Some people can easily perform and learn new positions in yoga and they do it effortlessly. Others have difficulty with yoga exercises and are afraid to start activities of this type. If you belong to the second group of people, but still want to take advantage of the mental and physical benefits of yoga, there are simple exercises that do not require much time and space. One is Viparita Karani. Start with this simple yoga position.

What is Viparita Karani?

Viparita karani, or the position of the legs on the wall, is one of the simplest positions of yoga that almost everyone can do in the comfort of their home. It has become popular with racers, athletes, dancers, because it helps relieve pain and tightness, reduce anxiety and completely relax the mind and body at the end of a long, stressful day or an important event. There are several ways to perform this yoga pose and whoever you choose will depend on your abilities. If you start with the simplest version, that does not mean that the effect is less, yoga is a practice, which means that regular performance of the position will allow you to gradually perform more complicated variations of positives.

Version no. 1 – Legs up the wall
Viparita karani in its simplest form involves lying on the back near the wall so you can raise your legs on it. Foot feet should be facing upwards towards the ceiling, not towards the fingertips. Hands beside you, or folded over your chest.

Version 2 – Legs in a wide “V” shape
Open the deep groin, the same position, instead of moving your legs apart at the distance of the hips, spread them in the V formation. This will tighten the area of ​​the groin.

Version 3 – Mix from the previous two
Finally, for the deepest stretching in the groin areas you can get from this position, turn your knees to the outside and bring your feet toгетхер, while your legs are completely pressed against the wall. Then you can bring your feet close to the pelvic region.

This can be quite intense for your muscles of the groin, and slowly breathe slowly in the nose, so as not to hurt or feel like fighting the situation to achieve this position.

Thanks to legs up the wall positions you can get these benefits
Increases blood flow and reduces inflammation

Viparita Karani helps to increase blood flow and circulation throughout the body, especially after the day of work, where you may sit or stand for long periods of time, allowing the blood to collect. By performing this pose, you help to get the blood that can be joined together in the legs, ankles and feet to circulate through the rest of your body, reducing the swelling that many of us experience at the end of each day. This is also very useful for pregnant women who often face swelling in the ankles and legs.

The mobility of the legs improves and reduces the pain in the lower back
This posture naturally and gently stretches your muscles, which often become cluttered when sitting on a desk all day, leading to lower back pain. With the performance of Viparita Karani, slowly lengthen the loops and relieve the pressure on the lower back.

Stress reduces and stimulates relaxation
Because Viparis Karani reduces pain and increases blood flow, it also relieves you of stress. This stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system allows your body to move into a more relaxed, calm state. This will not only allow you to reduce inflammation and reduce chronic pain and tension, but it will also give you a better sleep.

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Baked beans, both the type that come in cans and those that come from the kitchens of barbecue shacks, are usually one step away from candy, bombarded as they are with brown sugar, molasses, and honey. Too bad, since beans really are A-list eats, even though they sometimes get a bad rep. Hey, they can’t help that they make some people fart! But that’s just because beans contain sugar molecules called oligosaccharides and those who don’t have enough alpha-galactosidase enzymes to break them down end up dealing with gas and bloating after they eat some beans. That shouldn’t stop you from adding beans to your diet more frequently though, as they have protein, fiber, potassium, and immune-boosting zinc, to name a few of the nutrients they carry.

In order to preserve baked beans’ health status and maximize deliciousness, in this baked beans recipe, we mitigate the sugar surge and build flavor instead with a few of our all-time favorite foods: cayenne, beer, and bacon. Bet you didn’t think to add these three ingredients to your beans, right? But together, they make for the most perfect, smoky baked beans recipe. And bacon simply makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? Try out this recipe and we have a feeling you’re going to turn to this bean-based side dish more than once.

Nutrition:
170 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated), 570 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

4 strips bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (16 oz each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup dark beer
1⁄4 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large pot or saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until it’s just turning crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, another 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the beans, beer, ketchup, chili powder, brown sugar, and cayenne.
  5. Simmer until the sauce thickens and clings to the beans, about 15 minutes.

This recipe (and hundreds more!) came from one of our Cook This, Not That! books. For more easy cooking ideas, you can also buy the book!

