Sun dried tomatoes and canned or bottled tomato products (such as tomato paste, sauce, soups, juice, ketchup, and tomato based chili or hot sauces) are all concentrated sources of lycopene. Other produce rich in lycopenes (think deep red or pink) include watermelon (which actually contains more lycopene than tomatoes!), purple grapes, pink or red grapefruit, apricots, plums, red bell peppers, papaya, and guava.
Next on the grocery list are foods rich in betacarotene, another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties. Other betacarotene rich foods include sweet potatoes, apricots, squash, pumpkins, papaya, and mango (think deep orange pigment).
Looking for more foods providing sun protection?  Eat some walnuts, which are high in essential fatty acids, which may also protect against sunburn. Finally, look to foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also protect against sunburn and cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer. So if you are heading out in the sun, why not have a glass of orange juice and grapefruit topped with strawberries for breakfast, a leafy green spinach salad with mushrooms and tomato juice for lunch, almonds or walnuts for a snack, and salmon with kale for dinner? Pediatrician, parenting and child wellness expert, author of a children's book promoting healthy eating, and mom to William. Sloppy Joe's are a perennial childhood favorite, but the canned version lacks depth of flavor. This recipe is versatile, and can be made into a sloppy Joe stew or soup; see notes for these instructions. This is a topic near and dear to me, as I want to see all our families succeed on the Healthy Kids Program.
For us to exert the significant effort required to achieve our goals they must be compelling; we must truly believe they are worth the time and effort. We are forty-two percent more likely to achieve a goal if we write it down.  So, write it down to make it happen!
Christmas is the perfect time for gratitude, and it is something we can actively promote in our children.
A study on the impact of gratitude published in the Journal of School Psychology looked at more than 200 middle school students, and found that those students that wrote down five things they were grateful for each day for two weeks had higher levels of optimism, increased life satisfaction, and decreased negative feelings. Because children learn best by observation and repetition, an attitude of gratitude can start with YOU! For kids, the weeks leading up to Christmas is often about focusing on what they want and don’t have. Turkey Pot Pie Is A Great Thanksgiving Leftover, But Chicken Pot Pie Is Good Comfort Food, Too! And since this recipe was originally for chicken pot pie, you can make a  chicken pot pie the rest of the year by simply substituting 3 cups of cooked chicken for the turkey.


This includes a recipe link for a homemade crust that is flaky and easy, but you can use refrigerated pie crust, or biscuits for topping. Now that food-focused holidays are fast approaching, here are some tips for helping picky eaters and reducing mealtime stress. Be sure there are one or two items on the table that your child will enjoy, but do not cater to the picky eater (this could be bread and butter, milk, corn, etc.).
If the thought of eating with all the grownups overwhelms your child, consider a kiddie table, but do not feed children before the big meal or serve them different food. A great way to encourage children to enjoy the meal is to have them help prepare for the meal.
A child that comes to the holiday table hungry (but not starving) is more likely to eat, so don't overdo the appitizers.
While we normally recommend that children take one bite of all new foods served, avoid this at holiday meals. Slow-cooked dishes are ideal for making ahead and reheating, and leftovers can be enjoyed for several days. While it is not recommended that you replace traditional sunblock with these foods, consuming them will likely offer additional protection and reduce sun damage for you and your family—all while tasting great.
But fresh tomatoes such as in homemade salsa, gazpacho, or tomato salad still offer a respectable dose of good-for-your-skin lycopene.
You can also find betacarotene in non-orange foods, like mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, beets, beet greens, cabbage, kale, and spinach. In addition to vitamin C, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage. Mushrooms (especially cremini) contain the mineral selenium, essential for the production of glutathione peroxidase.
In addition to being great sources for essential nutrients, these foods will provide a healthy dose of natural sun protection and skin regeneration.
These get their added oomph by the use of a classic French mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery).
Even better: if the goal can be chunked into smaller successes, list them and then cross out as they are accomplished.
A maximum of five to seven goals are ideal (psychology tells us we focus best on this number or less). Even if a list was made, but not a daily reminder, this puts us at a disadvantage for reaching our goals. And gratitude is not only polite and appreciated, it turns out it is good for our emotional health; our very heart and soul!


Even three weeks after they had stopped writing items down, the group of kids that expressed gratitude was more grateful than the control group that did not. But during the holidays, do try to spend time focusing with your child on what he or she already has to counter balance this. If using a commercially prepared pie crust, look for a brand without trans or hydrogenated fats. And, a slow cooker provides advantages for healthy cooking by stretching small amounts of meat with flavorful sauces and a generous portion of vegetables. Do not overcook as the meat will continue to cook in the sauce and we don’t want it to get tough. If you prefer, you can puree the sauce, but make the following changes: Cut the carrots and celery in larger pieces. And research presented at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention found that grateful teens are more likely to be happy, less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, and less likely to have behavioral problems at school, compared with less grateful teens.
Leaving your child a written note on the refrigerator is another great way to reinforce being thankful. This allows your child to enjoy the family celebration, instead of worrying about the meal.
While you might use your slow cooker more often in the winter, you can keep your kitchen cool by using your slow cooker in the summer too.
Limes, also high in vitamin C, can cause the skin to burn more, so be sure to limit exposure to lime juice or peels when heading out in to the sun. You could add cayenne pepper (to taste), Tabasco sauce or up to 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar for a kick.
Cook the meat first (spray with nonstick spray as there will be no oil in the pan from sautéing the veggies) then remove. Why not have your children tell you before bed something that they were grateful for that day, or some act of kindness they saw someone else do? It’s establishing this habit when they are young that will most likely result in an adult with an attitude of gratitude that shines. Remove lid, bring to a moderate simmer and cook until reduced to desired thickness, another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Puree the vegetables with an immersion blender (or in a blender, but be sure to use a kitchen towel on the lid and leave a vent for the steam to escape).



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