30 Ideas for Healthy Snacks That Won't Mess Up Your Diet




When you have a craving in the middle of the day or right before bed, it can be hard to ignore it (if we can, in fact, ignore them). When you're trying to stick to a certain diet, it can be hard to figure out what snacks are okay and which ones you should probably skip without looking at the ingredients list or doing a Google search.

But you don't have to completely ignore your cravings. Instead, you just need to snack smarter. Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips or cookie dough ice cream and hoping it fits into your diet plan (you probably checked if it was keto before you bought it, right? ), there are plenty of easy snack options that will satisfy any craving.


We put together a list of 30 healthy snacks that can satisfy even the worst cravings. These snacks are full of good things, which means they also have other benefits that are good for your health. This makes them even more enjoyable.

Mixed bag



Trail mix is a healthy snack because it is made of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. It has a lot of protein (hello, nuts), is good for your heart, and can help lower your blood sugar (looking at you dried fruit). Healthline says that the seeds in your trail mix are likely to have a lot of minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium. So, while your trail mix gives you energy when you're feeling tired in the afternoon, it also keeps your heart healthy.

One thing to remember is that not every trial mix is the same. Some can have a lot of sugar in them because of all the chocolate and candy that is added. (Listen, we like M&Ms as much as the next person, but you might want to leave them out of your trail mix.) Stick to trail mix with dark chocolate if you want something sweet. When adding ingredients or buying a pre-made trail mix, make sure to look for raw, unsalted ingredients. This keeps the amount of sodium low and lets you really taste the flavors of these tasty ingredients.


Fresh berries on Greek yogurt



We love Greek yogurt because it tastes good and is thicker than regular yogurt, which helps us feel full longer. Add some fresh berries, and you have a healthy sweet treat. Medical News Today says that Greek yogurt not only makes you feel full, but it also speeds up your metabolism. Berries, on the other hand, are a great addition not just because they taste good, but also because they are low in calories and have many health benefits, such as helping the brain work better (because they are high in anthocyanidins) and fighting cancer (according to Driscoll's). Still not sold? Geisinger Health says that berries, especially blackberries, can also help fight inflammation.

Mix your favorite berries with plain Greek yogurt for a sweet snack that will keep you full and energized. This is a great treat on its own, but you can also drizzle honey on top to make it sweeter or sprinkle granola on top to give it a little more crunch.


Nuts



Nuts are a good choice for a healthy snack because they have a lot of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. If you want to lose weight, Livestrong says that nuts are a good choice because they keep you full longer than other snacks. Even though all nuts are healthy, different kinds have different benefits. For example, hazelnuts have a lot of folate, which helps your cells grow, and Brazil nuts have a lot of selenium, which can help with thyroid disease.

Just make sure you don't eat too much when you snack. Even though nuts are full of good fats, it's easy to eat too many of them. The best way to get all the benefits nuts have to offer is to eat them in moderation, like all good things. And don't buy nuts that are covered in salt or sugar. Instead, buy nuts that are still raw. The Mayo Clinic says that even though these may taste good, they aren't as healthy as raw nuts.


Popcorn



Popcorn is a great snack, and you don't even have to be in a movie theater to enjoy it (in fact, it's probably better if you're not, since a large popcorn at your favorite theater can have more than your daily dose of sodium and almost 1000 calories). So, even though we might think of popcorn as a big tub of buttery stuff, you should really snack on a healthier version that you make at home. Air-pop it and don't put too much seasoning on it.

The American Heart Association says that popcorn has a lot of fiber, which helps you feel full and may lower your risk of getting heart disease. When you make popcorn at home, depending on what you put on it, it can also be low in calories, so you can enjoy this snack without worrying about eating too much. Add a little sea salt, chili lime seasoning, or cinnamon sugar to your popcorn to get the taste you like.


Edamame



Edamame are good for your health in many ways. Well + Good says that they are high in protein, so when you eat them you get a lot of natural energy and feel full for longer. Healthline says that edamame are also full of fiber and vitamin K and can help lower cholesterol. This makes them a healthy snack.

We love edamame not only because it is good for our health but also because it tastes sweet and buttery. You can snack on these green beans in many ways, including the traditional way, which is to steam them and sprinkle them with sea salt (similar to what you might find at your favorite sushi bar). But we like to try new things with our snacks, and we think that seasoning edamame with five-toast salt and sesame seeds is a great idea.


Watermelon



There's a reason why watermelon is a popular summertime treat. HealthyWomen says that not only is it low in calories, but it also has a lot of water (up to 92%) to keep you hydrated. This is why it tastes so good on really hot and humid days. And that pretty pink color isn't just for looks. WebMD says that the color comes from the antioxidant lycopene, which may help lower the risk of diabetes and cancer.

But you don't have to be 90 degrees and sticky to enjoy this juicy fruit. Watermelon is a healthy snack that can be eaten any time of the year. Just cut it up into slices or cubes and add it to your favorite salad. And if that wasn't enough to convince you to eat more watermelon, Healthline says this fruit is full of vitamins A, B6, and C, which can help keep your skin soft.


