Soy Foods Month

Soy Foods Month 2018

It’s Soy Foods Month, and we have healthy soy food recipes to help you make the most of the versatile protein.

First up is an easy Soy Yogurt you can use as the base for smoothies, desserts, and more.

Soy Yogurt

 

Impress guests with this delicious Vegan Fig Pastry Tart with Soy Yogurt.

Vegan Fig Pastry Tart with Soy Yogurt
Image and Recipe via Two Spoons

 

Snack smart with this protein-packed Spicy Garlic Edamame.

Spicy Garlic Edamame

 

This Kale-Goat Cheese Artisan Olive Bread uses soy milk as a base.

Kale-Goat Cheese Artisan Olive Bread
Image and Recipe via Soy Foods Association of North America

 

This Mango Vanilla Smoothie is the perfect drink to grab for a light morning breakfast.

Mango Vanilla Smoothie

Mango Vanilla Smoothie

 

Make these Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls instead of buying burrito bowls.

Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls

 

Whip up Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars with soy protein for grab-and-go snacks.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars {Recipe Video!}

Healthy Hard-Boiled Egg Recipes

Healthy Hard-Boiled Egg Recipes

Use up all of those leftover Easter eggs this week with our delicious and healthy hard-boiled egg recipes.

First up is a Breakfast Salad with sausage meatballs that you can eat all week.

The Breakfast Salad [VIDEO]

 

Keep this Cup of Zoodles in the fridge and skip the dried ramen of your past.

Cup of Zoodles

Whole30 Cup Zoodles (Whole30 Lunch, Paleo)

 

This Rustic Egg Salad is a perfect easy breakfast or brunch.

Rustic Egg Salad

 

Lighten up your Deviled Eggs with this easy take on a classic.

Lightened Up Deviled Eggs

 

Throw together this French Potato and Green Bean Salad for an herby side dish.

French Potato and Green Bean Salad
Image and Recipe via New York Times Cooking

 

Satisfy your sandwich cravings and use up those extra eggs with this Skinny Egg Salad.

Skinny Egg Salad

 

Take spring picnics to the next level with this beautiful Nicoise Tuna Sandwich.

Nicoise Tuna Sandwich
Image and Recipe via Foodie with Family

National Cancer Control Month

National Cancer Control Month

April is National Cancer Control Month. Prevention and screenings are the best way to fight cancer.

Are you still using tobacco? It’s a leading cause of cancer, and we can help members quit.

Quit to Avoid Cancer

 

The HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer. Make sure your teens are getting vaccinated.

Protect Your Kids From Cancer This Back-to-School Season

 

Taking care of your skin now is an easy way to help prevent cancer later.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

Get your mammogram now to catch breast cancer early.

Your Yearly Preventive Care and Physical

 

A screening can help you prevent colorectal cancer. Learn more about your covered preventive care.

A Cancer You Can Help Prevent with Screening

 

Get the facts about cervical cancer and learn more about protecting yourself.

Cervical Health Awareness Month 2016

 

Learn more about preventing prostate cancer and your prostate’s health.

Prostate Health Month

Teachable Moments

Covered Bridge: Teachable Moments

Recently, we purchased a “new” home, only 54-years-young, to begin the next chapter of our lives. We were looking for simplicity as we moved from a home in the country that had farm animals and more fixer-upper maintenance than I ever care to share.

In the search for our new home, we wanted something that was structurally sound, with only a few items on the honey-do-list to update. We could handle a few updates, such as painting, flooring, or the like. We wanted to make sure that from the roof to the electric, we wouldn’t have to worry that something would go wrong in the next few years.

I know that’s never a guarantee (that just comes with home ownership), but I was determined to stay within our budget, and eventually something would come about. We spent our weekends and weeknights going to showing after showing, until we stumbled upon a delightful, quaint, ranch-style home that seemed to fit what we were looking for.

We decided to take our 7-year-old daughter with us to view the home. Our daughter walked in, and the first thing she said was, “What’s that smell?” The previous owners were in their mid-eighties, and the house’s smell reminded us of our grandparents’ old homes.

She then stared at the bathroom’s blue tiles with big eyes and asked if we would be updating that soon. She quickly exclaimed this was going to be her bathroom, because she loves blue. Our daughter also noticed the various brass fixtures and was not too fond of them.

She continued to search the house. Walking into the kitchen, she hollered for us. She pointed to that “thingy” on the wall. It was a wall-mounted telephone. Oh, how things have changed! We had to explain to her that people used to make calls from them, and some of them even used to have a rotary dial. Imagine her face contorting, unable to comprehend that one.

With all new things comes change. Those smells are memories for some of us, while to others they are new. Those thingies on the wall are what kept us in contact with our friends and family, regardless of distance, without the option of a text message or email that lacks personal touch and effort.

