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Friday 01/23/2015
Five Interesting Foods that Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Whether you live for culinary adventure or unfamiliar items on your plate make you nervous, trying new foods is a worthwhile endeavor. But even avid foodies don’t have the time to try everything.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
NBC Sports Group Announces Multi-Year Deal For New "Premier Boxing Champions" Series
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—NBC Sports Group has inked a multi-year agreement to televise the new Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series, it was announced today.

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Top 10 Pantry Essentials for Fast, Healthful Cooking
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Stock your kitchen with these basic building blocks for a wide variety of good-for-you recipes that are quick and easy to create.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
A year-round guide to beer and wine pairing
Updated: January 21, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When you hear the phrase “pairing tips,” do you instinctively grab your wine opener and pull out stemmed glasses? Wine is divine, but over the past few years there’s no denying that craft beers are trending and getting foodies everywhere excited to re-think pairing possibilities. Artisan and handcrafted beers are no longer just an afterthought on the drink menu - they’re standing tall next to your favorite red and white wine varietals, proving to be just as food-friendly.

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Five small steps to green the big game
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The big game is just around the corner, and it’s an exciting time to plan and attend parties, gather with friends and enjoy the most-watched television event of the year. But did you know that the average big game party with 30 guests can create up to 80 pounds of waste? While the players on the field are putting points on the scoreboard, you can also score big at home ... with the environment. Follow these easy eco tips from Unilever Project Sunlight, an initiative to encourage people live more sustainability and learn how you can be a game changer for this year’s big game.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Chase Away Winter Chills with Meals From Your Pantry
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) There's nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry - or "Cantry" - delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away.

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Serve a Satisfying Soup
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Chilly outside? Nothing warms like a steaming bowl of soup. If thoughts of a cozy and comforting pot of soup make you hungry, here is a recipe that's short on time, but long on flavor and satisfaction.

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Manage Hunger with Wholesome Foods
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Whether you're following a weight loss plan or simply maintaining healthy habits, finding foods that are nutritious sources of protein and promote satiety can help curb your urge to snack throughout the day.

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Fuel Up for Fitness
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Sports nutrition isn’t just the domain of professional athletes — for a good workout and quick recovery, everyday athletes need the right diet, too.

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All the Lean Ways to Love Pork
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As new food and health trends appear across the country, pork makes the list as not only a delicious menu choice, but one that is both lean and versatile. With so many cuts to choose from, pork makes it easy to explore new flavors while staying on track with a health-conscious diet. Here are some simple tips to be mindful of when planning your next menu:  

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Define Your Unique Style
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When thinking about your dream kitchen, what finish style of cabinets come to mind? Is it rich dark stained cherry wood? Maybe a clean, crisp white paint? Do you picture yourself having a rustic kitchen complemented by different techniques?

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Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

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Americans and Their Finances
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Financial management is a big part of life for the average American. From unexpected setbacks to future goals, this snapshot covers the main money issues.

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Snacking Done Right
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help kids grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities. Parents have the best intentions when looking for nutritious options for their children, but challenges related to lack of access or knowledge of nutritious foods have contributed to an alarming trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled in the past 30 years, with over one-third of children currently overweight or obese.

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Food Allergies Can Cause Nutrition Gaps
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Four Tips To Keep Life Simple
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A few easy changes to your lifestyle can add extra time to your day.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Bring on the Heat for the Big Game
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When your friends and family gather around the screen for game day, you can give your favorite fans an extra reason to get rowdy and cheer. Take your game day menu to the next level with crowd-pleasing buffalo flavor-inspired appetizers.

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Learn to Live with Lactose Intolerance
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you or a loved one is lactose intolerant, you might find yourself confused about the condition and what it means for your eating habits. One common misperception is that you must eliminate dairy from your diet. Actually, by following simple tips for management, you can return to confidently eating the dairy foods you love.

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Embrace Childhood with Fun & Flavors of Winter
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As a kid, the winter season was always a special time of year filled with snow days, ice-skating, favorite movies and fun board games. Bringing back carefree moments from winters past can be as easy as gathering together family and friends for game night and sipping your favorite wintertime drink – hot chocolate.

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Make Your Winter Party POP
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As your winter schedule is sure to be packed with gatherings that bring family and friends closer, have plenty of treats that are gentle on the waist and wallet. Sweet, spicy, salty or with an Asian twist — any way you pop it — popcorn is a satisfying snack suitable for every chilly weather occasion.

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Holding On To Your Car
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) While driving a new vehicle off the lot may sound tempting, the financial commitment it brings is not an option for most families.

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How Flexible Spending Accounts Make Healthcare Affordable
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help make healthcare more affordable and yet they have gotten a bad rap due to the common misconception that you forfeit what you don’t use. But did you know that the IRS modified the “Use It or Lose It” rule in 2013, and now allows up to $500 in unused funds to be rolled over to the following year? You can now experience the benefits of this great pre-tax benefit without risking the loss of any of your hard earned money.

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Make 2015 Your Year to Improve Financial Fitness
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Lose weight, quit smoking, find a new job and get out of debt…does this sound familiar? Millions of Americans will resolve to change their lives in the New Year, but few will stick with their goals. 

