Posts for: August, 2016
In honor of National Trail Mix Day we've put together a guide for making the perfect trail mix with all the proper ingredients. Check out these tips while keeping your taste buds in mind and when you're ready, go crazy with your own trail mix concoction.
Nuts - Although they are small, they are mighty. Different types of nuts are packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein and essential vitamins. Try out almonds, cashews, peanuts or walnuts to help create the perfect trail mix. Keep portion control in mind since nuts do tend to be high in fat. Remember to try and stick to unsalted and unsweetened nuts to ensure you're keeping sodium and sugar counts under control.
Seeds - Nutritionally beneficial, seeds are a great addition to any trail mix. Seeds are high in fiber, unsaturated fats, vitamin E and are sure to help keep your body going. Throw in some pumpkin, sunflower or flax seeds to your trail mix for an extra boost.
Grains - Grains are a great source of dietary fiber, different B vitamins and minerals. By incorporating whole grains into your diet, you are reducing your risk of heart disease and helping with weight management. This makes grains a great addition to any trail mix. Thinking grains may be good for your mix? Try out shredded wheat cereal, bran flakes, granola, puffed rice cereal or even air popped popcorn to satisfy your taste buds.
Dried Fruit - Dried fruit can be a great addition to your trail mix, but choose which dried fruits you'll be adding wisely. Pay close attention to the ingredients and labeling of your dried fruits as many contain added sugars making them significantly higher in calorie and sugar count than their original form. When chosen properly, dried fruits are a great source of fiber, antioxidants and nutrients. Try adding dried cranberries, blueberries, apples, cherries or dates to sweeten up your mix a bit.
Sweets - If dried fruit isn't your thing, you can throw in some other types of sweet to satisfy that sweet tooth. Just keep in mind that this ingredient is a treat and is to be used sparingly in your trail mix. Great variations to try mixing in are chocolate covered nuts or coffee beans, yogurt covered raisins or pretzels or different types of chips such as chocolate or peanut butter.
A Little Extra - Want to take your mix to the next level? Think outside the box. You can always add different spices or flavorful ingredients to kick the flavor level up. Sea salt, cayenne pepper or cinnamon are great spices to try out. Other flavorful ingredients to keep in mind when mixing it up are coconut flakes, sesame sticks or wasabi peas.
Not sure where to start? Try some of these combos to ignite your imagination:
- Cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins and M&Ms
- Almonds, dried cherries, chocolate chips, sea salt and cinnamon
- Pecans, dried apples, granola, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg and cinnamon
- Macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, dried pineapple and coconut flakes
If you've found the perfect combo, feel free to share your mix with us!
Summer is quickly coming to an end while parents and children all over are scrambling to get their back to school necessities ready. One of the most important necessities needed in order to start your kid’s year off right is a fresh pair of shoes. Ensuring you have the best shoe for your child can be intimidating, but follow these tips and your child will have happy feet all year long:
1. Get Measured: Ask a store associate to measure your child’s foot to confirm you are getting the best fit. If your child’s feet measure differently, always buy for the larger foot.
2. Immediate Comfort: Buy a pair of shoes that provide ultimate comfort to your child the moment they are slipped on to their feet. There should be no “break-in" period.
3. Try On Before Buying: Bring your child with you to the store when purchasing shoes for them. Remember to also bring the type of sock your kiddo will be wearing with their shoes to promise a comfortable fit when worn together.
4. Leave Room For Growth: Your child’s toes need room for growth. There should be enough room in the shoe for your child to wiggle their toes freely.
5. Follow the ABCs of Shoe Buying:
A.) Look for a stiff heel. Press on each side of the heel of the shoe. The heel should not collapse when doing this.
B.) The toe box must be flexible. The toe box of the shoes should bend with the toes. It should not be too stiff or bend too much.
C.) The shoes must have a rigid middle. Be sure that the shoes do not bend or twist in the middle at the arch of the shoe.
Your child’s feet change as they grow, so remember to check their shoes frequently. By keeping these tips in mind, you will have one less thing to stress about this back to school season.