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Maria Loi, the celebrity Greek chef, says that the country's holiday celebrations begin on Christmas Eve around 7 p.m.

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You’ll get plenty of satisfying protein (9 grams per 1/2 cup) and fiber (8 grams per 1/2 cup) from lentils, both of which promote a healthy digestive system. They’re full of iron and folate, too. You can easily swap lentils for the meat in many recipes, like tacos, burgers and Bolognese sauce. Pair lentils with other plant-based proteins like whole grains and walnuts to form a “complete” protein. One cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein.

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Walnuts are the only nuts that provide a significant amount of the essential plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ALA (2.5 grams per 1-ounce serving), and also contain protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams). A systematic review from Harvard also found that a diet supplemented with anywhere from 5 to 24% of calories from walnuts resulted in a significantly greater decrease in total cholesterol. We love walnuts in everything from energy bars and breakfast bowls to soups, salads and pasta.

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These are a great source of fiber and protein; nuts and seeds also provide healthy fats and antioxidants. Eat a serving of legumes (½ cup, cooked) — found in hummus or lentil soup — at least twice a week and a small portion of nuts daily (about 1 tablespoon, or 10 to 12 almonds or walnut halves).

Work. Family. Money. Traffic. The list of things stressing us out these days seems to be getting longer every day. If all that stress is making you feel a bit foggy in the mornings when you are trying to jump-start your day, know that you are not alone. But there are foods that can help you power up your cognitive engines and bolster your healthy diet. Check out this list of four foods that can help fuel your brain.

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We dietitians hear this question a lot: "What's the healthiest type of nut?" Well, just like with other food groups, there is no single nut that reigns supreme. Each type has a unique array of nutrients and phytochemicals.

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Q: I am trying to eat more nuts as part of my effort to eat healthier. Is one kind of nut healthier than others? A: Many studies have found that people with higher nut consumption have improved cardiovascular risk factors and lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

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When it comes to healthy skin, what you eat matters. In addition to staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen, make sure you get plenty of these foods in your diet for glowing, healthy skin. Probiotics do more than just heal your gut, says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin.

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When the claro walnut timber, mirrored glass and burnished brass barcart for $10,450 is out of reach, there's always the Psychic Vampire Repellent spray-able elixir, a mist that uses a combination of "gem healing" and aromatic oils to "banish bad vibes," $28, from Paper Crane Apothecary.

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