4 Healthy Reasons To Love Gardening

4 Healthy Reasons To Love gardening

I remember being a little girl and helping my mamaw in the garden. The memories of sitting in the yard breaking beans with her are so special to me. As an adult, I knew that I wanted to have those same memories, so I started my own garden. It’s pretty small right now, but in the future, it will be much larger. I look forward to having the girls help me with and instill in them a love of gardening. 

4 healthy reasons to love gardening

For some, gardening is a way of, and for others, it’s something they do to keep the neighbors happy. No one wants to be the talk of the town. Whatever your reason, here are four more motives which concern health.

It’s A Fat Burner

Did you know that America has a problem with obesity? Sorry, stupid question. What you may not realize is what constitutes being overly overweight. You may feel a little tubby, yet there’s a possibility that you’re bordering on being obese. It all depends on the ratio between fat and the rest of the body’s mass. Not to scare you or anything but it’s worth understanding. Gardening is a great equalizer because it’s an aerobic activity, which means it burns fat. Plus, it works a variety of muscles from the biceps and triceps to legs and the lower back.

Good For The Mind

Let’s not focus on physical well-being for too long because the mind is as important. In fact, it may be more so as the body will break down if the brain isn’t on point. Sadly, modern day life includes plenty of stressors which increase feelings of tension. Some people are naturally very good at dealing with stress, while others have a tension-relieving lifestyle. If you’re in neither camp, then gardening is an excellent activity as it helps you lose focus. After a session in the mud, you’ll forget about life and your problems will float away.

Better For The Bank Balance

What’s money got to do with health? In this case, it’s not you but the well-being of others that is important. Although it’s your property, a garden full of hazards can lead to an accident. When it’s your fault, a premises liability lawyer should be the first person you call to dig you out of a hole. However, it’s easy to stop the situation from occurring in the first place. All you have to do is mow the lawn, remove the clutter, and generally clean up the area. That way, no one should be at risk and your bank balance will be safe.

Vitamin D

Vitamins are available in pill form nowadays, but it’s best to get them straight from the source. C is in citric fruits whereas fish contains plenty of B, but D isn’t in food. Instead, it’s in the big burning ball of fire in the sky. The sun’s UV rays give off lots of this vitamin, yet you have to be outside to soak up the benefits. With the inside lifestyle lots of us lead, this is an issue. Gardening will ensure the sun shines on you all of the time.

Do you Have a Love of Gardening?

Are you a fan of gardening? Will you be trying it in the future? If you already have a garden, what’s your must-haves to grow?

 

5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

There are lots of habits out there that people believe are healthy at first glance, however, upon further inspection, you’ll see that they can actually be really bad for you. The ‘healthy habits’ in this guide can actually be more detrimental to your health than anything. Take a look and see if you’re guilty of doing something that is bad for your health.

Exercising all the Time

Going hard in the gym and getting some great workouts in is fantastic, but not if you’re exercising all the time. You should not be exercising every single day. The body needs rest to make progress, so you should aim to have at least one full rest day per week. You might think you’re doing your body the world of good, but you could actually begin to suffer from overtraining syndrome. You might even get so sick of your hardcore routine that one day you decide to quit altogether. Make sure you exercise because you enjoy it, and not as a way to punish your body or get extreme results.

Firms like Hasner Law PC deal with people who injure themselves, even people who were just walking. Walking is probably the only thing you can do every day without injuring yourself, so aim for 10,000 steps if you want to be sure you’re being healthy.

Eating Nothing but Healthy Foods

Eating nothing but healthy foods might feel great at first, but if you ignore cravings, you will end up binging. Having a little of what you fancy will help you to keep going and stop you from stuffing your face in a moment of weakness. Living a balanced lifestyle can help you maintain your habits because you’re not depriving yourself. I love the 80/20 rule: 80% clean 20% other.

Flavored Water

Think that drinking flavored water is a good way to get your water intake up? Think again. This water is usually full of additives and things that ruin the effect of water, sometimes containing as much sugar as a donut. Drink regular water, and add your own fruit or herbs if you like it flavored.

