Stay on Track with Your Wellness Goals

(Family Features) With dreams of bettering their lives, people of all ages pledge to create resolutions with the start of every year. Many people discover, however, that it’s easy to make a resolution but difficult to stick to it.

With these helpful tips from Sunsweet and Dawn Jackson Blatner, registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics and licensed dietitian nutritionist, it’s easy to get back on a healthy living track:

   
1. Get Back on Track
Falling off the wagon can be discouraging, but don’t let your mind get in the way of your might. Track your daily meals and snacks to help you stay focused on what and how much you are eating. Writing in a food journal is a great way to look back over your week to see what you did well and could do better next week.
   

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5 Tax-Saving Strategies To Help Your Family This Tax Season

Overlooked Deductions May Cost You Thousands

Millions of Americans face a challenge in meeting their budgets every month – not just financially, but also in their time budgets, says investment advisor Reid Abedeen.

“Knowledge is power and time is often money, but what if you don’t have the time to empower yourself with knowledge? For many households, that often means losing out on thousands of dollars through tax deductions,” says Abedeen, a partner at Safeguard Investment Advisory Group, LLC (www.safeguardinvestment.com).

“As a family man myself, I understand what it means to work hard to provide the best possible for my wife and children. Had I not worked in the financial sector for almost two decades, I might not have understood how to best troubleshoot my tax return, I sympathize.”

Abedeen offers the following strategies that may be relevant for your family this tax season. Read more

Top Viewing Party Tips

Wild Wild West Dip
Bacon Oaxaca Mini Grilled Cheeses
Super Chicken Chilaquiles

(Family Features) Whether you’re getting together to watch the finale of your favorite TV series or cheering on your favorite sports team, set the stage for an exciting evening with family and friends by hosting your very own viewing party.

You’ll receive plenty of praise from your guests with these five tips:

  1. Set-up: When decorating for your at-home viewing party, look for colors and other trinkets that fit into your event’s theme. For example, sporting events always call for your team’s colors, or if you’re planning on binge watching your favorite new TV series – you’ll need proper entertainment-themed items like British flags and tea cups, scandalous tabloids or thrones for seating. Read more

Young at Heart

How seniors are staying connected through their golden years

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

Nurture relationships
Email, cell phones and texting are some of the ways technology is helping people stay connected today. These tools can be especially useful for seniors living away from friends and family or for those who aren’t able to travel as much as they used to. One affordable option is a complete phone system, such as VTech CareLine, which has no monthly fee. Offering a wearable pendant, one-button or voice-activated dialing, big buttons and volume booster, CareLine has features designed with seniors in mind. For more information about keeping seniors safely connected via a phone system, visit www.vtechphones.com/careline.

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Seven Fantastic Fish Tips You Need to Try During Lent

(Family Features) Preparing seafood at home during Lent can be a snap with a little inspiration – from adding new flavors to trying different cooking methods. These simple ideas – one for Ash Wednesday and each of the six Fish Fridays – showcase just how easy it can be to put tasty dinners on the table your family will crave year-round.

For more seafood recipes and flavor inspiration, visit www.McCormick.com.

Montreal Salmon Rub

   
1. Grilled: Fire up the grill any time of year. Quick with minimal cleanup, grilling seafood that’s been rubbed with spices is a perfect Friday night option. Read more

Get Creative with After School Snacks

Cereal Muffins
Monkey Munch

(Family Features) For teens and tweens, after school snacks can pose a bit of a problem. Many options are geared toward younger (and smaller) bellies, while others may pack too big a punch, affecting appetites for dinner. One deliciously satisfying solution? Snacks they can make themselves.

DIY after school snacks let kids push their creative limits. One way to get creative is using favorite breakfast cereals in familiar types of recipes for a whole new taste. For example, a lightly sweetened corn and oat cereal such as Honeycomb has a one-of-a-kind playful shape that makes it an instantly recognizable and flavorful addition to treats. Read more

5 Tips for Easy Family Weeknight Meals

Fresh Pork & Veggie Stir-Fry
Fresh Pork & Apple Salad

(Family Features) Most families aspire to spend more time together around the dinner table, but between work and after-school activities, it’s hard to find the time.

If you’re finding it tough to get your family to the table each night, here are a few simple tips:

  • Keep the meals simple by choosing recipes with one star ingredient and easy preparation – like a pork tenderloin. Fresh pork cuts can be easily sliced into medallions or cubes to cook faster, while still maintaining juicy, delicious flavor, so you can have a dinner that’s ready in less than 10 minutes. Read more