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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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To celebrate the opening of a new SPY exhibit here at Pacific Science Center, Wellbody Blog brings you a mystery smoothie recipe! The secret ingedient is...

 

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Golden with turmeric and fragrant with spices, this creamy soup gets its richness from long-simmered legumes and sweetly caramelized onions rather than fatty dairy products.

A staple comfort food—and affordable protein—for millions of people in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the rippling diaspora, the soupy stew (called dal in Hindi) is often eaten with rice or flatbread making a complete protein nutritionaly comparable to meat. Free of dairy, gluten, added sugars and animal fats, dal is high in fiber, rich in B vitamins including thiamine and folic acid and an excellent source of iron and zinc.

Because of the protein and fiber, it has good staying power, so helps stave off post-meal snack urges. Excellent accompaniment to salad. 

bathfizzInstead of wallowing in sugar on Valentine’s Day, how ‘bout whipping up a homemade bath concoction sure to fizz away stress?

A relaxing, warm bath -- filled with aromatic bubbles -- is a terrific heart healthy treat for yourself and those you love. It’s also a fun chemistry experiment and great Valentine's Day gift! Keep reading to find out how to make your own Bath Fizz. (Last-minute gift idea: Assemble the ingredients to make Bath Fizz Kits for sweeties.)

heartbrownies200Photo©Tia K.Dark Chocolate: What’s Not To Love?

Aphrodisiac? Anti-inflammatory antioxidant? Antidote to Alzheimers?

Modest amounts of dark chocolate—if you believe all the studies—can reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and bad cholesterol while also improving memory and mood.

But you can't eat just any ol' chocolate. And be careful about sabotaging chocolate’s healthy effects by using it in recipes that also have gobs of butter, scoops of sugar and loads of refined flour. 

(Keep reading for two yummy -- and healthy -- Valentine’s Day recipes.

zucchini friesAfter Pete Carroll was fired by the New England Patriots, he agonized over what he’d do differently if he ever had a chance to coach another NFL team, writes Alyssa Roenigk in ESPN The Magazine.

As coach of the Seahawks, Carroll’s do-over strategy includes taking care of players instead of berating them, and creating a kinder, gentler culture through meditation and mandatory yoga. (Check out ESPN's photos of Russell Wilson demonstrating his favorite yoga poses.) If the Hawks can meditate to cultivate inner compassion, surely the rest of us can also change our ways. 

How 'bout starting with Super Bowl snacks?