Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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A Dessert Fit for Celebrating

Create a bang this fourth of July with these low-fat cheesecake cupcakes and let the fireworks begin. Not only do they look great, they taste great too!

Ingredients: yields 12 servings

  • 12 reduced fat vanilla wafers
  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 oz. fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 8 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 8 oz. blueberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F

  1. Line cupcake tin with liners. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.
  2. Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites, and flour. Pour into cupcake liners filling half way.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature then chill 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  5. Before serving, top with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Extra tip: If you’re taking these to a party, stick an American flag toothpick in each cupcake to boost your presentation!

Nutritional Information: serving size: 1 cupcake
Calories 98; Fat 4.3g; Sugar 7.6g; Carbohydrates 10.5g; Protein 3.6g; Fiber 0.3g; Sodium 29.5mg

Skinny Taste


300,000 Children Impacted in the U.S.

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term for autoimmune conditions and/or pediatric rheumatic diseases that impact children under the age of 16. There are various types of JA, each producing a unique set of symptoms and concerns. Unfortunately, there are no known causes for most forms of JA, yet research indicates it may be genetic.

In some cases, diagnosing a child with JA can be a lengthy process. If you suspect your child may have a form of JA, please see your doctor for a complete physical exam. It’s especially important that symptoms be identified early and children receive an accurate diagnosis in order to begin treatment.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) The most common form of JA involving one or more joints, causing symptoms like fever, rash and/or eye inflammation.
Juvenile dermatomyositis Inflammation of the muscles causing weakness and a skin rash on the eyelids and knuckles.
Juvenile lupus Inflammation affecting the joints, skin, kidneys, blood and other areas of the body.
Juvenile scleroderma A group of conditions that causes the skin to tighten and harden.
Kawasaki disease Causes blood-vessel inflammation that can lead to heart complications.
Mixed connective tissue disease A combination of symptoms mostly related to lupus and scleroderma that appear over a number of years.
Fibromyalgia Most common in pubescent girls causing stiffness and aching, along with fatigue and disrupted sleep.

Arthritis Foundation


Fad or Fact?

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A Heart Rate Monitor Will Improve Your Fitness

The truth is a heart rate monitor won’t necessarily get you healthy. When it comes to improving fitness, only you can control and change the frequency and duration of your exercise. A heart rate monitor is a good tool to use for identifying the right intensity of your training so you can exercise safely.

Benefits of a Heart Rate Monitor

  • Helps you establish and maintain the right intensity for each exercise.
  • Measures the work-rate of your heart faster and easier than stopping to find your pulse and count beats.
  • Tracks your progress and training sessions.

If you’re considering investing in a heart rate monitor, make sure to do your research. Heart rate monitors can range from $25-$400. It’s important you identify how you’ll be using it to the get the most ‘bang for your buck.’

$50-$100 - Typically tracks heart rate, calories burned, time in zone and more.

$100-$200 - More features like the ability to create workouts, track progress and download data.

$200-$400 - More advanced features like GPS, multi-sport tracking, workout comparisons and more.

About Health


Eat Fresh, Eat Healthy

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Good Old Summertime Foods

Summer offers the best selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re looking to catch up on your daily-allotted servings of fruits and vegetables, now’s the time. Keep this list handy the next time you hit the farmer’s market or grocery store.

Blueberries, Peaches, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Raspberries, Plums, Apples

Tomatoes, Corn, Zucchini, Green Beans, Leafy Greens, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Eggplant



Fireworks You Won’t Want to Miss

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Fourth of July in Kansas City

Greater Kansas City has some of the best fireworks displays offering families a safe and fun way to celebrate Independence Day.

Some of the more notable displays in the area:

  • KC Riverfest, Berkley Riverfront Park
  • Parkville 4th of July Fireworks and Festival, English Landing Park
  • Corporate Woods Star Spangled Spectacular, Overland Park, KS
  • Jackson County 4th of July Celebration, Longview Lake

For further details and an extended list of firework displays, click here.