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5 Tricks for Healthier Hot Chocolate. Photo: Getty Images I grew up in upstate New York, so as a kid, shaking off the snow and savoring a cup of hot cocoa was a daily winter ritual.

5 Tricks for Healthier Hot Chocolate

Those days I wasn’t picky; any old packet or powder would do. But as a grown-up and a nutritionist, I’m now pretty discriminating about what I put in my grocery cart and recommend to my clients. Hence, my five tricks for health-ing up your hot cocoa—without sacrificing a sip of satisfaction. Reach for a plant-based “milk” Yes, they’re lower in protein compared to cow’s milk, but unsweetened plant-based “milks” like coconut and almond are also lower in calories, ranging from a mere 30 to about 60 calories per cup, versus 80 to 90 in the same amount of skim. RELATED: 24 Food Swaps That Slash Calories Use natural or non-dutched cocoa Standard hot chocolate mixes are usually made with cocoa processed with alkali. RELATED: 12 Food-Industry Tricks That Undermine Clean Eating Use a natural sweetener Finally, maple syrup has sweet perks, too. ¼ cup water. How To Whiten Teeth Naturally With Turmeric. They say a smile is . . .

How To Whiten Teeth Naturally With Turmeric

The prettiest thing you can wear. I say that, given some of the questionable fashion choices I’ve made since becoming a mom (hello pj’s at 2pm!) , that’s never been more true. Americans spend over a billion dollars a year on over-the-counter tooth whitening products, often without being aware of their risks. Fortunately, we don’t need them – we can simply head to our pantry and most likely find at least one ingredient that whitens naturally. One, which I mention in my ebook, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, is activated charcoal. Natural Whitening Toothpaste Recipe.

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What's the Best Way to Freeze & Reheat Egg-Based Dishes? — Good Questions. Job Ideas. Services. Santa Cruz Vacation! Summer Activities for Kids at Lake Tahoe. While Lake Tahoe is mostly associated with hitting the slopes in the wintertime, the summer is actually just as much if not more fun for a getaway with kids in tow.

Summer Activities for Kids at Lake Tahoe

From swimming, to hiking, or even floating down a pristine mountain river, North Lake Tahoe offers an abundance of things to do with kids as well as throwing in some awe inspiring views and memories to last a lifetime. Where to Stay Squaw Valley is a great place to set up base camp with the family if you are planning on hitting the Northern side of the Lake. There are an abundance of family friendly lodging options ranging from the super luxurious Resort at Squaw Creek to private rentals that are set up for traveling with kids. We found this great 3-bedroom condo with a loft set up and ready to go for families for $175/night. What to DoHigh Camp FunTake a ride on the cable car to the top of High Camp where you will find many activities to choose from.

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Anxious or Feeling Down: Can Essential Oils Help?

Talking about this difficult topic is an enormous step forward on the road to supporting those who suffer. One question I am often asked is: Which natural remedies work for depression and anxiety? And this is often followed-up with something like: Can essential oils REALLY help? With a recent study showing a link between anti-anxiety medications and dementia[1], there is more reason than ever to choose essential oils instead of pharmaceuticals. I know it’s hard to imagine that inhaling a “nice aroma” could alter your body’s chemistry and imbalances that lead to mood disorders, but here are three essential oils that research has shown can help ease depression and anxiety. One essential oil that stands out for depression is bergamot Citrus aurantium (L.) var. bergamia.

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Carmel Vacation. Immune Boosters for Moms. It's an occupational hazard: Take an on-the-go mom, add one or more germ-carrying kids, stir in sleep deprivation, and brace yourself for the germ du jour.

Immune Boosters for Moms

While there's still no cure for the common cold, drinking water (three to four glasses a day), washing your hands often, and getting a good night's sleep can help fend off drippy noses, up-all-night coughs, and more --and the latest research suggests that some natural remedies can be effective, too. Here's the lowdown on what just may work, and what isn't worth your money: Note: Talk with your doctor before taking any supplement, especially if you're pregnant or nursing. EchinaceaFights: ColdsPrevents or treats? BothDoes it work or doesn't it? Probiotics (healthy bacteria)Fights: Diarrhea, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, colitis and other gastrointestinal disorders, colds Prevents or treats? ExerciseFights: Colds (and just about everything else)Prevents or treats?

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