If you’re going to call something a “superfood,” it’s got to have a super power. And for cashews, it’s shape-shifting.

Those little curled nuts aren’t just good as a crunchy, poppable snack (though they’re great that way). Chopped cashews can add crunch and nuttiness to salads and noodle bowls. They can add structure to no-bake desserts. As a nut butter, cashews provide a unique flavor that give sandwiches and sauces a new kick. Blended, cashews are the base for many of the “
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cheese-like” vegetarian options available. And they’re even available as a milk, like almond milk, for another low-calorie option on your cereal.

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And, of course, they are also super healthy. They’re loaded with fat, but it’s the good kind: Cashews, like other nuts, offer monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to control blood pressure and reduce fat around the belly, according to research published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine. They are also an excellent source of copper, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which helps your body absorb iron and then works with the iron in your diet to help form red blood cells, and magnesium, a mineral that aids in blood pressure and blood sugar control, according to the National Institutes of Health.

But be careful! Because they’re fatty, they are also calorie-dense. A quarter-cup of raw nuts has 180 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). So make sure you measure them out if you’re snacking.

Better yet, measure those cashews to use them in one of these five delicious recipes:

1. 5-Ingredient Banana Nut Muffins >

You don’t need cabinets bursting with ingredients to be a scratch baker, and you don’t have to coat your countertops in flour, either: Using bananas, rolled oats and cashews, these crunchy nut muffins can be made with just five simple ingredients. Make a double batch on Saturday to share with the family, and you’ll have enough to take one to work each morning for a warm, microwaved breakfast that’s filling and (easily) homemade.

2. Key Lime Pie Energy Balls >

If you love the cool-and-tangy flavor of a slice of key lime pie—and who doesn’t?—but you want to stay on plan, these energy balls are your ticket to the islands. With cashew pieces to add some crunch and protein to the flavors of key lime, graham cracker and almonds, you can just open the fridge and pop one for a cool, creamy cruise to palate-pleasing paradise—all without the guilt.

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3. Caramelized Banana “Zoats” >

That’s not a typo. “Zoats” are made by adding shredded zucchini to oats for your morning meal—which sounds … different. But the squash adds volume and nutrients to the meal without bumping up the calories, so you get more to fill up on without filling out, and the flavor of the zucchini is masked by the other ingredients you add to the bowl. Flavors like cashew butter, vanilla and banana are used to make a caramelized banana bowl for a sweet, filling start to your morning.

4. Blueberry Burst Energy Balls >

Cashews bring structure to these balls, and dates pump up the sweetness, but the blueberries steal the show. Those little antioxidant powerhouses are more concentrated in these energy balls than in a blueberry granola bar, offering a snack that’s just as portable and satisfying, but with fewer calories.

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5. Gingerbread Freezer Fudge >

You don’t have to wait for December to enjoy the taste of gingerbread. Cashew butter makes this simple, no-bake fudge recipe so creamy it’ll melt in your mouth. And prepared in a silicone ice cube tray, it’s portion controlled, so you’ll never have to worry that you’re overindulging.

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If you spend a lot of time planning your workouts but not much on your diet, it’s hard to know where to start.

There’s an old saying in nutrition: Abs are made in the kitchen. It means that you can work out like a maniac, but you’re never going to outrun a subpar diet. It’s much harder to burn calories than it is to consume them. And while you work out at most once a day, you eat at least three times more often.

Given that, it’s safe to assume your physique is about 80 percent a reflection of you
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r diet, and exercise makes up the rest. So your job is to find the right balance among carbohydrates, protein, and fat that nourishes your body, fuels your workouts and recovery, and makes you feel good.

The Meal Plan to Get 9 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Every Day

For starters, try this simple breakdown: Get 35 percent of your calories each from carbs and protein, and 30 percent from fat. For a 170-pound man, that means 175 grams each of carbs and protein, and 65 grams of fat.

Of course, we’re talking about high-quality calories, centered around fresh fruits and vegetables; lean protein sources like chicken and fish; healthy fats like olive oil and nuts; as well as muscle-building protein shakes. Here’s a perfect day: vegetable-quinoa frittata for breakfast, a chicken-avocado salad for lunch, and a baked sweet potato loaded with lean ground turkey and vegetables for dinner—plus fruit, vegetables, and nuts for snacks, and a shake for a post-workout, on-the-go protein bump. (It’s most effective for muscle-building and recovery if you drink it within 30 minutes of your sweat session.)

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There are nutrition apps that’ll help you hit your target calories, and make sure to note how much energy you have throughout the day, particularly when you wake up, as well as during workouts. All of our bodies are different, so play around with the ratios to find the ideal one for you.

Maryann Walsh is a West Palm Beach, Florida–based registered dietitian and consultant for SlimFast.
Having a focused email marketing plan is important to have in place for your personal brand in order to best connect with your subscribers. The right message for each list will greatly enhance your leads and sales.

There are several ways that a segmented strategy can work for your brand, which should be well suited for the type of option form your subscribers used. Knowing the needs of your audience will also help your company know what to provide for them, especially when it comes to va
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luable offers.

