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Friday 12/19/2014
What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking habits of people across the country, discover how your own snacking habits compare, and enjoy some new snack ideas.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Expert Advice on Enticing Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—As many parents know, kids can be picky eaters. And according to a recent study, moms are concerned that their kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.

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Bring The Ultimate Super Bowl Halftime Show To Your Hometown
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
'Tis the Season to be Active
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Binge-Watching Becomes A New Holiday Tradition
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it's "Elf," "Miracle on 34th Street" or "Christmas Vacation," it seems that everyone has a favorite holiday movie or TV special they've made a part of their holiday traditions. According to a recent omnibus survey conducted by Research Now for Roku, Inc., maker of the popular streaming platform for Roku players and Roku TV, 75 percent of Americans plan to watch holiday movies and TV specials this season. But gone are the days when holiday movies and specials aired once or twice during the season and families had to plan their schedules to watch them on broadcast TV.

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Tips On Starting A More Nutritious Lifestyle
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—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.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Viewers Can Enjoy TV When And Where They Want
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for TV fans who find their hectic schedules interrupt their TV viewing schedule. The nation’s TV service providers and networks have partnered to bring their TV subscribers “TV Everywhere.” You no longer have to fret over missing your favorite shows because of a canceled flight, an extended commute or a delayed doctor’s appointment. The TV Everywhere viewing experience offers the convenience of watching TV where you want, when you want, on the best screen available at the time. Start by going to your provider website or download the apps, sign in, and enjoy watching TV on a mobile device, inside or outside the home.

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Delightful Ham Dishes to Warm Up Winter
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) While winter brings chilly temperatures and longer nights, there’s nothing that can bring a family together like a warm meal.

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Smart Choices for Life
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.

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Classics Reinvented
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When you are looking for a taste of yesteryear this holiday season, look no further than your pantry for a staple you can incorporate into holiday meals, including snacks, breakfast, the big dinner and even desserts. Instant white or brown rice and multi-grain blends provide easy ways to put a fresh twist on traditional recipes your family knows and loves.

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Sparkling DIY Fashion for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) If you're looking for a fashion-forward way to get festive this holiday season, look no further than your own closet, where you can find outdated pieces to transform and add sparkle to your holiday wardrobe.

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Wrap Up Your Holiday Gift Giving
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Feature) Stock up on pretty paper, ribbons, boxes and bows — the holiday season is here. This gift guide offers an assortment of unique ideas to help you mark those recipients off your list. Use it, and you’ll have your seasonal shopping duties all wrapped up in no time.

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Save Time on Holiday Meal Prep
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With so many holiday dishes requiring time-consuming special preparation, you may find yourself looking for ways to shave a little time. The key is to buy back precious minutes without sacrificing the taste and quality your loved ones expect when they gather for the big holiday feast.

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Avoid Identity Theft this Holiday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With the popularity of online shopping and the willingness to offer personal information in exchange for deep discounts, consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud during the holiday season.

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Make Your Meal a Holiday Hit
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) A memorable holiday meal always comes down to the mouthwatering meals served by the host. This season, impress family and friends with three traditional courses many come to expect at such a gathering: a juicy bird, a hearty side and a sweet ending. Featuring flavor-packed herbs, spices and the freshest ingredients, these recipes allow you to serve up the very best of the season to those you love.

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A Complete Holiday Table
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Nothing pleases the senses like a home filled with family, friends and the welcoming aroma of a holiday meal.

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Holiday Lighting 101
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.

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Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

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Easy Painted Sugar Cookies
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Paint iconic holiday-themed designs onto frosted sugar cookies using Flavor Paints – a delicious mix of extract and food color. McCormick’s Easy Painted Sugar Cookies guide makes it easy to turn simple sugar cookies into personalized place settings and gifts. Little elves can write their names on cookies while adults paint everything from presents and pine trees to snowmen and Santa Claus.

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The Ultimate Guide to Great Giving
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Feature) Brighten up the holiday of those you love with these thoughtful gift ideas. Now you have everything you need to wrap up the seemingly endless quest for the right holiday gifts. Use this handy guide to select the perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

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Why Sleeping Through the Holidays is a Good Thing
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Battling crowded shopping centers. Purchasing last minute gifts. Party preparations. Travel arrangements. Hosting family. In addition to cheer and excitement, the holidays also seem to bring never-ending “to do” lists that often cause you to sacrifice basic needs in order to check off every task. One of the first things many people give up is a good night’s sleep – not knowing the crucial role that it plays in staying healthy throughout the holiday rush.

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Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 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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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

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Low-Price Gifts for High-Tech Lovers
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.

