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Lifetime to Air 30 New Christmas Movies This Holiday Season

(NewsUSA) - The holidays will look a little different this year in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but fortunately some things will remain the same, namely Lifetime's upcoming slate of holiday movies.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
COVID-19 Elevating Concerns About Food Safety and Security
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - The latest fallout from the coronavirus pandemic? Food safety and security now rank among consumers' top global concerns. 

Deliver Taste and Nutrition with Comforting Dairy Dishes
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Cooler weather calls for comfort foods, and it’s hard to top risotto for a heartwarming dish to share with the family on chilly days.

Great Game Day Grub
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) While you may not be able to enjoy game day with thousands of your closest friends at the stadium this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy tailgate-worthy grub at home with a smaller group of friends and loved ones.

A Delicious Breakfast-Inspired Dessert
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Breakfast for dinner may be a widely accepted practice for many families, but breakfast for dessert can be a new option for your loved ones when a sweet craving strikes.

Enjoy Seasonal Favorites with Fall Comfort Foods
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) While this autumn season will likely look different than years past, wholesome meals celebrating fall flavors provide something to look forward to. Eating foods like walnuts, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains can be a solution for improving overall well-being in an enjoyable, delicious way.

Spice Up the Menu with a Creamy Sauce
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

( If your family spends endless amounts of time arguing over dinner plans before eventually settling on the same meals week after week, keep in mind easy ways to change up the menu without completely restocking your pantry. Trying something new doesn’t have to mean leaving your comfort zone with complicated recipes or long ingredients lists.

A Nostalgic Seasonal Treat
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

( Cooler weather often brings about nostalgic cravings for seasonal dishes and desserts. From grandma’s classic pies, to the sweet taste of apple cider touching your tongue, Fall is full of flavor, spice, sweets and treats, just waiting to be devoured with family and loved ones alike.

A DIY Halloween Creation
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When it comes to family fun, it’s hard to beat Halloween, and with all the candy flying around, it’s an opportunity to add something nutritiousand delicious to festive celebrations.   

Not One Crumb Left
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

( Apple orchards, apple picking and apple desserts all scream fall. Glowing with bright yellows and reds, apples are juicy and more than ready to be used in your favorite fall recipes. If you’re looking for something sweet and full of texture that can turn your taste buds upside down, look no further.

Tuesday 10/20/2020
2021 Mexican Food Trends Unveiled [Infographic]
Posted: October 20, 2020

(BPT) - Cacique — one of the country’s top authentic Hispanic food brands — is shining a spotlight on the significant role Mexican food has on American culture by unveiling its third annual What’s Next in Mexican Cuisine trends forecast. To identify the top trends, Cacique teamed up with leading experts in Mexican cuisine — including award-winning chef and TV personality Aarón Sánchez, Chef Bricia Lopez and Chef Santiago Gomez — as well as surveyed home cooks across America to learn which ones they are most excited to try for themselves in the coming year.

Thursday 10/15/2020
New Treats And Traditions For Your Little Goblins
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—With in-person trick-or-treating in question these days, many Washington parents are re-thinking ways for their children to celebrate Halloween. 

If going door-to-door is not an option, consider these ideas by lifestyle expert Ashley Todd (@ashleyjtodd), who has teamed up with Delta Dental of Washington to offer parents some fun candy and activity alternatives to help make the day special for their little ghosts and goblins. 

Instead of having kids gorge on candy, Todd recommends starting a new tradition by making one of these tooth-friendly sweet treats:

Pumpkin Pancakes 

Recipe from Sugar-Free Mom 

Mix together 4 eggs, ½ cup pumpkin puree, 1 cup milk of your choice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp pumpkin liquid Stevia, 4 tbsp coconut oil. In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup flour, ½ tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp baking soda. Combine all ingredients then cook on a medium griddle. 