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Some people can easily perform and learn new positions in yoga and they do it effortlessly. Others have difficulty with yoga exercises and are afraid to start activities of this type. If you belong to the second group of people, but still want to take advantage of the mental and physical benefits of yoga, there are simple exercises that do not require much time and space. One is Viparita Karani. Start with this simple yoga position.

What is Viparita Karani?

Viparita karani, or the position of the legs on the wall, is one of the simplest positions of yoga that almost everyone can do in the comfort of their home. It has become popular with racers, athletes, dancers, because it helps relieve pain and tightness, reduce anxiety and completely relax the mind and body at the end of a long, stressful day or an important event. There are several ways to perform this yoga pose and whoever you choose will depend on your abilities. If you start with the simplest version, that does not mean that the effect is less, yoga is a practice, which means that regular performance of the position will allow you to gradually perform more complicated variations of positives.

Version no. 1 – Legs up the wall
Viparita karani in its simplest form involves lying on the back near the wall so you can raise your legs on it. Foot feet should be facing upwards towards the ceiling, not towards the fingertips. Hands beside you, or folded over your chest.

Version 2 – Legs in a wide “V” shape
Open the deep groin, the same position, instead of moving your legs apart at the distance of the hips, spread them in the V formation. This will tighten the area of ​​the groin.

Version 3 – Mix from the previous two
Finally, for the deepest stretching in the groin areas you can get from this position, turn your knees to the outside and bring your feet toгетхер, while your legs are completely pressed against the wall. Then you can bring your feet close to the pelvic region.

This can be quite intense for your muscles of the groin, and slowly breathe slowly in the nose, so as not to hurt or feel like fighting the situation to achieve this position.

Thanks to legs up the wall positions you can get these benefits
Increases blood flow and reduces inflammation

Viparita Karani helps to increase blood flow and circulation throughout the body, especially after the day of work, where you may sit or stand for long periods of time, allowing the blood to collect. By performing this pose, you help to get the blood that can be joined together in the legs, ankles and feet to circulate through the rest of your body, reducing the swelling that many of us experience at the end of each day. This is also very useful for pregnant women who often face swelling in the ankles and legs.

The mobility of the legs improves and reduces the pain in the lower back
This posture naturally and gently stretches your muscles, which often become cluttered when sitting on a desk all day, leading to lower back pain. With the performance of Viparita Karani, slowly lengthen the loops and relieve the pressure on the lower back.

Stress reduces and stimulates relaxation
Because Viparis Karani reduces pain and increases blood flow, it also relieves you of stress. This stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system allows your body to move into a more relaxed, calm state. This will not only allow you to reduce inflammation and reduce chronic pain and tension, but it will also give you a better sleep.

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Everyone has an allegiance to their favorite fast food joint. Are you a McDonald’s fan, or do you never stray away from Burger King? Chances are, you prefer one of their classic burgers over the other, creating one of the longest standing rivalries in fast food history: Big Mac vs. Whopper.

Both sandwiches are very similar, in that they’re the icons of their respective fast food places. They’re also both big! But when you break it down and look at the nitty gritty of each of these burgers, they each have their own unique aspects that make them stand out and demand you pick a side on which one you like best.

So, what are the differences between the Big Mac and the Whopper? Allow us to explain.

The Big Mac

McDonalds big macCourtesy of McDonald's

McDonald’s classic Big Mac is their extra large burger with that famous sauce. The sandwich includes the sesame-seed-covered Big Mac bun, two hamburger patties, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickle slices, and the Big Mac sauce. The sauce is truly what makes the Big Mac so memorable and so popular, and for many years, it was an actual mystery of what was in the spread. In 2012, the executive chef revealed what actually goes into the sauce—and it’s so simple. It’s just mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Who knew that’s all it took to make this iconic burger dressing? We bet you already have these ingredients in your kitchen now!

Another aspect of the Big Mac that sets it apart from other fast food burgers besides the tasty sauce is that third bun. There’s a third piece of bread separating the two hamburger patties to give the sandwich that extra oomph in the middle. And it’s apparently working, because as of 2015, McDonald’s was selling about 550 million Big Macs each year.

