• By Jennifer O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

April 27, 2015

HousecallBanner1High Fiber Bowl of Cereal with Strawberries, Blueberries and AlmondsTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Healthy breakfast: Quick, flexible options
Short on time in the morning? You don't have to skip breakfast. These fast and healthy foods can help you start your day off right.

Cholesterol-lowering supplements: Lower your numbers without prescription medication
Diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol. Should you take a cholesterol-lowering supplement, too?

Electronic cigarettes: A safe way to light up?
More and more teens are using electronic cigarettes. Makers say they're safe, but experts warn of health risks.

Apple cider vinegar for weight loss
Proponents tout apple cider vinegar as a weight-loss aid, but there's little proof that it works.

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Exercising helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness
Slide show: 7 fingernail problems not to ignore

Pork chops with black currant jam sauce

Spicy red cabbage
Grapes and walnuts with lemon sour cream sauce

Snack attack? Try these 100-calorie snacks
Healthy snacks can satisfy your hunger and keep you from eating extra helpings at your next meal, which can lower total daily calories. Snacks can also supply afternoon energy and extra nutrients. If you're trying to lose weight, try these 100-calorie snacks: 1 cup sliced bananas and fresh raspberries; 2 cups of carrots; 3 1/2 cups air-popped popcorn; 5 rye or pumpernickel crackers; 2 tablespoons of peanuts; 2 domino-sized slices of low-fat colby or cheddar cheese.

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.

Nutrition-wise: New app helps reduce food waste     
If you've ever grabbed food from the fridge only to find that it was past the expiration date, this app is for you.