Clever Ways to Scale Back on Sugar

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Do you ever track your daily sugar consumption? The majority of us probably don’t. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Americans ingest an astounding 22 teaspoons of sugar per day! This alone may play a significant role in the rapidly escalating rates of obesity in the U.S., not to mention diabetes and other health problems.

Avoiding sugar takes a concerted effort since it’s added to so many foods and beverages. In fact, many products contain multiple sweeteners. While you may not want to delete sugar entirely, scaling back has many wellness benefits. These tips can help: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Avoid Common Food Preservatives

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Are you an avid label reader when grocery shopping? It’s a smart tactic, as many commercial food products contain preservatives and other additives. While food manufacturers claim additives are necessary to prevent food from spoiling, some are safer than others. If you’re interested in a naturally healthy diet, it’s worth learning about the most common food preservatives, and how to avoid them: Read the rest of this entry »

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Kid’s Breakfast Essentials

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For those with children, you probably know how hectic school mornings can be. You want kids to get as much sleep as possible, while still avoiding that seemingly inevitable last-minute scramble for pony-tail holders, gym shoes, or worse─homework. If all that isn’t enough, you have something even more important to incorporate: a healthy breakfast!

A challenge we parents face is that children sometimes want to simply “skip the hassle” of eating a healthy breakfast without realizing how hungry they’ll be later in the morning. Nor do many kids factor in the effect that low blood sugar can have on their ability to concentrate and perform at peak capacity throughout the day. What to do?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Nourishing morning fare fuels children’s bodies and brains, boosts energy and metabolism, and anchors blood-sugar levels so that kids can function well mentally, physically, and emotionally─all of which helps to maximize their daily academic experience. If a healthy, daily breakfast poses a challenge in your home, consider these suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Beverages for Kids

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While many wellness-conscious parents focus on promoting healthy foods to kids, how about drinks? Some experts feel that American kids have a “drinking problem” when it comes to sweetened beverages, which may factor into growing rates of childhood obesity.

Many children over consume sugary drinks, from sweetened “fruit” beverages and teas, to “energy drinks,” and even coffee drinks─despite the fact that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, artificially stimulating beverages are never appropriate for children or adolescents. Here are a few easy ways to help reverse this trend: Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Processed Food Ingredients to Avoid

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While many of us would prefer daily homemade meals consisting of fresh, whole foods, long, hectic days may necessitate a few short cuts. That’s when busy families often turn to processed foods. That might be a frozen entrée, boxed meal kit, canned soup, or even a protein bar in a pinch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Outdoor Fitness Basics

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Do you enjoy outdoor fitness? These warm, sunny days offer a beautiful invitation to get outside and be active. Why not tone up, boost energy, mood and wellbeing while also enjoying an infusion of revitalizing fresh air and sunshine?

The great outdoors offers numerous fitness pursuits, like cycling, jogging, surfing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, skateboarding, and horseback riding, to name a few. To ensure a healthy, safe, fun experience, consider these points: Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Unique Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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In these warm, beautiful summer months, few things are as tempting as getting outdoors. Something about the notion of “going out to play” appeals to the kid in all of us! So, why not maximize your opportunities during the remainder of this golden season? Along with picnics, swimming, and BBQs, these ideas offer additional inspiration for fun in the sun: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Reconnect Kids with Nature

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Does your family spend much time outdoors? Sadly, it’s nearly a lost art for many of us, with parents and kids indoors all day for work and school. Once home, we may simply trade computers for TV─between managing phones, iPods, and iPads, of course. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, some kids spend as much as 60 hours a week involved in electronic media! Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Outdoor Vacations: USA

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Since many of us spend the majority of our waking hours in classrooms, offices, or other indoor work zones, it’s no wonder we periodically dream of getting away from it all. That’s the beauty of a vacation, especially one that offers a perfect balance of activity, nature, fresh air, sunshine, and relaxation. Outdoor vacations are a fabulous way to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit! Ready to create your dream itinerary? These fun ideas are sure to inspire: Read the rest of this entry »

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Smart Gardening Tips

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Do you cultivate a garden? The beauty of planting your own fruits and veggies is that every season has something new to offer. Summer gardens have a unique allure, however, given the optimal growing conditions and consistent sunshine. And it’s hard to beat that gorgeous summer produce! These tips will help inspire you: Read the rest of this entry »

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