Three Things

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1. Vitamin D has become one of the most supplemented vitamins in recent years. New research has shown that higher levels of vitamin D correspond to a reduced risk of cancer. The Institute of Medicine recommends a target of 20 ng/mL as an adequate blood level of vitamin D. This can be achieved through daily exposure to sunlight. You can always kill two birds with one stone by exercising outside now that the weather is getting warmer. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 IU. Good food sources of vitamin D include tuna, milk and yogurt, liver (but who eats liver?), egg yolks, and cheese.

2. Do you buy organic produce? While I try to avoid organic products due to their price, I do follow the Dirty Dozen. This is a list of produce that you should try to always buy organic to reduce the amount of pesticides in your food. This year the list includes: strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. There is also the Clean Fifteen which is a list of produce that tends to have the least amount of pesticides. Therefore, I buy them conventional and save some cash at the grocery store.

3. I love a good snack bar. I tend to look for bars that are lowest in sugar, higher in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. I found a ranking of snack bars by their nutritional value. My favorite Kind bars make the list tied for sixth place. There are even several flavors of Kind bars that boast less than 5 or 4 grams of sugar. Have you tried any of the bars on the list? What do you think?!

Raquel

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