The Whopper

burger king's impossible whopperCourtesy of Burger King

BK’s Whopper is more of a classic burger—just, well, bigger. Similar to the Big Mac, the sandwich starts with a sesame-seed-covered bun, and in it, you’ve got a ¼-pound hamburger patty, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise, pickles, ketchup, and onions. What makes this burger unique is not just its size, but the fact that Burger King flame-grills their hamburger patties, which gives you that tasty grilled flavor.

Burger King introduced the Whopper back in 1957, which makes it older than the Big Mac, which was created in 1967. And unlike anything McDonald’s has tried, Burger King is even testing an Impossible version of its signature sandwich. Yep, that means you can get a meat-free version of the Whopper at select locations, which makes it super approachable for vegetarians. The Big Mac has yet to make that type of change, though. You could say the (grill) heat is on!

The final verdict in the Big Mac vs. Whopper showdown

At their core, both the Big Mac and the Whopper are simply classic burgers. They might look and even taste a little different, as the Big Mac has those double patties and the not-so-secret secret sauce, while the Whopper keeps it standard with one piece of flame-grilled meat and is slathered in ketchup, but you really can’t go wrong with either option when you’re craving a fast food burger.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

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While bottled water sales continue to surpass soda’s, we’re still allowed to indulge in a sugary drink—whether it be soda or juice—every once in a blue moon. Whether you prefer to pair the fizzy (or flat!) stuff with some buttered popcorn at the movie theater or guzzle it down with pizza, we’ve rounded up the most popular non-alcoholic drinks in the U.S.

Methodology: We looked at where certain drinks are produced, looked into regional sodas, and researched sales and agricultural data to come to our own conclusions.

Find out the most popular drink in every state below. Did your favorite make the list?

Alabama — Grapico

Grapico soda bottle

Grapico made its debut in 1916, and it has stolen southerners’ hearts ever since. About 40 million cases of the artificially-flavored bottles and cans are produced annually in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alaska — Pepsi

Pepsi

The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Alaska, Inc. was founded in 1905 in Anchorage, and it still continues to win over The Last Frontier.

Arizona — Cactus Cooler

Cactus cooler can

While it started out as a cult classic in the 80s, Cactus Cooler was recently brought back by popular demand. The tropical orange and pineapple mix is a big hit in Arizona.

Arkansas — Grapette

grapette soda

Grapette began in Camden, Arkansas, in 1938, where Benjamin Tyndle Fooks spent a year formulating what would become the southern state’s most beloved pop. It wasn’t until the spring of 1940 that the fruity soda was named and sold as Grapette.

California — Cold-Pressed Juice

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Convenient and tasty, cold-pressed juices are making a splash in The Golden State. In fact, people are swapping their morning basic glass of OJ and afternoon doughnut so much so that the industry is estimated at an impressive $100 million annually, an LA Times report states. You can find Hollywood making their rounds at Pressed Juicery and Moon Juice.

Colorado — B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer

B. stiff and sons root beer

B. Stiff and Sons Root Beer is the top-selling craft root beer in Colorado, according to Fort Collins Magazine, Northern Colorado’s premier general interest publication. The line has since expanded to include four new flavors: ginger beer, orange cream, cream soda, and black cherry.

Connecticut — Foxon Park

Foxon park bottle

Foxon Park has been family-owned and operated in East Haven for almost a century. There are currently 17 flavors—including Kola, White Birch, and the signature Gassosa—which are all made with natural cane sugar.

Delaware — Old Dominion Root Beer

Old dominion root beer bottle

The Old Dominion Brewing Company was originally founded in Virginia, and but it’s now based in Dover, Delaware. Old Dominion has been spewing out root beer sweetened with Virginia honey since 1994.

Florida — Orange Juice

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No surprise here—the Sunshine State’s subtropical climate grows the best oranges. So much so that FL is the biggest producer of the citrus in the U.S., cranking out about 3.4 million tons, according to the USDA. Here’s another fun fact: Florida’s official state flower is the orange blossom.

Georgia — Coca-Cola

Coca cola

The 20-acre World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to Georgia’s favorite soda, is located in the Peach State.

Hawaii — Pineapple Juice

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Hawaii boasts the perfect climate and soil for tropical fruits, according to The US 50, the state’s primary agriculture consists of pineapple and cane sugar: two main components of pineapple juice. You’ll find the refreshing juice in a Blue Hawaiian cocktail.

