9 Healthier Halloween Treats for Kids

9876131_l1. Tattoos

Ok, so it’s not a treat in the traditional sense, and it’s not necessarily “healthy” by design, but it is an alternative to a sugary sweet – and it’s sure to be a hit. Give temp tattoos of funny skulls, pumpkins, witches, etc. You could even have a bit of water at the ready if kids want to put them on right away.

2. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

You’re already not giving candy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Opting for treats that kids don’t get every day is just as good – that’s the whole point! This thing comes once a year. Make the treats you choose just slightly different than an everyday snack and you’ll be successful.

Choose pretzels with a yummy filling but no hydrogenated oils. Of course, a lot of kids aren’t able to eat nuts, so be careful about who you hand these to!

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6 Houseplants To Clean Your Air

plant copyWe’re so much less likely to crack our windows when it’s only three degrees outside. And we’re getting to that point right now, in mid-October, so the time is right to think about our homes’ air quality. Aside from forcing yourself to bear the chill momentarily (which we all should try to do at least once a week), what strategies can you use to keep your house fresh and your inhales healthy?

Our favorite: Buy some houseplants.

Here are our six favorite plants for cleaning your air this winter. Get thee to the nursery!

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Seeking Supplemental Support During Cancer Treatment?

19480431_lWhen we talk about supplements, we never indicate that they can treat, cure, prevent or mitigate any diseases. We don’t say: This pill will change your body! We say: This supplement will support your body’s normal processes.*

 

 

So what happens when those normal processes change as the result of treatments? Good news: supplements can still offer you support. *

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The Common Cold and Allergies: What’s the Difference?

allergiesWe’ve all been there. That first runny nose hits and you just can’t tell: Is it a cold? Is it allergies? How do we treat ourselves when we don’t know what the issue is?

To phrase it simply, both sets of symptoms are caused by an immune response, but to different things. While a cold is a response to a virus, an allergic response is facing off with an allergen – an irritant from the environment.

The main difference we’ve noticed: Colds go away, allergies last a while – and are potentially seasonal.

But sometimes you’ll only feel the allergic response for a few days, or roughly the same amount of time as you would if you were experiencing a cold.

That’s why these key symptom differences are important: 

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8 Best Supplements for Travel

 

 

 

Contest Announcement! An Apple a Day for a FoodScience Fave

Great news, everyone! We’ve got a contest coming up that will knock around your creative juices and shake up your taste buds.  It’s apple time.

Share your best apple recipe on our Facebook page for a chance to win a dedicated FoodScience video blog where we try out your recipe and share it everywhere.

11932270_lWe’re looking for originality and fun – as well as taste, of course.

If you’ve got the best classic apple pie this side of the Mississippi, please do tell. But we’re ready to think outside the crust. Salads, soups, casseroles, breakfasts, cookies – the possibilities are endless.

Bring it on, apple lovers. We’re ready for fall.

It’s Ladies’ Day

5bestsupplementswomenThere’s a special celebration that always falls on the last Wednesday in September,  and that means today is the day—National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.

A public/private health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), this day is meant to support women across the United States as they take charge of their health.

And so is this blog post.

We’re reviewing our picks for the five best supplements for women. But remember: we suggest being selective with what you put in your body, and you should always talk to your doc before starting a supplement regimen or new fitness routine.

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5 Skiing Exercises to Get You Ready for the Mountain

By Karin Krisher

downhill ski workout

Because this workout has gotten us such excellent ski mountain results in the past, we’ve decided to share it again just in time for your winter prep. Have you started a mountain-ready fitness routine yet?

If you’ve ever been to a mountain in Vermont, you know that ski-bum isn’t the appropriate term for the hardcore athletes you see streaking down the slopes. Skiing’s a serious sport. That’s why it’s incredibly important to prepare your body for its wrath with pre-ski training workouts and our top five skiing exercises.

 

We’ve come up with a great workout to try at least a few times before you make your first cut through powder (or, more often in our case, sheer ice). Next week, we’ll feature a snowboarding workout (skiing’s younger brother)—also a serious athletic endeavor. Be sure to always consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

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