Lighten up your holiday desserts

submitted by ShopRite Yardley

There are many clever ways to lighten up our favorite holiday desserts this season. Start by replacing processed sugar with natural alternatives such as pure maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar or honey.

Apple pie with no added sugar is an excellent compromise for a holiday gathering. If that’s too bland for your guests, add a few chopped dates to the mix. Dates make an awesome sugar substitute.

You can buy pitted dates and chop them into your filling (2 dates to 1 tablespoon sugar), unprocessed date sugar (1 1/2 teaspoons date sugar to 1 teaspoon sugar) or make a homemade paste (2 teaspoons paste to 1 teaspoon sugar).

[Read more…]

Share

‘Tis the season to give back to a charity protecting our planet

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The winter months in the Northeast can get gloomy, but the holiday season also brings the joy of savory meals with friends and family, and of course – giving gifts. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Black Friday sales, but don’t forget the true meaning of the holidays – to appreciate what you have and to give to others who are not so fortunate.

Consider donating to these charities that are working to protect our planet and create solutions for sustainable living:

[Read more…]

Share

Neurofeedback ends aggressive behavior

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Blake (not his real name), only nine-years-old, was displaying behaviors that were very troubling to his mom. Despite the many medications he was taking, he continued to be impulsive, restless, oppositional, and sometimes aggressive.

At home he would steal and lie, causing even more concern to Mom. At school he was disruptive in the class, talked back to teachers, and was unable to remain on task, despite all the medications he was taking at his young age.

[Read more…]

Share

Electric cars are here to stay!

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Not so long ago, electric cars were seen as an inconvenient fad for only the most environmentally conscious consumers on the road. But as increasingly practical, affordable, and aesthetically appealing models make their way onto the market, Americans are realizing that electric cars are here to stay – and they make sense.

The same can be said about solar energy systems. Going solar used to be a luxury of the wealthy, but the cost of an average residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system is half of what it was just five years ago.

[Read more…]

Share

Healthy and delicious Thanksgiving tips

submitted by Megan Collins, registered dietitian from the ShopRite of Yardley

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means those favorite family recipes are coming out of storage. Here are some ideas to help you put a nutritious spin on those classic recipes without losing any of the flavors and traditions of the originals. Follow these tips to create a new Thanksgiving menu that’s delicious and healthy:

  • The Turkey: Look for a plain fresh or frozen turkey. Turkeys labeled “self-basting” have added fat and sodium. When you’re ready to prepare your turkey, use an oil mister to coat the skin instead of basting with butter, and add flavor using your favorite herbs (thyme and rosemary work well). Instead of filling the turkey with stuffing, cook stuffing on the side (it’s safer that way, anyway), and place additional flavorings inside the turkey, such as halved lemons, apples, onions, and more fresh herbs. Oh, and give the deep fryer a rest; try roasting the bird in the oven this year!

[Read more…]

Share

Neurofeedback proven superior for ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Rob (not his real name) is a seventh grader who, despite medication, struggled through sixth grade. He had a difficult time with paying attention and work completion. He required much behavioral intervention from his teachers. Being over-energized, he had difficulty with waiting his turn. Behaviorally, he interrupted conversations, acted before thinking, was disorganized, easily distracted, was bored easily, and had trouble concentrating.

These behaviors contributed to low grades. Parents were reporting high levels of hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity and oppositionality that were seriously affecting his school success.

[Read more…]

Share

Fall in love with fall produce

submitted by ShopRite Yardley

Autumn provides lots of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables and lots of chances to create favorite fall dishes. Here are some great produce picks and cooking tips:

*Apples – Late summer and fall are prime time for this favorite staple and the perfect season to sample different varieties of apples. Pull a simple weeknight dinner together by sautéing apples and onions with a few tablespoons of apple juice, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and pairing with grilled pork chops, or add fresh chopped apples to grain-based or green salads.

[Read more…]

Share

Understanding your level of risk when making investment decisions

submitted by Mark Byelich, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF®, Financial Consultant and Managing Partner at Attleboro Wealth Management

I’m very excited to be able to offer this monthly column to you regarding financial issues that may affect the lives of you and your loved ones. I’m hopeful that the information provided here will be timely, applicable and helpful.

It’s probably most appropriate to discuss risk in this first column as we’re currently in a period where the global and U.S. markets are down considerably for the year with few believing that will turn around by year’s end. The financial and news channels and publications love this volatility as it means more people are watching, listening and reading.

The big question is, what does this mean to you?

[Read more…]

Share

Winter weatherization is key to cutting energy costs and usage

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Winter is creeping in and it’s time to store away air conditioners and crank up the heat. Can you stay warm and still reduce your energy consumption and also save money?

The answer is definitely yes and it’s a key step not only toward helping your wallet, but also pushing our country as a whole toward energy independence and a sustainable future. What a waste to spend money running your oil or gas heater, only to have that nice, toasty air escape out cracks and crevices in your home!

[Read more…]

Share

Neurofeedback calms the irritable brain

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Roger (not his real name) was a very irritable 11-year-old youngster. He had difficulty cooperating, being compliant, and not being physically or verbally violent. He has been this way since birth.

His adoptive parents lovingly accepted him, despite a hostile interuterine life. He was born prematurely from an actively drug addicted mother, and diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

His parents sought help for him from all avenues, and despite his many emotional and behavioral challenges, they were hopeful. They were considering a very expensive private school that they hoped over time would help shape his many undesirable behaviors. His mother researched and sought neurofeedback as an alternative. Even though he was not a happy child the parents were hopeful.

[Read more…]

Share