ProMommy Tip – A Fun Way to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

 

 

 

 

Healthy Food Suggestions for the Springtime Treat Containers

  • Graham crackers
  • Granola
  • Raisins
  • Trail mix
  • Mini carrots or sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Apple sticks
  • Kiwi
  • Veggie straws
  • Blueberries
  • Cheese sticks
  • Finger sandwiches
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Perspective

I was driving home today from a doctor’s appointment where I got a diagnosis that was very difficult to hear. I’m thinking of all the ways that this “label” could effect my life, including the fact that forevermore people are going to define me and who I am by using this label. I am not a label and who I am has not changed. I want my life to amount to so much more than labels and limitations.

While I’m driving I’m listening to a podcast about strengths and giftings and how to apply those in everyday life and the speaker told a story about her weekend with her little two year old. He hates his car-seat and he will scream and throw a tantrum everytime he is in it until they arrive at their destination. Well, this past weekend she took him to get ice cream and play at his favorite playground. But he didn’t understand where they were going, he just knew that right now he was strapped into a chair and so he screamed the entire way.

Well, God is trying to take use to our equivalent of ice cream and favorite slides but we don’t understand that the way to get there is through this time that we don’t like. So I’m gong to try to stop focusing on this current circumstance that I don’t like and anticipate the playground and ice cream  at the end.

What is your current “car-seat circumstance”? Is it health? wayward children? sleepless nights? finances? relationships? Try shifting your perspective from the immediate unpleasantness to the potential God has to use this for great joy and blessing. It hard to do. I don’t expect to find out what my playground and ice cream experience is going to be for several years. But I know God has one in store and I know it’s going to be worth the unpleasantness of the current ride.

Healthy “Chocolate Milkshake”

Today my boys bombarded me with “I want a milkshake!” and since we are trying to eat healthier no ice cream has been bought at my house recently.

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But today when it was requested I had a brilliant idea. Let’s make milkshakes that are good for them!  I’ve learned with kids it’s all about the terminology. If I call it a milkshake, it’s a milkshake…. And they love it. …Even if they know what is in it. So we made three ingredient, healthy chocolate milkshakes. And they helped make them. And they knew exactly what I put in. And they still loved it!

I didn’t measure at the time because we were going off consistency and what they thought tasted good but here is an approximation of what we made.

Healthy “Chocolate Milkshake”

  • 4-5 frozen banana’s
  • 3 Tablespoons Cacao powder
  • enough milk or nut milk for a vegan/dairy free version to get the milkshake consistency you want, this was about 1.5-2 cups in our case.

Add these ingredients to your blender. Blend thoroughly and Enjoy!

 

 

Bottle Feeding Babyfood

So it can be super hard to spoon feed a baby and it can also be difficult to get them to take their daily supplements. I can’t blame them, would you like a mouthful of slimy vitamin D oil? I think I’d spit it out,too.  I’ve used pouches but the consistency has to be just right and the child has to have a little dexterity. I find they work best for older kids. For little ones 4 months to a year it’s easier to feed from a bottle but they need more nutrition than just milk. My solution? Food bottles with a feeding cap and a thinner consistency of food.img_20170104_131922.jpg

It is critical that babies be exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables from 4-9 months. This is not just for their nutritional needs but to help develop their taste buds and their tendencies towards desiring healthy foods as they grow up. It is also important to protect their immune systems and keep them as healthy as possible, while breast milk is amazing, making your own babyfood also allows you to add some immune system boosters as well.

Because different fruits and vegetables are different consistencies it is hard to give a precise recipe since all measurements are approximate. You will quickly learn what consistency comes through the feeding nipple at the rate that is suitable for your baby.

Approximate Recipe

  • 2 cups  – a mix of 2-3 fruits or veggies or salmon
  • 1/2-1 cup full fat, plain yogurt
  • 100-150 ml pumped breast milk

Boosts

  • 1ml -Vitamin D
  • 3 drops OnGuard essential oil
  • 1 capsule each of JuicePlus+ Red, Green & Purple (Fruits,Veggies and Berries)

Additional Resources

For info regarding what foods are safe to introduce at what times: Wholesome Baby Food

Two trusted doctors that I use for research and questions regarding best foods for baby or general health:  Dr. Sears (America’s Pediatrician) Dr. Axe (Doctor of Natural Medicine)

For more information regarding the supplements I use: JuicePlus+ and Doterra Essential Oils

 

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All Natural Diaper Rash Cream

What do you do when your baby’s diaper rash cream contains ingredients like:
Dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, PEG-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, glycerin, tropolone, tocopheryl acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, magnesium sulfate, potassium nydroxide, and phenoxyethanol?
What do you do when every product you put on the skin of your baby causes a red rash?
You make an all-natural diaper rash cream that contains only three ingredients.
You need ¼ cup virgin coconut oil.

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Lavender oil and melaleuca oil and a container to hold the lotion. I reused a metal container that previously held a beeswax candle but you can also use a lotion tube like these ones at amazon

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Melt the coconut oil and add 15 drops each of lavender and melaleuca oil. Allow the cream to cool and harden before using.

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Recipe for Diaper Rash Cream

Melt the coconut oil and add it to your container. Add the essential oils and mix. Allow to cool completely before using.