Kathleen Craft

Fruit Smoothie

Any of you drivers who make an effort to stay healthy while on the road know that it's tough — really tough. And when it comes to eating, you have to plan, plan, plan. This next recipe requires planning, but it's so delicious that it's worth it. If you can pack the ingredients for the road, great. But if you need to find these things in a truckstop, just make sure you keep tabs on ...

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Hearty Turkey Wrap

Sometimes an apple just doesn't cut it for me. When I'm really hungry, if I don't choose a filling snack it's a challenge to make it to mealtime. If you're like me, don't hesitate to work some healthy, yet hearty, snacks into your eating schedule. Below is a recipe for a turkey wrap (limit to one a day). It's important to measure the higher calorie ingredients — cheese and turkey — but you can be ...

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Snack recipe: Hummus with carrots

I love my carbs, but sometimes eating pita after pita after pita just isn't healthy. So I've switched to eating carrots with my hummus. I was skeptical at first, but it's really quite good. And I also found this soybean hummus recipe and adapted it to my own tastes. Don't be scared off by the soybeans. It's so healthy and packed full of flavor! Keep in mind that you'll need to prepare this at home ...

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Snack recipe: Apples, Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Seed Stacks

I am declaring February my Healthy Obsession Snack Month. I'll try to post a new snack recipe at least twice a week. I'd love to hear from you about your own favorite snacks, as well as whether you enjoyed making the ones I've suggested. Check out my Jan. 23, 2012, entry for a Gorp recipe, or skip ahead to the one below! Apple, Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Seed Stacks 1 medium-sized apple2 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter1/8 ...

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Drug-free pain relief

If you have a sore joint, apply ice wrapped in a towel or a cold pack to the area for no more than 20 minutes. A bag of frozen peas works well. Don’t put the ice directly on your skin.

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Choose dark chocolate over white

Dark chocolate (60 percent cacao or higher) can improve heart health, lower blood pressure and boost serotonin and endorphin levels. White chocolate lacks any nutritional value and is made up of mostly fats and sugars.

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Bring back snack time

For me, a full belly equals happiness, comfort. But it’s when I fill my belly with foods high in fat, sugar and calories that I realize this is not a healthy way to live. I’ve recently been trying to improve my snack choices, because when I choose nutritious snacks throughout the day, I am less likely to overeat at mealtimes. To draw on the idea of food equating comfort, I did a ...

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Don’t sweat the occasional setback

Take a careful approach to beginning a workout routine by first seeing a physician.

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A joint problem

Osteoarthritis and a sedentary lifestyle can go hand-in-hand About 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. suffers from some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Arthritis affects people of all races and ethnicities, but is more prevalent in women. While there are many causes for arthritis, or joint inflammation, research has shown that people with sedentary lifestyles and people who are ...

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