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Self-Care Month

Self-Care Month

It’s Self-Care Month, and if you’re not sure why self-care matters, these TED talks can explain why your emotional and physical health should be a priority.

If you’ve never focused on self-care before, these 10 habits are a great way to get started.

Taking Time for Yourself

 

Create a relaxing routine for self-care. Whether it’s herbal tea and reading a book before bed or coffee and the newspaper in the morning, taking structured time for yourself is a great way to wind down and prepare you for the next thing.

Relaxing Routines

 

Take a break from technology. Whether it’s picking up a book, heading outdoors, or just spending time with friends or family, turning off the news and social media can help you refocus on yourself.

A Break from Tech

 

If you need to be more mindful or focus on relaxation, even if it’s only for 5 minutes, find a meditation app that can help guide you.

Mindful Meditation

 

Learn something new. Cooking or baking new recipes, knitting, or playing an instrument requires you to focus but can also give you time to yourself.

Learn Something New

 

Mixing up your day-to-day routine, like taking a different route to work, can help you get out of a rut, and these little changes can help you create new neural pathways to keep the brain healthy and build new habits.

Changing Up Your Routine

National Hot Dog Month

National Hot Dog Month

It’s National Hot Dog Month, and there are many ways to enjoy the family favorite with health in mind.

These Homemade Veggie Dogs are a delicious summer staple for your meatless Mondays. 

Homemade Veggie Dogs

 

Mix up the traditional condiments with Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream.

Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream
Image and Recipe via NatureBoxBlog

 

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs are prefect to have at a BBQ for the non-meat eaters.

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs
Image and Recipe via Vegan a la Mode

 

If you’re cutting back on carbs, you can skip the bun with these Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs.

Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels

 

These Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad are packed with veggies.

Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad
Image and Recipe via Vegan Sandra

 

Use turkey dogs to make these Thai Style Hot Dogs better for you.

Thai Style Hot Dogs

 

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just looking for topping ideas, these Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings are great inspiration.

Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings
Image and Recipe via Ricotta and Radishes

Sorghum Month

Sorghum Month

It’s Sorghum Month, and we’ll be helping you make the most of this light grain with healthy sorghum recipes for light summer meals and snacks.

First up is an easy Herb and Grain Salad with Basil Oil and Popped Sorghum.

Herb and Grain Salad with Basil Oil and Popped Sorghum
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Whip up a takeout alternative with this Chicken Tikka Masala with Cilantro-Lime Sorghum.

Chicken Tikka Masala with Cilantro–Lime Sorghum

 

This Warm Grains and Greens Salad is a perfect side all summer long.

Warm Grains and Greens Salad

 

Lighten up your cheese plate with these crispy Sorghum Sage Crackers.

Sorghum Sage Crackers (gluten-free & vegan)

 

Make breakfast more interesting with this tasty Sorghum Berry Breakfast Bowl.

Sorghum Berry Breakfast Bowl

 

Enjoy this veggie-packed Spring Sorghum Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette for lunch or with dinner.

Spring Sorghum Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Image and Recipe via Our Salty Kitchen

 

Make Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Puree and Sorghum Pilaf for a light summer supper.

Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Purée and Sorghum Pilaf

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling is amazing! What’s not to love about discovering new places, meeting new people and trying new foods? But, traveling also means that your fitness, eating, and sleep habits are disrupted, which can affect your overall health. Assist America, our travel emergency assistance partner has tips for helping you stay healthy while traveling. 

  1. Adopt a Go-To Travel Exercise Routine.

To-Go Travel Routine

If you travel regularly, create an exercise routine that can easily be adapted to your environment and that you can commit to when you’re on-the-go. Your routine should be simple and short, with exercises you can do in a hotel room, a gym, a park, or even on a beach.

If you are a runner, make sure to pack your running gear with you. Running is a great way to discover a destination from a different angle.

If working out isn’t your thing, simply set aside 10 minutes in the morning to stretch before you start your day and another 5 minutes at night to wind down. It will help you relax and energize your body. 