Cutting Out a Food Group

Heard that fats or carbs are bad for you and thinking of cutting them out? Well, don’t. They aren’t bad for you providing you eat the right ones. Eating things like sweet potato, fish, nuts and nut butter, avocados, and similar foods is a great way to get nutrients into your diet and should not be cut out.

Replacing Your Breakfast With a Smoothie

If you think you’re being healthy by throwing a bit of nut milk and some fruit into a blender, think again. This isn’t a well rounded, balanced meal. For this to replace a meal, you’d need to add some kind of protein, and some healthy fats too. Adding too much fruit can cause insulin spikes that can lead to weight gain. Juice cleansing and ‘detoxing’ is just as bad, so avoid that at all costs as well. 

For a healthy breakfast shake, mix a protein powder with 1/2 a banana, unsweetened almond milk and a handful of spinach.

Don’t be Fooled by “Healthy” Foods

It’s so easy as consumers to be fooled by the food industry when it comes to “healthy” foods. Labels marked “low fat” are usually chalked full of sugar and other additives to make it taste good. Get into the routine of reading nutrition labels so that you know exactly what you are putting in your body.

Tip: when grocery shopping, shopping mainly on the outer parameter as that’s where the whole foods usually are.

Want more tips on living a healthy lifestyle and building more healthy habits? Be sure to check out this post with quick and easy tips!

 

My Favorite Nutritious Foods For Toddlers

My Favorite Nutritious Foods For Toddlers

My Favorite Nutritious Foods For Toddlers

I talk a lot about health and nutrition for women, but today, I want to talk about my favorite nutritious foods for toddlers. We love burgers and fries just like anyone else. It’s called balance, right? Feeding our littles healthy and nutritious food is really important to my husband and I. We want them to know what foods help them stay strong  and healthy, so that when they grow up, they will hopefully continue to make healthy decisions.

Baby M is 8 months old and we are doing baby led weaning with her. (If you want a BLW calendar printable to keep up with what foods you present to your baby, sign up for my free printables library here.) Her favorites so far have been avocado, broccoli, rotisserie chicken and blueberries.

We also did BLW with the twins and they would eat the coolest things like mushrooms, turkey meatballs, roasted sweet potatoes, and banana/egg pancakes. At 3, they still love a lot of healthy foods, but of course they love pizza and ice cream too. (Balance, remember?)

I’ve had people ask about our favorite foods, so check out these list of my favorite nutritious foods for toddlers.

Spinach

This is such a versatile food. It’s one of those healthy foods that you can sneak into so many other things. I throw it into smoothies and shakes for myself and the kids. My friends over at ThinkBaby.org, shared an awesome recipe for spinach balls (and other hearty and healthy recipes for toddlers). It’s a must try for your littles!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple in our house. I make sweet potato fries that never look Pinterest worthy, but are always delicious. I also love to roast sweet potatoes with coconut oil and paprika. Recently, I made a sweet potato and apple hash that is amazing. Just chop up sweet potatoes and apples (I use granny smith), saute until soft with coconut oil and cinnamon. Top with feta. Thank me later!

Greek Yogurt

The only yogurt I buy is Greek yogurt. I will get the plain and add fruit to it for the girls. Before age 2, it should be full fat Greek yogurt. It’s not uncommon to find one of the girls sneaking the Greek yogurt from the fridge because they love it so much.

Banana Pancakes

This recipe is such a hit with the kiddos! They will eat them warm. They will eat them cold. They will eat them in the house. They will eat them with..well you get the picture.

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Strawberry Sorbet

On those days, the girls ask for ice cream and I don’t want them to have it, I make strawberry sorbet. It’s so stinkin’ easy. Simply throw frozen strawberries in the blender with a little honey or pure maple syrup and boom, sorbet.

If you want more tips on all things baby and littles, head over to ThinkBaby.org. They love sharing great products from baby furniture to gear to recipes.

What are the favorite foods for toddlers in your house?

