Healthy Holiday Desserts

We know how hard it is to stay on track and eat healthy during the holiday season, but we want to make it a little easier for you. Here are some delicious recipes to make and share with your family and friends!

Do you have a favorite healthy dessert? We would love to try it! Leave the recipe in the comments and we will share in our next post!

Don’t forget to log your nutrition in the HealthMetric app to keep reaching your goals!


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The Best Healthy Pretzel Bark By Nutrition in the Kitch

This delicious healthy dark chocolate with salted caramel, peanut butter, and pretzels is the perfect dessert for this holiday season!

The Best Homemade Healthy Apple Pie by The Banana Diaries

The VEGAN apple pie will have your family and friends going back for seconds! Check out the recipe by The Banana Diaries.

Healthy Iced Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies By Amy’s Healthy Baking

How good do these cookies look?! Try making these for your holiday party or just for yourself!

Photo by Amy’s Healthy Baking

Smart Watches That Pair With HealthMetric


There are so many options for smart watches on the market these days. Are you wondering which ones pair well with HealthMetric? We have created a list of pros and cons for 5 smart watches that will work with our app — Mi SmartBand 5, Fitbit Versa 2, Apple Watch Series 3, TicWatch E2, and Falster 3 X by KYGO.

Mi SmartBand 5

Mi SmartBand 5 is a great option for an affordable smart watch. The price is $49.99 with a 14-day battery life. The display is a large color display. The features include 11 sports modes, 50 m water resistance, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, and 24-hour sleep monitoring. The downside to this watch is the Mi Fit app. There are a lot of glitches that have been reported making for unhappy users.

Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit is a well-known smart watch brand that have kept their users coming back. The Versa 2 is a good smart watch for the price of $179.95. The features of this watch include 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, 6+ day battery life, spO2, and 15+ goal based exercises. The Versa 2 has a comfortable and lightweight design with a bright colored display. The downside of this smart watch is that it lacks built-in GPS, which means if you are a runner, you’ll have to bring your phone along.

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple products have always been at the top of the list. The Apple Watch Series 3 is a little older but it is still a great option at a more affordable price. ($199)  The watch has a beautiful display that is clear, bright and easy to see in daylight. Some of the features include water resistant 50m, great ui to easily track your workouts, mindfulness reminders, and heart rate tracker. These are features that work very well with HealthMetric. The downside is it only pairs with iPhones and the battery life is only 18 hours.

TicWatch E2

The TicWatch E2 is not as popular as Fitbit or Apple Watches, but is still a great option in our opinion at $159.99. This watch is compatible with WearOS by Google and connects to your Google Health. It is a great fitness watch with features like proactive sports modes, built in GPS, waterproof and 24-hour heart rate monitor. The TicWatch E2 has a battery life of 2 days. The con of this watch is the design isn’t as stunning and sleek as the other options.

Falster 3 X By KYGO

Another great option is the Falser 3 X. This watch is also compatible with WearOS by Google. The price tag on this watch is $295, which is the most expensive one out of our 5 recommendations. Some of the features of this watch includes heart rate tracking, activity tracking, built in GPS, swimproof, and a sleek design. Some of the cons are the more expensive price and the WearOS has been known to be patchy with this watch.

App Update 1.1.6 – Programs and Fitbit Integration

We have some new and exciting features in our app update — 1.1.6. These features include Fitbit integration and a variety of new programs for users to choose to help reach their health goals.

Fitbit Integration

We are excited to announce that Fitbit watches are now compatible with HealthMetric. Use your Fitbit to connect to the HealthMetric app. We have a focus group specifically for your wearable — Just My Watch. This focus group tracks:

Steps
Stand hours
Exercise
Active Energy
Mindfulness
Sleep

Programs

Our users now have the power to set a main goal (using programs) with a target metric and duration. The new programs include Lose Weight, Learn to De-stress, Get Off the Couch, Stepping/Pushing Through, and Healthy at Home. You choose what program is best for you. 

Lose Weight Program

Lose weight YOUR way! HealthMetric lets you set your weight loss goal by choosing the amount you want to lose and the time frame you want to lose by. You can adjust your goal by the amount of activity you do or by your diet. Focus groups for the Lose Weight program are Be More Active and Not A Diet, as well as the premium focus group Calorie Math.

Learn to De-stress Program

Beating stress is more than just getting in a quick yoga session — HeathMetric provides options to fit your lifestyle to beat the stress. The Learn to De-stress program focuses on inscribing relaxation/meditation/mindfulness minutes per day. Less Stress and Just My Phone are the focus groups available for this program, as well as the premium focus group — Under Pressure 

Get Off The Couch Program

The decision to get off the couch is hard, but using HealthMetric’s new program will help make it easier. You’ll be motivated to get in your exercise minutes more than ever. Use the tech, you know the watch you bought to help get healthy, by creating an activity regimen. Focus groups for the Get Off The Couch program are Be More Active and Just My Watch, along with the premium focus group — Breathe Easy. 

