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.
Whip up this delicious Chicken Lo Mein packed with veggies for a meal prep lunch the family will love.
This light and tasty Lemon Roasted Salmon will leave you full but not sleepy in the afternoon.
Image and Recipe via Little Spice Jar
No need for wings, whip up these Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs for that craving instead.
Cuban-Style Tuna Meal Prep Bowls are perfect for using the canned favorite in a new way.
All of the flavor of spring rolls is ready on the go with this 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.
Image and Recipe via The Rising Spoon
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:
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.
I want to take a nicely planned trip to the beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month, and boosting your self-esteem is great for fighting depression and anxiety and is good for your overall mental wellness.
Boost your self-esteem by avoiding negative self-talk. How do you label yourself? Stupid, intelligent, ugly, beautiful? Avoid being too critical of yourself and fight negative thinking.
When you’re feeling like you’ve failed, celebrate what you’re good at. Are you a great friend, partner, co-worker, parent, pet-lover? Remind yourself of your accomplishments.
Humans have flaws, and that’s okay. Knowing what you’re not good at can help you improve, communicate, and avoid unnecessary struggle.
Don’t forget self-care to boost your self-esteem. Does taking the time to choose your outfits the night before help you feel more put together and confident? Does reading the news help you feel more informed? Put aside time for these kinds of things.
Set goals that are achievable, and then, celebrate your accomplishments. Incremental, little goals help you reach big goals one step at a time. And when you make progress, reward yourself!
Compliment others. Just like giving gifts, giving genuine compliments to others will make you feel good and look for the best in the world.
Go work out to boost your self-esteem. Not only will you feel and become less out of shape, but exercise also releases endorphins that make you happier and more energetic.
It’s National Financial Wellness Month, and we have tips about taking care of your finances, especially as they relate to health insurance.
If your health insurance features a flexible spending account (FSA), you could save on all kinds of health services and products.
Health savings accounts (HSAs) are becoming more common, and if your plan has one, it could help you with your medical expenses and offset high deductibles.
You might not realize how much money you’re losing going to the emergency room when you should be going to urgent care. Know where to go and save.
You know you pay a premium for your health insurance, but do you understand all of your out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles, copays, and coinsurance? Make sense of what you pay.
Do you know what happens after you get care? Make sense of the claims process, how your doctor gets paid, and what you’ll owe.
Making financial plans for your future can help you be ready for retirement, Medicare, and medical emergencies. Be prepared.
Financial wellness can impact other parts of your health too. These tips can help you track your spending, set goals, and more.
It’s Self-Improvement Month, and we can help you set goals and make changes to improve your health and wellness.
Your food choices are a key part of maintaining a healthy body weight, which can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and more. Get help making healthy food choices each step of the way.
Get moving to improve your health and how you feel. Studies have found that any kind of exercise, even deep cleaning your kitchen, can help.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Finding a hobby you love and taking on new challenges is a great way to fight stress and channel your passion.
Take an adventure. Traveling is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons, and even if you don’t go far, exploration will be worth the experience.
Become a mentor. Whether it’s to a new co-worker, your nephew, or at-risk youth, mentoring can help you and someone else grow.
Adjust and refocus on your goals. Figure out what’s working and what isn’t, and make a system to stick with them, like a dream board, planner, or journal.
Evaluate your relationships and how you can be a better friend, spouse, or parent to those you love. Focus on small ways to make improvements for each type of relationship.