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Allergy-Friendly Recipes

Allergy-Friendly Recipes

It’s Food Allergy Action Month. These healthy allergy-friendly recipes can help you protect your kids, their friends, and all your loved ones.

First up are these no-bake snacks, Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars, safe for the kids.

Healthy Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

 

These Gluten-Free and Vegan Goldfish are also lighter than the grocery store staple.

Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

 

Whip up Gluten-Free Monster Cookies that are also nut-free for the next class event your kids have.

Gluten Free Monster Cookies (Nut Free, Vegan).

 

Need a kid-friendly breakfast for the next sleepover? Try Life-Saving Pancakes that are gluten-free and egg-free.

Life Saving Pancakes
Image and Recipe via Petite Allergy Treats

 

These Allergy-Friendly Brookies are the perfect combo of cookie and brownie, without the allergies.

Allergy-Friendly Brookies
Image and Recipe via nutritionicity

 

Skip the drive thru with these Allergy-Friendly Chicken Nuggets.

Allergy-Friendly Chicken Nuggets
Image and Recipe via Instructables

 

This beautiful Raspberry, Lime, and Coconut Cheesecake is perfect for an allergy-friendly dessert for guests.

Raspberry, lime and coconut cheesecake

ALS Awareness Month

ALS Awareness Month

It’s ALS Awareness Month, and we’ll be helping you learn more about it and make a difference all week long.

What is ALS?

 

Sonal Shah worked hard as an ALS advocate as she battled the disease.

Sonal Shah's ALS Story

 

Joyce McNeal’s determination to overcome and raise awareness have marked her fight against ALS.

Joyce McNeal's ALS Story

 

Learn more about what researchers are focused on to fight ALS.

Researching ALS

 

Where is the research on ALS headed?

 

How can you join the fight against ALS?

 

How does your help go back to ALS patients? Learn more about care services.

National Raisin Month

National Raisin Month

It’s National Raisin Month, and the childhood favorite is more versatile than you know. It can add the perfect punch to all kinds of dishes. Make the most of them with this week’s healthy raisin recipes.

First up is a Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins that’s a savory summer side.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Walnuts and Raisins

 

Skip the store-bought with this rich Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Breakfast Bread.

Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Breakfast Bread
Image and Recipe via Paleo Running Momma

 

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Pine Nuts, Raisins & Feta is a light take on your favorite summer side salad.

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Pine Nuts, Raisins & Feta
Image and Recipe via Yummy Beat

 

Grab Oatmeal Raisin Overnight Oats and feel like you’re eating a cookie for breakfast.

Oatmeal Raisin Overnight Oats
Image and Recipe via Smile Sandwich

 

These Moroccan Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese, Pistachios, and Golden Raisins will impress guests.

Moroccan Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Golden Raisins

 

Reinvent your PB&Js this summer with homemade Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter.

Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter
Image and Recipe via The Beach House Kitchen

 

Whip up this healthy and tasty Kale, Raisin, Mushroom, and Sweet Potato Quinoa for any meal.

Kale + Raisin + Mushroom + Sweet Potato Quinoa

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and we’re talking about some important mental health issues facing Americans all week.

Being exposed to violence or trauma as a kid can have long-term effects, from derailing development to increased mental and physical issues. Long or repeated stress can be toxic for kids, especially if they’re lacking adult support in their lives.

Childhood Trauma

 

Adverse childhood experiences can include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, community violence, household addiction, parents divorcing, poverty, and bullying. Know the signs to help the children in your life.

Signs of Childhood Problems

 

Taking care of your mental health in college is especially important. 1 in 5 young adults experience a mental health condition, and 75% of those begin by 24 with many emerging in the college years.

Mental health issues affect students’ success at college. College can be difficult and isolating, and 45% have felt that things were hopeless at some point. Over 45% of those who stop attending could benefit from mental health support.

