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With Summer in full gear, it's easy to fall into the sugary trap of so-called 'healthy' cool-down treats. You'd be surprised at how quickly your sugar consumption can sky rocket as you reach for anoth...
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While most parents think of the oral health concerns or the sugar rush and hyperactivity that seems to follow candy, the health nut parent thinks of the long term effects. The body's internal response to all of that junk is not a small concern. Sugar can be brushed and flossed and rinsed off of the surface of the teeth, but once you've chewed and swallowed, your body is left to pay the consequences.
One way to avoid eating too restrictively is to plan to eat a treat once in a while. This plans gives you something to look forward to -- which can motivate you to eat better on a regular basis AND help you avoid feeling deprived.
It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.
No more columns about healthy replacements for shortbread, egg nog, or those amazing chocolate seashells. We need to get back to making treats just that: treats. Something to look forward to, and something to be respected.
Facing the what-to-pack-for-lunch-or-snack dilemma is back. It's important to make sure the food they eat will give them the fuel they need to succeed at school. Keep their tummies full and their minds alert with these three back-to-school snacks and lunches that'll offer everyone a nice change of pace from the good old tried-and-true BP&J sandwich.
We've got an idea that's worthy of a gold medal -- and we're sure your little athletes will agree. When it comes to the next birthday party in your household, place first on the podium by throwing a party like a champion.