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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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Chickpeas roasted200When you’re sugared-out on sticky Halloween sweets, detox with crunchy, savory, roasted chickpeas. Perfect for snacking, with cocktails, in lunchboxes and added to salads, they're high in fiber and protein, low in calories, inexpensive and easy to make--not to mention gluten free, sugar free and dairy free. 

Keep reading for recipes and cool facts about chickpeas a.k.a. garbanzo beans.

Note: If you've tried roasting chickpeas before but they turned out tough and dry--don't give up. We have a roasting secret to share with you along with a recipe for pan-fried chickpeas. 

grilled-peachesNothing screams summer like peaches. Warmed by the sun, glowing amber and rose, a perfectly ripe peach needs nothing more than a hungry admirer with a few relaxing minutes to savor the flavor – and a napkin to sop up drips.

However, if you want to elevate nature's bounty to decadent heights (or if your peaches aren't quite ripe), then use fire. Glowing heat will draw out and caramelize the juices, painting a tangy sweet gloss on the softened golden flesh; flames create a slight char, a papery crackle that dissolves on the tongue and tastes like toffee.

In the midst of peach season, who needs desserts bloated with fats or sweetened with added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup?

One large peach has about 70 calories, no fat. It's high in vitamin A (important for healthy vision) and vitamin C, an antioxidant key to building and repairing tissues. Peaches also provide antioxidant vitamin E and vitamin K (vital for blood clotting), thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. The potassium in peaches (350 mg), helps maintain blood pressure and prevent kidney stones and bone loss.

Major antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, in the fuzzy fruits help scavenge free radicals linked to aging, chronic disease, inner inflammation and cancer.

Finally, a large peach contains three grams of fiber, essential for smooth digestion and likely beneficial in regulating cholesterol and reducing risk of heart disease.

Here's a book recommendation--sumptuous summer reading featuring peaches: Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm by David M. Masumoto. And, of course, a foolproof recipe...

Mosaic Tile ArtFrom our friends at the Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School, here's an all-in-one fun art project and snack that features fruits or vegetables and low or no added sugar

Tile in Style

Ingredients

4 tablespoons vanilla or plain cream cheese (at room temperature), organic if possible
2 cups colorful dried fruits
4 squares graham crackers

Preparation

1. Use the back of a spoon or table knife to spread the cream cheese on the graham crackers.

2. Tear the dried fruit into all sorts of shapes. Place fruit pieces on the cream cheese to create a mosaic masterpeas.

Wellbody tip: For a savory version, use whole-grain bread or crackers instead of graham crackers. Swap red, yellow, orange and green sweet bell peppers for the fruit. Vegans can use drained, mashed tofu for the white canvas background instead of cream cheese.