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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers for the Holidays

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

This week in food on social media, we gave you easy, delicious recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers to help you start planning your holiday menus.

First up was Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, which you can prepare in advance of the big meal.

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

 

Clams Casino with Pancetta is decadent and satisfying, but just 61 calories apiece.

Clams Casino with Pancetta

 

Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread is a perfect, easy appetizer for your holiday meal.

Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread

 

Guests can dip into luscious Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie while you finish cooking.

Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie

 

Make Loaded Sweet Potato Skins, a hearty holiday appetizer that could substitute for the classic side.

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
Image and Recipe via Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Keep a basket of Honey-Almond Focaccia on the table as a tasty pre-meal snack.

Honey-Almond Focaccia

 

Potato-Apple Latkes are a perfect recipe for an appetizer or to save for Christmas breakfast.

Potato-Apple Latkes

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Alzheimer’s Disease Brain

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month, so on social media, we gave you more info on the disease each day.

In the U.S., there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. Give these people a big thank you! And learn how to join in the raising awareness this month.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops it.

There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year from Alzheimer’s, and it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. These numbers could triple with the baby boomers unless we make breakthroughs to prevent or treat it.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in the nation. The cost to America in 2014 will be $214 billion. Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare dollars is spent on those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Almost 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. In her 60s, a woman is more like to develop it than breast cancer.

15.5 million caregivers provide 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care for Alzheimer’s victims. More than 60% of them are women.

Find a walk, other ways to help, or more info.

Enjoying Soups

Healthy & Hearty Soups and Stews

This week in food on social media, we gave you hearty and delicious soups and stews to keep you warm this holiday season.

First up, for Meatless Monday, we had a healthy version of an Italian classic, Chickpea Tomato Minestrone.

Chickpea Tomato Minestrone [with vegan option]

 

This light Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup will hit the spot on chilly evenings.

Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Craving Mexican food on a chilly night? Try curling up with this Chicken Avocado Lime Soup!

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

If you’re looking for a hot, hearty meal you can throw in the crockpot and leave, try this Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew.

Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

 

This Loaded Mashed Potato Soup gives you all the flavor of the classic, but with only 200 calories per serving.

Loaded Mashed Potato Soup

 

Light and refreshing Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a go-to the next time you’re sick.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

 

Perfect for your fall pumpkin fix or as a holiday appetizer, try this Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup.

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds

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Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

This week in food, we featured healthy Halloween treats each day that would be perfect for a party or just for the family.

First, we featured a recipe for Black Cat Sandwich Cookies which are just 156 calories per serving, but surely a smash with your kids.

Black Cat Sandwich Cookies

 

Try these honey-based, homemade Caramel Apples for a lighter Halloween classic.

Caramel Apples
Image and Recipe via 101 Cookbooks

 

Consider all the chocolate-covered fruit possibilities for a healthy treat for your kids this holiday. Start with these Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Image and Recipe via Deliciously Yum

 

Pair with this Candy Apple Punch for a fruity snack.

Candy Apple Punch

 

Make this Caramel Popcorn for a lighter version of a Halloween classic at just 126 calories per serving.

Caramel Popcorn

 

These Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies are a delicious and easy treat at just 102 calories a serving. Spin up a batch today.

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

 

Try this fluffier Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie for a great end to a Halloween dinner party at just 274 calories per serving.

Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

 

This Pumpkin Pie Pudding will be good this holiday weekend or all November long, with just 288 calories.

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

This week on social media, we had Halloween safety tips for your kids this holiday!

First up, talk to your kids to make sure that they know only to enter the homes of trusted adults they know, visit well-lit houses, and never take rides from strangers.

Put reflective tape on costumes or hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating so drivers can see you.

Make sure kids know road safety like using sidewalks & looking both ways before crossing the street.

Swords and the like should be soft, flexible & short. Make sure kids can move and see in their outfits.

Avoid candles & buy flame-resistant costumes. Test make-up on a small area & remove before bed to prevent skin problems.

Never let kids trick-or-treat alone! They should go in groups or with a trusted adult.

Examine all treats when your kids get home for choking hazards and tampering. Eat only factory-wrapped treats from strangers. But you can make healthy treats for friends and family.

Limit the amount of candy your kids eat. You can also find healthy holiday treats on our Pinterest.

Health Education

National Health Education Week

It was National Health Education Week, so we gave you helpful info and resources each day on social media so you could learn more about a variety health subjects.

Did you know Hepatitis B is the most common infectious disease in the world today? Approximately 2 billion people have it. That’s why vaccinations are so important! Learn more.

29.1 million people, 9.3% of the population, have diabetes. 8.1 million people, or 27.8 % of those who have it are undiagnosed. Learn the symptoms and get help today.

Mental illness affect 1 in 4 Americans every year. These conditions are some of the lease covered by media. You can learn more about what you or your loved ones are feeling and going through, and find or give help.

Oral and dental health problems like dry mouth, gum disease, and denture sores can become serious. Yearly dentist visits are important to preventing these. If you think you might be suffering from one of these, you can learn more.

Not getting enough sleep is related to lots of other health problems, and ¼ of Americans don’t get enough. Nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. Learn more about some of the things that could be hurting your sleep.

187 million adults and 6.8 million children currently suffer from asthma, and people still die from it each year. Learning and being prepared is the key to maintaining your asthma. Take control with these tips from the American Lung Association.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer-killer in the U.S. While tobacco use can be a cause, those who have never used tobacco can still get it. Lung cancer also presents many emotional challenges, including blame. Learn more about the disease and helping.

Making Healthy Candy for the Holidays

Healthy Candy for Halloween

This week on social media, we kicked off a food theme for the rest of October that will get you ready for Halloween. This week is with ways to have your candy, and eat it too, with healthy candy recipes.

Check out our Pinterest board Healthy Candy for even more healthy recipes.

We started off with Homemade Tootsie Rolls, which are easy and delicious!

Homemade Tootsie Rolls
Image and Recipe via A Cozy Kitchen

 

Try these healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cups as a tasty Reese’s replacement.

Healthier, Homemade Peanut Butter Cuos
Image and Recipe via Mother Nature Network

 

Whip up these delicious Butterfingers for a healthy version of your crunchy favorite.

Homemade Butterfingers
Image and Recipe via Detoxinista

 

Most licorice is made from wheat-flour, so today we’re giving you a gluten-free Twizzlers knock-off that everyone will love.

Gluten-Free Twizzlers Knock-Off
Image and Recipe via Gluten Free on a Shoestring

 

These homemade, Light 3 Musketeers Bars are worth the extra work!

Homemade 3 Musketeers Bars

Homemade {hot-chocolate} Three Musketeer Bars

 

Update this Halloween classic with smoky-sweet Chipotle Peanut Brittle at just 133 calories.

Chipotle Peanut Brittle

 

Try making Homemade Almond Joys this Halloween for a lighter treat.

Homemade Almond Joys
Image and Recipe via Pastry Affair

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