pear every day. It really is that simple. Aside from being packed full of vitamins and healthy fibers, these fruits seem to help people keep the pounds off for longer.

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If you are struggling with obesity, the very best way to make sure that you lose weight is by eating a healthy, balanced diet all the time (rather than crash dieting) and exercising as much as you feel you can. When you make these healthy lifestyle changes, it should make a big difference to your overall weight.

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Eating pears may ward off Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike other forms of diabetes, the Type 2 strain of this condition is something that most people tend to develop over time. What you eat on a regular basis will play a significant role in you developing this condition in the long run.

If you happen to have an unhealthy diet that you just can’t quit, you will find that your health suffers as a result. It might not suffer immediately, but eventually, you will see some rather shocking ramifications.

One of the ways that you can ward off this potential problem is by getting a decent amount of so-called ‘healthy’ fibers. One of the greatest (and easiest) places you can get this fiber is in the skin of a pear. Chomping on the skins, rather than cutting them off, means that you will get a decent dose of good fiber. What could be better than that?

Plus, it’s not just the fiber that protects your body from the dreaded diabetes plague. These little superfruits contain flavonols, (mmm… flavomnols!) anthocyanins, and  flavan-3-ols; all of which aid your body in improving its sensitivity to insulin.

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In short, that means that you can manage your insulin levels and maintain a steady rate at all times, which prevents diabetes even knocking at the door. So, stocking up on pears when you next go grocery shopping might just be the way forward.

*Bonus: if you’re on Weight Watchers (join free!), you’ll be happy to know that pears have a zero PointsPlus value! Actually, pears fit nicely into any diet, from the MIND diet to Nutrisystem!

Pears may reduce your risk of cancer

The very word cancer is enough to send shivers down your spine. With the risk of this illness being higher than ever, it’s only natural that you’d want to do everything that you possibly can to make sure that you decrease your risk.

You should already be aware of the fact that your general diet and lifestyle plays a massive part in your health and specifically whether you are at a severe risk of developing this disease. That’s why you really ought to ensure that you eat well as much as humanly possible.

So, why do pears help reduce your risk of certain cancers? Well, the reason is actually very simple – they digest much more easily than a lot of the other food we eat. The fiber that you find in pears binds perfectly with the bile acids in your stomach, therefore decreasing them.

The truth is that if you have too many secondary bile acids in the intestine, your risk of colorectal cancer. What’s more, an excess of this particular type of acid can also lead to a whole load of other intestinal problems. Avoiding them is important if you want to keep a clean bill of health.

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The DIET, Sleep, & Exercise Habits of Geniuses: Einstein, Tesla, & Edison

The (sometimes quirky) diets, sleep, and exercise habits of geniuses – Although we often think of genetics as the main factor in genius, your health and diet has a lot to do with it as well.

Consider that the brain uses a whopping 20% of your body’s total energy; more energy than any other organ. They say, “you are what you eat,” so the fuel you’re putting in your body directly affects your mind.

While we still haven’t invented any pills to quickly transform the average person into a genius (despite the plethora of websites selling such pills!), you can certainly be “smarter” and more energetic with a healthy diet, daily exercise, and good sleep habits.

Let’s look at some of the quirkier diet and exercise habits of a few of history’s greatest geniuses:

Albert Einstein:

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“I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience” – Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein wrote the above quote in a letter to his friend, Max Kariel, and soon after became a vegetarian.

Einstein also reportedly slept for at least 10 hours a night, which is even more than is commonly recommended for the average adult. In addition, he also took regular naps throughout the day. But the celebrated physicist didn’t spend all his time asleep, despite the known powers of sleep to solve problems.

He also made sure to get some physical activity. And he walked outside, which is said to further stimulate creative thinking. During his tenure at Princeton, he’d walk to school every day, perhaps inspired by Nikola Tesla, another notorious walker.

Despite getting plenty of rest and exercise, which are known key components of success, his other habits may have been less healthy. Einstein enjoyed carbs in the form of spaghetti and was also a devoted pipe smoker.

