7 Easy Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health in the New Year

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We’re all used to making New Year’s resolutions for ourselves-which are often easy to neglect, and ultimately, abandon. Why not start this year off with a set of resolutions to make your entire family healthier because when we’re thinking of others, we’re more likely to stick to the resolutions we set! Read on for 7 easy tips to improve your family’s health in 2013.

1. Feed your family nutritious and beneficial foods that are free from preservatives and pesticides by buying organic as much as possible. Here are the top 10 foods that are most important to buy organic.
2. Use vegetable broth instead of oil (which is a concentrated fat) as a base in your cooking
3. Walk somewhere as a family that you’d normally drive to – in our area, we have a real advantage in that this can be done – walk to Maplewood or South Orange village – or to your child’s next play date!
4. Make at least one family dinner a week vegetarian – bring back Meatless Mondays! Here are some great vegetarian options.
5. Add flax seed to your pancakes or other baked goods – if your children don’t like fish, flax seed is a great way for them to get omega fatty acids, and it’s cheaper and fresher than omega supplements
6. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal (add spinach to your morning eggs, a banana to your lunch and healthy greens to your dinner)
7. Take care of yourself by committing to an exercise plan – the ones we sign up for are more likely to be followed – you take care of yourself, you’re taking care of your entire family.

Our first camp of 2013 kicks off this week.

Check #7 off your list by signing up for the next session of Maplewood Boot Camps and you can do so today for $50 off our already discounted price!

$147 for 12 sessions Click here


$127 for 8 sessions Click here

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Once you’ve decided which healthy changes you plan to make in 2013, it’s time to make it official.Write it down, post it up, make it your status, tweet it, shout it from the rooftop, text your friends, put it in your journal, tell your mom, meditate on it and then….do it!

Turkey, Mint and Spinach Salad

Fresh orange juice, mint, apple and grapes make this turkey salad something special. This recipe is perfect to use leftover roasted turkey from your holiday meal, or even leftover chicken. Be sure to use organic ingredients to get the most flavor and nutrients. Servings: 4

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups shredded roasted turkey
  • 1 organic apple, chopped
  • 2 organic celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup organic, red grapes, halved
  • 4 cups baby spinach


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • dash of salt and pepper
  1. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, stevia, Dijon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the turkey, apple, celery, mint and grapes. Toss with the dressing.
  3. Prepare each plate with a pile of spinach. Top with the turkey salad mixture.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 289 calories, 15g fat, 795mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 25g protein

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