Tricks and Treats for a Healthy Halloween

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HealthyTrickTreat-webTrick-or-treating is a tradition for many families and neighborhoods as children dress up in cute and creative costumes and go door-to-door asking for sweets. But don’t be tricked – Halloween is a big business that revolves around sugary sweet candy. Americans spend about $7 billion each year on everything from candy to costumes and decorations and we spend 1 to 3% more each year. The typical household spends about $21 on Halloween candy, amounting to $2 billion per year collectively. All that sugar can leave your tummy and your wallet with a severe post-Hallows Eve hangover when November rolls around.

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Having a couple of ghouls and guys over for a party this Halloween? Offer your guests some healthy options like a Frankenstein veggie plate! Place green snap peas on an oval platter to make the monster’s head, and add olives for his hair and mouth. Two cucumbers topped with an olive each will make his eyes and you can add  baby carrots to make the bolts in his neck!

For a sweet treat that will give you a serving of fruit, make some ghostly yogurt frozen bananas. Start with several large bananas cut in half and frozen for 30 minutes. Insert wooden sticks on one end and dip them in vanilla yogurt. Add mini chocolate chips for their eyes and freeze on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper until ready to serve.

If your guests include little ones, try making some pumpkin pie play dough! It smells wonderful because of the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple extracts. If you make enough small dough balls early, you can even give these out to trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy!

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If you’ve got a steady stream of adorable little superheroes, ballerinas, witches and zombies at your door on Halloween night, consider handing out something on the healthier side. Clementines can be a fun giveaway: just draw pumpkin or jack-o-lantern faces right onto a clementine with a permanent marker! They also make a festive orange addition to a school lunch and are a clever way to sneak in a serving of fruit.

You’ll see more store-bought healthy options from several companies this year, including Mediterranean Snacks, which offers a line of baked lentil chips and crackers to give trick-or-treaters. Another option is to hand out individually wrapped bags of pretzels or popcorn to offset the sugar they’ll get from all directions. Other fresh alternatives are single serving bags of sugar snap peas and nuts that deal a satisfying crunch.

A Treat for Grownups

Halloween is a great time for neighbors to meet or get reacquainted as they catch up while the kiddies are gathering goodies. Along with treats for the kids, you can offer a cold shot of 24K™ with a business card to tired parents looking for a bit more energy to get through trick-or-treating. Be sure to let them know that there’s no sugar or caffeine, so they won’t experience a crash. Visit our Vistaprint store to order some business cards so they can call you when they want to know more about Reliv!

Check out our “Fall into Reliv” board on Pinterest for more great decorating and entertaining ideas for the season. Share your ideas with us by pinning them with the “@Reliv” tag.

Sources:

http://money.msn.com/shopping-deals/article.aspx?post=2885cf08-40b2-4b08-8a3b-42d17dff01ec

http://www.livescience.com/16768-candy-americans-eat-halloween.html

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/10-healthy-halloween-treats.htm

http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-00412000068114/

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5 Stress Management Tips from Around the World

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Pools are closing and leaves are falling: it’s Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Get back to work!” Many of us are dreading packing away our swimsuit for another three seasons and hauling out the cardigans and massive coats. For many, the transition from lounging in a lawn chair to climbing into an office chair is a bumpy one and only increases the already demanding stressors of daily life. But people from all over the globe have a few suggestions on how to jump back into work stress-free. Join us on a hassle-free trip around the world and learn how other cultures practice relaxation. Continue reading “5 Stress Management Tips from Around the World”

4 Hydration Myths Busted for Summer

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With summer at the height of its heat and humidity, we love to cool off with afternoons at the pool or days at the beach. But in all the water fun outside, we can’t forget our water intake. Even if we know we can’t live without it, we may be a fuzzy on the facts: How can we hydrate? How much do we need each day? Here are four myths you may have heard about hydration, and the truth behind them — just in time for temperatures that push the triple digits. Continue reading “4 Hydration Myths Busted for Summer”

Listen to Grandma and Sit Up Straight!

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How many times did your parents and grandparents tell you sit up straight? Of course, Grandma’s wagging finger only made you want to slouch deeper into the couch, insisting you’d sit however you liked. Sooner or later, though, your however-you-like sitting will catch up with you, and you may wish you had listened to Grandma’s advice. Continue reading “Listen to Grandma and Sit Up Straight!”

5 Healthy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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When temperatures and prices for gas and food are all skyrocketing, it may seem like summer can’t come without cost to your health and pocketbook. If you’re struggling to find fun for the family, check out these health-conscious and inexpensive ideas for entertainment.

 1. Fake a vacation: try a stay-cation

Keep your vacation bill lower by staying at home and visiting places within driving distance. Like any vacation, you’ll need to do your research. Check your city’s calendar for free events, and explore your town for places you’ve never been, including healthy eating options. Staying home allows you to be more conscious of what you are eating than when you’re in a new place with unfamiliar meal options, and it replaces the long hours of sitting in the car with walking tours of your hometown.

 2. Make a Cool Drink

An activity and a snack all in one! Create popsicles with Innergize! and fresh fruit, or experiment with new ingredients in your favorite Reliv shake to keep your body temperature down. Lemon Innergize! can also jumpstart a favorite summer tradition, the lemonade stand. Delicious and hydrating, a lemonade stand can also be one of the first opportunities to teach your kids about earning and spending money wisely.