Three-Ingredient, Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies 

Recipe from All Recipes 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 2 cups smooth peanut butter, 2 eggs, and 2 cups granular sucralose sweetener. Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. 

Sugar-Free Apple Crisp 

Recipe from My Planted Plate 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish. Peel, core and thinly slice 5 Granny Smith apples and place into a bowl. Add 1tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and ½ tsp nutmeg and combine. Pour apple mixture into the baking dish and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats, ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup chopped pecans, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir well and pour the crumble topping over the apple mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. 

When traditional trick-or-treating is not an option, parents can save the day by putting together a Halloween basket full of fun treats—if candy is on the menu, be sure to choose options that contain chocolate, which washes off young teeth far easier than gummy and sticky candies. Todd also suggests these fun, kid-friendly trick-or-treating alternatives: 

•Boo BasketsPick up your kids’ favorite healthful snacks along with some sugar-free candy, some fun card games and a Halloween craft kit and bring them to your children’s friends. 

•Pumpkin VolcanoClean out the inside of a pumpkin and add equal parts dish soap, baking soda and white vinegar—and watch it foam! 

•Reverse Trick-or-TreatingPut sugar-free candy, chocolate and some healthful snacks into a goodie-bag and drop them off on your neighbors’ porches. 

Delta Dental reminds parents that teeth need time to rest and repair between sweets. Pause snacking to sip on water so teeth can recover from sugar overload. It’s also important to remember: Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing will do the most to protect your child’s teeth. Have them brush for two minutes, at least twice a day, and floss before bed. Stay up to date on dental visits—even during holidays, pandemics and other distractions—so hidden problems such as the start of a cavity won’t ruin those special holiday smiles. 

For these and other fun treat recipes and trick-or-treating alternatives, visit


5 tips to celebrate friends and family virtually
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

Wednesday 10/14/2020
A Naturally Sweet Yet Savory Dish
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

( Versatile recipes that make mealtime a cinch for busy families are one easy way to free up time for moments with loved ones.

A Flavorful Family Meal for Fall
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Warm, delectable dishes go hand-in-hand with cool fall evenings when the crisp air sends you to the kitchen for a filling meal. Look no further than easy recipes like meatballs that pack fulfilling flavor to feed your family when the autumn temperatures dip.

Tuesday 10/13/2020
How to keep the Halloween spirit going in 2020
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for people of all ages, but this year it will undoubtedly look and feel different. In a year like no other, how can you create festive celebrations that you and your family will enjoy right at home?

BookTrib's BookBites: Three Moving Personal Stories, and an Rx for Healthcare
Updated: October 16, 2020 - 2:31 am


3 surprising foods that fuel your immune system
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Cold and flu season, combined with an ongoing pandemic, is motivating many Americans to do everything possible to support immune health. Fortunately, simple lifestyle habits, like a healthy diet, can make a big difference in strengthening the body’s defense system. But what foods are best — and why?

Expert advice for healthy cooking inspiration
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Friday 10/09/2020
DIY project to celebrate safely this Halloween – and beyond
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

From the Creator & Star of CHEATERS, Tommy Habeeb, “To The Rescue”: Saved Dogs and Their Grateful Families, Airs Weekly on Saturdays
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The heartwarming stories of abandoned dogs and the grateful families who save them are documented in the half-hour weekly syndicated docu-series “To The Rescue.” Airing nationwide, the series is hosted by veteran TV producer-personality Tommy Habeeb (“Cheaters,” “STAG”).

Creative ways to celebrate Halloween using favorite treats
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Halloween enthusiasts rejoice! Halloween is happening, although it will be a little different this year. Fortunately, different is good because it's the perfect reason to create new traditions and enjoy all the days leading up to the holiday. Rather than celebrating for just one day, you can enjoy an entire month of spooky fun and tasty treats.

