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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).

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Nuts like walnuts are a good source of polyunsaturated fats — heart-healthy fats that play a key role in improving your total cholesterol ratio. And if you're not a fan of fish, good news: Walnuts offer omega-3 fatty acids too.

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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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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Creamy and tangy walnut-encrusted goat cheese and crisp Granny Smith apple, dressed with a white balsamic vinaigrette, make a winning combo.

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What are you doing to help improve your health? Use these 17 tips to make 2017 a healthy year.

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