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Purposeful Connections

Vantage Point: Purposeful Connections

Everyone knows that February is the month of love. It’s the month with the holiday where we buy our loved ones candy, flowers, a card, and maybe even dinner as a token of our love for them. We purposefully connect.

With that being said, how much time do we really spend purposefully connecting with the people around us, including loved ones, outside of designated holidays?

Technology has really enhanced our social connections with those far away, but in my opinion, it may be hampering our social connections with those close to us. What would happen if we took the time to connect to the people in our lives, no matter the day or relation?

If you want to connect to those in your life more, these are my ideas to get started:

  1. Call (yes, actually call) a friend or family member that may have moved away or who you haven’t talked to in a while, and start up a conversation. If the conversation sparks that I’ve-really-missed-this-person feeling for you, maybe invite them to something, like coffee.

  2. Give a compliment to someone, and really mean it! Plus, don’t forget to smile. If you want extra credit, maybe leave a nice note for your loved one where they will see it. No texts, actual paper and a pen.

  3. Limit technology time. I know this is a popular suggestion, but maybe just limiting the times that family can be on their phones, tablets, or video games, or even limiting phone usage while out at dinner will help.

And if you’re looking to make more meaningful social connections, volunteering in the community might be a good idea. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, all while giving back. The Harman Center is always looking for volunteers. Contact them at 509-575-6166 for more information.

This isn’t a be-all-end-all list, but it’s a list to get your creative ideas going. What are other ways that you can connect with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers? Someone in your life or community might really benefit from a kind smile and a sincere compliment. You never know what people are going through.

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a homegrown girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world. When not attending community events or providing Medicare education throughout the Valley, she can be found indulging in her hobbies of homesteading, pioneer cooking, and learning new survival techniques. She also has a strong love for all things Halloween.

Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes

Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes

It’s Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month, and we’re featuring healthy root vegetable recipes to help you make the most of them.

First up is an easy and light Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad, perfect alongside family favorites like pasta and pizza.

Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad

 

Whip up this Sweet Potato Parsnip Bisque and serve with sandwiches for a hearty lunch.

Sweet Potato Parsnip Bisque

 

This Vegan Christmas Salad is a beautiful addition to your holiday spreads.

Vegan Christmas salad

 

Make an easy one-bowl meal with Tumeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala, Root Vegetables & Chickpeas.

Tumeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala, Root Vegetables & Chickpeas
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

This beautiful Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction is a perfect holiday addition.

Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction
Image and Recipe via Food For My Family

 

Lighten up the winter classic with these Vegan Root Vegetable Pot Pies.

Vegan Root Vegetable Pot Pies

 

Dinner is made easy with these delicious Wild Rice & Roasted Root Vegetable Bowls.

Wild Rice & Roasted Root Vegetable Bowls

Healthy Squash Recipes

Healthy Squash Recipes

It’s also Spinach and Squash Month, and we’re helping you make the most of the in-season veggie with healthy squash recipes.

First up, whip up Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash for a delicious meal without the guilt.

Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash
Image and Recipe via The Girl on Bloor

 

Whip up a classic with this easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.

Paleo Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

Delicata Squash Bake is perfect to impress your guests for a beautiful holiday meal.

Delicata Squash Bake
Image and Recipe via The Movement Menu

 

Winter lunch is covered with Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Kale Salad.

VIDEO: Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad

 

Make light and delicious Turkey Mushroom Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash for a chilly night.

Turkey Mushroom Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Image and Recipe via The Clean Eating Couple

 

Squash will transform your brunch in this Butternut Squash Mushroom Bacon Frittata.

Butternut Squash Mushroom Bacon Frittata

 

Skip the tortilla chips with this easy and tasty Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake.

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake

Healthy Potato Recipes

Healthy Potato Recipes

This week, we’re featuring healthy potato recipes that you can use this holiday season without hurting your healthy diet.

First up are The Creamiest Vegan Mashed Potatoes, perfect for your Thanksgiving.

The Creamiest Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Image and Recipe via My California Roots

 

Make this easy Seasonal Leek and Potato Pan Roast for a beautiful side dish.

Seasonal Leek and Potato Pan Roast {Paleo, Vegan}

 

This Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup will be a hit at holiday potlucks.

Skinny Stuffed Baked Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Jeanette’s Healthy Living

 

This Vegan Avocado Potato Salad is a light and easy side for work events.

Vegan Avocado Potato Salad with Dill & Cilantro

 

Skip the unhealthy fried snacks with Simple Baked Potato Chips.

Simple Baked Potato Chips

 

This Vegan Breakfast Skillet is veggie-packed and will satisfy your potato craving.

Vegan Breakfast Skillet

 

Whip up this refreshing Cilantro Lime Potato Salad for a hearty side.

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad Image and Recipe via Julia’s Album

Healthy Honey Recipes

Healthy Honey Recipes

We’re featuring a sweet treat this week with healthy honey recipes your family will love.

Skip the store-bought bars with these simple Oats & Honey Granola Bars.

Oats & Honey Granola Bars
Image and Recipe via Five Heart Home

 

Taco Tuesday will be easy with Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos.

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

 

Whip up Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms for the perfect fall side dish.

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms

 

Whip up this light and simple Apple Pear Salad with Honey Cilantro Vinaigrette.

Apple Pear Salad with Honey Cilantro Vinaigrette

 

Your kids will love to grab these Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites on the go.

Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites

 

These Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts will be a great holiday side.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Image and Recipe via Kevin Is Cooking

 

Honey Glazed Salmon makes an easy, healthy, and delicious weeknight dinner.

Honey Glazed Salmon
Image and Recipe via Damn Delicious

Healthy Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

Healthy Popcorn Recipes

It’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and air-popped popcorn is a great healthy snack. Jazz it up further with our healthy popcorn recipes.

First up is a Healthy Caramel Corn that will satisfy your cravings.

Healthy Caramel Corn

 

Get in the mood for fall and spookiness with this Pumpkin Spice Popcorn.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn for Healthier Snacking

 

Get some heat on movie night with Sriracha-Lime Popcorn.

Easy Gourmet Popcorn

 

Lighten up your favorite holiday dessert for the kids with Apple Pie Popcorn.

Apple Pie Popcorn Snack Mix Recipe

 

Skip your latte craving with this Matcha (Green Tea) Stovetop Popcorn.

Matcha (Green Tea) Stovetop Popcorn

 

Class up classic, cheesy popcorn with this Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn.

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

 

Get ready for the holiday season and cold winter nights with Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

Protecting Your Pets for Christmas

Holiday Pet Safety

You may not have realized that the holidays can be a dangerous time for your furry friends, but these holiday pet safety tips can help.

Make sure your Christmas tree is anchored so it can’t tip and fall when your pets jostle it.

Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers and is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause upset stomachs in pets.

Christmas Trees and Your Pets

 

Avoid mistletoe and holly. Holly causes nausea in pets, and mistletoe upsets their stomachs and can cause heart problems.

Avoiding Poisonous Christmas Plants

 

Kitties love sparkly tinsel, but when they nibble on it, it can cause blocked digestive tracts, which can lead to expensive surgery.

Protecting Playful Kitties

 

Keep wires and glass and plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach to avoid electric shocks and cuts to feet and mouths.

Curious Kittens and Ornaments

 

Make sure batteries aren’t left in pets’ reach. They can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus when punctured.

Toy Safety Around Pets

 

As you count down to the new year, avoid confetti strings, which can get stuck in pets’ intestines, and noise poppers and fireworks around timid pets.

Fighting Pet Fear