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5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier

(BPT) - Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you're helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner offers five expert tips to get kids involved in making healthy family meals:

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Thursday 02/27/2020
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Posted: February 27, 2020

(BPT) - While some people read comic books to escape reality, illustrator J.G. Jones is using his artwork to illustrate his reality, and the reality of others like him who are living with a group of rare, chronic, progressive blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).

Focus your bathroom remodel with a striking visual statement
Posted: February 27, 2020

(BPT) - There is nothing more inviting than a luxurious, well-appointed bathroom, but no matter how ambitious the remodel, there are unique challenges that come with every project. Whether updating the guest powder room or redesigning the master bathroom of your dreams, from plumbing and lighting to budget and space limitations, there is a lot to be considered. One way to approach a project is by defining the space through singular choices that will move an everyday interior into a space to remember: an extraordinary marble vanity, exquisite lighting fixture, classic vessel sink or deep soaking tub — pivotal pieces can set the stage upon which all else revolves.

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Posted: February 27, 2020

(BPT) - Inspiration is the stimulation to do something and can drive people to do incredible things. It doesn't matter who you are, what your job is or which hobbies you enjoy — inspiration is at the core of personal and professional growth.

Wednesday 02/26/2020
4 ways to master the 2020 kitchen from Chef Curtis Stone
Posted: February 26, 2020

(BPT) - From connectivity to cooktops and the latest gadgets, the ever-progressing kitchen of 2020 provides endless opportunities to simplify life in the home.

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Posted: February 26, 2020

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Posted: February 26, 2020

(BPT) - DIY continues to thrive, with many homeowners planning to tackle projects big and small themselves. According to the National Association of Realtors, home improvement projects that reflect adding the homeowner's personality to their home were twice as popular to DIY than hire a professional. What's more, 81% of those who DIY a project expressed a major sense of accomplishment.

Tuesday 02/25/2020
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Posted: February 25, 2020

(BPT) - Updating the bathroom with the latest trends is something many homeowners desire, but the thought of a complete remodel can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many easy and accessible upgrades that you can make that will transform your bathroom and add value to your home.

Monday 02/24/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Imagine how your life would change if you were unable to bring a cup to your mouth without spilling, if you couldn’t do the buttons on your clothes or even brush your teeth without difficulty. If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with essential tremor (ET), you already know what that's like.

Friday 02/21/2020
Singles Guide to Dating Smarter, Not Harder
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

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What’s next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Wednesday 02/19/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they’re forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 Best Diet for Heart Health by U.S. News & World Report. And according to a report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, many Mediterranean countries eat as much, or more, red meat than the U.S.

Tuesday 02/18/2020
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Monday 02/17/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Friday 02/14/2020
Tips to get your house ready for entertaining
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Whether hosting family and friends for your first or fifteenth time, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is refreshed and ready for any entertaining occasion.

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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Thursday 02/13/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Wednesday 02/12/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Are you following a gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, Whole 30 or other special diet? The problem with sticking to a diet is that it can feel restricting, because you're only allowed to eat certain foods, and that can get boring fast.

Tuesday 02/11/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Monday 02/10/2020
4 easy tips to boost your energy
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Even if you try to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly, chances are there are times of day when your energy fades, or entire days when you just don’t feel like you’re on the right track. Between the constant demands on your time from work and family, it can be tough to stay energized all day long.

For expert advice on balanced nutrition to boost your energy levels, check out Kevin Curry's website, FitMenCook.com. Curry demonstrates that it's possible to create meals and snacks to help you achieve your health and wellness goals without breaking the bank or even being a trained chef. He recommends swapping out parts of dishes to boost their nutrition — like egg whites instead of whole eggs, or brown rice or quinoa in place of white rice. He strives to make veggies and proteins the star of the dish, while using ingredients that are both easy to find and simple to prepare.

Here are some easy tips for ways to boost your energy and add more pep to your step, throughout your day.

1. Protein-up your breakfast

You probably know you shouldn't skip breakfast, and many of us have to eat it on the go, but there's more you can do — your energy level will thank you later if you add more protein to the first meal of the day.

For quick and easy ways to amp up your protein, use Bob Evans Egg Whites, which are made from a single, clean ingredient: 100% liquid egg whites. They offer a high-quality, protein-filled breakfast solution with five grams of protein in every serving. Taking a few extra minutes in the morning to boost your protein intake can keep your whole day on track.

