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Healthy eating is not a black and white issue. It’s shades of gray — and sweets are definitely in the gray area. It’s true, sugary-filled treats shouldn’t be a major part of your diet. However, there’s also no reason why they need to be banned entirely. In fact, for many, swearing off favorite treats may cause feelings of deprivation, which can lead to cravings and over-indulgence. That said, the key to enjoying treats is balance.

Springtime marks asparagus season, when they are easily available and reasonably priced. You’ ll want to select asparagus that are all the same thickness so they will cook evenly. Very fresh asparagus will have closed tips and slightly moist ends.

One skillet is all you need to create this satisfying, veggie-loaded breakfast (or dinner) dish. This skillet is packed with mushrooms, bell pepper and chard to help up your veggie count for the day and is topped with bacon, eggs, cheese, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro.

Warmer weather is finally here, which means it’s time to host a sweet outdoor gathering. Here are some affordable must-have products that will take your party to the next level for under 50 bucks. PennyGem’s Johana Restrepo has more.

A well-known Kentucky Republican has blasted the GOP’s push for transgender legislation. Former GOP state lawmaker Bob Heleringer calls it “a bad look for the party of Abraham Lincoln” in a radio ad. The ad comes days before lawmakers could vote to override the Democratic governor’s veto of the bill. A companion radio ad features Trey Grayson, a former Republican secretary of state in Kentucky. The Fairness Campaign paid for the commercials. It’s part of an uphill effort by the bill’s opponents to fend off an override of Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the measure aimed at transgender young people.

A bill that would have provided free menstrual products in girls bathrooms in Idaho public schools failed in the state House, with at least one Republican lawmaker calling the proposal “very liberal.” The measure advanced from the House Education Committee with a “do pass” recommendation but it failed on the House floor 35-35 last week. It was expected to cost $435,000 to install product dispensers and about $300,000 each year to stock them. The Idaho Statesman reports that state budget analysts have forecast a $1.4 billion tax revenue surplus at the end of the fiscal year. A bill is pending in the Florida House that would ban discussion of menstrual cycles and other human sexuality topics in elementary grades.

Kansas’ highest court has signaled that it still considers access to abortion a “fundamental” right under the state constitution. Multiple justices expressed skepticism Monday during hearings over two abortion-related lawsuits and peppered an attorney for the state with tough questions as he argued that a decisive statewide vote last year affirming abortion rights “doesn’t matter.” The court ruled in 2019 that the state constitution protects abortion rights, and voters affirmed that last summer. One of the two cases before the state Supreme Court deals with a 2015 law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure. The other involves a 2011 law regulating abortion providers more strictly than other health care providers. Neither law has been enforced.


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