Idaho — IronPort

IronPort soda bottle

According to Five Star Soda, IronPort is Idaho’s go-to. If you’ve never been to the northwestern state, you’ve probably never heard of it.

Illinois — Green River

Green river bottle

The lime-flavored pop was first produced in 1919 by the Schoenhofen Edelweiss Brewing Company of Chicago, which formerly produced beers.

Indiana — Triple XXX

Triple xxx root beer bottle

Triple XXX was evicted out of its original production house in Texas during Prohibition. That’s when it relocated to Galveston, Indiana, where it could keep quenching people’s thirst for its root beer.

Iowa — Sioux City Sarsaparilla

sioux city sarsaparilla

These bottles, named after the artistic Iowan city, have been produced since 1987, and they’re regarded as one of the more upscale bottles to sip.

Kansas — Lost Trail Root Beer

Lost trail root beer

The draft-style, micro-brewed root beer is born and raised in the Wheat State.

Kentucky — Ale-8-One

ale 8 1 soda

Ale-8-One (pronounced “a late one”) debuted in the 1926 Clark County Fair in KY. On February 5, 2013, House Bill No. 205 proposed that the ginger-citrus soda be named the official Kentucky original soft drink, and one month later, Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill naming Ale-8-One just that.

Louisiana — Abita Root Beer

abita root beer

Abita Brewing Co. was born 30 miles north of New Orleans in 1986, after which is made root beer flavored with yucca alongside its line of craft beers. They brew 9,100 barrels of root beer, which are a definite hit in Louisiana.

Maine — Moxie

Moxie bottle

Maine loves Moxie soda—a carbonated gentian-root-flavored bev—so much, it became The Pine Tree State’s official drink in 2005. The state is the birthplace of Moxie founder Dr. Augustin Thompson, and it shows its dedication to the drink by housing the Moxie museum in Union and hosting the Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls every summer.

Maryland — Shasta

Shasta cola can

Shasta, a true Maryland favorite, made its effervescent debut in 1889 and rose to popularity in 1900. The lineup includes an array of colorful cans in flavors such as Grape, Fiesta Punch, and Kiwi Strawberry.

Massachusetts — Cranberry Juice

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Whether you like it mixed into a vodka cocktail or swear by its ailment-healing powers, cranberry juice is so popular in MA that it was designated the state’s official Beverage of the Commonwealth in 1970. We’ll toast a glass to that!

Michigan — Faygo

Faygo soda bottle

We’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a bottle of Faygo in Michigan. The soda is still made in Detroit today.

Minnesota — Superior Switchel

superior switchel drink

Urban legend says that farmers and sailors drank Switchel—a hydrating elixir made of ginger, apple cider vinegar, and an unrefined sweetener—to get through the frigid winters and sweltering summers. Fast forward four centuries and Melissa, a former hockey player, rediscovered Switchel as a means to hydrate after a game. Melissa first sold Switchel at a Minnesota farmers market and now, it’s found in multiple retailers across the nation!

Mississippi — Barq’s Root Beer

Barq's root beer

Barq’s Root Beer was first sold in Mississippi, and it recently celebrated its 120th birthday. We think that calls for a root beer float!

Missouri — Sun Drop

Sundrop bottle

Fun fact: The citrus soda was invented on a random joyride in 1949 in St. Louis.

Montana — Flathead Lake

Flathead lake bottle

Montana’s beloved soda is named after the majestic lake that snakes through the northwest. However, the artificial colors in this soda make this pick murkier than the Atlantic.

Nebraska — Kool-Aid

Kool-aid

Although not a bubbly soda, Nebraska’s official state beverage is Kool-Aid, so we couldn’t bestow the state with any other colorful competitor. Oh yeah!

Nevada — Club Soda

Canada dry club soda

Food Network named Picon Punch—a cocktail with Amer Picon, grenadine, brandy, and club soda—Nevada’s unofficial state drink. Club soda gives the desert state’s go-to cocktail a coveted effervescence.

New Hampshire — Apple Cider

Apple cider hot toddyShutterstock

Apple cider was designated New Hampshire’s official state beverage in 2010 and we’re not questioning it! There are about 150 apple growers in New Hampshire, which account for more than 1,400 acres of apple orchards, that produce the tart yet sweet drink. We’re wondering if it’s the beverage or the inspired doughnuts that continues to steal their hearts.