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Thomas Edison:

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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

Unlike Einstein, Thomas Edison reportedly slept very little, only around three to four hours a night. Although his invention of the lightbulb meant that he was able to work longer hours, he did sneak in quite a few power naps in unusual spaces, which he apparently didn’t count as sleeping, but likely went a long way toward his inventive prowess.

Edison didn’t exercise purposefully and considered standing and walking around his lab all the movement that was necessary. But, he seems to be an early proponent of preventative medicine, at least according to his famous quote that doctors of the future will stop people from getting sick, rather than doling out medicine based on a current illness.

Hollywood probably won’t ever be swept by a trendy, “Thomas Edison Diet,” as It seems that he engaged in some sort of milk diet fad that touted milk as a healthy cure-all.

Ironically, this “diet” may have contributed to his deadly struggle with diabetes, as milk has a naturally high sugar content and caused his blood sugar to skyrocket.

Nikola Tesla:

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Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison’s notorious nemesis, also had some interesting ideas when it came to health and could be considered an early health guru in addition to a scientific genius. He reportedly performed nightly toe exercises to improve his brain function.

Tesla also walked up to 10 miles each day, and would even exercise while bathing.

Although he disliked caffeinated products, he was a fan of alcohol and enjoyed a daily whiskey. Like Edison, he enjoyed a daily intake of carbs, but in the form of potatoes, not pasta. One of Tesla’s interests was to live longer in good health to be able to do his work for longer.

Tesla also drank a lot of milk and was an early advocate of avoiding overeating and filling up on vegetables and was reportedly mostly vegetarian.

More Genius Diets

Madame Curie may have discovered radium, but she was woefully inept when it came to eating. During her younger, poverty-stricken years, she ate so little that she eventually passed out. When she was older, Curie reportedly would get so caught up in her work that she would forget to eat and didn’t want to take precious moments away from her lab to learn how to cook.

Of course, in some cases, unusual eating habits may not be the path to genius and longevity. Steve Jobs is commonly admired as a modern genius but eventually succumbed to cancer after a diet consisting of enough carrots to change the color of skin from time to time. Jobs also ate dates and almonds and was a fan of weeklong fasts.

French writer Honore de Balzac was a huge fan of caffeine for stimulating his ability to put pen to paper and even wrote an essay on the value of coffee. Known for drinking 50 cups of coffee at once, he eventually died of caffeine poisoning, which was either a case of too much of a good thing or shows that Tesla was correct in avoiding the stuff.

“I’m gonna go get coffee. #CoffeeTheMusical” (tweet) – Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda is considered by many (including myself) to be a genius. Unlike Balzac, he’s never risked his life on a caffeine binge, but he does frequently tweet about drinking coffee. (and his dog, Tobillo!)   

Many geniuses were vegetarians

“Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein

Although geniuses frequently have differences of opinion, it seems that a great many of them were vegetarian, or leaned toward vegetarianism, include both Einstein and Tesla. Not to mention Gandhi and possibly Leonardo da Vinci.

Adopting some of these curious habits may or may not help you enjoy clearer thinking, but tread cautiously because while Tesla lived into his 80s, other geniuses had considerably shorter lifespans, for one reason or another!

If you want to be smarter, consider a healthy (vegetarian?) diet with plenty of sleep and exercise.  You could also consider the popular MIND diet, as well as daily supplements for your mind like Ginko Biloba, vitamin B-12, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Ironically, our foraging ancestors ate a diet that naturally made them healthier and smarter, but these days you have to make more of a conscious effort!

Looking to lose weight? For motivation, check out our favorite inspirational quotes. We also have great articles on top diets like WW (reviews, coupons) Nutrisystem (reviews, coupons) and South Beach Diet (reviews, coupons).

Thanks for stopping by Mighty Diets!

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What is Moringa? New Superfood Offers Health Benefits + Weight Loss

Moringa health benefits: “Moringa!” It sounds like it could be Sheldon’s newest tagline on “The Big Bang Theory,” or maybe the stage name of an up-and-coming pop star. But nope – it’s the newest buzzworthy word that’s making waves in the world of healthy eating and diet.

So what exactly is moringa?

Moringa is a plant that’s jam-packed with so many nutrients, it puts kale to shame, and it’s poised to be 2017’s newest superstar veggie superfood. Researchers discovered that moringa is overflowing with vitamin A, B, and C, has unusually high calcium content, and is brimming with iron.

