THIS Will Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

May 22, 2014 by Roxanne | 1 Comment | Filed in Organic Gardening, Parenting & Children

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As a Health Coach and someone who is always reading about nutrition, I know (maybe too much) about how important it is for children to eat vegetables. When my first child was young, she would eat anything I put in front of her. As she grew into a toddler, she became pickier and pickier – which is normal. Knowing that children aren’t usually excited about vegetables I did my best to make recipes that were enticing to a toddler. Some recipes worked and some did not, salad was particularly uninteresting to her. Then something happened by accident that changed that.

My daughter eats her vegetables now and has been for a while but it was a long slow road to get her there. Salad was never something on the menu for her, she has never eaten it willingly. Recently, she came home from school with some peas that she had planted in a small bowl. The teacher said (in front of her) to snip off the pea shoots and eat them in a salad. So we watched the pea shoots grow and they got nice and tall. One evening I was cooking dinner and had her set the table. Her pea plant was on the table and she said, “Oh Mommy, my pea shoots are tall! I am going to make a salad for us to have for dinner.” Mind you, she is 4 years old. So I enthusiastically encouraged her to do so. She took her children’s scissors and cut off each shoot, rinsed them in water, put them on a plate and set it on the table. As you can imagine, she ate them and made sure everyone else ate some too!

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I share this story because it’s a great example of how the simple act of growing a plant can have an impact on a child. We grow vegetables in our yard and involve our children in gardening but this story shows that you don’t need a huge growing operation to make a difference. This was a simple small potted plant and it changed something in her.

Here are some ways to get your children involved in planting and gardening…

  • Have your child grow just one plant in a small pot (as I talked about in my story). Peas grow very easily and quickly so it’s a great one for children.
  • If you have a garden of your own, have your children help you rake, weed, plant, and water.
  • Make a small garden area for your child in the yard they she can play with and create her own garden space
  • Get your child their own set of small garden tools (we got some at the dollar store)
  • Have your child decorate their garden/your garden/their planting pot
  • Let your child choose some things they would like to plant
  • Put together and small indoor herb garden and have your child be “in charge” of taking care of it. When you are cooking, they can cut the herbs for you to put into the meal

My group program, The Family Spring Cleanse, starts next week on May 28th! In this program I will be sharing more tips like this one to get your children interested in healthy eating. There is also over 50 kid-tested recipes, a program guide, a goal setting kit, and an online community for peer support. Click here to join us now!!

Do your children like to garden or plant in pots? Have you seen this spark an interest in eating what they grow? Please share in the comments below.

 

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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My Top 5 Favorite Healthy Spots on Cape Cod & Local Giveaways!

May 12, 2014 by Roxanne | 15 Comments | Filed in Giveaways, Holistic Lifestyle

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You may or may not know that I live on Cape Cod.  I really still consider myself a New Yorker but I do love it here. When we first moved here it took me a while to find all the places where I could get healthy food. Even in the last couple of years there have been a lot more places with healthy food popping up. Since Cape Cod is a popular place to visit I thought I would share some of my favorite places to get healthy food – even some healthy treats (since we all want treats when we are on vacation).

White Lion Baking Company

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When I first moved to Cape Cod a few years ago there were very little gluten-free options. I heard rumors of a gluten-free bakery opening up through talking to people around town. Last year, I was excited to see a mention of it in the newspaper and hear that it would be included in the farmer’s market. When I finally met Liz Miles at the Farmer’s Market on Main st. in Falmouth, I realized that White Lion Baking Company was so much more then just a gluten-free bakery. All of the products are paleo which in my opinion is much better then just gluten-free because they are grain-free. She also uses top quality ingredients and natural sweeteners – which are all things I do with my own baked goods at home. Everything at White Lion is delicious, healthy, and high quality. It is a privilege to have a place to get something locally where I don’t have to compromise my own quality standards for a sweet treat. Visit Liz at White Lion Baking Company located at 439 Nathan Ellis Highway in Mashpee. Enter our giveaway below for the chance to win some grain-free granola and a paleo muffin mix.