  • Fix a quick omelet or scrambled eggs
  • Add 1-2 servings of Bob Evans Egg Whites to your smoothie or protein shake
  • Try this recipe for Strawberry Protein Pancakes, which your whole family can enjoy:

Strawberry Protein Pancakes
10 minutes prep time, serves 2

Ingredients

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup Bob Evans Egg Whites
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped

Instructions

Blend everything except the strawberries together, until there are no remaining chunks. Set chopped strawberries aside.
Heat a nonstick pan to medium high (a large or pancake pan works best). Pour batter onto the pan in small circular shapes, then sprinkle chopped strawberries on each pancake.
When the pancakes start to bubble, flip and cook the other side.
Top with more strawberries, low-sugar maple syrup, Greek yogurt or whatever calorie-conscious topping you like!

Source: BobEvansGrocery.com

Friday 02/07/2020
How to break through the financial conversation barriers with your partner
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For most people, personal finances are a private matter. When you are in a relationship, it can be difficult to discuss this typically taboo subject. Whether you have been married for years or are just beginning to date, fear of your partner judging your financial choices (big or small) runs deep.

Personalized employment support for veterans with disabilities
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many veterans seeking to transition from military service to civilian life face barriers to employment, often because their military experience doesn’t translate well to a traditional resume. It is difficult for employers to draw parallels between roles and responsibilities in the military to the experience they need in a job candidate. And it is difficult for veterans to translate their military skills and experiences into language employers are looking for.

Thursday 02/06/2020
The surprising range of career opportunities in the landscape industry
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Wednesday 02/05/2020
5 sweet ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - This Valentine’s Day, make the most of the occasion by finding new ways to enjoy the holiday with the ones you hold nearest and dearest — your family! With just a little creativity, a few extra treats and a healthy dose of imagination, you can make the day all about celebrating the love you have for each other — and, of course, all things sweet!

Monday 02/03/2020
Tips to stay warm and safe from carbon monoxide
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is an invisible and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm.

How to not let hearing loss impact your life and relationships
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

A challenge to older Americans: Take the flu seriously
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Sunday 02/02/2020
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Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The pressure is on — with the big day approaching, you may feel like you're not ready. Thanks to the latest technology, deciding on the perfect gift and making sure it gets to your special someone is easier than ever.

Saturday 02/01/2020
What you need to know about Age-related Macular Degeneration
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life’s most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly — what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can potentially lead to vision loss or blindness. While an AMD diagnosis can be a scary thought, there are things people can do to help reduce the risk of progression of the disease. Here’s what you need to know.

Thursday 01/30/2020
How family game night can boost skills for kids
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Feeling disconnected from members of your own family lately? You’re not alone — a 2018 study by 72 Point for Visit Anaheim found that 60% of parents with kids between 4 and 18 described their daily lives as “hectic.” The survey also found that today’s families only spend about 37 minutes of quality time together per weekday. Between digital distractions and our often over-scheduled lives, even sitting down for dinner together can feel like a miracle to pull off, especially as children head toward the tween and teen years.

Wednesday 01/29/2020
Simple ways to help caregivers focus on their own wellbeing
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll.

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today's outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings.

Tuesday 01/28/2020
5 ingredients for a heart-healthy lifestyle
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. It provides your body with the necessary oxygen and nutrients vital for daily survival. If you want to improve your overall health and protect your heart, simple changes in your lifestyle and diet can make a big impact.

Monday 01/27/2020
Hot bathroom trends for 2020
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Adding or remodeling a bathroom is a popular home improvement project in 2020. Whether it's a simple powder room, a useful three-quarter or a grand master bath, it's worthwhile to research the top trends so you can create a space that is functional while also increasing your home's overall value.

Sunday 01/26/2020
Recognize an overdose, know how to respond and carry naloxone — you could save a life
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives, says the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Friday 01/24/2020
How to win 'Best Awards Show Party' this year
Updated: February 28, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Crazy about the movies? Love inviting friends over to watch the awards shows every year? Or maybe thinking about throwing an awards-watching party for the first time? Thrill your friends with a party worthy of the stars, with a focus on fun.

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