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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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Wellbody Recipe: Grilled Veggies Galore

Grilled CornWhat's not to like about grilled vegetables?

Smoky, caramelized and pungent, grilled vegetables retain many of the nutrients lost to techniques such as simmering; glowing embers intensify vegetables' complex flavors without the need for excessive fats; grilled veggies don't carry the risk of cancer inherent in grilled meats. Plus, no dirty pots and pans to wash!

Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Bon Appetit

To avoid ingesting leftover carcinogens, take an extra minute to scrape any greasy meat detritus from previous cooking sessions before you put vegetables on the grill.

Experiment. Grilling brings out a smoky sweetness in broccoli, beans and whole cherry tomatoes. Tendrils of smoke and flame give everyday button mushrooms an extraordinary, earthy meatiness. Do you have a favorite grilled vegetable recipe? Share with us at professorwellbody@pacsci.org.

Intrigued by grilled corn with herb butter and corn nuts? Grilled pizza with harissa and herb salad? Grilled haloumi (cheese) with watermelon, cherry tomatoes and basil-mint oil? Check out 20 grilled veggie recipes from Bon Appetit.

And visit Wellbody Academy's Cafedium to experiment with interactive exhibits about healthy eating choices and to tap into food tips. Kids: Did you know it sometimes takes up to 10 tries to get used to (and like) a new food? Be food brave! Parents and caregivers...don't give up!

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Guest Thursday, 24 July 2014