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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We get to test a slew of different gear for our job—and for our everyday life. Here, with no particular theme, are the pieces of gear we love this week. We think you will, too.

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If your bathroom cabinet or your closet can use a minor (or, OK, major) revamp, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the time and place to do it. The sale has thousands of items on a major discount, ranging from grooming kits, classic jeans, sporty sneakers and more. Seriously, these deals are as good (and better) than the ones you’ll see on Black Friday, plus you don’t have to wait until November to score major discounts.

Ready to browse the racks? Scroll down for some of our favorite pi
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cks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
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%.

To get the $1.50 coupon, you’ll need to provide some brief information using a form on cookedperfect.com, and the coupon will be delivered right to your inbox.

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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Buy 1 Cooked Perfect Meatballs, 36 oz $5.86, regular price

Use one $1.50/1 – Cooked Perfect Meatballs (cookedperfect.com)

And submit one $1.00/1 – Cooked Perfect Meatballs, via rebate app (ibotta.com)

Pay $4.36, Submit for $1.00 Ibotta Credit

Final Price: $3.36

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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.

Buy 2 Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack's Salsa, 16 oz $3.99, regular price

Buy One Get One Free through 7/7

Final Price: $2.00 each, when you buy 2

Driscoll’s Blueberri
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