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Ways to Get Stronger, Smarter and Healthier

Is the brain really a muscle? True or not, it makes sense that healthy foods beneficial to the body can boost brainpower, too. Here, a look at 50 ways to keep strong—mentally, physically and even eco-consciously.

New Healthy Essentials

Healthy Cleaning Products

Healthy Eating Tips: Scour Pads
Scour Pads
Twist makes dye-free pads with plant-based materials, not synthetics. $1.39 for 2; Photo © Sponge Technology Corporation, LLC.
Healthy Eating Tips: Steel Polisher
Steel Polisher
A Better Life’s coconut-oil-based Einshine keeps stainless steel bright. $7 for 16 oz; Photo © Geoff Cardin, Photo Source.
Healthy Eating Tips: Dish Soap
Dish Soap
Common Good sells dish soap and other eco-cleaners in bulk. $5 for 12 oz; Photo © Emily Kate Roemer.
Healthy Eating Tips: All-Purpose
Bon Ami’s liquid cleanser gently scours everything from steel to porcelain. $3.60 for 25 oz; Photo © Bon Ami.
Healthy Eating Tips: Hand Soap
Hand Soap
Made from biodiesel by-products, Further soap is used at L.A.’s Mozza. $12.50 for 8 oz; Photo © Ian O’Phelan.

Healthy Snacks

Healthy Eating Tips: Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit
Whether plain or chocolate-covered, Fruit Bliss’s plums are especially tender. $3 for 6 oz; Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: XXX
Candy Cups
Justin’s cups use dark chocolate and organic peanut butter. $6.25 for 3 packs of 2; Photo © Todd Powers.
Healthy Eating Tips: Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Coated with cashews, Brad’s Raw Foods chips stay crunchy. $7.50 for 2.5 oz; Photo courtesy of Brad’s Raw Foods.
Healthy Eating Tips: Granola
Nut bar creator Kind makes not-too-sweet granolas in snackable clusters. $6 for 11 oz; Photo courtesy of KIND.
Healthy Eating Tips: Seaweed Sheets
Seaweed Sheets
SeaSnax’s salty, crispy sheets of nori have only 16 calories per pack. $9 for six .18-oz packs; Photo © Antonis Achilleos.

Healthy Beauty Products

Healthy Eating Tips: Moisturizer
Cowshed moisturizer has a surprising skin nourisher: quinoa. $50 for 50 ml; Photo courtesy of Cowshed.
Healthy Eating Tips: Clay Mask
Clay Mask
Whole Truth’s mask contains antioxidant-rich goji berries. $12 for 2 oz; wholetruth
Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: Cleanser
Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone makes its face wash with açai, a “superfruit.” $30 for 4 oz; Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: Face Cream
Face Cream
Avocado pumps up the anti-aging effects of Malin + Goetz’s cream. $72 for 1.7 oz; Photo © MAILIN + GOETZ.
Healthy Eating Tips: Shower Cream
Shower Cream
Lush’s Body Conditioner softens skin with argan oil and cupuacu butter. $30 for 7.9 oz; Photo © Antonis Achilleos.

Healthy Drinks

Healthy Eating Tips: Fruit Soda
Fruit Soda
Cascal blends in non-alcoholic fermented juices for sweetness. $1.25 for 12 oz; wholefoods
Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: Aloe Water
Aloe Water
Alo’s honey-sweetened drink is filled with hydrating chunks of aloe. $2 for 17 oz; Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: Chia Kombucha
Chia Kombucha
Chia seeds make GT’s cherry kombucha pleasantly thick. $4 for 16 oz; at health food stores. Photo © Antonis Achilleos.
Healthy Eating Tips: Purifying Juice
Purifying Juice
Blue Print Cleanse now sells its juices at select Whole Foods. From $7 for 16 oz; Photo © Evan Sung.
Healthy Eating Tips: Tonic Syrup
Tonic Syrup
Tom’s Handcrafted’s quinine syrup is nicely bitter and great in seltzer. $12 for 200 ml; Photo © Seth Smoot.

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Fruits to Save the World


Some people believe that this starchy tropical fruit, which is high in fiber and minerals like calcium, could help provide people with needed calories. One tree can produce up to 450 pounds.


Popular in Jamaica, this creamy fruit is native to West Africa, where people use the underripe flesh to make soap and the seeds to kill parasites. Ripe ackee could add nutrients to diets.

Tsamma Melon

This melon, an ancestor of watermelon, grows wild in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa and is a great source of water. Breeders are using the fruit’s drought-resistant genes to create new melon varieties.

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Meat-Free Mondays

Healthy Eating Tips: Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney
© Tara Fisher

“The meat industry is an even bigger contributor to climate change than the whole transport industry.”— Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney, The Meat Free Monday Cookbook

Healthy Eating Tips: Spicy Carrot Sandwiches
© Antonis Achilleos

British chef Nick Sandler created this spicy carrot sandwich recipe for Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney’s new The Meat Free Monday Cookbook.

