You’ve Got This Moms!

Let the Distance Learning Begin!

My kids start school today and are 100% distant learning until who knows when. Yesterday we were all in denial. No checking zoom links, no talk of schedules, no excitement over first day of school outfits, just wishing for something different.

 

But it’s not different. It is what it is. So I rallied them as best I could, sat them down and talked about feelings. Had them think of 3 things that they were excited about or looking forward to with distant learning. “Being with the dog”, “waking up minutes before class”, “not worrying about showering or really getting dressed”, “having lunch with mom every day”…ok, I made that last one up. The point is, they are looking to ME for direction in how to handle this. There are ways we can help to make this ok for them. I’m still planning on their special breakfast and some sort of first day of school picture. Sorry kids, rituals continue.

 

I want to help YOU make this ok for YOU. Ditch the Covid mask and embrace your oxygen mask!

 

How will you make it through better than just ok?? I suggest putting on that oxygen mask, filling your tank, prioritizing what makes YOU calm, grounded, centered, happy…however you feel it for you.

 

Here are some ways I have been supporting myself during this challenging time to make sure I have the patience and energy needed to be as present for my kids as possible:

  • keeping a regular sleep routine every day
  • prioritizing 7-9 hours of sleep every night
  • a consistent morning routine for myself including making my bed, drinking 30 oz. of lemon salt water, writing in my 5-minute journal (focus on gratitude), meditating, reading an inspiring poem from All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols, choosing an oracle card (I’m going woo-woo for some of you!)…and yes, I do ALL of this EVERY morning and I LOVE it!
  • moving my body daily in ways that make me happy-hiking, yoga, riding my new bike, 7 minutes of HIIT,  going for a swim
  • eating nutrient-dense whole foods that give me stable energy and support my body
  • avoiding sugar, processed foods and alcohol. Yup, I’m avoiding alcohol. It’s not serving me right now. I highly recommend you give it a try. REALLY.
  • taking deep breaths throughout the day and especially before or during a stressful situation
  • listening to calming, motivating music, like any playlist from “selfhealers circle” on spotify
  • scheduling meaningful time with friends who bring me peace, joy, fun…all the good feels. Social distance coffee or hiking is a thing!

 

If you’re not already doing something to nurture yourself, I encourage you to try some things and stick with the ones that have the biggest impact and most lasting effect on you. Create new rituals and routines for yourself.

You deserve loving kindness from YOU! 

 

Good luck with day 1, whenever and wherever that may be for you and your kids!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

My kids had ice cream for breakfast this Valentine’s Day! This super easy, make in your blender “ice cream” has no gluten, can be dairy free, has no added sugar and is full of nutrient dense healthy fruit and Omega-3 rich seeds.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Super easy, full of nutrient dense real foods and no added sugar. Flax, hemp and chia seeds are all great sources of soluble fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy source of Omega-6 fatty acids. This nutrient dense "ice cream" can be enjoyed as a dessert, a snack or even as a surprise breakfast. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 frozen bananas (remove peel before freezing)
  • 2 cups frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2-1 cup milk of choice I used Organic Pastures Raw Whole Milk, but almond milk or coconut milk can work too. You can also just use water.
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid as needed, keeping it light on liquid to achieve the ice cream consistency vs.  smoothie consistency. 
Keyword dairy free, gluten free

Clean Up Your Cleaning Products!

I am slowly making changes to live a healthier, cleaner, less toxic life. While this obviously includes increasing organic foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef and raw dairy, it also includes environmental toxins that my family and I are exposed to on a daily basis, like cleaning products. What at first appears to be overwhelming-how can I replace every single product I use for cleaning? the expense! the research for all those products?!-has been simplified by a small company called Branch Basics. I heard about them through another Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I visited their site and loved what I learned, especially the simplicity of it! They have 1 concentrate that is plant and mineral based, free of harmful preservatives, biodegradable, not tested on animals and non-GMO. You get different spray bottles for different cleaning purposes (all purpose, streak-free, bathroom, etc.) and you simply add the indicated amount of concentrate, water and can then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it more power and/or a scent that will make you happy while you clean.

I have been using it for a few months and love both the cleaning power and knowing that I am not breathing in any harmful chemicals during my nightly cleaning of the kitchen counters. It might seem like a small step, but all those nights add up to a lot of toxic fumes. They even have a foaming hand soap container and the concentrate can be used for laundry!

While my mission is to help busy moms better care for themselves and their families, I am hoping that if you are like me and making small steps towards a cleaner life, you will give Branch Basics a try. It’s simple, clean and the packaging looks great too. Please visit their site to learn more and use the link below to get $10 off their products.

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are full of important macro and micronutrients. They are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, are full of antioxidants, quality protein and fiber; making these little seeds an easy and valuable addition to your nutrient dense diet.

 

A great way to add chia seeds to your family’s menu is with chia pudding. When chia seeds are soaked in liquid they swell to a gel-like consistency, transforming the mixture into a pudding-like consistency. My family loves chia pudding as a breakfast and I tend to reserve Fridays for our “take a break from eggs”, “Yeah it’s Friday!” special breakfast. I created this recipe when I was teaching my first RESTART class in the fall. We are bombarded with pumpkin spice everything this time of year and it’s almost impossible to partake in this classic fall flavor without also bombarding your body with tons of unnecessary sugar. This Pumpkin Chia Pudding is full of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, all helping to strengthen your immune system and fight infections. The addition of cinnamon not only adds great flavor but it also helps to stabilize blood sugar and curb sugar cravings. Add a touch of natural sweetness by topping with chopped apples and coconut or any organic berries you love. I hope you and your family enjoy the ease, deliciousness and nutrient dense powerhouse that is chia pudding!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

My family loves chia pudding for breakfast and the fact that it takes about 5 minutes to assemble the night before and it's ready to dish up in the morning, well, there's no better way to kick off a Friday morning than that!
Prep Time 5 mins
Inactive Time 30 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk I like Native Forrest Simple, no guar gum added
  • 1 can water
  • ½ can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 7-8 tbsp. chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients, except chia seeds, in blender until well mixed. Pour into large glass jar or bowl.
  • Add chia seeds. Shake or stir to combine well. Let refrigerate at least ½ hour. I make mine the night before and it’s ready in the morning.
  • Top with granny smith apples and coconut flakes or topping of your choice.  (bananas, blueberries, etc.)
Keyword chia seeds, gluten free, pumpkin, whole30