Your Guide to Better Butter

Find out which butters are the best (and healthiest) to purchase at the grocery store.

Your Guide to Better Butter

By Toni Gasparis

Different types of butter are making a mark in supermarkets across the nation as delicious and creamy alternatives to your regular grocery store butter. Check out this list of delicious options to try on your favorite bread -- your taste buds won't be disappointed.

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Avocado Butter

If you want to get a dose of healthy fat in your diet, try making your own avocado butter at home. All you need is a ripe avocado, olive oil, and seasonings of your choice to whip up this delicious creation in a matter of seconds. You can try spreading it on a slice of toast, adding it to your morning eggs, or dipping sliced vegetables in it as well. The best part? Avocado butter has very little saturated fat and way fewer calories than regular butter so you can enjoy with abandon.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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