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Healthy Slow Cooking Month Recipes

Healthy Slow Cooking Month Recipes

It’s National Slow Cooking Month, and to celebrate, we’ve got unique, healthy slow cooking month recipes that your whole family will love.

First up is a beautiful Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna.

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

 

Keep warm in the winter chill with this Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup.

 

Skip the food court with this easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies.

{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

 

Cozy up inside and stay warm with this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

Prepare for taco night or game day in a pinch with these Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos.

Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos
Image and Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven

 

Get ready for your Super Bowl party with these Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Wings.

Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings

 

Whip up these last-minute Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders for today’s parties.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders

 

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Keep your resolutions on track while you’re snacking with this week’s recipes for healthy grab-and-go snacks.

First up are beautiful, light, and easy Pesto and Turkey Cucumber Roll-Ups.

Low Carb Pesto & Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups

 

Prep these 10 healthy snacks in jars to grab as you leave the house in the morning.

10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

 

Craving sushi? Try these Tuna Salad Nori Wraps for an easy alternative that’s perfect for munching on the go.

Tuna Salad Nori Wraps
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bites.

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bites
Image and Recipe via This Healthy Table

 

Build simple and delicious Kids Snack Bento Boxes for easy grab-and-go snacks for the whole family.

Kids Snack Bento Boxes

 

These Vegan Cucumber Pinwheels with Tomato Pesto are the perfect veggie-filled bite.

Vegan Cucumber Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

 

Get your fruit in a sweet bite with added protein when you try this High Protein Fruit Dip.

High Protein Fruit Dip
Image and Recipe via In Katrina’s Kitchen

Healthy Meal Prep Lunches

Healthy Meal Prep Lunches

As you strive to stay on track with your New Year’s goals, whip up these healthy meal prep lunches at home to eat well all week long and save money.

First, skip the takeout and whip up these grab-and-go Mason Jar Burrito Bowls.

Mason Jar Burrito Bowls

Mason Jar Burrito Bowls

 

Whip up this delicious Chicken Lo Mein packed with veggies for a meal prep lunch the family will love.

Chicken Lo Mein Noodles + Video

 

This light and tasty Lemon Roasted Salmon will leave you full but not sleepy in the afternoon.

Lemon Roasted Salmon
Image and Recipe via Little Spice Jar

 

No need for wings, whip up these Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs for that craving instead.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Meal Prep

 

Cuban-Style Tuna Meal Prep Bowls are perfect for using the canned favorite in a new way.

Cuban-Style Tuna Meal Prep Bowls (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

 

All of the flavor of spring rolls is ready on the go with this Mason Jar Deconstructed Spring Roll.

Mason Jar Deconstructed Spring Roll
Image and Recipe via Carmy

 

Beautiful, veggie-packed Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps are the ideal boost of protein for lunch.

Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps
Image and Recipe via The Rising Spoon

Healthy DIY Food Gifts

Healthy DIY Food Gifts

As you get ready for the holidays, be smart about the treats you bring to loved ones with these healthy DIY food gifts.

First up are Rosemary Cheese Crackers perfect for munching. Try using whole-wheat flour!

Rosemary Cheese Crackers
Image and Recipe via Buzzfeed

 

Beautiful Homemade Extracts perfect for holiday baking make great gifts for the baker in your life.

Homemade Extracts
Image and Recipe via Spoon Fork Bacon

 

The tea-lover in your life will love this easy Chai Tea Kit jar as a gift.

Chai Tea Kit
Image and Recipe via Buzzfeed

 

The Easiest Berry Chia Jam is the perfect gift for the breakfast-obsessed person in your life.

Easiest Berry Chia Jam

The Easiest Berry Chia Jam

 

Easy appetizer at the family get-together is covered with Marinated Cheese & Olives.

Marinated Cheese & Olives ~ An Easy Appetizer or Food Gift in a Jar!

 

Add more flavor to every dish with these Flavored Salts made for gifting.

Flavored Salts
Image and Recipe via Country Living

 

Make winter meals easy for your loved ones with these 6 Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar.

6 Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

It’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and the ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Although these changes are part of normal aging, they can affect each individual at different rates.

Just as one plans for retirement, it’s important to plan for your transportation needs.

Planning for Future Transportation

 

December is the perfect time to have a conversation with loved ones as you come together for the holidays.

Talking to Family About Driving As They Age

 

When an older driver decides it’s time for a check-up, useful driving fitness education tools can help identify challenges and help them adjust.

Evaluate Your Ability to Drive As You Age

 

Driving intervention plans, drawn up between a client and therapist, can help older individuals drive safely for as long as possible.

When someone needs to adjust to keep driving or can no longer drive, family and friends can help with resources for independent transportation in the community.

Planning for a Future Without Driving

 

Exploring alternative types of transportation can help older adults stay independent. Options can include community networks, public transit, and ride sharing apps.

Resources to Stay Independent

 

Vision problems and certain medications can also cause issues driving early. Talk to your doctor to get help.

