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Greater Hanover Life Thank you for reading this issue of “Greater Hanover Life.” “Greater Hanover Life” serves the Hanovers, Florham Park, Whippany and parts of Morris Plains. This area is a great place to work, live and play. There is so much here for the residents to enjoy that we have decided to dedicate a magazine. The people that make up this community are caring people who never hesitate to help others in need. Our goal is to provide you with articles about people, places and things all Hanover. Each month you can pick up a copy of the magazine at local businesses or visit and sign up for a free emailed copy that will be sent directly to your email. We are also asking our readers to send us in photos and information on your life events, parties, birthdays, weddings, en-

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Operation Ho Ho Ho A Great Success in 2018


By Steve Sears ou can hear, even feel the excitement emanating from Dr. Mark A. Brzozowski’s voice. “This year,” says Brzozowski, “was actually a record. We were actually standing there holding the toys up, so they wouldn’t fall out as we were packing up to the top of the trailer.” Brzozowski is speaking about Operation Ho Ho Ho, an extremely worthwhile holiday, gift giving charity that had its beginning with a pickup truck both in West Long Branch and Whippany, and now has graduated to a trailer 21 years later, blossoming further via the internet and social media – all in the name of loving generosity. “Henry’s the one who really initiated the whole thing,” says Brzozowski, owner of Whippany Chiropractic (133 Whippany Road, 973-884-1500, www.whippanychiropractic. com) of Henry Hansch, former owner of Hansch Landscaping, “up until four yours ago until I got involved. Basically, I’m a centrally located office, so it’s easy for people to drop off the toys. And it’s my good friend, Nancy Leone, who’s head of Girl Scout Troop 5150, who was getting a lot of toys and

they dropped them off at her house. It was kind of inconvenient for people, and then Cub Scout Pack 40 had reached out to me – they collect toys every year – and everyone was looking for a place to drop off their toys. And the last couple of years Mike Wasko, who’s the Superintendent of Schools, and the entire school collects toys. So, I (Whippany Chiropractic) became the main drop off area pretty much” 2018 was perhaps the voluminous toy collection period ever. Toys, which are collected in November and December, are then delivered on Christmas Eve via trailer to Ronald McDonald house in Long Branch. The drive gathers unwrapped toys of all types for children ages 2 – 16 years of age. Up to this Christmas season, approximately 18,467 gifts and toys had been collected since 1997. “It’s such a simple idea,” says Hansch, then a sophomore at Monmouth University and, instead of getting year end bonus gifts from his clients, he would recommend when sending out a note with Christmas cards that folks instead drop off a toy instead. “That’s kind of where it all started.” He that first year had collected toys up until Christmas Eve and, finding many charitable organizations and gift drop-off locations had al-


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ready reached completed their yearly collections, he sought a worthy organization in that area for a place to gift the toys. He was directed to the Ronald McDonald House where he was warmly greeted, the gifts accepted with great gratitude. His family also hosted a large holiday party every year, and there was a little note on the party invitation that toys would be collected at the get together. The party was held at the former Hansch family home in Whippany, which the family has since sold. “Every Friday right before Christmas,” says Brzozowski, “they would have a holiday party at their house. Everyone would come to the holiday party with a toy. Once they sold the house, that’s when they needed other places to bring the toys to. I feel like our office took over the role, like we’re the final spot where his parents used to be.” In Brzozowski’s opinion, social media has helped significantly. “I started posting on social media, telling people you can be involved and not even come to our office. Why don’t you place your order on Amazon? And they shipped it to me for free. So now we’re getting toys from all over, not only locally, but from people in other states that want to feel part of something which is great.” Hansch adds, “As youR friends grow, your friends work at different places with different people, everybody kind of gets involved

