Baby's First Foods

Making homemade baby food is simple, saves money & nutritious! It also means you know exactly what is going into their little bodies. Give these homemade baby foods a try! You’ll be happy you did :)

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Make Ahead Breakfasts for Kids

I'm not the best at planning and preparing. Making things ahead of time isn't my strength, by any means. But when I do make the effort to plan ahead, it simplifies my life! Honestly, I have the best mornings if I start the morning for our kids the night before. And waking up before them to have a cup of coffee before I greet them, make for the BEST start of the day. Quiet time for Moms is a must ! When our littles wake up, it seems to be nonstop all day. Organized chaos is what I like to call it :) 

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Hydration Sensation

WITH THE INCREASED TEMPERATURE IN SUMMER & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES COMES INCREASED WATER LOSS-THRU SWEATING AND EVAPORATION- AS YOUR BODY TRIES TO STAY COOL. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO STAY HYDRATED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

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Mom Fuel for Summer

"If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" Self-care is essential if you want to be able to tackle the busyness of motherhood! Fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods. You won't regret it!

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Simple Guide for a Chemical Free Pregnancy & Baby

I'll always remember a conversation I had with my Pediatric Gastroenterologist after I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She told me infertility was very common in women with Celiac Disease. She unfortunately just had her 4th miscarriage & she also had Celiac. I had been dreaming of being a mom since I was THREE years old!! Our convo did not sit well with me. 

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The Safest & Worst Sunscreens for Kids

We want the best for our kiddos! Which is why I know you're reading this right now. This is a SUPER important topic. Our skin is our largest organ. We absorb EVERYTHING we put on our bodies. It is truly just as important, if not, more important than what we eat because it goes directly into our bloodstream. We have been misled on sunscreens and I'd like to break it down & make it simple for you.

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Easy Summer Kid Lunches

I always look forward to the end of school year when summer is near. No more rushing out the door in the morning to drop the kids off at school & jam-packed after school activities.Even though we have less scheduled activities in the summer, it can still be a challenge making food for the kids since we seem to be outside alllll the time! By the time we get inside ready to eat lunch, the kids are starving. Our youngest is now 15 months old & keeps me hopping. Literally. She's the busiest child we've had (loves to climb on everything and anything!) Truly, I only get a break from running after her when she naps. My routine with the kids is evolving & I don't know if I'd even call it a routine anymore. While it may be hectic, my #1 priority is to (try) serve them nutrient dense meals. I am not perfect by any means, but this is the goal everyday. Don't worry, we have plenty of times in the summer where the kids eat from the concession stands at various activities & the pool. It's definitely a part of summer you can't get away from. I always tell myself "the habits that stick are the ones formed at home". 

I prefer (& try) to pack the kids lunches before we leave the house if we are going to do a fun summer activity. They expend so much energy and their tiny little bellies need lots of nutriton! Here are some easy, yet nutrient-dense lunch ideas for the summer.

PB&J |  Celery & Peanut Butter with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips | Sliced Kiwi | Popcorn & Cereal

PB & J's are our jam. I like to use Rudi's Organic Spelt or Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread. We use Heinen's Organic Peanut Butter & Crofter's Organic Strawberry jelly. We also buy a lot of cashew butter and use in replacement to peanut butter. Cashew butter is a great source of iron, which can sometimes be hard to get enough iron-rich foods in your kids diet. Peel & slice kiwi OR cut in half and allow your kid to scoop it out. We like Skinny Pop Popcorn & add a cereal like Kashi Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal to make it more fun & tasty.  

 

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DIY Pizza Lunchable | Turkey Roll-Ups | Cucumbers & carrots | Strawberries & Blueberries

I learned how to pack a DIY Pizza Lunchable for my oldest since he was requesting these for school. When I first started buying gluten-free bread over a decade ago, they tasted like cardboard & my mom quickly found an alternative which was rice cakes! These organic thin sliced rice cakes are at Heinens in the nut & candy aisle. Pack Heinen's Organic Marinara sauce and Organic Valley Mozzerella cheese on the side in containers. If you pre-make them, it will be too soggy by the time they go to eat it.  You can also roll out regular bread (like Rudi's Spelt Bread) with a rolling pin so it's thin & easy to hold, & then cut out a circle or square.  I buy Applegate Oven-Roasted Turkey slices which is by the deli. Cut up cucumbers, carrots, & strawberries however the kids like to eat them!

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Simple Mills Crackers & Hummus | Grapes & Watermelon | Nuts & Chocolate | Cucumbers

We looove Simple Mills crackers!  They are naturally gluten-free & contain whole food ingredients. They are made form a nut & seed blend, tapioca, cassava, sunflower oil, sea salt, onion, garlic, & rosemary extract. They contain protein, healthy fats & are kid-approved. Serving hummus to your kids is a great way to get them to eat chickpeas! They won't even know they're eating them since hummus is so delicious. It's a refridgerator staple over here. Try having your kids help you scoop out watermelon balls when you bring a watermelon home (not while you're trying to hurry and make lunches :) Frozen grapes are a fun treat in the summer. Cut cucumbers in sticks to switch it up. Cashews & pistachios are usually the nuts our kids will eat. I like to throw in some Enjoy Life chocolate, which is also a great source of iron!

