3 non-developed countries you never thought to have stronger military power than developed ones

1. Ethiopia: Ethioipia is currently ranked 41 (of 133 countries) according to the GFP review.

Air Power – Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft from all branches of service (Air Force, Navy, Army). Air power is just one important component of the modern military force. Attack Aircraft represents fixed-wing and dedicated forms as well as light strike types (some basic and advanced trainers fill this role). Some fighters can double as attack types and vice versa – this is how multi-role aircraft can be of considerable value. Transport and Trainer aircraft include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing types. z
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Army Strength – Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and light tanks (a few remain in service) as well as those vehicles considered “tank destroyers”. There is no distinction made between all-wheel and track-and-wheel designs. Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Navy Strength – Aircraft Carrier value includes both traditional aircraft carriers as well as “helicopter carrier” warships (the latter growing in popularity worldwide). Cruisers are no longer tracked due to their declining value on the world stage. Submarines value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Total Naval Assets is not simply a sum of the presented navy ship categories – instead it includes all showcased types along with any known / recognized auxiliary vessels (not tracked individually by this site).

The military power of Ethiopia is still stronger than developed countries like Chile, Philippines, Finland.

2. Nigeria: Nigeria is currently ranked 43 (of 133 countries) according to the GFP review.
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Air Power – Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft from all branches of service (Air Force, Navy, Army). Air power is just one important component of the modern military force. Attack Aircraft represents fixed-wing and dedicated forms as well as light strike types (some basic and advanced trainers fill this role). Some fighters can double as attack types and vice versa – this is how multi-role aircraft can be of considerable value. Transport and Trainer aircraft include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing types.

Army Strength – Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and light tanks (a few remain in service) as well as those vehicles considered “tank destroyers”. There is no distinction made between all-wheel and track-and-wheel designs. Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Navy Strength – Aircraft Carrier value includes both traditional aircraft carriers as well as “helicopter carrier” warships (the latter growing in popularity worldwide). Cruisers are no longer tracked due to their declining value on the world stage. Submarines value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Total Naval Assets is not simply a sum of the presented navy ship categories – instead it includes all showcased types along with any known / recognized auxiliary vessels (not tracked individually by this site).
The military power of Nigeria is still stronger than developed countries like South Africa, UAE, Finland, Austria.

3. Bangladesh: Bangladesh is currentyly ranked 57 (of 133 countries) according to the GFP review.
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Air Power – Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft from all branches of service (Air Force, Navy, Army). Air power is just one important component of the modern military force. Attack Aircraft represents fixed-wing and dedicated forms as well as light strike types (some basic and advanced trainers fill this role). Some fighters can double as attack types and vice versa – this is how multi-role aircraft can be of considerable value. Transport and Trainer aircraft include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing types. EXTERNAL LINK: Aircraft throughout the military history of Bangladesh.

Army Strength – Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and light tanks (a few remain in service) as well as those vehicles considered “tank destroyers”. There is no distinction made between all-wheel and track-and-wheel designs. Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Navy Strength – Aircraft Carrier value includes both traditional aircraft carriers as well as “helicopter carrier” warships (the latter growing in popularity worldwide). Cruisers are no longer tracked due to their declining value on the world stage. Submarines value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Total Naval Assets is not simply a sum of the presented navy ship categories – instead it includes all showcased types along with any known / recognized auxiliary vessels (not tracked individually by this site).

The military power of Bangladesh is still stronger than developed countries like Portugal, Belgium, New Zealand.

9 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Most of you have probably heard of the numerous health benefits of hemp seeds. It is a popular superfood that is worth your money and time. Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein, and they’re also great for detox and health. Hemp seeds are easy to use; you can add them to any dish you usually make. One or two tablespoons of hemp seeds is all you need to reap all of the health benefits of them. Read on to find out 9 amazing benefits of hemp seeds.

1. Improve your digestive health
Rich in fiber, hemp seeds help prevent slow digestion and constipation. This is necessary for detox because your colon is an important body part to care for. Hemp seeds are also easy to digest and they don’t give any problems to those who don’t tolerate seeds.

2. Boost mood
Hemp seeds are a great mood-booster and they really work for any low mood you may have. They are also great to combat PMS symptoms. Thanks to their omega 3, protein and magnesium content, hemp seeds can boost your mood in no time.

