The Sneaky Way I Get My Kids to Eat Kale

the sneaky way i get my kids to eat kale

Generally, my children eat well. I’ve been putting vegetables on their plates ever since they started solid foods. Sometimes they eat them all, sometimes they don’t. Most of the time they will choose to eat the other items on their plates first and then get around to the veggies afterwards. Like most Moms, from time to time I wonder if they get enough.

Kale is one of those vegetables that’s not easy to get kids to eat. First, it’s green and then it’s bitter. I love kale, but for a kid it’s not always an easy sell. Kids certainly don’t care that kale is the newest trendy veggie either. Five years ago, I never saw kale on the menu at a restaurant but now there is a kale salad at every new restaurant in New York City.

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How to Talk to Your Friends About Natural Living Without Being Pushy

how to talk to you friends about healthy living without being pushy

Years ago when I first learned about how the USDA’s food pyramid guidelines were created based on making money for certain types of crops and not based on optimal health for the American people, I was furious. Good nutrition is actually pretty simple but public nutrition policy is heavily dictated by a corporate agenda to maximize profits. I heard those words and my jaw dropped. It was the first time I fully understood the statement – Question what you are told.

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Essential Oils That Help Keep the Bugs Away

essential oils that keep the bugs away

As soon as the first sunny Spring day hit, my kids have been outside. When we get home school, they run right into the backyard without even coming inside. My biggest struggle has been just getting them to come in and eat dinner! I absolutely love that they like to play outside. Some of my best memories from childhood are from those warm summer evenings when all of the neighborhood kids were running around until our parents made us come in to go to bed.

Of course as a kid, I never worried about a thing. Bug bites happened but they seemed to be a minor annoyance that came along with all of the fun we were having. Being on the other side now as a parent, I’m glad they are having fun, but I do get concerned about the bugs.

My daughter especially reacts quite strongly to bites. They swell up and become large itchy bumps for a week or better (the best remedy for that has been tea tree oil or my handmade salve). They bother her to the point where sometimes it disturbs her sleep. Not only are they itchy and annoying but we have diseases, like West Nile Virus, to worry about too.

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4 Meal Planning Systems for Stress-free Mealtimes

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You look at the clock, it’s 4:00 pm and you think, “What the heck am I gonna make for dinner!?” Everyone is hungry and you have to throw something together, but what?? You search through the fridge and the pantry to make some sort of meal, or even worse, call for take out. It doesn’t have to be this way. Ever.

Meal planning is an essential tool for every family. We all have to eat at least three times a day (with kids its more like 6-7 times!) so it’s unavoidable. Without a plan meal times create a lot of stress. It’s the time of day when the children are tired and hungry (and so are the parents!) so if you are searching around for some sort of meal it’s no fun. On the other hand, if you have a meal in mind and the ingredients to make it, you can have in on the table in less then an hour.

A meal is on the table fast, everyone gets fed, and you’re not stressed out. It’s ideal.

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The Honest Truth About Homemaking

the honest truth about homemaking

Whether you are a stay at home mom, or a working mom – working inside the house or outside the house, homemaking is a part of all of our lives. I’ll admit, the topic of “keeping the home,” isn’t all that exciting to me. It’s overwhelming – the laundry, the dishes, the mealtimes, the busy mornings getting ready for school, on top of your work and taking care of yourself and your children. At first thought, it also doesn’t seem like that much fun.

Until I realized that getting these “homemaking” tasks under control actually creates the space for more fun in my life and gives me a sense of accomplishment, I was drowning.

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Put Down the Pedialyte. Here’s 7 Healthy Alternatives.

put down the pedialyte
Pedialyte and Gatorade are two of my pet peeves.  The purpose of both of these drinks is to replenish electrolytes in the body. First off, does everyone know what electrolytes are and why we need them?  The word electrolyte has become a term thrown around a lot in marketing but most people are unclear on what they actually are. In the human body, electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate, or in other words they are minerals.

Minerals are very important for good health. Yes pedialyte and gatorade both contain (synthetic) “electrolytes” but they come along with a handful of unnecessary artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and colors – none of which are going to help you or your child recover from an illness, and could even cause other problems.

Unfortunately, pedialyte is the go-to product recommended by pediatricians for children who have a stomach virus or an illness that causes repeated vomiting to replenish lost minerals. The real truth is that it’s possibly the worst option and there are far better choices that can be made easily with ingredients you likely already have at home.

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