10 Fruits That Taste Awesome, Even Grilled!

Anti-Aging, Health and Wellness

Open-flame cooking brings out the best flavor in just about every food. When you grill vegetables and fruits, their natural sugars caramelize and they taste even sweeter.  Here are 10 fruits that taste awesome because some favorite fruits are fast and easy to grill, and they make a deliciously different ingredient, side dish, snack or treat. Because they are nutrient-rich, filled with fiber and low to medium on the Glycemic Index, grilled fruits are SmartCarbs that you can enjoy without impeding progress toward your weight loss goal. (Just be sure to consult your Grocery Guide for proper portion sizes.)

Ready to try grilled fruits? Here are a few tips for success with all fruits and hints for enjoying 10 great tastes of the season:

Basket, Pan or Skewers

The grates that came with your gri...

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10 Healthy Foods to Gain Muscle

Anti-Aging, Health and Wellness, Weight Loss

You lift weights and work those resistance bands hard. You squat and lunge, push and pull up, and hold plank ‘til your body trembles. All excellent moves designed to help you gain muscle.

That’s important for lots of reasons: As you get older, muscle mass naturally decreases—after age 30, you can lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade. Most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their life, according to Harvard Medical School.1 When muscle mass goes down, body fat goes up. Plus, muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the better your weight control.2

Strength training is step one for how to build muscle.3 But do you know what to eat to gain muscle? What you eat on the days you work out—and the days you don’t—is just as important...

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25 Simple and Easy Quinoa Recipes

General, Health and Wellness, Weight Loss

Quinoa is often called a “superfood,” but you can think of it as a hard-working everyday staple for your healthy recipes.

Quinoa (say it “keen-wah”) is considered a whole grain, although it’s technically a seed. Like other SmartCarbs, it’s high in fiber and low in calories. According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a half-cup serving also fuels you up with four grams of protein—in fact, it’s one of the few plant foods that’s a “complete” protein, including all nine essential amino acids.1

Quinoa has a chewy texture and a lightly nutty flavor that blends well with many other ingredients. It comes in different colors, including red, white, yellow and even black.

Quinoa is the perfect swap for rice in your recipes...

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Feeling Stressed? 9 Foods That Make You Happy

Weight Loss

There are just some foods that make us happy, so we have included 9 foods that make you happy.  Whether we love their taste or because they remind of us of good times, it’s no secret that food can bring comfort. However, those comfort foods are oftentimes unhealthy snacks and sweets that crush your weight loss goals. They give us a quick blip of joy that’s gone moments after we’re done eating. When you’re feeling stressed, you need foods with powerful nutrients that lift your mood and energize your day.

Our wellness and nutrition experts at The Leaf have reviewed the research and put together this list of nine foods that have been shown to boost mood and prevent stress, so you’re ready to deal with whatever comes your way...

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6 Healthy Tips for Sustainable Eating

Anti-Aging, Diseases

Transform your diet with an earth-friendly approach to eating! You can easily improve your health AND the planet with these 6 healthy tips for sustainable eating. From eating more veggies to starting a home garden, we’ve got six heathy tips we think you will enjoy to help you help the environment.

In short, to eat sustainably means choosing foods that are healthy for your body but that are produced in a way that also protects the earth. It’s a concept that was developed to both reduce the risk of killer and chronic diseases and to help preserve our natural resources so the earth can continue to feed generations to come.1

How does what we put on our plates hurt the environment? For example, the raising of livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products uses far more natural resources—a thir...

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10 Delicious Meatball Recipes for Meat Lovers

Health and Wellness, Weight Loss

Meat lovers rejoice! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite recipes for meatballs. They’re delicious, high in protein and diet-friendly.

Lean meat and poultry are a great addition to your weight loss menu. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), meat, poultry and fish are rich sources of protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium and more. High protein foods such as lean meat help to create muscles, bones and other structures within the body. B vitamins provide energy and other vital functions.

We compiled a list of some of our favorite healthy meatballs made from lean meats. Turkey, lean beef and Nutrisystem’s own Meatballs in Marinara Sauce are featured throughout these recipes.

Instead of giving up the foods you love, Nutrisystem is here to help you create health...

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12 Healthy Squash Recipes to Squash Your Hunger

Anti-Aging, Weight Loss

The produce section of your supermarket is stacked with acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. These 12 healthy winter squash recipes (a misnomer because, like tomatoes, they’re actually fruit) can fill you up while delivering abundant quantities of fiber, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and plant chemicals that may help you fight diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

While summer squash is lightly flavored and watery, winter squash recipes are a rich nutty flavor and, in the case of butternut and acorn squash, a creamy texture that’s oh-so-satisfying it will squash your hunger. If you’re following a low-carb diet, you might be wondering if winter squash is approved...

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11 Smoothies You Can Make With Your Nutrisystem Shakes

Weight Loss

Nutrisystem Shakes  are fantastic to have on hand. They take mere minutes to prepare, they’re easy to take on the go, plus, they make for a tasty treat that can help keep you feeling fuller for longer stretches of time. These Nutrisystem Shakes are no exception. With each delicious vanilla and chocolate shake, you get a whopping 15 grams of protein and five grams of fiber… all at just 120 calories.

And that’s not even the sweetest part! While our customers will attest that the 11 Smoothies abd Nutrisystem Shakes are totally tasty on their own, you can also doctor them up to suit any kind of craving...

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea for Weight Loss

General, Health and Wellness, Supplements, Weight Loss

You’ve probably read that drinking coffee can promote weight loss, but did you know that green tea may also help you shed pounds?

Green tea has garnered most of the headlines. Between its caffeine and the health-promoting antioxidants it contains, it might give your weight loss efforts a boost. Though most tea contains less caffeine than coffee, even a little bit seems to be able to boost your metabolism to burn calories. In green tea, it gets an able assist from antioxidants known as catechins, says Healthline.

Green tea’s secret catechin weapon is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which prevents the production of an enzyme that breaks down the fat-burning hormone norepinephrine...

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Spudtacular Healthy Potato Recipes

Weight Loss

Are you a potato lover? The truth is potatoes get a bad rap but they actually offer many wonderful nutrients that can make them a great addition to a healthy diet. They’re packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber, says Healthline. Plus, they are a great source of potassium. Make those potatoes sweet potatoes, and you’ve got even more vitamin C, B6 and fiber, plus an abundance of vitamin A. Despite being nutritious, those health benefits can quickly become negated when potato recipes are fried or prepared with butter, full-fat sour cream or cheese. For those reasons you might want to consider an air fryer. That’s the best way to still enjoy the taste of the deep-fried foods that you love without having to cook in fattening oils...

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