Ok so it’s back to school which means keeping up with activities, sports and homework while trying to prepare healthy meals for the kids and the whole family.
I have talked to the families I work with for years about offering healthier options and I know it can be frustrating at times if your kids are demanding fast food or junky snacks…but where there is a will there’s a way, right? So I say commit to trying healthier alternatives with your kids. There will be some winners and some losers but in the long run you will feel better about the food they are eating and you will also be pleased to see that it has a positive effect on moods, energy and the immune system.
Something fun to incorporate when you can is cooking at home with your kids. This allows you to know which ingredients go into your food plus there are lots of healthy cooking blogs at our disposal these days, which can give you great ideas with positive kid tested reviews. I have personally discovered some delicious cheesy kale chips, gluten free chocolate chip cookies and vegan chocolate mousse recipes this way!
One last thing; as long as it remains hot outside, please remember to keep your kids hydrated. Again if they give you a hard time about drinking plain water you can always try coconut water or diffusing some fresh fruit in the water pitcher. Really anything you can do to instill these healthy habits in your kids now, pays off big time in their future!
I know it can be difficult to always keep it healthy, especially when there is little time to shop and cook, but anything is possible when you are prepared and have the right intent!
Please enjoy this choc chip cookie recipe – it’s vegan and gluten free but super delicious!
Choc Chip Cookies
1 ½ cup almond meal
2 ½ tblsp melted coconut oil
¼ cup cacao nibs or choc chips
2 tblsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tblsp cacao powder optional
1 tblsp chia seeds optional
Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients and line a baking sheet with wax paper. Place 1 tblsp of batter and press lightly in the center.
Bake 13 – 15 minutes or until golden. They will be soft but will crisp when cooled.
Yours in Health,
We have at least another month of social distancing. I know many of us are struggling with the disruptions to our lives.
If you are feeling disjointed, here are a few strategies to help you cope during these trying times:
Forty-seven percent of Americans report experiencing higher levels of anxiety than the prior year.
The human brain is wired to experience anxiety when it signals something is not right and can help us avoid a dangerous situation. But persistent anxiety that disrupts our lives can signal an anxiety disorder. One-third of adults will grapple with this at some point in their lives.
When we experience anxiety, the brain signals to our gut we are under stress and a combination of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol are released. This can affect us in different ways. Common reactions to anxiety are heart palpitations, knots in the stomach or dizziness and light-headedness.
While encountering a saber tooth tiger may not be a problem these days, there are many less-lethal stressors that affect us today.
Winter is the time for rest. In many places, the land becomes barren, frozen and appears dead. Trees shed their leaves. Animals hibernate or spend more time in their dens and burrows. Birds migrate to warmer places.
But all is not dead, it’s simply hidden. Winter is the time when living things rest and replenish.
How can we better rest and replenish ourselves to cultivate what will bloom in the spring?