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Allergy-friendly Holiday Cookie Recipes

Homes filled with scents of baking spices, gingerbread houses topped with icing and candies, star-shaped cookies doused in sprinkles:  baking cookies with loved ones is part of many families’ holiday traditions. Whether they’re baked from scratch with an old family recipe or from a boxed mix, this activity brings people together and builds memories. For those with food allergies, baking… 

3 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and so many of these celebrations seem to revolve around high-calorie food and drinks. Family parties often feature a big buffet of appetizers, main dishes and a sea of desserts. Work party potlucks have tables crammed with goodies. And meeting friends for the holidays often means a drink or dessert – or both. But there are… 

3 Healthy & Seasonal Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey with stuffing and gravy, creamy casseroles and sweet pumpkin pie for dessert – there are certain dishes that are synonymous with Thanksgiving. Often, these staples have elements full of saturated fat and sugar. While it’s okay to enjoy these comfort foods, it’s great to offer healthy options to create balance at the table. Luckily, fiber-rich root vegetables and crucifers… 

5 Everyday Ways to Live Healthier with Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month More than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, which is about 11% of the population. The most prevalent type is Type 2 diabetes, which is more common in adults. This chronic illness occurs when a person doesn’t produce enough insulin or does not use it well. As a result, the body struggles… 

Signs & Symptoms of ADHD in Children

October is National ADHD Awareness Month Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is the most common behavioral disorder in children: about 10% of children ages three to 17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD during their lifetimes. ADHD often begins in childhood: in a class of 25 to 30 children, it’s likely that at least one student will have ADHD. People… 

4 Tips to Handle Halloween Candy in a Healthy Way

The average kid is likely going to consume between 3,500 and 7,000 calories from candy on Halloween. This is the equivalent of up to three cups of sugar.   Sugar is particularly bad for oral health because it feeds the bacteria that live in the mouth. Over time and without a daily routine of brushing, flossing and seeing a dentist, these… 

Ways to Spring Clean Your Morning Routine

With spring in the air you may be thinking about doing some cleaning, whether it’s packing away the winter clothes from your overfilled closet, doing a deep scrub of the house, or feeling some Feng Shui to fill your home with some springtime energy. In the rush to spring clean everything you may have forgotten yourself! Take some time to revamp your… 

3 Pumpkin & Squash Recipes for Fall

Winter squashes are more than just decorative doorstep elements during the fall season. This family of diverse squashes includes fall cooking staples like butternut, spaghetti, acorn, delicata and pumpkin. Unlike their summer squash counterparts like zucchini and yellow squash, they have a hard interior and exterior. Rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, they’re nutritional powerhouses that can contribute to overall…