Pumpkin Apple Protein Bars

Organic homemade granola bars on rustic wooden background - Healthy vegetarian snack

Here’s a delightfully chewy protein bar for the morning commute, to fuel-up for the gym, or to re-fuel after that workout (but it’s really a healthy, go-to snack or tea-time treat any time of day). And take note for the holidays: This one’s a simply-sweet gift that you can make for friends, too, so get your cellophane bags and ribbons ready! (These stack nicely cut into 2-inch square portions.)

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Keeping Diet and Exercise on Track

Caucasian family playing basketball together. Happy family spending free time together.

What causes a “break” in good food habits? Why get tempted by candy or chips, when you could reach for grapes, or whole-grain crackers? Why is it that you can work out for a few weeks, then end up in front of the TV for days later? These questions can haunt even the most dedicated of those trying to follow a healthy lifestyle. (No one’s perfect!)

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Say ‘Boo!’ to Tooth Decay This Halloween

Three Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating

Practicing good dental hygiene is important all year long, but when Halloween rolls around, the holiday can present some challenges for parents. Knowing that kids are anxious to dive into that bucket of candy loot, or over-do it at the neighborhood monster bash, those handing out the goodies at the door (as well as those throwing the party) can make some healthy choices ahead of time, to help keep the cavity goblins away.

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Barbeque Chickpea Sliders

Vegan mini burger made of chickpeas

Veggie sliders! Who knew? This tasty and nutritious alternative to beef or chicken will still wow the crowd gathered to watch the Big Game. (Your crew may even feel light enough for some backyard touch football by halftime!) Serve them up on a platter, and let ‘em choose their toppings, from avocado tomato, and barbeque sauce, to red onion, and more.

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Mini Vegetable Frittatas

Muffins with Spinach and Cheese

These frittata “muffins” are a quick, low-carb way to kick off your morning, and the best part is that they’re a grab-and-go meal. They also pack well for picnics, tailgating, or a friend’s brunch! This recipe uses green peppers and onions, but you can fill these with any of your veggie favorites, from asparagus to spinach.

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Balsamic Chicken With Mushrooms

"A delicious plate of boneless, skinless chicken breasts sauteed with white wine, basil and mushrooms."

This budget-friendly, easy dish serves up a savory-yet-light supper. Pair it up with a kale salad, or maybe a brown rice and veggie combo, but it also satisfies all by itself, at only 240 calories per serving, with 27 g of protein, and 65 mg of cholesterol. It’s also low in fat (9 g), carbs (12 g), and sugar (4 g), with a nice boost of potassium at 480 mg.

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Measuring the Impact of Childhood Obesity

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A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) sampling of five to 17 year-olds showed that almost 60 percent of children that were overweight had at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 25 percent had two or more risk factors.

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2-2-2 Good Gazpacho

cold tomato soup gazpacho with basil and croutons in a blue bowl, horizontal(Serves 6)

Here’s a cool, refreshing way to build more veggies into your diet as a side dish to a sandwich, or as a snack! Each serving of this cold “soup” is just 85 calories, is low in carbs (19 g), has zero cholesterol, has only 0.5 g total fat, is low in sodium (110 mg) and sugar (11 g), with 4 g of protein. This one’s a good source of potassium, too (880 mg). Consider adding a dash or two of hot sauce to taste. Viva gazpacho!

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Turkey and Cucumber Sandwich

fresh vegetarian sandwich with garlic cheese dip salad on rustic table(Serves 4)

This sandwich might remind you of daintier “finger” versions used for high tea. But this take on turkey with cucumber is both savory and satisfying, coming in at 245 calories as prepared, with only 2 g of fat and 21 g of protein. You’ll get nice boosts of calcium (239 mg) and potassium (203 mg), too. Use regular turkey breast, or shave off the salt by using fat-free, low-sodium deli turkey (317 mg sodium). Increase your whole-grain intake by going all whole grain, the whole way, if you choose. And why not enjoy a cup of tea as well?

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Is Your Child’s Juice Box or Snack Safe? (Make Sure There’s NO Nicotine)

Young boy sips from a juice box on a sunny summer afternoon. More

Nicotine is in tobacco products, like cigarettes, but it’s also in e-liquid, the main substance that’s inserted into e-cigarettes for vaping. It’s what gets breathed in as the e-liquid turns into a mist or vapor. Vaping has (unfortunately) become a growing trend, not only among adults, but kids, too. While studies are ongoing, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has sounded the alarm, saying there’s already enough evidence to prevent vaping device use by youths and young adults.

 

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