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Nutritious Ingredients

Healthy Eating Tips: Broccoli Frittata
Broccoli frittata combines two powerhouse ingredients. Photo © Antonis Achilleos.


Broccoli is rich in vitamin K and the phytonutrient sulforaphane, both of which can protect the brain.


Egg yolks are full of choline, a healthy fat that helps boost memory and brain development.

Green Tea

Caffeine and some spices improve memory. David’s Tea makes a North African Mint green tea with fennel and black pepper. $7 for 1.75 oz;

Chia Seeds

Athletes eat chia seeds as a concentrated source of iron, protein and omega-3s. In Grace Parisi’s chia-seed pudding recipe, the seeds thicken and add a little crunch to an almond-milk pudding.

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Powerful Food Combinations

Chickpeas + Citrus Dressing

Vitamin C in citrus juice helps the body absorb the iron in chickpeas.

Tomatoes + Olive Oil

Lycopene (a heart-disease-fighting antioxidant) in red fruits like tomatoes is fat-soluble, so eating it with a healthy fat like olive oil increases its impact.

Cabbage + Meat or Eggs

Cabbage’s sulforaphane and the selenium in meat and eggs, both cancer-fighting nutrients, are four times more effective when eaten together.

Green Tea + Lemon

A squeeze of lemon lets the body absorb 13 times more of the tea’s antioxidants.

Whole-Grain Bread + Peanut Butter

Like rice and beans, the duo forms a complete protein, which is good for building and maintaining muscle.

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Smart Style

Who says hyper-functional can’t also be beautiful? These new items all perform double (or triple) duty.

Healthy Eating Tips: Storage Beakers

© David Bell / Studio3

Storage Beakers

Chef’n’s measuring cups come with lids for storage. $30 for the set;

Healthy Eating Tips: Practical Pitcher

© Takeya USA

Practical Pitcher

Takeya’s glass jugs are great for making both hot tea and iced tea. From $13;

Healthy Eating Tips: Versatile Pots


Versatile Pots

Revol’s new ceramic cookware, like this tagine, is induction- and-microwave-friendly. $300;

Healthy Eating Tips: Expandable Pot Stand

Courtesy of Design House Stockholm

Expandable Pot Stand

Design House Stockholm’s trivet unfolds for larger pots. $25;

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Healthier Travel

Hotels are now looking beyond the usual (often bleak) fitness room to help guests have more fun while staying in shape.

Healthy Eating Tips: Hotel Palomar
Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Hotel Palomar, San Francisco and Chicago

In San Francisco, a Wellness Ambassador leads morning runs on routes customized by fitness level. In Chicago, a manager jogs with guests once a week along Lake Michigan. From $144 per night;

Healthy Eating Tips: Hotel Cinco Punta de Mita
Courtesy of Hotel CINCO

Hotel Cinco Punta de Mita, Mexico

This new hotel on Mexico’s Pacific coast has a surfing concierge to arrange classes, gear and day trips. Surfing legend Gerry Lopez leads occasional paddle-surfing camps. From $290 per night;

Affinia Dumont, New York City

This fitness-themed hotel offers guests iPod Shuffles loaded with motivating playlists, yoga mats and local walking maps. Now, a new staff nutritionist helps guests grocery shop and plan healthy meals. From $179 per night;

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Better Ways to Eat Out

Healthy Eating Tips: Soupergirl
© Rivka Friedman

Soupergirl; Washington, DC

Mother-daughter team Sara and Marilyn Polon offer two soups per week (one chunky, one smooth), hearty grain salads and vegan corn bread at their shop and by monthly “soupscription.” 314 Carroll St.;

Healthy Eating Tips: Fern
Courtesy of Fern

Fern; Charlotte, North Carolina

Chef Alyssa Gorelick’s vegetarian (and often vegan) menu includes luxurious dishes like goat-cheese cannelloni with spiced almonds and squash-blossom hush puppies with caramelized-onion butter. 1323 Central Ave.;

Healthy Eating Tips: Dig Inn
© Daniel Angerer

Dig Inn, NYC

Adam Eskin rethought his healthy lunch chain The Pump, changing its name to Dig Inn and opting for homey seasonal dishes, made with local produce and created by chef Daniel Angerer, over chicken cutlets and low-fat cheeses. Multiple locations;

Healthy Eating Tips: Vedge
Courtesy of Vedge

Vedge, Philadelphia

The new spot from chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby of the culty vegetarian restaurant Horizons focuses less on seitan and more on beautiful vegetable dishes like spice-cured carrots with sauerkraut. 1221 Locust St.;

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Video  Healthy Eating Tips from Star Chefs

Published March 2012


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