3. Relieve inflammation
Hemp seeds are one of the highly alkaline seeds you may add to your diet. Sure, pumpkin seeds are also alkaline, but hemp seeds are better. Hemp seeds have more chlorophyll than other seeds, making them good for detoxifying and purifying your blood and reducing inflammation.

4. Rich in magnesium
One of the most essential minerals for our health is magnesium. Nowadays a lot of people are deficient in this mineral without knowing it. Magnesium deficiency can lead to numerous health problems such as slow digestion, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, muscle pain, low energy, headaches and low thyroid function. Magnesium is also a great mineral for PMS symptoms. It is fortunate that hemp contains 45% of the daily recommended values of magnesium.

5. High in protein
I’m sure many of you know that protein is important to the body. When you are eating clean and detoxing, your body needs good sources of protein to maintain your immune system working well and boost your energy levels. To say nothing of lean protein that is the best friend of your metabolism. Hemp seeds are high in essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

6. High in omega 3 fats
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 fats, some omega 6 and even omega 9 fats. You might hear some terrible things about omega 9 and omega 6 fats, but when they are in reasonable doses, they can actually be good for you. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for your heart, metabolism, and they can help boost your mood. I think it’s a wonderful reason to include hemp seeds to your diet.

7. Rich in potassium
If you suffer from bloating, potassium may be your best friend. It is also an essential electrolyte in the body. Most seeds and nuts are rich in potassium and hemp seeds are no exception. Potassium helps combat bloating, cramps, muscles pain, and help reduce headaches.

8. Rich in B vitamins
B vitamins are essential for your skin, hair, nails, mood, energy and digestion. Hemp seeds are rich in all B vitamins. However, you should know that hemp seeds are not a high source of vitamin B12, so you may want to consider taking spirulina or using a supplement, especially if you are vegan.

9. Delicious
Unfortunately, many health foods are not tasty, but hemp seeds are a delicious superfood you can use in any dish. This is because of their a bit sweet, nutty taste, and I love adding them to my yogurt and smoothies. I also like using them in salad dressings, vegan versions of stuffed mushrooms, and in other savory dishes. Give it a try, you will like it.

When buying hemp seeds, make sure you buy organic, raw, and non-GMO brand. Hemp seeds are really good for your body and they’re also one of the best seeds that can help you lose weight. What’s your favorite way to use hemp seeds?

3 Sneaky Things That Are Making You Crave Sugar

When you’re trying to keep your added sugar intake to a minimum, you know to steer clear of the obvious temptations: the office vending machine, the ice cream freezers at the supermarket, and the dessert porn that come across your Instagram feed. (And just a refresher, the recommended daily intake of added sugar for women is six teaspoons, according to the American Heart Association.)

But some sugar triggers are a lot more subtle than that, altering your physiology without you realizing it and leaving you with a strong need to rip into a party-size bag of M&Ms. If you’ve noticed that your appetite for the sweet stuff has surged, one of these three food-related factors might be to blame. Here’s how they activate your sweet tooth—and how you can get control of your cravings.

You take in too much caffeine

That double espresso you pick up on the way to work every morning might be doing more than fueling your energy. A recent study from the Journal of Food Science found that caffeine can switch up our taste buds so we perceive foods as less sweet than they actually are. When you can’t taste sweetness as well, you’re apt to consume more in order to satisfy your natural sweet tooth, the researchers suggest.

It’s a preliminary study and more research is needed to back up the findings and provide a better understanding of how caffeine alters taste buds, cautions Vandana Sheth, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Sheth was not involved in the study.) But if your sugar jones tends to rage mid-morning after you’ve finished your morning joe, it may be worth trying a switch to decaf.

You consume artificial sweeteners

Call it the catch-22 of calorie-free drinks and low-sugar desserts. “Because non-nutritive sweeteners, or artificial sweeteners, are many times sweeter than sugar, [consuming them] trains your taste buds to appreciate hypersweet flavors,” says Atlanta–based nutritionist Marisa Moore, RD. “This may make it difficult for fruit and other less-sweet foods to measure up to that expectation.” In other words, after a steady diet of fake sugar foods, regular sugar is a letdown for your taste buds. So you finish off that tub of mint chocolate chip to try to make up for it.

