How to Spot and Handle a Heat Stroke

Posted On : August 3, 2018   In ,

  Now that it’s August, you might be thinking that summer is over with all of the back-to-school activities that are taking place. However, here in central Texas, we’re right in the dog days of summer.  Like most busy families and young Austinites, you’re probably always on the go. With so many activities to attend and so many outdoor adventures to go on, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke, and how to handle one.  First, what exactly is a heat stroke? According to Merriam-Webster:  Heatstroke: a life-threatening condition marked especially by cessation of sweating, extremely high body temperature, and collapse

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Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for Busy People

Posted On : June 19, 2018   In ,

Too busy to think about what to make for breakfast or lunch? Do you want to get some healthy meals added into your diet without thinking too much? Try these easy meals that take just seconds to make, or can be made ahead, so breakfast and lunch can be ready when you are. Breakfast Cottage cheese toast: Spread cottage cheese on a piece of raisin bread. Top with a dollop of crushed pineapple. Broil for a few minutes, or eat it cold. Egg-sausage burrito: Cook a soy sausage patty according to package directions. Mix 1-2 eggs (or ¼ – 1/2 cup (C)

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Superfood Recipe: Acai-Strawberry Smoothie

Posted On : June 1, 2018   In

Ingredients (2 servings) ¾ cup orange juice 1 medium banana 1 cup frozen strawberries 3½ ounces frozen pure, unsweetened acai fruit puree 1 tablespoon chia or hemp seeds (optional) Instructions  Combine orange juice, banana, strawberries, acai and chia (or hemp) seeds, if using, in a blender. Puree until smooth. Nutritional Information Per serving: Calories 134, Fat 3g (sat 1g, mono 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Carbs 25g, Total sugars 15g (added 0g), Protein 2g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 8mg, Potassium 469mg. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (133% daily value) Carbohydrate servings: 1½ Exchanges: 1½ fruit *TIP: Acai is a reddish-purple berry native to Central

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Superfruits: A Look at the Research

Posted On : May 25, 2018   In ,

Smoothie bowls, chocolate covered acai berries, and goji berry bars are all the rage in the health-food world within recent years. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out if these “superfruits” are more than just tasty (and beautiful to photograph!)… The term “superfruit” refers to a category of natural plants that are believed to provide great health benefits because of their exceptional nutrient and antioxidant levels. Six tropical or exotic superfruits include açaí, goji, mangosteen, noni, pomegranate, and seaberry. Blueberries, cranberries, and red grapes are considered more common superfruits. Many of the more exotic superfruits are available in juice,

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Heart Health and Diet

Posted On : May 9, 2018   In ,

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. About 92 million people in the United States have some form of heart/cardiovascular disease — that’s about 29 percent of the population. Many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable, and food choices have a big impact on your heart’s health, even if you have other risk factors. Only a few risk factors, such as age, gender and family history, cannot be controlled. You can prevent and control many risk factors of heart disease, such as high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medications. Lifestyle

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Tips for a Healthy Cookout

Posted On : April 25, 2018   In , ,

From traditional favorites such as hot dogs to side dishes and desserts, grilling is a great way to add flavor to all types of food. Make sure you do it right with these healthy grilling tips. Before the Big Cookout Start by cleaning your grill. Scrub it with hot, soapy water. Then, when you’re ready to cook, allow the grill to heat up sufficiently to eliminate potential bacteria problems. Make sure you have the right tools. Relying on color alone does not ensure the doneness of meat, poultry and fish. A food thermometer is the only way to ensure food

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Exploring Austin in Celebration of National Park Week

Posted On : April 23, 2018   In

In central Texas, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery. There are dozens of landscapes to get lost in with your furry friend, your best friend, or your whole family! National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful April weather and get out to explore some new trails. Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park 12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753 Spanning nearly 300 acres, this public north Austin park is equipped with hiking trails, off-leash dog areas, a swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic areas with barbeque pits and baseball fields. With so many areas to explore and

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The Dirt on Hand Sanitizers

Posted On : March 30, 2018   In , ,

Hand sanitizer seems like the perfect solution for a busy mom on the go, an employee in a fast-paced environment or a hands-on coach of little athletes. Does this quick and convenient sanitizer really keep you out of harm’s way by killing 99.9% of germs as advertised? We’ve tracked down the nitty gritty details of just how effective hand sanitizer is, as well as the true and false facts of this hand-held wonder. Scientists and researchers have proven that hand sanitizers do in fact kill 99.9% of germs, but these studies have been performed on inanimate surfaces. Although it is

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Vegetable Stir-Fry for the Family

Posted On : March 23, 2018   In

Are you looking for a new dish to spice dinner up for your family? This stir-fry is perfect for any night of the week, and all of your family is sure to love this healthy take on vegetables! Stir-fried vegetables and chicken breast are tossed in a savory soy-ginger sauce and served over quinoa. Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 2 cups + 1 cup vegetable broth ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt 2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound chicken breasts, patted dry and sliced thin 2 cups shredded carrots 3 cups broccoli florets 1 orange or red bell pepper, seeded,

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20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

Posted On : March 20, 2018   In ,

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day. 1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini. 2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk,

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