When you think of summer, you think of warm weather, beaches, bike rides, and fresh fruits and veggies. Tomatoes, cherries, zucchini, blueberries, and corn are just a few of the fresh vegetables that grow abundantly in the summer. Thanks to a few of our Registered Dietitian friends, we now have five delicious recipes to share that highlight some of our favorite summer produce. What we love most about these recipes is that they are vegetarian, and make the produce the center of the meal. These plant-based meals are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are extremely cost-effective because they don’t require meat. Meat lovers, fear not; these recipes are so versatile that you can add any variety of meat or fish if you’d like. Which one of these recipes will you add to your summer meal rotation? Let us know in the comments below.
Journaling can be a highly effective tool for improving mental health and processing difficult emotions. Unlike what you might see in television shows or movies, journaling is more than just venting or recounting the events of the day. Journaling is a tool to help children (and adults!) hash out how the events of the their day, or their life, affect them emotionally. It allows children to express themselves without fear of judgement or repercussions, especially since mom or dad will not be reading the journal.
The terms self-confidence and self-esteem are often used interchangeably, but they actually have slightly different meanings. Self-confidence is developed out of a sense of competence. Mastering a skill like riding a bike gives a child a sense that they are capable, even if the process involves making mistakes.. Self-esteem is when a kid feels valued, accepted, and proud of his or her accomplishments. Both self-confidence and self-esteem play a big role in helping kids succeed academically, socially, and emotionally, ultimately allowing them to be better equipped for all of life’s challenges and obstacles. Here are a few simple ways you can help your child develop both self-confidence and self-esteem.
In last week’s post we talked about how you can make your fresh ingredients last up to a week longer with some simple storage techniques. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely head on over to the post to see how practicing smart-storage techniques can help save you both time and money. And, if you’re looking for another way to save money when purchasing produce, consider shopping at your local farmer’s market.
If you’ve ever tried keeping a food journal, you’ve probably been told to also track portion sizes and calorie counts. Unfortunately, these numbers only give you a very small piece of a much bigger picture when it comes to nutrition. If you’re looking for some guidance on how to make healthier eating choices, but you’re not sure where to start, consider keeping a food journal using the tips outlined below. You’ll glean important information about your habits, become more in touch with your body’s natural cues, and be able to become your own nutrition expert.
It’s no secret that including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet is beneficial to your health. But keeping a fridge stocked full of fresh produce might not be cost-effective or practical for your family, especially if you don’t live near a grocery store. And let’s face it, it’s no fun to stock up on produce, only to have to throw it in the trash when it goes bad a few days later. Keep fruits and veggies fresh, and prevent food waste with these 5 simple tips to make your fresh ingredients last an extra week (or more)!
Health sciences are evolving so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with the latest recommendations. With every new headline comes more confusion about the “right” way to live a healthy life. But the truth is, there are many ways to live a healthy life, and there is no one “right” way, just a way that feels right for us. Part of figuring this out is learning what health advice is worth following, and what is worth throwing away! Take a look at our top five health tips you can stop following to actually improve your health!
Children often have difficulty expressing complex emotions because they don’t have the language for it. As a result, they might express these emotions nonverbally by acting out, crying, or isolating themselves from social experiences. More often than not, these emotional expressions are undesirable within our social construct. As parents, we don’t enjoy seeing our children angry, sad, or lonely, and our instinct might be to find a quick-fix to mitigate the situation at hand by using one of our most readily available coping mechanisms: food.
We all know that bicycling is a great form of physical activity and a cost effective mode of transportation. But despite the many benefits of bicycling, bad driving, poor infrastructure, and dangerous roads are some of the top reasons we don’t see more bicycles on the road than we do cars. Unless you’ve received a comprehensive bicycling safety and competence training (like our CYCLE Kids program), coupled with practice and experience, bicycling around town can be a daunting experience!