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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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smelt2Why not try smelts? They're tasty, affordable, packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high in calcium and vitamin D (good for bones, teeth and muscle contractions) and B vitamins that help convert food into the type of energy needed for healthy blood, skin, hair and neuromuscular control. The small fish, which swim near the bottom of the food chain, are also low in mercury, calories and unhealthy fats.

Bonus? Smelts in season are sustainable and affordable, less than half the cost of wild salmon. In the Seattle area, summer prices for local smelt run from $3 - $5 per pound. Not sure how to cook them? Keep reading for easy recipes.

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An elixir of good health, extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and ulcerative colitis.

But not all olive oils are equal.

Keep reading to find out which olive oils are healthiest and why — and learn how to make dukkha, a tasty Egyptian dip.

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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.)