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Cooking Tasty, Low-Salt Holiday Meals
Holiday spreads are often loaded with tradition and, traditionally, too much salt. To keep your cooking festive without losing favor, try the following:
●● When making stufng, swap the salt for some rosemary.
●● Go ahead and pass the potatoes. Just be sure to season them with garlic, onion, paprika or sage instead of salt.
●● Use fresh or frozen, rather than canned veggies, which pack a lot of sodium. If you do choose canned vegetables, buy the “no-salt-added” variety.
●● To spice up a main dish starring lean meats or poultry, consider adding bay leaves, lemons or curry.
●● Add some kick to sauces with a dash of paprika, basil or dry mustard.
●● Reduce the sodium in favorite recipes by using unsalted varieties of broths, sauces and nuts.
It’s Flu Shot Season Again: What’s New
Coping with the fu is never easy. But when you have heart failure, there’s an even bigger chance that the fu could cause other serious problems. For example, it might lead to pneumonia.
Getting a fu shot is the best way to guard against the fu. This year, the fu shot protects against 2009 H1N1 and two strains of seasonal fu. To lower your risk for fu-related health problems, take these three easy steps:
1. Reduce the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And minimize your contact with people who are sick.
2. Seek medical care, if needed. If you do catch the fu, antiviral medications might help. But you have to act quickly – these medications work best within two days of getting sick.
3. Avoid contact with others if you have the fu.
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Do you also need a pneumococcal vaccine this year? Our Nurse Health Coaches can help you fnd out if it’s recommended for you. To speak with one, call (800) 288-2902.