A review of previous studies on artificial sweeteners published in the journal Neuroscience supports this idea, with the author of the review noting that “artificial sweeteners, precisely because they are sweet, encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence.”

Nutritionists see this effect anecdotally as well. “I can say I’ve heard from past clients that they’ve have seen a change in their tastebuds when they reduce their artificial sugar intake and eat a more balanced diet,” says Los Angeles–based Megan Roosevelt, RD.

You load up on the wrong carbs

The glycemic index measures how specific foods affect your blood sugar level. High-glycemic foods such as processed white bread, pastries, crackers, and cookies cause your blood sugar to spike soon after consuming them . . . and then crash quickly as well. With your blood sugar down, your body seeks a fast energy fix, amping your appetite for sugary sweets like a donut or candy bar, says Moore.

The trick is to consume foods that keep your blood sugar level on an even keel. So skip the high-glycemic empty carbs and load your plate with low-glycemic carbs, like fruits and veggies, minimally processed grains such as quinoa and bulgur, steel-cut oats, brown rice, and whole grain bread. These items keep your energy steady, so you don’t experience the sudden crash and subsequent craving.

High-glycemic carbs are also high in fiber, which can help promote fullness and further keep blood sugar steady, says Libby Mills, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

3 Reasons Succulents Are the Perfect Plants for New Gardeners

Container gardens are beautiful, but beginning one can be a bit daunting. Maybe you have tried your hand at gardening before only to end up with dead plants and hurt pride. If your lack of a green thumb is preventing you from creating the lush garden you have been longing for, maybe you just need a little practice.

Succulents, or hen and chicks as the most common variety is sometimes called, are the ideal starter for those looking to break into gardening. In fact, the scientific name for one type of hen and chicks is sempervivum, which literally means “live forever.”

Even if you have no gardening experience, you can still grow a thriving garden with these fun little plants! Here are three reasons succulents are the perfect plant for beginning gardeners:

1. They are easy to plant
They are easy to plant
Planting succulents is pretty straightforward. To begin, choose a container that is big enough to hold the amount of succulents you wish to plant. Be sure to select a pot that has drainage holes. If your container does not have any, just poke or drill a few in the bottom. Next, fill your pot with potting soil.

It is best to use soil that contains a mixture of sand since succulents do not do as well if their roots get too wet. Place a succulent in the center of the container and press the soil around it. Then, fill in around the edges with more plants. Succulents don’t mind being packed in so feel free to plant as many as you like.

Planting multiple hen and chicks will give your pot a very lush look. Once you are done planting, you can add a little gravel or stones on top of the soil for decoration if you wish. Finally, moisten the soil slightly with a small amount of water and you’re ready to enjoy your newly planted succulent garden!

2. They are low-maintenance plants
They are low-maintenance plants
Succulents are a popular choice for new gardeners because they require such minimal care. They only have to be watered occasionally and they will usually be fine even if you forget from time to time.

As long as you do not overwater succulents, they will quickly grow larger and even produce new plants. These new succulents can then be planted in other pots if you would like to create a larger container garden. If not, just leave the new growth alone and soon you will have a flourishing pot of hen and chicks with very little effort.

3. They do well in nearly all climates
They do well in nearly all climates
As long as you place them in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine, succulents can be grown in almost any part of the country. Even ones placed in partial shade will mature adequately, though their colors will not be as vibrant.

They are very drought and heat resistant plants, but they also do quite nicely in cooler temperatures. Slightly chilly nights may actually be beneficial for your succulents. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to bring your containers inside if you have a particularly severe cold snap or heavy snow.

Other than that, succulents will succeed just about anywhere. Whether your climate zone is hot or cold, these plants will survive and thrive.

Growing a container garden is not all that difficult if you select the right plants. By starting out with something simple, you can gain experience and confidence in your gardening abilities.

Succulents are the perfect fit for anyone who wants to begin gardening with an easy project. By planting these undemanding, almost effortless plants, you will be on your way to creating the beautiful container garden you have always wanted.

