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Articles by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

(NAPS)—A few small changes in your life can help you squeeze in some exercise and make better-for-you food choices. Consider making small adjustments to existing routines to form new habits that you can stick with for the long term. Here’s how:

•                  When time is tight, try to work in a 10-minute power walk three times a day, you will be invigorated and meet your daily goals.

(NAPS)—Taking control of your midday meal can benefit both your health and your wallet. One of the easiest ways to reach your wellness goals is by taking charge of your lunch with simple, flavorful ingredients you can stock in your pantry or desk drawer.

(NAPS)—Here’s food for thought: Americans love to try new things, and every year, new flavor trends are introduced on dinner tables across the country.

According to recent food industry reports, this is the year of global flavors, with strong enthusiasm for the flavors of Mexico, India and South America and a growing obsession with chilies, lemons and spices, among other flavor forays.

That means shoppers can expect to see these tasty trends reflected in new products from favored brands.

(NAPS)—You and your children can cook up some family fun time in the kitchen this winter by baking a duo of hearty dishes: Taco Fluffins, a tasty, easy recipe for kids in the kitchen, and Lemon Snowmen that will bring out the kids’ creativity.

Lemon Snowmen

Makes: 12 Snowmen

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Rise Time: 35–45 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

(NAPS)—The next time you’re looking for creative ways to enhance some of your kids’ go-to favorites, consider this: Snacking now accounts for more than half of all eating occasions in the U.S. Parents are increasingly challenged to create quick bites that give kids the energy and nutrition they need.

(NAPS)—There’s good news for those who are looking for ways to include avocados in their meal plans, as part of a healthy diet.

(NAPS)—The next time you take a bite of a nice fresh fruit or a refreshing sip of fruit juice, you might care to contemplate these fun facts:

•                  Pomegranates get their name from two Latin terms: “pomum,” meaning “apple,” and “granatus,” which means “seeded.”

NAPS)—Adding shrimp to your diet can be a tasty, nutritious and affordable way to eat more seafood. That’s good news, since the experts at both the U.S. De­partment of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that people consume at least two servings of seafood—such as shrimp—each week.

Shrimp Tips

To help, here are some tips on selecting, storing and preparing shrimp from Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, National Fisheries Institute, and the USDA.

(NAPS)—As Americans strive to eat healthier and add more fruits and vegetables to their diets, a recently concluded “market basket” study has a simple message for consumers: think frozen.

In partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering scientific research, public awareness and education regarding the nutritional value of frozen foods, the University of Georgia recently conducted a unique study comparing the nutrient content of eight commonly purchased frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables.

 (NAPS)—Keeping kids healthy can be a tough job. Sometimes, the things that are good for kids aren’t always what they want.

But moms know that eating healthy and being active can help kids grow strong bodies and lower their future risk of obesity and health problems like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. It can also help them do better in school.