Summer is a time for lazing around and soaking up the warm weather. Throw in a few barbeques, some patio drinks, and poolside parties and you have yourself a holiday weekend. It can, however, also be a recipe for packing on pounds of body fat if you’re not careful. Here are a few tricks of the trade that you can apply throughout the summer to keep your belly fat in check (at least, long enough to last through bikini season). More
Topic: 4th of July
Let’s get the Debbie Downer news out of the way early in the morning. It’s not just sparkler burns that you need to be on the lookout for. Fireworks shrapnel injures about 2000 people a year on the 4th of July. More
Whether it’s at a 4th of July barbecue, camp cookout, or baseball game, chances are, you’re going to want to eat a hot dog this summer. Yes, you know: They’re made of nasty pig parts, they contain cancer-causing nitrites, and they’re also pretty much a sodium bomb. Yet, summer wouldn’t feel the same without them. So we asked a nutritionist to weigh in and tell us: Is it ever okay to eat a wiener? More
Meatless Monday is a good chance to sneak in some vegetables before your 4th of July barbecue, but it can also be a good day to plan out some vegetarian salads and sides if you want to avoid a complete meat-fest (or at least, balance it out with a little bit of fresh fruit and veg). We rounded up ten vegetarian salad recipes that are perfect for a picnic—or just tonight’s dinner, so you can celebrate Independence Day in a balanced, healthy way. More
If you’re looking to boost your holiday workout this weekend, why not do so with some American-themed music? Here’s our list of the best 4th of July tunes for your playlist: More
All eyes this weekend seem to be on the Monaco royal wedding and Prince William and Catherine‘s royal tour kickoff in Canada, but the fourth of July is nearly here, so we’d like to turn some attention back to the U.S. for a moment. (How very patriotic of me, I know.) We don’t have royalty to worship, but (aside from Hollywood celebs) one thing we do pledge our allegiance to is food. Brand-name food. It’s no secret that the standard American diet is heavily based on crap, but a recent slideshow over at Bon Appetit’s blog was a cold reality check that, by and large, we’re way too wedded to processed foods and popular name brands. More
Somewhere between breast milk and Ensure, our tastes go through major changes. And generational differences in are nowhere more apparent than 4th of July family cookouts, picnics, and BBQs, which we’ll no doubt get our share of this weekend. Juggling the demands of toddlers, aunts and uncles, grandparents and teens might be obnoxious, but like most things, the upshot is that our plates generally start getting better as we get older. More
With our long awaited summer (and long weekend) finally here, getting sick, stressed, injured or fatigued is the definitely not on the itinerary. In the spirit of taking advantage of all your summer and holiday weekends have to offer, I’ve created a handy summer survival kit that will have you sailing through the season with optimal health in hand. More
The Fourth of July is just days away, which means no shortage of backyard BBQs and festive holiday parties this weekend. But as much as we love all that cookout grub, it can easily mean a few hundred extra calories between potato salad, sausages, chips, and patriotic Jell-O desserts. But no one wants to show up for a party with snacks that taste like cardboard, we asked some of our healthiest friends and experts to give us their favorite healthy recipes that hosts and guests will love. More
How are you celebrating this Fourth of July? Flipping some delicious veggie burgers on the grill? Sipping on a little afternoon sangria aptly adorned with cherries, coconut wedges and blueberries? Parading around in your finest patriotic attire?
Whatever your plans for the holiday, you can pledge allegiance to our country by breaking out your red, white, blue…and green, and pledging allegiance to our land, water and air. Yes, you can still fire up your grills and oooh and ahhh over the fireworks – just take a few minutes to nod to Lady Liberty by being a good eco-conscious citizen, too.
Here are five eco-tips to remember More
Happy Fourth of July! Here’s to watching fireworks on the beach. Buy them, set them off, or make your own.
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Fireworks and sparklers aren’t the most earth-friendly summer holiday habits, so for this 4th of July we think it’s a good policy to offset the pollution and waste of your favorite pyro show with a good dose of eco-friendly festivities. … More