Santa Barbara

Known as the “American Riveria,” Santa Barbara is a beautiful city located in the central coast of California, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the high-rising Santa Ynez Mountains. The Chumash Indians were the first to settle the city, around 13,000 years ago. In the second half of the 18th century, Spanish explorers and priests settled and colonized Santa Barbara, building the cities famous mission in 1786.

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Mushroom and Egg Burrito

Serves: 6

  1. 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  4. 2 teaspoons canola oil
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 1/4 cup egg substitute
  7. 3 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  8. salt and pepper
  9. 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  10. 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  11. 1/2 cup salsa
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Baked Salmon with Mustard and Herbs

Serves: 1

  1. 10 fresh tarragon leaves
  2. 3 fresh chives
  3. 3 large fresh basil leaves
  4. 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  5. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  6. 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  7. olive oil spray
  8. freshly ground black pepper
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Drink Up

While battling the summer heat, whether it’s at a weekend barbeque, a run through the mesa, or a shopping trip down State Street, we often find ourselves in need of a cold beverage to cool off. When it comes to staying hydrated, our choices are endless with the abundance of bottled waters and sports drinks. So why are so many of us not staying hydrated properly? Though hydration is of course a vital issue all year long, we tend to be reminded of its importance when the August sun beats down on our backs and our mouths are continuously parched. Hydration affects everyone, regardless of if you spend your days lounging at the beach or training for a triathlon. Surprisingly, however, the majority of the population is not drinking enough liquids throughout each day.


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A Sweet Escape

It’s undeniable; America has a major sweet tooth. In fact, the average American consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar a day! This is a problem because the excessive sugar intake has helped feed the country’s obesity epidemic, linking sugar intake to heart and other lifestyle diseases. In order to lose weight and still get a sweet fix, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners, which have no calories. However, with such controversy a surrounding the safety of sugar substitutes, it is hard to tell which color packet you should reach for: white, pink, blue, or yellow. To clarify, here is the latest health info on four of the main sweeteners.

Sugar: (white packet)

Regular sugar is by far the most commonly used sweetener and is found in everything from processed foods to home baked goods. Almost 60% of sugar intake comes from corn sweeteners, which are main ingredients in sodas and other flavored drinks. The remaining 40% is sucrose or table sugar. With 15 calories per teaspoon, large quantities of sugary foods lead to a surplus of calories and thus, cause weight gain. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and many more. It should also be noted that people with diabetes, should avoid sugar because of its effects on blood glucose levels.

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Yet Another Reason to Eat More Broccoli

How many times have you heard to eat more green vegetables like broccoli? Probably more than you can count. But if all this buzz around this fantastic vegetable still hasn’t convinced you to claim cream of broccoli soup as your favorite food, maybe the findings of this new research will. Broccoli may help guard you against skin cancer.

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Healthy and Nutritious Snacking to Maintain Your New Year’s Resolution

Nutritious and Healthy Snacking for 2008

“Eating Healthier” was probably at the top of millions of Americans’ New Year’s Resolutions list. Now that it has been three months, have you been able to stick to it? Or have you given up on such a broad and daunting change? If you need a few easy things you can do to maintain your resolution, start by changing your snacking habits!

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A Maverick’s Guide to Booming Fitness

In the past, aging has often meant a gradual loss of health and vigor as the years progress. But with the recent advances in research, we now know this slow decline is no longer inevitable. With the right exercise and nutritional program, you can turn around most of the consequences of aging.


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