Stepping/Pushing Through Program

Movement is great for your health! Focus on your activity to keep your heart healthy and increasing your steps/pushes per day. Phones are a good tool to help guide you on your health journey — Just My Phone and Just My Watch are the focus groups available for the Stepping/Pushing Through program. The premium focus group for this program is Heart Health. 

Healthy At Home Program

It is important to use your time at home to focus on your health. Focus on a balance of activity and nutrition to build a positive home atmosphere. Focus groups for the Healthy At Home program are Just My Watch to put your tech to use, and Be Active to track your workouts while staying hydrated. The premium focus group for this program is Calorie Math.

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Fall Activities in Pittsburgh

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year in Pennsylvania. With the leaves changing and the weather cooling off, it is the perfect time to get outside and explore. If you are a Pittsburgh local or visiting, we have a list of activities for you to enjoy this fall.


Visit Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens for their Fall Flower Show

Saturday, October 10 is the beginning of a tranquil journey to experience fall’s vibrant colors at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Poetry of Nature offers a refreshing respite of natural beauty before the busy holiday season begins.

This show will last for 3 weeks and reservations must be made online. Masks must be worn at all times

Located at 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | Open daily from 9:30am-8pm
For more details visit https://www.phipps.conservatory.org

Go to Simmons Farm for Hayrides and Fall Activities

The Simmons Family offers the highest quality produce. Simmons Farm is a great place to visit at any time of the year but in the fall, they offer so many fun activities for the whole family!

  • Go on a scenic hayride or walk the harvest trail 
  • Find your way through a 4 acre corn maze
  • Pick some delicious apples
  • Pick your own fall flower bouquet in the fields
  • Visit the petting zoo

Located at 170 Simmons Road, McMurray, PA 15317 | Open Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm and Fri-Sun 9am-5:45pm
For more information and activities details, visit https://www.simmonsfarm.com/hayridesfallactivities.html

Visit Trax Farms for Harvest Days

Trax Farms is one of the oldest fruit and vegetable farms in Pittsburgh. During the fall season they offer fall festivals and harvest days. Unfortunately there will not be a fall festival this year for Trax Farms. Harvest Days is still available daily. For $10 you can access:

  • Hayrides
  • 3 Acre Corn Maze
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pumpkin Patch

Also, make sure to pick up some of the best apple cider in Pittsburgh

Located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville, PA 15332 | Open daily from 10am-6pm
For more information, visit https://traxfarms.com

Hike the Trails at Frick Park

Frick Park is beautiful during this autumn season. It is Pittsburgh’s largest historical regional park with 644 acres. Also, known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park with steep valleys and wooded slopes making for a serene escape from the busy city.

For more information, visit https://www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-park 

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park

The Kinzua Bridge was build in 1882. It was once the longest railroad structure, standing at 301 ft high and 2,053 ft long. Tourist are still allowed to walk on the restored portion of the bridge, which would be an amazing sight to see the fall foliage at this height!

For more information, visit https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/

Photo by pawilds.com

Meal delivery services provide a healthy and convenient alternative to home cooking

chopping vegetables for cooking

Home prepared meal delivery services have exploded in popularity in recent years. This isn’t just modernized pizza or Chinese food delivery (or even Door Dash or Uber Eats), these delivery services provide convenient and health options to match any lifestyle. And compared to traditional shop/prep/cook process, weekly meal prep can be accomplished by a few tap on your phone.

Is a meal delivery service right for you? With all of the options that are now available, trying a service or two may provide some extra free time or a boost to your health. Choosing between all the delivery companies and options can be tricky – and there are multiple rankings for the best services (15 Best for 2020 and Services for your Lifestyle) – here are some tips when selecting a service or two to try:

Consider dietary restrictions and meal variety

Some services focus on main courses and side dishes for dinner, others provide options for all meals including soups, salads, desserts and snacks. Plus, the meals can usually be tailored to meet dietary and allergy restrictions and follow common diet guidelines (low carb, low salt, gluten free, etc.)

How much to you want to cook?

Different services cater to those with different culinary levels: form the master home chef to the kitchen-challenged. If you want control over the entire cooking process, pick a service that provide recipes and ingredients while leaving the chopping and cooking up to you; if you are looking for the ultimate convenience, select a service with pre-cooked meals ready to pop in the microwave.

Pick to fit your lifestyle

Most companies offer subscription services that deliver a specified number of meals to your home. These services provide you the convenience of not having to order items a la carte and may be more cost effective.

If you travel or tend to eat out a lot or just want more control over your choices, subscribing to a meal service that only offers weekly subscriptions may not be a wise choice. If this is the case, pick a service that provided flexibility to order what you want when you want it.

Think local

If you want to keep a low carbon footprint, look for services that are based near you or provide local food prep. In these cases the food is sourced locally not only reducing transport costs but also supporting neighboring farms and businesses. Some services even provide convenient pick up locations as alternative to home delivery.

Still unsure is a meal delivery service is right for you? Your local grocery story may sell some healthy meal kits from a delivery service that you can try without signing up for a service or making any commitment. Even if that is too much, go ahead, order pizza or General Tsao’s from your regular restaurant. Just