Snowfall, family fun and holiday cheer make winter the most wonderful time of the year. But cold weather can also be harsh on the body. Learn how to stay healthy as the temperatures drop!
Winterize Your Skin
The cold weather can wreak havoc on the skin, but it doesn't have to. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon shares secrets for keeping your skin looking its best!
• For an at-home winter moisturizing treatment for your skin, dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban recommends mixing olive oil, honey, jojoba oil and avocado, placing it on your arms or legs and covering with plastic wrap. This will attract and retain moisture.
• Protect your lips by wearing water-resistant lip balm with an SPF of at least 15!
• Get at-home recipes to keep your skin looking fresh!
Winterize Your Body
The average American gains weight every winter. Find out how to prevent winter weight gain, and promote weight loss, instead!
Healthy Holiday Snacking
Stay healthy with these tips for your next holiday party.
• Fill bowls and platters with healthy snacks, such as nuts, whole-grain crackers, low-fat cheese and air-popped popcorn.
• Rather than serving salted mixed nuts or candied pecans, serve spiced toasted almonds. By replacing salt, oil and butter with cayenne pepper and thyme, you trim unwanted fat and add vitamin E, magnesium and fiber to the snack.
• Serve fruit kabobs.
• Swap chocolate peppermint bark for strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, which provide antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber.
Winterize Your Kids
Boost Your Vitamin D Levels
Sunshine is one of the best sources of vitamin D, which helps guard against cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes. In the winter, however, most people — adults and children alike — do not get enough of the nutrient. Mushrooms are great source of vitamin D, so be sure to add them to your diet as the sky turns gloomy!
Try making Dr. Sears' Winter Gloom ‘Shrooms recipe for your little ones!
Makes three portions for babies older than 8 months.
1 ½ carrots, topped, tailed and sliced
4 button mushrooms, fully cooked or sautéed for safety
4.4 oz Wild Alaskan salmon fillet, skinned
2 oz orange juice
1.4 oz grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
Put the carrots and mushrooms into a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until tender. Alternatively, place the vegetables in a steamer and cook for 20 minutes. Remember, mushrooms should be fully cooked for safety.
Meanwhile, place the salmon in a dish, pour on the orange juice and scatter the cheese. Cover, leaving an air vent, and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Or, cover with foil and cook in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
Flake the fish with a fork, making sure there are no bones. Drain the carrot mixture, mix with the butter and milk and puree in a blender together with the flaked fish and its sauce. Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze for future use, or chill and serve.
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