and it spreads to another and spreads to another. That’s how it’s just naturally grown, really organically, people having a good heart and spreading the word about it.” For Brzozowski, the biggest Operation Ho Ho Ho thrill is people that show up that aren’t even patients of his. “People just come from wherever when they get wind of it and say, ‘Hey, I’m just here to drop off toys.’ It’s just the expression on people’s faces; they know that they’re doing something for others.” Hansch weighs in. “It’s just a simple idea. At the end of the day, everybody has such a huge heart, they want to help others, and by doing this every year, they see new folks coming in and getting involved, new organizations getting involved, and with all this turmoil on the news and all these other things, at the end of the day, we’re all really good people, and at the core of it we all have a really good heart, it’s the simple things in life. Giving toys, helping out. That’s what life is about.” For my information about contributing in the future, and for the history of Operation Ho Ho Ho, please visit www.operationhohoho. com. For more information about Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, visit

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demonstrating their road treatment equipment as well. Craft Show to benefit Whippanong Library on Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Hanover Twp. Community Center. Save the date and come to the 7th annual Craft Show to benefit the Whippanong Library. Admission is $3.00 which includes 1 sheet of tricky tray tickets. Children under 12 free.

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NJ Coalition for Education and Positive Choices Officially Announces Friday Nights at Mennen Arena is Back Starting Friday January 4 and running ten consecutive Friday nights through March 8 at 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.


his major initiative by The NJ Coalition for Education and Positive Choices, in conjunction with Mennen Arena, will provide families, especially children, with an opportunity to have fun with their friends in a safe, chaperoned, healthy, drug- free environment. Those partaking in the program sponsored by the Coalition will be afforded a reduction in the price of admission and skate rental. The total cost of this event will be $7 per person (normally $12) and will include admission, skate rental and a full night of ice skating to the music of The Great DJ Earl. Mennen Arena also has a snack bar which will be open all night for those who care to indulge. However, snacks are not included in the price of admission. Each Friday night will have a different theme with the hope of not only entertaining our children, but creating interest in new activities, hobbies and possible future career opportunities to which they might not have otherwise been exposed.

Examples of future highlights: • Law Enforcement Night Many township police departments and law enforcement agencies will be on hand to display equipment, explain its purpose and most importantly, allow our youngsters to meet and greet true heroes. • Fire Fighter Night • Martial Arts and Fitness Night • Dance Night • Photo ID’s supplied by Morris County Sheriff’s Department for any child that would like one and at no cost. Further themes and activities will be announced shortly. The NJ Coalition for Education and Positive Choices is a new action and result-oriented team comprised of several law enforcement agencies, educators, elected officials, scouts, organized sports, musicians, businesses and parents working together to unite our communities in the war against drug and alcohol addiction.

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Resolve to Boost Health With These Breakfast Tips


ooking to make a change to your nutrition in the new year? Start by examining what is often referred to as the most important meal of the day; breakfast. Here are some fast facts about breakfast from Kelly Springer, MS, RD, CDN, and president of Kelly’s Choice, a collective of registered dietitians, nutritionists and educators that offers customized nutrition coaching programs for schools, workplaces, medical facilities, athletes and individuals. • Don’t Skip It: Breakfast is not only essential to weight maintenance, it can help ensure you avoid nutritional deficiencies, so don’t avoid it. “Think about bonfires. If you don’t add wood to the flames, the fire will go out. Metabolism works the same way. If you don’t add food as fuel to your body, your metabolism will slow down,” says Springer. “To maintain a healthy diet, you need to eat regularly scheduled meals. Breakfast is particularly important because your metabolism slows during a night of sleep.” Skipping breakfast has also been proven to be linked to nutrient deficiencies, points out Springer. “Breakfast provides essential nutrients that can’t be made up for later in the day,” says. “A good breakfast will provide protein, b vitamins, fiber, calcium and iron.” • Include Protein: Protein helps to maintain blood sugar lev-

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Cub Scout Pack 40 Celebrates 60 Years

