Benefits of Healthy Food

Yes, There’s Actually Caffeine in Decaf Coffee—Here’s How
Much You’re Drinking

Bad news, coffee drinkers… Uh, oh—it’s 7 p.m., and you have the sudden urge to drink a hearty cup of coffee. (It’s just one of the problems all coffee lovers understand.) But don’t even think about opting for a dose of caffeine so late in the evening. Caffeine can stay in your bloodstream long after you’ve stopped feeling its effects, which could keep you tossing and turning at night. Still,

This is EXACTLY How to Pick Out the Perfect
Watermelon

Do melons leave you muddled at the supermarket? Never fear: Compare them using these easy criteria. Go symmetrical Emma Kapotes/Rd.com, iStock Select a firm, symmetrical watermelon free from any big bruises, cuts, or dents. Lumps and bumps could mean that the watermelon didn’t receive enough water or sunshine while on the vine, causing the fruit to taste dry and chalky. Check out these 10 savory recipes using watermelon. Heavier is

6 Delicious Pasta Alternatives That Won’t Make You Miss
Refined Carbs

Whether you are gluten sensitive or trying to cut out refined carbohydrates, these healthy pasta alternatives will satisfy your tastebuds. Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Spaghetti Squash vm2002/Shutterstock Scrape out the spaghetti-like strands from this squash and top with your favorite sauce. It may not be the real deal but it’s the next best

9 Foods Nutritionists Never Order at Fast Food
Restaurants

You may still find your way to a drive-through occasionally, but you’ll probably never look at a fast food menu the same way again. Burritos Plateresca/Shutterstock Fast food restaurants have a bad reputation when it comes to nutritional value—and for good reason. “The burritos at Chipotle are a humongous calorie bomb,” says Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, clinical registered dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center.

This Just In: Coconut Vinegar Is the New Apple Cider
Vinegar

alicja neumiler/shutterstock Don’t stock up until you read this first. By now you’re probably storing a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry and your medicine cabinet so that you can use the natural cure-all as part of your diet and beauty routine. But did you know that there may be another vinegar that’s just as beneficial as your beloved apple cider vinegar? Meet coconut vinegar, its hipper cousin.

8 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Keep in Your Desk
Drawer

Resist the temptation of the vending machine. Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. A well-stocked desk Matthew Cohen/Rd.com That dreaded mid-afternoon slump is here, bringing hunger pangs with it. You don’t want to leave your desk, but you need some fuel to keep your focus. Quit digging through your coworker’s candy bowl, and keep some

The Gross Reason You Should Never Pepper Your Food in Restaurants

Bad news: The cons of using that pepper shaker may outweigh its pros. Peter Kim/ShutterstockChances are, you’ve already heard that the menu is the dirtiest item in a restaurant—harboring about 185,000 bacteria, which is just one of the many everyday items that are dirtier than a toilet seat. Surprisingly, the second dirtiest item in a restaurant isn’t in the bathroom. In fact, it’s right on your table. Before you reach for the pepper shaker, think

16 Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps That Won’t Get Your House Egged

No, we’re not recommending handing out boxes or raisins or quarters this Halloween! There’s a growing number of healthier Halloween treats that kids (and adults!) will actually love—and there’s no bouncing off the walls followed by a major crash involved. Instead of microwave popcorn, try SkinnyPop Popcorn shutterstock, via skinnypop.com SkinnyPop popcorn is an oft-recommended alternative to traditional microwave popcorn by health experts, and now it comes in portion controlled (and

15 Ingredients Nutritionists Never Cook With

Frozen meals Joe Belanger/Shutterstock When it comes to convenience, Jakubowski draws the line at frozen, pre-packaged meals. They’re handy, but they’re not so healthy, she says. “I never buy frozen meals, even Lean Cuisine or other brands that are marketed as ‘healthy,’” she says. “These are almost always full of fat, sodium, and preservatives.” If you need a fast ready-made alternative, Jakubowski recommends prepping ahead. “For convenience, I prep lunches

10 Healthy Food Swaps That You Haven’t Read 100 Times Before

Looking for ways to add nutrition to your diet or cut calories for weight loss? These healthy food swaps can help you get there. Yellow kiwi instead of an orange waldenstroem/Shutterstock While traditional, green kiwis, are high in fiber and rich in potassium and vitamin C, the yellow or SunGold kiwi, a smart food swap, has three times more vitamin C than an orange and a smooth, not fuzzy, skin that you