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Articles by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

NAPS)—If you’re like most people, you have your own personal rituals. Some people can’t start the day without their favorite newspaper, an early run or a warm shower. Personal rituals are comfortable and, in many cases, automatic. Unfortunately, a familiar ritual can sometimes turn into a bad habit. When you find yourself habitually reaching for junk food or scrolling through your phone before going to sleep, it may be time to re-evaluate your routine.

(NAPS)—While many find joy in the comfort foods of winter, spring provides a chance to embrace a fresh approach to your eating habits. The following tips will put a spring in your step and get you ready for this temperate season:

NAPS)—Friday nights are great for an evening in and even better with a movie. Whether it’s with family, friends or solo, there are a few essentials that will turn regular old movie night into the ultimate movie night.

The right movie

It’s all about the movie. Figure out ahead of time who’s going to be there and choose a movie based on your audience.

•  Family night–animation

•  Girl’s night–a chick flick

•  Couple’s night–a romcom

(NAPS)—These days, many Americans are embracing simplicity for a more balanced and joyful life. They’re cutting out the complications and focusing on what matters most—whether it’s spending time with family or prioritizing wellness.

If you’d like to enjoy the simple life, consider these four suggestions and this recipe:

(NAPS)—When the weather cools, a favorite pastime emerges: apple picking. Today, apples are used for more than just a delicious apple pie and one use in particular is catching the eyes of drinkers—hard cider. Hard cider is officially experiencing a renaissance here in the states, growing more than 400 percent since 2010, and is the perfect refreshment as the cooler months near.

(NAPS)—The humble cauliflower, often served swimming in cheese sauce, has been elevated to super vegetable in restaurants and homes across the country.

There are many reasons it deserves a regular rotation in your diet. For one, it’s packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps your body’s defenses. In addition, it contains an impressive array of other nutrients including folate, potassium, iron and dietary fiber, making it a nutritional powerhouse.

(NAPS)—If you’re like most people, you’re missing out on an important nutrient—but there’s a simple and simply delicious way to overcome that deficit.

The problem is lack of potassium. A potassium-rich diet has been linked, in several studies, to reduced risk for heart disease and stroke—the two leading causes of death among adults in the U.S. Yet an estimated 97 percent of adults are falling short of the recommended intake.

(NAPS)—A free trip to Spain is a delicious idea—and a new contest could make that dream a reality. Simply uncork your creativity and a bottle of Spanish wine, then develop a tasty dish in one of five categories:

1) Small Plates/Tapas. 2) Main Dish. 3) Side Dish, Soup or Salad. 4) Dessert. 5) Wine-Based Craft Cocktail.

U.S. citizens over 21 can enter the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest, presented by Tarantas Organic Wines—pure wines capturing the essence of Spain in every glass.

(NAPS)—Whether you’re having a big party, a romantic evening for two, a family dinner or you just want to treat yourself, duck is the ideal option.

Duck Today

(NAPS)—When getting together with family and friends, consider these four ideas for adding a bit of zest to any party:

1.      BBQ (Barbecue) Roast Turkey—For guests who simply must have turkey on the menu, serve it up barbecue style by adding barbecue sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to butter, lemon, garlic and onion.