Get into the Swing of Summer Safety

(Family Features) Summer is a time of playground fun, swimming, boating, biking, camping and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, these activities can lead to a higher risk of injuries.

In fact, according to the Safe Kids U.S. Summer Ranking Report, summer is known as “trauma season” among U.S. public health and medical professionals because unintentional deaths and serious injuries increase dramatically among children during these months. Read more

Amp Up Your Comfort Food Favorites

(Family Features) With the cool weather season right around the corner, many look forward to a time of joyful hibernation. Prepare the fireplace, wrap yourself in that old sweater, fuzzy slippers and flannel blanket, and get to cooking those yummy staples that bring comfort from the cold.

Packed with nostalgia and mouthwatering flavors that bring you back to mom’s home cooking, comfort food offers warm feelings on even the most bitter cold days. However, those time-honored recipes are usually packed with calorie- and fat-laden ingredients that can undo any healthy eating intentions. Read more

DIY Kids’ Room Makeovers

(Family Features) Once school lets out, it’s a great time to make updates to kids’ rooms. Not only does it let children personalize their own space with decor that reflects their growing personality, it’s a great way to keep them busy with all that extra time to burn.

Craft projects are a great way to pass time and let kids practice some of the lessons they left behind at school, without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. Crafting is about more than art and creativity, after all. Measuring and planning for certain projects puts math skills to the test, too. Read more

A Tart, Tasty Way to Snack

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Cashew Granola Bars

(Family Features) With about 90 percent of Americans snacking daily, snacks now account for as much as 25 percent of many Americans’ daily calories. Indeed, the snack category is growing, with the biggest gains in better-for-you options that blend taste and nutrition.

“The secret to smart snacking is to choose a bite that contains a combo of protein and fiber, a power pair that will help you feel full longer. And of course, you can’t forget about flavor – it has to taste good, too. That’s why tart cherries are such a great pick; they offer great taste coupled with nutrition,” says Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, and the Today show’s nutrition expert. Read more

Go Gluten-Free for Brunch

Greek Sorghum Salad
Lemon Bars

(Family Features) Gathering friends and family for a brunch is a delicious alternative to the typical dinner party. A more casual setting and lighter fare make for a refreshing change. However, many of the foods commonly served at the brunch hour contain gluten, which can make it hard to accommodate the needs of anyone following a gluten-free diet.

One simple solution is sorghum, which can be substituted in a variety of baked goods and other dishes. Whole grain sorghum is a wholesome, hearty grain that possesses a mild flavor that won’t compete with the flavors of other food ingredients.

Sorghum can improve the texture of recipes and digests more slowly with a lower glycemic index, so it sticks with you a bit longer. This makes it a great healthy substitution in desserts such as these sweetly satisfying lemon dessert bars. Read more