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0 years of learning and serving the community. Cub Scout Pack 40, whose members reside in Hanover Township (Whippany and Cedar Knolls) received its official charter in February 1958, and 2018 was a year of memories and continuing to do good. “We have 65 youth and 20 adult leaders currently registered with Pack 40,” says Frank Ventura, Cubmaster since 2017. “We try to do as many community service projects as possible at the Pack level to give back to the community, as well as participate in township events.” 2018 was a busy year for Cub Scout Pack 40. On Memorial Day weekend, in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of Troop 155 (which was chartered in 2002 and the troop the boys in Cub Scout Pack 40 graduate to) and the American Legion Post 155, the members placed flags on Veteran’s graves and marched in the Memorial Day Parade. Cub Scout Pack 40 also sponsored a house at Masquerade at Malapardis and handed out candy, visited Arden Courts Memory Care Facility around Halloween time and paraded in costume for the residents, played balloon volleyball with them and provided a snack in what is becoming a yearly recurring event for them, and Ventura is working with Arden Courts Memory Care Facility activities coordinator there to do other projects with the residents, such as game nights or arts and crafts nights. “We have a cereal donation each year at our November Pack meeting, and donated cereal is picked up by volunteers at the Interfaith Food Pantry. This year we donated 96 pounds of cereal to the food pantry. We have a toy donation each year at our December Pack meeting, and toys are picked up by Dr.

Mark Brzozowski of Whippany Chiropractic and combined with toys donated by the Girl Scouts and Knights of Columbus. Toys are brought to the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch. We donated approximately 60 toys this year,” adds Ventura. “Also, many of our Dens need to do a service project as part of their requirements. For example, the Lion Den did a trash clean up at Central Park for their project in May.” Ventura has also spoken to representatives at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church, who the Pack is chartered to, about doing a service project for the parish in the near future. “We hold our Pack meetings at Our Lady of Mercy Church in the gym, and in the spring time, we will be cleaning up and re-planting their Children’s Garden.” Ventura educates about what membership involvement in Cub Scout Pack 40 entails. “The goal of all Cub Scouts is to have fun while working towards earning the Arrow of Light, which is the highest rank for Cub Scouts. Arrow of Light is earned when boys are in the fifth grade. The Pack is divided into Dens that are grade specific (Lions - K, Tigers - 1st, Wolves - 2nd, Bears - 3rd, Webelos - 4th, Arrow of Light - 5th) While working on their Rank requirements, boys are learning valuable life skills via the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting, some of which are: Character Development, Good Citizenship, Family Understanding, Friendly Service and Personal Achievement. Dens are led by a Den Leader and Assistant Den Leaders. The Leaders plan meetings and outings that are held 1-2 times a month, and meetings are centered around Adventures specific to each rank. Each rank has 5-6 required Adventures the boys must earn to achieve their current rank. There are also elective Adventures that boys can work on either as a Den or on their own with their families.”


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Cub Scout Pack 40 holds a monthly Pack meeting, where all the Dens and families come together. During these meetings, recognized are the boy’s advancements and accomplishments, and fun activities take place, theme-based. “The Pack,” says Ventura, “also has additional fun events that we schedule throughout the year that families can take part in if they choose. For example, in 2018 we did a Camp-In at the Liberty Science Center, held an Archery and BB Gun shoot at Camp Wheeler, and went to a Somerset Patriots baseball game.” Boys can join Cub Scout Pack 40 at any time of the year and at any grade level. A Youth Application must be filled out, a uniform and required accessories purchased, and pay Pack dues. “Boys do not have to earn ranks that they may have missed,” says Ventura, “they just start working towards the requirements for their current rank. The only caveat to this is that all boys, no matter when they join, must earn their Bobcat badge. Requirements for earning Bobcat are learning the Boy Scout fundamentals - Scout Oath, Scout Law, Cub Scout Motto, Sign, Salute, Handshake, and when