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This Holiday, Be Festive and Fashion Forward
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.

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Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Wholesome, Portable Fun
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—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.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Resolve to Learn More about Wine in 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Have you always wanted to learn about wine? In 2015, consider expanding your knowledge of wine as a great New Year's resolution.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Soup and Sides to Warm Up Holidays
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The best holiday meals have sides that are warm, comforting and satisfying — like your family’s favorite mashed potatoes. This year, bring potatoes to the table in three new ways with recipes that can be easily made with little fuss. Gathering everyone together is easy when you serve side dishes prepared with quality ingredients, such as Hungry Jack potatoes. Invite guests to taste the traditional flavors of the season in a whole new light with these crowd-pleasing recipes:

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Dress Up Your Party for the Holidays
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Delicious food, fine wine, friends and family. These are a few of everyone’s favorite things during the holiday season.

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Beef Up Your Holidays
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For many families, gathering around the table is as treasured a holiday tradition as gathering around the tree to exchange gifts with loved ones. With universal appeal, cuts of tender, juicy beef are ideal for a wide range of family-friendly dishes — from appetizers to special occasion holiday entrees.

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Dinner Tips for Picky Eaters
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When it comes to promoting a healthy diet, it can be difficult to convince children to eat their fruits and vegetables. The last thing you want to do is take away from quality family time by persuading picky eaters to complete a nutritious meal, especially at the dinner table.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season with Lobster
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a time of celebration – and there’s no better way to make the season’s celebrations extra delicious than with seafood, particularly lobster. Whether you’re hosting a holiday cocktail party, enjoying a casual meal or gathering family and friends for a feast, lobster makes a great addition to any holiday menu.

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How to Host a Hot Winter Party
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) If cooler temps have you feeling blue, there's no better time for a party with family and friends to lift your spirits.

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Tree-ific Holiday Treats with Kids
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For many adults, the holidays are transformed by the chance to experience the wonders of the season through the eyes of children. There's no better way to elicit a merry twinkle all around than by creating festive holiday treats together in the kitchen.

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Simply Savory Holiday Traditions
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) The time has come to begin planning your holiday celebrations – filled with tasty food and happy guests.

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Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

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Make Holiday Wishes Come True
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a magical time and there are some simple ways to share in the season’s spirit of goodwill and generosity.

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Friday 12/05/2014
A Party In Minutes
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—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:

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Turn Leftover Vegetables into Flavorful Soup
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Make the most of leftover vegetables this winter by using them to create a soothing, flavorful soup in four easy steps.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Pop Up Wintertime Fun
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Often defined as a time of quiet hibernation, winter is, in fact, one of the busiest times of the year. Consider the numerous celebratory occasions that begin with the harvest and continue on through the holidays and beyond, not to mention all the fun and frosty get-togethers prompted by skiing, skating and sledding.

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Bake Like a Pro for the Holidays with Chef-Worthy Desserts
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—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).

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Tips for cafe-quality coffee without leaving your kitchen
Posted: December 04, 2014

(BPT) - A great coffee maker can go a long way toward crafting the perfect cup of coffee at home. A high-quality machine is just one part of the equation.

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One Last Indulgence Before Your New Year's Resolutions Kick In
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) After weeks of yuletide indulgence, it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Before jumping the gun on a regimen of deprivation, indulge one last time.

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Get to Know Your Food Additives for Culinary Greatness
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Sometimes it's the smallest ingredient in a meal that makes it stand out -- the briny bite of pickle on a sandwich, perfectly light, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes or freshly cracked pepper atop fluffy scrambled eggs. The hallmarks of all these favorites are simple but essential ingredients: vinegar, baking soda and spices.

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5 nutrition myths you won't believe are false
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Sensationalized nutrition headlines are everywhere, leaving consumers confused and overwhelmed at supermarkets, restaurants and even in their own kitchens. Referred to as “sound-bite science,” much of the media reporting simplifies, sensationalizes and tailors headlines to get clicks or tune-ins. As a result, consumers may miss critical information about the studies themselves. With almost 50 percent of consumers trusting media statements on health benefits in food, as foodinsights.org states, it is increasingly important for health professionals to assist consumers in reaching fact-based conclusions about new science.

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Monday 12/01/2014
Gifts For Work That Are Convenient And Tasty
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:32 am

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

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Pork: The Meat for the Modern Holiday
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Today, some holiday celebrations might look and feel a little more modern and a little less traditional – maybe you’re getting together on the day everyone can make it; maybe you’re celebrating Christmas more than once; you might be firing up the grill instead of the oven; or perhaps you’re swapping the classic centerpiece entree for a more updated meal.

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