Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities

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The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become available. And with the warmer weather, it’s much easier to get outside for activities the entire family will enjoy.

If you’re interested in revamping your eating routine and helping your family shape up for the summer, we’ve got some helpful hints:

* Flavorful and nutrient-rich salad pairings – Summer is the time for salads, which can be loaded up with fresh, locally grown ingredients. The leafy base you choose for your salad can also give your family plenty of power-packed nutrients. For example:

Romaine lettuce – contains vitamins A, K and C

Field greens – rich in iron and magnesium

 

Spinach – contains calcium, fiber and beta-carotene

 

Pair all three greens together for a powerful, nutritious punch. Top off the salad with the right pairing of flavors.

* Turn ordinary into extraordinary – Grilled veggies and crunchy textures turn routine salads into something you can’t wait to dig into. Grill carrots, zucchini and tomatoes with lean meats for a sweetened and smoky flavor.

* Power up with a partner – A report by the Huffington Post says people doing physical activities with a spouse, friends or coworker enjoyed the activity more and were happier.

* Keep it simple for a big impact – Instead of setting a huge goal that may seem daunting and unattainable, set mini, achievable goals for yourself. Make simple changes — like ditching the elevator and taking the stairs — you can incorporate daily to help improve your health. -Brandpoint

 

Number to Know

10: Adding three 10-minute periods of physical activity in your daily schedule are just as beneficial as participating in one 30-minute period of exercise, according to Heart.org. Plus, if you can do your exercise outside in the sun, you’ll be able to absorb some vitamin D, which is also good for your body.

Children’s Health

It’s no secret that kids don’t always eat what they should. Dr. Heather Manley, a naturopathic doctor, suggests that everyone including children take three daily supplements: a good multivitamin, probiotics and omega-3 fish oil. “With children and teens, the omega-3s found in fish and fish oil are essential for neural (brain) development, skin health, balanced glucose levels, a healthy immune response, a healthy heart, and long-term overall health.

– Brandpoint

Senior Health

Seven in 10 Americans said they would prefer to die at home according to a Time/CNN Poll. Statistics show that 25 percent actually do according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a recent national survey, the overwhelming majority of respondents agreed that expertise in keeping a terminally-ill patient as comfortable and as pain-free as possible is the single most important service to consider when caring for a loved one and the end-of-life experience. This is the essence of hospice care.

Eating more fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet, but did you know it can also reduce the risk of suffering a stroke? In high-income studies, the incidence of stroke has decreased by 42 percent over the past four decades, which researchers at the American Heart Association are attributing to eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new article published in the journal Stroke. In low- and middle-income countries, where fruit and vegetable consumption is low,stroke incidence has more than doubled.

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