5 healthy tips for busy moms

5 Healthy Tips for Busy Moms

Looking for some healthy tips for busy moms?

I get it. I totally get it. It’s easy to run through the drive thru. It’s easy to sit and eat chocolate covered almonds (my vice) and watch Netflix. It’s easy to eat your kids leftovers. It’s easy to stay in bed an extra 30 minutes than get up and work out.

I get it.

Whether you work in or out of the house, you are busy.

The tough truth that I have had to face is that you make time for things you want to do. Whatever it is, you will make the time if it’s important to you.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. No one gets more. And it’s up to YOU how you spend those 24 hours.

Now this post isn’t about time management. Instead I’m going to give you 5 healthy tips that I have learned while being a busy mom!

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

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1) Meal Plan

Before you go to the grocery, make a meal plan and include snacks for the family. (This is something that’s easy to forget until I hear the dreaded “I want a snack!”)

Get fruits and veggies. Hummus. Yogurt. Applesauce. Whatever healthy snacks that you like and have it readily available so you don’t always head for the back of chocolate chips.

By meal planning, you don’t necessarily need to know what you will make on each day, but you need to know what you will be cooking so you can be sure you have all the ingredients. This keeps you from saying, “pick up a pizza. We have nothing to cook.”

Tip: Do an inventory of your kitchen and pantry prior to making your grocery list, so you only get what you need!

2) Meal Prep

Not to be confused with meal planning. Meal prepping is actually prepping the foods. If you are new to meal prepping, start small.

Don’t overwhelm yourself. This is meant to be helpful not stressful.

Depending upon how much work you want to put into it, this could take a half hour or it could take a couple hours. You can clean and cut your fruits and veggies so they are ready to eat or cook. Make overnight oats for breakfasts, so all you have to do is grab and go. Make crockpot chicken for protein throughout the week. Mix up some salads. Your choice. Do as little or as much as you want.

3) Skip the Sodas

You already know they are bad and if you are wanting to make a quick healthy change, this is a great place to start. Instead, drink water. If you want to add taste, infuse with fruit and herbs.

4) Replace Your Coffee Creamer

I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those coffee drinkers that would drink a little coffee with my creamer. I would always get a caramel macchiato when I went to Starbucks.

Now, I have traded my macchiato for black coffee with some stevia and almond milk. (It’s half the price too!) This does take some getting used to so play around with ingredients.

You can get liquid Stevia like this and it’s great in coffee. You can add pure vanilla extract and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Try some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for a Fall coffee. Adding coconut oil to your coffee and blending it is delicious and makes it super frothy!

If you still want a creamer, just be sure to check the ingredient list and avoid a sugar overload and ingredients like corn syrup (which is sugar too) and all those crazy ingredients that you can’t pronounce. So Delicious makes a great coconut milk creamer. Thrive Market also has some great options like a French Vanilla Dairy Free option and for those who want to get the benefits of collagen with their morning coffee, you can add Collagen Peptides.

5) Get Moving

Get moving! You don’t have to do an hour of Insanity everyday, but do something. Take a walk on your lunch break. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Get a fitness tracker and track your steps.

Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s good for your mind. Find an activity that you like and if you need to enlist a friend or join a group for accountability. That can be a game changer. Let me know if I can help you with accountability! I’d love to be your cheerleader!

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

My favorite healthy foods that are also delicious

My Favorite Healthy Foods That Are Also Delicious

My Favorite Healthy Foods That Are Also Delicious

My favorite healthy foods that are also delicious

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Two years, I discovered and immersed myself in all things healthy. I started working out and eating healthy foods and was in the best shape of my life at age 32.

When I got pregnant with my singleton, I vowed to continue what I was doing and make it a fit pregnancy. Everything started well and then I just stopped.

Fast forward to today and my youngest is 7 months. I love how I feel when I’m active and eating well, but I have made so many excuses as to why I shouldn’t get back to it.

I’m too busy. I have three small children (3, 3 and under). I’m too tired.

