9 Snacks So Good You Won’t Believe They’re Healthy

We’ve all been there before: you come home from work feeling tired after a long day, and before you can realize what’s happening you’re digging through the cupboard for something sugary. It’s only natural. Over the years we’ve stopped making healthy snacks for ourselves and started to rely on packaged snack food.

But making a healthy change doesn’t have to be hard. With a little prep work you can make a week’s worth of healthy snacks and stick to your routine.

It helps if you have some really delicious bites to look forward to, so try one of these 9 healthy snack recipes.

1. Sweet Potato Tots

If you own a healthy cookbook odds are your family is tired of sweet potato fries. Try this creative twist instead.

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2. Frozen Yogurt Bark

Naturally sweetened with honey and dried fruit, this frozen treat is like a healthy chocolate bar.

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3. Hummus Deviled Eggs

This snack is easy to throw together in a pinch or bring to a potluck. Sprinkling a little Cajun spice or Paprika on top adds a nice kick.

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4. Oatmeal Bars

The store-bought version of these treats are actually full of sugar, so make them at home instead. This recipe also doesn’t require any baking.

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Click the next page for more great recipes, including a healthy take on nachos!

The hardest part of making a healthy change is giving up our old cravings, hands down, but losing weight is easy when you surround yourself with healthy food. Take Bob Harper’s advice and treat yourself to tasty recipes that feature fruits and veggies.

Starting your day right with a healthy breakfast can help a lot, but it won’t last long.

So keep reading this list to find more irresistible healthy snack ideas.

5. Parmesan Pita Crisps

Whether you need something to dip in your hummus or just something crunchy to replace your chip addiction, these are perfect.

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6. Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich

This treat is like a handheld parfait, with smooth cheese and tasty strawberries. It’s so indulgent you’ll forget it’s good for you.

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7. Bell Pepper Nachos

Two words: de-lish! If you absolutely need to break your diet for the night, be smart about it and enjoy some veggies with your melted cheese.

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8. Quinoa and Kale Muffins

The sad truth is your morning muffin is basically like a mini-cake. Jamie Oliver’s replacements full of leafy greens are the next best thing.

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9. Backyard “Bugs”

Kids will love the silly characters made from healthy food, but you’ll appreciate that you can enjoy your daily serving of fruit with some cheese and crackers.

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Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Holds Back Tears While Explaining His Son’s Medical Condition

As the host of his nightly talk show, we all count on Jimmy Kimmel to cheer us up and take our minds off the tougher parts of life. But the TV funnyman got serious last night while discussing his newborn son William “Billy” Kimmel.

Kimmel, who already has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter with his wife Molly, says that Billy was was born a few weeks ago, and seemed happy and healthy at first.

But when a very careful nurse noticed the baby had a heart murmur and was turning purple, the comedian found himself living every parent’s worst nightmare.

Soon, Billy was transferred to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. He was having trouble breathing, and Kimmel and his wife watched anxiously as doctors ran tests on him.

It turned out he was born with a blocked valve and a hole in the wall of his heart.

It took 3 hours of emergency surgery to save Billy’s life, and while he’s doing better now Kimmel says he will need at least 2 more surgeries. The host was moved to tears as he recounted these stressful events on his show last night.

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Kimmel tried to keep things light as he started his show last night, but the funnyman was choked up multiple times.

He thanked the nurses and doctors who saved his son, along with his band and his co-host Guillermo who all supported his family through the stressful experience, joking that even his TV nemesis Matt Damon sent flowers.

Through the tears, Kimmel managed to joke about adjusting to life with 2 young children, including how he made his daughter feel comfortable around the new baby.

Hopefully, there won’t be any nasty surprises about Billy’s health in the future. This just goes to show that even Hollywood stars experience heart-breaking tragedies, but its definitely hard to see someone as cheery as Kimmel break down and cry.

Thank goodness Kimmel’s whole family is healthy and together now, let’s all pray that they stay that way!

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Their 3-Year-Old Stays Awake Every Night, Talking To People Who Aren’t There – Now They Know Why

Most parents have to deal with kids who go through stages where they don’t sleep very well.

Whether they wake up frequently, have trouble falling asleep, or wake up early in the morning, there’s always something. But three-year-old Jessica’s parents have to deal with something even worse.

During the day, Jessica is a regular toddler. She plays, talks, laughs and interacts with others just like any other child. But when it’s time for bed, something totally bizarre happens to her, and her parents have no idea what to do about it.

Jessica doesn’t sleep. It’s not that she won’t sleep, she simply can’t sleep. Her mother Tanya says that, “in the day time, she’s aware that everyone else is there and if you spoke to her she would answer you. Whereas at night, it’s like you don’t exist.”

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Her daughter isn’t just awake, she is laughing, talking and moving around as though she is really interacting with others, but any time her parents try to stop her she doesn’t seem to react. While sleepwalking and sleep talking are fairly common, doctors have been stumped for years as to what’s been going on.

Tanya has to let Jessica sleep in her bed because she’s worried about her safety, but the video she took showing what their sleep schedule is like is enough to keep you up at night…

Jessica has gone through several rounds of testing, prescription medications and exercises to help her sleep, but for two and a half years nothing seemed to change. She has been misdiagnosed with epilepsy more than once, with doctors convinced that it could cause the erratic movements, but nothing could explain her emotive attitude at night.

Jessica’s condition was finally discovered when her  parents brought her to one of the leading sleep clinics for children called Evelina Children’s Hospital. They finally were able to reveal that she suffers from a condition known as ‘Eidetic Imagery’.

What this means is that Jessica has what they call a “3D memory” that stores her entire day and essentially makes a virtual world in her mind. Her condition causes her to think that she is playing with her friends and family while she’s sleeping, but for her parents it has been a little bit of a nightmare.

