Science Breakthrough Creates New Way To Build Muscle

New research shows young muscle stem cells can improve adult muscle regeneration.

“We found that fetal MuSCs remodel their microenvironment by secreting specific proteins, and then examined whether that same microenvironment can encourage adult MuSCs to more efficiently generate new muscle. It does, which means that how adult MuSCs normally support muscle growth is not an intrinsic characteristic, but can be changed,” explained Matthew Tierney, a graduate student at SBP and first author of the study.

The proteins that fetal MuSCs secrete are part of the extracellular matrix (ECM), the meshwork of strand-like proteins and starches that make up the structure of MuSCs’ microenvironment. As fetal MuSCs mature into adult MuSCs, they take on different responsibilities and help change their microenvironment over time to support their distinct functions. Fetal MuSCs are geared toward creating new muscle, whereas adult MuSCs repair damaged muscle and self-replicate to sustain the pool of stem cells to mend future injuries.

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5 Meatless Appetizer Recipes

1. Buffalo Tofu ‘Wings’

BBQ Tofu Wings

Whether or not you care about who wins the game, we can all agree that watching sports should always be accompanied by delicious snacks, like these Buffalo Tofu Wings.” They’re dredged in a flour batter, fried, and then tossed in a delicious spicy sauce that’ll make your lips tingle, so be sure to serve them with the dairy-free ranch sauce and some celery sticks. You also don’t have to feel restricted to just tofu — try it with tempeh or seitan!

2. Roasted Red Pepper Almond and Harissa Dip

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Need a last minute appetizer to serve to company? Forget salsa! Try something new, like this Roasted Red Pepper Almond and Harissa Dip. It’s infused with Egyptian flavors is quick and simple to make, but it’s bursting with flavor. Red bell peppers and almonds are puréed with caraway seeds, cumin, coriander, and chili flakes to make it spicy. Serve it with crackers and crisp veggies.

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6 Appetizer Ideas for Movie Night

You’re officially at that age where you have to prepare some food ahead of time and account for the fact that your guests will want to snack on foods that don’t all come out of plastic bags and have endless shelf lives. But don’t stress, I’ve put together a list of easy to make appetizers that will keep your viewing party guests full and impressed with your adult hosting skills. You’re welcome:

1. Antipasto Skewers


Don’t burden your guests with a directionless antipasto spread. Make it easier for them and neater for you by putting all of the ingredients on a skewer. Learn how at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

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11 Cold Appetizers for Hot Days

For my money, nothing beats a piece of fresh fruit for an instant snack this time of year. But when I want to kick it up a little, add a new flavor or incorporate a few veggies into a meal other than dinner, these are my go-to summer snacks. Each one is cool, refreshing and kid-tested to boot.

Make-Ahead

The Pioneer Woman’s Frozen Fruit Cups (pictured above)
This is my kind of recipe: Chop up a little fruit, throw it in a freezer-proof cup, freeze and serve. I love Ree Drummond’s idea so much that I’m already planning to whip out my muffin pan just so I can make more of them! An even dozen should do it, right?

Peaches & Cream PopsiclesPeaches & Cream Popsicles Pull out your blender to make the sweetest, smoothest and most-luscious ice pops of the summer. It takes only a dash of real cream to take these frozen treats to the next level, and it’s called amazing. Frozen GrapesFrozen Grapes This one works especially well when you’re traveling or out for the day. Nothing is more refreshing (or harder to make a mess out of) than popping an ice-cold grape into your mouth. P.S. Sliced strawberries, blueberries or raspberries are also excellent contenders for this on-the-go snack.

Let the Kids Assemble Themselves

Yogurt and Granola TrifleYogurt and Granola Trifle How can you go wrong with layers of sweet strawberries, crunchy granola and creamy yogurt? Yum, yum and yum! Sliced Cucumber Sliced Cucumber “Sandwiches” This idea sprang up last year when my garden started bursting at the seams with cucumbers — and we’ll do it again every year. Just set out any combination of meats and cheeses and let the kids mix and match between crisp slices of “bread.” Personal Veggie CupsPersonal Veggie Cups Mix one part ranch dressing with one part plain yogurt for a better-for-you dip that comes together in seconds. Then fill the bottoms of small drinking cups. Set out a veggie tray and ask the kids to design their own palm-sized collection of crudites. BruschettaFresh Tomato Bruschetta Stay with me here. This is one of those recipes that looks fancy and seems too sophisticated for kids, but only one of those descriptions is true (hint: it’s the first one!). If you can dice up a few tomatoes, slather on the olive oil and tear a little basil, you can make a fresh and delicious toast topping your kids will ask for all summer long. Simple White Bean Hummus with Lemon JuiceSimple White Bean Hummus with Lemon Juice Drained white beans from a can are the base of this surprisingly addictive dip. Add a little olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice and you’ve got a nutritious dip served for pennies.

