About half of women who have been through menopause suffer from vaginal dryness or discomfort, which can interfere with their ability to enjoy sex. The women's health experts at Massachusetts General Hospital have published research showing that safe, effective treatments can make a big difference.
It may come as no surprise to you, but meat and processed grain make up a good portion of many people's diets. And while that steak dinner may hit the spot after a long day, incorporating more vegetables and whole grains into your diet is important for your overall health.
Replacing even just one meal a week with a plant-based meal can have a positive impact and help you focus on your health goals. To start, try these four protective foods:
Beans are a great meat substitute. They provide zinc, iron and protein, and they are an excellent fiber source.
Tip: Use them as a meatless sandwich spread (hummus) or crunchy snack (dried chickpeas).
Try this: Baked Chickpea Nuts from EatingWell
2) Red Peppers
Orange and red vegetables provide vitamin A to support your immune system.
Tip: Stuff peppers with last night’s leftovers (e.g., stir fry) and add roasted red peppers to sandwiches and salads.
Try this: Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice from EatingWell
Dark green vegetables contain carotenoids that may support brain health.
Tip: Fat enhances these protective compounds, so toss broccoli with oil and roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes for a quick dinner side.
Try this: Roasted Broccoli with Lemon from EatingWell
Whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, so instead of pasta or white rice, try quick-cooking bulgur.
Tip: Add 2 cups boiling water per cup of dried bulgur. Let sit for 25 minutes, then fluff with a fork. (Or try whole wheat couscous—it takes even less time.)
Try this: Bulgur with Ginger & Orange from EatingWell
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The Mass General Diabetes Center and AllWays Health Partners are pleased to announce an exciting new program, the PATH TO LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
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- Sep | 25 | 2019
Food is only one part of a healthy diet. Learn more about healthy eating from Ines Castro, BA, a pediatric health coach in the Raising Healthy Hearts Program, and Stephanie Harshman, PhD, RD, a registered dietitian and postdoctoral research fellow at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
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As the school year begins, Stephanie Harshman, PhD, RD, LD, clinical dietitian at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, offers simple back-to-school snack hacks.