Leave Fireworks to the Pros and Enjoy the Show

Crowd watching fireworks and celebrating new year eveIf any month screams summer, it’s July: amusement parks, baseball, beaches, outdoor concerts, parades, picnics — and along with July 4th celebrations, fireworks.

Fireworks light up the sky with a spectacular view. But these figures should give you pause: The most recent figures  from the Consumer Product Safety Commission say that U.S. emergency rooms saw almost 13,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2017. Children younger than 15 years old accounted for 36 percent of those injuries. Fireworks also start roughly 18,500 fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And before you think sparklers are safe (they can burn as hot as 2,000 degrees to melt some metals), fireworks burns, in general, were the most common injury to arms, fingers, and hands. Continue reading

Is Your Car Road-Trip Ready?

Young black family in a car on a road trip smilingThe whole family is psyched to hit the road and escape. But whether it’s a day trip or a week-long jaunt, “safety first” means always having a few items on hand for an emergency on wheels.

Some items (like ice scrapers) can be seasonal, depending on the part of the country where you live. But others should be the ones that are go-tos, all year long, so leave room in the trunk: Continue reading

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Crash Your Party

Mosquito sucking bloodAlong with the joys of summer, comes rising temperatures and humidity. It’s the perfect playground for mosquitoes, who are all too happy to crash-land into your outing or picnic. Now is a good time to review the dangers of the diseases these insects carry, provide some updates, and know how to protect yourself and your family, especially with a long mosquito season, from summer right into fall. Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflowern Chou-Fleur Rôtie au Four(Serves 6)

From cauliflower “rice” to cauliflower pizza crust, this versatile veggie is a good-for-you choice, even in its simplest form, whether raw, grilled, steamed, or roasted! This option is easy, and the cooking time (just 15 to 20 minutes in the oven) makes this a go-to side for any gathering, at only 75 calories, and just 5 g total fat. It’s a good source of potassium, too (420 mg).   Continue reading

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Carrots

(Serves 6)

Talk about a time saver! Grilling season is in full swing, and if chicken is a fave of family and friends, you may have leftovers on hand. This recipe includes some savory Asian influences, like peanut sauce and scallions, but putting this together couldn’t be easier or faster. It’ll just look like you spent more time on it! Check out the “light” factor, too, coming in at just 65 calories, with 2.5 g of total fat. (Using lean, white meat instead of dark cuts the fat as well.) Carbohydrates come in at 2 g, cholesterol is 25 mg, and sugar just 1 g, with 9 g of protein.
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Hard Conversations for Adult Children With Aging Parents

Adult Daughter Talking To Depressed Father At Home

Parents are the touch stones of our lives. Warm memories of learning to ride a bike, toss a baseball, or swim for the first time, not only bring us back to a moment in time growing up. They also take a vivid picture of parents at a much younger age, when they were likely more active and energetic. While many now-much older parents may still remain active, healthy, and social well into their later years, there are those seniors who may be losing a bit off of their “fast ball” and slowing down a bit in a number of ways. It’s a challenge that both aging parents and their adult children face.   Continue reading

Safer, Spicier Picnics

Family Camping By Lake On Hiking Adventure In ForestPicnic season is underway, a time for outdoor food and fun. But it’s also an opportunity to look at not only what we’re eating and how to prepare it safely, but with a little more flavor! (And that doesn’t mean more salt.)

Safety First

Each year, one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning from the E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella in spoiled food. That’s 48 million cases annually with 128,000 hospitalizations (and 3,000 deaths). Avoid sickness with these tips:

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Simple Grilled Vegetables

Vegan cuisine: Grilled mixed vegetables on a wooden cutting board(Serves 6)

Nothing says summer like grilled veggies! The beauty part of this recipe: You can throw these onto the grill outside to join the picnic, or cook them right in the oven. This one only calls for garlic and vegetable oil, but you can also jazz things up by sprinkling in some favorite fresh or dried herbs. At just 149 calories, 5 g fat, and 49 mg sodium (plus an added boost of 45 mg calcium and 459 mg potassium), these are a light side dish to any meal, indoors or out!

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Apple Pistachio Crisp

Autumn apple oat crumble cake with cinnamon.(Serves 4)

Chock full of crunch as well as taste, this summery crisp brightens any table all year long. It’s also a delicious way to increase the amount of fruits on your plate, and savor something a little sweet without a lot of sugar (just 25 g). This 330 calorie dessert contains 60 mg of sodium, and 60 g carbs. It’s another good source of calcium (47 mg), potassium (416 mg), and some protein, too (5 g).

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