Health Issues and Driving As You Age

Prepare for Holiday Travel

Vantage Point: The Gift of Preparedness

The holidays provide the perfect time for people to be out and about, traveling to various destinations.

You think about if you have all the gifts and various outfits with you in case different events arise. Did your family members pack what they need, and did you pack your toothbrush? Those are all very important things to focus on, but have you thought about what you might need if something during your travels goes awry?

Do you have what you need to make it through an unplanned emergency? Yes, I know it’s not fun to think about things that could go wrong. But if you do, it just might help or even be lifesaving, depending on the circumstance. Just one tip to remember when you’re playing the mental game of what could go wrong that I like to remember: not fear, just prepare. Don’t live in fear. Just try to have the basics covered.

Let’s imagine that you’re taking a holiday trip by car to visit family. Let’s say that they are pretty far away, a few hours, and the weather hasn’t been the greatest lately, but today it’s OK. They are forecasting snow closer to where your family lives, but you think you’ll beat the snow by an hour or so. But what if you don’t?

What if the car breaks down, and it throws your timeline off, and you do encounter that snowstorm? And what if you didn’t break down, but the storm is worse than predicted, and you can’t get to your destination? Do you have the supplies you’d need to get help or wait out the storm?

I know it’s literally impossible to plan for all the potential issues, but thinking of it in categories can help you plan the best items to have for you and your family. Think shelter, food, and water as a basic start. Your vehicle can hopefully be your shelter, so what about the other variables?

  • Stay hydrated and fed. 

    Because you’re traveling, you might pass through an area where there aren’t any stores close by, and now the family is hungry, and it doesn’t look like you’ll be moving toward your destination anytime soon. The first item you should think about having with you is water. It’s always smart to have water, from a few jugs or bottles to a whole case. You can never go wrong having extra handy. Next you should think about food. These can range from snack items to protein bars and high-calorie survival bars.

     
  • Keep warm. 

    Because you’re traveling in the winter in our imagined scenario, it’s probably going to be cold in your area. If something happens where you lose the heat in your car, do you have supplies to keep everyone warm? You might think about having warm blankets, hand warmer packets, layers of clothes to put on, and a thermos of warm soup, water, cocoa, or coffee. (And this isn’t the be-all-end-all list, but just some ideas to get you thinking!)

If you’re thinking that those are great starter ideas, but you might need more robust supplies, there are plenty of things out there to help. Winter travel kits at the local box stores make it easy to be prepared in a variety of situations. You can also search for more winter car travel safety tips online.

The possibilities are endless, and you really can tailor your needs to your family and their well-being. Happy travels!

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.

Fond Memories of the Spirit of Christmas

Long View: Princess of Christmas Past

As a child, my favorite time of year was Christmastime. It was not just Christmas day, but the whole season surrounding it. The spirit of being joyful, grateful, loving, and caring was something I thought should exist all year long.

The spirit of giving was my favorite of all. Everyone felt like a prince or princess waiting to receive their heart’s desire. It gave me joy to give someone a gift and see the expression on their face when they opened it, especially when it was thoughtful or something they really needed or always wanted.

The season also came with beautiful and vibrant decorations. Some of my favorites were the candy canes and stockings. I remember the candy-filled, clear plastic candy canes with the solid red hook. They could be filled with any kind of candy, from gumballs to M&M’s or even Sweet Tarts or jelly beans.

I also remember the red see-through netted stockings filled with both candy and small toys. I thought to myself, “Why would they make a stocking where I can see the goodies in it but then tell me I can’t open it until Christmas?” It was too tempting to not try and sneak some candy out of it ahead of time. Although I was anxious to open it, the wait built patience. And patience is a virtue.

More of my favorite memories include choosing our real, live Christmas trees. My daddy insisted that we get a real tree and not an artificial one. “Nothing can replace the scent of fresh pine in the house,” he explained. 

Our tree was even more special because it was decorated with not only store-bought decorations of lights, bulbs, and tinsel, but also ornaments I had made at school. And the tree had to be as tall as the ceiling with either a shining start or an angel on top.

My most memorable times at Christmas were when my family came together at my grandma’s and granddaddy’s house on Christmas Eve. I got to see all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles. Of course there was lots of food. My favorites were the turkey, dressing, and peach cobbler.  Everything was homemade, and I could tell it was made with love.

It’s my goal to carry the spirit of being joyful, grateful, loving, and caring into the present and the future. With or without the candy canes, stockings, or decorations, the memories of family and love are most important to me.

The material things pass away. The candy is consumed.  The stockings are thrown away. The light bulbs eventually burn out. The tinsel gets tangled, and the pine needles on the real tree dry out. But memories of family love will continue to live in our hearts.

Everyone here at Health Alliance wishes you and your family a joyous holiday season and a very Merry Christmas. Share your memories with someone you love, especially those older princes or princesses in your family who have years and years of fond memories on their minds this time of year.

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.