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In recent years, a growing number of Americans have become more passionate about the type of foods they eat, avoiding foods with GMOs as much as possible or even at all cost.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms” are plants or animals with DNA that has been tweaked by genetic engineering. GMO foods were originally created to help reduce the chance of crops failing, helping plants grow with enhanced nutrition and resistance to diseases. It also has allowed for a more efficient use of land and kept food prices from rising exorbitantly. The issue in the limelight with GMO foods is whether or not it has a negative impact on our agriculture and health in the long run. Since the safety of eating GMO foods has not been verified, more Americans opt for non-GMO foods, because not only may non-GMO foods be safer, they are also tastier and more nutritious.

Researchers believe that when non-GMO fruits and vegetables are grown in natural conditions with greater stress, they develop higher nutritional content, which has been found in the following foods:

“I’m doing everything right, but the scale just won’t budge!” If you find yourself making a number of changes but still not noticing a difference, your metabolism could be to blame.

The metabolism is made up of a complex system of hormones and enzymes that help convert food into usable forms of energy. The conversion of food to energy is what helps us burn calories, get rid of excess pounds and keep weight off. In a perfect world, our metabolism would be untouchable and we would never have to worry about unwanted weight gain, but in reality, our metabolism is as delicate as a newborn baby. It can be affected by a number of factors including: Diet, stress, and sleep deprivation. So what can we do to jump start the metabolism when it’s not working at its best?

1. Cut Back on Calories

Take a thorough assessment of where extra calories are coming from and reduce them from your diet as much as possible. It could be as simple as replacing the creamer in your coffee with low fat milk or drinking water in place of sweet beverages.

2. Don’t Starve Yourself

You've heard that instead of salt, health care professionals recommend using spices and herbs to make your food more flavorful. There are many ways in which you can spice up your diet and your Almased shake. While cinnamon is our customers' all-time favorite, here are some other examples of great spices and their health benefits.

Basil

This popular Italian herb is a favorite with tomatoes and fresh mozarella and can be added to a more savory Almased shake. You could also add basil and a few strawberries to your Almased if you feel like experimenting. (Just remember that adding fruit to your shake may slow down your weight loss progress.) Basil is packed with magnesium and vitamin A. It also contains anti-bacterial properties and a strong anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric

When it comes to food, we all know that the color green promises vitamins, minerals, and a number of health benefits. However, we also know that the more colorful your plate, the better. This 4th of July, go red, white and blue and turn your plate into a sign of your patriotism!

Red:

Tomatoes contain multiple antioxidants including alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and vitamins A, C, and E. They are also rich in potassium, which plays many important roles in our bodies (such as maintaining fluid balance, acid-base balance, and cell integrity). The best thing about tomatoes is how versatile they are. In salads, on sandwiches, in your pasta sauce or chili... you can add them to almost everything. Try pairing them with fresh mozzarella and basil and you’ll feel like you have just gone on an Italian vacation in your backyard.

Summertime is barbecue season! Juicy hamburgers, delicious hot dogs, creamy pasta salads - typical barbecue food tastes great but it is also full of calories and fat. And while it is okay to indulge every now and then, here are some tips to mix up the routine and enjoy a lighter and healthier barbecue season

What to Grill

Rub a piece of chicken breast with some olive oil, garlic and rosemary or drizzle some lemon or lime juice over a piece of salmon, then throw them on the grill. Instead of corn on the cob, which has more calories and carbs than other vegetables, you can cut bell peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms and onions into thick pieces, put them on skewers and grill them to perfection. Grilled pineapple can help satisfy your sweet tooth and give your barbecue a tropical touch.

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