A few months ago, I decided that I would take on the new world of mommy blogging. I experimented with writing daily, weekly, biweekly and even a newsletter. I’ve had such a great time that I have decided to continue with this new venture into my life as a mother of 3 as I’m due September 22nd. Taking this new step into the world of mommy blogging has allowed me to reflect on the importance of my experience as a mother, which includes my daily life raising my children and additionally, my work. I never realized that my daily schedule included required me to be resourceful with my time, my energy, as well as my income. I came to realize through writing that these strategies that I use on a daily basis are not only applicable to me as a working/stay-at-home mother, but also to other mothers who stay at home, work part time, or are expecting first, second and third babies. Heck, these strategies are even applicable to the stay-at-home or working dad!
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I never really considered myself a “Crunchy Mom” until I read this article and realized that most of the things listed were normal occurrences in my daily life. Sure, I work with pregnant women on a weekly basis, have a 5.5 year old, 15 month old and am 7.5 months pregnant, but all the same.
My crunchy mom creation: Homemade smoothies for the family
After I read this article, I remembered a conversation that I had with my OBGYN last week where we were talking about summer foods that children eat. I distinctly remember her saying, “Well most kids eat hotdogs and all that in the summer, so why should I be worried about it? I mean, do you really check for nitrates in your hotdogs?” It was all I could do to not gasp in horror and say, “Ummm, yes. IF my children even approach a hotdog that I MAY consider preparing, it’s usually made with an alternative meat product that is nitrate free and all the other crunchy granola rules regarding processed foods.” But, I didn’t. I just smiled and shrugged.
Stirring up organic protein cookie dough for his mama
Anyway, that being said, coconut oil is a household name in my home, baby wearing the norm, and of course the practice of “using our words” and “gentle hands” is routine. Take a look at the article and see if you happen to be with a Crunchy Mom or are one yourself!
10 Things Guys Married to Crunchy Moms Understand via Still Mommy
This recipe has become a neighborhood favorite among the kids that live in my condo complex! I made it one day for my son and soon, the whole neighborhood of kids were surrounding him hoping to taste these homemade popsicles. They are tropical in flavor and a great nutritious alternative to store purchased, artificially flavored, and sugar loaded options.
Recipe: 100% Fruit Juice Homemade Popsicles
(purchased in single serving sizes from Trader Joe’s)
– Mango Smoothie
– Orange Juice
– Tart Cherry Juice
For this recipe, I’ve used anything from IKEA cups with a plastic spoon inserted, to ice cube trays with toothpicks, to make-at-home reusable popsicle kits.
1. Take a 32 oz thermos or measuring cup and fill it 3/4 of the pre made mango smoothie (approximately 1.5 cups).
2. Next, add 1/2 of the orange juice, approximately 1 cup.
3. Lastly, add 1/4 cup of the tart cherry juice and mix all the juices together until combined.
4. Fill your popsicle container of choice with this tropical juice mix and freeze for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until frozen through.
The popsicle my daughter is seen eating here was another recipe that I made which included pureed blueberries and tart cherry juice. She loved it also!
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When it comes to clean eating, it seems far simpler to do alone than for the entire family. However, eating clean as a family is a lot easier than you think.
Here are 5 ways to kickstart your family on its way to clean eating:
1.) Begin every meal with either a fruit or vegetable. This will not only aid in the digestive process, it’s a great way to satisfy the need to snack while dinner is being prepared without overeating.
2.) Don’t Cook a Separate Meal for Your Children. If you are having salad for dinner, offer the same to your children. I started this early on with both of my children and it has worked wonders as they openly ask for fresh cut fruit and vegetables first thing in the morning along with their breakfast items and during dinner preparation.
3.) Plan Ahead. One of our most difficult jobs as mothers is to make sure that every pick-up, drop-off, and activity is planned so that the day goes as smoothly as possible. Why not plan ahead with meal times as well? For me, this means planning out times to head to the supermarket (for some of us this is multiple times a week) and making the time to prioritize meal time. Find a few healthy recipes online and head to the supermarket to start!
4.) Start the Day off GREEN. In my home, the rule is that every breakfast must include something that is organically green. For my children, this usually means eating sliced cucumber with their breakfast and for myself, making a green juice by Natalia Rose. This gives us all the kickstart we need to boost our energy in the morning and sets us up for success in making healthier choices throughout the day.
5.) Make Treats Healthy AND Fun. Everyone loves a treat during the mid afternoon, especially in the hot summer months where an ice cream sundae seems like the ultimate choice. Does this mean that you can’t indulge? Not at all! It’s a great opportunity to get CREATIVE. I myself love to make my kids Homemade Popsicles from 100% fruit juice. The neighborhood kids flock to my door to grab one whenever I give my son one after running around outside. Do you prefer a sundae? Opt for frozen yogurt instead topped with fruit and melted dark chocolate. (No Nesquik! Keep your foods WHOLE!)
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My favorite fruit of the season is the mango and I use it in as many recipes that I can over the course of the summer. It’s easy to prepare but depending on where you buy it, can be a little expensive.
Check out these 20 recipes that cover how to cut and prepare mangos for smoothies, the grille, or even sorbet! Also, save 20% off mangos if you sign up with Saving Star.
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