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STARBUCKS' BIG CHANGES

Beginning this week, you'll never be able to order another coffee or pastry at Starbucks again without knowing exactly how many calories you're consuming. Joining companies like Panera and McDonalds, Starbucks will now post calorie counts on the menu boards at its more than 11,000 U.S. locations to help consumers make more informed calorie choices. Will this change the way you order? Weigh in!
 
Click here to find out how posting calorie counts affects consumers' behavior. The results of several studies may surprise you.
 
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MAKE YOUR CALORIES COUNT!
Counting calories doesn't have to be a bore. After all, we need calories to survive and to build strong bodies. But it's all about finding the right kind of calories. See below for our picks of some calories that will do a body good -- and some that are worth skipping.
 
  Enhanced Water: Worth It or a Waste?
Energy drinks, enhanced water and coconut water are all the rage these days. Are there really added health benefits to drinks that promise to boost your immunity or increase your metabolism? Are they better than plain, good old-fashioned water? Or are they stealthy diet busters? Registered dietitan and Growing Bolder's nutrition expert Dr. Susan Mitchell explains the right and wrong ways to hydrate your body.
 
Cheers to Summer!
As the temperature rises, these refreshing and healthy beverages will help cool you down. Check out Dr. Mitchell's Delicious Drinks Pinterest board and get recipes for smoothies, iced teas and fresh fruit waters that pack a nutritional punch.
 
 
  A Salad Fit for a Goddess ... Like You!
Summer is a perfect time to get together with the women in your life to share a meal. As the heat picks up, cool down with this refreshing salad that meets the unique nutritional needs of women of all ages, whether they're going through perimenopause, menopause, PMS or pregnancy. Kristina LaRue, R.D., explains how every ingredient in this Spinach and Arugula Salad does a body good!
 
 
WIN PASTA FOR A YEAR!
We're giving away a year's supply of Dreamfields Healthy Pasta -- and it's easy to enter! Thanks to Dreamfields, sponsor of the Straight Talk About Eating Smart Podcast, hosted by GB's registered dietitian and Nutrition Expert Dr. Susan Mitchell, for this fun and delicious giveaway for one lucky Growing Bolder reader. Just click here to be entered to win!