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All of the delicious guacamole flavors you love in a healthy veggie-packed salad. Want to pump up the protein? Add leftover roast chicken or sauteed shrimp.

"Some people don’t realize their bodies need so many fruits and vegetables to be healthier and to stay heart-healthy,” she said. 

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Feed your dog additional calories if he spends a lot of time outdoors. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so more calories are necessary.

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"Even if you aren't going anywhere except to the dining room table for school, planning is important," said Kristi King, senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson.

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“Superfood” has become a frequently used marketing term, but Blatner says the term is overused, and points out that it may be found on the packages of highly processed foods that just happen to contain a superfood ingredient. “Since there is no legal definition, it’s definitely a buyer-beware situation,” Blatner said. She said it’s important to read the list of ingredients on the label to make food decisions, and offers this tip: “Most superfoods don’t come in a package or have a label.”

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One purported health benefit attached to many superfoods is that they offer protection against metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels — that increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However, these claims are frequently not strongly supported by scientific evidence, especially not by controlled human intervention trials.

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