Spring into action!

Spring Into Action

It’s finally here. I thought I would never see green plant life again after this winter. It’s actually exciting to see dirt and mud out my window. Yay for spring and all the changes it brings! Now for some spring cleanup. Looking around, I see stacks of “stuff” in my office and my house, begging to be put away. My pantry appears to be stocked with cold weather food staples, and I have yet to find my good walking shoes.

So I made a little list for you and for me…

What ideas do you have to spring into action and clear the winter clutter out of your life?

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Hunger Wars?

Fruits and Veggies

Having small wars when you try to get fruits and veggies into your family’s meals? It can be a buzz kill for kids to see half their plate covered in veggies when they’ve been eyeing the bread… Don’t give up! There are many ways to supplement your family’s diet with fruits and veggies – without bringing down the house. Here are some tips to make it more fun!

Read this month’s Success Story – The Hunger Games, Family Edition
Get the family involved – go to the local Farmers Market; have family members choose a new veggie each week
Keep fruits/veggies on hand and in supply, washed and ready to eat
Make low-calorie dips and spreads from yogurts, seasonings, and herbs. It makes veggies more fun!
Put fruits and veggies in a smoothie or frosty treat
Add veggies to mashed potatoes or soups

Share tips to make fruits and/or veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day. Making a comment to this post will automatically enter you into a drawing for WaterPark Tickets!

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Make a comment on this blog post by 10:00 a.m. on 6/25/15 by answering the question, “What tips do you have to make fruits and veggies a fun and welcomed part of your family’s day?”… You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets. Winners will be posted on Health Matters Health Tools webpage on 6/26/15.

This is a great way to get ideas and to share what works. Join in the conversation. You could be a winner!

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Healthy Holidays

It happens so quickly… I was in the grocery store this weekend; my mind was full of healthy holiday intentions. Then it happened. I saw the peppermint bark cheesecake. I smelled the bakery… I rounded the aisle and found myself faced with the special holiday cheeses, spreads, and crackers. It was cruel. I took a deep breath and steered my cart toward dairy….the eggnog popped up from out of nowhere, along with the tasty coffee creamers, and on and on… the entire shopping trip was a challenge!!!

How do you keeping your holiday eating on a healthy track? Enter the drawing to win two free tickets to Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Meridian.

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Clean Eating – what’s it all about?

A co-worker came in last week all excited about ‘clean eating’ and asked if I was into it. I said ‘of course’ I always wash my food and clean up my dishes. She grimaced at me. So, I did some homework and here’s what I found. Clean eating is kind of about going back to the basics with food. Clean eating asks you to reduce the processed foods you take in and prepare and eat them in as natural or as whole a state as possible…eat that potato as a potato, not as a French fry with sauce. It takes me back to growing up with a big garden and cooking our own food vs. eating out of a box, restaurant, or microwave. Clean eating is common sense. That being said, I decided this weekend to track things I eat that are more processed than whole. I was amazed! My Dorito chips were virtually unrecognizable as corn, the broccoli was screaming to get out from under the mushroom soup and crunchy fried onion rings, I couldn’t find anything whole or natural about the hot dog, and I guess the peach cobbler was just wrong from every perspective. My point? Stop and think about what you eat. When you can, eat foods that are in their whole or natural state. Skip the sauces, sugars, creams, salts, crunchies, and all the add ons we use to spice things up. Your body will appreciate you! Check this month’s Featured Recipe on Health Matters…it’s pretty ‘clean’. Do you have a favorite recipe you can share that leaves most of the ingredients whole or natural?

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Snack Attack!

Mindless Eating

It happens every hour. No matter what I’m doing, I somehow think it would all go better if I have food in my hand. Doesn’t everything go better with a snack? That flawed thinking has put extra pounds on my frame this year. (The more I think about that sad fact, the more I want another snack…) This may be a case of Emotional Eating (source: Blue Cross of Idaho)! Mindless snacking can use up 1/3 to 1/2 our daily calorie allowance. Zowie! To help you control the Snack Attack, be sure you understand what’s in that ‘harmless’ food item you are chomping on at 2:30 in the afternoon; read the Label Quick Guide (source: Blue Cross of Idaho). Another helpful tool is the Snack Tracker. The Snack Tracker gives you space to not only track what you are snacking on, but also the time of day, what you are doing, and your hunger level. I found some very interesting personal trends when I used the tool. One Day of Beverages is another eye opener. How can you manage your snack attack? I try to do something to break the snack attack impulse when I feel it coming on. My favorite is to simply stand up and walk around. Another is to thumb through a good magazine or pick up a book. What have you found works for you to chase away the Snack Attack? Please share!

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