Thursday, June 29, 2017

Healthy Mom Hacks

Us mamas gotta stick together and share our secrets, right?

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These are a few of my favorite healthy mom hacks! I use these to sneak extra nutrients into our kiddos’ food & wanted to share why/how I use them. You can find them all at your local grocery store, at Costco, or on Amazon.

Organic Bone Broth: I use this in lots of recipes that would call for chicken broth (soups, casseroles, when baking chicken, etc.) and it adds a ton of benefits! Helps boost the immune system among other things. I can drink it warmed up, but the boys won’t do that. I made soup a LOT this winter using this. You can make your own too, but this is the shortcut. There are other great brands on Thrive Market also. (If you haven’t already, click on that post and read about Thrive. Game changer/big savings on many healthy food staples.)

Braggs Nutritional Yeast: I sprinkle this into several recipes too. I use it when I’m making burgers, on veggies, in scrambled eggs, etc. Here are a few of the many benefits from an article written by Dr. Mercola. (I didn’t even know some of this before- glad I read it!)

Pink Himalayan Salt: Salt is not the enemy. Our bodies NEED salt. However, normal table salt is NOT a good choice. We personally like pink Himalyan sea salt when cooking. I also use it in oats the boys eat for breakfast where we also add sliced almonds, chia seeds, and ground flax. It adds the perfect flavor.

Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos: Great alternative for soy sauce when making Asian dishes/stir fry (like the quinoa fried rice bowls). I also use it in place of Dell’s or Worschtershire sauce since it has less sodium. You can opt for the coconut aminos if you’re avoiding or limiting soy.

Organic Ground Chia Seed: Powerful super food. I add into smoothies, oatmeal, healthy muffins, protein bites (no honey for the littles though till they’re older), & even salads.

Amazing Grass Kids Superfood: My boys love chocolate milk, but we don’t drink it at home. Instead, I put a scoop of this into almond milk (so they think they’re getting chocolate milk) but it has greens, several fruits & veggies we don’t eat regularly (or ever), and prebiotics and probiotics which are so important for a healthy gut.

Organic Live Fit Superfood Blend: It’s packed with antioxidants & lots of real food- like broccoli, blueberries, tomatoes, and vegan protein. This is perfect for smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, homemade bars, etc.

Organic Ground Flaxseed: Powerful source of omega-3s, fiber, and lignans. I add it to oatmeal, smoothies, and anytime I bake anything, like our favorite banana chocolate chip power cake muffins. Omega 3s are SO important for their brain development (especially little boys), and since we don’t eat enough fish (since so much of it is toxic- boo), this is a great way to add it in.

Of course I don’t use them all every day, but I do use at least a couple of them daily. I want my boys to eat healthy, & I do feel like we do a pretty decent job modeling that for them. But the reality is they’re not exactly chompin’ at the bit to get some of my kale salad & could definitely eat better. (Specifically more veggies.) These are a few of my favorite ways to add some quality nutrition into their diets! Anything you guys have found that I need to add in? I’m always open to suggestions!

1 comment:

Time Finds Its Life In Choice said...

When you mentioned the almond your boys drink almond milk instead of cows milk? I was just curious as my boys are on cowa milk but I've had thoughts of switching.