Prep on the Fly

Blueberry Smoothies with a Superfood SurpriseBlueberry Smoothies with a Superfood Surprise Just in time for blueberry season, this simple smoothie packs a cool and refreshing punch, thanks to frozen bananas and the one ingredient you might not have thought of. Pimiento Cheese SpreadTrisha Yearwood’s Pimento Cheese Spread If you’ve ever been in the South, you may have heard of this one. Still not sure? Consider this threefood-ingredient cheese spread a protein-packed snack you’ll feel good about serving, and one your kids will love. #eatitanywhere Jicama Slices with Lime JuiceJicama Slices with Lime Juice This one’s so simple that it’s more of an idea than a recipe, but don’t let that fool you. Your kids will devour these crisp and juicy jicama slices, featured in Food Network Magazine, and ask for more.

Charity Curley Mathews is the mom of four small kids who live for their two snacks a day. She’s also the founder of Foodlets.com, a site that’s part simple recipes featuring fresh ingredients and part parenting advice she wishes she’d had all along.

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11 Easy Holiday Appetizers You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Going to a holiday party and need a quick appetizer? These 10-minute easy holiday appetizers will have you prepared for drop-in guests and last-minute party needs. Pick one or two recipes and keep the ingredients on hand, and in just 10 minutes you will be ready to party this holiday season!

If you’re hosting your own holiday craft party, add these slow cooker appetizers and pumpkin milkshakes to the menu, too! They’re easy, delicious, and sure to be all gone by the time the party ends.

1. Easy Italian Skewers

11 Easy, 10-Minute Holiday Appetizers | thegoodstuff

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These 11 Foods Are Scientifically Proven to Boost Your Mood

SPINACH

Dark green veggies are rich in folate, a B vitamin that affects the mood-controlling neurotransmitters in your brain. Yay, science.

CITRUS

Mandarins, clementines, navel oranges, grapefruit, you name it. They’re all packed with folate, a B vitamin that’s an instant mood booster.

BANANAS

Three reasons to make this ingredient a smoothie staple: potassium (improves brain function), B6 (increases serotonin, which calms the body) and tryptophan (the happy amino acid that regulates mood).

SWISS CHARD

Magnesium gives you an instant shot of energy and also staves off depression. Plus, it’s one of the nutrients lacking in the average diet, so sauté some up as a regular side dish.

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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and stabilizing your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.

How does a healthy diet affect mental and emotional health?

We all know that eating right can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but your diet can also have a profound effect on your mood and sense of wellbeing. Studies have linked eating a typical Western diet—filled with processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks—with higher rates of depression, stress, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Eating an unhealthy diet may even play a role in the development of mental health disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia, or in the increased risk of suicide in young people.

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THE TRICK TO LOVING SCANDINAVIAN SALT LICORICE IS TO STOP THINKING IT’S CANDY

A salt licorice flavor found across Scandinavia, I spit it out on a Copenhagen street corner. It wasn’t that this powerful little pastille was bad. It’s just that my taste buds had never quite been lit up that way: smacked with a layer of sharp and sour salt dust, then soothed by something bitter and caramel-sweet. It felt simultaneously fascinating and…abusive? Or at least odd, like a knocked funny bone. It wasn’t until the second or third try that my confusion turned to appreciation. Addiction came soon after, which coincidentally is how you could define the Nordic relationship to the confection.

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Warm and Cozy Beef Bourguignon

There’s something extra cozy about coming in from the cold to a huge pot of something delicious bubbling away on the stove. It’s been extra cold here in Tokyo. The other day, we went to a pottery fair and froze our butts off looking at all the gorgeous pieces. I felt bad for the vendors – at least we were able to move into the sunny patches and warm up for a bit.

Cold as it was, we had a blast! There was a DIY yakimochi corner where you could buy two mochi cakes, toast them over a grill, then enjoy them on a handmade plate. It was extra cozy, warming up our hands over the grill. I’ve never had yaki mochi with just miso before, but I think it’s going to be a regular thing now. After we filled our bellies, we took at look at the pottery — it was gorgeous. We bought 5 bowls and then stopped because our luggage space is a premium and I promised myself (and Mike) that this time, I wouldn’t buy so much stuff to bring home.

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