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Holiday Charities

Holiday Charities

Each day this week, we gave you some great holiday charities options to give back this holiday season.

First up was Card Aid, which offers a range of Christmas cards, all of the profits of which go to different charities. You can buy packs, or, better yet since they’re located in the U.K., you can even choose e-cards. Especially great for businesses.

Doing all your shopping online? No need to go out in the cold this holiday season to give to the bell ringers, you can donate to the Salvation Army online too!

You can give money, a toy, or host an event to give to Toys for Tots and make kids’ Christmas dreams come true.

Trees for Troops is an organization that you can donate to easily online to provide a Christmas tree to a military family in time for the holidays. Help today!

Donate to Make-A-Wish for the holidays. One child used his wish to go on a toy shopping spree for the hospital that treated him. One wish can touch many.

The Holiday Project helps spread the cheer with visits to people in nursing homes and hospitals. Join in!

Samaritan’s Purse helps you buy Christmas gifts for people around the world that will actually change lives.

Christmas Treats

Healthy Christmas Treats

This week in food, we gave you healthy Christmas treats and desserts to make for your holiday and office celebrations.

First up was a quick 100-Calorie chocolate treat, Chocolate Peppermint Patties.

Chocolate Peppermint Patties

 

A batch of these Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars makes a great holiday gift.

Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

 

This Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce is a lightened version of the classic.

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

 

Make these Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème for a sophisticated take on holiday dessert.

Maple Gingerbread Pots de Crème

 

Make this homemade, moist and delicious Christmas Fruitcake for your celebrations.

Christmas Fruitcake

 

If you’re addicted to these Starbucks’ treats, these Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars will be your new go-to.

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

 

This Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream satisfies all of your holiday cravings at just 263 calories.

Eggnog Cheese Pie with Bourbon Cream

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Feeling Sick with the Flu

Flu Week

This week was National Influenza Vaccination Week, so we gave you handy tips and facts about the flu each day.

The most important thing to remember for flu season is to get your shot! The sooner you and your family are protected, the better. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot, especially kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

You should be getting your yearly flu shots as soon as they become available, ideally by October. Getting vaccinated later though is still better than not at all and can decrease your risk.

You probably have the flu if you have these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

If you get sick, and it’s not an emergency, stay home and avoid contact. You can infect others 1 day before symptoms and up to 5 to 7 days after you get sick.

Stay At Home

 

If you have difficulty breathing, fever with a rash, dehydration, pain in the chest, severe vomiting, or sudden dizziness, you should go to the doctor.

Flu Symptoms

 

Young kids, the pregnant, people 65 or older, and those with medical conditions are at a high risk of flu complications. Make sure you go to your doctor in these cases.

Taking Care

 

When treating it at home, rest, drink plenty of water, and take over-the-counter meds for your fever and cough.

Taking Flu Meds

 

You can also find tips for when you’re sick and healthy soup recipes on our Pinterest!

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Making the Most of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week on social media in food, we gave you some Cooking Light recipes to make use of all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.

First up was Cranberry-Hoisin Turkey Buns, a tasty take on a Chinese sandwich.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

Try making these Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos with homemade mole sauce.

Spicy Turkey Soft Tacos

 

Try using up your extra sides and turkey with Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes.

Roasted Squash Soup with Turkey Croquettes

 

If you’re looking for something lighter for dinner tonight, try this Asian Turkey Salad with your leftovers.

Asian Turkey Salad

 

Make this Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza with your leftovers instead of takeout tonight.

 Roast Turkey and Prosciutto Pizza

 

Try these Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa for a spicy leftover meal or snack.

Jack Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa

 

Make this hearty Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding to use up the last of your holiday meal.

Turkey Mushroom Bread Pudding

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Healthy Thanksgiving

Save these healthy Thanksgiving tips and recipes we shared on social media this week, and always be prepared. You can also find healthy recipes year-round on our Pinterest!

Cooking fires double on Thanksgiving Day! Make sure you have a smoke alarm in your home, and that it is tested regularly.

Make sure you thaw your turkey safely, in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven, to keep it out of the temperature range where it grows bacteria!

If you’re baking things ahead, or making the bird on the big day, make sure you check on the oven regularly and use timers.

Don’t leave the kitchen unattended while your burners are going, and avoid loose sleeves while over the stove.

After your guests leave tonight, make sure you check the house to ensure all candles or fires are out. Start packing up leftovers within 2 hours.

Make sure you removed all the stuffing from the inside of your turkey, and store the two separately.

Don’t leave leftovers in their serving dishes with plastic wrap or foil coverings, transfer them to smaller, airtight containers.

Leftovers in your fridge are good for 3 to 4 days. If you have a lot, freezing leftovers is a great option, and they will keep for 3 to 4 months.

First, we had a savory recipe for Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy.

Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy

 

And Ciabatta Stuffing with Chesnuts and Raisins to go inside.

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chesnuts and Raisins

 

If you want something that will wow your guests, make this Truffled Pommes Anna instead of mashed potatoes.

Truffled Pommes Anna

 

And try this light Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms that is only 173 calories.

Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms

 

 

Make these delicious Meringue and Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes this holiday and skip the marshmallows.

Meringue and Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

 

And whip up this Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider with ingredients you already have on hand.

Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider

 

Got leftovers? You can make this Sweet Potato Buttered Rum Flan with your leftovers and things in your pantry.

Sweet Potato Buttered Rum Flan

 

You can never have too many recipes for your leftover turkey. Try this Mexican Turkey Stew that won’t remind you of your holiday meal.

Mexican Turkey Stew

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Thanksgiving Desserts

Healthier Thanksgiving Desserts

This week in food, we gave you healthy Thanksgiving desserts, with plenty of pumpkin, that will be perfect after your big meal, or all holiday season long. And don’t forget to check our Pinterest for more desserts  and Thanksgiving recipes.

First up, is Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies you can make ahead and keep on hand for the kids.

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Image and Recipe via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake is a delicious holiday twist on a classic.

Double-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

 

If pecan pie is your weakness, try this Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle to end your meal.

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

 

Try this Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze for a lighter pumpkin dessert fix than the traditional pie.

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

 

If you prefer cheesecake to pie, try making this No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel for your holiday dessert.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel

 

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving must. This year, try this lighter Vanilla-Bourbon Pumpkin Tart.

Vanilla-Bourbon Pumpkin Tart

 

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try serving it with this healthier Coconut Whipped Cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream

 

Make these decadent, individual Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings this season.

Chocolate Chunk Bread Puddings

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Fighting COPD

National COPD Month

November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Month. We gave you info each day about the disease.

24 million Americans suffer from it and half remain undiagnosed. Learn more.

Are you at risk for? Find out now.

Do you think your loved one might be suffering from it? What should you say?

48% of patients don’t fully report their symptoms, and 35% their smoking history. Don’t risk your health, talk to your doctor.

So you think you or your loved one might be suffering from COPD. Now, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

For doctors, educating patients can be hard. Check out these tips for talking with patients about it.

So you know you have COPD. How can you treat and manage it? Check out these ways to breathe better.