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Healthy Recipes to Make With Your Kids

Looking for a few easy, fun, and healthy (low-sugar) recipes to make at home with your kids? Try these recipes for Peach Mango Fruit Leathers, Chef Salad Skewers, and Quick Ranch Dip. Registered dietitian nutritionist Laura Chalela Hoover shares how to get your family involved in a low-sugar lifestyle, including the best ways to minimize sugar in your child’s diet and how to emphasize natural ingredients in meals. There are 150 kid-friendly recipes here—everything from breakfast to dess...

The Budd Group employee on a laptop

The way you position your laptop can make or break your productivity. A stand can elevate your hardware to eye-level and save your neck and shoulders from the dreaded tech crunch. Here’s how to choose one that’s right for your workspace. Breathable . Better You As laptops become more powerful and compact, they’re prone to producing excess heat. You’ll know it’s happening when the internal fan starts whirling and working overtime. But a ventilated stand can keep your lap...

The Smart Way to Snack

Take the guesswork out of smart snacking with this mix-and-match food matrix — tasty ideas await! Those who abide by the antiquated idea that you should not snack between meals likely assume that those additional calories come from sugary, fat-laden or processed nutrition bombs, but there’s definitely a smart way to snack. In fact, a well-timed and well-chosen snack can curb appetite, build muscle, boost energy and deliver necessary nutrients, and it can be a key player in fortifying a ...

Grow Your Own Immune-Boosting Herb Garden

Gardening has benefits aplenty, from relieving stress to improving mood. One experiment by NASA found working with plants improved psychological well-being for astronauts in the harsh environment of outer space. Another study found gardening decreased levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, improved mood, and reduced feelings of stress. Other research links gardening with reductions in anger, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and even viewing plants can reduce blood pressure, puls...

Eat Your Zinc

Eat Your Zinc

Zinc isn’t the best-known dietary mineral, but it’s necessary for a variety of essential processes in the body, including proper immune function, cell growth, wound healing, and insulin activity. And because it plays a crucial role in prostate health, testosterone production, and sexual function, zinc is especially important for men. Several factors influence how well your body absorbs zinc. Phytate, a compound found in grains and legumes, inhibits the absorption of zinc and other miner...

The Budd Group medical facility management

Cleanliness must be a priority for all facilities -- this couldn’t be more true for healthcare facilities. Knowledgeable medical cleaning services are needed to maintain a safe and sanitary environment for all patients, staff, and visitors. Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, those tasked with cleaning healthcare facilities have an additional responsibility to their community and to themselves. Here at The Budd Group, medical cleaning is included in our full-service cleaning programs. We tak...

Wipe Down: How to Disinfect Your Screens

Brace yourself, because the truth is gross, but here goes: Your electronic devices are a huge magnet for dust, grime, grease and harmful bacteria. In fact, studies have shown that the average smartphone has seven times more bacteria than a toilet seat! Here’s our guide to safeguarding your health and sanitizing your electronics. Protect Your Coating Even though it might look like your screen is covered in fingerprints, many phones and tablets have a fingerprint-resistant coating that cou...

Five skills to learn in your spare time, and how to master them

A decade or two ago, if you wanted to learn something new, you’d have to pick up a book or find a way to get some hands-on experience. Now though, educational tools are at our fingertips: there are incredible online resources for everything you could want to learn. It’s literally never been easier to gain new skills—which is why it’s a great use of your spare time. Especially if you have a little more time on your hands for some reason. How to maintain the things you use It should...

Controlling a rain sensor on iPhone

It’s no secret that water is essential for a healthy and beautiful lawn. Knowing how much water to use depends on the type of lawn you're maintaining. Being able to control and monitor the amount of moisture your lawn is receiving to achieve optimal levels is even more important.  Before modern irrigation systems came around, this task was a major challenge. After all, no one can control how often it rains, and trying to balance the earth’s natural watering system with manual irrigation pro...

Losing your sense of smell could be a sign of COVID-19

Anecdotal reports from researchers and doctors around the world noted a strange connection between the sense of smell and affliction with COVID-19. Some of those infected with the novel coronavirus seem to lose their sense of smell entirely; in many cases this happens in the days leading up to more intense symptoms like fever and cough. Researchers think this condition, known in the medical world as anosmia (or loss of the ability to smell), could be a beacon for diagnosis. While identifyi...

20170718-North Carolina-Blue Ridge Parkway-Little Switzerland Tunnel

The Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and east of Winston-Salem beckon with endless opportunities to pack your day with outdoor adventure. In fact, you can even get your fill of running, biking, hiking, paddling, or climbing and still make it back to town in time for a late dinner. Clear your calendar now and finish off a summer full of adventure in the mountains around Winston-Salem with these 10 day trip ideas. 1.Cycle the Blue Ridge Parkway The beauty of an out-and-back ride on the Blue...

The Budd Group facility management parking lot cleaning

Parking lots often get ignored in the commercial cleaning equation for any number of reasons. However, the condition of a business’ parking lot can speak volumes about its priorities. Once a parking lot begins to deteriorate, it can further fall apart at an exponential rate, creating safety hazards and leading to costly repairs and even legal penalties. Let’s explore how routine cleaning helps make parking lot surfaces look their best and last a long time. Preventing Erosion A neglected pa...

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