A Less Frightful Halloween with Allergies or Diabetes

trick-or-treating. Teal pumpkin. the concept of health for children in the Halloween seasonA child having a dangerous physical reaction to something they’ve eaten, drank, or touched can be a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s even scarier when they know that their kid has allergies to foods, or an issue with sugar, as a result of diabetes. That’s a fear at any time of the year, but it can creep in like a monster when Halloween rolls around.    Continue reading

Be a Breast Cancer Warrior

Woman walking and talkingThe American Cancer Society’s (ACS) most recent statistics cite that breast cancer in women dropped 40 percent from 1989 to 2016. That drop is thanks, in part, to groundbreaking research. But just as importantly, it’s due to prevention and early detection (including self-exam and mammography). In recent years, though, breast cancer rates have increased slightly by four percent, and it’s still the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second to lung cancer). Continue reading

Pumpkin Carving 101: Safe, Not Scary!

Grandmother and granddaughter making jack o lantern on Halloween in kitchen smilingHalloween is magical for kids and parents, but as they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Mishaps can happen, but pumpkin-carving injuries are preventable when Jack O’ Lantern time gets into full swing.

Hand injuries, some of them severe enough to warrant surgery and months-long rehabilitation, can happen to children and adults alike. Continue reading

Gluten-free Barbeque Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets and sauce on a wooden background

(Serves 4)

Need a quick and light meal to munch alongside some raw veggies on a weeknight, or to satisfy the fans watching the playoffs? You’ve got it. Whether for a few, or for the crowd (just double the recipe!), everybody likes bite-sized barbeque! It’s also gluten-free, at just 290 calories, 75 g cholesterol, 10 g total fat, 485 mg sodium, plus 26 g protein. Score!           Continue reading

Pumpkin Parfait

pumpkin butter Greek yogurt parfait. toning. selective focus(Serves 6)

It’s pumpkin time again, so the hunt is always on to find new ways to use this fall favorite. Using canned pumpkin makes it an easy dessert, and you can also include this one on the brunch buffet! Enjoy at just 226 calories, 40 g carbs, 6 g cholesterol, 5 g fat, 29 g sugar. A good source of calcium (240 g), potassium (461 g), and protein (8 g), too.        Continue reading

Scrambling Out the Door? Don’t Forget Breakfast!

Father Sitting at the Breakfast Table Eating Fruit With His DaughterThat phrase about breakfast you probably heard growing up is still ingrained in your brain: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But is it still true today? You bet. However, it’s more likely that your family’s morning “scramble” means that they’re colliding with each other while leaving the house for work and school, instead of sitting down together for a nutritious a.m. meal. Continue reading

Make the Most of Recess!

Group of kids elastic ropes together on the streetHealth experts say that kids ages six to 17 years old should get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, but even recess times can vary from state to state during the school year. (Many parents and teachers have spoken out when recess time has been slashed, asking for more break time to benefit young students.) Parents with kids who home school have an even bigger challenge if they’re slipping into less-structured playtime. And even in summer, despite all of the chances to be outdoors, computer games may still beckon inside or on the sidelines. Continue reading

Chicken, Mushroom, and Barley Soup

Homemade mushroom soup with millet and vegetables in white plate(Serves 8)

Ahhh, soup! This one is flavorful, hearty, and nutritious, and should get you in the mood for fall right around the corner. Each one-cup serving is only 130 calories with just 12 g of carbs, 3 g fat, 260 mg of sodium, and 4 g of sugar, with good sources of both protein (15 g) and potassium (520 mg). Pick up pre-cooked rotisserie chicken in the grocery store as a time-saver, if you’re short on time to cook the chicken yourself, or if you don’t already have leftover chicken. Preparation is fast, whether you make it the night before or for same-day servings. It travels well for kids’ lunches, too!  Continue reading

Oat-Banana Breakfast Cookies

Home made cookies made of cereal and fruits(Serves 14)

Dessert for breakfast? Not really! Yet these cookies can certainly do double-duty in the morning as a healthier grab-and-go breakfast choice, paired up with a cup of fruit, or as an after-school (or after-dinner!) snack. Just 112 calories each, with zero cholesterol, just 6 g of fat, and 84 g sodium, these potassium-rich (147 mg) nibbles also boast 2 g each of fiber and protein.  Continue reading