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National Sauce Month

National Sauce Month

It’s National Sauce Month, but many of your favorite store-bought sauces have a lot of sugar and preservatives in them. Make these homemade, healthy sauce recipes as a replacement instead.

First up is a lightened BBQ sauce recipe that’s sweet and savory without all the sugar.

 

Whip up any of these 7 Easy Stir-Fry Sauce Recipes for a family stir-fry night.

Image and Recipe via Sweet Peas and Saffron
 

Lighten up a family favorite with this rich and creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.

 

With grilling season coming up fast, this Easy and Healthy Teriyaki Sauce will be a favorite.

Image and Recipe via Brewing Happiness
 

Even if you’re vegan, you can still get your nacho fix with Vegan Cheese Sauce.

 

Skip the jarred alternative with this easy and delicious San Marzano Tomato Sauce.

Image and Recipe via A Simple Palate
 

Lighten up dessert without anyone noticing with this Healthy Date Caramel Sauce.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Vantage Point: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

We always hear how we need to spend more time with our loved ones. But it’s hard to find common ground with others. We might not like the same music or have the same hobbies and interests.

In March, many schools celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2, 1904). This is a great opportunity for kids to learn the legend of these children’s books. It’s always nice to hear kids get back home and tell us how they now know about “Green Eggs and Ham.” We have all grown up hearing these stories and catchy rhymes. Now we don’t have to worry about what we are going to talk about with our children or grandchildren.

Dr. Seuss has been such an icon for so many years. His books bring together so many families and generations. When we were children, we loved the funny characters in these stories and how much fun they had in their adventures. Dr. Seuss taught us that there is so much more to do on a rainy day than just looking out the window. That silly cat had so many tricks up his sleeve (or should I say his hat?).

These stories help with more than just letting your imagination loose. They teach us valuable lessons. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” really shows us that this holiday is not about material possessions but about being surrounded by the people you love the most.

“The Lorax” has a character that only thinks about himself and his success but doesn’t think about how his actions could affect the environment. This teaches us to think of the long-term effects of our actions.

Now when we spend time with our children or grandchildren, we can read them a Dr. Seuss book. Enjoy watching them take in all of the colors, characters, and rhymes. We can teach them the meaning of each story and share the stories we grew up with. We don’t have to struggle to find something we both like. Instead, we can really enjoy our time together. And why not get a couple of laughs in as well?   

 

Jessica Arroyo, born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance Northwest, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Healthy Pistachio Recipes

Healthy Pistachio Recipes

In honor of National Pistachio Day, we’re bringing you healthy pistachio recipes, from the sweet to the savory.

First up is a super simple way to make them your new favorite snack, Spiced Pistachios.

 

Chicken Zoodles with Mint and Pistachios are a refreshing and heart-healthy meal for the family.

Chicken Zucchini Pasta (Zoodles)

 

This beautiful Beet, Honey & Goat Cheese Salad makes a perfect light side dish.

Beet, Honey, + Goat Cheese Salad

 

With a few simple ingredients, whip up this Pistachio Crusted Salmon in less than 30 minutes.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon
Image and Recipe via Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

 

Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are a new twist on an old favorite.

Soft Chewy Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

If you’re looking for a unique side or a new version of your favorite sauce, try these Zucchini Noodles with Pistachio Pesto.

Zucchini Noodles with Pistachio Pesto

 

This Apple, Beet & Carrot Slaw with Pistachio Butter is a perfect substitute for coleslaw.

Apple, Beet & Carrot Slaw with Pistachio Butter
Image and Recipe via Love Beets

Canned Food Month

Canned Food Month

It’s Canned Food Month, and canned ingredients can be key to having a versatile pantry that can help you whip up all kinds of dishes quickly, and they’re affordable!

First up is a super simple and light Pumpkin Mousse that’s like pie without the crust.

Pumpkin Mousse

 

Make the most of canned beans and tomatoes and pack in the winter veggies with homemade Minestrone Soup.

Minestrone Soup
Image and Recipe via Carl’s Bad Cravings

 

Hummus is a super simple dip that makes the most of canned chickpeas. Try these 4 flavors.

Homemade Hummus (four flavors)

 

Meal prep these Black Bean Breakfast Bowls for easy, savory breakfast all week long.

Black Bean Breakfast Bowls

 

Whip up this Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs for a hearty lunch or side.

Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs
Image and Recipe via Cookie and Kate

 

This Chipotle Ground Turkey Chili is the perfect meal to make out of your pantry’s canned goods.

Chipotle Ground Turkey Chili

 

You won’t believe this gorgeous Coconut Pineapple Cake is made with canned pineapple.

Coconut Pineapple Cake

Coconut Pineapple Cake

Internet Safety and Privacy

Internet Safety

In honor of Safer Internet Day earlier this month, we helped you and your family practice internet safety all week.

Make sure you’re not accidentally giving out personal information you wouldn’t want on the internet, like your phone number or address, to any individuals or companies you don’t know or have never heard of.

Never share your password with anyone. If you do have to share one, like your wifi password, use one that’s not tied to any important accounts. A secure password manager can help you if you struggle to keep track of your passwords.

Safely Managing Your Passwords

 

When creating screen names, don’t include any important personal information, like your last name or birthdate, and help your children set up any accounts they have to protect their info.

Safely Setting Up Accounts Online

 

Protecting your kids in the age of technology can be tricky. Make sure you know how to enable parental controls across devices.

Protecting Your Kids Online

 

You don’t have to be a tech wizard to practice better privacy safety online. Securing your browser, using anti-virus software, keeping programs up to date, and paying attention to settings on your accounts is an easy way to get started with digital security.

Learn to Protect Yourself Online

 

For many of us, social media is a way to share our lives with loved ones. But sharing personal details, your location, or even family photos can be risky. Adjust your social media privacy settings to protect your info.

Social Media Privacy Settings

 

Be smart shopping online. If a website looks old and outdated or if you can’t find any reviews or press coverage for their company in a quick search, don’t enter your credit card info into their site. Services like PayPal can also protect your money and info.

Online Shopping Safety

National Hot Breakfast Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

It’s National Hot Breakfast Month, and a hot breakfast can be the perfect way to start the day, especially for your kids.

First up is beautiful Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream that only looks like a dessert.

Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream
Image and Recipe via Cookie and Kate

 

Start your day with these light Morning Breakfast Pockets.

Morning Hot Pockets
Image and Recipe via Keto Diet

 

Hot breakfast is still possible on the go with these Easy Microwave Scrambled Egg Cups.

Easy Microwave Scrambled Egg Cup Recipes

 

Whip up this Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwich for a light and satisfying hot breakfast first thing.

Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwich
Image and Recipe via Food Nasty

 

Use up your leftover rice with these Rice Bowls with Fried Egg and Avocado for an easy hot breakfast.

Rice Bowls with Fried Egg and Avocado
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

Impress the family with a pot of this gorgeous Quinoa and Chia Porridge with Stone Fruits.

Quinoa and chia porridge with stone fruits

 

These 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Pancakes are perfect for weekend brunch at home.

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Writing a Letter to Yourself

Covered Bridge: What I Know Now

I have this idea, an idea that once changed how I handle and approach things that has stuck with me to this day. The advice, you ask?  

“I cannot say anything to make you feel any better in this season of life you are in, but I promise you time heals all things.”

While this advice seems so simple and is maybe even heard frequently, when you are 17, it is anything but.

This advice came from my great-aunt. She wrote to me (you know, actually on paper, with a pen, mailed with a stamp she purchased via USPS, and not in a text or email?) A meaningful letter that she took her precious time to send to me personally because I meant something to her. She has since passed, and I still regret not emphasizing just how much it really meant to me even after all these years.

While I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea and is a little outside my own box, this idea might help change the way my daughters, niece, nephews, or grandkids view or handle a certain situation one day (should I be so lucky).

I was 17 and lost two friends in a vehicle accident, and that letter where she told me about a tragic loss she had is what gave me hope I would eventually make it through.

So here is the idea. Have you ever considered writing a letter to your younger self?  Your title: What I Know Now.

What if this letter could help someone through a tough time? What if this letter is something you leave behind to someone you love or is able to help in their time of need?

This will require you to remember your past while considering the present, written in an encouraging voice with compassion and understanding during a certain stage of your life so that another person can understand the message or theme.

Think about a scenario from when you were a particular age and how you would change that. What advice would you give to your younger self to do things differently? We all have a unique story to tell because we are all unique in our own ways.

Someone somewhere wants to hear all about it.

 

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.