It really blew her mind when she realized those “stickers” she constantly wanted to use actually cost money and let us send letters overseas to our family serving in the military or birthday cards with a handwritten note, which may be the only one they received in the mail.

I hope to teach our daughter about the simplicity of days gone by, and I hope this will remind you of some of yours.

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

Finding Hidden Treasure

Long View: Finding Hidden Treasure

Recently, my husband and I attended a community meeting at one of our local libraries. Across the hall from the meeting, there’s a bookstore. Usually when I visit this library, the bookstore is closed. But this day, it was open, so my husband and I decided to peruse. What we thought would be a brief visit turned into an adventure.

The bookstore had a lot of friendly finds, from used books to magazines, videos, and gifts, all of which had been donated and were available for low prices. It had long rows of shelves hidden behind the walls of the library’s lower level. I felt like I was going through rarely traveled tunnels to find hidden treasures, like Indiana Jones in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.

There were books on just about every topic you could imagine. Not only were there printed books, but there were also audio books, large print books, and books in Braille.

The most memorable books my husband and I bought were about finance, agriculture, church hats, and dinosaurs.

The dinosaur book is this gigantic oversized book with vibrant, full-color drawings of every kind of known dinosaur. We didn’t see this book in the display window until we passed it on the way out the door. My 2 young boys are so fascinated with dinosaurs that we just had to go back in and buy it.

This newfound treasure was too good to keep to ourselves. My husband read it to my sons’ entire daycare class. It was so worth it to see their eyes light up on their little faces. Oh, the joy of finding hidden treasures!

Since my last visit to the library, I’ve learned there’s a whole week dedicated to libraries. National Library Week is each year in April, generally the second full week. This year, it’s April 8-14. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This is also the perfect time for us to plan another expedition to the library. We may even take the children with us this time to find some treasures of their own.

Sherry Gordon-Harris is a community liaison at Health Alliance. She is a wife and mother of 2 boys and enjoys traveling, collecting dolls, and hosting princess parties and princess pageants.

Healthy Butter Lettuce Recipes

Healthy Butter Lettuce Recipes

Fresh produce is coming back into season for spring. Lighten up your meals this week with versatile, healthy butter lettuce recipes perfect for lunches on the go.

First up is a Simple Butter Lettuce Salad that’s perfect as a side for lunch or dinner.

Simple Butter Lettuce Salad
Image and Recipe via The Modern Proper

 

Whip up these easy and light Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps for a meatless meal.

Buffalo Chickpea Lettuce Wraps + Video

 

Green Dragon Apple Salad with Butter Lettuce, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Walnuts is a perfect lunch.

Green Dragon Apple Salad with Butter Lettuce, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Walnuts
Image and Recipe via Louise Mellor

 

Korean Barbecue Pork Lettuce Wraps are a hearty and filling dinner your family will love to assemble.

Korean Barbecue Pork Lettuce Wraps
Image and Recipe via Use Real Butter

 

Save this Grilled Butter Lettuce with Buttermilk Chive Dressing for summer get-togethers.

Grilled Butter Lettuce with Buttermilk Chive Dressing
Image and Recipe via Fine Cooking

 

Crunchy BBQ Chickpea Lettuce Wraps are a light way to enjoy your favorite flavors.

Crunchy BBQ Chickpea Lettuce Wraps.

 

This Favorite Green Salad is a perfect staple to serve with all your favorite spring dishes.

Favorite Green Salad
Image and Recipe via This Healthy Table

Caffeine Awareness Month

Caffeine Awareness Month

It’s Caffeine Awareness Month, and we’ll have tips to help you make sure you’re using caffeine safely.

Caffeine is usually safe for adults, but pregnant women shouldn’t use it, and children should avoid it.

Up to 400 mg of caffeine a day is usually safe for healthy adults. That’s about 4 cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or 2 energy shots.

How Much Caffeine is Safe?

 

While the caffeine in 10 cans of cola is still at a safe limit, it would have over 90 teaspoons of sugar. You should be shooting for no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. Be aware of the sugar you take in with your caffeine.

Watching Sugar with Caffeine

 

Avoid mixing caffeine with other substances like alcohol. Their effects can compound each another, making them more dangerous.

Avoid Mixing Caffeine

 

You may want to cut back on caffeine if you’re experiencing side effects like migraines, insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, a fast or uneven heatbeat, or jittery muscle tremors.

Side Effects of Caffeine

 

Caffeine usually takes an effect on most people within 15 to 45 minutes, so don’t drink more just because you don’t immediately feel its effects.

Caffeine Takes Effect

 

Caffeine isn’t safe for dogs, so don’t let them get into chocolate or caffeinated drinks.

Caffeine and Dogs

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