Game-Day Recipes: 3 Healthy Alternatives for Your Favorite Snacks

It's the end of January so that means the big game is just around the corner.

Have fun this Sunday with these health-conscious versions of our favorite game-day recipes. Your friends and family won’t notice the difference in calories or fat, especially since these snacks and dips are packed with tons of flavor. Low-fat yogurt, vegetables, and lean ground turkey make these a crowd-pleaser for every guest!

Baked Spinach Dip


  • 7 oz plain hummus
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Whole grain pita chips


  1. Place spinach and garlic in a food processor and pulse until garlic is diced and the spinach is in small pieces.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and egg in a bowl. Add in the hummus, spinach, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the mixture into an oven-safe dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. 
  5. Serve with pita chips, veggies or baked tortilla chips!

See the full recipe and more pictures for clean eating baked spinach feta dip


What is Palliative Care?

Caring for loved ones with a serious or long-term illness is stressful. Spending time agonizing over decisions and trying to determine what the best course is for treatment can be daunting even for those who have been through it before.  

Patients and families who want more control of their health care, or the health care of a loved one, have turned to palliative care. You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment for the disease so that you can live your life as well as possible. 


What is Palliative Care?

Think of palliative care as a team approach to caring for someone with a chronic illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and family while focusing on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. 

I often talk about palliative care as having two arms: one is addressing goals of medical care and treatments and the other is aggressively trying to manage symptoms. Neither of these should prevent a person from continuing active treatment or pursuing a cure (if possible) of their disease. 

Palliative care is intended to better educate patients on the course and progression of their disease, to help their medical team better understand the patients’ goals and priorities, and to do all this while improving the patients’ everyday life and controlling symptoms.


Dry Itchy Skin: The Winter Itch

Do you notice your skin is scaly and itchy since the winter has started?

The cold, dry air and lower humidity may lead to an impaired barrier of the skin and scaly and itchy skin. As one gets older this can especially be more prevalent and more severe. 

image of dry itchy skin

The tendency for dry skin may run in families and is usually a recurring problem, especially in winter. Because of this seasonal occurrence, it is sometimes referred to as "winter itch." In addition, several skin disorders, such as atopic dermatitis, lead to dry skin and typically worsen in the winter months. 

Risk factors for dry skin include age 65 or older, living in a dry, cold climate and showering frequently.

Get Rid of the Itch!