Staying Healthy in 2022
Q: Should you take a multivitamin to boost your immune system?
A: It's always best to get your vitamins and minerals from food because food offers so many other benefits -- oranges not only have vitamin C, but they also offer fiber, vitamin A and other minerals. If you have a healthy diet with no digestive health issues or other medical conditions that can cause a vitamin deficiency, there is little evidence that taking vitamins will improve your health. The key is having a healthy diet. Ask yourself how many fruits, vegetables and whole grains you eat in a day. If you find yourself coming up short, a multivitamin this time of year may be good insurance.
The Mayo Clinic has published a new cookbook to help you prepare easy meals that taste good and are good for you. "Cook Smart, Eat Well" offers 100 recipes designed to help families eat healthier. Here's a kid-friendly recipe from the book. While the authors suggest adding broccoli, other veggies such as cauliflower, butternut squash, carrots, green beans or zucchini can be substituted. If your child doesn't like the texture of the chosen vegetable, cook the veggies first, then puree with the cheese sauce.
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE
1 cup dry whole-wheat or multigrain elbow pasta
1 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded