Gas stations, liquor stores allowed to snap up benefit money without providing extensive healthy food options

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(InvestigateTV/Gray News) – Driving through almost any town in rural America, gas stations have peculiar selections.

Of course, there’s the usual road trip fare: soda, chips and candy. Maybe a section of T-shirts with funny slogans or essentials for your car such as containers of oil and antifreeze.

But there’s often also the out-of-place package of ham in the beer cooler. A random few frozen meals tucked in near the bags of ice. Or an odd bunch of bananas in a basket at the checkout.

The reason in many cases: Stores are working to meet the minimum requirements to accept

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Healthy options, benefits, and what to avoid

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Starchy foods are an essential part of a nutritious diet. They are a vital source of energy and nutrition and provide the basis for a satisfying, balanced meal.

Starch is a type of carbohydrate consisting of glucose molecules. Glucose provides cells with energy and helps nerve cells in the brain function properly.

Starchy foods come in many forms, and people often consume them as staple foods in diets worldwide. Legumes, grains, and root vegetables are all examples of them.

A person with diabetes or high blood sugar may want to monitor their intake of starchy foods. This is because people

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West Side Groups Unite To Bring More Healthy Food Options To Austin

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AUSTIN — One day, instead of a food desert, Austin will be a food oasis with healthy restaurants and grocery stores or markets within walking distance.

The Austin Eats Initiative envisions this lofty future. It has united 22 West Side neighborhood groups dedicated to building an abundance of fresh markets, restaurants, community gardens and grocery stores in the neighborhood.

“The vision is everyone working together collaboratively to make sure everybody has a really healthy relationship with food,” said Ethan Ramsay, lead organizer at Austin Coming Together, the group leading the effort.

The initiative was born from the Austin Quality-of-Life Plan,

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Wicker Park Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Takes Aim at Mundane Plant-Based Options

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It’s a pandemic pivot fairy tale in Wicker Park for Rodolfo Cuadros, the owner and chef of Amaru, a popular Latin restaurant that opened in 2019 in neighboring Bucktown. As COVID-19 suspended indoor dining, Cuadros and other restaurant owners last year searched for new ways to generate more money. He would partially convert Amaru into a ghost kitchen for a new restaurant, Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen, cooking up a meat-free menu with global flavors.

“Our goal was to encourage families to try different and healthier foods,” Cuadros says.

Bloom became a pandemic hit and catered to folks with allergies. As meat

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Veggies-for-Veterans provides healthy food options for Veterans and community partners

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Phoenix area Veterans received sacks full of fresh produce thanks to a Shark Tank project and a host of sponsors, volunteers and VA staff.

Held five times a year at the Carl T. Hayden VA, Veggies-for-Veterans is a program started by Dr. Izabel Kozak, assistant chief of staff for Community Medicine, bringing together community partners to offer healthy food choices for Veterans.

“It’s a sight to see,” Kozak said. “The goal of our mobile-market is to help teach Veterans how to shop healthy and to encourage them to have healthy choices in their diet.”

Kozak learned of a Shark

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