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Snacking Smart with Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

This week in food, we gave you healthy snacks for the whole family to help you find ways to stick to healthy resolutions.

These are certain foods you can snack on for all-day energy, like melons. Find more on Cooking Light’s list.

Energy-Filled Melon

 

Make these Quinoa Coconut Cacao Bars for a chocolate fix even your kids will love.

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These Slow Roasted Pear Chips with Chocolate Sauce are crunchy, sweet, and the perfect adult snack.

Slow Roasted Pear Chips with Chocolate Sauce

 

Go over to Real Simple for 24 snack ideas like these Spicy Soledad Almonds.

Spicy Soledad Almonds

 

Cooking Light has an easy recipe to make your snacking favorite much healthier, homemade Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips.

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

 

Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather is better than store-bought for your kids, and tasty enough that you’ll love it too.

Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather

 

Make your kids’ favorite with these oven-baked, homemade Doritos, in 3 flavors, that are even vegan.

Homemade Vegan Doritos – 3 Different Flavors

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National Cancer Prevention Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so we gave you more cancer info each day this week.

1,658,370 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2015, and 589,430 will die from cancer. Get involved in fighting back.

Know the warning signs and symptoms of cancer. Early detection could save your life.

Cancer Signs and Symptoms

 

You can take steps to prevent cancer. Maintain a healthy body weight, eat right, and be active.

Prevention Through Healthy Choices

 

Cancer deaths have declined 20% since 1991, saving 1.3 million lives. Your involvement helps.

Cancer Research

 

30% of all cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking, the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. We can help members quit.

Cancer and Smoking

 

1 in 235 children will get cancer before age 20. Learn more about protecting your kids.

Preventing Cancer in Children

 

In 2009, cancer cost the U.S. $216.6 billion dollars. Finding a cure helps us all save. Find ways to help now.

Cancer Costs

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Superbowl Party Spread

Healthy Superbowl Party Food

This week in food, to help you keep your healthy goals this football season, we gave you a different healthy recipe each day to try this Sunday at your Superbowl party.

First up are the tasty, one-bite mixtures of classic dishes, Sweet and Sour Meatballs.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

 

Cooking Light magazine helps you lighten up an Illinois classic chili recipe in this video. Try it for your gameday.

Illinois Classic Chili

 

These Zucchini Fries are a delicious way to sneak some vegetables into your Superbowl lineup.

Zucchini Fries

 

This Peppered Peanut Brittle is a unique, healthy snack for your party at just 105 calories.

Peppered Peanut Brittle

 

These Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos are so tasty that no one will even know they’re a light recipe.

Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos

 

These Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Roasted Pepper Aioli make junk food healthy at just 223 calories.

Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Roasted Pepper Aioli

 

Whip up this Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip with just 59 calories before your big game bash today.

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Sharing Healthy Dinners

Healthy Dinners

This week in food, we helped you stick to your resolutions with some plans for healthy dinners.

First up were Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés for Meatless Monday that make rich fine dining, but at only 163 calories.

Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés

 

Try these rich Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions that are ready to eat in 40 minutes.

Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

 

Pork Tenderloin and Canneillini Beans will be a hearty winter favorite in your house, especially when it’s on the table in under 30 minutes.

Pork Tenderloin and Canneillini Beans

 

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice make for a flavorful 40-minute dinner any day of the week.

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

 

Make this Sesame Albacore Tuna for a weekend meal that feels special, but is still healthy.

Sesame Albacore Tuna

 

Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak will be a hit with the whole family, and leftovers are great on a salad for you workday lunch.

Mustard-Molasses Flank Steak

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight Week 2015

Many people who diet the first week of January binge the second, and are ready for better choices by the third week of the month. That’s why this week is Healthy Weight Week!

Finding Your Healthy BMI

 

Stop restricting calories! Losing weight with low-calorie diets can screw up your system. Instead, eat balanced and filling meals.

Don't Count Calories

 

Cooking at home, where you can control what is in your food and how much you eat, can be better than using expensive dieting products.

Protein Shake Powder

 

Making healthy choices while remembering that not everyone can look the same can help you focus on a healthy weight.