and how to use each. If a boy happens to join late in the year and does not have time to complete the current rank requirements, that is not a problem as earning the current rank is not required to move on to the next rank.” Anniversary numbers means a lot to both current Cub Scout Pack 40 members as well as past. “It means a lot to many of us. We have families that have been part of the Pack for 5 years (or more if they had older sons in the Pack) and some that have only been in for 2 years or less,” Ventura says. “Regardless of how long they have been in the Pack, everyone supports and takes pride in the Pack, our activities as well as embrace the values of Scouting. Coming from a Boy Scout Troop that is nearing its 100th anniversary, I have tried to instill in the families that being a 60 Year Veteran Unit is a big deal. The Pack recently purchased the 60 Year Veteran Unit patch for each Scout and Leader, that is to be worn on the uniform. It is a gold bar with the number 60 on it and lets everyone know that Pack 40 has served Hanover Township for 60 years.”

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Rutgers Gymnast from Whippany Begins Final Gymnastics Season


By Megan Roche or 21 year old Michelle Amoresano, her love for the sport of gymnastics has been a part of her life since the age of seven. While Amoresano started the sport late compared to many of her Rutgers Gymnastics teammates, the love still beats just as strong. The Rutgers senior may call New Brunswick home for meets but was born and raised in Whippany. After graduating from Whippany Park High School in 2015, Amoresano knew she wanted to continue her gymnastics career. During her junior year at Whippany Park, Amoresano signed her Na-


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tional Letter of Intent to compete Division I gymnastics at Rutgers University. “Once I committed, it took a big weight off my chest and I could really focus on my goals that I wanted to accomplish during my club career and prepare for college a little earlier than everyone else.” Amoresano said. When Amoresano began gymnastics at the age of seven, she progressed rapidly through each individual level. She began her gymnastics career at Rettig’s Gymnastics Training Center before transferring to North Stars Gymnastics Academy in 2010. “My parents and coaches realized it was time for me to switch gyms when my skill level was progressing so fast. I went through each level very fast and I made Junior Olympic Nationals four times. It came pretty naturally.” Amoresano said. As she progressed at a high rate, mastering skill after skill, Amoresano had the opportunity to represent North Stars at the Junior Olympic Nationals four times. In 2010, she qualified for level nine eastern nationals, placed second in the entire state in the all around in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Amoresano was the level 10 uneven bars state champion. While at Rutgers, Amoresano is studying Journalism and Media Studies. Her biggest career goal? Become a sideline reporter for the NFL. As she kicked off her senior season with a meet in Cancun on Jan. 4, Amoresano has big goals for this year. She is currently training a double layout on floor and hopes to have it competition ready for her final season of gymnastics. Amoresano has had many proud moments while attending Rutgers. In 2016, she was given the Hardest Worker Award and qualified to NCAA Regionals on vault. In 2018, she achieved the Hardest Worker Award again and was also given the Chrystal Chollet-Norton Award. The award is given out annually to the gymnast who works hard, maintains a positive attitude and has the ability to persevere and commit their all to being a student athlete. “It means a lot that my team and the coaches have been so welcoming. Our team is very close and our team dynamic is supportive. We are always bonding with each other and our team culture is molding very well together.” Amoresano said.

