As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
I was watching a YouTube video of Robin Williams the other night, laughing so hard that I was crying and then after about 30 minutes, after seeing the sustained light-speed energy and immediate improvisational brilliance, I wondered if he could turn it off?
And then I wondered, what it would be like to live with him. Was he hilarious at breakfast, lunch and dinner? Could you have a normal heart to heart? Was he always on? What did his children and his family experience?
So, I asked some people who had known him since the 80’s and were still friends and after talking about his brilliance, acting, philanthropy and his comedic genius, they also talked about how hard it was for him and his family to live with his extreme swings in energy, the roller coaster of being bi-polar, the self-medication, and the whole spectrum of mental illness…..It’s complicated. [...]
My go-to, not-so-secret ingredient is as close as my pantry. I always turn to honey as a natural ingredient to jazz up typical meals and snacks to make this back-to-school season exciting for the whole family.
With more than 300 different types or varietals of honey in the U.S., honey adds its own unique flavor to your recipes. I love that it’s such a versatile ingredient that helps make foods more appetizing.
Plus, did you know that once your little one has turned one year of age, they may be able to enjoy honey with the rest of the family! The digestive system of a one year old child is usually considered by pediatricians to be “grown-up” enough to digest honey.
Tips for Toddlers
Also, moms are often asking me for ideas and tips to get their toddlers to eat more vegetables. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to shake up your recipe arsenal and experiment with new snacks and meals that the whole family will love. I make a yummy sweet potato and honey puree that is a terrific do-it-yourself (DIY) toddler favorite.
Here’s my recipe:
Nurse Barb’s Sweet Potato and Honey Puree
Preheat your oven to 400 o F.
Wash and scrub the outside of sweet potato or yam.Using a fork, pierce the outside of the sweet potato or yam. (This allows steam to vent and prevent little eruptions.)