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.

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!

New year and down a new road..a fiber road

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Now I will be the first to admit these do not look good.  They taste good and that is all that matters in this house. I’m sorry I have taken so much time off. With the holidays it was busy with my stepdaughter here and we did have are rounds of sickness and it seems like my husband is sick again but with a cold. We can stand those, but the kind where there is throwing up and fevers ugh…

Anyway my oldest is part of this blog he went to see a GI specialist   in a near by city.  The short part of this long journey to this is that he has had stomach problems for as long as he was born and he is only 3.5. He was tested and no problems besides a serious condition of constipation which has halted any potty training which makes this mom wonder if diapers will ever end in this house.  Anyone else feel that way? He is now on a high fiber diet. He needs to have 40 grams of it daily…a grown man needs just 35 grams.

So I have been on the path of changing out diet in this house.  As you know from a pervious post I have been doing gluten free at least trying it. But with this I am doing more fiber so that includes wheat in our house. He isn’t big on vegtables  or fruit so wheat products have to take the place. I am still far from getting 40 grams in so any recipe ideas are welcome!!!

Back to the above picture.

He loves these and it is packed full of fiber.

Here is the recipe if anyone wants them again they taste a ton better then they look.

First melt one bag of any type of chocolate or peanut butter chips in the microwave. Put it in a a bowl and mix it with half a box of Fiber One Cereal.  Take a scoop and fill muffin cups. Then put them in the refrigerator and let them firm up. After that you can eat them.

The recipe is also on the box.

I have also done black bean chocolate cookies and they are to die for!!

So my path this year is changing to help my son get things moving down there which changes on how the family eats. Even my husband is more on board eating healthy. We are in this together and I couldn’t be happier then to be on this team. Ups and downs we are in it together.

 

Gluten Free is it for me?

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Doesn’t that just make you want to eat that? I can almost smell it through the screen too…I  am a lover of pasta and breads I don’t denied it. I love my children’s Mac and Cheese and can not resist taking a bit or four. Though I am starting to wonder if that is good for my body. When I first started this path to eating better I though besides cutting out processed foods that going whole grain would be good for me too. I mean growing up I heard that white bread is bad but the best is whole wheat. Even WIC encourages women with young children to eat whole wheat bread. 

Then as the months went by I read articles about wheat being bad and I am still learning about it. So I decided to try to take out most of my gluten. I bought some gluten free bread which wasn’t bad but isn’t the best. It works when I want a sandwich.  Then I started making things without gluten in it.  My inflammation is going down in my knees again and I don’t have that heavy feeling in my stomach after eating. If I do go off it now I realize I get a stomach ach and I know it is from eating great tasting but bad for you food. I had a yummy bread stick last night and it did not set well with me. I am still searching and wondering from anyone who reads this your thoughts on going Gluten Free or not?

I will keep everyone up to date on what I find.

Need to be motivated

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The above picture of me was taken when I was getting my dog Lily Ann from the humane society in 2006. I was between 124-130 is my guess. Back then I thought look at those thighs could lose some of that! Now I look at those thighs and think I wish I had them back!!

I need to look at old pictures and stay motivated. It is hard living in a house where I am the only one eating healthy. I want to eat the mac and cheese, I want to eat carbs.  Not that you can’t have that from time to time but sometimes I want to just do it simple and have nasty porcessed foods all the time.  Some people say throw out all the nasty stuff and if I did that I might end up unmarried 🙂 or just make your kids eat and don’t give in.  Easier said then done. I have a 3-year-old up until I started eating better was eating processed foods, veggies in cans ( I do love sweet peas in a can) canned fruit ( yuck) he does like a salad from time to time and he loved his banana for lunch today. But you can’t expect a child to start over right a way. He loves his spongebob fruit snacks and I like to say no you can’t have that eat some veggies with humus he rather go hungry.  Now my 1-year-old he will eat almost anything under the sun except fruit unless it is baby food prunes. He loves his veggies and doesn’t like a lot of processed foods, he is his mother when it comes to eating.

Though slowly I am trying to show my older one what is good for you.  I take him to my plot garden part of the community garden in Wisconsin Rapids. He learns about water and taking care of plants and get excited to help weed or pick vegtables..still thinks there gross to eat, but we are making progress.

My husband is very supportive of my getting fit and healthy, but he doesn’t liked to be forced and I will not force him to not eat good. He often said his mother would try to hide onions in foods to get him to eat it and it turned him off forever. I don’t want to do that, it is a personal choice. He does like the roasted chickpeas I make for a snack and Kale chips. One day we want to also get grass-fed meat from a local farmer instead of the meat that is full of chemicals from the store.

It is all about the little steps towards better health in our family. I guess I am test subject and hope my boys and maybe my husband will join me on the bandwagon of better health…that is my hope.