Biking with the boys

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Now that it is warm out my family is lot more active outside. This year I am starting to go on bike rides and pulling my two boys. It might look smooth and easy, but it is not.

Together they weigh over 50lbs and pulling that is not easy. Any little incline feels like a mountain lol. I can’t go very far yet, but even the little ways I go I know I burning some calories and I feel the burn in my legs.

My hope in about a month is to get them to the park and back and hopefully not die trying :-).

I am trying to do this 3 times a week depending on weather.

This is just another step in trying to be healthy, I don’t expect to lose a lot of weight. I just want to be more healthy and enjoy the outdoors with my children.

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Gardening with Kids is a Life Lesson

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Even though I am on a more healthy journey it hasn’t been easy to get others in my family to do it. My youngest little C loves fruits and veggies in smoothies. His big brother L started out good, but now at age 4 doesn’t like them much. It is hard when I see all the benefits of healthy eating and others around me don’t do the same.

I’m sure many of you can relate. This is my first year at home doing a garden as I said in a pervious post. It is right in the front of our house and when the weather is good I try to take the kids out at least a couple of hours a day.  Also that makes it easy for me to do my garden and also show them the way things grow and how to take care of them.

My oldest he will ask me questions about what is growing and now helps me water the plants. Though he has no interest in eating it I am hoping by these little steps he will want to eat them too.  Just like with a garden I am planting seeds in him watching him grow and learn.

I don’t expect my children to change overnight or maybe even this year, but I will show them by example of what is good food and how we can grow it.  Then hopefully in the long run they will want to do it and show their children someday.

So often we want big changes to happen right away, but like a garden you need to tend it with loving care. Try to remove the weeds and remember to be patient. It is amazing what a little garden can teach us.

Strawberry shortcake dessert smoothie

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I am all about smoothies and mostly green healthy smoothies, but I had a bit of a sweet tooth and wanted to try something new.

I use an ultrabullet so the measurements are not the same.

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1 banana

1/2 cup of whip cream

1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal

Then water to the line on the bullet. Then mix until smooth and you got a sweet summer treat!

It is not too unhealthy but with the whip cream kind of throws it off, I’m sure you can use Greek yogurt and raw honey to get the same sweetness, but I was looking to use up the whip cream.

Flaxseed meal is amazing healthy for you and the fruit is too, so I don’t feel too bad.

If you wonder why two straws? My Little C loves to share smoothies with me and it is not the same if he has his own cup.

I will be definitely making this again!

Square foot gardening at home..1st time!

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Staying healthy is not always easy or cheap. Last year I was part of a community garden where I learned about square foot gardening and it was great. The only problem I had with it was I lived over 20 mins away and it wasn’t always profitable for me to just run in and water plants and then drive back. So this year I decided to do my own square ft gardening at home. I put it in the front yard right by our deck. From the picture above I have already got some plants going!

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In square ft gardening you put certain plants together in a small place where normally you wouldn’t and use the vertical space more than in a traditional garden. For example in the this picture. I have it against my deck and the plants will be cucumbers and different types of squashes. Though these plants normally spread out I am going to have them climb up instead of out( or so I hope).

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In the front rows will be more plants that do not need vertical space. In this picture shows the early start of radishes, you can plant up to 12 in one square! but not all of mine have popped up lol, but some are so I am happy. I am also doing onions, spinach which they say you can do four in a square, parsley which is two and carrots which also can be 9-12 in a square. Not all have popped up yet and some I am wondering they will ever, but you will see plenty of pictures of my success and I’m sure some failures.

But there is nothing like watching things pop up out of the garden and know you’re doing something good.

Being healthy is controversial

Most of my days besides taking care of my children and looking for a job has me looking for ways to be more healthy. I believe I function better when I eat healthy and feel I should share with others.

WhatI have learned is people don’t want to hear it. I believe after religion, politics the next thing you can’t talk about is being healthy. When I talk about what I do I get disgusted look for example I drink smoothies with algae you would of thought I had grown a set of horns. Or the blank look..oh this has nothing to do with drinking at a bar so I will  tune her out. Oh why would do do that? Instead they ratherstay sick then even try.

I will admit I do eat some processed foods (gasps) I do have an adult beverage time to time (shakes head) guess what I am not perfect. But why do people feel they need to criticise someone when they try to do better? No one is perfect but doing something is better than nothing. I feel people are waiting for me to fall and are ready to be negative. Guess what? What you say makes me stronger. You don’t have to like what I do but don’t bring me or someone else down for trying to be better. I don’t have time for the negative and I just want positive people in my life. We tell kids not to bully but adults have a hard time not doing it.

So I will keep eating and trying to be healthy like it or not.

 

Spring has sprung smoothie

Even though the weather is taking a long time in Wisconsin to change, I remain hopeful on this sunny day. Since getting back on track eating healthy I notice if I get a cold it doesn’t last as long.

I feel happy and more energized.
This smoothie reminds of spring. It is a light minty taste with some sweetness mixed in. The light green color reminds me of leaves breaking out of the buds on the tree.
Here is the ingredients which are blended in the ultrabullet.

Handful of spinach
Handful of parsley
Cup of pineapple
Half a cup of celery
Half a cup of yogurt
You can also add honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
Also as much water as you want.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie!

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I know I haven’t been around for a while but we have had a lot of family sickness going around and around. Now hopefully we are on the mend! I love making smoothies. One it gets the veggies and fruits in much faster than eating and also gets my little man to eat or drink his fruit. He just loves smoothies. This one I love because to me it is almost a dessert . Again the measurements will be different for the fact I make mine in a ultrabullet.

In this yummy but healthy drink I put in

6 baby carrots or you could shred up carrots

1 banana

half of cup of Greek Yogurt

couple tablespoons of milk or almond milk is really tasty in this too

water how ever smooth you want it to be

3-4 dashes of cinnamon

It doesn’t have a strong taste, but mild and taste so good.

Put in a blender to mix and then enjoy!