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Fall provides a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including orange-red persimmons. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in October and are available through December. If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimm…

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Has rising market volatility made you more cautious? Or are you concerned about this fall’s midterm elections and the possibility of more policy changes ahead? Selling stocks in reaction to election uncertainty has been the wrong move in the past – making it important to keep election politi…

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Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the …

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Kids’ school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it’s important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child’s education during the day while they ca…

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Jerk cooking dates back to the Carib-Arawak Indians who inhabited Jamaica in the 17th century. After capturing an animal and thoroughly cleaning it, the carcass was “jerked,” and the resulting holes were stuffed with a variety of spices. Hot peppers and herbs were plentiful on the island and…

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It’s been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world’s healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day. 

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As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a 5K or full marathon.

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My grandson Robby and I were driving along one of the most beautiful routes in New Mexico: State Road 117, south from Grants. Undulating bluffs and La Ventana Arch make for an enchanted landscape on the eastern side. To the west, the impenetrable and threatening lava flows of El Malpais, the…

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Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon, including thousands of children across the Albuquerque metro area. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.

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Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat. When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they e…

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Here’s good news about tasty treats: Adolescents at high risk for obesity significantly reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) by substituting peanuts and peanut butter for unhealthy snacks, according to a new USDA-funded study.

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On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are…

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The hope is my readers come away with the understanding that this column is my attempt to make gardening more enjoyable for the average homeowner. Navigating through the horticultural world can be intimidating, so having an expert simplify it is a good thing. 

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Even in the 21st century, with all of the high-tech gadgets that are available to monitor our health, a tape measure can be quite telling. We have seen the emergence of powerful electronic devices equipped with sophisticated sensors that check our heart rate, blood pressure, steps, etc. The …

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Obesity, with corresponding ailments such as heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, is a well-chronicled public health issue and has many communities looking for ways to positively impact their residents.

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Sixty-eight percent of people want to lose 10 pounds or more, according to a recent Harris Poll. So, should you focus on diet, exercise or both? When it comes to weight loss, the split should be roughly 80 percent what you eat, and 20 percent on exercise. The logic is simple, say experts.

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Rotisserie chickens are reasonably priced, convenient, come seasoned in a variety of ways and can be transformed into a multitude of quick and easy main-dish meals. 

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New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take toward their health goals, but there are other effective ways to improve your health — like adding probiotics to your daily regimen. You’ve likely heard of probiotics before, but do you know how they benefit your health and ho…

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Short of finding a way to strike it rich, saving money by seeking out spending reductions can still feel like a big win. Eliminating certain items from your grocery cart by using replacement items can earn you an increase on your bottom line.  

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When you take charge of your well-being, you feel healthier inside and out. Small efforts every day add up to a big impact. “By taking specific steps each day, you can optimize your beauty hormones,” says Dr. Shelena Lalji, medical advisor to Douglas Laboratories. “These hormones help boost …

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Another nominee for removing antiperspirant stains: meat tenderizer. Moisten the armpit area and then work in some meat tenderizer. Let it sit for five minutes, then launder in the hottest possible water.

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Here’s our tasty, family-friendly version of a “Minnesota Hotdish.” Hotdish, you say? If the term is new to you, think “casserole,” which is really the same thing — a baked main-dish combination of vegetables, meat and rice or potatoes, all mixed together with a cream sauce or canned soup. 

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“Nutrition is exciting. Just about every day there is new research about how certain foods work in our body,” says Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. “Over time as research is done, foods that were once considered unhealthy can be found to actually play a key role in…

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Many kids dislike the soft vegetables usually found in stew. If you’re having trouble getting your children to eat stew, try this saucy beef recipe — adapted from the wonderful cookbook “Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200-Plus Easy, Wholesome Recipes,” by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel. 

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Going to the grocery store hungry and cruising the store aisles while your stomach is growling could mean overbuying and bad news for your grocery budget. Here are a few more tricks that will help you cash in on savings when you are grocery shopping.