College is not all parties and fun for Amoresano and the Scarlet Knights Gymnastics team however. Each morning, the team has either spin or lift training for an hour before they head to the gym from 10:00 to 1:00 PM every day to get in their reps on vault, bars, beam, and floor. Amoresano competes in the All Around, meaning she competes on all four events. Throw in the rigor of classes and Amoresano stays quite busy. “It’s definitely tough. I have study halls and I try to stay really productive. We don’t really get a lot of downtime so I try to stay on top of everything as it comes.” Amoresano said. Rutgers will host four home meets this season. With one meet scheduled to take place at the Livingston Recreation Center and three meets scheduled to take place at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Amoresano cannot wait to kick off her final year of the sport she has loved for so long. “I want to enjoy every moment because I know that I don’t have many opportunities left to enjoy this sport. I feel like I have 19 sisters that I can count on for anything. I know I’ll miss the daily challenge.” Amoresano said. In her senior year, Amoresano’s teammates named her and seniors Riahanah Ali and Jenna Rizkalla as their team captains. Amoresano is hoping to lead her team to an NCAA Regionals Competition berth. Among other goals, Amoresano would like to either meet or beat all her career high scores. “Everyday I wake up and I know that this opportunity is something I’m so thankful for. I will never give up. I know that there will be obstacles but, in the end, I’ve known it’s all going to be worth it.” Amoresano said. Amoresano’s career highs include 9.875 on the vault, a 9.825 on the uneven bars, a 9.725 on the balance beam, a 9.800 on the floor exercise and a 38.800 in the all around competition. Before any meet, Amoresano has to have her hair in braids on top of her head, say a prayer and call Mom and Dad before she salutes the judges.


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Rutgers Gymnastics is part of the BIG 10 conference and will face off against the likes of Penn State, University of Michigan, Ohio State, and many more. Last season, the Scarlet Knights got their solo win of the season on senior night. With a new head coach regime in charge this season, Amoresano is excited to see what coach Umme Salim-Beasley can do. “I can’t wait to

start my season on a high note. Her standards are a lot higher than what I had for the last three years. I like the way that she’s working with us and with the team. I feel so much more prepared already.” Amoresano said. As Amoresano prepares to say goodbye to the sport she’s loved for years, she reminisced about the little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. “Gymnastics is not like many other sports. It’s mentally challenging and it takes a toll on your body, but I think after I’m finished with gymnastics, I’ll be able to walk into life with more confidence.” Amoresano said. Rutgers Gymnastics home meets are scheduled for Jan. 19 against University of Nebraska. The team will have back to back weekend meets on Feb. 2 against University of Maryland and Feb. 9 against Penn State University. The final home meet is scheduled for March 8 against University of Bridgeport, Centenary College, and Towson University.


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Tips to Keep Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active


f you’re like many parents, you want to ensure that your little ones’ playtime gives them a chance to exercise both body and mind. Here are some fun ways to incorporate both into the equation. • Outdoor fun: Outdoor fun can be had nearly any time of year. Carve out time each week for trips to the local playground or park and for short walks and scooter rides. The change of scenery will activate young minds naturally to explore the world around them. • Movement through discovery: Seek out toys that inspire movement through the act of discovery. For example, Chase Me Casey, a monkey that skates, spins and wobbles across the floor, encourages children to dance and crawl after him. When your child gets close, Casey reacts with playful sounds and encouraging phrases. Five colorful shape buttons on the monkey’s shirt introduce letters, numbers, body parts, music and more. • Music class: For young children, music class is a great way to connect mind and body, as kids are introduced to simple rhythms, dancing, singing and percussion instruments. If music class doesn’t fit into your family’s schedule, you can always get the jams going at home, introducing your child to an array of musical styles. • Toys to grow with: From floor play to first steps, look for toys that will assist your child with this crucial transition. For example, the VTech Stroll & Discover Activity Walker, which grows with your child, is nicely suited for floor play as its removable activity panel is packed with features like light-up piano keys, spinning gears and shape sorter pieces to help develop fine motor skills. When kids are ready, you can attach the panel to an adjustable two-speed walker, so they can learn and discover while on-the-move.

