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Preserve the nutrients and colors in veggies. Cook them quickly by steaming or stir-frying.

Use herbs, vinegar, tomatoes, onions and/or fat-free or low-fat sauces or salad dressings for better health, especially if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Use your time and your freezer wisely. When you cook once, make it last longer by preparing enough for several other meals. Freeze it and have a ready-made healthy treat for the next time you are simply too tired to bother.

A smoothie can cover a multitude of needs. Throw a banana (you can keep them in the freezer for weeks) into your blender along with frozen berries, kiwi or whatever fruit is around, some orange or other 100% juice, some fat-free or low-fat yogurt. You can get 4–5 servings of fruit in one glass of yummy shake. Try getting your loved one to sip on a smoothie. It’s easy, cool, refreshing and healthy.

Prepared seasonings can have high salt content and increase your risk for high blood pressure. Replace salt with herbs and spices or some of the salt-free seasoning mixes. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add flavor.

10 Things You Need to Know About Sunscreen

woman in sunhat purchasedDon’t let last week’s spring snow fool you. Warm weather is definitely on its way. Unfortunately, those sunny skies can do a whole lot of damage to your skin if you don’t protect yourself with a good sunscreen (seriously, this is non-negotiable!). To help you choose the right one and to make sure you soak up the sun responsibly, follow these 10 important tips.

Know Your Number

All sunscreens are labeled with an SPF number, which tells you how long you can safely stay in the sun before burning and how well it protects you from the sun’s UVB rays, which cause sunburn. SPF ratings are NOT an indicator of protection from UVA rays, which are responsible for aging.

How frequently you must reapply sunscreen is different for everyone, depending on your skin’s natural protection. To determine how long a particular product will protect you, multiply the amount of minutes you can stay in the sun before turning pink (5-10 min) by the SPF factor. It’s always advisable to reapply before your protection wears off.

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