  1. Choose Walking Over Cabs or Public Transportation.

Choose Walking

Whenever you can, choose to walk rather than hop in a cab, bus, or subway since walking is beneficial for your health. It helps improve circulation, sleep, and breathing. It also strengthens muscles, supports your joints, and can lead to weight loss. 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Reusable water bottles are your best travel ally. Once you get through airport security check points, fill up your bottle at a nearby water fountain and make sure you keep drinking water on the plane.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, fill up before you leave your hotel room if it’s safe to drink the tap water at your destination. If it’s not, ask the hotel for unopened water bottles or buy some at a store nearby. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water at restaurants or even hanging out by the pool.

  1. Commit to One Healthy Meal a Day

One Healthy Meal a Day

While there’s nothing wrong with trying new foods and enjoying big meals, having several rich meals per day can be hard on your body.

If you’re staying at a rental or an apartment-hotel, take advantage of the kitchen by cooking simple meals depending on your schedule. If you’re going to be eating out a lot, opt for vegetarian dishes, choose grilled options over fried, try some fresh seafood, and look at the salad menu. 

  1. Sleep! 

Get Enough Sleep While Traveling

Changing time zones, walking all day, carrying suitcases, all of these can be harsh on your body and your energy. Just being away from your own bed can make it hard to fall asleep. Make sure to rest and to get plenty of sleep by blocking out the lights, reducing the noise, and turning your phone off.

 

If you incorporate these tips into your travel routine, we guarantee you will feel refreshed and full of energy to enjoy each of your trips to their fullest!

National Turkey Lovers’ Month

National Turkey Lovers’ Month

June is National Turkey Lovers’ Month, and it’s a great time to get more of the lean meat in your diet with these healthy turkey recipes.

First up is a Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast that will be perfect for a Thanksgiving craving.

Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast {Recipe Video}

 

Master the summer turkey staple with these delicious Grilled Turkey Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers.

Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers
Image and Recipe via Catz in the Kitchen

 

Whip up a Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki for a healthier version of takeout.

Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

 

Make these Healthy Baked Turkey Enchiladas for an easy family-favorite dinner.

Healthy Baked Turkey Enchiladas

 

Meal prep next week’s lunches with these tasty Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs.

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs

 

Skip the breakfast sausage with this Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole for brunch.

Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole

 

This beautiful Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna is an easy showstopper for potlucks and summer suppers.

Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna

Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna

National Children’s Awareness Month

National Children’s Awareness Month

June is National Children’s Awareness Month and the perfect time to talk about child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse is any act that results in serious harm or risk of harm to children, including physical violence, exploitation, and death. Failure to take action to stop this is also considered child abuse.

Child neglect is when a child isn’t provided basic needs like food, clean clothing, and medical care.

Child Neglect Signs

 

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and 91% of child abuse is committed by parents.

Reporting Child Abuse

 

4 to 5 children die from abuse or neglect every day in the U.S., and 75% of these children are under the age of 3 years old.

The Risk of Child Neglect

 

Children often can’t speak up to protect themselves from abuse. Some physical signs of abuse include visible and severe injuries, like bruises, sprains, and burns that aren’t easily explained.

Protecting Kids from Abuse

 

Children who avoid or fear situations or a certain person in their life and who have extreme behavior, nightmares, and difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings may be experiencing abuse.

Signs in Children's Behavior

 

If you know kids with low self-esteem, who have strong shame or guilt, or who have slowed development mentally, physically, or emotionally, they may be experiencing child abuse.

Development in Child Abuse Survivors

 

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, contact your state’s agency for help.

Dairy Alternatives Month

Dairy Alternatives Month

It’s Dairy Alternatives Month, and if you’re allergic or just looking to cut back on your dairy intake, we have dairy-free staple recipes your whole family will love that make the most of dairy alternatives.

First up is a light and creamy Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo that has no dairy in it.

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
Image and Recipe via Lands & Flavors

 

Lighten up your breakfast with rich and delicious Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy.

Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy (Vegan)

 

Make a veggie-packed lasagna the whole family will love with this Vegan Lasagna.

Vegan Lasagna
Image and Recipe via Pass the Plants

 

Impress friends at your next get-together with light and tasty Vegan Spinach Dip.

Vegan Spinach Dip
Image and Recipe via No Recipes

 

Avoid eating too much cheese with your kids with this veggie-filled Vegan Mac and Cheese.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

 

These Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are an amazing way to mix up your go-to favorite.

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Three Ways!

 

Make the classic lighter with this hearty Mushroom Stroganoff for the perfect night of comfort food.

Mushroom Stroganoff
Image and Recipe via Evergreen Kitchen