Last night, it hit me that what I have been lacking is accountability. So, starting today, I will be holding myself accountable my sharing my journey with you all because I know there are so many women who have the same excuses as me.

Let’s start with food. I LOVE food! Carbs are my best friend and enemy. I’m sure many of you can relate to that. I’m ready to clean up my kitchen for myself and my family, so I’m going to share with you my favorite healthy foods that are totally delicious too! (And most are toddler and husband approved!)

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My Favorite Healthy Foods That Are Also Delicious

 

Overnight Oats

This is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts or snacks. Add Greek yogurt, oats, splash of unsweetened almond milk and your choice of fruit in a bowl or jar. Let it set overnight (hence the name) and you have a yummy breakfast!

Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? This is a yummy recipe that uses oats instead of flour.

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Strawberry Sorbet

Make this treat at home in your blender. My girls are obsessed with this. Since you make it at home, you control the ingredients so you don’t have all the unnecessary sugar that’s added to the store bought version. Did I mention it’s so incredibly easy?

Apple/sweet potato hash

Chop up an apple and a sweet potato in small chunks and add to a skillet that has coconut oil in it. Cook until soft and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Yum! Great for a side, breakfast, or meal prepping. I love to add some feta on top too. You can also add some bacon or turkey bacon because, well, who doesn’t love bacon?!

Asparagus

I love roasted asparagus with olive oil and salt (I omit the pepper because I’m allergic). Sprinkle some parmesan cheese if you want.

Protein shakes

Chocolate is my go-to with a tsp of peanut butter and half a banana with unsweetened almond milk.

Salmon

Grilled salmon is amazing. I like to put a bit of dijon mustard on top with a parmesan/bread crumb mix.

Deviled eggs

Nix the mayo mix and use dijon mustard instead. Top with paprika.

Zoodles

It doesn’t get easier than zoodles. Using a spiralizer or veggie peeler, make noodles from the zucchini. Toss with olive oil to warm them and you have a yummy, healthy alternative to pasta.

Chicken sausage

This is a staple in our house. This is a delicious alternative to your typical breakfast sausage. Add some apple/sweet potato hash and you have a great breakfast for your family. Grab your coupon for Applegate breakfast sausage here. This coupon is redeemable at Whole Foods stores.

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I’d love to know what your favorite healthy foods or meals are. Share it in the comments!

 

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

 The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

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I had every intention of starting my cleaning eating lifestyle at the beginning of this month. I normally eat and feed my family very well, but after a pregnancy in which I couldn’t stand greens to the holidays and follow that with the flu, I have had some trouble getting back into the rhythm of things.

I love to eat, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time meal planning and Pinteresting (is that a word?) recipes.

My mom LOVES cookbooks. I have no idea how many dozens and dozens of cookbooks she has. I have several myself, but I don’t open them up. They just collect dust. Sounds super lazy, right?

I have, however, found an incredible e cookbook (there is also a paperback option) that I downloaded so I can just look at it on my phone, because, again, lazy lol (yet convenient). Enter: The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook. (Purchase here.)

There are so many great recipes that I can’t wait to try and trust me, I will be sharing pictures of those on my Instagram, so make sure that you follow me to see them!

Anyone else in desperate need of a sugar detox? This girl! I’ll be starting one  tomorrow, along with a new workout program. I have been having some serious sweets cravings! I want a milkshake. And hey, it is 53 degrees here in Indiana, so hello, heat wave!

I decided to check out this new cookbook and see what I could make to satisfy these cravings without giving in to temptation. I decided to try the Peanut Butter Banana Date Shake because I knew the girls would love it too! Bonus: I already had all the ingredients on hand so it’s a win-win.

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This shake was so yummy! It uses dates which is an awesome all-natural sugar substitute.

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook has 75 recipes with 10 ingredients or less. All recipes contain 100% all-natural, whole foods. The author also adds nutritional facts for those who count calories.

There are so many recipes I want to try. I just need to pick up a few ingredients. She has a Nutella-like recipe that I want to make RIGHT NOW! I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my meal planning.

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