Coonamessett Farm

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Coonamessett Farm is one of my favorite places to go in the summer. I found this farm because I was looking for a place to get fresh produce that was not sprayed from a local source. Coonammessett provides that, and so much more. They have two options, you can join their CSA or you can become a farm member and pick  your own. We chose the pick your own option last year and really loved it. My daughter had so much fun picking all the vegetables and fruits – and so did I and my husband. It is a great way to show children where food comes from, how it grows, and when it grows in the growing season. Last year we went crazy over the blueberries and I am sure we will again this year. Visit Coonamesset Farm at 277 Hatchville Rd, East Falmouth. Visit their website here for more information about what you can pick now and membership options

Earthly Delights

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Earthly Delights was the first healthy restaurant my husband brought me to on Cape Cod. I love this place becuase the food is delicious, everything is made healthy, ingredients are organic and high quality, and the owners Tom & Mary are awesome. It’s always a pleasure to stop in there to get some nice healthy food from two really cool people. If you are around Osterville and looking for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. Visit Tom & Mary at Earthly Delights at 15 West Bay Rd in Osterville.  See the menu online here.

Chequessett Chocolate

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I spent a few summers in Truro and my pet peev was the lack of healthy food options. That has changed now with this new chocolate shop and cafe. Although chocolate might not seem like a health food, it can be if it’s made right. I met Katie, one of the co-owners, years ago and I am thrilled to see what she has built. The chocolate is made on site with lots of care and attention and doesn’t contain any unhealthy ingredients. It’s really delicious, dark and smooth – just how I like it. In the cafe they also have green juices, smoothies, and raw vegan treats. Next time I am in Truro I will definitely pick up some juices and smoothies for our beach day. Visit Chequessett Chocolate at 8 Highland Road in North Truro. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win some of their delicious chocolates.

Amber Waves

Amber Waves is a great little health food store in Falmouth. As most “real foodies” do I make the rounds to different stores to get all of the things we need. There are a number of items I need regularly that I can’t get at the standard grocery store so my go to place is Amber Waves. They even have a small bulk food section with nuts, grains, seeds, beans, spices etc. Within the community of “healthy” people in town, Amber Waves is well known. It’s funny though, sometimes I’ll mention it to someone who isn’t a health nut and they will say, “there is a health food store in town??” If you are looking for some healthy staples like coconut oil or raw nuts, or even some organic ketchup and relish for a Cape Cod barbecue, Amber Waves is the place to go in Falmouth. Visit Amber Waves at 310 Dillingham Ave in Falmouth. 

 

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Visit my Cape Cod blogging colleagues and read about their Top 5 Favorite things on Cape Cod

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some local products!

  If you do not live on Cape Cod or are not visiting anytime soon, please still feel free to enter the giveaway becuase the prizes can be shipped if you are not able to do local pick up.     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


10 Steps to Eliminate Junk Food in 10 Days: The Family Spring Cleanse

April 30, 2014 by Roxanne | 1 Comment | Filed in Holistic Lifestyle

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Are you tired of your children begging for junky foods?

Does processed packaged food seem to find a way back into your kitchen?

Are you feeling the Spring cleaning bug and want to clean up your diet?

I certainly am feeling the need to clean things up a bit (my daughter has a store bought granola bar addiction). That’s why I am hosting this new online program called, The Family Spring Cleanse. I am super excited about this program because I have not seen anything like this before. Most cleanse diets are created with an individual person in mind but this program was created with the FAMILY in mind. It is safe for everyone to participate, has delicious kid-friendly recipes, and has a simple step by step get started guide.

As a Mom, I totally get it. I have a 4 year old with a mind of her own and she is not afraid to say no to something she doesn’t want to eat. Kids are funny, my daughter was going through a “no green food” phase. Being a Health Coach, I couldn’t have a child that refused to eat vegetables! So, I tried and tried and finally figured out the key to success. I learned that making a few small changes around how I was doing things made a world of difference. 

