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Patricia Bannan’s Quick Ideas for a Healthier You

You’d eat healthier, if only you had the time.  A quick glance at your calendar tells you that will happen sometime between today and—exactly never.  If you’re like most people these days, you’re probably feeling overbooked, overloaded, and overwhelmed, so it’s no surprise that eating well is often a challenge.  Here are some tips from my book, Eat Right When Time is Tight, to help you pump up your eating even on the busiest of days! Breakfast Blends: Let your blender help you pack in a few servings of fruit and vegetables to start your day off right.  Plan ahead […]

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Patricia Bannan’s Healthy Tips for Families

From fast-food being served in schools to the elimination of physical education programs, kids have all sorts of health roadblocks to navigate.  Family involvement is essential to help children maintain a healthy lifestyle, and with a few facts and smart strategies it can be easier than you think.   Enjoy healthy fats.  The recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a higher baseline fat intake for children, with the lower limit for children and adolescents placed at 25% of total calories (compared with 20% for adults).  Not surprisingly, healthy fats (those that contain minimal cholesterol and processing) should be the […]


Healthy Theme Park Food

I love amusement parks! I grew up 20 minutes from Disneyland in California and have loved them ever since. In more recent years, I have become quite the adrenaline junkie and have gotten hooked on the biggest, fastest roller coasters. I don’t make it to Busch Gardens here in Tampa as often as I would like (actually, hardly ever) but with summer coming to an end soon, I might just have to organize a Kelapo field trip! However, one big challenge of spending the day in any theme park is serious food temptation. My favorite theme park food is Dole […]

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