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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.

Beat the Heat Sweets

Healthy Spring Frozen Desserts

As the weather started to heat up, we featured healthy and delicious frozen desserts for your family.

First up was an easy, Skinny Funfetti Milkshake that your kids will love.

Skinny Funfetti Milkshake

 

This Watermelon Granita is a refreshing way to eat your summer fruit.

Watermelon Granita
Image and Recipe via Yummy Healthy Easy

 

Make Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream to satisfy your grown-up dessert cravings.

Roasted banana coconut ice cream

 

These Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles will save you the trip to the ice cream shop.

Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles
Image and Recipe via The Skinny Fork

 

Whip up a delicious Vegan Smores Ice Cream Sandwich for warm summer nights.

Vegan Smores Ice Cream Sandwich
Image and Recipe via Healthy Happy Life

 

Chocolate Drizzled Frozen Fruit Skewers are the perfect kid-friendly snack.

Chocolate Drizzled Frozen Fruit Skewers

 

This rich Nutella Frozen Yogurt is also surprisingly healthy.

Healthy Nutella Frozen Yogurt

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Spring Desserts' Sweet Notes

Healthy Spring Desserts

This week, we featured spring desserts that are light, healthy, and perfect for the season.

First up is a delicious take on the classic, Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes (Updated Version)

 

This Healthy Homemade Carrot Cake let’s you sneak some veggies into dessert.

Healthy Homemade Carrot Cake

 

This Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream is quick and easy to make.

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream
Image and Recipe via Floating Kitchen

 

Make these Raspberry Lemon Bars for the kids as the weather turns warm.

Raspberry Lemon Bars

 

These Fruit Spring Rolls are a fun and beautiful way to enjoy the season’s fruit.

Summer Fruit Spring Rolls

 

This light Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries will wow guests.

 Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

 

This Strawberry Rhubarb Almond Galette is gorgeous, vegan and gluten-free.

Strawberry Rhubarb Almond Galette
Image and Recipe via Heather Christo

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Barbeques

Oh, Sweet Summertime Barbecues!

Warm weather and barbecues go hand in hand. With so many tempting foods, it can be work to control your cravings. BBQ sauce, cheese, sweet drinks, and desserts can all be sugar-filled. So, as much as you want to enjoy everything, it’s important to do it in moderation.

Did you know that the average meal at barbecues has over 1,600 calories and 170 grams of carbohydrates?

Of course, meal plans are different from person to person, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recommends a normal meal have 45 to 60 grams of carbs. In just two tablespoons of BBQ sauce, you can rack up 15 grams of carbs and 10 grams of sugar. That’s before you even get to the s’mores!

But there are some easy ways to stay on track at summertime barbecues.

Tips for Cutting Calories at Barbecues

Fill your plate using the diabetes plate method. Load at least half your plate with non-starchy veggies, like grilled zucchini and peppers, leaving only a quarter of your plate for starchy veggies like corn and potato salad. Fill the last quarter with proteins like chicken or a turkey burger.

Serve or bring a tray of non-starchy veggies like carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Add a non-fat dip like salsa, fat-free dressing, or hummus.

Remember, non-starchy vegetables have about 5 grams of carbohydrate in 1 cup raw (½ cup cooked). These carbs are usually fiber, so unless you eat more than 2 cups raw, you probably don’t need to count the carbs.

Create a salad bar. Leafy greens, low-fat cheese, nuts (almond slices or walnuts), and a side of low-fat salad dressing go great with BBQ.

Pack flavored seltzer water or add fruit wedges to ice-cold water for a healthy and refreshing drink.

Make your own BBQ sauce. Combine:

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup diet cola
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes or diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

 

For dessert, try this tropical fruit salad with mango-flavored chutney from Diabetes Forecast:

Peeled and diced:

  • 2 small kiwis
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium mango

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom

 

Happy grilling and check out our Pinterest for more recipes.