Thinking about getting back in shape? You haven’t worked out since when? The summer got away from you? Whatever you did or didn’t do does not really matter because it’s in the past. Today is the day for positive change. Where do you start?
We all know how important it is to take care of our body for our overall health. First of all, we all know we need to eat healthy. Getting enough fruits and veggies and managing a balanced diet is so important. Secondly, we need to make sure we are staying active and exercising, which can mean different things to all ages, sizes, and genders.Read More >
According to an article by Patti Neighmond (“Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D”), there’s a relatively small window of time during which our bones do most of their growing. In fact, she claims that between the ages of 9 – 15, 90% of our bone mass develops. And yet, she points out, only 15% of teenagers drink milk, with girls accounting for only 9%. The reasons for this lack of milk drinking seem to be simply that drinking milk is not considered ‘cool’ and the fear of weight gain. The ‘uncool’ness of drinking milk has been addressed by the “Got Milk?” ads for many years.Read More >
This month is Men’s Health Month, and were enthusiastic about focusing on what you gentleman can do out there to keep a healthy lifestyle and live even longer, not to mention increase the quality of your life. We talk often of diet and exercise aiding in your health, and while that’s definitely true, here are some other helpful tips. Don’t be afraid to give them a try!Read More >
Broken bones are not rarities for children, especially extremely active ones. While older kids may injure a leg in contact sports, young children often get breaks in their arms, elbows and wrists, usually because they’ve braced themselves after a tumble. Unfortunately, the recovery can be just as troubling as the injury itself if children are not guided properly. Sure plenty of rest is easy to say, but here are some tips to help you along the way.Read More >
Assessing the diet of older adults is especially important for identifying issues relevant to their present health and nutritional status. Far too many people over the age of 65 are considered malnourished and this can also have an impact on bone health. Having a balanced and nutritious diet is one way to help our bone health as we age. So many times just a few minor adjustments or interventions can reduce or eliminate the problem.
There are some special considerations of nutritional needs of the aging body that are relevant to be emphasized. Caloric needs decline with age because of a decrease in basal metabolism related to the loss of lean tissue and a decrease in physical activity.Read More >
Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. February is American Heart month, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has some great advice for anyone looking to help his/her heart get or stay healthy. You can start at home with what you’re eating!
Lemons are known for their tart and sour flavor, but as an ingredient, this citrus fruit is the perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes. Another source of the lemon essence is lemon extract, which is an easy way to keep the lemon flavor on hand in your pantry. And don’t discount the lemon rind in your recipe! A dash of rind goes a long way and adds that luscious lemon burst of flavor. Don’t limit lemon to only sweet treats – a touch of lemon adds the perfect accent to any recipe. Simply add lemon juice on your poultry and fish before cooking for healthy flavor in a flash. Sweet, savory, healthy and easy – lemons are the perfect ingredient to make your taste buds sing.
Lemon Angel Hair Pasta with Pine Nuts
Makes 4 servings
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta, reserving
- 1/4 cup cooking water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water; drain well and set aside.
- In small nonstick skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic, stirring, one minute. Transfer to large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Season to taste.
- Add pasta with reserved cooking water to bowl and toss together until well combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 297 Calories from fat 29% Fat 10g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 9mg Carbohydrate 45g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 3g Protein 8g Dietary Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 1/2 fat
Pine nuts are considered to be an aphrodisiac so make this lover’s lemon pasta side of choice with whatever you are serving! Watch toasting pine nuts carefully as they burn very quickly!
Spicy Advice: I recommend using fresh lemons and parsley- but if not in the mood, hit the bottle (of lemon juice).
Written by: Holly Clegg, Culinary Expert
About the Author
With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more targeted health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Web MD and The Huffington Post. She also has a phone application, Mobile Rush-Hour Recipes. For more information, visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com for more recipes and tips.
The new year presents an exciting opportunity to start fresh and begin setting goals that will improve your mental and physical health. Whether it’s your physical fitness or a desire to make more of an effort to engage in social activities, 2017 is the time to make it happen. Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider adding to your list of New Year’s resolutions.
- Make Connections! Unfortunately, it can be easy to lose contact with friends and family members who live far away. If you have a loved one or old acquaintance in mind who you know you could do better at reaching out to, make 2017 the year that you make an effort to reestablish this connection. Thanks to social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it’s easier to reconnect.
- Share your favorite recipes. Sharing family recipes and passing them on down through generations is a great way to connect with grandchildren and even great-grand children. It’s also a great way to socially interact with friends and family.
- Eat Healthier. Probably one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, switching up your diet so that it consists of nutritious foods is essential. Remember that eating right doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you completely cut a certain food from your diet or drastically change all of your regular meals. Slowly introducing more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains to your daily meals will improve your health without requiring you to make any significant alterations to your diet.
- Plan Ahead. It’s never too early to start. As you begin to age in place, start looking to rely on proper avenues of senior care. Let your family know whether you eventually want to have a caregiver, purchase a medical alarm system, or move into a comfortable home. We all grow older and require some help here and there. The only difference is whether you and your family are ready!
- Make “You” Time. Having a weekly schedule consisting of exercise classes, social gatherings and meetings for clubs, such as knitting or reading groups, is key to maintaining physical and mental health. However, it’s essential to allow yourself a break to enjoy the simple things in life.
- Go Through Your Family Photos. You have information and stories about your family members that your children and grandchildren don’t know. Make sure your family heritage is preserved by going through your family photos by labeling them or putting them in an album that your family can enjoy for generations.
- Schedule Regular Checkups. Yes, no one likes going to the doctor (for the most part). Keep your doctors up to date on those aches and pains and do your much needed maintenance. Annual senior checkups are vital to determining how to maintain and improve your health.
- Stimulate Your Brain. While it is important to get in the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, don’t forget that keeping your brain active is equally essential. What does working out your brain entail? A daily puzzle, card game, or reading a book will contribute to healthier brain function and help to reduce your risk of developing dementia symptoms down the road.