Shrimp with Creamy Arugula Pesto

Shrimp with Creamy Arugula Pesto

Here’s a quick, light-yet-flavorful seafood dish using shrimp, with a variation on pesto using Greek yogurt for creaminess, and cashews. Very low in calories (130 for a heaping 1/3 cup serving!), carbs (4 g), cholesterol (115 mg), fat (6 g), sugar (1 g), and sodium (105 g), you’ll love the ease of preparation and the protein it packs at 17 grams. Indulge yourself and some friends with something that you don’t have to feel guilty eating!
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Sweet Potato and Spinach Chicken Tacos

Sweet Potato and Spinach Chicken Tacos

Gourmet food truck cuisine meets nutritious in these tacos with a twist!  Spinach is unusual for tacos and packs a vitamin punch from A, C and calcium. Sweet potatoes, too, are unexpected, but they’re as tasty as they are healthy. High in potassium (one serving packs in 1,305 mgs,) – Enjoy every flavorful bite. This quick and savory high-protein recipe (18 grams per serving) is ideal for use with leftover or cooked rotisserie chicken.
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In Your Own Backyard, Good Times and Safety Rule

Backyard safety

Backyard barbecues and pool parties . . . lawn games and ghost stories around the fire pit . . .  Picture-perfect weather and longer days give family and friends the ideal opportunity to be active or simply relax “out back.”  But as this good-time vibe pervades, it’s still important to be vigilant where fire and water are close by (especially if children are around).
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Make Exercise a Family Affair

Make Exercise a Family Affair

It’s tough to get back on track with working out after a long break, a busy week, or even a rainy day. Both parents working and competing schedules, inclusive of kids’ schoolwork and after-school activities (as well as the draw of video games), make it challenging for all to be in one place with time to enjoy activities together.  Exercise isn’t only a wonderful way to make getting back in shape fun; it also creates some family bonding time (and memories) all at once!
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Mini Meal: Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

This little salad is a beauty, and not just because it’s a healthy mix of fiber (8 g.) and protein (9 g.). It’s also low in sugar (3 g.):  At just 170 calories, it’s a fast fix for something crunchy, cold and refreshing. It’s filling, and it’s also easily portable for a quick lunch “al desko” at work, or to bring to a potluck. Serve it alone or on the side!
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Budgeting Basics

your savings_MoneyWhile creating a budget (and sticking with it) takes time and discipline, it can be empowering. With a budget, we become aware of how much money we’re bringing in, where it’s going and what adjustments we need to make to reach our financial goals. These tips from U.S. News and World Report and personal finance blog Wise Bread simplify the process of creating a budget.

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