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Caffeine Awareness Month

Caffeine Awareness Month

It’s Caffeine Awareness Month, and we’ll have tips to help you make sure you’re using caffeine safely.

Caffeine is usually safe for adults, but pregnant women shouldn’t use it, and children should avoid it.

Up to 400 mg of caffeine a day is usually safe for healthy adults. That’s about 4 cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or 2 energy shots.

How Much Caffeine is Safe?

 

While the caffeine in 10 cans of cola is still at a safe limit, it would have over 90 teaspoons of sugar. You should be shooting for no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. Be aware of the sugar you take in with your caffeine.

Watching Sugar with Caffeine

 

Avoid mixing caffeine with other substances like alcohol. Their effects can compound each another, making them more dangerous.

Avoid Mixing Caffeine

 

You may want to cut back on caffeine if you’re experiencing side effects like migraines, insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, a fast or uneven heatbeat, or jittery muscle tremors.

Side Effects of Caffeine

 

Caffeine usually takes an effect on most people within 15 to 45 minutes, so don’t drink more just because you don’t immediately feel its effects.

Caffeine Takes Effect

 

Caffeine isn’t safe for dogs, so don’t let them get into chocolate or caffeinated drinks.

Caffeine and Dogs

No Sugar Added Recipes

No Sugar Added Recipes

It’s Sugar Awareness Week, so we’re helping you cut back on sugar with no sugar added recipes to replace processed staples and sweet treats.

Make a big batch of this Homemade Marinara Sauce and freeze it to avoid sugary jarred sauce.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

 

Don’t have dessert for breakfast, make Healthy No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins.

Healthy No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins

 

You won’t believe this beautiful Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfait is good for you.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfait
Image and Recipe via Bourbon and Honey

 

Give your kids a healthy snack with the Best Slow Cooker Homemade Applesauce.

How to Make the Best Slow-Cooker Homemade Applesauce

 

This easy Pineapple Vegan Ice Cream is a refreshing treat that you can whip up in minutes.

Pineapple Vegan Ice Cream
Image and Recipe via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

 

These Homemade Blueberry Nectarine Swirl Roll-Ups are made of nothing but fruit.

 

Whip up this super simple Easy Homemade Salsa and skip the store-bought.

Easy Homemade Salsa

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipes to Reach For

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

For National Oatmeal Cookie & Raisin Month, we’ve got some healthy oatmeal cookie recipes that your whole family will love.

First up, an ultimate version of the classic, Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Ultimate Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Another staple, whip up Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The BEST healthy oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

 

Whip up simple and tasty Healthy Banana and Oats Cookies with no dairy or flour.

Healthy Banana and Oatmeal Cookies (no butter, sugar, flour or dairy)

 

4-Ingredient Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a great twist on peanut butter cookies.

Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Only 4 Ingredients

 

No-Bake Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites are a good cookie substitute on the go.

No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites {Gluten Free}

 

Skip the store-bought package with these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

 

These Chocolate Oat Cookies use honey instead of sugar for a lighter take.

Chocolate Oat Cookies
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Deciding on a Balanced Diet

Eating a Balanced Diet

Focusing on a balanced diet is one of the best ways to make healthy eating a part of your life.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The USDA sets Dietary Guidelines for Americans regularly to help guide balanced diet choices. While these guidelines can seem complicated, there are key takeaways from them you should know.

The Importance of Healthy Eating

Healthy eating helps prevent and slow the onset of diseases, like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Include in a Balanced Diet

A healthy and balanced diet, which for most people is around 2,000 calories a day, includes a variety of:

  • Vegetables, including a variety of dark green, red, and orange veggies, legumes, which include beans and peas, and starchy veggies, like corn and potatoes.
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits, like apples and oranges, which are the perfect serving  size.
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grain.
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy (like milk, yogurt, and cheese) or appropriate substitutes.
  • A variety of foods high in protein, like lean meats, poultry, eggs, seafood, beans,  soy-based products (like tofu), nuts and seeds.
  • Oils (like canola, olive, peanut, and soybean) or naturally occurring oils in nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados.

Limit in a Balanced Diet

  • Added sugars should make up less than 10% of your daily calories, which can be hidden in processed and prepared foods, like soda, cereal, cookies, and more.
  • Limit saturated and trans fats, which should make up less than 10% of your daily calories. Foods high in these include butter, whole milk, and palm oil. Replace with unsaturated fats, like canola and olive oil whenever you can.
  • Limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day. Processed foods, like pizza, and canned soup and sauces can be high in this salt.

A Balanced Diet with MyPlate

MyPlate replaced the food pyramid as the guide to making sense of servings. It helps you look at your plate and strike a balance with each meal.

This chart can help you divide your own plates appropriately: MyPlate

Fruits and veggies should make up about half of your plate, with just over a quarter filled with whole grains, and protein should be under a quarter. (A few ounces of meat, a piece about the size of the palm of your hand, is a good serving size for most people.) Also work in a small serving of dairy through milk, cheese, or yogurt to round out your meal.

Making Smart Choices

Combine these guidelines with smart choices, and you’ll be well on your way to eating a balanced diet. And making these smart choices doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of tips and tricks that can help you make a balanced diet a part of your daily life.

