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Eat mindfully and healthfully with the help of DL Library

We all get way too much junk mail, but once in awhile when glancing through the heaping run across something interesting.

There was a recent mass mailing from Blue Cross Blue Shield called "You and Blue." The cover story was "More Fruits and Veggies? You Bet Your Life."

Anyone that gardens read this with a smile on his or her face. According to the article, there is growing support for eating a "garden-variety diet-one rich in fruits and vegetables." The article outlined all the health benefits that may occur from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

Did you know that it can help protect against several types of cancer, reduce the risk of developing heart disease and the likelihood of heart attack or stroke, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, prevent type-2 diabetes, and help manage weight? We at Detroit Lakes Library want to help you live a healthy life. We have an immense collection of materials to serve a variety of dietetic needs:

"The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," put out by Oxmoor House. The 150 recipes inside are designed to be as satisfying as they are good for you. Also included is an interactive guide that presents a new philosophy of eating based on the latest evidence about the disease-fighting properties of many foods?

"Fruit: The Ripe Pick," by T. M. Gorman. This quick reference guide of 50 fruits will teach you how to use your sense of sight, touch, and smell to check for ripeness, ensure optimal quality, and make the best choice with every purchase. You will learn: the best ways to select fruit, what to avoid in fruit selection, proper fruit storage, basic nutritional content, peak season, popular varieties, intriguing history and trivia.

"Hypertension Cookbook," by American Medical Association. Sixty delicious, easy-to-use recipes. Simple tips for controlling your cholesterol and staying fit. This book includes helpful meal planning strategies and updates on potent disease fighting ingredients.

"How to Cook Everything Vegetarian," by Mark Bittman. "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" is packed with more than 2,000 recipes and variations-an unprecedented number of ways for you to enjoy satisfying meals without missing the meat.

Don't feel dejected if you are on a special diet like gluten-free, diabetic, lactose-free or vegan. Here is a sample of titles for you: "The Gluten Connection" by Shari Lieberman, "Secrets of Lactose-Free Cooking" by Arlene Burlant, "Being Vegan" by Joanne Stepaniak, and "Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Diabetic Cookbook."

We invite you to come to Detroit Lakes Library to start or continue your quest to reach optimal health.

Library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at