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Staying Healthy & Germ-Free During Holiday Travel

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During the cold winter months, it’s not uncommon for parents (and kids!) to contemplate a holiday vacation to escape the chilly temperatures outside. The problem? Many families have the same idea!   When planning your family’s warm-weather excursion, it’s important to take extra care to stay wel...
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Healthy Halloween Alternatives

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Halloween — a time for ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, costumes and candy. We all know one of the goals on Halloween is to collect as much candy as possible when out trick-or-treating. But what are some healthy and nutritious alternatives we can give out to those fun-loving, trick-or-treate...
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Foods for Cognitive Health Support in Children

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As a parent, it’s important to make sure your child is able to learn and to have enough energy throughout the school day to do so. But did you know food health is just as important as getting good grades? In fact, healthy eating plays bigger role in a child’s mental development than you think. The f...
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Pumpkins for Health

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From canned pumpkins to pumpkin seeds – and even pumpkin pie – the health benefits of these bright orange, smiling Jack-o-Lanterns extend far beyond the Fall and Halloween season. In fact, pumpkins are perfect for a year-round, healthy treat! Outlined below are a just few of the many health benefits...
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The Benefits of…Chocolate?

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Is it true? Could it be? Chocolate … healthy? Yes, it is!   Chocolate (dark chocolate, that is!) contains many naturally occurring ingredients; scientists have found over 300 so far!  You have probably heard of caffeine, but, there are many others with health benefits, such as antioxidants. Antio...
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Practicing the Art of Mindful Eating

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We teach our children from a young age that what we eat greatly affects our health. But food experts and psychologists caution that how we eat — and how often — also play an important role.   According to Cornell University food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, families too often find themselves i...
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Uncooked Banana Pudding

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Bananas are a fruit favorite among children and adults alike — and for good reason! Not only are bananas sweet and delicious, this yellow fruit packs a powerful dose of nutrition with every bite. Bananas are great sources of vitamins, potassium and fiber, and can be consumed in a variety of ways, in...
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Back-to-School ABCs

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Do you know your nutrition ABCs? With school back-in-session, now’s the perfect time to brush up on the basics!   Vitamin A: an important nutrient for promoting vision and immune system health.   B Vitamins: a group of vitamins that aid metabolism, energy production and healthy circulatory and n...
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Connecticut Shore Roasted Clams

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There’s nothing quite like enjoying a great meal alongside a beautiful waterway. Now, you can bring the Connecticut shoreline straight to your dinner table with this seafood-inspired meal!   Ingredients: 2 dozen Little Neck Clams 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 large shallot, ...
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Sweet Grilled Peaches

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  Sweet and juicy, and with a bold burst of flavor, peaches are widely known as a summertime classic. These fuzzy fruits are low in calories and high in vitamins A and C (and other essential nutrients), making them an excellent summertime snack for supporting overall health and well-being. Enjoy th...
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Summer Safety Tips

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  School is almost out and summer vacation is almost underway. For many of us, summer is our favorite time of year. It’s the best season to be outdoors enjoying the warm weather activities. With wonderful summer moments to enjoy all season long, sometimes we forget that there are some real dangers—...
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It's Grilling Time

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  Summer is almost here, and before you know it, thoughts will be drifting out to the patio to enjoy some sunshine. Hopefully, you can take this opportunity to starting planning for a summer cook-out or family barbecue!     Though hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob are excellent starting p...
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Black Bean Burger

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  With Memorial Day right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your grill for some delicious and healthy new recipes. Here’s one of our favorites — Black Bean Burgers — perfect for your family’s next barbecue celebration!   Ingredients (Recipe for 8 Burgers)   2 cups dry organic bla...
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Nutrition Symbols Decoded

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Do you find searching through the Nutrition Facts label to be a little overwhelming? You are not alone! Fortunately, many manufacturers and organizations have created a solution: a language of symbols that makes shopping for healthy and nutritious food choices easier than ever. Labeling systems are ...
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Reducing Screen Time

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    With the advent of cell phones, tablets and iPads (not to mention, a host of other electronic devices!), children are spending more time in front of a screen and less time participating in the great outdoors.   In fact, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, each day children ages 8 to...
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There’s No Need to Fear

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Who says you can’t get older kids to try new things? Sure, by middle school, most kids are quite clear in what they will eat and what they won’t; fruits and vegetables are often not at the top of the list! So, how do you get them to be bold and try new things? Make it fun, if course!   Here are so...
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Tomato Ginger Vinaigrette

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  Vinaigrettes are a great way to add flavor to salads while providing more health benefits than cream-based dressings. Enjoy the spring sunshine and fresh vegetables by introducing your family to this healthy vinaigrette. Don’t forget to add lean protein such as grilled chicken or turkey, or a han...
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Cultivating a Green Thumb

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  Harvesting fresh produce is an excellent opportunity to learn about the beauty of nature — and of course, about the benefits of healthy eating. From carefully picking the type of vegetable plant, such as cherry tomatoes, to watering, measuring and watching the plant’s growth, your children will l...
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Peach and String Bean Salad

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After a long and chilly winter, the sights, smells and sounds of spring are a welcome sign of rebirth and new beginnings. With temperatures (slowly) on the rise, celebrate a spring-inspired meal with this recipe below, perfect for enjoying warmer days ahead.     Ingredients - Serves 6 to 8 2 lb...
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Remembering Old-Fashioned Customer Service

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Economically, our country is facing some of the biggest challenges ever. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this rollercoaster economy is that the customer is our treasure and deserves to be treated as such. Regardless of our country's financial situation, the importance of customer...
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