Happy Halloween from Village Green!

happy halloweenMost mornings can be chaotic, but when Halloween lands on a school day, it is even more so. Watching the joy in my kids faces as they see their costumes transform them into what they had imagined makes it all worth it. I, along with everyone at Village Green Apothecary, would like to wish all the trick-or-treaters a very safe, fun and happy Halloween.

Here are some tips to ensure that your little ones have a fun and memorable time.

1. Only go to houses that have lights on.

2. Never eat any candy before it is thoroughly inspected. Continue reading “Happy Halloween from Village Green!”

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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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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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3 Steps to Healthy Teeth

Halloween is around the corner, and we all know what that means for parents with kids… bags of candy! Candy is a huge culprit when it comes to tooth decay. But so are soda, potato chips and even raisins!

So although it is obviously best to avoid consuming sugar-laden food, realistically, kids will probably have a few pieces.

Here are some tips to keeping your little ones’ chompers strong and cavity-free.

1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar… even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth.  Continue reading “3 Steps to Healthy Teeth”

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Fun & Interesting Facts About Halloween

My 3-year-old is very excited about trick-or-treating because he knows that he will get loads of candy and get to dress up as Spider-Man. But did you know that the average kid will take home 7 pounds of candy tonight?

Here are some other fun and interesting facts about Halloween:

1. Kids are said to prefer receiving chocolate candy over other types of candy on Halloween.

2. Parents admit to sneaking candy from their children’s treat bags.

3. Jack-O-Lanterns come from the Irish tradition of carving out rutabagas, potatoes and turnips.  Continue reading “Fun & Interesting Facts About Halloween”

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