Hummus



Healthline says that hummus is a healthy snack that will do its job, which is to feed your hunger, because it is full of healthy fiber. Chickpeas, which are used to make hummus, are a type of legume that are very healthy on their own. (According to the Cleveland Clinic, chickpeas can help protect you from heart disease and diabetes.) Hummus is also made with other great things, like garlic and olive oil, which can help with inflammation.

Even though hummus is healthy, the things you eat with it might not always be. We know how tempting it is to load up on bread or crackers, which are fine in moderation, but if you're looking for a healthier, low-carb snack, you might want to stick with a side of cut-up veggies, like celery and carrot sticks. You could also eat a mix of vegetables and pita bread, which gives you the best of both worlds.


Granola Bars



Some granola bars might be just what you need if you want something sweet that will also fill you up. (Plus, they are the perfect snack to take with you on a walk, a hike, or a trip around town.) Granola bars are a great treat when you have a sweet tooth because they are full of tasty things like peanut butter, rolled oats, chocolate, and seeds. Women's Health says that these bars are healthy and full of fiber, making them a great snack for people who want something better for them. We like these homemade Almond-Quinoa Energy Bars a lot because they are sweet, chewy, and full of protein.

Choose your granola bars carefully, because some of them are full of sugar and carbs. You'll be able to tell the difference between these and the healthier versions pretty easily. Healthline says that the labels will not be made with natural and raw ingredients, but will instead have sugar and sweeteners added.


Apples covered in peanut butter



It's not new to hear that apples are good for you. People say that apples "keep the doctor away," so we already know that they are good for your health. Apples have a lot of a type of fiber called pectin, which Insider says can help your immune system and gut health. But did you know that the act of chewing an apple is also good for you? Everyday Health says that chewing helps you feel fuller faster because you take your time eating instead of wolfing down your food and not really enjoying it. How funny that works out. So, we say, leave the skin on and chew more.

Peanut butter is another food that can help you feel full for a longer time. WebMD says that peanut butter, in small amounts, is a healthy snack with a lot of protein that can help keep your energy up. When you put peanut butter on apples, you get a sweet and nutty snack that won't ruin your diet.


Cheese Strings



String cheese is another easy snack that you can take with you. Since string cheese comes in a package, it's easy to throw one in your bag to eat later. Just peel off the plastic, and you're ready to go. If you look at the nutrition label, you'll see that string cheese has fewer calories than other types of cheese. However, these little sticks still have a lot of protein to help you feel full. Eat This, Not That! says that if you want a string cheese as a snack, choose one made with mozzarella cheese. This type of cheese can have less salt and saturated fats than other types.

Sting cheese is good by itself, but you can also eat it with other things. Whole wheat crackers are a good choice if you want something with more crunch, or try string cheese with a side of fruit, like grapes, to make it feel like a picnic.


Hard-Boiled eggs



A hard-boiled egg is a simple snack with a lot of benefits. It is a lean protein that will fill you up. A hard-boiled egg not only has a lot of protein, but it also has a lot of vitamins and minerals, which are all good things for keeping your body healthy. For example, Healthline says that vitamin D helps your brain work well, and the Mayo Clinic says that the calcium in egg yolks can help keep your bones strong.

Boil a few eggs ahead of time so that they are cool and ready to crack when you are hungry. You don't have to just eat a hard-boiled egg as a snack, though. You can use your hard-boiled eggs in a lot of different ways, like making an egg salad or deviled eggs. Or you can make it really interesting by combining the best of both worlds: deviled egg salad.


Chips of kale



Kale is known for being a very green vegetable, which is true. You shouldn't turn down kale because it's good for your health. According to Medical News Today, it may help protect against cancer and type 2 diabetes, and it can also help keep your heart healthy. It's great to eat kale for dinner, and it's also great to eat it as a snack. We like kale chips because they are a healthier way to satisfy a craving for something crunchy. Nuts.com says that these crispy leafy greens can help give you more energy during the day. They are also low in calories, so you can eat as many as you want without worrying about your diet goals.

Also, kale chips are good in another way? They're very simple to make. Just bake them in the oven with your favorite seasonings (sea salt and garlic are always a good choice) and you're done!


Chia Pudding



Chia pudding looks like a very rich dessert, but it's actually very healthy for you. The chia seeds are the most important ingredient. According to WebMD, chia seeds are high in fiber and have antioxidants that can help fight inflammation. Not only are these seeds good for your body, but they also taste mildly nutty and are very versatile, so Bob's Red Mill says they can be added to almost any dish, no matter what the flavor profile is.

Chia pudding is tasty and filling, so you won't get those annoying hunger pangs an hour after snacking. If you like to plan ahead, try making cardamom coconut chia pudding with oats that you leave out overnight. You can get ready the night before, so the next morning all you have to do is eat.


Avocado Toast



We know, we know. Avocado toast is so popular that it's almost been done to death. We can't deny, though, that this healthy snack is a great way to fill up without sacrificing taste. Good Housekeeping says that avocados are full of fiber and healthy fats. If you pair it with the right bread, like multi-grain, you'll get even more fiber in that slice of toast. Your digestive system and cholesterol will thank you.