Thursday 10/08/2020
Fresh ideas for making cooking at home easier
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With family members on different schedules, virtual learning in full swing and working from home showing no signs of slowing, it’s challenging to have meals and snacks ready when hunger strikes. And when time is short and your crew is tired, the last thing you need to be doing is spending ages in the kitchen.

2020 to Save America: Calling It The Way He Sees It
Updated: October 14, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - What happened to America? According to Charles Pearlman, it all started "that election night in November 2016. That's when the National Nightmare began."

Budget-friendly tips for a safe and joyous holiday 2020
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Uncertainty continues into the 2020 holiday season, with limited travel, canceled events and strict budgets changing how Americans will celebrate this year. According to a recent Coinstar Holiday Survey, the majority of Americans said COVID-19 will influence how they celebrate the holidays.

Wednesday 10/07/2020
Tired of cooking at home? Ideas for pushing past the pantry boredom [Video]
Updated: October 09, 2020 - 2:34 am

Easy Buttermilk Mashed Sweetpotatoes
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Side dishes are often the best part of a meal, and mashed potatoes are among the top contenders. Here’s a very simple take on that old favorite with a modern twist—mashed California sweetpotatoes with buttermilk and fresh herbs. The buttermilk provides a hint of tang and the herbs add brightness, making this a versatile dish that offsets a heavy winter meal yet pairs perfectly with lighter springtime or summer fare. Plus, California sweetpotatoes are a nice change of pace from regular mashed potatoes—and with more fiber.  

Easy-to-Make Buttermilk Mashed California Sweetpotatoes with Fresh Herbs  

Serves 6 to 8  

2 1/2 lb orange or yellow-white fleshed sweetpotatoes, or a combination, peeled and cut into 1-in chunks  

4T butter  

3/4c buttermilk (see note)  

1T chopped fresh cilantro  

1T chopped fresh dill  

1T chopped fresh parsley  

2tsp chopped fresh mint  

1tsp salt, or more to taste  

1tsp pepper, or more to taste  


Place sweetpotatoes in large saucepan or small stockpot, cover with water by 1 inch, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer; continue to cook until very tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain sweetpotatoes; return to saucepan. Add butter and mash. Add buttermilk, cilantro, dill, parsley, mint, salt and pepper. Add more salt and pepper to taste and serve.  

Note: If you prefer, substitute plain yogurt, sour cream, milk, half and half or cream for the buttermilk. 

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For further facts, tips and recipes visit

Editor’s Note: This story can be useful to anyone and of particular interest to readers in the states of California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Idaho. 


Make Taste and Nutrition a Priority with Powerful Pairings
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) According to the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,” studies have proven that eating meals together as a family can improve communication and relationships, which is especially important during times of uncertainty and life’s more difficult moments. Great-tasting foods like pork and pulses can be combined to bring families together with quality nutrition, which helps bodies survive and thrive.

Comforting Dairy Dishes that Deliver Taste and Nutrition
Updated: October 12, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Cooler weather calls for comfort foods, and it’s hard to top soups, risottos and strata for heartwarming dishes to share with the family on chilly days.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
BookBites: Gripping Suspense and Confronting Personal Demons
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) -  

5 easy bean recipes for a healthy immune system
Posted: October 06, 2020

(BPT) - Strengthening your immune system is one of the best ways to prevent disease — and nutrition and digestive health are key components. If you’re looking for an easy way to boost your immune system, adding beans to your everyday meals is the perfect place to start.

America’s egg farmers donate record-breaking 46 million eggs to food banks
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Monday 10/05/2020
Parenting advice from real moms: Managing the morning rush
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Nobody ever said parenting was going to be easy. But as many real-life parents discover, it doesn’t have to be so serious, either. Getting through tough times — from the morning rush to bedtime routines — is a little easier if you can try to relax and even find humor in everyday events and interactions.

5 simple tips to make family meals count
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While coordinating regular family meals can sometimes be challenging, the benefits of spending time around the table with loved ones are definitely worth the extra effort. Family meals not only help strengthen relationship bonds, but can also be linked to higher self-esteem, positive social behaviors and higher grades in school for kids.

