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  • Healthy Little Cooks: Homemade Pretzel Hot Dogs

    11.26.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com


    Two of my family’s favorite treats are hot dogs and fresh baked pretzels, so combing them makes me a superhero.  Before we had 4 kids, I’d go to the nearby Amish market to buy them, but at $4 a pretzel my habit became too expensive.  So I searched for a healthier and cheaper way to keep my superhero status. Using Alton Brown’s Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe as a base, I perfected the winning recipe.  Enjoy!

    Ingredients
    8-10 hot dogs ... Read More

  • High Heels: High Risk for Back Pain

    11.22.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    The latest fashion footwear trends as of late have been: the bigger the better! Sky high heels may make your legs look long and lean but they can be causing permanent damage to your overall health. Before you glam up your day, by slapping on a fashionable pair of heels or stilettos, it’s important to know the pernicious effects they may have.

    Top Six Negative Effects of Wearing High Heels:

    1. Abnormal Posture & Low Back Pain: Wearing high heels can shape your posture. The heel of your foot is unnaturally placed above your toes, which puts your entire body ... Read More

  • Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

    11.18.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    This week, I had an incurable craving for something salty, sweet and creamy.  With Thanksgiving coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities to indulge.  So I’ve been working hard to stay on the healthy eating track.  These Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes did the trick.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

    Ingredients
    12 Cocktail tomatoes
    ½ Cucumber
    ¼ Onion
    ¼ Cup Feta cheese
    10 Kalamata olives (or black olives)

    Directions
    1. Wash tomatoes.  Slice off tops just enough to create a ... Read More

  • Get Active, Eat Better, Be Healthy: Zumba

    11.06.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Ashley Guerieri, MS, ACSM, HDL, Inc. Clinical Health Consultant

    “Dance like no one is watching.” In your kitchen, in your living room with the kids - or in a Zumba class!

    Enjoyment is essential for exercise adherence. And group exercise classes are a great way to achieve that enjoyment with a guided exercise routine, sociability, and meeting your goals.

    Zumba has been in existence for more than 10 years and has 10 branded classes in more than 140,000 locations. In a typical Zumba class you can find teens, twenty-somethings , active baby boomer adults, and even toddlers. Class formats range from ... Read More

  • Get Cozy With These Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

    11.02.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Local Lifestyle

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    Every fall, my taste buds are tantalized by good ole’ fashioned recipes that have a pumpkin twist.  This delicious, fluffy wholesome pancake recipe promises to be a family favorite.  Whether your topping these fall favorites with whipped cream, maple syrup, bananas, applesauce, mixed fruit or peanut butter, your stomach will thank you.

    Ingredients 
    2 eggs
    2 tablespoons canola, coconut or vegetable oil
    2 cups white or regular whole-wheat flour (can be substituted for 2 ¼ cup of all-purpose white flour)
    1 cup pumpkin ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Dry Needling

    10.25.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Dry Needling is an invasive technique used by physical and occupational therapists to treat acute and chronic pain, and rehabilitation from injury with very few side effects. The technique uses a filament needle, without medication or injection, which is inserted into areas of the muscle known as trigger points. A trigger point describes a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Physical and Occupational therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the trigger ... Read More

  • How To Turn Your Carrot Juice Pulp Into A Healthy Carrot Spice Cookie

    10.22.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    Juicing gives our bodies super concentrated vitamins and minerals that store bought juice can’t provide. The only downside is that many times, the pulp it produces gets literally dumped down the drain. These carrot spice cookies are an excellent way to recycle juice pulp into a healthy indulgent treat. After trying these, I’m sure you’ll add this to your long list of reasons to start juicing.

    Ingredients
    1 cup white whole wheat flour (can substitute for regular wheat or ¾ cup white ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Common Cause of Knee Pain in Children

    10.16.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    We see a number of young patients every year with Osgood-Schlatter syndrome because it is one of the most common causes of knee pain in children and teens, affecting 1 in 5 adolescents.

    Osgood–Schlatter disease or syndrome (also known as tibial tubercle apophyseal traction injury) is a rupture of the growth plate at the tibial tuberosity. The syndrome may develop without trauma or other apparent cause; however, some studies report up to 50% of patients relate a history of precipitating trauma.

    Click here to read more about this common problem.

       commonwealthorth   Robert

    By Dr. Rob Dombrowski, MD;Commonwealth Orthopaedics

    Commonwealth Orthopaedics ... Read More

  • 13 Delicious Gluten-Free Snack and Appetizers for Your Next Football or Tailgate Party

    10.15.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    It’s no secret that gluten is increasingly becoming the bad guy in many American diets.  In 2012, Time Magazine listed gluten-free foods as one of the top 10 food trends of 2012.  Whether you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle due to celiac disease, gluten or wheat intolerance, GF foods are in high demand.  

    The gluten-free food industry is estimated to grow from 4.2 billion in 2012 to 6.6 billion in 2017.   But for consumers, whether you’re buying in bulk or ... Read More

  • Healthy Tips: Red Pepper Chickpea Wrap

    10.04.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    Whether you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, the exceptional nutritional value remains the same.  Chickpeas are a non-meat protein source packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and low in fat.  Research has shown that including at least ¾ cups of chickpeas in your diet each day can help lower LDC cholesterol levels.  Also, because of its high protein and fiber content, chickpeas are excellent at satisfying hunger.  There’s no doubt that adding chickpeas into your diet is both healthful and delicious.

    Ingredients

    1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed ... Read More

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