Building the right email marketing campaign takes target market research, careful planning, and a message that is based upon the specific needs and desires of your prospects. Here are several ways your communication with your leads and customers can be enhanced:

Ask targeted questions – Find out more about the specific needs of your niche with surveys that provide an incentive in return. This will increase your open rates with a reward of providing something of value that your audience can really use.
Write appealing headlines – Utilize a good headline analyzer to test out different versions for your emails. Remember that broad or generic subject lines will often get skipped or deleted. Instead, your brand should appeal to the reader’s emotions right away and provide them a reason to open your message.
Segment your subscribers – Your subscribers may be coming from different campaigns in both social media and via your blog. Send out specific emails targeted to these groups. Focused emails are more likely to be opened as they specifically address a more narrow market.
Follow up with each list – Send periodic reminders out to your subscribers about what they opted into your offer. Schedule according to your own emailing agenda — it’s important not to send too many messages and overwhelm them with information.

Sending regular and segmented emails throughout the month on a consistent basis will keep your personal brand at the top of your readers’ minds and will help you focus your efforts for a better return. By targeting the right subscribers they will be more likely to make a purchase and also recommend your company to their friends, family, and co-workers. The process may take some effort and research to set up for each list, but is well worth the the payoff in the end.

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Save $1.50 on a bag of Cooked Perfect Meatballs! Shop Walmart where you’ll find this product in the freezer section for $5.86. Apply a coupon and a rebate offer, and the price will drop to save you 43%.

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We hardly ever see coupons for meat, so take advantage of this deal now. The coupon doesn’t expire for a while, but the rebate offer will di
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Check out this easy deal! Save 50% on Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Salsa at Target.

There is a new promotion on this salsa at Target: buy one and get one free. No coupons are needed to score this deal. It’s been about seven months since we’ve seen a deal on this brand of salsa, so now is the time to stock up.

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VCs serve up a large helping of cash to startups disrupting food
US startups off to a strong M&A run in 2018

These days, it seems like everyone with extra cash has some kind of pricey drinking habit. It might be fine wine, craft beer or cocktails. Or it could come in the form of coconut water, cold-pressed juice or the latest frothy caffeinated concoction.

No matter what your preference,
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startups and their backers likely have you covered.

In a follow-up to our story earlier this month about food startups gobbling up venture funding, Crunchbase News is taking a look at beverage companies guzzling capital. We found that while drinkables receive a smaller portion of funding than edibles, it’s still a sector that draws hundreds of millions of dollars in annual investment.

Where are investors pouring all that money? Some unlikely places. For instance, it appears the largest funding recipient so far this year is a China-based chain called Hey Tea that’s well known for a specialty called cheese tea. (An unfortunately named, slightly salty iced drink that a Crunchbase News team sampling determined was actually pretty tasty.)

Besides cheese tea, we found startups are also raising millions to bottle deep ocean water, customize instant coffee and make your party punch more portable.

Bottom line: So long as there are profit margins to squeeze out, the quest continues for new ways to get you drunk, hydrated or caffeinated. Below, we look at what’s trending on all these fronts.

Venture investors and startup entrepreneurs are betting there are highly scalable businesses to be built in doling out more exotic varieties of water, coconut-based beverages and other drinks to hydrate calorie-conscious consumers.

An analysis of Crunchbase data unearthed at least a dozen companies developing new varieties of water and fitness drinks that have raised funding in recent quarters.

Funding data reveals that investors still see the potential for significant returns from coconut water. The largest round in the hydration category went to Harmless Harvest, a seller of fair trade, organic coconut water and probiotic drinks that recently raised $30 million. The funding comes as the sector is on a tear, with the U.S. spending alone on coconut water projected to reach $2 billion next year.

We also saw a couple of deals involving startups offering alternatives to bottled or tap water. The most heavily capitalized one to receive funding in the past couple of years appears to be FloWater, a Denver-based startup that provides pure water refill stations and has raised about $8 million to date. Meanwhile, bottled water is still generating attention, too, as evidenced by the $5.5 million round late last year for Kona Deep, a bottler of deep ocean water.

You may need water to survive, but if you’re looking to secure venture capital, it helps to throw in a bit of alcohol.

Since last year, venture investors have poured more than $300 million into an assortment of companies providing alcoholic beverages, drinking gadgetry and services to connect consumers with booze. Crunchbase News highlighted about a dozen that raised sizable rounds, along with one hangover cure startup.

Some of the larger funding rounds are for companies that don’t make alcohol; instead, these startups offer easier ways to select and buy it. These include Vivino, a popular wine rating app, as well as Drizly and Saucey, two ordering and delivery services.

There are emerging brands in the mix, too, including BeatBox Beverages, a purveyor of party punch in portable packages; Milestone Brands, a producer of organic tequilas and other spirits; and Plum, which has a gadget for dispensing good wine by the glass.

If too much drinking makes you sleepy, let caffeine come to the rescue. Venture investors, known to be heavy consumers of caffeine, also seem to like investing in the stuff.