Another reason why we can't stop eating avocado toast. It's so easy to make, right down to the fact that you only need two things. But this simple dish is also very flexible, which is another reason why we love it so much. You can change it up by adding things like salmon, sesame seeds, tomato, or onion. A poached egg on top is, of course, the perfect mid-morning snack.


Guacamole



Making a fresh bowl of guacamole is a great way to get a lot of avocados and all of their health benefits. Since it's made with avocados, which, as we've already said, are full of healthy fats, it's a good idea to snack on guacamole. CookingLight says that guacamole is one of those snacks that, because of the mashed avocados, will help you feel fuller for longer. Even more health benefits come from the other traditional guacamole ingredients (not to mention so much flavor). SwedishAmerican says that chopped red onion has a nice bite and that the prebiotics in it can help your digestive system. The antioxidants in the tomatoes can help keep your heart healthy, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the cilantro can help with pain.

If you want something to eat with your guacamole, baked tortilla chips are a good choice (but don't eat too many, because they can be high in sodium). If you don't want to eat chips at all, vegetables like celery and bell peppers are great alternatives.


Fruit and cottage cheese



Healthline says that cottage cheese is a good all-around snack that gives you a good amount of protein and calcium. Cottage cheese can make you feel full because it is full of protein and has a thick texture. It also gives your body B vitamins and other nutrients. Cottage cheese is also a low-calorie snack, so it can fit into almost any diet plan.

Plain cottage cheese doesn't have a lot of flavor, but that's why it's so good. It goes well with a lot of different things, like fresh herbs and vegetables (we like to mix in dill, cucumber, tomato, and basil) or fruits like banana and pineapple. Don't worry if you don't have any fresh fruit or vegetables on hand. Mix in some applesauce and a little cinnamon for a quick, sweet snack.


Almonds dipped in dark chocolate



Dark chocolate and almonds go well together because they are both sweet and crunchy, but did you know that they can also be good for your health? The Daily Meal says that dark chocolate can not only help keep your heart healthy, but it can also improve your mood and make you feel great while you eat it. Everyday Health says that the fiber in dark chocolate "encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut," which can help keep your gut healthy and your metabolism in check.

LiveStrong says that almonds are high in protein, which gives you the energy boost you need to get through that afternoon slump. When you mix them with dark chocolate, you get a healthy snack that has a lot to offer in a few bites. But don't go overboard. According to Healthline, dark chocolate may have less fat and calories than other candies, but it still has a lot of fat, just like nuts. If you eat too much of this snack all at once, you might be too full for dinner.


Chickpeas that have been roasted



Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a type of legume that is high in protein and has all nine essential amino acids, according to Fitness Gene. Some people think of them as a great "superfood."

According to Medical News Today, chickpeas also have choline, which can help with memory and controlling muscles. WebMD says that chickpeas can help lower cholesterol and keep your digestive system running well because they are high in dietary fiber.


You can eat these right out of the can, but roasting them will really take this snack to the next level. Putting chickpeas in the oven with olive oil, sea salt, and curry powder is one of the easiest ways to roast them. The final product will have a lot of flavor without being too much.


If you want to try something different, you can flavor your roasted chickpeas in a million different ways, like with our sweet and spicy maple za'atar recipe.

Tuna on crackers from a can



WebMD says that a can of tuna is a great snack for when you're really hungry because it's made of lean protein. The fish is also a good source of vitamin D, which is good for your bones and can make your immune system stronger. Healthline says that canned tuna also has iron and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good things that will help you fight fatigue and keep your heart healthy.

When you eat canned tuna, you don't even have to be fancy, which makes it even better. Stir in a little mayonnaise and capers to add flavor and make the texture smoother. Serve with low-fat or whole wheat crackers. If you want something heartier, try adding beans or an egg for even more protein that will keep you full until dinner, like a mini nicoise salad.


Smoothie made with fresh ingredients



When we think of smoothies, we immediately think of a healthy snack. However, some smoothies, especially those that are already made, can have a lot of sugar. Simple Green Smoothies says that if you make your own smoothie or get one from a juice bar (which we think is the best way to enjoy one), you can make it as healthy as you want by using only whole foods. Order or make your smoothie with no added sugars (the natural sugars in the fruit will make it sweet enough), and think about adding some protein (like yogurt, almond or peanut butter, avocado, or chia seeds) to help you feel full all day.

What you put in a smoothie really affects how healthy it is, so choose wisely. Fruits and vegetables each have their own health benefits, and adding protein isn't necessary, but it's a great way to keep yourself from snacking more, making it the healthiest and heartiest choice.


Frozen Yogurt



After a long day, who doesn't love a big bowl of ice cream? If you have a sweet tooth, you can stick to your diet plan by switching from your favorite ice cream to frozen yogurt. LiveStrong says that this frozen treat is not only tasty, but it can also help your digestive system because it can have live bacterial cultures. Eating frozen yogurt can also help with bone health and heart health, according to Organic Facts. Most frozen yogurt is also lower in calories and fat than ice cream. Just make sure to read the nutrition label and watch out for too much added sugar.

