Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted fruits and vegetables

It seems like the sentence “Eat your vegetables!” has been uttered from health experts down through time. Why? Because, packed with vitamins and nutrients, they’re good and good for you! They also can be prepared affordably and simply; it often doesn’t take much more than the right seasoning and cooking method to bring out their natural flavor. This recipe scores on all counts and offers up a fall-ish mix of root veggies for the table (this time, beets, sweet potatoes, and turnips), at just 260 calories per serving.

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Mediterranean Baked Fish

Light and moist, the zesty flavor medley of the Mediterranean comes through in this perfect summer fish dish for family and friends. Using garlic, onion, tomato, and the other herbs (along with a good olive oil) eliminates the need for salt and more fat. It’s just 177 calories with 4 grams of fat per serving (plus only 1 gram of saturated fat), 281 mg. sodium, and only 56 grams of cholesterol.

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Kid-Friendly Rainbow Fruit Platter

This is a fun and easy recipe that gets the kids “cooking,” so build these together in just about 30 minutes for a healthy crowd-pleaser. The choice of fruit is up to you, so choose your favorites or simply substitute. A one-cup serving is just 80 calories and just 15 grams of sugar, as shown. If anyone is allergic to certain fruits (like strawberries), just leave them out and substitute!

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When in Doubt, Throw It Out

No matter how much you might be craving that leftover potato salad, if it’s past its prime, don’t dine.

Each year, one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning from the Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli bacteria in spoiled food. That’s 48 million cases annually with 128,000 hospitalizations (and 3,000 deaths).

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Say “Buzz Off” to Mosquitos That Carry Disease

Mosquitos and summer go hand in hand, as the days are longer and activities can stretch from the early morning into dusk. The longer time spent outdoors, the more exposure we have to annoying dive-bomber mosquitos and other bugs that bite. But some mosquitos can pose a real danger to humans and pets, especially when they carry either the West Nile virus or the Zika virus — diseases like that can’t be prevented with a vaccine or medication. That’s why protection is key, if we want to enjoy the season as planned.

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