• Imaginative play: Let kids create their own adventures using their imagination as a guide. Toys such as Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn can add whimsy and adventure to active playtime. Place the seven charms on any of the three magic hearts to see the horn light up and hear colors, objects and phrases in English or Spanish. Use the charms to answer quiz questions or add sound effects to create your own special song. Squeeze the unicorn’s tail to see her wings flap and hear phrases and sound effects. Starshine’s majestic hooves feature wheels so kids can push her as they head off on their next adventure. • Simon Says: “Simon Says” is a fun game to get kids moving while reinforcing vocabulary, from learning the names of different body parts to distinguishing sounds, such as “Simon Says cluck like a chicken.” This is a game that can progress with your child’s development. Start with the basics like, “Simon Says touch your nose.” As kids get more coordinated, try stuff like “Simon Says hop on one leg.” Keeping kids active and engaged adds meaning to playtime and makes things more fun. With toys and activities, you can foster discovery and imagination while introducing movement to children. (StatePoint)

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Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods


ew things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.” With the right approach, though, you can put a better-for-you twist on some of your favorite dishes that can keep you cozy and satiated during the winter season. For example, you can put a grown-up twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup with this recipe for Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts. Pairing flavorful seasonal dishes like soups and stews with a wholesome snack cracker like gluten-free, non-GMO Crunchmaster Tuscan Peasant Crackers can help satisfy those comfort food cravings while also contributing to a healthy lifestyle. With 20 grams of whole grains per serving, these crunchy, robust baked crackers are also cholesterol-free, allowing you to take a back-to-basics approach to your diet using simple ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. For other seasonal recipes, coupons, tips and nutritional information, visit

Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 6

Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 pinch chili flakes 4 cups organic no-salt-added vegetable broth 1 can (28 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes 1 cup chopped prepared roasted red peppers 2 bay leaves 1/3 cup 35 percent heavy cream 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives, divided 1 teaspoon cider vinegar Cheddar Cracker Melts: 24 Crunchmaster Tuscan Peasant Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Crackers 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese In Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion, carrot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, paprika and chili flakes about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly softened. Stir in broth, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and bay leaves; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves. Let cool slightly. Transfer to blender; puree in batches until smooth. Stir in cream, remaining salt, 1 tablespoon chives and vinegar. To make Cheddar Cracker Melts: Heat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven. Arrange crackers on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Divide soup among six bowls. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve with Cheddar Cracker Melts. Tip: Use mild, medium or aged cheddar cheese. Smoked mozzarella can be substituted, if desired. Nutrition information per serving: 250 calories; 15 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 730 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 6 g protein. (Family Features)

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5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year Hydrate all day. Hydration is a foundation of good health. Before bed each night, put a 16-ounce bottle of water in the bathroom then drink it first thing in the morning for a daily energy boost.


hile many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside. When you focus on making small, positive changes, you can move your health goals forward throughout the year, no matter where you are on your health journey. To help stay on track, consider these easy-to-implement ideas from registered dietitian Annessa Chumbley: Write it down. Using a nutrition journal and keeping a record of everything you eat and drink can help track progress and reveal small changes that need to be made. Alternatively, downloading a fitness tracking app can help keep you accountable digitally. With a variety of options available for most operating systems, there is almost certain to be one to meet your needs, whether you’re looking for a companion app to track progress or something more in-depth to help guide you through workouts and meal planning. Start your day with protein. A high-quality protein source can set the stage for sustained energy levels throughout the day. Having an on-the-go source of protein on-hand, such as Premier Protein’s ready-to-drink chocolate and vanilla shakes featuring 30 grams of protein and 160 calories and 1 gram of sugar, can help ensure you’re starting the day with a proper foundation for success. Hydrate all day. Hydration is a foundation of good health. Before bed each night, put a 16-ounce bottle of water in the bathroom then drink it first thing in the morning for a daily energy boost. For an easy and healthy way to add flavor to your water during the day, consider putting an herbal tea bag of your choice in it. For example, Chumbley recommends ginger as a digestion-helper, mint as a caffeine-free way to awaken and chamomile to calm. Make healthy swaps. Looking for alternatives is an easy way to eat healthy. Consider swapping out heavier carbs for vegetables such as grilled Portobello mushrooms as pizza crust or zucchini noodles instead of pasta. Swap mayo for avocado when eating egg, chicken or tuna salad. You can also use the sweetness of ripe bananas to decrease the need for added sugar in recipes

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