Treat frozen yogurt like you would ice cream and top it with your favorite things, like fresh fruits (or roasted strawberries), walnuts, or chocolate sauce (opt for dark chocolate, as we know that has the most health benefits). You can also get creative and make frozen yogurt bark, which is a popular snack made by freezing berries, yogurt, and honey on a baking sheet. Just take a break and have fun.


The Ants on a Log



You probably had ants on a log as an after-school snack when you were younger, but this healthy snack doesn't have to be just for kids. Michigan State University says that ants on a log, which is peanut butter spread on celery and topped with raisins, is a great snack for almost anyone, especially those who want something quick, easy, and healthy. This simple snack has only three ingredients and is easy to make. It has protein from the peanut butter, a satisfying crunch from the celery, and a touch of sweetness from the raisins.

This old but good song can be changed to fit your tastes. Healthy Little Foodies says that while the standard ingredients work well, you can always change things up by using a banana or cucumber instead of celery or cream cheese instead of peanut butter. You can use other dried fruit instead of raisins to keep the natural sweetness, or you can use olives if you want something a little saltier.


Greek Salad



The Mediterranean area knows a thing or two about healthy food that tastes good, and that includes salads. With all their bright colors, Greek salads are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also very tasty and good for you. The dish is low in calories because it's full of healthy vegetables and nutrients. It's also easy to change if you don't like a certain ingredient, which makes it perfect for anyone looking for a snack that's good for their diet. LiveStrong says that tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers are all good sources of vitamins C and A. Cucumbers are also a good source of potassium.

Traditionally, a Greek salad is made of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, Feta, and olives, all mixed together with olive oil. However, you can always add more ingredients to the plate. If you want to keep it vegetarian-friendly, try adding lean proteins like chicken or fish, or slices of avocado. No matter how you make a Greek salad, the colorful mix of tasty and healthy ingredients will not disappoint.


Roll-ups of turkey



If you're looking for an easy-to-make snack that's low in carbs, you might want to try a turkey roll-up soon. EasyHealth Living says that the lean protein in the turkey will make a filling snack, but what we really like about this dish is that we can put it together however we want.

If you don't want to use a tortilla wrap or don't have any in your kitchen, you can use turkey or lettuce as the outside and roll it around cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, or a condiment like mustard. We also like to add a pickle spear for a little extra tang. If you're in a hurry or just want to keep things simple, you can always go with the classic combination of turkey and cheese. Both turkey and cheese are high in protein, which will keep you full.


Egg Salad



As we've already said, eggs are a good choice when you're looking for foods to add to your diet, and they're not just for breakfast. Eggs have a lot of protein, so eating one as a snack can give you extra energy when you need it. Penn Medicine says that they also help keep our brains and immune systems healthy. Fit Foodie Finds says that egg salad makes a great snack because it is low in carbs and filling, and you can make it your own by adding a few simple things.

You can use as few or as many ingredients as you want to make an egg salad. You can't go wrong with a little mayonnaise and some salt and pepper, but you can change things up by adding anything from Dijon mustard and chopped cornichons to fresh herbs, lemon, or even Greek yogurt. You can eat it right out of the bowl, wrap it in a piece of lettuce, or put it in a bell pepper or avocado.


Cucumbers and smoked salmon



If you want to upgrade your everyday snacking with something a little more fancy, why not try smoked salmon? Here's why we like smoked salmon: it's a good source of protein and, according to EatingWell, it also keeps our metabolism healthy. Two big wins in our book. Even when it comes to foods that are good for your diet, we want something that tastes good. That's why you won't find any unsalted rice cakes on this list. This ingredient is great because it has a strong, smoky flavor that we can't get enough of.

Smoked salmon on crostini is always a hit at parties, but it can be just as fun to eat at home while wearing sweatpants. You can put it on a cracker, but we like to put it on a cucumber with cream cheese (or Greek yogurt) and dill. One bite is like a flavor bomb going off in your mouth.


Caprese Skewers



Caprese skewers are a favorite snack because they are low in calories and easy to eat. You only need cherry tomatoes, bocconcini (which are small balls of mozzarella), fresh basil, and either a balsamic reduction or a little olive oil. This snack is easy to make and looks good as well. Bonus: Medical News Today says that fresh mozzarella is one of the healthiest cheeses because it has a lot of protein.

No need to worry if you look around your kitchen and can't find any skewers. You can still eat this dish the old-fashioned way by making it into a Caprese salad. Instead of putting the ingredients on skewers, you can just put them in layers on a platter. (This is also the best choice if you don't have mini balls and cherry tomatoes but do have regular tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.) We promise that your Caprese snack will be delicious no matter how you put it together.


Dried Fruit



Fresh fruit is a very healthy snack that fits with most diets, but we also love dried fruit. Even though some of the water was taken out when it was dried, that doesn't mean it isn't healthy. Harvard Health Publishing says that dried fruit is better for your heart and diet than fresh fruit because it has more fiber and antioxidants than fresh fruit. PharmEasy says that dried fruit can also help speed up your metabolism, if that wasn't reason enough to start chewing.

Aside from all the health benefits, another great thing about dried fruit is that you can eat it without much thought or preparation. You can eat dried fruit right out of the container, or you can mix it with nuts and granola to make a quick trail mix. Just make sure to check the nutrition label and pay attention to the portion sizes: Health.com says that some dried fruits have a lot of extra sugars added to them.


