• By Jen O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

June 8, 2015

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Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress
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HEALTHY RECIPES
Chicken stir-fry with eggplant and basil
Artichokes alla Romana
Yellow pear and cherry tomato salad
Almond and apricot biscotti

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Think outside the cereal box
If you skip breakfast because you're tired of the same old thing, let lunch or dinner be your inspiration. Instead of dry cereal or toast, top a microwaved potato with broccoli and grated Parmesan cheese. Or try a whole-wheat sandwich with lean meat and low-fat cheese. Leftover vegetable pizza, vegetable chili or a whole-wheat pita stuffed with water-packed tuna and cucumbers are also good options. With a little creativity, breakfast can be healthy, convenient and fun, especially if you think outside the box.

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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