New Jersey — Boylan’s

boylans soda

Born and bottled in NJ, Boylan’s is likely the go-to cocktail mixer in Atlantic City. You’ll find it in timeless flavors such as root beer, ginger ale, and black cherry.

New Mexico — Piñon Coffee

new mexico pinon coffee

Piñon coffee is concocted with a multi-bean blend high-altitude Arabica coffee a custom piñon flavoring. According to the dedicated site, you can find New Mexico Piñon Coffee in almost every grocery store in New Mexico in addition to stores in Costco Colorado. The morning brew comes in 30 flavors including Biscochito and Mexican Spiced Chocolate.

New York — Arizona Iced Tea

arizona iced tea

Contrary to its name, Arizona iced tea calls New York home. Its headquarters are based in Long Island and modeled after a NY subway station, which is as metaphorically colorful as the cans. In 2016, Arizona sold over $3 billion worth of drinks and was deemed the second largest ready-to-drink tea brand in America, trailing behind Lipton, Forbes reports.

North Carolina — Cheerwine

Cheerwine soda

The first-ever cherry cola is also dubbed the “Nectar from North Carolina.” Also, despite its name, there’s no wine in Cheerwine.

North Dakota — Iced Tea

iced teaShutterstock

Thanks to Estately, which grabbed Google Trends data on the most-searched drinks in each state over a decade, we know that ND’s go-to is the Long Island Iced Tea. Since we’re keeping this list accessible to all (which means no alcohol allowed!), we’re concluding that the Peace Garden State’s favorite drink is also the virgin version.

Ohio — Tomato Juice

Fresh tomato juiceShutterstock

Your favorite airplane sip is also Ohio’s official state drink. We like stirring tomato juice into a Bloody Mary or just sipping on it on its own for a savory yet refreshing beverage.

Oklahoma — Triple AAA Kola

triple aaa soda oklahomaTriple AAA Soda Co./Facebook

It won’t get you roadside assistance when you’re bothered with a flat tire, but Triple AAA Kola’s 24 different flavors will get you to a good place. The brand was established in 1937 by Albert Rochau and D.G. Carpenter and even had its own restaurant chain dubbed Thirst Station. While Triple AAA closed its doors in 1974, Bricktown Candy Co. worked to reopen the nostalgic soda in 2012, when it began re-serving pop to Oklahomians.

Oregon — Thomas Kemper Root Beer

Thomas kemper soda bottle

In 1990, The Thomas Kemper Brewing Company produced a root beer for those who didn’t imbibe alcohol. It’s a true treat for locals.

Pennsylvania — A-Treat

A-treat orange cream soda

A-Treat is headquartered in Allentown (is that where the A comes from?), and it features delicious and eccentric flavors such as orange cream, grapefruit, and birch beer.

Rhode Island — Yacht Club Soda

Yacht club soda

Based in North Providence, Yacht Club is the official soda and water company of Rhode Island. We’ll grab a bottle and sail through Providence River, please.

South Carolina — South Carolina Grown Tea

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South Carolina grown tea was named the official state hospitality beverage of SC in 1995 because it was the first place in the U.S. to grow tea. In fact, the Palmetto State is home to the Charleston Tea Plantation, which dubs itself the as the “only tea plantation in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre for almost as far as the eye can see.”

South Dakota — Millstream Brewing Root Beer

Millstream brewing root beer

One of the very few places to grab a bottle of this niche root beer is South Dakota. Get ’em while you can.

Tennessee — Fruit Tea

Iced teaShutterstock

Sweet tea is a definite hit in the south, but folks from Tennessee think that fruit tea, especially, is the only ten they see. According to Tennessee Home & Farm, the refreshing drink is made with sweet tea, orange juice, pineapple juice, and limeade or lemonade. Fruit tea is a hit especially in middle TN and you can even find the beverage in major retailers such as Kroger and Publix stores throughout Tennessee and other southern states.

Texas — Dr. Pepper

Dr pepper

The cinnamon-flavored soda was invented by a pharmacist in 1885 in Waco, Texas, and it was dubbed Waco before undergoing a name change. Now, Dr. Pepper’s formula is safeguarded in two different Dallas bank vaults.

Utah — IronPort

IronPort soda bottle

Much like Idaho, IronPort is well-known in Utah, making this unicorn bev unique to the northwest region.