At least now that they have a diagnosis, they are able to get the treatment she needs. The doctor responsible for her care, Dr. Gringas, says that, “Jessica knows that once she wakes up, she’s got this play scenario she can generate and she can do that in your bed.”

The doctors are advising that she goes back to her own bed, so that Jessica can learn to sleep on her own. It’s been a rough few years, but at least now the family has some answers!

Little Girl’s Rare Condition Makes Every Day The Most Adorable Bad Hair Day (Photos)

Every so often we wake up with a serious case of “bed head,” but imagine living your whole life that way.

That’s what it’s like for Shilah Yin, a 7-year-old girl from Melbourne, Australia who lives with “uncombable hair syndrome,” also called “spun glass hair” because of how thin, fragile strands stick out.

It’s a genetic condition passed down by parents, and simply caused because the hairs have a slightly different shape that makes them stand out. It can be painful and uncomfortable, but usually gets better after childhood.

Some people actually suspect that famous scientist Albert Einstein’s frizzy locks were caused by the condition, which is so rare that only about 100 people on earth have it.

That made little Shilah feel like a “unicorn” when she was little, but now she’s embraced her condition. “Shilah loves her unique hair,” her mother Celeste says, “but that has come from constant positive reinforcement at home from friends and family.”

Smoothing down Shilah’s impressive do can take as much as 20 minutes of work in the morning, using detangling solutions and a very gentle wide-toothed comb. But one stylist has a more creative solution.

Watch how he tames this hair on the next page!

Another little girl, Lyla-Grace Barlow from Derby, suffers from the same condition as Shilah.

Lyla’s hair is constantly frizzy.SWNS

Lyla’s mother says the little girl “hates” having her frizzy hair combed, and even hairdressers are stumped when she arrives for a cut. “Even stylists who specialize in Afro hair have said ‘You have to be joking,'” she told the Daily Mail.

“It gets so knotted it turns into dreadlocks and becomes painful to comb. She also gets uncomfortable as the hair traps heat. Normal people sweat and heat escapes through their head,” she explains, “but we’ve had to call [an ambulance] when Lyla overheated and started convulsing. Her hair smells like it’s on fire if she gets too hot. It can be very worrying.”

Professional hairdresser Shaun Pulfrey – inventor of the world-famous and wildly popular Tangle Teezer hairbrush – offered to tame Lyla’s hair using his decades of expertise.

After using a special detangling brush, washing the hair without any oily products and gently blow-drying small sections one by one, Lyla’s hair is noticeably smoother and shinier.

Still, that’s a lot of work to do every morning, so Lyla will probably be rocking her unique haircut for a few more years.

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[H/T: Today, Daily Mail,

Mom Warns Other Parents After 4-Year-Old Gets Severe Burns From Hot Park Slide

With 2018 on track to be another scorching summer, spending time in the outdoors is something many people are skeptical of doing.

Although if you do decide to go outside and enjoy the warm weather, one mother is warning parents not to let their children go down slides in the park, especially if they’re wearing shorts.

Dawna Wright decided to take her four-year-old daughter Asia to John Anderson Park in Grandview, Missouri on Memorial Day, but didn’t anticipate how harmful the sun’s rays would be.

She said that her daughter was excited to play with the other kids at the splash park, and quickly headed for the slide.

“She saw a bunch of children playing on the play equipment and she kept wanting to go over there,” Wright explained. “We went to go back to the water and she ran from me and went on the slide. That’s when she was instantly burned.”

Wright posted pictures of her daughter’s legs on Facebook, which were covered in second degree burns.

“It was frightening. It was sad and scary. I felt so bad for her,” she said, adding that she was absolutely shocked. “You could tell that the skin was just gone. It just completely took her skin away.”

“I just assumed that it was safe because all these children were playing and they were playing just fine,” Wright continued.

On the evening of June 28, Action 41 News used a laser temperature gun to determine the heat levels on the slide in question, which determined the surface of the slide was 155 degrees in the sun.

Although the incident was more than a month ago and the slide has since been closed off from the heat, Wright says her daughter still has scars from the slide.

She said that even though some mothers have accused her of failing to watch Asia at the park, she asserted the accident could happen to anyone.

“‘Everybody says, ‘That wouldn’t be me, that wouldn’t be my child. I could never let this happen to my child.’ It could happen to you. It really could,” she warned.

While you may not always be able to protect your skin from a sunburn, there are plenty of ways to treat it from getting worse.

1. Cold water

One of the first things you should do after getting a burn is running it under cool water (not cold) for 20 minutes. Wash it with soap and water afterwards.  

2. Cold Compress

After you clean your burn, put a cold compress (not ice) on the affected area for five to 15 minute intervals to lessen the pain and swelling. However, be aware if you use it too often you will make your skin burn more.

3. Antibiotic cream and over-the-counter medication

Another solution is to cover your burn in antibiotic cream, such as Bacitracin or Neosporin and then cover it in cling wrap to heal your wound. If the pain becomes too much, take over-the-counter medication, like Advil or Motrin to relieve yourself of the symptoms.

4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a popular plant used to treat burns because it has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes circulation, and prevents the growth of bacteria. If you’re using aloe vera straight from the plant, simply apply a single layer of the gel onto the burn. If you’re using aloe vera ointment bought from the store, make sure it’s free from any coloring or smells.

5. Don’t pop the blisters

Although we often can’t help ourselves touching our blisters, it’s imperative not to pop them. If you don’t leave them alone, not only can they scar, but it can also lead to an infection.

With the warm weather now among us, and slides shouldn’t be the only thing you should watch out for. Be sure to check out these warnings so everyone has a fun but safe summer:

[H/T: Metro, Healthline]

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