Snack Today: Pumpkin Chickpea Hummus

pumpkin-chickpea-hummusHappy Halloween! The last few days around our house have been spent carving pumpkins and roasting seeds. Although most people compost the insides of the pumpkin, I say save them and use it to make this great hummus. It makes a great snack, while you are handing out candy!

Pumpkins contain a rich supply of beta carotene and alpha carotene. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, you’ll get a mouthful of potassium, magnesium, selenium, and lutein in every bite, plus a good dose of vitamins A, C and E.

There are many healthy benefits of pumpkins. Continue reading “Snack Today: Pumpkin Chickpea Hummus”

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What is Iron Deficiency? Do You Have It?

iron-deficiencyAre you feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? Catching every cold that’s going around? If you’re a woman, you could be iron deficient.

Iron deficiency occurs more frequently in women than in men. Menstruating women lose iron every month, and pregnant women need to supply extra iron to their babies. This is why men’s iron levels are usually okay while women are often playing catch-up.

Other causes of iron deficiency include blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids or long-term aspirin use. Continue reading “What is Iron Deficiency? Do You Have It?”

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Keep Antibiotics Working: New Health Campaign in England

antibioticsIt is no secret, that antibiotics are the most prescribed drug. Patients are quickly prescribed antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections. But how are effective are they? It turns out that the overprescribing of antibiotics is actually decreasing their efficacy.

A few years ago, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) noted that treating sinus infections with antibiotics (standard practice in the US) wouldn’t help most cases and may actually do more harm.

According to the IDSA, sinus infections are the fifth leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, Continue reading “Keep Antibiotics Working: New Health Campaign in England”

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Healthy Halloween Recipes for Kids

healthy-halloween-recipesLooking for healthy, festive treats to make with your kids in the week leading up to Halloween? We’ve got you covered!

In a fun new video, Physicians Committee dietitians Karen Smith, R.D., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., and their kids share some of their favorite fall recipes, including dairy-free Pumpkin “Nice” Cream, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, and homemade Sunflower Seed Butter Cups! Continue reading “Healthy Halloween Recipes for Kids”

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Nut Butters and Alternatives

nut-buttersGrowing up, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was a staple in my lunch box. But as awareness of the danger of peanut allergies increases, many schools have become peanut-free. Luckily for parents who like quick-to-make lunches, there are many alternatives to peanut butter.

Because peanuts are actually a legume and not a nut, not all people with peanut allergies are allergic to tree nuts, and vice versa. While some classrooms and schools have gone nut-free entirely, others may still allow tree nuts and tree nut spreads.

Generally speaking, nut butters are high in protein and healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Continue reading “Nut Butters and Alternatives”

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