5 Healthy Food Gift Ideas

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Want to bring a little good cheer into a friend’s life? Here’s our list of five healthy food gift ideas that will make everyone happier (including you, because giving is a great feeling).

1. Walnuts

It may sound like a boring gift, but did you know that eating 12 halves of walnuts daily could increase your lifespan up to 20 percent?! Munching on this healthy snack 30 minutes before mealtime is an effective way to control appetite and keep your arteries clear! Pair a half  pound bag of walnuts with some of the below gifts, or give them to family members as a stocking stuffer!

2. Dark Chocolate

Yes, you read that right! Gift a half pound of dark, 70 percent cacao chocolate as a healthy present this holiday season! One ounce daily can reduce heart attack and stroke risk by 30 percent, while preventing some cancers. This gift also pairs well with some of the other gift suggestions like walnuts, coffee and wine.

3. Coffee

Coffee has many health benefits, so consider adding some java to your gift list this year! Your daily dose of coffee (three cups) can cut stroke risk by 30 percent and may help prevent some cancers, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes. This makes a great gift on its own, or paired with dark chocolate.

4. Wine

A bottle of red wine makes a great gift, and even has health benefits! Wine boosts the “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein, and reduces the “bad” cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, keeping everything from the brain to sexual functions up and running.

5. Garlic goodness

Garlic-infused olive oil delivers an immune-boosting, heart-healthy flavor and keeps your joints healthy! This is a great gift for the cook in the family, or any foodie friends, and is easy to find. This is also a great gift to pair with some fresh bread and maybe even a bottle of wine.

This content originally appeared on the website of HCA partner sharecare.com.

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Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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5 Healthy Foods That Peak In The Fall

iStock_37218270_MEDIUM.jpgStudies show that only slightly more than 25% of American adults eat their vegetables. While this may not be surprising, it should be concerning. It is recommended that adults in the U.S. eat between 1.5 and 2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. By eating the suggested amount of produce each day, you can reduce your risk of some chronic health conditions.

When selecting fruits and vegetables, it’s important to choose what’s in season. So what fruits and vegetables should you be looking for during fall? Below are a few foods that peak during the fall season.

Pears

Known to reduce, or even prevent, the development of asthma and various forms of disease, pears are rich in antioxidants and can help prevent inflammation. They are an excellent source of fiber and come in at only 100 calories for an average-sized fruit.

Brussels Sprouts

While many people remember Brussels sprouts as “that green veggie Mom made you eat,” they are actually a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin C. They are known for keeping your immune system healthy, fighting inflammation.

Kiwi

One of the best sources of vitamin C is kiwi, offering more vitamin C than an orange. This tiny fruit is also known to lower the amount of stress hormones in your body and to boost your immune system. Additionally, eating kiwi with the skin on can provide more antioxidants than eating it skinless.

Pumpkin

Fall wouldn’t feel the same without pumpkin. Aside from being delicious in pies, coffee and other fall favorites, pumpkin is also full of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. Their seeds are also a great way to get protein, iron, B vitamins, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Kale

At only 36 calories per cup, kale is often called a super food. That same cup also packs vitamin A, vitamin C and more than 1,000% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. The nutrients may help lower your risk of certain types of disease.

For more information on family safety, helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care Center blog regularly. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.