Fruits N’ Cream Drunken Dessert

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QUIZ: Is It A Fruit, Vegetable Or Flower?

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Have A Party In Your Mouth With These 8 Savory Fruity Tacos

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What’s a cook to do on a Taco Tuesday in the middle of summer? Fire up that grill and take advantage of seasonal fruits, of course!

1. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Shrimp and strawberries? It sounds weird, but trust us and give this awesome savory-sweet combo a try. You’ll get addicted to the perfectly balanced smoky, tangy, spicy sweetness of it all.

2. Chile Lime Pork Tacos with Papaya Avocado Salsa

We love chili and lime, but it’s the tangy, pungent papaya that brings these pork tacos to next-level goodness.

3. Chipotle Salmon Taco with Apple-Cucumber Salsa

This crunchy, fresh salsa is the ultimate refreshment and the perfect accompaniment to light, lean salmon.

4. Brisket with Passion Fruit Chimichurri

This recipe is for empanadas — which you can totally make — but if you want to go full taco with it, top your favorite kind of tortilla or shell with the brisket filling and drizzle the chimichurri over the top.

5. Shrimp and Mango Tacos

Sweet, spicy and aromatic, with the perfect touch of cumin to balance out the mango.

6. Southern Fried Bacon Tacos

What else would you top fried bacon with than grilled peaches, fennel, tomato, basil and goat cheese?

7. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Bell peppers, cilantro, red onion and jalapeño perfectly balance out this stunningly red salsa for a perfect summery kick.

8. Smoked Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

These meaty fruit tacos are such a great analog for the real thing that you’ll never miss it — plus, smoking the jackfruit gives it the most divine flavor.

Don’t have a smoker? Here’s a cheap and easy stove hack that tastes just as good.

Featured Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Tags: easy weeknight recipes, Fruit, fruit salsa, taco recipe, Taco Tuesday
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Feeling Sad? Science Says You Should Eat More Veggies

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How many times have you been told to eat your vegetables?

It seems like we are told to eat healthier from the moment we are born until the moment we die—all in the name of long-term health benefits and increased lifespan decades down the road. A new study from the University of Warwick, however, suggests that the benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables might actually be more immediate than anyone had previously thought.

The research, which is set to be published in the American Journal of Public health, revealed that an uptake in daily fruit and vegetable intake can significantly increase a person’s overall happiness and psychological wellbeing. The study was conducted on over 12,000 Australian individuals, and controlled for confounding variables such as income and personal circumstances.

All in all, subjects’ psychological condition improved for each additional serving of fruit and vegetables consumed daily, up to eight servings. In fact, the change in happiness level correlated with going from zero to eight servings a day was found to be equivalent to the happiness change typically seen when an individual transitions from being unemployed to being employed.

Professor Andrew Oswald, who worked on the study, said, “Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health. People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.”

While it is unclear what, exactly, about eating more fruit and vegetables increases happiness, scientists believe it could be related to the antioxidant content of such healthy foods. Nevertheless, researchers are hoping that the study’s results will motivate individuals to eat more fruit and vegetables across the board.

Sources: Science Daily, Grub Street / Photo credit: New Health Guide

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