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Easy Popsicle Recipes

By Catherine McCord
Catherine McCordPeach & Strawberry Popsicles
Ingredients
• 2 ripe peaches, pitted
• 1 cup strawberries, stems removed
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/2 cup milk (any variety works)

Preparation
1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 3 hours.
3. Serve. (more…)

5 Tips to Get in Shape

Sharolyn LeitholdDon’t let bikini season sneak up on you! I can promise that you will face this summer loving yourself.
5 changes you can make to give yourself a lean and healthy body:

1). Avoid white foods. flour, refined carbs, starches and sugar. The word is avoid, not eliminate. We have to be realistic, but if you can avoid these foods 80% of the time it will make a huge difference in your health and the way your body looks. They are acidic, they compromise your immune system, they convert to sugar which causes your pancreas to release insulin and this causes your body to store fat. (more…)

3 Reasons Kids Should Do Yoga

By Jennifer Greenhut
Jennifer GreenhutFirstly, yoga teaches kids fearlessness. Yoga will give children an advantage as they grow up in being courageous and strong. By practicing poses where we balance, go upside down in backbends and headstands, kids will learn to overcome their fears and push their boundaries which is a great lesson to bring with them as they grow and mature.

Secondly, yoga teaches kids how to focus. Breathing techniques, sitting still, and focusing on their breath in meditation, kids will learn to practice concentration. In addition, they will learn how to go ‘inside’ and listen to their bodies and know what is going on as opposed to just reacting to everything ‘outside’. This will give them a huge advantage when it comes to studying, taking tests, playing outside sports, or just being able to express themselves and how they feel. (more…)

Preventing Childhood Obesity

By Scott Myers
Scott MyersObesity is the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the U. S.

A child’s potential to develop strength, endurance and physical skill increases at an exponential rate the first two years of life.
The more you encourage your children to be physically active during this period, the stronger and more energetic you can expect them to become; and the more quickly they will develop skills in using their muscles. (more…)

Valentine’s Day Recipes

By Catherine McCord
Valentine’s Day may be all about the love, but for kids it’s all about the food! And while it’s easy to pick up a bag of candy hearts, why not make something special to really show how much you love someone. These recipes are not only naturally sweet they’re a perfect way to get in the kitchen with your kids making something simply delicious.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts (Makes 10-11 Heart Tarts)
heart tarts

  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Double Pie Crust Recipe or 1 14 oz Pre-Made Pie Crust*
  • Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 10 Raspberries for Icing or 2 Tbsp Juiced Raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp Milk or Water

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Healthy Skin in 2013

Tips on healthy skin for the New Year.

By Rebecca Casper
Rebecca CasperQ: How do I take care of my skin in dry, cold weather?
A: More exfoliation and more hydration. Enzymes and Hydroxy acids are the best. Stay away from harsh polishing beads that can actually make dehydration more intense and contribute to aging skin. Indoor heating systems literally suck the hydration out of our skin, so we need to remember drink more water as well. If you don’t already, now is a good time to start taking a blend of Essential Fatty Acids, like Omegas, to help keep your skin vibrant from the inside out.

Q: What is the best way to get quick results?
A: STICK TO A PROGRAM. Consistency is key–just like going to the gym. To get quick results and lasting results seek professional guidance and then stay with it. (more…)

Festive Holiday Recipes

By Catherine McCord
Gingerbread PancakesGingerbread Pancakes
Prep Time:15 minutes, Cook Time: 12 minutes, Total Time: 27 minutes,

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
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Prevent Your Kids from Sports Related Injuries

By J.R. Rogers
J.R. RogersAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries each year. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students. Since 2000 there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.

How does injury occur?

An Injury stems from the muscles inability to absorb force. When the muscle doesn’t absorb force properly, the joints, ligaments, and bones have to absorb the force. This now creates the injury. Think of a car: if the struts and shocks become weak and don’t absorb the force of the road, all of the bearings and bushings will get ruined over time. (more…)

Spooky Halloween Recipes

By Catherine McCord

Chocolate Tofu Pudding Pots (Serves 4)

Chocolate Tofu Pudding PotsTotal Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz package soft silken tofu (i like house foods soft silken or mori-nu firm silken)
  • 1/3 cup pure cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (feel free to use a little more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 24 chocolate wafers (i like using famous chocolate wafers) gummy worms (i know, it’s candy. if you think of a healthier “worm” substitute, go for it. or, you can leave them out altogether.)
  • 4 small clay flower pots

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Easy, Healthy Holiday Recipes

by Chris Brugler.

ChrisBruglerMarking the beginning of fall, this tasty dish is delicious served both at room temperature and warm. It is not only sweet and savory, but also filled with nutritious ingredients. Couscous is low in fat, filled with protein, potassium, and the antioxidant, selenium. Raisins are fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and high in fiber. Butternut squash has fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and is low in fat, making it a heart-friendly “power food”. (more…)