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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Non-traditional protein sources

Published in For the Health of It Author: Jessica George

Whether it’s for building up strength or feeling full after a meal, protein is a vital building block for your body.

Protein isn’t just used for your muscles. It’s also used in your hair, skin and helps your cells function.

While meat, poultry and seafood are well-known traditional sources of protein, there are other foods that are good protein sources.

You don’t have to be on a vegetarian or vegan diet to appreciate these foods. Keep the following foods in mind when grocery shopping to help you make healthy meals and snacks for the whole family.

Dairy-based protein sources

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

Soy and plant-based protein sources

  • Tofu
  • Soy beans
  • Edamame beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas and other dried beans
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Quinoa and other grains
  • Seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale