Strawberry Raspberry Popsicles

This is a great recipe to make in the middle of summer when berries are in season and on sale. Feel free to play around with the berry combo, blueberries are great in this recipe as well. No matter what combination you go with, I know you and your kids will love them.

Strawberry Raspberry Popsicles Ingredients:
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup chopped berries (for inside)
1 cup apple juice

Place strawberries, raspberries and apple juice in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds and add chopped fresh fruit. Place in the freezer and freeze according to mold directions.

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Berry Maca Chocolate Shake

This is a great smoothie for those with thyroid issues as Maca is a super food that helps balance hormones, eases stress and promotes a speedy metabolism. This root vegetable is found in the mountains of Peru but is now widely available at most health food stores and online. It’s been used for centuries, praised for its high mineral content. This smoothie is so delicious you will think you are sipping a milkshake, but don’t let the taste fool you this is one nutrient packed drink.

1 young coconut (meat and 1 cup of the water)
½ a frozen banana
½ cup ice
2 Tbsp. goji berries
½ tsp. maca powder
¼ tsp. spirulina
1-2 Tbsp. cacao powder

Pour water of coconut into high speed blender, then remove coconut meat from the coconut add that and remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Makes 1 large smoothie.

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Pineapple Pops

Pineapple Popsicles

Buying a Popsicle maker was one of the best decisions, now I can make my kids cooling treats on hot summer days and I don’t have to worry about the ingredients. Or the enormous amount of sugar. It’s fun to play with different fruit and liquid combinations when making homemade popsicles, we haven’t had a bad flavor yet! I hope you give these a try.

Pineapple Popsicles Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup apple juice
2-3 Tbsp. pineapple cut into junks

Place the two cups of pineapple into a blender with the apple juice and blend until smooth. Taste mixture and adjust sweetness. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds with a few chunks of pineapple. Freeze according to package directions.
Makes around 6 popsicles


Natural Ways to Beat Stress

There are numerous ways to reduce stress naturally, much needed in today’s world. As a mother, family and friends are very high on my list. But, there there are many other natural options, some of which you may not have tried before. Yoga, Tai Chi and sport may not be something you are accustomed to doing each day. Exercise is always a great stress reliever, and there are even simpler natural remedies to relieve stress. Here is a checklist of items that can be easily done most days.

Time Outs with Family and Friends

There is no wiser investment than spending quality time with family and friends. The idea of family is not just individuals living under one roof, but being connected and sharing the good, and sometimes the bad times with each other. There is an old Swedish proverb that says, “Shared joy is double the joy, shared sorrow is half the sorrow”. Nobody knows you like your family and this makes family a great source of safety and comfort. While family is not always perfect building the family bonds is important to help keep you balanced, particularly during times of stress.

Early to Bed

Early to bed, early to rise. The expression fits well into a balanced day though its more about the controlled sleeping patterns. It’s not a good thing to have only a few hours of sleep each night. Have a good night’s sleep; 7 hours each night fits well into a stress relieving pattern.

Limit Caffeine

Don’t drink vast amounts of caffeine as this disrupts your daily balance. If you are prone to drinking too much caffeine, try cutting down and fit some decaffeinated coffee and tea into your day. Yes, caffeine gives you a burst of energy to enable you to feel more alert but the effect is short.

Consume Fruits and Vegetables

Eat lots of fruit, get the needed daily vitamins. Apples and bananas are very healthy supplements as part of your daily food intake. Bananas are not fattening and apples help the immune system. Don’t eat too much processed food; concentrate on drinking and eating the required vitamins.

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Minimize Salt

Salt raises your blood pressure, so keep an eye on salty foods being consumed. Higher blood pressure will contribute to your stress levels. Balance your sodium intake with potassium rich foods like sweet potatoes, potatoes, greens, tomatoes and lower-sodium tomato sauce, white beans, kidney beans, nonfat yogurt, oranges, bananas and cantaloupe. Potassium helps counter the effects of sodium and may help lower your blood pressure.

Add Laughter

Look back over the past week at the positive aspects that made you feel good. Did something occur that attracted an experience of joy and laughter? Send some time focusing on that moment as it will allow you to attract good feelings into your mind and smother any negative impact from the day.

Boost Antioxidants

If you must reach for pharmaceuticals, try some antioxidants. Speak to your local pharmacist initially about remedies to relieve stress. There are various remedies that protect you from heart disease and lower your blood pressure.

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Take an Afternoon Nap

Afternoon naps can help. If you work from home, or are on the road a lot, find times in the day to relax this way. This is particularly effective if you tend to work irregular hours. This will make you feel more rested and generally more willing to face the day ahead.

Enforce these remedies to relieve stress each day to keep a healthy body and mind. Set a time that is convenient to perform the tasks, and stick to a schedule that works around your other daily commitments.

Don’t let stress control you. If you do feel stressed try some of these simple activities to destress.

Easy Ways to Hydrate

We can all agree how important drinking enough water is for your health, right? Well knowing that isn’t enough, most people are dehydrated and have a hard time drinking the recommended amount.

So here’s my challenge to you: use all of these tips I’m giving you here today and apply them for the next week and see how you feel. My guess is you’ll feel lighter, brighter and a bit more energized as well.
When you drink water, your body operates much more efficiently (actually how it’s supposed to) so don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling better all around.

Easy Ways to Hydrate

Get a good water bottle, one that’s easy to just grab and take a swig. My personal preference in a water bottle is glass. I like how clean it is; no chemicals leaching into my water, the taste is better and it’s easy to disinfect because it’s nonporous. If your water bottle has a cap on it, I would recommend leaving it off when you’re at the house or in the office because it takes more effort just to grab it and take a drink – and the key to making hydration a new routine is making it easy and gratifying.

Always keep a water bottle with you

As mentioned above, keeping your water with you at all times will ensure consistent hydration. It’s important to be really conscious about how much you’re going to the bathroom as well. When liquids go out, they must be replenished, so make sure to drink a few big gulps afterwards. I bring my water bottle everywhere, especially when I’m running errands and will be out of the house for more than 30 minutes.
When out and about, bring a water jug with you for easy refills.

You’ll find that as you drink more water, the more in-tune you’ll become with your body and you’ll realize even if you’re slightly dehydrated. Just writing this post is making my mouth water, and my mind is questioning whether or not I need more water.


Add lemon oil to water in the morning

I love starting my day off with lemon water. In the fall/winter I like to drink warm lemon water, and drink it with ice in the spring/summer months. Lemon water first thing in the morning starts production of bile in your digestive system and is an alkaline food which helps level out the pH in the body.
I’ve also found drinking warm lemon water in the morning a great way to kick the coffee habit. It’s nice to have something warm in your hands when you wake up, and is really hydrating as well. Just add 1 drop of lemon oil to a 16 ounce glass.

Add mint leaves to water in the afternoon

After lunch it’s common to feel the need for a snack, but sometimes you just need more water. Often times, however, it’s hard to reach for a beverage with no flavor. This is where the mint leaves come in, add in a few leaves for an extra spruce to keep your water interesting and refreshing.

Keep your water bottle full.

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This is another easy way to drink more water. Think about it, if you reach for your water bottle and find it’s empty, you will probably wait until your done doing whatever it is that you’re currently doing. But if you never have that problem of grabbing an empty container, you will be more likely to drink more throughout the day. Get familiar with the sound your water bottle makes when it hits the table and it’s empty, that’s the notification for ‘refill’.

Add fruit fruit wedges to your water

I don’t drink a lot of chilled water, but many people I’ve met love drinking cold water. Your body actually burns more energy warming up the water so it can be digested, so there is some benefit to it as well.
Simply chop wedges of lemons and oranges and put them on a baking sheet in the freezer with parchment paper down first. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer to a Ziploc bag or glass container to protect from freezer burn.

If you realize you haven’t been drinking water for a couple hours, drink 16-24 ounces right away to catch up.

Life gets busy, we get caught up, we find ourselves behind on a lot of things, and especially hydration. When you realize you’re behind on the count, catch yourself up by guzzling a water bottle full – you’ll feel better in 15-20 minutes when you’re body has absorbed it, with more energy and clarity.

It sounds pretty easy but it’s putting it into practice that is the hard part.

Those are the tips that I use to drink more water; what secrets do you have that keep you feeling good and hydrated?