Using Crunchbase data, we highlighted more than a dozen companies in the coffee and tea space that have secured good-sized rounds in roughly the past year. They range from fast-growing chains, like China’s Hey Tea, to packaged drinks, like non-dairy blended drink maker Willow Cup, to instant beverage innovators, like Sudden Coffee. We even found a blockchain company in the mix, Crypto N Kafe, which aims to connect coffee farmers and consumers directly.

It’s not a bad area for exits, either. The most recent significant exit was Blue Bottle Coffee, a venture-backed brand known for really, really strong brews that sold a majority stake to Nestlé last September at a valuation of over $700 million.

One additional beverage category in which we saw a high level of activity was in meal-replacement and nutrition drinks. Overall, we found at least a half-dozen companies developing nutritional drinks that have raised funding in recent quarters.

In this sector, probably the best-known startup name is Soylent, which has raised over $70 million for a line of drinks marketed to consumers who don’t have the time or inclination to sit down for a traditional meal. We also found a potential rival, meal-replacement beverage maker Ample, which secured angel funding last month.

The biggest round in the past couple of months for the space, however, went to REBBL, a startup that raised $20 million in May for its line of bottled drinks featuring health-promoting herbs, protein and coconut.

Mix it all up: Caffeinated, full and buzzed
Beverage investments, like everything else, aren’t always a home run for VCs. The demise of juicer startup Juicero last year offers a cautionary tale that large rounds don’t always translate into compelling business models.

That said, beverage purveyors don’t have to worry much about demand drying up. People will always be thirsty. And while we typically quench our thirst with simple tap or filtered water, where’s the fun (or the massive exit potential) in that?

Our analysis focused primarily on companies that have secured funding in the past year; however, we also included some rounds outside those parameters that were exceptionally large or noteworthy in other ways.

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Vital Information You Should Know About Furniture

Whether you live in a large or small home or an apartment, you probably need to purchase furniture. Before purchasing new pieces, you should consider a few things. This article offers insights on furniture.

If you are seeking out old furniture, ensure you examine its underside so that you ensure stability. Sometimes, looks can really be deceiving. Rust and dry rot are common problems that tend to plague older furniture.

Look at secondhand stores. Perhaps you have not ever shopped at a thrift store, or at least not in a long time. However, yo
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u can locate some fantastic furniture in these shops. Most stores only take small pieces of furniture but you can sometimes come across a nice dining room table or a sofa.

Always inspect the legs when shopping for furniture. The legs should be hefty and should be attached to the frame. Wooden legs are the most durable, while plastic, metal and rubber legs also scratch flooring. If the legs are just nailed to the body, the construction is not superior and it might not stand the test of time.

When purchasing pattern sofas, ensure that their fabrics are aligned properly. Cheaper sofas often have patterns or fabric that is misaligned a little. Remember that you will have to look at your sofa everyday, so it might be worth it to spend a little extra for a fabric that looks perfect. Remember that it will be in your home, so you want it to look perfect.

Look for pieces of furniture that are built solidly. Avoid chests or drawers with pressed wood and go with those made of solid wood. Inspect pieces for plywood backs. Put pressure on both sides of each piece to ensure there is no movement.

Before you go and buy furniture, you should have a budget. Furniture pieces that are physically similar can have seriously different prices. You can end up spending much more than you can afford if you do not go in with a plan. Knowing up front the maximum you can spend helps to keep you from getting in over your head.

When looking for furniture, opt for pieces that are made of durable material. It's important that you receive a great value for your money. Furniture is an expense, so you don't want to have to replace it that often. By going with hardwood or metal, these durable materials will most likely hold up over a long period of time.

Eventually you have to get off the computer and go to a furniture store. Online research is good if you want to get product details, but you need to physically see furniture before making a purchase. It's the only way to determine if a piece is right for you.

Before you take other people's old furniture, think of the condition. You would hate to get a sagging couch simply because a friend agrees to let you have it. While you might not have the budget for brand new pieces, it is important to make sure you're not taking a piece that really won't meet your needs or last.

Be sure you know about the best times for furniture sales. For instance, September is seen as the ideal time to purchase a vehicle. This kind of scenario also applies to purchasing furniture. Figure out what times they are!

Make sure that you look through any junk mail you receive. There may be a few advertisements for furniture companies in there. There are always local deals happening, you just have to be aware of them. These deals tend to be placed in newspaper inserts or junk mail.

Check out the classifieds for free items. You could find some great furniture this way. A lot of people just throw away old furniture that only need a little cleaning or refinishing. If you use some effort into renewing these pieces, you can have great furniture for just a little bit of investment.

Before you purchase a chest of drawers or similar piece, be sure to open and shut all the drawers. You will definitely notice quality construction. Each drawer should easily open and close with no jiggling. They will last much longer when they fit better. You will notice that cheaper furniture does not fit as well together, and this will shorten its lifespan.

Do not waste your money on low priced furniture that you don't really like. Layaway can be an option in many furniture stores. It is better to wait a little while to get a piece you really want.

Once you know the style and budget you have, utilize this information to help guide you. There are things that you need to consider when you're going to look for furniture that meets your needs. This article has the knowledge and advice you need to choose wisely when furnishing your home.
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