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Healthy Living: Understanding Nasal Allergies

Do you have…

  •    A runny nose with a thin; watery discharge?
  •    Nasal itching and congestion?
  •    Red, itching eyes?
  •    Sneezing? 
  •    Drainage from your nose down the back of your throat? 

If so, you may be suffering from nasal allergies. Your Brookshire’s pharmacist can help you decide whether to see a

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Healthy Living: Green Tea Benefits

All natural teas are good for you: green, black, herbal and others. Green tea, though, has unique plant chemicals called antioxidants that may have anti-cancer properties! Besides containing immunity-boosting substances that can help celiac disease sufferers, now it looks like it’s even more amazing! Sip a cup of hot green tea, or enjoy a tall glass of iced green. However you like it, you can feel confident that you’re giving your health a boost every time you swallow!

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Healthy Living: Teas

Teas are refreshing and have healthy antioxidants. A nice cup of tea in the afternoon can help you resist sugar-filled sodas and fruit drinks.

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Healthy Living: Taste

Have you tried the blindfold taste test? It’s a great way to learn to like new foods. Try different versions of the same food—such  as canned, fresh and frozen green beans—and see which you prefer. Or try new fruits or grains that are new—and with a blindfold, the fun is intensified. The only way to know if you like it is to try it!

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Healthy Living: Beans

Beans are very high in fiber, and that may help control weight and help prevent or manage diabetes. Beans can also protect against colon cancer and heart disease. The National Institute of Medicine recommends 25 to 38 grams of fiber every day and most Americans get only 4 to 11 grams. One cup of beans provides about 15 grams. Go beans!!

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Healthy Living: Veggie Power!

Vegetables are a great source of gluten-free nutrition. Do you need some ideas on how to jazz them up a bit? How about roasting? Toss chopped veggies in a little olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven until they’re tender and golden.

Use Chile flakes, cumin and other herbs and spices to zip them up, too!

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Healthy Living: Eating Heart-Healthy Meals

What do you need to include in your diet, if you want it to be more heart-healthy? Doctors recommend these three points:

  1. Eat “good” fats rather than saturated and trans-fat containing foods.
  2. Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish and nuts
  3. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. 

These three strategies, along with physical activity, not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight, can prevent many of the cardiovascular diseases in our culture today.

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Healthy Living: Cook once, eat twice

When you have special dietary needs, you don’t want to be caught short at mealtimes; that’s when you’ll be tempted to veer off your eating plan! So be prepared by cooking extra food whenever you can. Whenever you’re fixing chicken breasts, make a few extra and keep in the fridge. You might even want to add a dash of Caesar dressing to the chicken as you put them in the plastic bag. The next night, all you need to do is warm them in the microwave, serve over greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for quick and easy Chicken Caesar salad!

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Healthy Living: Readers Share Their Favorites

One of our loyal shoppers and readers, Heather, shared some of her favorite gluten-free choices at Brookshire’s. She says she often finds people who are new to gluten-free eating are stumped on what to buy… and it’s comforting to know that there are mainstream  choices out there. 

Heather’s favorites include:

Chex mix cereals specially marked as gfree (My favorite is honey nut.)

Pamela’s pancake mix (These may need to be special-ordered. They make great pancakes & muffins.)

Van’s frozen waffles (These may need to be special-ordered. They come in buttermilk, apple cinnamon & blueberry.)

Frozen fruit/veggies (I use about a cup of frozen strawberries and Simply orange juice to make a smoothie in the morning.)

Fresh fruits & veggies

Pre-packaged salads (I like the organic prewashed salads available in tubs. Grab a handful, throw in some cheese, and bring your favorite gfree dressing to work for a quick lunch.)

OreIda frozen potatoes: zesty fries & shredded hash browns (I haven’t read all of the ingredients for their other products, but Ore Ida uses cornstarch instead of flour in these.)

LaChoy Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce


Kraft Cheese

Mission Corn Tortillas (Fry them with a little butter & lime juice – the only way they taste good. They make great tacos & enchiladas when fried like that. My husband and in-laws actually prefer the corn ones over flour now!)

Plain meats (frozen or fresh: chicken, fish, beef, turkey, pork – not processed.)

Dairy products: cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream; ice cream (I like Goldenbrook ice cream and sherbet the best – no cookie versions, though!)

Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay provides lists of products for specific allergies on their website!)

Corn chips (Frito Lay, blue corn, sweet potato; other natural versions)



Dried Fruit (Pick up some nuts & candy to make your own bags of trail mix.)


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Healthy Living: Lunch

One of the best things you can do to eat a diabetes-friendly diet is to pack your lunch—to school, to work or to eat at home. You can control the ingredients and the preparation, so you’ll know without a doubt how these foods fit into your plan. Eating at a restaurant is guesswork at best.

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