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Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes

Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes

It’s Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month, and we’re featuring healthy root vegetable recipes to help you make the most of them.

First up is an easy and light Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad, perfect alongside family favorites like pasta and pizza.

Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad

 

Whip up this Sweet Potato Parsnip Bisque and serve with sandwiches for a hearty lunch.

Sweet Potato Parsnip Bisque

 

This Vegan Christmas Salad is a beautiful addition to your holiday spreads.

Vegan Christmas salad

 

Make an easy one-bowl meal with Tumeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala, Root Vegetables & Chickpeas.

Tumeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala, Root Vegetables & Chickpeas
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

This beautiful Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction is a perfect holiday addition.

Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction
Image and Recipe via Food For My Family

 

Lighten up the winter classic with these Vegan Root Vegetable Pot Pies.

Vegan Root Vegetable Pot Pies

 

Dinner is made easy with these delicious Wild Rice & Roasted Root Vegetable Bowls.

Wild Rice & Roasted Root Vegetable Bowls

Hot Cocoa and Winter Health Risks

Long View: Cold Hands, Hot Cocoa

I always remember December from my childhood, when the weather got subzero, and the wind was playfully whipping snowflakes around. School was out for the holidays, and my sister and I always loved to play outdoors, despite the frigid temperatures.

We would come downstairs with our garb, and Mom would get us all bundled up to brave the weather. Snowsuits, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots were standard outerwear those days. My mom would secure the scarf so that it would stay put, and the hat would cover my ears and my forehead. When she was through, I could barely see and hardly move.

I remember stiffly walking out the door, hoping that with more movement, I would loosen up enough to enjoy some of the winter wonderland we called our yard. Hot cocoa would be waiting for us when we came in, and it was like magic what that cup of warmth could do!

Today, I run out of the house without a coat, hat, gloves, or scarf, thinking, I’m just going to the car, then running in to work. My days of bundling up are over. This is what happens when you go from 6 years old to 60. But honestly, what am I thinking?

Winter health risks should be a concern for our aging population. (Hey, that’s me too!) The most obvious risk is the weather itself. Midwestern winters can consist of ice and snow. Driving is a challenge. Walking is even more of a challenge. Slips on ice are a major risk, so it’s important to wear the right shoes or boots with good traction if you have to go out.  

Hypothermia is also a common winter weather health risk. Hypothermia means your body temperature has fallen below 95 degrees, and once it gets to that point for a prolonged period of time, you can’t produce enough energy to stay warm.

Symptoms include shivering, cold pale skin, lack of coordination, slowed reactions and breathing, and mental confusion. It’s good to pay attention to how cold it is where you are, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Also, make sure you’re eating enough to keep up a healthy weight. Body fat helps you stay warm.

Frostbite is another health risk during the winter months. Frostbite means your skin has been over-exposed to cold temperatures, and it usually affects the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers, and toes. It can be severe and cause permanent damage to the skin, and even progress to the bone.

Frostbite can affect anyone who is exposed to below freezing temperatures, in particular, those who aren’t wearing the right clothing. It’s important to wear layers, preferably 2 to 3 layers of loose-fitting clothing, as well as a coat, hat, gloves, and a scarf. Covering up your nose and mouth will also protect your lungs from the cold air.

As for drinking a cup of hot cocoa, well, that is a winter weather health benefit! According to a study at Cornell University, hot cocoa has almost twice as many antioxidants as red wine, and 2 to 3 times more than green tea! This winter, enjoy the magic of the season by keeping yourself safe and warm.

Mervet Adams is a community liaison with Health Alliance. She loves her grandson, family, nature, and fashion.

Healthy Squash Recipes

Healthy Squash Recipes

It’s also Spinach and Squash Month, and we’re helping you make the most of the in-season veggie with healthy squash recipes.

First up, whip up Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash for a delicious meal without the guilt.

Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash
Image and Recipe via The Girl on Bloor

 

Whip up a classic with this easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.

Paleo Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

Delicata Squash Bake is perfect to impress your guests for a beautiful holiday meal.

Delicata Squash Bake
Image and Recipe via The Movement Menu

 

Winter lunch is covered with Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Kale Salad.

