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Articles by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

(NAPS)—A growing number of men are enjoying a lifestyle that focuses on a diet built around nutritious, whole foods. Here are some tips to help you get started.

•                  Go with fresh vegetables when possible. They tend to be full of vitamins and low in calories. As a bonus, they can help you meet your daily fiber target.

(NAPS)—If you’re like most Americans, you’ll enjoy a snack today. According to a recent Nielsen survey, nine out of 10 Americans snack daily—and a quarter of them snack three to five times a day.

That can be a good thing. As Temple University points out, “Snacks provide an important energy source throughout the day.” The Center for Science in the Public Interest adds that snacks are especially crucial for children for increased energy and their ability to focus.

(NAPS)—You could have a secret weapon for keeping your family healthy right in your own home: your kitchen table.

That’s because research shows that children who help cook dinner with their family are more likely to have a healthier diet with more fruits and vegetables. To help families spend more time around the kitchen table and improve their lives, the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand launched the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest. It strives to inspire healthful lifelong eating habits by getting children interested in cooking at an early age.

(NAPS)—It’s peak pear season, and with it comes an endless variety of ways to enjoy this versatile fruit, like sliced into salads, layered in sandwiches or simply enjoyed, fresh and ripe, with a napkin in hand. Multiple varieties of USA-grown pears are available in markets from coast to coast nearly year-round. Reach for everyday favorites like Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou, and experiment with the delicate flavors of Starkrimson, Forelle and Comice.

(NAPS)—Whether you’re welcoming last-minute guests in from the cold at Christmas, ringing in the New Year, or gathering round the grill to watch the fireworks on July 4th, here’s a hint from Registered Dietitian and lifestyle expert Erin Palinski-Wade on how to have a successful holiday party in nearly no time, at any time of the year:

“Be sure to stock your freezer with convenient and delicious options like Matlaw’s Stuffed Clams, that won’t leave you stuck in the kitchen while your guests are celebrating in the other room.”

 (NAPS)—Any time is the right time to treat the coffee or tea lovers in your life to an unexpected gift, but the holidays provide an excellent excuse to show them how much you care. Follow these tips and soon you’ll be known as having the gift of gift-giving.

(NAPS)—Get ready to up your holiday baking game with four showstopping but easy-to-prepare desserts from CanolaInfo and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

“These recipes are elegant, perfect for the holidays, and use professional culinary techniques that any home cook can apply,” says Scott Samuel, chef-instructor at the CIA, one of the country’s top culinary schools.

(NAPS)—When it comes to beverages, cold is hot this holiday season. Iced tea appears to be America’s favorite, representing 85 percent of all U.S. tea consumption. With so many wintry and seasonal tea flavors available—including gingerbread, cranberry, peppermint, spiced apple cider, citrus almond, pumpkin spice, candied apple and more—iced tea is becoming one of the most popular beverages at the holiday table.

(NAPS)—There’s good news for those looking for appropriate and memorable holiday gifts for clients and colleagues.

A company known for its expertise in creating and delivering flowers and truly original arrangements, 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. also has a division that specializes in providing gourmet baked goods and gift baskets, ideal for corporate gifting, offering convenience, customization and more.