But wait, there’s more – moringa is also an excellent source of protein and has nine essential amino acids.

You can pluck this nutrient-rich jewel right off a drumstick tree, also known as Moringa oleifera if you’re into all that scientific, technical stuff. So where on earth are you going to find a drumstick tree? Pack your bags and get your plane ticket – you’re heading to Africa (or Asia if you like).

The hub of moringa’s biodiversity can be found in the Horn of Africa, which is a region that includes Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. However, you can also find other species thriving in the Himalaya’s foothills.

But while moringa was once living in quietude and peace among its African and Asian natives, it’s now become the talk of the town among American health nuts.

The West is trying their darnedest to get their hands on this foreign leafy green and want to place it smack dab in the middle of our car-zooming, skyscraper-towering cities.

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Is Moringa the new kale?

With 28-year-old Lisa Curtis at the helm, San Francisco-based food start-up Kuli Kuli raised a cool $4.25 million from investors to get moringa to become more accessible in grocery stores because, well, how many of you have come across moringa leaves at your local market?

My point exactly.

Curtis is on a mission to bring this protein-packed plant to more American plates. Whole Foods and other health food locations are already shelving Kuli Kuli’s products. The company has sold $1 million worth of moringa products within the first half of 2016. Cha-ching!

“We’re hoping moringa becomes the new kale,” Curtis told The New Yorker. According to the Kuli Kuli website, moringa outperforms kale two-fold in protein, four-fold in calcium, six-fold in iron, and a whopping 97-fold in vitamin B12.

Curtis inked sweet deals with farmers from West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America to acquire their moringa harvests in order to shove kale out of the way and crown moringa as the new superfood trend among diet-conscious Americans.

Moringa & Weight Loss

Where do we even start? There’s a reason why some call moringa “weight watchers dream” – drumstick leaves can help to hinder those pesky cravings that cause many to overeat. Yay for weight loss!

It’s also heralded as a powerful anti-aging agent, helps to improve sleep, and stabilizes blood sugar and blood pressure, according to Christopher Calapai, a New York-based osteopath. Researchers have also found that moringa leaves have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties.

What Does Moringa Taste Like?

A book entitled “Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II” notes that moringa leaves can be compared to asparagus in taste.

But if you ask The New Yorker, on the other hand, they’ll tell you moringa leaves give off a “bold, peppery” flavor, very similar to that of arugula, which might not be pleasant for many taste buds.

However, you don’t have to yank the leaves right off the tree and start chewing. There are ways you can incorporate ‘em into your diet to make moringa more palatable.

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How You Can Eat Moringa?

If you don’t have a modicum of adventure, you can simply boil moringa leaves, eat ‘em, and call it a day. But here’s a better idea: you can find fun, interesting ways to experiment with this exotic leafy green.

  • Kuli Kuli: As aforementioned, the promising food start-up has recently introduced moringa-infused products to the U.S. so, if you’re a little shy, you can ease your way into this rising superfood star. This includes powders, teas, green energy shots, and bars.
  • Sambar: India has been slurping moringa leaves and all of its nutritional goodness in a recipe known as ” sambhar.” It’s a lentil stew that is spiced with turmeric, red chili powder, tamarind, a slew of other yummy goodies, and of course, moringa leaves.
  • Omelets: Start off your day with a healthy helping of eggs, taken up a notch with a zap of moringa leaves to awaken your palette.
  • Cake: You have to wonder – who was the experimental madman who thought it was a great idea to add moringa to a cake? But we thank him or her nonetheless for giving us the opportunity to satisfy our sweet tooth while simultaneously savoring a bit of moringa.

While you can indulge on many more cooked moringa-infused dishes, some say it’s best to eat moringa leaves raw so that you’re eating it as its peak level of nutrient retention – if you dare!

Moringa for your health

Whether you’re seeking to ameliorate your diabetic symptoms, curb your appetite, or shave a few years off your perceived age, you really can’t go wrong with moringa leaves. Plucked right out of what many call to be a “miracle tree,” moringa is a health treasure for dieters everywhere – if you can ever get your hands on one.

Written by Kimberly GedeonFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterest