JUMP Street

My boys had spring break last week and one afternoon we went to Jump Street, an indoor trampoline park, ready to burn some energy!  Let’s just say after 2 hours: mission accomplished.

I love this picture of our feet.  Yes.  Even I jumped! 

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This is the dodge ball area and where we spent most of our 2 hours playing.  

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It can be hard finding an activity that appeals to all three of my boys and their ages.  We would do this one again!

What did you do for Spring Break?  Have you ever been to an indoor trampoline park?  Did you jump with the kids?

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3 Ways to Add Nutrition to My Kids Meals

I have 3 boys ages, 15, 13 & 8.  I am constantly looking for ways to add nutrition to their diet.

This are some good tips from Laura Evans, 

Senior Vice President, Sales and Field Development with Shaklee.

fruits & veggies

I have three children, ages 8 to 17 years old.  They are not only highly active, but they also have varying

tastes in food and varying appetites.  Because they are young, growing fast, and learning from my influence,

I feel it’s especially important that I help them create healthful eating habits now.  For me, it begins with creating

nutritious meal options for them.  In general, I keep a supply of Shaklee Cinch® Snack Bars on hand for when my children

need a low-calorie, high-protein snack.  Of course, each of my children favors a different flavor, so we keep a Snack Bar Assortment

Pack in our pantry at home.

My go-to strategies for creating nutritious meals for my children:

1. Use soy protein whenever possible

We always bake with Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. As a rule of thumb, we substitute about 1/3 soy protein for every cup of 

flour that a recipe calls for.  For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, we’ll change it to 2/3 cup of unbleached or wheat

flour plus 1/3 cup of soy protein.  And a favorite kitchen activity we can all do together is to make Shaklee protein snacks. 

Add a cup of soy protein to 1/3 cup peanut butter and ¼ cup of honey.  Mix the ingredients together like dough and then roll

into balls or snakes. Any shape will do.  Cover with coconut or nuts and refrigerate until hard.  My kids love these for dessert

or as an afternoon snack!

2. Sneak veggies in everywhere.

Either celery with peanut butter or baby carrots make a great snack.  Soups are another great meal to pile with veggies,

such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, or celery.  For example, I like to cook carrots or celery in a stock pot and then puree in a food processor. 

This not only thickens the soup base, but my kids never even know the veggies are in there!

3. The more fresh fruit, the healthier. 

At home, we call fruit “nature’s candy.”  Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples are always on hand in our

kitchen.  The berries are easy to grab by the handful, and we often bag a variety of berries and other cut-up fruit to take on the go. 

Another specialty in the Evans household is to replace sugary jams or jellies in a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit. 

We put berries or even bananas in the sandwich and smush them into the peanut butter.

Probably the most important thing is getting my children involved in deciding what to eat and being creative with meals. 

The more they are involved, the more likely they are to make healthier food choices when I’m not around—and that makes me a happy parent!

 

My favorite is that she calls fruit ‘nature’s candy’.  Love that!

Do you have your own strategies for creating nutritious meals with your children?

Please share in the comments section below!

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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The Real Dirt on Clean: Part 1

You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve just
cleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just made
your home dirtier.
Think of it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic
chemicals, so why would you let the baby crawl over a floor that’s
just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the
orange juice that was just there.

are you living in a toxic home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How dangerous? Just take a look at these statistics.
• Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.

• Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical
involved in poisoning.

• Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and
even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher
inside your home than out.

• A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower
walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure
limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

• Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially
increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most
common chronic childhood disease.

• 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children
under five have increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.

• Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound
for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more
food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this
is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than
adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food, or air.

• If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you
generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste
each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile
cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).

To find out what’s lurking on your shelves, go to the National
Institutes of Health Library of Medicine Household Products
Database. You can search almost any brand of cleaner you use, find
out what’s in it, and uncover its links to health effects. Or search
by chemical ingredients (see list below for some examples) and
discover what brands contain it. The information may shock you.

 

Chemical ingredients to look out for:
• Sodium hydroxide
• Hydrochloric acid
• Butyl cellosolve
(2-Butoxyethanol)
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm


YUCK!  Did you find any on there that are in your house?  Don’t forget laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap, etc.

You may remember my story from HERE on chemical poisoning.

I seriously had no idea that I was doing more harm than good every time I cleaned!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2.  We will look at solutions! 

Now get to it and check your cleaning bottles and the ingredients.

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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Boost your Children’s Health….Naturally

This is a guest post by Bonnie Donahue from Creating a House of Grace.

Welcome, Bonnie.  So glad to have you here!  You are a wealth of health information.

Thank you for having me.  Today I am going to share my #1 childrens’ health booster:  Lactoferrin.

Lactoferrin is an iron-containing protein found in mother’s milk that is very important in developing and strengthening the infant’s immune system. 


Here is WHY:

1) Iron is an absolutely essential nutrient for your child’s immune system. In fact, a weakened immune system is one of the first signs of an iron deficiency.

2) It turns out that lactoferrin is an easily absorbed form of iron. In fact there is a special transport system in the intestine for lactoferrin. Because the iron in lactoferrin is much more bioavailable than other forms of iron.

3)  Lactoferrin also increases the number of nutrient-absorbing cells in the intestine, so it enhances the absorption of the other nutrients your child needs for a healthy immune system.

4)  Lactoferrin suppresses the growth of bad bacteria in your child’s intestine.  That’s important because 80% of your immune system originates in the intestine.  Simply put, when those immune cells in the intestine have to spend their time fighting off bad bacteria in the intestine, they are unavailable to fight off bacteria and viruses elsewhere in the body.

So lactoferrin helps strengthen your kid’s immune system in several different ways and

Shaklee’s Incredivites is the first children’s multivitamin to contain this important immune-enhancing ingredient.

incredivites

 

I give these to my 3 children daily.  They are rarely sick and they have NEVER been on a prescription drug.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise today, Bonnie! 

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire