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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Safety First at Amusement and Water Parks

Family in bumper carsAccording to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), about 370 million people ride 1.7 billion rides at 400 North American fixed-site (non-travelling) amusement parks annually. Accidents do happen.

The U.S. Product Safety Commission estimated that U.S. emergency rooms saw 30,900 amusement park injuries in 2016 alone (the most recent data available).

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Solving the Allergy Puzzle

Skin prick allergy to find out kind of allergy

Sniffles and sneezing due to allergies can feel just about as bad as a head cold. Skin rashes are so itchy, they can have you losing sleep. More often than not, the “triggers” to feeling miserable can include everything from dust and mold inside, to flower and tree pollen outdoors; from materials like latex (rubber), to medicines (like some antibiotics), not to mention laundry detergents or shampoos. Food allergies can also kick reactions into dangerous, sometimes life-threatening levels for some people. In any case, when symptoms are extreme, allergy testing for things that you may breathe, eat, or touch may help determine exactly what allergens are causing problems, and what to avoid.

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Onion, Shallot, and Herb Frittata

Asparagus, mushrooms and goat cheese frittata with fresh herbs(Serves 6)

Here’s one of those easy, skillet-to-oven recipes that’s perfect for a savory but light breakfast or brunch (just 110 calories per serving). You get 6 g of protein, 70 mg of cholesterol, just 2.5 g of total fat, and only 75 mg of sodium. You can always add in some other favorite veggies, too (like mushrooms), so get creative. Put the coffee on, then add in some whole grain toast and maybe some sliced melon as sides!* Continue reading

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Freshly blended yellow and orange fruit smoothie in glass jar with straw. Turquoise blue background, copy space(Serves 2)

When something quick and nutritious can do triple duty as a breakfast drink or the dessert that follows brunch, lunch, or dinner, that’s a home run!  This yogurt smoothie is full of fruit, and comes in at just 290 calories with 62 g of carbs, 5 mg of cholesterol, 2 g of total fat, 8 g of protein, 70 mg of sodium, and 43 g sugar. Adding in uncooked, rolled oats brings in 4 g of fiber and makes it especially filling. Using Greek yogurt makes it a little thicker too, so adjust accordingly with a bit more juice or milk, as needed. Bottoms up!
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