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Healthy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

It’s time to ditch the old school chocolate pudding and upgrade to this 5 ingredient, nutrient dense, and delicious chia seed pudding, courtesy of our very own Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator, Bridget Woods! Not only will your heart health be thanking you, but your taste buds will too! Ingredients: 6 T chia seeds 1.5 cups of dairy/non-dairy milk (I used Califia Farms Protein Oat milk) 2 T Cacao Powder or Unsweetened cocoa powder Sweetener to Taste (I used 2 T of a natural sugar alternative) Fresh or Frozen Fruit to Garnish (I used Frozen Wild Blueberries) Directions: Add all of the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until desired smooth texture. Chill in refrigerator until cold and …


Be Grateful With a Gratitude Journal

Writing in a gratitude journal keeps the spirit of thankfulness alive all year long. A gratitude journal is a dedicated space for you to record what you are grateful for each day. Starting your own gratitude journal is a simple way to exercise thankfulness and reap the mental health benefits of focusing on positivity. People who take time to be grateful are often happier and less stressed. Expressing gratitude can help you recognize kindness in someone and, in turn, show more kindness to others. Not only does feeling appreciative have positive effects on your mind, but it could also improve your physical health. Studies show that practicing gratitude can lower blood pressure and aid your natural defenses against infection and …


Self-Care Made Simple

Managing your mental and physical health is never an easy feat. Add a global pandemic, a turbulent election year, and everything else 2020 so generously blessed us with. The onset and marathon of COVID-19 robbed many people of their jobs, maybe their alone time, and inarguably brought great loss. Because of the constant and immense stress, many people may have created new (and not so great) habits. Last year taught us that our health is our most important asset and it is up to us to be aware of our needs and make sure they’re filled. Cue self-care. Yes, it’s been a buzz word for a while, but what does it actually mean to take care of yourself? Think about …


COVID Vaccine – All You Need To Know

It’s been about a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started and it has certainly changed our lives. We started washing our hands more often, practicing safe social distancing, and wearing masks to protect not only ourselves, but also our loved ones and neighbors. Although the virus continues to wreak havoc in many communities, we have hope that, with continued mask diligence and the release of the COVID-19 vaccine, better days will come. What do I need to know about the vaccine? There are two FDA approved COVID-19 Vaccines currently available in the United States. Pfizer and Moderna. Both vaccines have shown “effectiveness of about 95% in preventing COVID-19 disease in adults” and both vaccines require two doses of the same …


The Skinny on Pandemic Skincare

The important precautions you’re taking to avoid the coronavirus can have unintended consequences for your skin. Take steps to keep it happy while staying healthy. Cold weather can be tough on your skin by drying it out. But this fall and winter, your body’s largest organ faces additional challenges—dryness and irritation caused by recommended safety measures related to COVID-19. Wearing a mask, for example, may cause acne, rashes, or peeling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Frequent handwashing can rob your skin of moisture, causing cracking. The pandemic seems likely to continue for several more months, which means it’s important to keep following “stop-the-spread” recommendations—and to incorporate daily skin care into your wellness routine to counteract potential skin …