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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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gbar©Paula BockYou gotta try DIY granola bars. They’re deliciously chewy, a bit crunchy, a tad tangy, touched with sweetness. Packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants, they take less than 15 minutes to make, require no oven and can be gluten- and dairy-free.

Why pay 15 times more for commercially processed bars loaded with preservatives, additives and high-fructose corn syrup?

Keep reading for recipes and health benefits of making your own granola bars.

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Say goodbye to hectic mornings that shortchange breakfast when you try these overnight oatmeal sensations: Chocolate chia, carrot cake and blueberry cashew are just a few of the delicious and healthy combos.

Keep reading for recipes and to learn about the science behind healthy oatmeal. 

 

 

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Be Sweet Smart this Holiday Season

Holiday treats can be tricky—especially if you want to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, there’s chocolate. That’s right. Choose chocolate this holiday season and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it healthy too.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. Plus, the calcium in chocolate helps protect tooth enamel.

Keep reading for more healthy news about chocolate and fantastic recipes. 


tailgatingpicnicIt’s fall sports season!

That means plenty of parties and tailgating while cheering for your favorite team. We all know snacking throughout the day isn’t good for our smiles, health or figures, but it’s hard to avoid while tailgating.

Keep reading for tooth-healthy tailgating tips from Delta Dental plus recipes for Buffalo Hummus, Grilled Apples and other alternatives to traditional tailgating favorites--a strong defensive lineup to protect your heart and teeth! 

Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!