Vermont — SweetWater

vermont sweetwater

The Vermont family-owned and operated bottling company began when two brothers drank maple sap in their backyard and decided that the natural sweetener would fare well with some carbonation. We couldn’t agree more.

Virginia — Citrus Juice

Grapefruit juiceShutterstock

According to Estately‘s Google Trends-driven report, the top cocktail in Virginia is the Pisco Sour—which can only mean that Virginia folk love their sour citrus juice. We love grapefruit and lemon in our fruity sip.

Washington — Thomas Kemper

Thomas kemper bottle

Because Thomas Kemper was founded in Washington, we had to give it to the Evergreen State. Try the Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, and Grape.

West Virginia — Mountain Dew

Mountain dew

The Dew reigns supreme in West Virginia, Only in Your State reports.

Wisconsin — Sprecher Root Beer

Sprecher root beer

Milwaukee’s original craft brewery makes some of the best root beer, cream soda, and cherry cola. The sips achieve their signature flavor thanks to the brew-kettle-made extracts and fresh Wisconsin honey.

Wyoming — Jackson Hole Soda

Jackson hole soda high mountain huckleberry

The Wyoming company deems its creation “the best dang old-fashioned soda in the whole dang country.” According to the brand’s site, the High Mountain Huckleberry is the go-to.

RELATED: The easy guide to cutting back on sugar is finally here.

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Everything we put on our plates has a big impact on the environment, as do the choices we make on a daily basis. Whether it’s opting for a vegetarian diet or simply choosing plastic-free produce during a trip to the market, there’s a lot we can do to be more sustainable, especially when it comes to what we eat and drink. And it’s much easier than you may think to make sustainable food choices!

We’ve put together 20 ways to do just that. Ranging from small tweaks to whole new routines, these tips will be a great source for anyone looking to foster a greener, healthier path for the planet.

1

Ditch the plastic straw.

colorful straws in bunchShutterstock

With a knack for winding up in our waterways, plastic straws have become Environmental Enemy No. 1. However, thanks to countless alternatives now available in metal, glass, bamboo, and silicone, there’s never been a better time to make the switch—or just say no to straws entirely.

2

Carry reusable utensils.

spoon for knife utensils on white glass plateShutterstock

The world of fast food and takeaway is filled with single-use plastics, especially disposable forks and knives. In a bid to live (and eat) more sustainably, prepare a personalized toolkit with reusable substitutes, such as a fork from home, wooden chopsticks, or a foldable spork.

3

Invest in a reusable coffee cup and a water bottle.

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Because of the polyethylene coating inside, most coffee cups used by major chains are not recyclable. While we definitely can’t kick the habit of having a daily brew, we can certainly swap a disposable cup for a reusable mug or tumbler—and the same can be said about plastic water bottles, too.

4

Tote a reusable bag.

reusable grocery bag with fruits veggies spilling outShutterstock

No trip to the grocery store would be complete without a reusable tote bag. Whether it’s made from sturdy canvas or an upcycled t-shirt, these staples of sustainable living are a must-have for anyone looking to reduce plastic consumption on a spree.

5

Pack a takeaway container.

assorted takeaway containersShutterstock

It might sound like a nuisance, but one of the best ways to pre-empt food waste is to pack your own food container. That way, when all is said and eaten and there are still leftovers on the plate, you don’t have to rely on a styrofoam, plastic, or paper box to carry it home.

6

Paper or plastic? Choose the better option.

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Whether you’re at the grocery store or on the go and can’t seem to find a package-free alternative, always go with the better option. Remember: Paper and aluminum products are often infinitely recyclable, while glass bottles and jars are recyclable and 100 percent reusable. (And yes, those Bonne Maman jam jars are the perfect-sized container for overnight oats.)

7

Shop the pantry first.

Woman looking in pantryShutterstock

Before going to the grocery store, take a moment to shop the refrigerator, the cabinets, and the pantry in your home. The first rule of thumb in thinking (and eating) sustainably is to use what we already have available, that way we avoid food waste by not buying too much at the store. It’s a simple step to do before you head out that could save you money in the long run!

8

Finetune your shopping list.