Artichoke Salad



We love artichoke hearts a lot. And, to be honest, how could we not be? Their mild, slightly nutty, and bitter taste goes well with so many other flavors, which is probably why they are used in so many different dishes. You can eat artichoke hearts in almost any way you want, but we like to add them to a simple salad as a snack during the day. Mix in red pepper, olives, and balsamic vinegar for a healthy and quick snack, or buy them already marinated and skip all the work.

Just be careful when you use marinated artichokes instead of plain canned artichokes. Livestrong says that these little flavor bombs can have a lot of calories and sodium, even though they are full of vitamins C and A. Depending on your diet plan, you might want to stay away from those things.


Baked Sweet Potato



You might think of sweet potatoes as a side dish that goes well with your favorite chicken dish. But sweet potatoes are also great as a snack or small meal on their own. They not only taste great (we love their mild sweetness), but they are also good for you. Everyday Health says that sweet potatoes are low-glycemic foods. This means that they won't cause your blood sugar to rise and are good for people with type 2 diabetes or who are at risk of getting it. And since sweet potatoes have a lot of fiber and water, they can help you live a healthy life, according to NDTV. Time says that sweet potatoes are full of healthy things like vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.

If you want to snack on a sweet potato, all you have to do is put it in the oven (or microwave) with a little oil and sprinkle some cinnamon on top once it's golden brown. You can also make your own sweet potato chips or mashed sweet potatoes with chopped pecans for a bowl of hearty goodness.




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What Makes White and Black Watermelon Seeds Different?



Watermelon is a sign that summer is here. Just thinking about the sweet and juicy fruit makes you think of sweltering hot days and rushing to eat a freshly cut slice before the juices run down your arm. There are so many different kinds of watermelons that they can vary in size, color, taste, and even the type of seed they have. Even though white and black watermelon seeds are different, you don't have to worry about growing a watermelon in your stomach if you eat either one.

Even though 90% of watermelons are seedless (according to Epicurious), the first watermelons were full of seeds. The first watermelons were grown in the deserts of southern Africa about 5,000 years ago. They were white, had seeds, and were a great way to stay hydrated. National Geographic says that trade spread watermelons to Egypt, India, and China, where they were valued for their spiritual and medicinal properties as well as their usefulness. Eventually, they made their way to Europe and North America.

Unripe vs. Ripe Seeds

Statista says that each American eats about 14 pounds of watermelon each year, so it's likely that you've cut into one and seen either black seeds, white seeds, or a mix of both. But what do all these colors mean?

The National Watermelon Promotion Board says that the tiny white spots on watermelons are empty seed coats that show a seed didn't fully mature. The Kitchn says that you can always find both seeded and seedless varieties of these white seeds. They are soft and almost see-through. But white seeds do show up in seedless watermelons, even though they are more common in watermelons with seeds. Allrecipes says that cross-breeding has made it so that these young seedlings can't reproduce like the mature and fertile black seeds.

Even though watermelon seeds are safe to eat, some people don't like the extra crunch they add. You could spit them out, but you could also make a tasty snack out of them. Food52 says to roast seeds to get the most out of the protein, amino acids, B vitamins, and magnesium they contain. Food & Wine says that they can even be used to make watermelon seed butter, which is a real thing.



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Don't throw away the rinds of your watermelon.


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As the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and more and more grills pop up in the suburbs, the number of watermelons grows at an exponential rate. During the summer, colorful triangle-tipped watermelon slices are as common as the sun rising in the east and setting when the fireflies come out to play. It's always a shame to have to throw away the watermelon rinds, but there are a lot of tasty and healthy things you can do with them.

PELA says that the rinds of watermelons make great compost because they are mostly water and break down quickly because of this. Cutting up the rinds and throwing them on your compost pile is a quick and easy way to get supercharged fertilizer, but the real value of watermelon rinds is in the nutrients they can give you. According to Livestrong, there are a lot of health benefits to eating watermelon rinds. The hard part is figuring out the best way to cook them.

The rinds of watermelons are full of nutrients.



Healthline says that the rinds of watermelons are full of vitamins A, C, potassium, and magnesium. They also have a lot of fiber, which helps with digestion and helps keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check. Citrulline, which is found in high amounts in watermelon rinds, has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Country Living says that taking citrulline supplements may be good for your heart and help your blood flow.

You can eat the rind of a watermelon as is, but there are other ways to prepare it that might make it taste better. Country Living says that pickled watermelon rinds made at home are a favorite of many people in the south of the United States. These pickles taste great, are easy to make, and go well with most finger foods. They would be a great addition to your next charcuterie board. You can also juice or blend the rinds to add a hint of watermelon to your summer drinks. So remember to save those rinds this summer and put them to good use.




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I want to be a millionaire by the time I retire, so I asked financial planners for 3 passive income streams I should build.

I didn't get serious about planning for retirement until I was 30 years old, so now I'm playing catch-up. I put money into my SEP IRA retirement account every month, and I'm always looking for other ways to increase my net worth so I can retire early as a millionaire.