 3. Stake a Spot Outside

Stepping out your front door doesn’t cost a thing and is one of the best ways to keep your kids from spending their summer glued to electronics. Take them to a park for time on the playground and games of tag, or hike together for exercise. You can make up scavenger hunts for plants and animals to keep them from becoming tired more quickly, too. For an evening activity, choose backyard camping complete with stargazing and sleeping in a tent. Don’t forget to use the proper amount of sunscreen and bug spray when you’re outside so your fun doesn’t turn sour the next day.

4. Take Up Family Night-In

If it’s too hot or the rain won’t stop, spend an evening indoors. For dinner, let each person pick a dish to make. If your kids are too young to handle the responsibility alone, let them shop for ingredients on a family trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Then, let them stir or put the recipe into the baking pan. You can add an extra challenge to see who can create the healthiest part of the meal.

 5. Shake up movie night

Host an outdoor family movie night, which prevents another night on the couch and spending money on sugar-filled movie theater snacks. Invite family friends over so both adults and kids have friends tospend time with, and ask each family to bring a healthy snack like a veggie tray or fruit salad. All you need to do is find a projector and hang up a sheet. Choose a movie from your or another family’s collection, or check out a free one from the library.

Want more ideas for healthy and cheap snacks and activities? Check out our Pinterest board “Beat the Heat” for low-cost/high-fun summer plans.

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Beating Workout Boredom

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The tennis shoes sit inside your closet, staring you down. When are you going to take me to the gym again? You pretend not to notice them and reach for slippers instead, knowing you’ll have much more fun at home tonight. When was the last time I used a treadmill? You think for a moment, but realize it’s been too long to remember exactly.

If you’ve ever had this conversation with your tennis shoes, you might be battling workout boredom, which makes it easy to hit a wall in your motivation to exercise. If you’re losing the fight against apathy, here are three tips for breaking in your tennis shoes again while having fun.

1. Do what you love.

You don’t need to sign up for the yoga class if you’d rather take a nap on your mat than perform a Child’s Pose. A surefire way to kill your motivation is to make working out miserable — of course you won’t want to come back if you’re uninterested or overwhelmed! If you love dancing, try zumba. If you spend your free time at the pool, learn to master lap swimming. If you like the toned look from weight lifting, incorporate it into your weekly lineup.

Bottom line: don’t force the treadmill on yourself if you’ll go crazy. Of course, be careful not to overwork one part of your body or ignore another area — discipline is key and you’ll need to balance cardio and muscle building. You may be surprised, too — if you’re not sure about trying a new machine or set of repetitions, see Tip #3.

2. Work while you do what you love.

A trendy fitness trend all over Pinterest is television workouts, which suggest different exercises whenever something happens on a show. For example, a pin for one my favorite shows suggests performing 30 lunges each time one of the main characters drinks coffee and 20 crunches when another reads, both of which usually happen multiple times per episode. A similar one is a commercial workout, doing push-ups or jumping jacks when a car or insurance ad airs. (Something like this is perfect for a rainy or too-hot-to-breathe day, too!) Although this can’t replace your cardio, it’s a way to keep moving instead of staying a couch potato.

Another option? Crank up the tunes. You can motivate yourself to work out until a new album or playlist finishes. If you’re tired of the same-old, same-old on your iPod, check out this list of Top 100 Workout Songs from professional trainers. It includes everything from pop to hip-hop, oldies to today’s Top 40.

One more tried-and-true option is to enlist a friend in your regimen. Catching up on a walk burns more calories than doing it over a cup of coffee, and you can keep each other accountable to your routines.

3. Mix it up.

If you spend every morning staring at the same spot on the wall as you run the treadmill, no one would blame you for feeling bored. Routine can help consistency, but one of its dangers is monotony. Try using the elliptical for cardio one week and the stair climber the next.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, either! If you’re not sure where to start, check out a website like AceFitness.org, with videos and diagrams of routines, or sign up for a class at your local gym. Something as simple as running outside or lifting at a different time of day can spice up your ritual. Whatever happens, don’t let the exercise ennui set in again — variety will keep you moving even after you’ve settled into a new practice.

Remember to boost your performance and recovery with Reliv’s ProVantage® with LunaRich®. With 13 grams of muscle-building soy protein per serving as well as other advanced ingredients, ProVantage will give you edge you’ve been looking for. You can also stay in top form with Innergize!®, Reliv’s isotonic formula that features ingredients like ChromeMate® and OptiZinc®, the most readily absorbed forms of chromium and zinc available. Plus, Innergize! contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. It’s a win-win!

Be sure to talk with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Each individual has different health needs that should be considered before attempting a new program.

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5 Tips for Stylish and Safe Summer Skin Care

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9,199: the number of people in the United States who lost their battle with skin cancer in 2009. The Center for Disease Control reported in the same year more than 60,000 Americans received a skin cancer diagnosis. Continue reading “5 Tips for Stylish and Safe Summer Skin Care”

A Guide to Cycling: Ready to Ride!

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Reliv Distributor and active cyclist David Clarke shares his advice and wisdom on introductory cycling.

You’ve been watching the Tour de France. You haven’t ridden a bicycle in 20 years, but you’ve decided to peel yourself off the couch! What a terrific way to get some exercise, be out of doors and enjoy the feeling of the wind through your hair.David-ClarkeProV1

Continue reading “A Guide to Cycling: Ready to Ride!”