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Healthier Fat Tuesday: A Paczki-inspired Alternative Recipe

It is a Michigan ritual to celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday by eating a traditional Polish jelly-filled or cream-filled fried pastry called a paczek (pronounced PON-check). But if you are not in the mood for such a rich treat, there are other options. These fruit-filled delicacies are lighter than the traditional fried treat – significantly lower in saturated fat,… 

Three Love-ly, Easy Recipes for Your Galentine’s Day

The celebration of Valentine’s Day has been around since the 14th century. In 2010, Parks and Rec’s Leslie Knope introduced us to Galentine’s Day. More than a fun play on words, celebrating friendships is important. It gives us a sense of belonging and even offers health benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic. Having friendships have been associated with longer life span.… 

2 Healthy Winter Soup Recipes to Cozy Up With

There’s nothing quite like a warm, hearty bowl of soup to bring comfort and nourishment during cozy season. Creating your own soups at home provides a canvas for creativity and ensures control over the ingredients. A soup can serve as a balanced meal with the right ingredients. Carrots, celery and onions are classic choices that add vitamins and minerals to… 

Beyond BMI: The Role of Weight in Health Outcomes

January is Healthy Weight Week. One of the most common components of a preventive care screening is being weighed on a scale. This measurement is used by health care providers to calculate a person’s body mass index, a standardized way to quickly evaluate a person’s health status and risk for chronic conditions. The body mass index (BMI) is a value… 

Mocktail & Garnish Recipes For Dry January

As the new year unfolds, many individuals embark on transformative journeys. “Dry January” is a popular trend that involves abstaining from alcohol for the month of January. For some, it serves as a reset button after indulging in holiday festivities, offering a chance to break unhealthy drinking patterns. Others view it as an opportunity to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol.… 

Healthy New Year: Take Baby Steps to Improve Your Health

New Year’s celebrations are nearly upon us. This means a lot of people will be making resolutions or goals for themselves. These goals often revolve around relationships, finances and health. But instead of setting our sights on hugely ambitious goals that encourage big changes on Jan. 1, it may be better to take a different approach this year. Plan to… 

How Social Media Can Put a Damper on Your Holiday Spirit

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a seemingly unending stream of photos, videos and festive events posted on social media by family, friends and acquaintances. Get ready for the picture-perfect images of families in matching pajamas, snippets from luxury vacations and gift-wrapping tutorials from crafty friends who love to show off their skills. For people on the… 

Healthier Holiday Mocktails

The holidays are filled with events and get-togethers that involve festive decorations, food and even drinks. While a beautifully garnished drink may not be a problem for many, others struggle with alcohol consumption, especially around the holidays. This time of year, it’s reported binge drinking is more prevalent than other times of the year. In fact, the average American admits…