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Navigating the Auto Parts Store
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Like most families, you are likely looking for ways to stretch your budget. One of the best ways to do so is by investing in the maintenance and care of your vehicle. For those looking to increase the life of their car, the solution can be found at the local auto parts store.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
With Help From Chile, Blueberries Stay Fresh All Winter
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - They're delicious, nutritious and versatile. They're naturally fat-free, high in vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidants. Americans love them in cereals, salads, sauces and as toppings and by the handful, but when winter comes around, many people assume fresh blueberry season is over.

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Food As Fuel: Chia Supports Active Lifestyles
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the goal of Americans who want to stay in shape and avoid health challenges such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that supports regular exercise is important, and that’s the reason many active people turn to chia as a natural source of energy.

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Monday 01/05/2015
'Moo-ve Over Alternatives, Milk Packs a Nutrient Punch
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Soy, rice, and almond milk. Are these non-dairy milks giving you the nutrients you need? The truth is, not all milk alternatives have the same nutrients as real milk, so it’s important to know what you are getting in each glass.

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Stay Healthily Hydrated This Winter
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.

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What’s Your Kitchen Style?
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful in their own way. But which is the style you would choose for your own home?

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When Planning Meals, Think Frozen
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Research from the Journal of Nutrition found that nearly 80 percent of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts of fruit, and nearly 90 percent do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables.  While a variety of factors may contribute to this low consumption, including cost and convenience, a recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen fruits and vegetables.

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Consumers Seek Benefits of Small Business
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As shoppers grab their wallets and purses to purchase goods and products for their families and homes, many will opt for local businesses and mom and pop establishments instead of their big-box competitors.

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One Woman’s Story: Living and Helping Others with Inherited Lung Disorder
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic bronchitis are often associated with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, they are also symptoms of a serious genetic form of emphysema called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, also known as Alpha-1.

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Give Up Gluten, But Not All Grains
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Whether for medical reasons or by choice, consumer interest in gluten-free foods is on the rise. The U.S. market for gluten-free foods is expected to exceed $6.6 billion by 2017, signaling the practice of cutting consumption of wheat, barley and rye has gone mainstream.

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Monday 12/29/2014
Expert Tips For Discovering Your Family's History
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like many Americans, you have questions about your family history. Now, genealogy experts Kenyatta Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco from “Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS offer some advice for researching your family’s history:

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Warm Up With Exciting Meals from Your Pantry
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

There’s nothing quite like heart-warming comfort food to beat winter’s chill. And there’s no need for a trek to the supermarket or to resort to the takeout menu drawer. Some of the best and most flavorful ingredients are already in your pantry. That’s right…the canned foods in your pantry.

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Breakfast and Beyond
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) A great day starts with a balanced breakfast filled with healthy ingredients fit for the whole family. Enticing the youngest family members to enjoy as many food groups as possible at the morning meal – including veggies – may be challenging, but it’s an important step to ensuring a well-rounded diet all day long.

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Winter & Wine
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Winter is a great time to experiment with new culinary creations that incorporate the bold flavors of wine for delicious results. Nothing pleases the senses quite like a comfort food dish on a chilly evening. If you’re planning a menu for just you and your mate, a small group of close friends or a full-blown dinner party, stock up on great wine selections to complete the menu.

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Cure Cravings with Satisfying Snacks
Updated: December 29, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When a snack attack hits you, your mood may influence the flavor you crave. Taking a more mindful approach will let you savor what you eat and give you a more satisfying snack experience.

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Baby MythConceptions
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

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5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

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Young at Heart
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

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Time-Saving Holiday Entertaining Tips
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) When entertaining guests this holiday season, the last thing you want to do is run around last-minute, prepping your table and cleaning. This year, try some simple tips so you can spend more time enjoying the season with friends and family. 

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Choosing a Kid-Friendly Cell Phone
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) From connecting with friends to playing interactive games, a mobile device presents endless entertainment to kids of every age. With children getting their first cell phone at a younger age than ever before, it’s important to make sure they stay safe by investing in a kid-friendly phone and keeping tabs on their activity. From ensuring there is fun content to using new applications which limit their exposure to undesirable content, there are many considerations to take into account when purchasing a phone for your child.

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Resolve to Get Healthier
Updated: January 03, 2015 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Diets don’t work.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

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Party Plates
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) For many hosts and hostesses, planning a holiday gathering involves many details and careful planning of everything from the tablecloths to the dessert plates. Free yourself from this stress, and focus your attention on creating a holiday menu that includes plenty of tasty bites, sweet eats and flavorful drinks. Focus on the food and watch all the details fall into place, making your festive celebration the most memorable event of the year.

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Bake Away the Winter Blues
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When the weather outside turns frightful, baking homemade treats will be so delightful. Whether it's with friends, the kids or even by yourself, making treats is a great way to keep warm and active when snowed in.

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Powerhouse Potatoes
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) The average person’s caloric needs have decreased since the 20th century when lifestyles were more active, yet nutritional needs are generally the same. Getting the nutrition you need without consuming too many calories can be as simple as incorporating nutrient-dense foods, such as potatoes, into your diet.

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Fresh, Fruity Party Flavors for New Year’s
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As you gather to ring in the New Year, give your celebration an extra kick by offering your guests an array of mouthwatering refreshments. Don’t be afraid to borrow inspiration for sweet, tangy and refreshing flavors from unexpected places, such as the produce department.

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