Younger Caregivers on the Rise: Take Care of You, Too

YoungerCaregiversontheRiseFor adult children with families and jobs of their own, the added stress of taking care of aging parents or other family members is a juggling act that can put emotional, physical, and financial strains on their own health and relationships. From the common cold, to depression, diabetes, and heart disease, experts say that caregivers are at higher risk for getting sick. About 72 percent skip going to their own doctors when they should. Whether it’s a sometime-ride to the senior center, ongoing in-home care, or care that’s long-distance, caregivers need to take care of themselves, in order to stay healthy and “be there” for those who need them most.  Continue reading

Baked Salmon Dijon

Baked salmon with dijon ginger glaze accompanied by sugar snap peas and whole grain couscous(Serves 6)

This quick-prep dish just says “Spring,” and would be lovely with a salad, steamed asparagus, or sugar snap peas. It comes in at just 196 calories and only nine g of fat (2 saturated), with only 5 g of carbs, 76 mg of cholesterol, and 229 mg of sodium. A great source of protein (229 mg), too, salmon also provides those fantastic omega-3s!

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Panzanella-Cucumber Salad

Panzanella with Ciabatta, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onions and basil(Serves 8)

Panzanella comes from the Italian words for bread (pane) and small basket (zanella). Traditionally, this savory Tuscan salad is made with anchovies, chopped veggies, and day-old bread soaked in olive oil, but here’s a lighter version, sans the soaking. 170 calories, 10 mg cholesterol, 11 g total fat (3 saturated), 160 mg sodium and just 3 g sugar. Just toss and taste. Buon appetito!

 

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Homemade shepherd's pie made in a skillet. (Serves 4)

Got leftover chicken and veggies? This Irish classic is as easy as pie! With a prep time of 40 minutes and a cook time of just 10 minutes, it’s a lighter recipe, too (just 336 calories per serving, 32 mg cholesterol, 4 g of total fat, 24 g of protein, and just 302 mg of sodium), using chicken (instead of beef or lamb). Set your table for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

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Pry Yourself Away From Processed Foods

man reading nutrition label.

Packaged foods often make life easier, when there’s little time or energy to cook. But while you may be beating the clock with getting food on the table at home (or in your cube for lunch at work), you’re likely side-stepping healthier eating. According to the American Heart Association, almost 70 percent of the typical American diet comes from processed and restaurant foods.

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Winter Blues? It Could Be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

woman looking through the window on a winter day.

Winter means shorter daylight hours, along with colder temperatures. While extremes depend upon what area of the country you live in, that change can be a bear for those craving longer, sunlit days to extend activities into the evening. Those “winter blues” can start to creep in early, with feelings of wanting to hibernate until spring. They can also make you feel cranky, moody, unfocused, and craving carbs.

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