Better Homes and Bodies
This year, resolve to try something new. People who try new things are happier than those who just keep doing the same old things. It’s good for our bodies and our brains to step out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves. Plus, the more we do it, the more open we become to new experiences and new opportunities. Try something big or try something small; it doesn’t have to be life altering. And don’t be afraid of failure. We learn when we fail. Happy New Year!
Something as simple as “help me set the dinner table” can have long-lasting benefits. Make it fun – let your child make up a song to sing with the chore. According to parenting and health experts, eating together as a family brings unity; enhances academic success; improves nutrition; and promotes a healthy weight for kids. With a list like this, your family has something to sing about!
Make sure you’re snack savvy, by not relying on foods with empty calories that won’t power you up for your road trip. Instead, bring along snacks that will fuel you with protein, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates - like unsalted nuts, raw veggies (pre-cut), fruits, whole grain crackers, hummus, and dried fruit. If you have a sweet tooth, reach for Dark Chocolate and a handful of almonds (remember, its best to chew almonds 15 times to extract all their goodness).
Squashes! Their tough shells protect the wonderfully sweet, rich flesh inside which makes them excellent storage vegetables. Whichever variety you choose, always pick a winter squash that feels heavy for its size. Learn about two of our faves!
It’s sweet and moist with a tender flesh. Perfect for roasting, baking, and mashing. The skins of acorn squash are nutritious, and the ridges are perfect for slicing after you roast it. Go ahead; eat the skin!
This squash is also very nutritious because its flesh is filled with vitamins A & C. Roasting gives a naturally sweet flavor. Don’t ignore the seeds – they are also packed with protein and heart healthy fats. Makes a good puree for soups!
Measuring your waist circumference is a simple and practical way to assess abdominal fat that can lead to chronic disease risks. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.gov) indicates there is an increased risk of chronic diseases for women with a waist circumference of more than 35 inches and for men with a waist circumference of more than 40 inches.