Shopping listShutterstock

After shopping your pantry, plan ahead and jot down the must-have items for your upcoming recipes. Try to amp up your list with precise measurements so that not even a gram goes unused. (This tip is especially helpful with bulk food shopping.)

9

Buy package-free.

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Plastic wrap on fruits, vegetables, and meats is one of the most challenging single-use plastics to avoid, especially in the grocery store. Try shopping the perimeter for package-free vegetables or head straight to the store’s bulk food section to stock up on loose grains, nuts, flours and more.

10

Pick the ugly apple.

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Whenever you’re browsing the fruits and vegetable area, remember to show some love for the misshaped or rough-handled produce. Usually, they’re the least likely to be plucked by customers craving plump perfection, so they often go straight to the landfill—plastic wrap and all.

11

Drop by the local farmers markets.

Farmers market vegetablesShutterstock

Neighborhood farmers markets are eco-friendly treasures for countless reasons. As a hub that provides locally grown and organic produce, these markets are a great resource for leading a more sustainable lifestyle, and for package-free shopping.

12

Eat locally and seasonally.

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Whether we’re cooking in or eating out, supporting local produce creates less strain on the environment by reducing the carbon emissions required to transport imported fruits, meats, and vegetables. Research what fruits and vegetables are seasonally available in your area and prepare a shopping list that highlights them.

13

Dine in, not delivery.

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Enjoy a sit-down dinner with reusable plates and cutlery to avoid the single-use plastic utensils, straws, and containers that come with deliveries. If delivery is a must, be sure to request little-to-no plastic packaging because remember, every step counts!

14

Start a meal-prep routine.

Meal prep containersShutterstock

One way to reduce eating out and buying packaged food on a whim is meal prepping ahead of time. It is also perfect for minimizing the amount of food going to waste in the kitchen. Plan ahead, prepare the menu for the week, and buy exactly what is needed. That way there are no leftovers, which means no waste.

RELATED: Easy, healthy, 350-calorie recipe ideas you can make at home.

15

Go meat-free for a day.

Vegetarian curry cauliflower with butternut squashMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Considering the livestock industry (including meat, milk, and eggs) is one of world’s leading causes of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, adopting a diet with less meat is easily one of the greatest feats a person can do for the environment. Try starting light by preparing one meat-free day a week and see where that might lead.

16

Look at vegetables in a new way.

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It’s time to rethink what gets chucked into the bin. Many of a carrot’s nutrients are found in the skin, while the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients. Instead of tossing these scraps away, try not peeling a carrot for a crunchier effect, or grate the broccoli or cauliflower stalks into a low-carb rice alternative.

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Learn how to store fruits and veggies the right way.

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One way to be a more sustainable foodie is to learn the best ways to store fruits and vegetables to maintain freshness and keep them out of the trash. Remember to store bell peppers, eggplants, and cucumbers at room temperature; store garlic and potatoes in a cool, dark place; and ripen avocados and apples on the counter.

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Get creative with veggie scraps.

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When it does come time to peel and cut away at vegetables, store the scraps in the freezer for later use in making vegetable stocks. Carrot tops, onion skins—the list is limitless. Just be sure to wash them all before the boil.

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Regrow your vegetables.

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It’s not always necessary to use every part of the vegetable, like the roots. Instead of throwing these out though, research how you might be able to start your own in-house (or outside) garden. This works especially well for onions, celeries, lettuce, potatoes, and scallions. To get started, all you need is a window and a little bit of light.

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Try composting—Just try it!

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Composting naturally biodegrades the food we eat back into the Earth, instead of rotting in the landfill. For those of us without a garden, there are still ways to compost food scraps. Check your local farmers markets and community gardens for public compost bins, but all you will need to do is to freeze your fruit and veggie scraps until the drop-off day—and you’re composting! See, that was easy, right?

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Lean meat is arguably the best source of protein. Unlike plant-based proteins (except for a select few such as quinoa and soybeans), animal proteins contain all nine essential amino acids—deeming them complete proteins. Besides helping your muscles grow and rebuild and keeping you looking toned and trim, amino acids also carry out significant physiological functions we need to survive. For example, the amino acids tryptophan and phenylalanine help prevent mood disorders, a study in Scientific Reports states, while threonine helps build youthful-skin-promoting collagen, PubChem informs us.

