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Eat nuts for heart health and lower cholesterol

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The health benefits of nuts continue to make news.

A feature on nuts in the May edition of Tufts University's Health & Nutrition letter says "nuts should be part of a healthy dietary pattern" because nuts contain healthful fats.

Tufts says nuts "deliver a lot of nutrition in a small package." Noshing in moderation on Brazil nuts, almonds ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Poached Salmon with Chive Sauce and Vegetable Fettuccini

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A light chive sauce tops gently poached salmon fillets in this quick dinner. Fresh linguine with carrots and broccoli complete this simple, elegant meal.

Shredded carrots can be found in the produce section of the supermarket along with broccoli florets. This means there's no slicing and chopping for the Vegetable Fettuccini side dish.

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Diabetes Quick Fix: Middle-Eastern Lamb with Spinach Brown Rice

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Lamb coated with a Middle Eastern sauce of garlic, ground cumin, cucumber and yogurt is an easy, quick dinner. Look for lamb cut from the leg or for kabobs.

Helpful Hints:

-- Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce or condiment sections of the supermarket.

-- If lamb cut from the leg isn't available, ask the butcher for a quick-...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Chicken and Garlic Greens with Spicy Sauteed Potatoes

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Top grilled chicken with baby greens for a surprisingly different dinner. In this recipe baby greens, also known as field greens or mesclun, are sauteed with garlic as a colorful topping for chicken. If you can't find the baby greens in the supermarket, you can use a soft lettuce such as bib.

Sauteing the greens for a minute enhances the flavor...Read more

Eating out may raise your risk of cancer, alarming new study shows

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Foodies beware: A recent study has shown that the habit of dining out may raise your risk of cancer.

According to a new University of California and George Washington University study, as Newsweek reports, dining out may put you at risk for elevated levels of potentially harmful chemicals called phthalate that are linked to diseases like cancer...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Brown Rice

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Using sliced onions and green pepper from the produce section of the market helps you make this dinner in 5 minutes.

Wok cooking tip: Make sure your wok or skillet is very hot. Add the food to the hot wok and don't touch it for about 30 seconds. This gives the wok a chance to regain its heat.

Helpful Hint:

-- Diced fresh onions and green bell...Read more

Fun ways to fill an Easter basket without too much sugar

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Easter baskets can be so much fun to put together for the kiddos. And while the Easter Bunny is not going to fill up a basket with broccoli and Brussels sprouts, there's no reason for the basket to be loaded with sugar either.

Sugary candies may be easy to buy, but did you know that one prefilled plastic egg can contain more than 30 grams of ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pecan-Crusted Tilapia with Hot Pepper Succotash

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Pecans and cornmeal make a crisp crust for fresh fish fillets. Hot pepper jelly is a quick way to add flavor to vegetables. Here it spices up a traditional succotash for the side dish.

A general rule of thumb for cooking fish is to cook it for 10 minutes per inch of thickness measured at the thickest part of the fish. I prefer to cook the fish ...Read more

Cardiologist Joel Kahn's push for plant-based lifestyle is outlined in new book

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We all know we should eat better.

That's the standard message from health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists. A sedentary lifestyle paired with foods that are highly caloric, high in fat and loaded with sodium is seen as nobody's friend.

Adopting a plant-based style of eating is gaining popularity as a way to live healthier.

For some...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Southwestern Three Bean Soup

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This thick hearty soup is a great 25-minute supper. It's a whole flavor-packed meal in a bowl. It also freezes well. If you have time, make double and you will have another meal ready for emergencies.

Helpful Hints:

-- Fresh or frozen shelled edamame can be used.

-- A good quality paprika can be substituted for smoked paprika.

-- Diced fresh...Read more


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