Friday 10/02/2020
How to shake up mealtime: 10 creative kitchen ideas
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking at home more than ever. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, you might be hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, consider these 10 ways to add excitement and creativity to your dishes.

Naturally Boost Your Immunity Year-Round With Vitamin C-Rich Frozen Strawberries
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—As greater importance is placed on building strong immune systems these days, nutrients such as vitamin C are gaining in popularity. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, fruits and vegetables are the best source of vitamin C. Getting your vitamin C from food helps the body absorb the vitamin better and minimizes any risk of toxicity.  

A serving of 8 large strawberries has a full day’s worth of vitamin C, about the same as a large navel orange.  

Strawberries’ vitamin C may work in synergy with their fiber, flavonoids and other compounds to promote health beyond the immune system. In June 2020, six different universities presented research on the potential health benefits of strawberries at a top nutrition conference.  

Some of the findings included strawberries’ potential to lower cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, insulin resistance, and Alzheimer’s dementia risk. Changes to the gut microbiome were also found after people ate strawberries, which may have positive effects on intestine, colon and heart health.  

Recent surveys showed that people associated these heart-shaped berries with feelings of joy and memories of summer, yet strawberries can be enjoyed throughout the year. Fresh California strawberries are hand-picked year-round and frozen strawberries can be found in most grocers’ freezers winter, spring, summer, and fall.  

Frozen Strawberries Just as Nutritious as Fresh  

Frozen strawberries provide the same nutritional benefits as the fresh ones. They’re harvested at their peak nutrition and frozen immediately. Science shows no significant differences in vitamins, minerals, fiber or antioxidants between fresh and frozen strawberries. People can feel good about having affordable, nutritious frozen strawberries with a longer shelf-life all year long.

When peak season ends, freezing strawberries can be a great option. It’s easy to do. Simply rinse strawberries under cool, running water and gently pat dry. After removing the stems, place strawberries on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and freeze for 24 hours. Then transfer the strawberries to a plastic freezer bag. Strawberries can stay in the freezer for several months. Frozen strawberries maintain their sweetness and are versatile enough to be used in recipes ranging from smoothies to ice cream, baked goods to breakfasts.  

Here’s a nutritious recipe using frozen strawberries in waffles: 

Strawberry Oat Waffles  

Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 mini/3 regular waffles  

1 cup oat flour 

1/2 cup plant-based milk  

3 Tbsp oil  

1 egg  

1 tsp vanilla extract  

1 tsp baking powder  

1/2 cup chopped frozen California strawberries  

Cooking spray  


Optional Toppings: maple syrup, fresh California strawberries  


Preheat a waffle maker. Whisk together flour, milk, oil, egg, vanilla, and baking powder until smooth. Gently fold strawberries into the mixture. Grease the waffle iron with cooking spray and pour in 1/2 cup batter. Cook until golden brown on both sides for about 2-3 minutes. Repeat until all batter is cooked.

Optional: Serve fresh with maple syrup and fresh strawberries.  

Nutrition for this recipe is available at


Thursday 10/01/2020
3 truths about the glycemic index from a registered dietitian
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It is recommended by nutrition experts that fruits and vegetables should be part of everyone’s daily eating pattern. However, only one in 10 Americans meets the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Confusion around the Glycemic Index (GI) and its dietary implications may be another barrier to adequate consumption.

Wednesday 09/30/2020
3 ways to embrace me-time this fall
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

Kid-Friendly Recipes for At-Home Learning
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) During a school year that’s sure to be a new experience for students and parents alike, many of the everyday necessities, like eating breakfast and lunch, remain. However, this year, many little learners will be enjoying their lunches from the comfort and safety of home rather than at school, meaning moms and dads are back in charge of keeping the kitchen running throughout the day.

