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How to get kids to eat healthy snacks? Try these nutritious tips!

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Let's keep our precious youth healthy!


As a parent myself I always struggled with creative ways to keep my children from snacking on food that I knew would cause health problems later - tooth decay, allergic reactions, obesity ....

I found many suggestions in cookbooks and on cooking shows. This was of course before the Internet - the stone age of writing on stone tablets and communicating through smoke signals. Just kiddin'

What I found was some very good ideas, that were tasty and actually fun for the kids to prepare. That was over 20 years ago and I am glad to say there are even more resources out there to help parents create healthy snack for children. But I am very sad to report that childhood obesity is at an all time high! We as parents or in my case grandparents need to take an active part in making healthy snacks a part of our everyday eating habits. Below are just a few suggestions. Some I used back in the day, others I am going to try with my grandson!

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How to get Fit Five Times a Day, Five Minutes A Day!!

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So now many of you may be saying "Okay I know I need to exercise but how do I find the time?" Good question and here is the answer - "Fitness in Five" That's right you can still get your needed exercise on a daily basis if you dedicate five minutes a day 6 times a day, every day to get your body moving.
Recent studies prove that every little bit of movement counts. "We've found that short bouts of exercise can add up to the same benefit as if you had done it continuously," says Maureen MacDonald, Ph.D., who conducted numerous studies on the effectiveness of bite-size bursts of exercise at McMaster University in Canada. To make the most of your limited time, MacDonald suggests engaging multiple muscle groups, working with intensity, and varying activities, which will help keep you motivated.

Below are some exercises that you can do for five minutes, six times a day. Choose one activity for each time of the day of your choosing and give it your all…

How to Boost Your Calcium Intake for 2011!

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Calcium plays an important role in strengthening bones and teeth, but it also helps muscles and nerves function properly. How much do you and your kids need?

Kids (up to age 11): 700-900 mg daily

Pre-teens & Teenagers: 1,000-1,200 mg daily

Adults (ages 18-50): 1,000 mg daily

Adults (51 and older): 1,200 mg daily

There are many easy ways to boost your calcium intake by sneaking these foods into your family's diet:


1. Add beans to soups, chili, and pasta dishes.

2. Grate low-fat cheese over soups and salads.

3. Enjoy a smoothie made with yogurt.

4. Use milk instead of water in soups, breads, sauces, or salad dressings.

5. Add milk to tea or coffee in the morning.

6. Try plain yogurt as a vegetable dip.

7. Stir some nuts into a yogurt cup as a snack.

8. Include leafy vegetables in baked casseroles such as lasagna.

9. Buy juices and cereals fortified with calcium.

10. Drink skim milk instead of soda at lunch.

11. Eat hot oatmeal made with milk for breakfast.

12. Snac…

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Did you know that right in your kitchen are some of the most medicinal products you could ever find. One of them is Cinnamon!

Cinnamon was discovered in Sira Lanka over 1000 years ago. It is one of the oldest spices in the world and also one of the most medicinal spices in the world. It contains unique healthy and healing properties. These healing properties come from the active components in the essential oils found in its bark. Cinnamon has extremely high anti-oxidant activity which is why it has numerous health benefits.

Here are just 10 of the many uses for Cinnamon that are healing and good for your body
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1. Have a cold? - Try using 1/2 a teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of Cinnamon. Using this for three days has been known to wipe out the common cold. Cinnamon is very good for any upper respiratory congestion.

2. Been forgetful lately? - Try using some Cinnamon; about 1/4 teaspoon. Studies show that Cinnamon can improve memory. Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brai…