Thrive August Edition
   

Start your kids’ day right with a healthy breakfast

School is just around the corner, which means for a lot of households, mornings are about to get hectic. Waking and dressing children, packing their lunches and feeding them breakfast—all before the bus arrives—can turn into a race against the clock.

While it’s tempting to let your kids skip breakfast, or just grab a banana on their way out the door, nutrition experts advise against it. For kids, a well-balanced breakfast is key to jump-starting their metabolism, providing them with sustained energy throughout the morning and ensuring they are able to perform cognitively at their best.

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Late summer overgrown zucchini staged with Italian turkey sausage

  • 4 overgrown zucchini, preferably golden
  • 3 Italian turkey sausage, remove casing
  • 1 14 oz. can white beans drained
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 T. virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. fresh basil chopped
  • Fresh grated Asiago to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Splash of white wine
  • Zest of 1 lemon 

Cut zucchini in halves lengthwise, and with a spoon, scrape out the softer middle; reserve. Lightly brush zucchini with oil, season and cook on the grill until it starts to soften. Chop up the reserved zucchini pith. Sauté the sausage until cooked; add garlic and cook until it starts to brown. Add white beans, tomatoes and zucchini pith. Deglaze with white wine, cooking until wine reduces out. Add zest and basil, season. Spoon into hollowed zucchinis; bake 15 – 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Top with grated Asiago.  

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New Center for Women’s Health open in Redmond
 
Nicole Barbier smiled as Dr. Natalie Hoshaw measured her pregnant belly and told her everything was on track for a delivery in late August. The second-time mom said visiting the new St. Charles Center for Women’s Health in Redmond was a calm and inviting experience – especially when compared with the former location of St. Charles OB/GYN in Redmond.
 
“It’s much more spacious here and feels more professional,” Barbier, who owns a Redmond restaurant with her husband, said. “Having this type of health care available makes me feel better about living here and raising a family here.”

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Tip box: Backpack safety for children

Backpack safety for children

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight.
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers.

For more back-to-school safety tips, click here.

Prep to plate: Slow cooker meals
 
Come learn cooking basics and healthy recipes in this one-and-half-hour, hands-on course. Taught by a professional chef and registered dietitian nutritionist, participants will become more nutrition and cooking savvy. Register early to reserve your space.

The class takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, at Bend Senior High School at 230 NE 6th St. The cost is $30.

Click here to register.