Any school event that encourages other people to give my kid disgusting chemical and dye filled candy is an event I loathe. Valentine’s Day seems to be the pinnacle of cheap, red dye 40-laden candy. Besides the fact that my kids are extremely sugar reactive and turn into little dictators when they’re on a sugar-high, I just can’t sit idly by while entire classrooms of little ones are pumped full of junk.
Popcorn is a perfect light, crunchy summertime snack. Plus, it only costs about 16 cents per serving—you can’t beat that when you’ve got a bunch of hungry kids hanging out at home. Rather than oil and the traditional stovetop method, I like to use an air popper, which I place outside to keep the heat (and the kids) out of the kitchen. After popping up a big batch, I sprinkle on one of my homemade seasoning blends to transform boring, plain-old puffs into a super satisfying sweet or savory snack.
Craving a sweet treat? You can still enjoy cookies, cake, pies and all of your favorite desserts as part of a clean eating lifestyle. Simply replace refined white sugar in your recipes with a natural sweetener, such as stevia. Extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant, this remarkable substance has an exceptionally sweet taste, zero calories, and it can be used in just about any recipe that calls for sugar.
A person who burns about 2,000 calories should get about 8-12 cups of fluid per day. That may sound like a lot to drink, but it doesn’t all have to come from drinking water. Keep slices of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and other such water-packed fruits in the refrigerator. They’re excellent sources of water, sugar, and electrolytes and the perfect “grab and go” refresher on a hot summer’s day.
Using natural fruit juices adds both natural sugars and vitamins to your sports drink. Adding sea salt instead of table salt adds an electrolyte source as the minerals of the sea are very similar to the electrolyte composition in our blood. Sea salt contains 84 minerals including sodium, potassium, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc and manganese, and it helps to replenish the minerals you lose through perspiration.
Homemade Sports Drink
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Quote of the day:
Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.
~Marcus Valerius Martial
I am super Vata (a dosha, or mind-body type, in the 5,000 year-old Ayurvedic healing system), so this Super-mom loves sweets. Not necessarily “heavy” sweets, such as pastries or what have you—but the sweet flavor in general.
Since I have a propensity toward light-but-sweet-tasting foods, Just Like Sugar was such a find for me. I love putting it in my tea and raw hot chocolate and using it in some of the baking I do with my five kiddos.
The thing I love about it is that it tastes really good, not like some of the other sugar alternatives out there. It’s all-natural, made from chicory root, not chemicals. I don’t use fake sweeteners because they’re not good for you, and I learned this first-hand in my early twenties when I cut them out of my diet and the headaches I was having stopped immediately.
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