Tracking Your Food

Then, you can target the number of servings you should be getting of the different food groups.

These can help you figure out calorie counts and limit sodium and sugar.

This can help you understand how balanced your diet and food servings are and set and reach food goals.

Making and Meeting Food Goals

  • Start small.

Making small changes in your eating habits can have long-term effects:

  • Switch to high fiber, low-sugar cereals.
  • Give up soda with flavored sparkling waters.
  • When you’re hungry, try drinking a glass of water before you eat something.
  • Plan for all of the places you go in life:
    • Instead of eating out for lunch at work, start planning and meal-prepping ahead of time, and avoid the vending machines.
    • If you know your kids aren’t making great food choices at school, get them involved in packing lunches they’ll love ahead of time.
    • When you know you’ll spend the day at the mall, carry snacks and a water bottle, eat a healthy breakfast or snack before you head out, and skip the food court. If you just can’t avoid a meal or a snack while you’re out, find the healthiest option. Load up a sandwich with veggies, get frozen yogurt without all kinds of extra sweet toppings instead of ice cream, and choose hot tea or unsweetened iced tea instead of a frappachino.
    • Check menus for calorie counts when you’re eating out. Ask for salad dressings and sauces on the side, avoid fried foods, and keep in mind that alcoholic drinks can be full of calories.
    • Many communities have community gardens. Join in and help out to get moving and to grow things your whole family can enjoy in meals.

Results and Rewards

  • Don’t beat yourself up when you have missteps.

Everyone struggles with giving up the foods full of sugar and salt that they love, so it’s important to stay positive and get back on track.

  • Plan your cheat day.

Many people have found that planning a weekly cheat day can help them stay on course knowing they can treat themselves later. And once you get used to a balanced diet, you’ll find that you’ll cheat in smaller and smaller ways, even on the day you’re allowed to.

  • Find healthy ways to treat yourself.

For example, do you love watermelon or raspberries? Splurge on the healthy treats you love. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate each day or a glass of red wine each week. Another option, reward meeting your goals with a treat that isn’t food-related, like a new outfit, book, or manicure.

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Now that you know the value of a balanced diet, learn to prepare before you go grocery shopping and shop smart to meet your goals.

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Smart Caffeine Consumption

National Caffeine Month

It’s National Caffeine Month, and you should know how much is safe. How much is too much?

Up to 400 mg a day is safe for most healthy adults, which is roughly 4 cups of coffee, 10 cans of cola, or 2 energy shot drinks. But remember, there is more than just caffeine in those drinks.

Caffeine Overload

 

Caffeine’s not a good idea for kids. You should try to limit them to no more than 100 mg per day.

Kids and Energy Drinks

 

Drinking too much has side effects, like making you jittery, nervous, and irritable and upsetting your stomach.

Too much can also give you muscle tremors, including a fast heartbeat. Cutting back can also help with heart arrhythmia.

Your Heart and Caffeine

 

It might also be to blame if you always have problems falling asleep, and getting enough sleep is important.

Sleep Deprivation from Caffeine

 

Some medications and supplements may interact with caffeine, including some antibiotics, theophylline, and Echinacea.

Echinacea Supplements

 

Find ways to cut back, and you’ll also probably be cutting back on sugar.

Cutting Caffeine

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Low-Sugar Recipes and Staples

Low-Sugar Recipes

Looking for ways to cut back the sugar in your diet? We have low-sugar recipes to help!

Skip the store-bought with these quick and easy 9 Staple Salad Dressings.

9 Staple Salad Dressings You Should Know How to Make

 

Easy Chia Jam with any fruit is a simple way to remove some sugar from your breakfast.

Easy Chia Jam
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

Dump the jar with this delicious and simple Quick Marinara Sauce.

Quick Marinara Sauce

 

Sweet and Spicy Ketchup is a great way to dip without the guilt.

Sweet and Spicy Ketchup
Image and Recipe via Food & Wine

 

Get your BBQ craving with this Copycat BBQ Sauce.

Copycat Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce {Made from Scratch}

 

Skip the sugar-filled cereal aisle with this Homemade Cereal.

Homemade Reese’s Puffs Cereal
Image and Recipe via Dashing Dish

 

Abandon your favorite flavored yogurt with this Coconut Yogurt Parfait with Berries.

Easiest Breakfast Ever: Coconut Yogurt Parfait with Berries

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Skipping the Sweets

Sugar Awareness Week

For Sugar Awareness Week, we’re helping you learn about sugar and make healthy sugar choices.

Do you know which of your foods have added sugar in them? There are some you might not realize!

Hidden Sugar Awareness

 

Make sense of added sugar in processed foods to make better choices.

Making Sense of Processed Foods

 

Do you have a problem with sugar? Take the quiz and find out!

Your Sugar IQ

 

Experts are warning people about the dangers of sugars, but how much is too much?

Balancing Sugar in Your Diet

 

Kicking the habit of too much sugar in your diet can be difficult. What can you do to cut back?

Making Smart Sugar Choices

 

Take the Sugar Awareness Challenge and test how dependent on sugar you are.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Start cutting back on sugar with these easy tips.

Cutting Back Sugar without the Sacrifice

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