5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day and that means everywhere you look you see… Chocolate! And seriously, what better way to tell someone you love them with a delicious, and unexpectedly healthy treat. Over the years chocolate has developed a poor reputation. Not here! This Valentine’s Day, we want you to indulge without guilt on your favorite chocolate treat. Here’s why…

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Winter is almost over, and as we make that final push towards spring, let’s savor the cool weather with this simple soup recipe that is sure to warm up any room. It’s only five ingredients (not including water), and takes less than 30 minutes to make. If you don’t have 30 minutes, you can also make this in your slow cooker and let it cook while you’re working!

This soup is high in vitamin C (from the squash) and loaded with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory spices from the curry powder. The coconut milk adds a creaminess to the soup without the addition of butter or cow’s milk, which makes this an excellent dish for those suffering from a dairy allergy. 

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy can certainly make normal “kid” activities (like school, birthday parties, and playdates) seem extremely stressful. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, so you’re sure to find at least a few parents in your circle who can relate to what you’re going through. 

The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. And while some allergies don’t last forever (many children grow out of them as they get older), some might stick around for life. So, how can you make sure your child, family, and community knows how to address food allergies? Follow these simple steps.

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

As talk about our nation’s “Obesity Epidemic” is on the rise, it’s only natural many feel compelled to make weight gain and body fat the enemy. But what if we told you weight gain and fat is a good thing? Puberty in girls typically begins between ages eight and 13, and can last as long as four years. While you might think that your daughter is fully grown, it’s perfectly normal for her body to continue to change, and yes, gain weight, well into her teens. During this time, a girl’s body will increase in fat, muscle, and bone, as she begins to transition to womanhood. 

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

It seems to be that time of year where everyone you know and their dog is sick. Whether it be a cold, the flu, or something even worse, it’s hard to talk to anyone without feeling like you’re going to become infected. While hand washing and sanitizers might shield against germs passed through physical touch, what can we do to keep our bodies strong to fend against airborne germs, like those passed through sneezing and coughing? The first step is prevention. While there is no guaranteed method to preventing a cold or flu, these methods can certainly be helpful in strengthening your family’s immune system. 

The Most Important Step to Take to Change A Habit

The Most Important Step to Take to Change A Habit

Let’s face it, we all have “bad” or “unhealthy” habits we’d like to break. And, healthy habits we’d like to implement, like eating more nutritiously or exercising regularly. But as we all know, turning a simple action into a daily habit is no easy feat. So, what is the most important step to take in order to change a habit? The first one.

Often, when we think of a habit we want to implement we think about the big picture. Let’s use “exercising regularly” as the example. It’s going to be really hard to implement regular exercise into your life because although this might look like one habit, it’s actually the culmination of many individual steps. Let’s break them down:

You're Dog is Cold Too: Keeping Your Pup Warm This Winter

You're Dog is Cold Too: Keeping Your Pup Warm This Winter

You might be thinking… but, my dog has so much fur! He can’t be cold! Well, the truth is, your dog’s fur doesn’t protect against cold anymore than our pants and long sleeved shirts. Believe it or not, even if you dog has a thick, heavy coat, he still might get cold (especially if he’s living here in New England!). Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just as much as we are! Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your dog stays warm this winter. 

10 New Year's Resolutions to Make (Other Than Lose Weight)

10 New Year's Resolutions to Make (Other Than Lose Weight)

It’s no surprise that the most common New Year’s Resolution is “to lose weight.” But here, we like to think that weight loss is more like a benign side effect of implementing healthy habits, not the primary goal. So instead of bombarding you with more information about “how to reach your weight loss goals in 2017,” we want to provide you with 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can choose from that will help give your health and happiness a boost this year. 

How to Make SMART New Years Resolutions

How to Make SMART New Years Resolutions

Raise your hand if you have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions! Our hands are certainly raised. On one hand, setting goals and visualizing the future is important for long-term success in any area of your life. On the other, more often than not, our New Year’s Resolutions dissipate into thin air around the holidays. Before we get into how to set SMART and effective goals, let’s take a quick look as to why despite our best efforts, most New Year’s Resolutions fail. 

In-Home Winter Workout

In-Home Winter Workout

Now that it’s officially cold (at least here in New England), we wanted to give you a workout that will warm you all the way from your core to your extremities! This workout doesn’t even require leaving the house! All you need is your body and if you choose, a yoga mat. We recommend starting with a light warm up, a few minutes of jumping jacks or dancing, just to loosen up the joints. Try this workout now, or download it and print it for later