The author, Jen Glantz. Daphne Youree


If I can reach that goal, I want to make sure I have enough passive income when I retire to pay my bills and keep up with my lifestyle. I asked financial advisors how their clients make money without working full-time so I could find out how retired millionaires make money without working full-time. Here are the most common three ways.


1. Homes for rent and properties for investment

Having an investment property comes with a lot of benefits. That's why Darren Colananni, a financial planner, says it's one of the most common ways for millionaires to make passive income.


Colananni says that people who rent out their homes year-round or for most of the year can not only get a steady stream of income but also get tax breaks.


Colananni says, "You can get a tax break on the rental income by depreciating the property." This means that you can deduct the cost of buying or fixing up a rental property. You can also deduct any costs (like your mortgage, utilities, normal repairs, etc.) from your own taxes to help balance out the income from your rental property. "This means that some of the income is coming to you tax-free while you continue to build equity in the property," he says.

2. Collecting Social Security in a smart way

Financial planner Scott Sturgeon says that millionaires also count on Social Security, which is a passive income stream that most American workers get when they retire. He says that Social Security is a common source of income, but that most people should have a plan for when to start taking the money.


"Planning for Social Security can get surprisingly hard," says Sturgeon. "I run different analyses for my clients to figure out when the best time might be to start making those payments based on their particular financial situation."


Even though you can start getting Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, the amount you get will be higher if you wait until age 70. If I retire early, this won't help me, but I can count on it in the future.

3. Putting money into a business

Brian See, a financial advisor, has seen that his millionaire clients still invest in businesses after they retire and stop working full time.


See says that people invest in businesses in many different ways, such as by putting money into start-ups or giving a business a cash infusion.


"If you invest in these businesses, you own a piece of the company and may be able to get royalties, a share of the profits, or the chance to sell the businesses for a profit in the future," says See.



source: https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/passive-income-streams-millionaires-retirement-2022-5

Two male black mambas caught on same property while looking for a mate


A snake catcher said that he and his coworkers caught two very poisonous black mamba snakes on the same South African property. The snakes seemed to be looking for a mate.




A stock photo shows a black mamba snake close-up. The snake is fast and has deadly venom. STUPORTS/GETTY


Nick Evans is a snake rescuer and reptile educator from South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal region. He saw the snakes when he went to a property in the Durban suburb of Reservoir Hills.


He said in a Facebook post that he had heard that two black mamba snakes had been seen there earlier in the day.

The black mamba is a dangerous snake from Africa that is known for its size, speed, and poison. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, adults can grow to be more than four meters (14 feet) long.


Evans usually goes to calls to catch black mambas, so he was upset that he hadn't been able to help one in about 10 days.


Evans started looking for the snakes as soon as he met some coworkers at the property. He was going to climb under the property to check it out, but one of his coworkers saw one of the snakes and stopped him from doing that. He ran to get some tongs.


"When I got back, the mamba was curled up, so it was easy to get it. I gently pulled it up, and Craig used his tongs to hold it in place while I changed tongs and pinned it down "Evans said this on Facebook.

As the team was putting the snake in a box, they saw another snake on a branch just a few feet away. Evans wrote, "I had to lean over and stretch a bit, but I got it and did the same thing."


Evans thought at first that the two snakes were a couple, but he later learned that they were both males. "The one I caught there most recently was on May 4. Maybe her scent is still there, which is what brought these two people there "He put words on paper. "If not, there might be a new woman in town!"


Black mambas mate in the spring and summer, and males will fight over females during this time.


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) says that black mambas are "shy but aggressive" snakes that can strike more than once. Their venom is very poisonous and hurts both the heart and the nervous system.

When someone gets bitten, they may swell, lose control of their tongue and jaw, slur their speech, have blurry vision, feel sleepy, become paralyzed, or become confused. Kruger National Park in South Africa says that a bite can also kill within a few hours.

 


If nothing is done, every single person will die.


The park also says that a bite needs to be treated as soon as possible by a doctor.


SANBI said that black mambas are "nervous animals" that tend to stay away from people. However, habitat loss and more people moving into their normal areas can cause problems.


People who see them are told by the institute to "back away slowly and call a professional snake handler to get rid of it if it's inside a building."




source: https://www.newsweek.com/two-black-mamba-snake-venomous-found-south-africa-1707744

What You Should Know Instead of These 7 Virginity Myths


People often talk about virginity in simple, black-and-white terms: have you had sex or not?


But being a virgin is a complicated idea with many different meanings. This is because being a virgin is not a medical term. What you think of as being a virgin usually depends on your culture and your religion. Because of all these ideas about virginity and the general lack of sex education, there is a lot of wrong information about what virginity is and who is or is not a virgin. Here are seven common myths about being a virgin and the truths you should know instead.

1. You're either a virgin or not.

People often talk about virginity as if it has a clear-cut meaning: either you're a virgin or you're not. But virginity is an idea, and different people have different ideas about what it means. Some people think that a person is a virgin until they've had PIV sex, while others say that oral sex (going down on, eating out, blow job), manual sex (fingering, hand job), and anal sex "count." Some people think that once you've had your first orgasm, you're no longer a virgin. Different people have different ideas about being a virgin. It does not have a set meaning. So, you can think about being a virgin however you want (if you want to think about it at all)!


