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Grapefruit can help you lose fat. A glass of grapefruit juice is a good choice to start a healthy day.

Healthy Blueberry & Banana Muffins

July is national blueberry month, so here is one of my favorite recipes using the lovely blueberry.

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What you’ll need –

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter (softened)

1 tsp vanilla

2 ripe bananas

1 pint blueberries (2 cups)

2 eggs

Directions —

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Sift 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and put into a large mixing bowl. Make a well with the dry mixture.

Cut 2 ripe bananas into chunks and puree in blender. Add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup soft brown sugar, 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla & blend again.

Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and stir well.

Gently fold in 1 pint blueberries.

Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins. Bake 25 minutes until risen. Cool in tin for 10 min, then cool on wire rack.

Yield, approx. 14 muffins

Fun Activities to Get Your Kids Moving

We all know that people who exercise are healthier overall, so its no surprise that this would be any different for kids. Kids who exercise are not only healthier overall, but are more likely to make fitness a priority later in life.

Given the statistic that 30% of children in the United States are obese or overweight, if is more important now than ever to keep our kids active. But how should we do this? In a world where kids play hours on the computer or with game systems, it is often hard to get them doing something active — I know it is difficult with my older kids too.

Here are some ideas of fun activities to get your kids moving.

1. Set up obstacle courses in your backyard or at a local park. You can include a variety of activities like jumping rope, hopscotch, bike riding, hula hoop and Frisbee just to name a few.

2. We all know how much younger kids enjoy blowing and catching bubbles. Why not try this — blow the bubbles and have the kids catch the bubbles by doing a jumping jack motion.

3. Dancing is a great workout. To make this fun for kids, try doing “freeze dance”. Everyone will dance around (pick your kids favorite music), and after a few moments, pause the music and say “freeze”.

4. Swimming pool games can be a fun way to stay active (and cool!!) during those warm summer months. You could get a inflatable beach ball and have fun tossing it to each other and keeping it out of the water. For stronger swimmers, you could drop pennies in the pool and have kids fill up a treasure chest. Running in the water is also a great choice for a fun exercise.

5. Circuit training for kids can be a lot of fun. You can incorporate almost any sports drill, Yoga pose or exercise and this can be done indoors or outdoors. Set up 8-10 stations and alternate different exercises — cardio, strength, flexibility and balance exercises.

6. A game of tag can be fun for all ages. With younger children, when the child is “tagged” they can do a movement like an animal (crab walking, bird flying, snake slithering, etc). With older kids, you can clip several clothespins to your shirt and whoever gets rid of the clothespins first wins.

7. Kids Races are becoming more and more popular at racing events. These are fun events targeted towards the younger athletes in training. These events can give kids the chance to do something similar to what mom or dad might do.

8. There are a few video games out there that actually incorporate some exercise into them. Some of my kids favorites are Just Dance and Wii Sports Resort. They have fun exercising and don’t even realize it.

These are just a few ideas. Any activities we can use to entice our children to run, jump, push, pull, play, dance, balance, stretch, and let rip a little, bringing fresh blood to their muscles, looseness to their limbs, and alertness to their brains. Our kids are watching us everyday, we are their best teachers. Lets teach them to be healthy, active kids who can grow into healthy active adults.

What are some of your favorite activities to keep your kids active?

Eating Healthy On A Budget

As a family of 6, including a pre-teen who can eat…and eat…and eat, it is important to me to be able to keep healthy food options in the house for both mealtime as well as snacks.

Here are a few tips for healthy eating on a budget.

Low-fat milk
Why drink sugary sodas, juices and energy drinks that offer little or no nutritional value when you can drink milk, a nutrient rich drink that provides calcium, vitamins A and D, protein and much more!

Canola Oil
Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils out there. Its cheaper than olive oil and provides the same heart healthy benefits. It has the lowest amount of saturated fat than any other oil. Canola is an extremely versatile oil. Use it for stir fries, vinaigrettes, or marinades or try it as a substitute for butter when baking cakes and bread.

Long-Grain Brown Rice
Brown rice is very inexpensive and adds a nutty flavor as well as all the benefits of whole grains.

Whole Chicken
Instead of buying chicken piece by piece, plan menus to include meals that use legs, thighs, and breasts all on different nights. Or, roast a whole chicken to eat for a few days.

Seasonal Produce
Pick up seasonal produce from your grocery store or local farmers market. Seasonal produce is generally more affordable and they taste the best.

Dried Beans
Beans and legumes are packed with nutrition. Soaking beans may take more time, but in the end you will end up with less sodium compared to canned varieties.

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Fruit Kebab with Chocolate Drizzle

This little treat will satisfy that sweet tooth without hurting your waist line that you have been working so hard for with these summer months approaching.

What you need —

1 strawberry
1 piece each kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple
2 blueberries

Skewer the fruit and drizzle with 1 tsp. Hershey’s chocolate syrup

62 calories

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