Do salads make sense in winter?

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Salads, although not essential for a healthy meal, do still make sense in winter! It’s an opportunity to try different ingredients than what you use in a summer salad.

Winter Salads: Rethinking Ingredients
Greens: Today’s grocery stores stock all types of lettuce year-round, so you don’t have to switch up your greens for winter. For more seasonal fun, however, try kale or the winter versions of spinach, which stand up well to hearty flavors. These greens are high in beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin C, and spinach is a good source of the B vitamin folate that helps protect our DNA.

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    HealthTalk: Want to save money on healthy groceries? Read these expert tricks.

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    Q: What are some tricks for saving money on groceries while still eating healthy?

    If you are like the average American household, food is your second largest expense category, so saving money week after week can really add up. While you may think buying healthy foods means paying more, that is not necessarily true. And the costs of eating healthy can pay back years down the road in good health, by lowering your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

    You can maximize savings by using more than just one strategy.

    Make Choices Dollar-Wise and Health-Wise

    Make healthy choices based on the Nutrition Facts Panel and ingredient lists that show a food is minimally processed, rather than paying more based on package claims. A food labeled “natural”, for example, can be more expensive than other choices, but just as high in sugar or salt. Read more… “HealthTalk: Want to save money on healthy groceries? Read these expert tricks.”

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      HealthTalk: Is eating a late dinner hurting my health?

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      Q: I don’t get home until late. Is eating a late dinner hurting my health?

      A: Emerging research suggests that eating too late in the evening may lead to weight gain and increased health risks. So far, the studies raising concerns are mainly animal studies, human observational studies (which don’t prove cause-and-effect) and small clinical trials. And studies of dramatic shifts in eating time, as seen in people working night shifts, do not necessarily apply to people who only eat dinner a few hours past the norm.

      But putting the pieces of the puzzle together does suggest that it may be worth exploring options for readjusting habits.

      This booming field of research in meal timing involves “circadian misalignment,” when biological clocks in the body do not match up with each other. Our internal clocks produce biological rhythms driven mainly by a light-dark 24-hour cycle.

      For years, we’ve known that the brain’s biological clock affects our sleep cycles. Now scientists have discovered that organs like the liver, pancreas, body fat, muscle, and digestive tract all have their own independent biological clocks. Read more… “HealthTalk: Is eating a late dinner hurting my health?”

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