Try these pet mealtime tips from Kibbles ‘n Bits:

1. Create a mealtime routine: Whether they get fed first thing in the morning or as small meals throughout the day, your pooch will quickly catch on.

2. Purchase a puzzle bowl or toy: Puzzle bowls and food dispensing toys stimulate your dog’s mind during mealtime.

3. Provide your dog with a meal that gives them variety: Variety is the spice of life for dogs, too.

4. Turn mealtime into a dance party: Play a song before each mealtime to signal when it’s time for your dog to eat.

5. Make it a training opportunity: Using commands like “sit” and “wait” before allowing your dog to eat helps them practice impulse control and good manners.


Homemade Apple Cider

If you can’t make it to a cider mill this season, don’t fret: This easy recipe from will leave you with the perfect seasonal drink.

— 10 apples, quartered

— 3/4 cup white sugar

— 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

— 1 tablespoon ground allspice

Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Strain apple mixture though a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth-lined sieve. Refrigerate until cold.


Zesty Egg Fried Rice Lettuce Wraps

— 4 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large)

— 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce

— 6 strips lean smoked bacon, chopped

— 2 cups cooked jasmine rice

— 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

— 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

— 1/3 cup sliced scallion greens

— 12 leaves Boston/bibb lettuce

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and sriracha together until well combined. In large non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer bacon to plate, leaving drippings in the skillet. When cooled, chop bacon into small pieces. Drizzle the egg mixture into the skillet, stirring as you drizzle. Add bacon, black pepper, rice and soy sauce to skillet and stir-fry 3-4 minutes, or until eggs are set. Stir in scallion tops. Remove from heat. Divide the mixture among the lettuce leaves and serve immediately.


Boost your fat IQ with these tips

Here are two things that can help you boost your fat IQ and live a healthier life.

— Recognize your hang-ups. Recognize where your weak spots are and take steps to correct them. Consider a meal delivery service that’s both healthy and convenient, pack nutritious snacks in your carry-on or go for a walk when the urge to eat a cookie strikes. Change up your routine once or twice a week.

— Be open and honest with your doctor. If you’re serious about managing your weight, you want a primary care doctor who will help uncover your personal obstacles and work with you on a plan to reach your goals. Physicians like those in the MDVIP network have more time to consult patients on diet and exercise and provide the coaching and follow-up they need to be successful.

— Brandpoint