Lunch to Go: Blueberry and Sweet Potato Muffins

blueberry-muffinsFor those hectic mornings that are about to start, I give you blueberry and sweet potato muffins. This nutritious and pre-made meal is like a pancake but in a muffin shape – and is handy for breakfasts, too. This recipe is a great way to enjoy the last pickings of blueberry season. And whether it’s weekend-long hockey tournaments, musical recitals, or potlucks, these muffins are perfect to throw in a bag for easy-to-eat nourishment.

The combination of sweet potato and blueberries provides plenty of natural sweetness. Eat them on the go or reheat and serve topped with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of Greek yogurt, just like you would a pancake. Continue reading “Lunch to Go: Blueberry and Sweet Potato Muffins”

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What’s for Dinner? GMOs and Glyphosate

corn-on-the-cobSummer is the time for fresh produce, and what could be better than buying local corn? We stopped at a roadside stand and admired the array of vegetables. The ears of corn all looked perfect and also identical – they were same size, same girth and same color. Even the tassels were the same length. So I casually asked the roadside attendant, “Is this GMO corn?”

Both my kids rolled their eyes and turned around, looking for any possible escape from this embarrassing situation. The woman looked at me with a blank stare and said, “Well, I don’t know what GMO is, but it’s sweet corn.” Continue reading “What’s for Dinner? GMOs and Glyphosate”

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?

autoimmuneI was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis over 15 years ago. This type of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, resulting in decreased production of thyroid hormone. It is estimated that Hashimoto’s is just one of possibly hundreds of autoimmune disorders, which include lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

When people with healthy immune systems get a cold, a cut or any virus, the body’s natural defenses/immune system kicks in to help restore balance. Continue reading “What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?”

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Poison Ivy Help

poison-ivyWe all know that we should wear sunscreen, hats and stay out of the sun to avoid the most common summer skin problem – sunburn! But sunburns aren’t the only summer skin issue. Rashes from plants can also put a damper on your summer fun.

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

All three of these contain an oil called urushiol, which most people are allergic to. Most people come into contact with poison ivy indirectly while gardening, hiking or camping. You can spread the oil wherever you touch your body until the oil is washed off and it can take up to 5 days before symptoms appear. Continue reading “Poison Ivy Help”

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Back to School Lunches

school-lunchFor some, school has already started, and for others there are still a couple of weeks before we have to start making lunches. Making healthy lunches can be challenging, especially if you have a picky eater. But with some weekly planning and asking for the kids to help with their lunch boxes, back to school lunches can be easy, and even fun.

Here are some tips to make healthy school lunches convenient without resorting to prepackaged options.

• Prepare and organize school lunches on Sunday for the entire week. Continue reading “Back to School Lunches”

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August 2018