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Friday Foodspiration: Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Cauliflower

Friday Foodspiration: Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Cauliflower

Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Cauliflower

One pot dinners are my favorite because the less clean up for me the better.  So cooking my meat and veggies in a large skillet - with lots of amazing spices - is a go-to at my house. These spices give a smokey (but not spicy) flavor to typically bland chicken and cauliflower.  I mix the spices ahead of time and keep in my pantry so this can be a quick weeknight meal. 

7 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain While Driving (and Enjoy a Summer Road Trip)

7 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain While Driving (and Enjoy a Summer Road Trip)

If you have ever spent an hour packing the car with heavy suitcases and cumbersome coolers for a family trip to the beach (or lake or mountains, or grandmas house) then proceeded to sit in the car for several hours – it’s likely you’ve experienced back pain. 

You know, the kind that makes it hard to stand back up straight once you arrive at your destination. In fact, around 30-60% of drivers report having back pain at some point in their life, and a lot of the people we see at Peak Potential after a summer road trip.  

Friday Foodspiration: Key Lime Bars

Friday Foodspiration: Key Lime Bars

Key Lime Bars

I've never been a big key lime pie fan - meringue pies just aren't my thing. But, what I do love is a slightly tart and cool dessert in the summertime.  

This rich crumbly (gluten, grain, and dairy free) crust is just sweet enough to cut the tartness of the key lime in the filling. 

Friday Foodspiration: Chesapeake Crab Dip

Friday Foodspiration: Chesapeake Crab Dip

Chesapeake Crab Dip. Gluten Free. Grain Free. Keto.

I'm a Maryland Girl and this week's summer holiday celebration should have included Blue Crabs.  Getting them shipped to Tennessee is ridiculously expensive, so Chesapeake Bay Lump Crab Meat had to suffice.  I didn't mind though - this crab dip is amazing. 

5 Side Walk Chalk Exercises to Get Kids Moving

5 Side Walk Chalk Exercises to Get Kids Moving

A pack of sidewalk chalk and a blank "canvas" of a driveway can be amazing fun for kids.  As a mom, I love that they are using their creativity, imagination, getting fresh air, and sometimes even collaborating nicely with one another. 

Instead of just drawing some chalk monsters or pretty squiggles, why not turn chalk-time into game-time. This means movement and exercise for the whole family. That means you don't just watch your kids or grand kids having all the fun - you join in too!  

10 Ways to Move More as a Family

10 Ways to Move More as a Family

The Department of Health and Human Services says that our children need at least one hour of physical activity each day. It's hard to believe, but many children aren't doing this for their bodies on a regular basis. 

The lack of movement - in addition to other lifestyle and nutrition choices - results in the increase in childhood obesity, whole families being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and higher healthcare costs in our country than ever before. 

As a physical therapist, I have to add that making a commitment to be physically active is one of the best ways families can prevent multiple illnesses and injuries.  So, be your children’s "exercise buddy". Plan activities that involve movement and get your hearts pumping.  Even set some goals together to work toward this summer.

Top Tips to Avoid Tennis Back Pain

Top Tips to Avoid Tennis Back Pain

At the end of his final professional tennis match, Andre Agassi stood before the crowd and said: "You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could never have reached without you".

Unfortunately, he also ended this match with a loss due to excruciating back pain.  It had plagued him for years due to intense training and wear and tear.  Of course, he put superhuman demands on his body, but all of us are at risk for back injury when playing tennis.  

It is common - about 20 % of tennis injuries - because of the repetitive nature, twisting during groundstrokes, and extension during overhead play. An acute pain may arise from a sudden overstretch or fall, but most often it's the repetition that causes cumulative damage over time.