3 Crafty Ways to Reuse Old Newspapers

You may have old newspapers lying around the house with nowhere to go. Many people throw old newspapers out or sort them before dropping them off at the local recycling center. With recycling and up cycling now becoming a fat-moving trend once again, you can join in by starting with your collection of old newspapers. Here are a few crafty ideas on how to get new practical uses out of your old paper.

1. Use crumpled newspapers as cheap homemade deodorizers
Newspapers contain carbon because of the ink. You crumple a wad of old newspaper into a ball, place it inside a container with an open top, and set it aside. You can place this anywhere where you want to get rid of odors such as the basement, the shoe closet, or the bathroom.

2. Use newspapers as crafty gift bags
Forget buying new rolls of wrapping paper for everyday items or even for small gifts. You can easily learn how to fold a piece of newspaper into a small lunch bag. Glue a colorful button on the front or punch holes through the mouth and stick paper twine through, and you get a simple yet crafty paper bag.

3. Use old newspapers to wipe glass windows and mirrors
This is a time-tested way to make your mirrors shine. The carbon in newspaper ink helps remove stains from glass surfaces. You can soak crumpled newspapers in vinegar diluted with water, and use this to wipe your mirrors and glass windows clean.

These are just a few of the many crafty ways to reuse old newspaper. Do not leave piles of old paper lying around. If you cannot throw them out, look for creative ways to recycle. You are lessening the amount of trash you take out and you are saving money as well. What are your favorite ways to reuse old newspapers?

3 Reasons Money Will Never Make You Happy

I’m definitely sure most of you have thought of being rich at some point in your lives. “If I had more money, my life would be much easier, happier and brighter!” I hear this almost every day from different people. Many rich people think this way too. Truth is, money can control your life and can completely change it. It will never make you happy. You may feel more powerful and more confident, but never happy.

We spend tons of money on trendy things, which bring temporary joy and happiness in our lives. Is it a true happiness? Of course, not. I’ve compiled a list of the most obvious reasons why money will never make you happy. I want you to understand the true meaning of life and the true purpose of money in your life.

1. Stress
Money is one of the major causes of chronic stress. Whether you want to become rich or you already have tons of money, you always feel under stress. Rich people are afraid to become poor, while most poor people strive to become rich. You may struggle with debts, think of new ways to make more money, get into trouble because of it and waste your time, effort and health without realizing it. Remember, “Big money – big problems”?

Chronic stress can lead to anxiety and many other health issues. Do you still think money will make you happier? Sure, you need money but don’t make it your top priority in your life.

2. Failed relationships
Numerous studies show that money is the biggest reason of failed relationships. A fight over money is the fastest way to end a friendship and break up with a person you love. A couple of years ago I lost a big friendship because of money. I made a terrible mistake and I still regret about it, though maybe it’s all for the best. I lent a huge amount of money to my so-called best friend. Once I gave money to her, she changed her attitude toward me and stopped calling and texting. I didn’t tell anything about money and I couldn’t understand her behavior. We had been good friends for almost ten years, which is why it was so difficult for me to realize that she wanted to end our friendship because of money.

Nowadays I often see her, but I don’t demand my money back because I think money is evil. I won’t be happier if I get my money back. When I asked her why our long friendship failed, she honestly said, “because I didn’t want to pay back the loan.” No one is guilty in this situation, except money.

Don’t let money ruin your relationships with your parents, siblings, friends, spouses or coworkers. If you are obsessed with money, try to get rid of this obsession. Change the way you think about money, and you feel happier in any relationship.

3. Money is addictive
Money has a huge addictive power. Nowadays many people are addictive to money and this addiction is like a drug or alcohol addiction. Each day you wake up with the thought to make more cash today and go shopping when you are unhappy. If you are not happy inside, shopping will never make you feel better. Stop letting your money addiction dictate your life. I believe you are strong enough to overcome it! Take small steps each day to completely eliminate this addiction from your life.

Money can help you solve a lot of problems, but it can’t fix everything. I have a few friends who are in their 40s now. They say they spent too much time thinking about money. The realize they wasted their lives, but I always say it’s never too late to start changing the way you think about money. Today’s world is obsessed with money, which is why I think it’s crucial to remind people about the most precious things in life, such as love, family and happiness. Money is a useful tool that you can use to reach your goals. But money will never make you happy, keep it in mind the next time you think that money solves any problem.