This program will help you and your family…

  • Feel recharged, renewed, and revitalized
  • Have peace of mind that you are feeding your children healthy food that nourishes their growing bodies and not empty calories and junk food (even some foods labeled “natural” are still junk)
  • Learn how to handle stress in your life
  • Leave old, unhealthy habits behind, and access the tools you need to eat healthy for a lifetime

Here’s what people are saying about my programs…

Roxanne’s cleanse was fabulous… so well organized and so easy to follow. As a holistic health counselor I’m always coaching others on their health. It was great to sit back and let someone else lead me for a change. Roxanne’s program is top notch!” – Shannon Miles

Rhiana Wackenhuth RFC testimonial

“Roxanne’s winter cleanse was the first cleanse I have ever done. Although I am healthy, I do have back pain from a car accident 20 years ago and I’m noticing some hormonal issues as I’m getting older. The cleanse was just what I needed to really see what foods were affecting both my back and my hormones. I am happy to say that my back pain is significantly less and my hormones seem to be more balanced. I’m sleeping better and feeling better. I’m excited to do some of Roxanne’s other e-courses in the future.” – Angi Schneider

So, What is The Family Cleanse?

A simple, easy to follow, cleanse program made with Families in mind. You will have a system to follow to help you save time and get the process started as soon as you download the cleanse guide. You will also have some AMAZING support during this program – not only from me – but also from all of these fabulous bloggers:

For those of you who think cleansing might be way too hard to do – you have all these experts here to back you up and help you meet the challenge. It’s not only these bloggers that will be doing the challenge but many of our readers will be following along. We will have a special Facebook group for discussions about the challenge and a place to reach out to everyone for help and support. There are two ways you can participate in the challenge:

Option # 1 (Free)

Join us and make the commitment to clean up your diet and get rid of processed packaged foods. Work on your own to create a meal plan full of healthy real food – heavy on the veggies, low on junk. You will receive:

  • Free Cleanse Guide: A free get started Cleanse Guide
  • A 10 Day Meal Plan Worksheet: An easy meal planning worksheet so you can plan your 10 days of clean eating
  • Giveaway: A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes

To enter this program for free & download the free guide click here

Option # 2 Premium Membership ($49)

You will receive:

  • Your Cleanse Guide: a 10 page step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to get started immediately. This fully customizeable program will fit any dietary restriction.
  • A Recipe Guide: You will have 51 recipes that are designed to be healthy and kid-friendly.
  • Daily Email Support: You will receive daily emails from me supporting you through this entire process.
  • A 10 Day Meal Plan Worksheet: This worksheet will help you customize your own personal meal plan based on the dietary needs of your family.
  • A Goal Setting Success Guide: This 10 page guide will help you get clear on why you are doing this cleanse, create your vision of the future to give you what you need to make your detox success last a lifetime.
  • Email access to me: for questions and support during the 10 days.
  • Life time Membership to our Private Facebook Group: a community forum for all participants to support each other through this process.
  • Giveaway: the change to win some fabulous real food prizes (giveaway opens up when the program begins).
  • And some other surprises!

You’ll Also get these Bonus Discount Codes:

PLUS…these awesome bonus videos from Wardeh Harmon!

How to Make Cinnamon Honey Grain-free Granola

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How to Make Fermented Fruit Leather

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How to Make Yogurt in a Dehydrator

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This is a group program that starts on May 28th through Jun 6th.

$500+ of Giveaways

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Also, as a participant of this program you are entitled to enter the giveaway for the chance to win some prizes from our real food sponsors! These are some of the things you can win:

  • 1 Quart of Gold label Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions ($40.00 Value)
  • 2 sets of Crimson series knives and 2 sets DUO Tongs and Kitchen Shears from the Ergo Chef – 2 winners! ($315.00 Value)
  • A 4 Pack of Soaps from Irish Twins Soaps ($25 Value)
  • A variety pack of Products from Redmond Trading - This bundle includes a 10 oz. jar of Redmond Clay, a 10 oz. Real Salt shaker and a 8 oz. Real Salt Organic Seasoning shaker and FREE Re-Lyte bottle and 5 Real Salt Pocket shakers ($48.28 Value)
  • A copy of “Weeding Out The Wheat” eBook by Tricia Gilkerson ($9.95 Value)
  • A case of Raw Honey from Really Raw Honey ($100 value)
  • A copy of “Healing Candida with Food,” and eBook by Paula Miller ($17.95 Value)
  • One Pound of Almond flour from Nuts.com ($7.99 value)

If you have any questions about this program please don’t hesitate to Contact me.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!

Roxanne


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