Healthy Lunch Options For Kids

With back-to-school time fast approaching, your mind might be reeling about what to pack for your child’s lunch. Maybe you’re simply looking for something different to prepare for them at home. We’ve scoured the web for some healthy lunch ideas that make lunch a time that both you and your child will look forward to again and again. HEALTHY PIZZA Healthline.com has a pizza recipe that cuts down on the grease and pumps up the nutrition. Several of the standard ingredients can be used, but shoot for a low-sodium tomato sauce and reduced-fat cheese. Substitute a carbohydrate-packed crust for a

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3 Things To Look For In Insect Repellant

   Much to our irritation, bugs enjoy the warm weather just as much as the rest of us. Not only are they annoying, but potentially disease-ridden, as well. Sunscreen isn’t the only thing you should be applying to your skin before heading outdoors; insect repellant is just as important. Here are three questions you may consider asking yourself when choosing one: 1. WHAT DOES THIS REPELLANT WARD OFF? Some repellants pride themselves as all-in-one, able to take down any bug that dares try to touch your skin.  However, remember the old adage, “jack of all trades, master of none”. Certain

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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

   We all remember the old saying, “you can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make them eat them.” Well, maybe not, but it’s certainly true that getting your children to eat their veggies can be like pulling teeth. With a little ingenuity, however, it can be done. Here are some ideas. ENHANCE THE FLAVORS Let’s face it: many kids aren’t going to like the taste of vegetables without the incentive of additional flavoring. Try a nice ranch dip for broccoli or carrot sticks. Melt some cheese over green beans. This can act as a temporary “covering” to

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What To Look For In Vitamins

   Strolling down the aisles of your local pharmacy, what do you tend to see? Rows upon rows of plastic containers of all shapes and sizes containing an endless variety of vitamins and minerals. You want to live a healthy lifestyle, but the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. How do you know what to look for in a vitamin? Here are a few tips. 1. WHOLE FOODS-BASED Whole food-based vitamins occur naturally in foods, plants, and herbs. The human body is designed to absorb these nutrients. It has trouble, however, absorbing nutrients found in synthetic vitamins, which

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Men’s Health Month

   Men face many unique challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and Men’s Health Month is the perfect opportunity to heighten their awareness. To celebrate this special month of activity, let’s delve into several important health topics men may focus on. 1. Watch what you eat Heart disease is the leading cause of death among males in the US (according to the CDC), nearly a quarter of the population. Thankfully, the right heart-healthy foods can keep you from becoming a statistic. Fish, nuts, berries, and even dark chocolate are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that can contribute to good

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First Aid Items Every Mom Should Have

     You never expect something to happen to your child until it’s too late. You may think you’re prepared, but when was the last time you checked your first aid kit? Being prepared is the first step to protecting your children during an emergency. This doesn’t mean you have to operate a small hospital, but here are 10 first aid items that every mom should have. Prescription medication If your child has recurring allergies or asthma attacks that require a prescription, you need to be prepared. Next time you visit your physician, ask for extra prescriptions of any medicine

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Do I Still Need a Bedtime Routine as an Adult?

  If you think an appropriate bedtime is just for the ones you’re tucking in, you’re missing a huge opportunity to improve your quality of life. Maintaining a bedtime routine, especially as an adult, is crucial. This looks different for everyone, but there are several ways you can fine tune your internal clock. Be consistent Life gets busy, we get it, but choosing a bedtime and wake-up time is the first step to establishing your bedtime routine. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep. You tell your body exactly when it is time to crawl under

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3 Ways to Improve Digestion

  If you experience the occasional bloating or irregularity, your digestive system may be asking for a dietary or lifestyle change. An effective digestive system is responsible for breaking down what you eat into the nutrients you need to survive and is crucial to your well-being. Here are a few ways to improve your digestion significantly.   1. Adjust your diet Minor adjustments to your diet can improve your digestion profoundly. Eating a high-fiber diet is a great first step. You can find fiber in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Insoluble fibers, such as wheat bran, allow for more solid

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Does My Kindergartner Need to be Vaccinated?

Your greatest hope as a parent is to protect your child. Sometimes this might seem impossible, but vaccinations may be one way to put the well-being of your little one first by reducing their chances of disease. This is especially true as your child enters kindergarten. You’re excited about this new chapter, but you might be overwhelmed at what vaccinations are recommended, or even required, at this time in your child’s life. Here are several questions to ask yourself about vaccinations as you and your child begin this new chapter. What are my state’s requirements? Find out if your state

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The Best Smoothie Recipes

  There’s nothing as refreshing, healthy and all-natural to make for yourself than a smoothie. Packed full of fruits and vegetables, smoothies are a fun and tasty way to get your essential vitamins and minerals every day. But before you go and chuck the whole produce aisle in a blender, check out these recipes for hints to balance taste with nutrition.   1. Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie This healthy favorite from 100 Days of Real Food features frozen fruits and plenty of leafy greens for a smoothie that’s as cleansing as it is tasty. INGREDIENTS 2 cups spinach 2 cups

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