But, just so you know, medical professionals think all of these sex acts are real. Even if you don't think something is "real" sex, you can still get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from it. So, if you're having any kind of sex, make sure you tell your doctor "yes" when he or she asks if you're sexually active. Your provider doesn't care about the vague idea of "virginity." They care about your health and giving you the tools you need to take care of yourself.

2. Any kind of penetration counts, even with a tampon.

Do you think putting a tampon in is the same thing as having sex? No? Then using a tampon won't make you lose your virginity.


3. Doctors can tell if you've never been married.

Medical professionals can't tell if you've had sex or not, or if you have a penis or a vagina. Many people think that if a doctor looks at a woman's hymen and sees that it's been torn, they can tell if she's had sex or not. But this is not true at all. The hymen is a thin piece of skin that covers part of the vaginal opening. It is often, but not always, in the shape of a half-moon. Hymens get more flexible when a person hits puberty. Hymens can tear for a lot of different reasons, like doing the splits, putting in a tampon, or even having PIV sex. It is very hard, and sometimes even impossible, to tell if a hymen has been torn before. And they often don't even tear! Instead, the hymen stretches, like an elastic hair band.

It is true that hymens sometimes (but not often) cover the whole opening to the womb. This is called an imperforate hymen, and a minor surgery can fix it. It is also uncommon. Think about it: if the hymens covered the whole vaginal opening, how would period blood get out?


4. Partners can tell.

Partners can't tell if you've been sex before or not. Many people with a vagina don't bleed the first time they have PIV sex (see below), and vaginas don't "get loose" from sex. Again, your partner won't know if you've never been with anyone before unless you tell them. If you're worried that your partner will find out you're a virgin (or that they will find out you're not a virgin), you should ask yourself why. Are you worried about what they'll say? Are they willing to accept and understand? Have you ever talked about it? We've said it before, and we'll say it again: talking is an important part of sex. Your sexual history is your business and yours alone, but if you're worried about how your partner will react to it, it may be a sign that you shouldn't have sex with this person (or at this time in your life).

5. Other people can tell.

Do you start to see a pattern? No one can tell if you are a virgin or not. Having sex doesn't make you walk differently. Unless you tell them directly, they can't know.


6. Virgins will bleed their first time if they have a uterus.

Some people with vaginas do bleed during PIV sex, but this is not always the case. As we've already said, most people's hymens don't tear when they have sex. Instead, they stretch. But a lot of girls have been taught that their "first time" will hurt and involve blood. This makes a lot of people nervous, which makes their muscles tighter during sex and makes them dry out. This can lead to bleeding and pain in the uterus. But there are many ways to avoid this: take it slow, do a lot of pre-play, use lube, and talk to each other.


7.Sex isn't a big deal after you've "lost" your virginity.

The American culture's fixation on being a virgin makes it seem like sex is nothing to worry about after the first time. But that's not right. We've talked before about how powerful sex is, and that's always the case. Even if someone gave consent once, that doesn't mean they're fine with having sex again. Just because someone has sex with one person, it doesn't mean they're fine with having sex with anyone else.

People decide to have sex for a lot of different reasons, and they also decide to stop having sex for a lot of different reasons. Sex is not like getting on a train that you can't get off of. Whether or not you've had sex before, YOU get to decide if you have a sex life and what it's like.


The first version of this post came out in November 2016.



https://healthierpress.blogspot.com/2021/07/7-virginity-myths-and-what-you-should.html

10 Quick Facts About Making Love

 Masturbation is sometimes seen as a taboo subject, but why? There is no better time than now to learn more about masturbation and how your body works. Do you know these facts about masturbation and how to make it even more fun?

10 Quick Facts About Making Love

Masturbation is sometimes seen as a taboo subject, but why? There is no better time than now to learn more about masturbation and how your body works. Do you know these facts about masturbation and how to make it even more fun?


1. Masturbating can actually make you want to have more sex.


Some people, especially women, worry that masturbating will make them feel emotionally distant from their partners or that they shouldn't masturbate if they have low sex drive because they should "save" that drive for their partners.


The truth is that masturbation doesn't make you want your partner less. In fact, it can make you want to have more sex, especially as time goes on. When you have more sexual stimulation, your body will naturally want more. Masturbation can be a very healthy way to make you want your partner even more.



2. 84% of people between the ages of 18 and 49, both men and women, have seen some kind of pornography.


There is a lot of information out there that can give you ideas and help you live out your fantasies. You shouldn't feel bad if you use pornography to spice up your sexual relationship or your alone time. If you don't like watching pornographic movies, you could look at magazines, read sexual fiction, or just give in to some of your own fantasies. Many people also choose to listen to steamy recordings of books and stories while masturbating. This is called "audio porn."


3. Using a good lubricant can help make masturbation more enjoyable.


Lubricant, like Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant, can make your next masturbation session much more enjoyable. Lubricant can help men avoid friction that can be painful. It's also important to help your Tenuto slide into place easily.



Many women may think, wrongly, that they have to be already aroused to masturbation or that they can make enough lubricant on their own. Adding a personal lubricant, on the other hand, can help you masturbate for longer, reduce friction, and even make you more aroused. Using the right lubricant can make both you and your partner want to be sexual more.


4. About half of all women have used a vibrator before.


Vibrators can make your masturbation session much better. If you use a good vibrator, you don't have to worry that too much use will "deaden your nerves" or make you stop enjoying sex as much (though you might find out something new about yourself that makes you reach for that vibrator more often, both when you're alone and when you're with your partner)! Instead, using a vibrator can improve your sexual experience in a big way.


Try Crescendo if you want to learn how to use a vibrator. It has a lot of settings, including six powerful motors that can be set to different intensities or patterns, and it can also be shaped to fit your ideal position. So you can give stimulation right where it's needed most. Crescendo pleases a lot of different people, both men and women, with different tastes because it can be changed so easily. And that makes it the perfect product, whether you want your first vibrator or want to try something new.

Tenuto is a great choice for masturbation for men. It's a great way for men to masturbate alone without having to use their hands. They can lie back and enjoy. You can use your phone to control it, or you can just set it to your favorite pattern and intensity, then relax and enjoy the experience.


Masturbation is good for your health in many ways.


No, the idea that masturbation is good for your health is not a myth. Masturbating can:


Lessen tension and stress. You don't have to wait for your partner to be in the mood to use sexual pleasure to relieve stress and help you feel more like yourself if you're having a hard time at work or dealing with a lot of tension. A good masturbation session can make you feel more relaxed right away and improve your mood in important ways that can last until the next day. In general, masturbation can also help you feel more at ease.


Lead to better sleep. Have trouble getting to sleep at night? Wake up often in the middle of the night and find it hard to fall back asleep? Masturbation can make it easier to deal with sleep problems and get a good night's rest. Hormones that are released during orgasm can help you relax and get a good night's sleep. They can also help you sleep better and longer.

Menstrual cramps can be eased by masturbation. Not only can the pleasure of masturbation distract the nerves that are sending the pain of cramps through your body, but many women also find that they have fewer cramps when they do it regularly.


Masturbation can make you feel better in general. It's not just about making you feel better right away. Masturbation can make you feel better in the moment, but it can also make you feel better for the rest of the day.


6. One of the best ways to find out what you like in bed is to sext.


Do you want to get better at making love? You're having bad sex, but you're not sure what the problem is or why it's happening. You might find the answer you're looking for by masturbating.


When you masturbate, you can try out different kinds of touch to find out what you like best in bed. You don't have to think about what someone else wants or worry about hurting their feelings. Instead, you can try out different things to find out what you like. A vibrator like the Crescendo or the Poco can be changed so that you can enjoy both penetration and stimulation from the outside. As you figure out what you like about masturbation, you'll be better able to tell your sexual partners about it. That, in turn, can help you have better sex.

7. Many people, both men and women, keep masturbating even when they are in a serious relationship.


Even if you're in a relationship, there's nothing wrong with masturbating. In fact, it's a great way to satisfy your sexual urges when you and your partner have different needs, or to explore and relax on your own when your partner is busy. You and your partner may even find that masturbation helps ease some of the tension between you, especially if you can't find time for regular sex sessions.


8.Masturbating together is a great way to feel close to your partner even when you can't be with them physically.


Does your partner have to go away for work? What if your partner has to be away often and for long periods of time, like a member of the military? When you have to be apart, it can be very hard to stay in touch.


You can feel closer to each other by masturbating together, whether you call each other or use a video chat method. You can tell your partner to try out some of your favorite techniques, or you can just watch as you and your partner enjoy yourselves and feel closer to each other. Set up some time to be alone with each other and see what happens, both while you're apart and when you're back together.

Even if you're not apart, masturbating together can make your sexual connection stronger. Many couples find it very exciting to watch their partner masturbating, and vice versa. It's also a great way to find out what your partner likes best.


9. There are a lot of ways to do masturbation and tools you can use.


Many women, especially, use all kinds of tools and toys to help them masturbate. You can use your MysteryVibe vibrator to help you masturbation, but you can also use tools you already have. Some women like to use pillows to help them find the right position or to stimulate them from the outside. Others like to get in the shower and let water run over their genitalia from a handheld showerhead or a faucet.


Usually, if you want to use a toy internally, it should be a certified sex toy, since things can sometimes get lost or stuck. Instead, choose a safe toy like Crescendo, Tenuto, or Poco that can give you an amazing sexual experience.


10. The way people think about masturbation, especially female masturbation, is changing because of popular culture.


For a long time, people thought that masturbation was mostly something that men did. No one wanted to talk about women who self-stimulated or the good things that could come from it. The way people think about masturbation, on the other hand, is changing as popular culture changes. Shows like "Sex in the City" are bringing more attention to the sexuality of women.

How does that make you feel? It means that, whether you're a man or a woman, masturbating isn't something you have to hide and feel bad about. Masturbation is a healthy and normal way to show your sexuality. You can masturbate as much as you want as long as it doesn't get in the way of other things you need to do or your relationship with your partner.


Masturbation Month is in May. That makes it the perfect time not only to learn more about masturbation, but also to buy a brand-new vibrator that will make masturbation more fun.




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