3 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Health

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We all want our kids to grow up strong, smart, happy and healthy. But sometimes, guarding your family’s health can seem like you’re playing nutritionist, coach, germ-fighter, nurse and psychologist all at once.

Here are three tips for improving your family’s health:

Tip 1: Take back the kitchen

Do you want to cook healthier? With some simple tweaks, you can lighten up regular recipes for brownies, casseroles and other tastytreats. Plan healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner by learning about healthy food substitutions. For instance, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on cakes instead of using frosting. Reduce fat and calories in baked goods by cutting the fat ingredient such as butter or margarine by one-half and substituting a moist ingredient like applesauce, fat-free sour cream or orange juice. Search the web for more tips about healthy foods and in no time you will be cooking healthy recipes for you and your family.

Tip 2: Get up and move

Exercise benefits include low blood pressure, strong muscles, weight control and stress reduction. Walking, sports and aerobic classes are just a few of the exercises that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Tip 3: Develop relationships with your family’s healthcare providers

One of the most important decisions you will ever make — and you’ll probably make it more than once — is choosing the right doctor. Ask your friends, your coworkers and your neighbors who they like, and look for these names in the packet of options you get from your insurance provider. Make sure your doctor of choice has a healthy online reputation on common websites such as Vitals or Healthgrades.

Once you’ve picked your provider, get to know the entire office. Make an appointment to meet the office staff, nurses and provider. Ask questions about the style of care, availability and other important concerns you have.

These three tips can keep your family happy and healthy!

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This content originally appeared on the website of HCA partner sharecare.com.

This content originally appeared on Sharecare.com.

For more healthy tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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5 Healthy Food Gift Ideas

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Want to bring a little good cheer into a friend’s life? Here’s our list of five healthy food gift ideas that will make everyone happier (including you, because giving is a great feeling).

1. Walnuts

It may sound like a boring gift, but did you know that eating 12 halves of walnuts daily could increase your lifespan up to 20 percent?! Munching on this healthy snack 30 minutes before mealtime is an effective way to control appetite and keep your arteries clear! Pair a half  pound bag of walnuts with some of the below gifts, or give them to family members as a stocking stuffer!

2. Dark Chocolate

Yes, you read that right! Gift a half pound of dark, 70 percent cacao chocolate as a healthy present this holiday season! One ounce daily can reduce heart attack and stroke risk by 30 percent, while preventing some cancers. This gift also pairs well with some of the other gift suggestions like walnuts, coffee and wine.

3. Coffee

Coffee has many health benefits, so consider adding some java to your gift list this year! Your daily dose of coffee (three cups) can cut stroke risk by 30 percent and may help prevent some cancers, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes. This makes a great gift on its own, or paired with dark chocolate.

4. Wine

A bottle of red wine makes a great gift, and even has health benefits! Wine boosts the “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein, and reduces the “bad” cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, keeping everything from the brain to sexual functions up and running.

5. Garlic goodness

Garlic-infused olive oil delivers an immune-boosting, heart-healthy flavor and keeps your joints healthy! This is a great gift for the cook in the family, or any foodie friends, and is easy to find. This is also a great gift to pair with some fresh bread and maybe even a bottle of wine.

This content originally appeared on the website of HCA partner sharecare.com.

For more healthy tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

3 Healthy Meals to Make in Minutes

Family Preparing meal,mealtime TogetherWe all want the time to prepare a healthy gourmet meal each day, but the reality is that busy schedules most often prevent that from happening. Even if your schedule is full, it doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a healthy meal quickly. Below are three meals that you can make in minutes for your family.

Overnight Oats

One of the quickest breakfasts you can make is a jar of overnight oatmeal. Prepared the night before, this breakfast is perfect to grab and go during those hectic mornings when you’ve hit snooze one too many times. To make overnight oats, simply pour one serving of old fashioned rolled oats into a mason jar, then add an equal amount of your choice of milk, yogurt, or any other dairy substitutes. Top the jar off with frozen fruit and let it sit overnight (8 hours is recommended) for an easy breakfast the next morning.

Chicken Salad

Another easy make-ahead meal is chicken salad. Make a big batch on Sunday and use it for lunch throughout the week. Many people use canned chicken, while others prefer rotisserie chicken. If you use a rotisserie chicken, simply make sure it is diced. Chicken salad can be made with whatever add-ins you like, but popular additions include diced apples, raisins, walnuts, celery, onions and even avocado. Eat with crackers, on a sandwich or by itself for a protein-filled lunch.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This dinner option is great for families as it allows everyone to top their potatoes with whatever they want, making it completely customizable. Because most ovens can be set to turn on at a certain time, you can let your sweet potato cook while you’re on your way home. By doing this, you can simply pull the potatoes from the oven when you’re ready to eat, then top it off with anything you’d like. One of our favorite recipes includes scrambled eggs, cilantro, avocado, salsa and Greek yogurt.

For more healthy tips, check out the Denton Regional Urgent Care Center website regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health and food allergies can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.