Holiday Yum: Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread

Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread

 

This quick bread is spicy, sweet and a great way to use up leftover roasted sweet potatoes. It’s also chock-full of cranberries – perfect for the holidays.

Light and creamy, it’s sweet enough to go well with savoury food – and perfectly spiced. The texture is a luxurious cross between mousse and souffle. And it’s simple to make.

Warm up some holiday tea, sit back and enjoy this light, delicious cranberry sweet potato bread.

Makes 16 servings.

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Winterize Your Skin

How to winterize your skinKeep your skin from drying out in cold weather.

 

If you’ve long suspected that the winter months serve up a slew of itchy, red, and just plain unpleasant skin problems, then feel free to pat yourself on the back – because you’re absolutely correct.

The weather outside may be cold and dry, but with just a few seasonal adjustments you can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy in winter. Here are a few steps you can take that will help winterize your skin.

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Nice or Naughty: Gift-Giving in the Workplace

Co-worker's ChristmasSeems that Santa actually has it easy. Sure, he has physics-related obstacles to overcome (big guy, little chimneys) and serious time-management issues (delivering toys to billions of boys and girls in a single shift). However, he does not have to face the season’s most significant challenge: Navigating gift-giving in the workplace.

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Six Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Enjoy your family Christmas traditions.The holiday season is thought to be the happiest time of the year. Yet so many of us feel more stress around this time. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. But you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. The following tips can help fill the holidays – and the rest of the year – with less stress and more joy.

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New “My Plan Choice” Video

Making It Easier for You to Choose a Health Plan!

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment 2014 is in full swing – and Health Net wants to help!

We’ve released a new video called “My Plan Choice” for people like you who may currently be uninsured or are seeking to purchase health insurance for the first time. The video is a great resource to help you learn about health plan costs through Covered California and other factors of how coverage works!

 

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Infants Remember a Good Time, Study Finds

Happy babyPositive reinforcement seems to improve memory, researchers say.

 

When it comes to remembering things, infants appear to focus on the good times, recent research suggests. The new study included 5-month-old babies who watched a person on a computer screen talking to them in either a happy, neutral or angry voice, followed immediately by a geometric shape.

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Family + Fitness = Good Health

Family Fun on Foggy DayYou know your family needs to get exercise. But it’s not so easy to get everyone up and moving. It might help to start by sitting them all down—to make a plan.

Begin by pulling out the calendar. Do you have half an hour before dinner one weeknight? Maybe some time after your meal one evening? Is the whole clan around on a weekend afternoon? Pencil fun physical activities into those free times.

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Identity Theft: Stolen Identity, Lost Productivity

couple looking at billsWhile the movie “Identity Thief” paints identity theft in a funny light, it’s no laughing matter for employees and employers. With 290,056 complaints, identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints in 2013.

Identity theft drains victims, both financially and emotionally.

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Keeping Calm from 9 to 5

Keeping calm from 9 to 5From project lists that grow increasingly unmanageable with virtually each passing hour – to coworkers who are seemingly bent on making each day a living, breathing hellscape – it’s no wonder that workplace stress levels often skyrocket stratospherically.

If this description doesn’t apply to you, consider yourself fortunate, and consider hugging your coworkers. But if the above depiction precisely encapsulates your office life, read on. Continue reading