 

Other ideas:

  1. Green Lentil Pasta + Marinara. If you haven't tried these one ingredient (green lentil flour) pasta, you're missing out!! They are full of protein, iron & fiber. Toss them with grass-fed butter & sea salt is another kid-approved meal.
  2. Applegate Chicken Nuggets + Sweet Potato Fries. This is a one sheet lunch. Line chicken-nuggets & fries on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven. 
  3. Two Ingredient Quesodillas. Smash up an avocado, 1 garlic clove and sea salt. Spread on one side of a tortilla. Spread Amy's Traditional Refried Beans on the other tortilla. Place them together & fry in avocado oil or grass-fed butter for 2 minutes on each side. Top with salsa, sour cream, olives or any other good fixings your kids like!
  4. Leftover Chicken & Rice, Hummus Wrap. Place chicken, rice & hummus in a tortilla wrap. Serve with a side of fruit, veggies & pretzels. 
  5. Applegate 100% Grass-fed Hotdogs + Tortilla Chips & Salsa + Sliced Apples.

*** For those times you make last minute plans and need to run out the door; grab a loaf of bread, jar of nut butter & jelly, fruit ( bananas are easiest to grab!), healthy potato chip or popcorn, bag of carrots, water & throw it all in a cooler ! Don't forget butter knives & plates :) 

***I usually don't buy fruit snacks to pack in their lunches. Instead I pack concentrated fruit & veggie chewables that I am forever grateful to find! I give our kids these chewables at lunch everyday (it's a routine so I don't forget!). They are nonGMO, contain 20 concentrated fruit and vegetable powder, vegetarian & no artificial colors or flavors! :) 

Simple Swaps{for kids sugary and salty favorites}

Many of us strive to embrace and keep healthy habits for our families. It can seem overwhelming if you are in the beginning of adopting a healthy lifestyle. And it can be even harder to get kids on the bandwagon! The key is to take small steps & make simple swaps when you can. This will keep you on the right path to creating healthy habits & living a healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Valentine's Day Breakfast for Kids

 

These breakfast ideas are simple, healthy and doable for busy Moms. Valentine's Day is another holiday where the unhealthy treats are inevitable so it's nice to keep it healthy at home. 

Fruit on a Stick

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How stinkin' cute are these?! The best part is you don't have to be a "Pinterest" mom to do this. You can buy heart shape cut outs from Amazon, Michael's or any local craft store. Mine was only $.69. I prefer to buy organic strawberries. 

Strawberries are on the top of the list in the "Dirty Dozen". Children and babies are susceptible to even low levels of pesticide exposure. Check out this study on 'Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children'. Watermelon is not on the Dirty Dozen list. One of the many great things about Heinens is all of their produce is nonGMO!            How to make them>> Cut off the stem of the strawberry. Place the heart cut out on top and push down. Slide onto a wooden skewer. Slice watermelon into half inch slices, and press heart cut out in watermelon. Place on stick. Alternate and put a nonGMO marshmallow at the end.

 

 

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These pancakes are a kid favorite for breakfast. You can buy a large heart shaped cut out for about $.99 but you can also just use a knife to make the shape of a heart. 

Healthy Pancakes

  • 3 Pasture eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 TBSP quinoa flakes (I use I Heart Keenwah, located in the cereal aisle at Heinens)
  • 1/2 TSP Sprinkles (AKA organic chia seeds)
  • Organic maple syrup

Whisk all ingredients together with a fork or pour into a high powered blender.  (They turn out even better in the blender but I mostly just whisk together with a fork). Melt 2 TBSP of coconut oil or butter in a cast iron pan. Pour batter in pan to make pancakes. Serve with Heinen's Organic Maple Syrup & fresh fruit.

Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup S.O. Delicious Original Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 TBSP organic chia seeds/ 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds/ 1 TBSP hemp hearts (Optional Superfoods)

Place all ingredients in a high power blender. Blend. Enjoy!


Photo credit (fruit on a stick): @teaspoonofsparkle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Remedies For The Flu

There are safe & natural remedies that can be very helpful if you come down with the flu. Prevention is always best, but anyone can come down with the flu and it’s comforting to know there are options other than Tylenol, Motrin, Sudafed & Benadryl. It’s best to start natural remedies at the first sign of the flu to shorten the duration & severity of the illness.

Homeopathy

Oscillococcinum! This is THE homeopathic flu remedy you want in your house BEFORE you come down with the flu so you can start it right away. Studies have proven that taking Oscillococcinum at the onset of symptoms can shorten the duration of illness. Take as directed; 1 vial 3 times/day. The dose is the same for adults and children. For an infant, you can dissolve in water and give with a syringe.

Homeopathy is one of the safest & most effective forms of medicine. It is safe for elderly, pregnant woman, infants, children, adults and has no side effects.

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Lil Giggle Medicated Lollipops

These are medicated homeopathic lollipops. What kid doesn’t like a lollipop?! It's a win!