A Perfectly Dreamy Dessert
Updated: October 05, 2020 - 2:30 am

( Some desserts deliver sweet taste that satisfies taste buds while others provide a rich flavor that lingers long after you’ve finished that last delicious bite. When you’re pondering which type of dessert you’d like to make at home, it may be difficult to decide which direction to take.

Saturday 09/26/2020
Tips for an At-Home Tailgate
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Football season is here (sort of), and for many, tailgating is a main event. While there will be nothing traditional about tailgating this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t grill delicious food and enjoy a few beers before game time in the comfort of your own backyard or driveway.

Friday 09/25/2020
Halloween 2020 is on: Guidelines to celebrate in a safe and fun way
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Every year, you count down the days until Halloween. You love selecting costumes for your whole family, indulging in all your favorite treats and celebrating with friends. But this year is different — while you long to celebrate the holiday to the fullest, you also want to make choices to keep your family and your community safe. Like many Halloween enthusiasts, rather than forgoing beloved traditions altogether, you are coming up with creative, out-of-the-box ways to celebrate safely and keep everyone healthy this season, but you still need some guidance.

BookBites: Mysteries, WWII Enemies Unite, and a Children's Book of Love
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am


Thursday 09/24/2020
Global flavors for your weeknight meals
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - What turns a recipe into a weeknight favorite? How about something easy and packed with flavor that can be made partly in advance? Add excitement by exploring cuisines like those of North Africa, with flavor contrasts of spicy, sweet and tart. The following recipes use grapes as a fresh accent to the flavorful North African spices in each dish. Grapes are also a handy snack while putting the finishing touches on dinner.

Wednesday 09/23/2020
Rice: Fact vs. Fiction [Infographic]
Updated: September 25, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There’s a lot to know about rice, from what makes it delicious to its health benefits. However, sometimes what’s out there isn’t always accurate. Read below as RiceSelect separates fact from fiction about the world’s most popular grain.

6 bucket list items to check off without leaving home
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It may be a while before you can see the sights in France or climb Mount Fuji in Japan. But even if your bucket list is dominated by world travel and adventure, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it altogether. Instead, think outside the box, or the bucket in this case. You may be surprised by what you can “check off” from the comforts of home.

Goldfish Crackers Celebrates National Family Day with Exclusive Giveaway
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - According to a new research study, Goldfish crackers uncovered that 91% of Americans who live with or visit children regularly feel that they would like to spend even more quality time with their family than they currently do! To encourage these family moments, Goldfish will release a one-of-a-kind GOldFISH card game via an Instagram giveaway, to help inspire valuable family bonding time and bring smiles to people of all ages. The giveaway launches today, and consumers can enter to win through National Family Day on Sept. 26, 2020. Inspired by a love for creativity, imagination and of course, everyone’s favorite #SnackThatSmilesBack, the game includes a pack of custom playing cards in the shape of iconic Goldfish crackers and a bag of Goldfish Colors crackers for snacking on while playing the game at home with loved ones.

Tired of takeout? Make your favorites at home instead
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When you’re short on time and the family’s hungry, it’s all too tempting — and too easy — to fall back on takeout. But the truth is, you can probably save yourself a trip by making those same takeout items at home. With some simple planning and the right ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up your favorite restaurant go-tos in record time.

Simple Steps Toward Nutritious Meals
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Step up your snack game with a salsa that takes flavor to the next level. With a variety of veggies mixed together, this Lentil Salsa brings balance to snack time by offering a more nutritious way to curb hunger. Plus, it can serve as a perfect complement for juicy, tender pork chops at the dinner table.

Create Quality School Day Meals with Simple Shortcuts
Updated: September 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) The seemingly constant rush of hectic school days and nights often leaves busy families feeling like there’s no time for a homemade meal around the table. However, taking shortcuts that don’t skip out on quality can mean more time together enjoying flavorful dishes without spending hours in the kitchen.

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