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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.

Farmers Markets in Indiana and Ohio

Covered Bridge: April Showers Bring May…Farmers Markets

It’s that time of year again where the winter blues are finally behind us, the chance of rain diminishes a little each day, and summer is just around the corner. I thoroughly enjoy the abundance of sunshine and all the events this beautiful time of year brings to our local communities.

As most of us strive for a well-balanced lifestyle, I wanted to share a little information that might be useful to you or someone you know. One thing I love to do on a Saturday morning is browse the local farmers markets. Each one is unique in its own way and offers many different varieties of products, from homegrown vegetables and local honey to crafts and much more. This summer, I encourage you to get out and buy local while maintaining that well-balanced lifestyle.

To help you out, here are the local farmers markets in our area:  

Richmond, Wayne County: This outdoor market begins on May 5 in Elstro Plaza and continues every Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, through the end of October. Also, from July until September, they have a weekly Tuesday night market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Elstro Plaza as well.

Connersville, Fayette County: Starting in mid-May, this outdoor market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the downtown courthouse parking lot.

Liberty, Union County: This outdoor market begins in May and is on Friday evenings from 4:30 p.m. until dark in the courthouse square.

Brookville, Franklin County: This outdoor market begins May 17 and runs until the end of growing season from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s located at the space in front of the Brookville Treatment Plant.

New Castle, Henry County: This outdoor market runs from mid-May through mid-October and is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. It’s located on the east side of the Henry County Courthouse.

Eaton, Preble County: This outdoor market runs from mid-May through the end of September and is on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Barron and Somers streets.

Greenville, Darke County: This outdoor market runs from June 2 to October 13 and is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Darke County Courthouse at the corner of 4th and Broadway.

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

 

Healthy Seafood Recipes

Healthy Seafood Recipes

Seafood is a wonderful light protein to break up your nights of chicken. These healthy seafood recipes are perfect for light summer meals.

First up is a lightened take on a restaurant favorite, Parmesan Baked Popcorn Shrimp.

Parmesan Baked Popcorn Shrimp
Image and Recipe via Rasamalaysia

 

This Blackened Fish Burger with spicy mayo is the right way to take a break from fast food.

blackened fish burger + sriracha mayo

 

Meal prep is easy and delicious with Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice.

Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

 

Teriyaki Salmon is the perfect way to introduce someone to the healthy seafood.

Teriyaki Salmon
Image and Recipe via North South Blonde

 

Whip up for a light and tasty 20-Minute Lemon, Garlic, and Herb Baked Cod.

20-Minute Lemon, Garlic, and Herb Baked Cod
Image and Recipe via Baker By Nature

 

15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles are much healthier for you than the typical shrimp scampi out.

15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
Image and Recipe via Salt and Lavender

 

Break out the grill this spring with Easy Grilled Mahi with Avocado and Corn Salsa.

Easy Grilled Mahi with Avocado and Corn Salsa
Image and Recipe via Laughing Spatula

Healthy Beet Recipes

Healthy Beet Recipes

Summer is nearly over, which makes it the perfect time to make the most of in-season beets before it’s too late with these healthy beet recipes.

First up is a super simple and delicious Raw Beet Salad.

Raw Beet Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

Whip up Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil for a beautiful date-night appetizer.

Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil
Image and Recipe via Feasting At Home

 

Get your veggies first thing in the morning with a Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie.

Beet Banana Breakfast Smoothie

 

Skip takeout this week with this lighter Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese.

Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via The Roasted Root

 

Use pickled beets to make this refreshing Easy Summer Salad.

Easy Summer Salad
Image and Recipe via Health

 

No one will suspect your beautiful Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake has veggies in it.

Raw Chocolate Beet Cheesecake
Image and Recipe via Unconventional Baker

 

Meal prep this weekend to snack smart with these Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips.

Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips
Image and recipe via Running to the Kitchen

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Farmers Market Recipes

Farmers Market Recipes

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, we have farmers market recipes packed with fresh fruits and veggies to help you use your in-season summer finds.

This super simple Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss will be a crowd-pleaser.

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Seared Salmon with Sugar Snap-Fennel Slaw is a light and delicious summer meal.

Seared Salmon with Sugar Snap-Fennel Slaw
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

For rainy or sick days, this rich Andean Potato & Cheese Soup is sure to please.

Andean Potato & Cheese Soup
Image and Recipe via The Kitchn

 

Mix sweet and savory with these Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce.

Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Basil, Blackberry, and Grilled Chicken Salad is the summer lunch you’ve been missing.

Basil, Blackberry, and Grilled Chicken Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Light

 

Use the summer staple to make Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn.

Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn
Image and Recipe via My Recipes

 

Skip the expensive restaurant and make Pepper Steak Fajitas at home.

Pepper Steak Fajitas
Image and Recipe via Health

Family Fun Month

Family Fun Month

It’s Family Fun Month, and in honor of it, we’re helping you make exercise fun so you can get moving with your whole family.

Go for pre- or post-dinner walks as a family. They’ll help with your digestion, and walks are the perfect time to explore your neighborhood.

Dinner Walks

 

Crank a record or a playlist, move the furniture, and have a dance party. Music can help cognitive development. You’ll get moving, and you can hand down your favorites.

Make a game out of household chores to improve imagination and get active. Put on capes and have your kids save their toys from the slimy pit of the rug by putting them away.

Clean-Up Made Fun

 

Have a weekly sports night. Go to your kid’s baseball game, play tag or catch in the backyard, or make or buy an exercise deck of cards.

A New Kind of Sports Night

 

Walk or run for charity. Teach your kids the value of helping others and about good causes, and meet people while working out.

Moving for a Good Cause

 

Put kids to work in the yard. Tell them they can only jump in the leaf pile if they help rake and bag them too.

Yard Work Made Fun

 

Garden together! Kids already love playing in the dirt, so have them help you plant a garden and learn about healthy fruits and veggies.

Learning Through Gardening