VIDEO: Harvest Blackberry and Butternut Squash Massaged Kale Salad

 

Make light and delicious Turkey Mushroom Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash for a chilly night.

Turkey Mushroom Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Image and Recipe via The Clean Eating Couple

 

Squash will transform your brunch in this Butternut Squash Mushroom Bacon Frittata.

Butternut Squash Mushroom Bacon Frittata

 

Skip the tortilla chips with this easy and tasty Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake.

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bake

National Pasta Month

National Pasta Month

It’s National Pasta Month, and we’re helping you step up comfort food this fall with healthy pasta recipes featuring seasonal ingredients.

First up is the perfect fall comfort food, Healthy Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms.

Healthy Pumpkin Pasta

Image and Recipe via Happy Kitchen Rocks

 

This Simple Lemon Pasta will be a huge hit with your kids.

Simple Lemon Pasta
Image and Recipe via Life as a Strawberry

 

Everyone will love eating their veggies in this Easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta.

Easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta

 

This warm and hearty Winter Minestrone Soup will be your go-to in the cold.

Winter Minestrone Soup

 

This lightened up Garlic Mozzarella Margherita Pasta is perfect for lunch or dinner.

Garlic Mozzarella Margherita Pasta
Image and Recipe via Carlsbad Cravings

 

Make this simple, veggie-packed Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Vegetables.

Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies

 

Never give up your favorites with this light 30-Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo.

30-Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo:
Image and Recipe via Life as a Strawberry

Make the Most of Healthy Soup Month

National Soup Month

It’s National Soup Month, so we had healthy versions of your favorites all week.

Try this Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup for Meatless Monday.

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup
Image and Recipe via The Glowing Fridge

 

Whip up Chicken Zoodle Soup that’s perfect when you’re under the weather.

Chicken Zoodle Soup

 

If rich soups are your favorite, try this lighter Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup.

Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Skinnytaste

 

Make the childhood classic Tomato Basil Soup fresh at home.

The BEST Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

 

Make Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup for your comfort food cravings.

Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup
Image and Recipe via Foodiecrush

 

Craving takeout this winter? Try this Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup instead.

Crockpot Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup (Video)

 

This Baked Potato Soup feels like a splurge, but it isn’t.

Baked Potato Soup
Image and Recipe via Skinnytaste

In-Season Acorn Squash Recipes

Healthy Acorn Squash Recipes

This week in food, we featured in-season acorn squash recipes for easy, healthy winter meals that you’ll love.

First up is a delicious breakfast, Acorn Squash Egg-in-the-Hole:

 

Whip up this warm fall dessert of Acorn Squash with Apples & Walnut-Oat Crumble.

Acorn Squash with Apples and Walnut-Oat Crumble

 

This Roasted Acorn Squash Soup is rich and perfect for winter.

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

 

Chili-Stuffed Acorn Squash is perfect for chilly game days.

Chili-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Image and Recipe via Hungry Girl

 

This easy Acorn Squash Hummus is the perfect dip for finger foods.

Acorn Squash Hummus

 

Roasted Acorn Squash with Ricotta & Honey makes a great brunch or dessert.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Ricotta & Honey

Roasted Acorn Squash with Ricotta & Honey

 

Vegan Coconut Acorn Squash Curry is a feel-good meal for fall or winter.

Acorn Squash Curry

Coconut Acorn Squash Curry

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Protect Against Dryness for National Healthy Skin Month

National Healthy Skin Month

November is National Healthy Skin Month. These handy tips can help you protect your skin:

Healthy Skin Tips

 

The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin. Check out our blog or Pinterest for healthy recipes.

Eating Smart for You Skin

 

Next summer, prevent your skin problems.

Summer Skin

 

Stress and Your SkinStress is a huge contributor to skin problems, so take time to relax.

 

 

 

These tips can help:

Chasing Health: Writing, Resting, and Winning Winter

 

Do you know how to prevent skin cancer? We have tips to help:

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

Prevent dry skin this winter with these dermatologist-approved tips.

Don’t forget your lips this winter. Use lip balm with SPF to protect them.

Protect Your Kiss

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