This week, we learned the truth about carbs. Spoiler alert: Carbs are important for our health, and the right ones are essential. With that said, check out our list of healthier breakfast alternatives including homemade whole-wheat toaster pastries, giant muffins, good-for-you muffins, and baked donuts (YUM). We’ve also got a lot of cool tech stories from the past few days — a fancy bike helmet, more reasons Wii is awesome, and an armband that like a mini robot. And while the elliptical, bike, or treadmill may seem like a safety blanket at the gym, we’ve got 13 reasons why you should start weight training ASAP.
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Fitness Reborn: The Real Truth About Carbs
COLUMN: Renowned fitness author and journalist Adam Bornstein tackles the debate surrounding carbs — and tells you how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to chowing down.

33 Healthier Breakfast Alternatives
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t waste it on sugary junk! Instead, rise and shine with these healthier versions of common breakfast foods.

Not Sleeping Enough? Here’s Why You Should Get More Zzs
Almost no one looks sexy after an all-nighter, but that’s not the only reason to schedule more snooze time. Recent research suggests sleep loss is linked to poor eating habits and a greater risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

The 30-Minute, No-Gym Bodyweight Workout [Infographic]
Tight on time, and no gym in sight? All you need is 30 minutes to break a sweat with this kick-butt bodyweight workout — anytime, anyplace.


20 Awesome Indoor Workouts to Try Before Winter’s Over
Not quite up for those outdoor runs or rides? Don’t let winter sabotage your exercise routine. Try these indoor-friendly workouts to get you more ready than ever for spring.

13 Legit Reasons to Start Bodyweight Training Today
Get in shape — no weights, treadmills, or equipment required. Find out why everyone can benefit from adding bodyweight training to their fitness routine.

SMART Bike Helmet Brings Fighter Pilot Tech to Fitness Tracking
The SMART bike helmet can autotrack vitals during a ride and beam them directly to a watch, phone, or maybe even a pair of fancy Google Goggles. Based on fighter-pilot technology, is this a SMART call?

MYO Armband Turns Every Arm Gesture Into a Virtual Command
A new armband from Thalmic Labs could change the way we interact with our digital world on the move (or in the gym). Learn more about the MYO armband, set for release in late 2013.

The Ultimate 10-Minute Jump Rope Workout
Get the most out of every minute with this quick but intense jump rope workout. Bonus: This 10-minute routine is perfect for the gym, home, or on-the-go.


Recipe: Chicken Fajitas
Try these tasty fajitas for an easy weeknight meal with some serious nutritional punch!

Health Startup Zipongo Inspires Healthy Choices With Coupons
Zipongo, one of Rock Health’s all-star startups, is trying to make the world healthier, one coupon at a time. Can incentivized health really make a difference? Read on to find out.

6 Sneaky Ways to Get More Portein Without Meat
GUEST POST: Fitness trainer Chris Freytag provides six tips for vegetarians and non-vegetarians to incorporate more protein into their diets. Also check out her recipes for spicy black bean burgers and hummus at the bottom!

Is Vitamin C an Effective Remedy for the Common Cold?
Sorry, snifflers and sneezers! Turns out, it might not be worth loading up on vitamin C supplements like Airborne and Emergen-C to combat the common cold.

#imagreatist Small Healthier Changes from Around the Web
The #imagreatist community is inspiring everyone to make healthier choices. Read on for some of our favorite greatist moments of the week and see what motivates you!

Recipe: Tropical Beach Granola
While you’re waiting for summer to roll around, try this tropical-scented granola.

Thumbs Up: Facebook LIkes Linked to Hospital Satisfaction
A new study checks out hospital Facebook pages to see if “likes” really correlate to actual health care satisfaction.

Frozen vs. Fresh? Which Vegetables Are Best
It’s National Frozen Food Month! So when it comes to choosing veggies in the grocery aisle, which versions are best? Greatist investigates.

Doctor Mario: Using Nintendo Wii to Train Laparoscopic Surgeons
Nintendo Wiis make better surgeons? The connection’s a little more complex, but laparoscopic surgeons who trained with Nintendo Wiis showed significantly better fine motor skills than their analog peers.

The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Chia Recipes from Around the Web
Chia Pets are soooo ’90s. Use these nutritious superfood seeds in everything from decadent desserts to breads to dinner dishes.

Superfood: Pomegranate
While it may be tricky to get at the actual fruit (which are the seeds!), pomegranates’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are well worth the effort.


Stressed at Work? You’re Not Alone
According to new research, most American employees say their organizations aren’t prepared to help them deal with chronic stress. But mental health is key to productivity — and it’s about time we figured out how to handle workplace stress.

Forging Your Own Body Image Against Society’s Stereotypes
GUEST POST: How do you find your way through the societal pressures and stereotypes to a healthy idea of body image? Writer and poet Caroline Rothstein talks about her own struggle with eating disorders and self-definition.

Rain, Wind, and Ocean — The 3 Great Sounds of Nature
With the weather warming up, all that snow is turning into spring showers. Find out why rain is one great elemental sounds in nature, according to naturalist Henry Beston.

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