Nutrition News: Healthier Holiday Baking
Q: Can extra protein help your bone health?
A: We know that calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium and zinc play a big role in bone health. For older Americans, extra protein may also play a role in reducing hip fractures and improving bone mineral content. A review of four studies of adults 65 and older showed a positive link between higher protein intake and bone mineral content in the neck and hip, as well as a decrease in hip fractures.
Fresh cranberries are one of the pleasures of fall. Grab an extra package of these high-fiber, vitamin C-packed beauties when they arrive in your grocery store. You can use them year-round in these Walnut Cranberry Granola Bars. This recipe is from the California Walnut Commission.
WALNUT CRANBERRY GRANOLA BARS
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup dried or fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar