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California Avocado Month

California Avocado Month

It’s California Avocado Month, and we can help you use the versatile produce in many different kinds of healthy avocado recipes this summer.

First up are Blueberry Avocado Muffins that are tasty and probably healthier than what you grab at the coffee shop.

Blueberry Avocado Muffins

 

Whip up this Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza for a fun breakfast your kids will love.

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

These Coconut Avocado Frozen Pops are a refreshing, tropical summer treat.

Coconut Avocado Popsicles


This easy Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce

 

Whip up Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas for a healthy appetizer or meatless entrée.

Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas

Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas

 

This Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese is sure to become a new comfort food favorite.

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese

 

Lighten up your family’s favorite dessert with Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting.

Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

Ready for Summer Fun

Vantage Point: Summer Is Here

Every season, I can’t wait for the next season to be here (like when it’s finally summer, I’m waiting for fall and the cooler temperatures). I’ve always done that, but I’m getting better about living in the moment.

Now that summer is here, I’ve started thinking about a few questions. How do you want to enjoy the season we’re in? What would you like to accomplish this summer that maybe you’ve wanted to accomplish in summers past and haven’t?

Here’s my goal list for a really fun family summer:

  1. I want to camp more, much more. We have a family cabin where we can escape into the outdoors, but it really isn’t the same as camping. I want to work on my camping skills while teaching my children the awesome aspects of nature.

  2. I want to take a nicely planned trip to the beach.

  3. I want to have more family dinners where we eat outside with extended family, share a good meal, and converse. I think the summer season allows the perfect time to do this.

  4. In the vein of family dinners, I want to try more fun summer recipes that will make me a culinary legend in my family’s eyes.

  5. I would like to take more family walks. Not only is being healthy a focus for me and my family, but I would also love for us to have those summer memories of being together, talking, and walking.

While you’re out accomplishing your summer goals, don’t forget about summer safety tips. Remember to never leave little ones or animals in any hot car or hot area, drink plenty of water, and make sure that your loved ones are getting enough hydration as well (fur family included).

If you happen to take walks later in the evening or early morning when the light is lower, remember to wear light or bright clothing, and maybe have a reflective light or flashlight with you (or a reflective vest) so that people can see you and you stay safe.

Sunscreen is always important, no matter what time of year. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you when it comes to sun protection. Wearing sunscreen on cloudy days is as important as wearing it on sunny days, but on cloudy days, the sun is being sneaky, and you don’t realize how much sun you’re getting.

Have a safe and goal-filled summer!

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a small-town girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world.

Healthy Bean Recipes

Healthy Bean Recipes

Lighten up meals this summer by sneaking in more healthy plant protein with this week’s healthy bean recipes.

Dinner will be ready in 30 minutes with this Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms and Beans.

Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Beans

 

Skip the meat in today’s Taco Tuesday with Pinto Bean Fajita Tacos with Cilantro Chile Lime Marinade.

Pinto Bean Fajita Tacos with Cilantro Chile Lime Marinade – Vegan Fajitas

 

Add some protein to your sweet tooth treat with White Bean Blondies.

White Bean Blondies

 

This plant-based Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger is perfect for summer nights.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

 

Whip up Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins the whole family will love.

Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins {High Protein}

 

Meatless Black Bean Loaf with Creamy Avocado Verde Sauce is a great alternative to traditional meatloaf.

The Most Delicious Meatless Black Bean Loaf with Creamy Avocado Verde Sauce (vegan, gluten free)

 

Make this beautiful Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet for a tasty dinner together.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

Family Wellness Month

Family Wellness Month

It’s Family Wellness Month, and we’ve shared great ideas to help you improve your family’s wellness each day this week.

An easy way to get extra steps as a family? Park farther away at the store and ask the kids to count the steps it takes to get to the door.

Take More Steps

 

Go grocery shopping together and have everyone help plan the meals. Kids are more likely to get interested in cooking and be less picky when they’re involved.

Shopping and Eating with the Family

 

Set goals together as a family, especially healthy goals, and share your dreams with one another. Talk about how to support and help each person achieve those goals and dreams.

Setting Goals Together

 

Develop family rituals that connect you together, like holiday traditions, reading as a family, or weekly yoga or meditation sessions.

Give each child alone time with parents. One-on-one time helps you forge strong relationships and can make them feel special and heard.

One-on-One Time with Each Child

 

Listen and fight fair with your loved ones. Your kids learn from how you handle these difficult moments. If this is something you struggle with, a therapist can help.

Learn to Fight Fair in Your Family

 

Set bedtimes for everyone in the family so that they get a healthy amount of sleep for their age, which is especially important for growing children.

Bedtimes for the Whole Family

National Food Holiday Recipes

National Food Holiday Recipes

This week, we’re celebrating with national food holiday recipes that feature popular holiday dishes and ingredients perfect for a week of entertaining. 

First up for National Pumpkin Pie Day, indulge without the guilt with the Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Pie.

The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Pie

 

For National Candy Cane Day, make breakfast for visiting family special with Dark Chocolate Peppermint Muffins.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Muffins with Soothing Peppermint oil {Grain Free}

 

Beat fruitcake’s bad rap for National Fruitcake Day with these gorgeous Mini Fruitcakes.

mini fruitcakes

 

Whip up Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit for an easy and beautiful National Chocolate Day treat.

Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit Recipe

 

It’s National Pepper Pot Day, and Pepper Pot is a Caribbean stew, especially popular in Philly and at Christmastime. Try making your own.

Pepper Pot
Image and Recipe via Saveur

 

It’s National Bacon Day, and a little bacon goes a long way in this delicious Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo.

Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

 

It’s time for a new year! Clear out your leftover cranberry sauce and impress your guests with Easy Cranberry Brie Crostini.

Easy Cranberry Brie Crostini

Beat Holiday Stress

Beat Holiday Stress

Holiday stress takes a toll on everyone, even the most prepared among us. Our tips can help you reduce it.

Are you traveling this week? We can help prepare your family.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Travel with Kids

 

Make the most of nice days and get some sunshine. It can help you produce serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder, which affects millions of Americans.

Soaking Up Sunshine

 

Walk away. Taking a walk can have a tranquilizing effect on your brain, lower anxiety, and improve sleep.

Go for Holiday Walks

 

Don’t lose your daily routine in the holiday rush. Go to the gym, plan your meals, and schedule “me time.” Don’t squeeze in more than you can handle.

Maintain Your Routine

 

If your family always fights during holidays, think about getting together for your holiday meal at a nice restaurant. Being in public can discourage the fighting.

Family Meals Made Public

 

Abandon customs you don’t love. If the kids are all grown, stop bringing presents for everyone to family gatherings. Hate putting up the tree? Get a little one instead. Find ways to make the holidays work for you.

Adjust Holiday Traditions for What Your Love

 

Know when to say no. Don’t feel bad for missing the holiday office party or not bringing a dish. Your priority should be enjoying the holidays, not perfection!

Baking Up Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

The holidays can be a hard time if you have dietary restrictions, especially if you have Celiac disease. If you or your loved one needs to avoid gluten, bring one of this week’s gluten-free cookie recipes.

Whip up these adorable Vegan Gingerbread Cookies with your kids for Christmas Eve.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Image and Recipe via VegAnnie

 

These Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies are perfect with a mug of hot cocoa.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

 

Whip up these spicy and delicious Chai Spiced Cookies for a warm winter treat.

Chai Spiced Cookies
Image and Recipe via Texanerin

 

These light Lemon and Lavender Meringue Cookies are just right after a big dinner.

Lemon and Lavender Meringue Cookies

 

These Vegan Coconut Almond Macaroons are a light take on the classic.

Vegan Coconut Almond Macaroons

Image and Recipe via Holy Cow Vegan

 

Gluten-Free Almond Biscotti are perfect to dunk in your coffee Christmas morning.

Gluten-Free Almond Biscotti

 

Bake with your family today with these Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies.

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies