Healthy Junk Food

Healthy Junk Food

Friday was National Junk Food Day, so all week, we had lighter, healthy junk food recipes to help you indulge in some comfort food.

Whip up Simple Skinny Queso for a get-together or to munch on for Taco Tuesday.

Simple Skinny Queso
Image and Recipe via Womanista

 

Skip the box and make these Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Sugar Cake Donuts instead.

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Sugar Baked Cake Donuts

 

These tasty Healthy Broccoli Tater Tots are great for your kids or as a snack.

Healthy Broccoli Tater Tots
Image and Recipe via Aloha

 

Chicken nuggets are all grown up with these flavorful Paleo Chicken Nuggets.

Paleo Chicken Nuggets

 

Ditch the bar food and make crispy, crunchy Baked Onion Rings at home, guilt-free.

Baked Onion Rings

 

You’ll only feel like you’re cheating with the Creamiest Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream.

Creamiest Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Image and Recipe via Crazy Vegan Kitchen

 

Toss the chip bag and grab Chili Lime Baked Potato Chips for your next couch session.

Chili Lime Baked Potato Chips Recipe

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National Anti-Boredom Month Activities

National Anti-Boredom Month Activities

It’s National Anti-Boredom Month, and it’s important to beat boredom in more ways than just bingeing Netflix, no matter your age. Give these National Anti-Boredom Month activities a try.

Try a new and adventurous activity, like kickboxing, indoor rock climbing, or yoga, or just find a great hiking spot.

Reaching New Heights

 

Got bored kids this summer? Try a campout in the backyard or build an awesome indoor fort with them for a change of pace.

Campout at Home

 

Create a dream and goal board, which can help you identify things to work toward in your personal or professional life.

Dream Smart

 

Explore your community. Find a place to volunteer, visit a local farmers market, and check out a local calendar for festivals and events.

Learn something new to beat boredom. Pick up a new skill for your career, teach yourself to knit or paint, or start a garden.

Growing a New Skill

 

Get creative! Find crafts and activities for you or the whole family, like scrapbooking, sewing, or woodworking.

Creative Creation

 

If TV or movies are your favorite hobbies, do an exercise each commercial break or make a game out of it. Try doing something like 10 crunches each time a character says their catchphrase.

Active in Front of the TV

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Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

Healthy Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Month

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and we understand why Americans love this sweet treat. Don’t skimp, just lighten it up with these healthy ice cream recipes as part of a healthy diet.

First up is a Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream to save as your go-to vanilla recipe.

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

 

This light and tasty Coconut Cinnamon Ice Cream is also vegan.

Coconut Milk Cinnamon Ice Cream

 

Vegans, kids, and everyone in-between will love this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {Vegan}

 

Whip up light Creamy Mango Ice Cream in just 5 minutes.

5-Minute Creamy Mango Ice Cream

 

Get indulgent with this rich and delicious Double Chocolate 4-Ingredient Ice Cream.

Double Chocolate 4-Ingredient {Dairy-Free} Ice Cream

 

Healthy Coconut Frozen Yogurt is the perfect treat to enjoy beside the pool on hot days.

Healthy Coconut Frozen Yogurt

 

For National Ice Cream Day, make this creamy Coffee Coconut Ice Cream for a dose of caffeine with your dessert.

Coffee Coconut Ice Cream

Healthy Summer Party Tips

Healthy Summer Party Tips

4th of July get-togethers and summer parties are in full swing, so we have healthy summer party tips to make your party a success.

First up, brush up on outdoor food safety.

Safe Summer Infographic

 

Know the 4 steps to food safety for your 4th of July party.

4 Steps to Food Safety

 

Transport food in coolers whenever possible, and never leave any food with mayo, dairy, meat, or eggs out for longer than 2 hours.

Food Sitting Out

 

When grilling, cook beef and pork to 145 degrees, ground meat to 160 degrees, and chicken or turkey to 165 degrees.

Temperature Guide

 

Avoid cross-contamination by keeping dishes and utensils that touched raw meat away from other ingredients and cooked meat.

Tick season is supposed to be bad this year, so set up a bug spray station and use torches or candles to repel bugs.

18 Cookout Hacks to Take Summer Entertaining to the Next Level

 

Sunscreen is an important part of all outdoor get-togethers. Have it on hand and help prevent skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

And check out our healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next party or get-together and, without mayo or dairy, will keep longer outside.

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Healthy Summer Party Recipes

Healthy Summer Party Recipes

This week, we featured safe and healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next outdoor get-together.

First up are Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado that might be gone before you even have to worry about them sitting out.

Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado
Image and Recipe via Chef de Home

 

Throw together this easy Herbed Red Potato Salad that can sit out at your summer party.

Herbed Red Potato Salad (no mayo!)

 

This light Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta is a great way to get in some sweet corn.

Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

July 6 was National Fried Chicken Day. Skip the fryer for your party with this Southern Oven-Fried Chicken.

Southern Oven Fried Chicken

 

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad is a beautiful dish that’s safe outside on warm days.

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad is a light and tasty side for any outdoor get-together.

Vegan Pesto Gluten Free Pasta Salad | Healthy Summer Potluck Recipe

 

Bring along this delicious Clean and Healthy Strawberry Crisp for dessert.

Clean and Healthy Strawberry Crisp

 

And check out our tips for a healthy summer party.

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Technology Improving Seniors' Lives

Vantage Point: Technology Helps Seniors Stay Independent

We all want to stay as independent as possible, and that is especially true as we age. Most adults want to age in place, which means aging comfortably in their own home. Luckily, we live in the technology age, and staying independent as we age is totally possible with some cool gadgets!

  • Automatic pill reminders – There are many options to help you take your medications safely and consistently.

    I’ve seen some models that attach to the pill bottle as the lid. The lid reminds you with an alarm that you or a loved one can program, and the lid also keeps track of when the last medications were taken.

    I’ve also seen some models that keep the pills locked until a certain time, and then unlock with an alarm to remind you.

    Another option might be one of the talking clocks that are out there. A loved one can program its recordings to remind you to take your medications.

  • House-cleaning robots – There are house-cleaning robots that can make things like vacuuming and cleaning your floors a lot easier.

    This is a great idea for those that find housework to be exhausting or hard to accomplish because of ability or illness.

  • Safety devices – There are many personal emergency response systems out there for you to choose from. They range from bands that you wear on your wrists that let you signal for help to full-on camera systems that can be installed to let your family monitor you.

    There are also sensors that can be attached to the objects that you use the most. Then, if something seems amiss or out-of-routine for you, your loved ones can be alerted to check in on you.

    Most of these safety systems can be viewed or managed on a smartphone.

  • Just plain cool GPS shoes – There are shoes out now that are able to keep people dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, who may have the potential to wander, safe.

    A safe area is set up for the person, and if they go outside of that boundary, an alert is sent to their loved ones.

These gadgets are just a few of the vast options available to help you stay home and live independently longer.

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a homegrown girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world. When not attending community events or providing Medicare education throughout the Valley, she can be found indulging in her hobbies of homesteading, pioneer cooking, and learning new survival techniques. She also has a strong love for all things Halloween.

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