Archive for April, 2018

Harvesting Tips

Posted on: April 26, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Are you eager to start picking all those garden veggies, but are not sure when they are fully ripe? Follow these helpful tips! Tomatoes You can pick when you see color on the bottom. Wait to eat until fully ripened and the color covers the entire fruit. If you leave to ripen on the vine,… Read More »

Green Pozole with Chicken

Posted on: April 26, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration that commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on May 5, 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken is the perfect dish for the occasion. Ingredients for the salsa: 8 ounces… Read More »

Why More Fruits and Vegetables Matter

Posted on: April 26, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health links eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, which amounts to about 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups per day, to increased life expectancy. Did you know the average American eats only three servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Don’t let the “seven… Read More »

American Stroke Month

Posted on: April 26, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Did you know that high blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke? According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, about 77% of people who have a stroke have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg. Although stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, it is largely preventable,… Read More »

The Benefits of Social Bonds

Posted on: April 25, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Research shows that maintaining strong social bonds increases life expectancy by reducing health risks throughout a person’s life. Having a social network of supportive relationships also contributes to psychological well-being. Here’s how you can benefit from these relationships: Sense of belonging. Spending time with people helps ward off loneliness. Whether it’s other new parents, dog lovers, fishing buddies or siblings,… Read More »

Graham Cracker Frozen Treat

Posted on: April 20, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

In the mood for a sweet treat? Try this low calorie recipe! With just two ingredients and minimal preparation, this frozen treat can take the place of ice cream for only 95 calories per bar. INGREDIENTS: 4 graham crackers (cinnamon or chocolate) ½ cup whipped cream PREPARATION: Spread whipped cream between 2 sheets (2 connected… Read More »

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Posted on: April 16, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Play around with your seasonal vegetables and create a savory pasta salad! They’re perfect for picnics, potlucks, or workplace lunches. It’s a delicious go-to side dish that’s simple to toss together! INGREDIENTS: 1 pound dried spiral pasta (or cavatappi, ziti, fusilli or other salad-friendly shaped pasta) 2 cups (8 ounces) halved sugar snap peas 2 cups… Read More »

Surviving on a Modest Income

Posted on: April 16, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

There’s no denying the importance of the almighty dollar. We all need money to provide food, shelter, transportation, and clothing – life’s basic necessities. Did you know that our well-being suffers when we don’t have enough cash to cover these essentials? While money is not necessarily the path to happiness, low income is associated with low emotional well-being according to the… Read More »

Get More Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on: April 5, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Dinner is typically the largest meal of the day, and it’s also your last chance to strike a healthful balance of foods for the day. If you didn’t eat many or any fruits and vegetables at lunch, now’s your chance; why not load up on fruits and vegetables to meet your produce quota? Dinner is… Read More »

Get Out and Move More

Posted on: April 5, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Get moving in April! There is no time like the present to increase your physical activity. Every April all Americans are encouraged to commit to being more active on a regular basis. Whether its yoga, cycling, aerobics, jogging or a brisk walk, you can choose how you want to participate and customize the experience for your… Read More »