Do you think money can work miracles? Do you want to become rich? Why?

8 Reasons It’s Wonderful to Have More Than 3 Kids

A friend of mine is a mom of three and she’s pregnant with her fourth child. But many people are surprised or even shocked to know that she’s going to have the fourth baby, while they have one child or no children at all. I was thinking about the reasons why people are afraid to have three and more kids. Instead, I’ve come up with ideas why it’s wonderful to have many children. Indeed, having many kids is rather stressful and testing, but it offers undeniable benefits and advantages. Most parents claim that the transition to the third and the fourth child is the easiest one, when you already have kids. If you still hesitate to have more than three children, keep reading to find out the reasons why it’s amazing to have many kids.

1. Children help you feel young
Having a baby after 35 is a common thing these days. But when it’s the third or the fourth baby, you will definitely feel younger. Scientists have proved that parents who have more children tend to live longer than those who have one child or are childfree. Being busy with your little ones in your 30s and 40s is a good way to forget about your age. Children change your perception of the world and time. As a result you feel happier and younger.

2. You will never regret having a big family
My granny often says ‘I wish I’d had more children and a big family’. My grandmother grew up in hard times and she couldn’t have many children. Having many kids is challenging both emotionally and financially and you are always afraid to fail as a parent. Many parents believe that having four children is an impracticable task. But when you learn to cope with two kids, it’s not that difficult to manage three and more. Nothing is better that a house full of happy laughter and noise where you never feel alone!

3. Children amuse each other
I grew up with two sisters and a brother and we had the happiest childhood ever. Due to a little age difference between us, we were never bored with each other. When children grow up in a big family they are provided with entertainment and great social communication from birth. You will always have a good company to make any game more interesting and gripping. Moreover, brothers and sisters almost always become closest friends who help and support each other throughout life.

4. When you get older, you’ll have more support
If you are having a bad day, be sure to have plenty of comforting hugs and kisses to cheer you up. When you have more children, you receive more love and more help. I’m by no means going to say that we should welcome children for the sake of support and help. But you always have plenty of hands to help you with laundry, household chores and purchasing. Your kids will always stand for each other in case of trouble or crisis.

5. Your children will be more sympathetic and generous
Sure, being selfish doesn’t always depend on the number of brothers and sisters you grew up with. Selfishness is an innate child’s characteristic. Moreover, growing up in a big family often implies certain competition for parents’ attention or presents. But growing up in a big family certainly influences the child’s behavior positively. Children learn to share and sympathize when they know they aren’t the only one.

6. Big family helps build character and responsibility
While parents are busy with their jobs or household duties, older children are often in charge of smaller ones. They learn to look after and be responsible for their siblings; as a result they grow up more disciplined, reliable and trustworthy. From my own experience I can say that living in a big family is almost always crazy, noisy and chaotic. But when children learn to live and thrive in such conditions, they build a strong character and confidence.

7. Growing up in a big family increases chances of becoming successful in life
Numerous studies show that children from large families are less likely to divorce in comparison with children who grew up alone. The fact is that children, who grew up with siblings, have better negotiation skills. They are prepared to deal with conflicts and take other people’s opinion. Sure, growing up with three brothers and two sisters cannot guarantee that your child will have a perfect family life. But it multiplies their chances of living a happy life.

8. Children make you utterly happy
Children are the biggest joy and happiness that two loving people can receive from their relationship. Even though children always require a personal sacrifice and total commitment, you’ll find blessing in their smiles and hugs and trusting eyes.

Having a big family is beneficial to both parents and children since all the members learn to support each other, share things and reach a compromise. The decision to have the third or the fourth child is critical and highly important. But if you make up your mind to have another child, toss aside your fears and doubts. It’s up to you to make your big family as loving and solid as you can. Are you going to have a big family?

