Six weeks ago, one of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to encourage your family to eat healthier foods. But now Valentine’s Day, with all the sweets that go with it, will soon be here. While it’s tempting to load up on heart-shaped candy, cookies and other treats, put a halt to the sugar-loading this Valentine’s Day by giving your children healthy but festive snacks!
- Try finding or making dark chocolate-covered fruit or nuts. Don’t overdo it, but dark chocolate is healthier than other types of chocolate.
- Take a hint from the fruit-bouquet business. Cut fruit into heart shapes and arrange on sticks in a flower pot. Kids will get a kick out of eating the “flowers.”
- Make black bean brownies (there are plenty of recipes out there) and cut them into bite-sized heart shapes. You don’t have to feel guilty about giving seconds!
- Pop some plain popcorn and add toppings yourself, then package in festive food safe bags.
- Cut strawberries in half or quarters and marinate in honey if you wish. Place them on a nonstick surface like parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours at 200 F, flipping once. The strawberries will dry up and look and taste like heart-shaped candy.
Show your kids that they are loved by making meals festive too. Some ideas include:
- For breakfast, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make a Valentine’s egg-in-a-basket (also known as toad in the hole), an egg fried in a hole of a slice of bread
- For lunch, cut out a small heart on one side of a PB&J to let the red jelly shine through.
- Use whole wheat pizza dough to make a heart-shaped pizza topped with tomato sauce, low-fat mozzarella, and veggies.
- Serve tomato soup with heart-shaped grilled (low-fat) cheese for a balanced and fun dinner!
Despite the traditional association with all things sugar, Valentine’s Day can be full of healthy variety that will make your family’s hearts–and bodies–feel loved!
Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference posted on Jul 25
In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts. This is about one worker every five days! The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs …Continue Reading Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference
Making Your Summer POP! posted on Jul 19
Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day! I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun. At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!
Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces posted on Jul 18
Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs. Now, small businesses can be rewarded for these efforts! The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces