At the close of the second quarter of 2018, the number of single-
Alpine reported a 31% increase in the number of home sales
Sales throughout Utah County continued at a strong pace, with
Before Bed Snacks: Do's and Dont's
DO: Sweet potato toast is a fun snack that's simple to prepare. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, magnesium and calcium, all of which help with relaxation.
DON'T: Highly refined flours found in cookies and sweets, along with high fat content, take a long time to digest and may keep you awake. Instead, opt for whole grains or a bowl of oatmeal, which naturally raise blood sugar and make you feel sleepy.
DO: Fruits like cherries and prunes eaten about 30 minutes before bed can help produce melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Bananas contain magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6 that converts tryptophan into serotonin, increasing relaxation. Apples, oranges, pears, canteloupe and other watery melons can prevent dehydration, which can affect falling (and staying) asleep.
DON'T: Fruit juices like orange, grapefruit and squeezed juices can trigger reflux in some people, so steer clear if you want to rest easy. Since most of the fiber is missing in juice, it may also spike blood sugar levels making it harder to fall asleep. Tomato-based salsas and sauces can also cause acid reflux.
DO: Herbal teas are caffeine free and a healthier alternative to sleep aids. Teas containing chamomile or ginger are good for calming you down before bed as well as hydrating and soothing the stomach so you aren't digesting as you try to sleep.
DON'T: Alcoholic beverages are a depressant that can put you to sleep, but the downside is they prevent the body from entering deep stages of sleep. Wines also contain lots of sugar and may wake you up later in the night.
DO: Nuts and nut butters like almond, cashew and peanut contain protein to help you feel content. Almonds and pistachios contain magnesium, which helps improve sleep. Keep portions to less than a tablespoon of nut butter or ounce of nuts as too many calories, and high fat content, can keep you awake.
DON'T: Processed and smoked meats definitely contain protein but include high levels of sodium, which is dehydrating and may wake you up for a drink of water. Same goes for high-calorie fast food choices like burgers, pizza and spicy foods that take a long time to digest.
Source: Good Housekeeping
Traveling With Tikes
plenty of ways to eliminate some of the hassle and make the trip more enjoyable for the
Leave as early in the day as possible. Aside from sidestepping traffic, you can cover a
lot of miles on the ground or in the air first thing in the morning when kids will be more into
sleeping than stressing.
Dress in layers and avoid laces. Temperatures can
change quickly as you travel, so being able to remove
layers quickly or slip shoes on and off simplifies everything
from security screenings to bathroom visits.
Pull-ups can save your seat. Even if your child is past the
potty-training stage, you may encounter a long bathroom line
or be too far from a rest stop for a child to wait. One diaper
per hour of travel is usually recommended.
Pack some fun. Digital devices are a perfect alternative to
bringing multiple books or games, and will save space in the suitcase. Download e-books and
awesome apps in advance. Bring a headphone splitter to share audio and don't forget the charger!
Road warriors should be prepared with plenty of entertaining car games. Consider wrapping a new
interactive gift like a coloring book, with promises of a prize for good behavior en route.
Prevent travel sickness by feeding kids bland, non-greasy meals and snacks, like pretzels,
crackers, nuts, string cheese and granola bars. Limit screen and reading time, and seat them
next to a window. For driving: open a window or two to circulate fresh air. For flying: place them
in a window seat, turn on overhead air vents and encourage deep breathing.
Whether you're flying or driving to your next vacation destination, these tips can make it a
smoother trip the whole family will enjoy.
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Sources: Parents, TripSavvy, Mayo Clinic