Nicole Velez

15 Added | 3 Magazines | 11 Likes | 9 Following | 2 Followers | @VelezNicole | Keep up with Nicole Velez on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Nicole Velez”

Meat Free Week: good for your waistline and the planet?

Say goodbye to sirloin and burgers for a week and you’ll improve not only your health but the planet’s, says Xanthe Clay<p>Our eating habits have polarised. On the one hand, we have super-healthy, vegetable-heavy diets, generally low gluten – a trend driven by the success of bloggers such as Angela …

Should Alcoholic Beverages Come With Nutrition Labels?

The world's biggest spirits producer is getting on board with nutrition information labels that tell you exactly how many calories are in your glass.<p>It's simple enough to figure out how many calories are in a handful of almonds or a slice of bread: Just read the Nutrition Facts on the label. By …

Alcohol

7 Super Healthy Foods and Superfoods You May Not Know About

<b>1. Homemade Bone Broth</b><p>Homemade bone broth is as "staple" as it gets if you want to eat healthier. It's also a really cost effective way to improve …

America's Best Pepperoni Pizzas

From Philadelphia to Atlanta to Seattle, there are some excellent pepperoni pies being served across the nation.<p>When you think about it, few dishes are more American than a pepperoni pizza. Both pepperoni and pizza are versions of Italian specialties that we as a nation have made our own. (In fact, …

Italian Food

How We Achieved the Banana Bread of Our Dreams

Everybody has a recipe for banana bread, right? And most of them are actually pretty good. But for the Epicurious test kitchen team, good was not …

Missing Cheese? How to Go Dairy-Free Without Going Flavor-Free

We were at a holiday function recently, sitting around the table after dinner eating cookies. Everyone wanted milk with their cookies and that got the conversation going about what type of milk people were dunking into. It surprised us that nearly everyone opted for almond milk and mentioned that …

Vegan

Tools: 6 Things to Know About Chopsticks

Here in the U.S., we love our sushi rolls, ramen, and carryout Chinese. This means, of course, that we’re pretty familiar with chopsticks—if not totally adept at using them. But beyond the knack they have for grasping just the right bite of tofu, or the satisfying “snap” a fresh wooden pair makes …

Test Your Wits with 8 Brainteasers from Idiotest

We bet you think you’re pretty smart (and if you’ve found your way to <i>mental_floss</i>, you probably are!). But common sense questions and brain-teasing …

Crime

Google Puts Online 10,000 Works of Street Art from Across the Globe

<i>Circling Birdies</i> by Cheko, Granada Spain<p>Since last we wrote, Google Street Art has doubled its online archive by adding some 5,000 images, bringing …

Los Angeles

The TrackR Bravo Keeps You From Misplacing Your Valuables

Launching today, the TrackR Bravo is a Bluetooth-powered device that keeps track of things you’d hate to lose.<p>A bit taller and thicker than a quarter, the new $29 aluminum TrackR is meant to be stuck on your keys, in your wallet or on your dog’s collar so you can track it via map in a corresponding …

Gear & Gadgets

Should parents apologize for their kids?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The recent controversy over a video showing University of Oklahoma students, who also were members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, reciting a racist chant revealed a key difference in approaches to parenting.<p>The university said Levi Pettit and Parker Rice encouraged their brothers to …

Justice

'Guitar Hero'-Style Videogame Helps Stroke Victims Recover

Rehabilitating with games is more fun, and it works better<p>Of the 700,000 people who suffer from strokes every year in the United States, only 10 percent fully recover. The rehabilitation process can be long and challenging, especially for older victims in more fragile states of health. Researchers …

Clinical Trials

White House Science Fair Puts Whiz Kids in a Serious Spotlight

Whether he's shooting off a marshmallow cannon or pedaling a bike-powered water sanitation system, President Barack Obama looks forward to the White House Science Fair as a day to be shocked and awed by school-age whiz kids.<p>"I love this event," Obama told reporters at last year's fair, where he …

High School

10 Foods to Enjoy Without Added Sugar

The problems with consuming too much added sugar seem to be getting lots of attention these days. From contributing to inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, sugar has been recently singled out as a cause for concern.<p>The recently released report from the Dietary Guideline …

Nutrition