3 Steps to Your Perfectly Fun and Tasty Christmas Party

The Christmas season is a time for love, celebration, and the gathering of loved ones. It’s also a time when many people part ways with substantial chunks of their income. From small to large, holiday expenses add up quickly. Christmas gifts, decorations, holiday feasts, charitable donations, and travel arrangements can decimate the contents of your wallet. However, one thing that does not have to cost a lot of money is hosting an entertaining Christmas party. When throwing a party, we have a tendency to spend more cash on food that guests may not eat at all. If you have no idea how to host a fun Christmas party, here’s a little guide for you:

1. Eliminate wasted time and food

Just because you are throwing a party doesn’t mean you should spend the whole day in the kitchen. Surely, food usually plays a large and amazing part of any Christmas get-together and can cost the host quite a bit of money. But, one way to relieve much of that burden, as well as diversify the meal, is to have something similar to a potluck. If you have a full guest list, which makes for a lot of mouths to feed, request that each person bring a dish. Ask that the contribution is something special that they most love to make and share with others.

This ensures that all guests have a delicious meal, the cost is minimal for each person, and your guests have the chance to experience a variety of foods made with love and attention. It also creates a beautiful meal that is sure to hold something for everyone. If you are going to invite kids, consider making kid-friendly meals and desserts to satisfy those little stomachs.

2. Consider your drink menu

In addition to the food, beverages are a necessary part of a lively party. If your menu begins to fill quickly, or if you have party-goers who prefer not to cook, ask for drinks instead of food. Just as with food, suggest they bring the makings for a tasty beverage, alcoholic or not, which they particularly enjoy. Parties often have an overabundance of food, so this keeps the heaps of delicious fare at an appropriate level and rounds out the party. With the contributions of the party guests, the food and the drink are no problem for a large gathering.

More: 10 Bright Christmas Party Ideas

3. Plan your gift exchange

As much as they love food and drink, people love giving and receiving gifts during the holiday season. When you have a lot of family and friends, not a lot of money, and you still want to make sure no one is left out, have a dollar Christmas gift exchange. This is a simple and fun way to exchange gifts with a large crowd without anyone having to break the bank. Each person brings one or two gifts that cost no more than a dollar. They should bring the gift wrapped and unintended for any specific person.

At some point during the party, gather everyone around the tree that hovers over the mounds of gifts. On your signal, each person grabs one gift from under the tree. The unwrapping of gifts is a hilarious event full of laughter and silliness. After everyone opens, admires, plays with, and sometimes trades their gifts, it is time for another round. This carries on until the underside of the tree is unburdened of its offerings. This is an exciting and inexpensive way to enjoy a festive gift exchange with your family and friends.

While planning a successful Christmas party, consider these ideas to save a few dollars. Of course, you will have to consider some fun activities, but the best activity is to spend time together. An obstacle such as expense should not prevent you from spending a beautiful holiday with as many of your friends and family as possible. Collaborate with your guests to create a joyful holiday gathering. You will have a celebration that is fun, diverse, and inexpensive. Don’t let money ruin your Christmas spirit. Enjoy this holiday season to the fullest and start a new year feeling positive, happy, fresh and ready to accomplish new goals. What is your biggest problem during the holiday season? Money or mood?

3 Alternatives to Carbs That Are So Much Healthier (but Taste Just as Good)

Finding alternatives to carbs that are as delicious as they are healthy is a tricky task. But we’re here to help by providing you with three great ingredients to try, and we promise they’re not too good to be true. The secret? Instead of white or brown rice, opt for cauliflower rice. Similarly, consider spiralizing some veggies next time you want to make a noodle-based dish or spaghetti. And while lentils are typically thought of as a substitute for meat and nuts, they’re another go-to grain alternative. Though they’re high in carbohydrates, they’re also high in fiber, which is essential for a low-carb diet. Plus they provide that same sense of hardy satisfaction that you’d get from carbs.

So whether you’re paleo or gluten-free for health reasons or you want to cut back on refined carbohydrates and opt for something lighter, you’ll want to make all six of our grain-free recipes ahead. In fact, you’ll probably crave them regardless of your dietary needs. While we aren’t spotlighting any quinoa recipes today, for more information on the different flavor notes and health profiles of various grains, check out our glossary. Scroll through the six healthy and satisfying recipes below to try this week.