Embracing Healthy Differences

 

Not getting enough sleep can make your hormones imbalanced, actually making you hungry! So don’t skimp and you’ll fight your hunger and up your energy.

Healthy Amounts of Sleep

 

Stay active and accountable. You are the only one who can keep yourself from going back to bad habits. Find things that motivate you like a cookbook that inspires you or a friend to workout with.

Finding Motivation to Be Healthy

 

Reward yourself when you reach milestones. Finally hit a new dress size? Buy that outfit you’ve been wanting. Did you go to all the workouts you committed to? Sign-up for the fun fitness class you’ve been eyeing!

Reward Yourself At Milestones

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My Healthy Journey: TV Bingeing

Instead of telling you all about how healthy I’m being (although I am cooking and eating better!), I have a confession.

I binge on TV shows. I love TV bingeing.

Actually, I binge on all types of media. I binge on social media (a hazard of the job really), movies, and especially television shows. And when winter hits, especially after getting all new bedding for Christmas like I did this year, all I want to do is curl up in my comfy bed with my dog and Netflix. And this year has been no exception.

I may have (definitely did) watched all 6 seasons of Lost in the last month, and 3 of those were in the last week. (Because I don’t have self-control!) Did I choose a show that encourages this with a million mysteries? Probably. Is it actually crazy that I did this? Yes!

I know I’m not the only one who does this, but I have to say that I feel awful now. Is this partly because I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending? Probably (sorry Lost lovers!). Is it because I stayed up ‘til 3 a.m. to finish it before work? Totally.

But it’s also because it has been emotionally draining! Investing that much thought for days and hours in a row, especially in characters experiencing some serious drama, has been exhausting. I’ve felt the stress of their lives on top of my shoulders for the last three weeks. I may or may not have spent an unhealthy amount of time crying about people that aren’t real for the last day. That’s completely crazy!

Not to mention there’s a physical toll. Lack of sleep, check. Shoulders aching from stress, check. Back nearly out from sitting still for 8-hour blocks at a time, check. Puffy eyes and stuffed nose, check. An unhealthy level of Doritos in my body, check.

And guess what, this is bad for you! Science says so!

Scientists have compared sitting still for long periods to smoking. In this Huffington Post article, Dr. James Levine is quoted as saying, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death. “

I sit all day at work, I’m hunched over my phone using my own and my job’s social media 24/7, and then I binge on TV in my bed all winter long. And all this sitting increases my risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, muscular problems, and depression, and it can even lower my energy.  (See infographic below.)

And all this hunching over and staring at screens increases the risk for bad posture, back problems, carpal-tunnel, neck strain, and eye problems. The Atlantic recently highlighted a study about the scary amount of time we let our kids stare at screens, much more than the recommended 2 hour a day max, increasing their risk of all of those problems. And at this rate, I personally am spending at least 15 hours of my day with a screen, and that’s actually being generous for my time offline.

This brings me back to my goals for 2015, to spend less time on my devices and to do other activities more often, like reading for fun and yoga. There are also ways to get around your schedule, like standing desks and their many benefits. Time to refocus and get up!

Can I promise I will never TV binge again? Absolutely not. Can I give you a big list of reasons we should all do this less? Absolutely!

Take a Stand Infographic
Image via Pain Management and Injury Relief

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Packing Healthy Lunches

Healthy Lunches

This week in food, we featured hearty, healthy lunches to help you keep your resolutions on track.

First up was a Harvest Cobb Salad, the perfect lunch with a creamy poppy seed dressing.

Harvest Cobb Salad

 

Try this Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini with Balsamic Syrup for a healthier grilled cheese.

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini with Balsamic Syrup

 

This Cranberry, Cherry Chicken Wrap is a quick and easy lunch any day of the week.

Cranberry, Cherry Chicken Wrap
Image and Recipe via Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom

 

Try this Herbed Shrimp and White Bean Salad for a protein-packed midday meal.

Herbed Shrimp and White Bean Salad

 

This Greek Yogurt Egg Salad lightens up the classic lunchbox favorite.

Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Sandwich

 

Try making this homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup for a hearty winter-weekend meal.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

 

These Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Artichoke Pesto are delicious and less than 300-calories.

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Artichoke Pesto

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