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33 Healthy And Delightful Berry Recipes You Can’t Miss

33 Healthy And Delightful Berry Recipes You Can’t Miss

We hear so much these days about the health benefits of berries. They’ve been billed as heroic¬†antioxidants, battling on our behalf against cancer and other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. They’re also considered a sugar addict’s best friend in the fight against obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. But let’s not forget one of the best things about berries: they’re freakin’ delicious!

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    As summer winds down into fall, here is a collection of recipes to help you make the most of Berry Season 2014. Cheers.

    APPETIZERS

    Brie with Strawberries and Honey

      Brie with Strawberries and Honey

      Rose and Raspberry Pickled Beets

      Strawberry Marscapone Bruschetta

      Blackberry-Brie Pizzettas

      SALADS

      Mesclun with Berries and Sweet Spiced Almonds

        Thai Shredded Chicken and Strawberry Salad

        Marionberry, Bleu Cheese, and Arugula Salad

        Chilled Tutti Frutti Poppyseed Salad

        Mesclun with Berries and Sweet Spiced Almonds

        Grilled Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Raspberries

        BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

        Honeyed Yogurt and Mixed Berries with Whole Grain Waffles

          Quinoa with Strawberries and Buttermilk

          Breakfast Bruschetta

          Cran-Berry Green Tea Smoothie

          Fig-Raspberry Crisp with Lavender-Honey Sour Cream

          Honeyed Yogurt and Mixed Berries with Whole Grain Waffles

          LUNCH/DINNER

          Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken with Blackberries

            Grilled Pacific Halibut with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries

            Almond Butter and Smashed Berry Sandwiches

            Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Pizza

            Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken with Blackberries

            Peach-Glazed Salmon with Raspberries

            DESSERTS

            Gingered Fruit with Honey Yogurt

              Double Berry Freezer Jam

              Gingered Fruit with Honey Yogurt

              Cinnamon Crisps with Blackberries and Yogurt

              Wine-Poached Pears with Raspberries

              PARTY DRINKS

              Black Currant Champagne

                Black Currant Champagne

                Strawberry Margarita Spritzers

                St. Germain Fizzy

                Rose Crush

                Chanel No. 6

                DRINKS (NON-ALCOHOLIC)

                Strawberry-Basil Limeade

                  Strawberry-Basil Limeade

                  Berry Kale Smoothie

                  Merry Berry Christmas

                  Blackberry-Sage Water

                  Cranberry Ice Cubes

                  Hungry (or thirsty) for more fruity, healthy goodness? We’ve gotcha covered.

                  Featured photo credit: Jennifer Chait via flic.kr

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                  11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                  11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                  Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                  Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                  1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                  Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                  2. Stress Relief

                  Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                  3. Improved Sleep

                  Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                  4. Appetite Control

                  Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                  5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                  When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                  6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                  Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                  7. Mosquito Repellant

                  Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                  8. Pain Relief

                  While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                  9. The New Anti-Viral

                  Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                  10. Improved Cognitive Function

                  Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                  11. Money Saving

                  With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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