JERK SHRIMP WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE

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Cauliflower rice is a great alternative to carbs like brown or white rice since it’s far lower in calories and refined sugars. Its mild flavor works in its favor since you can pair it with just about anything and not worry about a strong, earthy taste. This recipe from Food Faith Fitness pairs cauliflower rice with a spicy, rich jerk shrimp stew.

APRICOT CHICKEN WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE

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This apricot chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest only requires three ingredients, proving that you don’t have to lug a giant bag of gourmet groceries home to make a five-star meal. It’s sweet, tangy, and packed with flavor. Make it with cauliflower rice to fill you up, and bring in some contrasting texture. Don’t forget to add cashews or the nuts of your choosing for a little crunch.

CREAMY ZUCCHINI NOODLES

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When you’re craving your favorite pasta sauce but you want something a bit lighter, zoodles are your solution. This zucchini spaghetti recipe from The First Mess pairs the noodles with a creamy lentil and onion sauce. It’s a well-rounded meal with fresh flavors of basil, a cheesy, creamy sauce, and crunchy veggies.

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This spaghetti squash dish from Half Baked Harvest is life-changing. Once you make pasta like this, you’ll never see it the same way again. Filled with healthy goodies like rainbow chard and squash, and then dressed up with parmesan, garlic, and olive oil, it’s super easy to make (there are only seven ingredients), so we promise it’ll be a dinner mainstay.

VEGGIES STACKED WITH LENTILS

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A stack of veggies never looked so satisfying. This recipe from The First Messcalls for cauliflower, beets, sweet potato, and celery. The veggies all sit atop a bed of lentils instead of rice. It doesn’t get much more nutrient-rich than that, and all the health benefits are matched by flavor perks, too. Drizzled in a horseradish-and-maple vinegarette that gives this dish the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, you’ll love every last bite, and you won’t even notice that it’s carb-free.

LENTIL MEATBALLS

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These lentil meatballs from Minimalist Baker are easy to make, and they taste amazing with a variety of side dishes. So once you know how to make them, we guarantee you’ll be using them again to accompany your favorite sauces, sides, and stews, rather than using refined grains. The texture is both tender yet crispy, and they’ll soak up the flavor of anything you pair them with (though they are by no means boring on their own).

Here’s How 3 Doctors Answered the Question, “Are Eggs Good For You?”

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I’d always viewed eggs as one of the few foods carefully safeguarded from the volatility of the food industry; unlike fat, coconut oil, and sugar, they would always be considered a healthy option. That is until Netflix’s documentary What the Health likened them to processed meats and even cigarettes (and caused me to rethink what I put into my body).

It turns out I’m not the only one confused about the nutritional content of this breakfast staple. MindBodyGreen recently tapped a few of the country’s top functional medicine doctors to set the record straight once and for all, admitting that “eggs have long been in the crossfire of controversy” when it comes to health.

Much of this controversy is centered around their cholesterol content—one egg yolk contains 186mg of cholesterol (you’re only supposed to have 300mg a day). With that said, “eggs have gotten an undeserved reputation as one of the leading causes of high cholesterol,” said Tiffany Lester, MD, the medical director of Parsley Health. “The suggestion that the higher saturated fat content in eggs accelerates atherosclerosis as much as smoking does is false.” She cites new research from the Harvard School of Public Health that has debunked this idea.

In fact, most of the doctors interviewed answered yes when asked if eggs were healthy. “Eggs can be a highly beneficial food for women because of how they support hormonal health,” adds Jolene Brighten, a naturopathic doctor and women’s health expert. “Eggs are an excellent source of vitamin A, which allows your cells to use the thyroid hormone, which affects your weight, mood, energy, and digestive health. They are full of biotin and choline, which is crucial in fertility and pregnancy.” Lester even called them “a cornerstone of a healthy diet,” as they contain “vital nutrients like choline, selenium, and vitamin B12.”

With that said, the type of eggs you eat matters a lot. “The sourcing for your eggs is of utmost importance, and it’s definitely worth spending the extra money or time to find pastured eggs, ideally purchased directly from a farmer,” writes the publication. “The anemic eggs from conventional factory farms are damaging to your body, to the animals, and to the planet,” added Ellen Vora, MD. The bottom line? If you like eggs, go for it, but make sure you’re buying eggs that are good for both your body and the planet.