This Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad Is Bursting With Protein

You want an easy lunch that’s healthy and filling, right? Look no further than this zesty avocado chickpea salad, bursting with fresh dill, lemon, celery, cucumbers, and carrots. Even though it’s served on just half an English muffin, you’ll feel satisfied until dinner because it’s full of fiber and protein. It throws together in less than 10 minutes, and you can even make a batch ahead of…

Goodbye Protein Shakes, Hello Banana Mini Muffins

The following post was originally featured on Carrots ‘n’ Cake and written by Tina Haupert, who is part of POPSUGAR Collective.

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a very lovely weekend!

So, here’s that mini muffin recipe that I mentioned the other day. It’s a new favorite in our house for sure. Be sure to bookmark and/or pin it!

These Gluten-Free Banana Protein Mini Muffins are the perfect little treat when you want just a bite…

Carrots Really Are Good for Your Eyes, Study Finds

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Your parents may have told you, “Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes,” and a new study suggests they were on to something.Pigments called carotenoids — which give red or orange hues to carrots, sweet potatoes and orange peppers, or deep greens to produce like spinach, broccoli and kale — may help ward off the age-linked vision ailment known as macular degeneration, researchers said.While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, one vision care expert wasn’t surprised by the findings.”I tell my patients that fruit and vegetable consumption are very important for eye health — this study validates that notion,” said Dr. Paul Bernstein, a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City.Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common causes of vision loss, especially in the elderly. It affects the macula, the center part of the retina, and can lead to declines in sharp central vision and even blindness, experts say.Scientists have already linked a variety of factors to the condition including genetics, smoking and nutrition, said Bernstein, who was not involved in the new study. However, treatment for AMD may be limited depending on the type of macular degeneration that a person develops, he said.Prior research has produced mixed findings about links between carotenoids and macular degeneration, the researchers said. So, a team led by Joanne (Juan) Wu, a graduate student in nutrition epidemiology at…

These Healthy Holiday Sides Have 5 Ingredients or Less

The days are getting shorter, temperatures colder, and the holidays have officially snuck up on us. But if you haven’t planned out your holiday menu yet, don’t stress: Haylie Duff has some ideas for you. Duff, who hosts The Real Girl’s Kitchen on Cooking Channel, is a fan of nutritious side dishes that take advantage of fresh seasonal veggies like carrots and Brussels sprouts.

“The holidays are all about indulging, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally bust up all your hard work at the gym by consuming thousands of calories over the course of a couple of days,” she told Health over email. “I’m all about healthy decadence. I’m talking healthy dishes that are good for you without sacrificing flavor.”

Duff shared a few of her favorite easy-to-make holiday recipes with us below. The best part: They all require just five ingredients or less, saving you precious time in the already-hectic season. So take a deep breath, let go of that holiday stress, and whip up one (or all!) of these satisfying, crowd-pleasing dishes.

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Roasted Sage Carrots

Ingredients:

1 pound of small carrots, sliced lengthwise
1 pound of multicolored carrots, sliced lengthwise
1 cup of olive oil
15 sage leaves, plus extra for garnish
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash carrots and arrange on a greased baking sheet or tinfoil. Warm olive oil and sage leaves on low in a small pot for 15 minutes. Remove old leaves and drizzle desired amount…

Learn How To Cook Thanksgiving Dinner With A Drone

If expediency is more important than neatness, drones might be the perfect tool for making Thanksgiving dinner.

The key word is “might.”

Autel Robotics, a drone maker based in Bothell, Washington, recently posted a video showing what happens when a chef uses a drone to make various holiday side dishes.

As the footage above shows, a drone can indeed be used as a cooking tool. But the verdict is still out on whether it should be.

Take a look at how it works, dish by dish:

The blades on the drone propellers can be used…