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Like many adults, I sometimes have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep serves critical functions and is necessary for optimal health. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to stress, depression, and mental and physical exhaustion. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

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Smoothie. It feels good just to say the word, doesn’t it? I used to think of the concoction of naturally sweet, fresh fruit flavors with crushed ice and yogurt as a magical summer thirst quencher, but with so many healthy and sometimes surprising add-ins nowadays — from kale to beets and avo…

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The optimum way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy when in season. They’ll be less expensive and at peak flavor. Keep this list to help you target the best deals this year.

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One thing I love about studying food is the insight that culinary traditions give you into history and culture. While researching the preparation for The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also know as The Vigil, which contains a unique way of preparing fish, I discovered a delicious recipe for Past…

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Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past – legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be…

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You may know Southwestern New Mexico for it’s million-acre forests and seemingly endless miles of desert, or perhaps you immediately think of Billy the Kid and hunting mule deer. But if you’re touring the Southwest and lack the inside scoop on where to dine, here are three deliciously wonder…

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Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by…

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The art of the roast is simple. Put a marshmallow on a stick and rotate slowly over coals just long enough to turn the white outside a toasty golden brown. But as all experienced marshmallow roasters know, one second too long and the luscious, caramelized crisp instantly turns charcoal black…

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As the nights lengthen and temperatures drop, it’s a time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season has to offer: Tailgating parties, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.

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Cranberries are an integral part of many holiday feasts, but their nutritious tastiness is worth having year-round. Like many fruits, cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and low in calories and fat. A fresh cup of these tangy berries has just 51 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 24 perc…

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Greet the new year with a showy, wintry dessert. It’s a take on traditional baked Alaska that you may have enjoyed at a fancy restaurant. This mini version is much easier, using fresh grapefruit in its own grapefruit “bowl” instead of cake, but still keeps the “wow” factor with billowing war…

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Stress. No one wants it, but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being; it is also hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes.

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As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, it's important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are three tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.

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Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans’ daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan.

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No matter how carefully I plan my Thanksgiving meal, I always end up with a lot of leftovers. This recipe for turkey tortilla casserole is the perfect way to use up leftovers from a holiday meal. Best of all, it can be prepared from start to finish in your slow cooker.

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Coming together for a shared meal is a simple yet important way for families to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious, healthy meal.

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The first time around, being a parent means learning a lot of new things and approaching each new stage with caution. The second time around, parents know sometimes you need to wing it and embrace the imperfections (and humor) of parenthood.

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Giving is the true spirit of the holiday season. However, in addition to gift-giving in the traditional sense, there are other meaningful ways to make a difference in your community and give back to those in need — including the 3.5 million people who experience homelessness each year, accor…

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City dwellers often think gardening is only for those who live in suburbs or rural communities, but planting an urban garden can be easy. Whether you are planting a garden for yourself or your family, you can do your part to create a more sustainable and green future.

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I know that fall and harvest time are finally here when the colors in the produce section are dominated by warm yellows, dark vibrant greens and rich orange pumpkin colors. Pumpkins are the ambassadors of autumn, ushering in the holiday season and the promise of cooler days and nights.

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Your backyard garden was a huge success this year — you grew a ton of fresh food, which not only saved you money at the grocery store but also ensured your family ate nutritious, great-tasting fruits and vegetables with every meal. But now that the growing season is coming to a close, you mi…

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Gathering guests around the grill is an easy way to entertain ... but what if some of your guests are vegetarians? Providing a barbecue menu that your vegetarian guests will enjoy is simple when using eggplant as the main course. The beauty of including vegetarian items on the grill is that …

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Bees are synonymous with pollination — and for good reason. Their size, shape and physical characteristics — fuzzy bodies that so effectively collect and transport pollen — make them efficient foragers. Additionally, they are conditioned to collect ample pollen to take back to their brood, a…