Coldcalm

Another homeopathic remedy for general flu/cold symptoms.

Hylands 4 Kids Cold N Cough Day & Night

I always have this in our medicine cabinet. It helps with the incessant cough that nothing else seems to help. Find it here.

Elderberry

Elderberries are known to support the immune system and help with colds & flu. This study showed "Sixty patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 h or less were enrolled in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study during the influenza season of 1999-2000 in Norway. Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. These findings need to be confirmed in a larger study". Wellness Mama has a great recipe on her blog. We take Juice Plus+ which has elderberries in it.  I personally cannot take a concentrated dose of straight elderberries with my autoimmune disease. I have made this mistake in the past, and it triggered the same response to my immune system as eating gluten! I'll never make that mistake again. This study explores a general allergic reaction to elderberries.
 

Onion/Garlic Poultice

This is a natural folk remedy for those stubborn coughs that are deep and won’t go away. The antibiotic and antiviral compounds of onion and garlic can ease inflammation, loosen up mucous, and help expectoration.

Chop 1 onion & 3 organic garlic cloves. Let it sit for 15 minutes to increase medicinal properties. Cover with organic olive oil and let sit for 3 hours. Rub on bottom of feet. You can even put the poultice on the bottom of your feet with socks on while sleeping. Check out Raising Generation’s onion poultice recipe.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are an easy & effective way to promote relaxation and healing. Epsom salt baths can help replenish magnesium levels, pull out toxins, promotes relaxation, and boost your immune system.

-For children under 60 lbs add ½ cup to bath water.

-For children 60-100 lbs add 1 cup to bath water

-For people 100’bs and more add 2 cups to bath water

Colloidal Silver

Silver Shield is a colloidal silver made by Nature’s Sunshine products. Silver Shield with Aqua Sol Technology is a formula of silver particles suspended in deionized water. Nature’s Sunshine Silver Shield is 18ppm (parts per million). This patented formula fights against bacteria, fungi, viruses and all other pathogens in a safer and more effective way than any other antibiotic. This silver is safe for children, adults and your pets.

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Essential oils

Essential oils are very helpful and powerful tools to use while combatting any illness. (However, they should be used with caution. Never ingest any oils. Many oils cannot be used on or near children, pets or pregnant women. Oil takes oil off. If you accidentally get an oil on you or your child and want to get it off, use avocado, olive, almond or coconut oil). Organic lavender essential oil is a great choice because it’s safe for the whole family & it can reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, help fight infection and can calm a miserable child down. I also really like Organic Defence which helps clear sinuses & clean the air. Organic Eucalyptus should not be used on kids 7 and under. This is a great EO to diffuse for congestion for 7 and older.  Diffuse 3-5 drops in your diffuser for 30 minutes on, 60 minutes off.

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Respiratory Rub from Scentsable Health. This is a SAFE rub you can use on your babies chest and feet. I LOVE it and cannot live without it during the winter.

Acupressure

The “Valley of Harmony” (L1-4) is often used for cold and flu. It can also be used for cold hands and feet, constipation, eczema, headaches, menstrual disorders, sinus problems, sore throats, and ulcers. L1-4 is found in the center of the web – or the “V” – between your thumb and index finger on both hands. Apply steady pressure with your opposite thumb until you feel a slight soreness, and hold for 2 minutes. Repeat on your other hand.

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is essential to increase when you have the flu. Check with your primary care physician on dosage. 


Don’t forget the basics! Get lots of sleep. Stop eating. Many people think you need to eat to keep up your energy, but this is backwards. Eating diverts body energies away from flushing the disease from the body. Use a humidifier at night.

Symptoms from the flu is your immune system working to cure you. Fever is used to inhibit viral replication and alert the immune system to the presence of invaders. Using analgesics to reduce fever actually allows the virus to spread and slows the immune system’s ability to respond effectively. For anyone over the age of 2, there is no danger from fever of 102 or less. If you use Acetametaphen for infants/children make sure you use a dye free one like Little Remedies, and a dye-free Ibuprofen.

Our standard line-up through out the year for the kids is a probiotic, Juice Plus+ Chewables & vitamin D.  I add Nature’s Sunshine kid elderberry chewable. (which has vitamin D so I don’t have to give it separately). I put the JP chewables + Elderberry chewable in their lunches everyday.

My husband and I take over 30 nutrient dense, vine-ripened, nonGMO concentrated juice powder, plant based omega blend, probiotic and vitamin D every day throughout the year.

We managed to come down with confirmed Influenza A this year and it surprisingly only lasted 1 day for myself, husband and 2 boys. It lasted a little longer for our daughters. Food is medicine and prevention with a whole food diet does indeed work! 


Tamiflu

Please do your research on Tamiflu. It has serious side effects, and at best only decreases duration of the flu less than a day. Check out this study, "These data suggest Tamiflu use could induce sudden deterioration leading to death especially within 12 hours of prescription. These findings are consistent with sudden deaths observed in a series of animal toxicity studies, several reported case series and the results of prospective cohort studies. From "the precautionary principle" the potential harm of Tamiflu should be taken into account and further detailed studies should be conducted". 

 

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