In addition to important amino acids, animal proteins also provide a slew of nutrients, including energizing B vitamins, anemia-fighting heme iron, and immune-system-strengthening zinc. That said, to help you find the best meat for your health and weight-loss goals, we consulted top dietitians to weigh-in on which proteins are best. Find out which dinner staples made the cut below!

From Worst to Best

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Pork

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Per center loin (chops), 3 oz cooked: 178 calories, 9.4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 21.7 g protein

Pork is last on our list because it’s not as lean and nutrient-filled as most of our other meats. It contains the least amount of muscle-maintaining protein and less vitamin B12 than lamb, bison, beef, and turkey, while clocking in as the second highest-fat choice on our list. Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN of Real Nutrition ranks pork as the least nutritious meat because pigs often eat and live in unsanitary conditions, adding that people usually consume pork in very processed ways, including bacon and lard, which has been shown to increase heart disease risk.

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Lamb

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Per breast meat, 3 oz cooked: 230 calories, 14.9 g fat (5.1 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 24 g protein

Lamb is low on our list because of its high calorie and saturated fat content, and therefore should not be consumed daily. However, when you do indulge in a serving, you’ll get 1.22 micrograms of vitamin B12, 4 milligrams of zinc, and 1.5 milligrams of iron. In addition to being high in protein, Shapiro tells us that this red meat also contains tallow trans fat, a prime source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which unlike regular trans fat, is actually good for you and has been shown to promote weight loss.

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Beef

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Per beef chuck, 3 oz cooked: 162 calories, 5.8 g fat (2.3 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 27.5 g protein

Beef contains about five times more immunity-boosting zinc and over seven times the amount of zinc than turkey. However, it’s higher in both total fat and saturated fat, so if you can’t give up the occasional burger or T-bone, go for grass-fed. Grass-fed beef contains less palmitic and myristic acids—two types of saturated fats linked to higher LDL cholesterol and heart disease—than grain-fed beef, Esther Blum, MS, RD, CDN, CNS tells us. “Grass-fed beef consistently contains a higher proportion of stearic acid, which even the mainstream scientific community acknowledges does not raise blood cholesterol levels,” she says.

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Bison

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Per ribeye, 3 oz cooked: 150 calories, 4.8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 25 g protein

“I’m a big fan of bison, as it comes with all the good stuff, including zinc, iron, and protein,” says Shapiro. “Since bison is grass-fed, it is leaner than beef and has more omega-3 fatty acids,” Shapiro says, adding that it has fewer calories and less fat than beef. Bison is one of the top sources of iron and is a solid source of both vitamin B12 and zinc. However, you should limit your red meat consumption to no more than two times per week. “I still do not recommend eating red meat more than two times a week, as an increased intake has been shown to be correlated with an increased incidence of disease,” Shapiro tells us. If you’re craving red meat, bison is our top pick.

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Chicken

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Per breast meat, 3 oz cooked: 140 calories, 3 g fat (0.8 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 26.4 g protein

Chicken is a popular source of protein for good reason: It is high in protein yet low in calories and saturated fat (as long as you stay away from the skin!). “Chicken is a great way to add protein to your diet and to stay full and satisfied at meals without going over your calorie budget,” Shapiro informs us. While chicken is low in iron, vitamin B12, and zinc compared to our other meats, its low saturated fat content makes it a great addition to your daily diet. To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, Shapiro recommends shopping for humanely-raised organic and pasture-raised chickens and consuming a mix of white and dark meat and removing the skin.

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Turkey

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Per breast meat, 3 oz cooked: 125 calories, 1.7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 0 g carbs, 25.6 g protein

“Poultry and chicken, in general, are leaner options when comparing against all the meats. However, when compared to themselves, I view turkey being a healthier option than chicken,” Caroline Weeks, RDN, LD, tells us. “The white meats are generally easier on the GI tract and are more easily digested than red meat,” says Weeks, which is why unlike red meat, poultry can be eaten more often. When it comes to the chicken versus turkey debate, turkey takes the cake by a landslide. Turkey contains more zinc and has less saturated fat than chicken. While chicken breast has a slightly higher protein count than turkey breast, dark turkey meat contains more protein than dark chicken meat. Additionally, turkey’s amino acid profile, specifically BCAA (branched chain amino acids), is a bit more robust than chicken’s.

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