• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Naps Aren’t Just for Kids

August 8, 2016

a young man stretched out on a couch, napping

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Creole shrimp
Roasted red pepper hummus
Ham and farro salad
Portobello and blue cheese salad

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Watch what you drink when dieting
When you're dieting, pay attention to what you drink, too. For instance, although juice and milk have important nutrients, they contain a lot of calories. Drink reduced-calorie juice or dilute juice with plain or sparkling water to help lower the calorie count. To help cut calories in milk yet still get your calcium, switch to fat-free milk. Water is still the best choice when it comes to satisfying thirst, though. And if you're hungry, snack on fresh fruit, not fruit juice.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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Only a few lifestyle choices have as big an impact on your health and longevity as physical activity. So get off the couch and get moving with these tips.

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