Support in College During Isolation

 

Only 1 in 3 of the people who need mental health help actually seek it out, even though treatments for the most common conditions are effective 80% of the time. It’s also the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Mental Health and Work

 

In the wake of the opioid crisis, it’s important to understand how it affects mental health. Over time, addiction changes brain function, inhibiting a person’s ability to control substance use.

Brain Function and Opioids

 

Long-term use of opioids can cause a chronic brain disorder, which causes problems with the brain reward system, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Encourage loved ones to see a doctor to explore treatment center options.

Recovering from Addiction

National Arthritis Awareness Month

National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and arthritis is America’s number one cause of disability. There are also nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year because of arthritis.

Coping with Arthritis

 

Nearly 53 million adults and almost 300,000 babies, kids, and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition. Learn more about arthritis.

People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss 172 million days of work per year. Learn about the different kinds of arthritis and be prepared.

Fighting Back Against Arthritis

 

Many people with arthritis also have other serious conditions. 57% of adults with heart disease, 52% of those with diabetes, and 44% of those with high blood pressure, have arthritis. Learn more about arthritis research.

Struggling with Arthritis and Health Conditions

 

1/3 of adults with arthritis who would normally be working have limitations in their ability to work, and overall, they’re less likely to be employed than those without arthritis. If you have arthritis, learn more about managing your pain.

Arthritis & Work-Life Limitations

 

Arthritis and its related conditions account for over $156 billion in yearly lost wages and medical expenses. If you have arthritis though, you have treatment options.

The Cost of Arthritis

 

If you need support emotionally or the tools and resources to make healthy changes like exercise and diet that can improve your arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation can help.

The Arthritis Support You Need

Healthy BBQ Sides

Healthy BBQ Sides

May is National BBQ Month. Don’t ruin your healthy eating at get-togethers this summer.  These healthy BBQ sides can help.

First up is a lightened take on BBQ’s most important side dish, Greek Yogurt Coleslaw.

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

 

Limit your binges by trying these portion-controlled Mini Sweet Corn Fritters.

Mini Sweet Corn Fritters

 

These Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans are better for you than most canned options and nearly as easy.

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

 

Lighten up the Southern classic with these savory Sautéed Collard Greens.

Sautéed Collard Greens
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Go tangy with Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Image and Recipe via Chew Out Loud

 

Whip up Healthy Skillet Cornbread to go hand-in-hand with your BBQ dinner.

Healthy Skillet Cornbread {gluten-free option}

 

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a tasty way to sneak some veggies in for the kids.

Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Sun Protection at Any Age

Vantage Point: Making Sense of Sun Protection

Hurray for warmer weather. I must say, I sure do love springtime and seeing all of our trees thriving and blooming. The color is coming back into our communities as the grass turns greener and people start hanging flowerpots on their patios. Although we are not quite in the summer season, the sun is making an appearance, which means summertime is near.

During the summertime, we all love to enjoy some time outdoors and enjoy the nice warm weather. Some of us like to go for a stroll around the park. Others might want to spend their time by the pool to cool off. I love doing that myself.

When getting ready for a pool day, I make sure to have everything I need by my side. I make sure I have my towels, snacks, water (to stay hydrated), and floatables for maximum relaxation. And the most important part of our pool day is having our sunscreen applied.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been great about applying sunscreen when being out under the sun, but the older I get, the more I realize how important it is to protect my skin. Since summer is near, I want to make sure I take the right precautions as my family and I spend time outdoors.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.”

It’s very scary to think how high these statistics are when we’re all under the sun on a daily basis. Reading these statistics makes me think twice about if I really want to spend time out by the pool. How do I know what sunscreen is giving me the best protection?

The Skin Cancer Foundation can help with that too. “Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF or (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin.” They also say that people who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on a daily basis show 24% less skin aging than those who don’t.

After getting more insight into skin care and sun damage I will definitely enjoy my time off outdoors cooling down, just with plenty of sunscreen. I’m ready for summer 2018!

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