How many toxic chemicals do you  clean your home with and simply not know it?

The average person in this country is exposed to 72,000 chemicals a year. In addition,  the average home has 62 toxic chemicals  that can be found in their cleaning supplies and most people have no idea they are so dangerous for your health.

These chemicals can be found in all types of cleaners,  perfumes, paints, soaps, lotions and cosmetics.

There is little to no regulation in this industry which leads the average consumer to just “trust.

Did you know………….?

  • The National Cancer Society completed a 15 year old study concluding that women who stay home with their kids versus go back to work have a 54% higher chance of cancer. The study linked this to a higher exposure of the poor indoor air quality in homes. Read More…

Healthy Recipes- Sweet Breads – Pumpkin Bread

Wholegrain pumpkin bread is a WONDERFUL healthy baked treat that makes a quick healthy breakfast   and/or a great food choice to put in your children’s lunch box. (Just store this delicious bread in the freezer and take a piece out the day you want to eat it.)

There are so many healthy pumpkin treats you can make if you buy a Costco size can of pumpkin puree including pumpkin muffins,   pumpkin cookies, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin pie and even pumpkin ice cream.  Pumpkins are LOW in calories (only 15 calories per 1/2 cup) and loaded with nutrients that are so good for your body.

The GREAT NEWS in the “Wonderful World Of Pumpkin Baking” is It Reduces the Need for Extra Fat!  There is only 1 tablespoon of oil in this whole recipe! I have also made this  same recipe with no oil and added a tablespoon more pumpkin puree.  Read More…

Sugar is EVERYWHERE. Even if you don’t eat dessert, most Americans eat much more sugar than the recommended amount to maintain a healthy diet.

Most children eat far more sugar than parent’s ever realize. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat the equivalent of 62 (2 1/2 pound bags) of sugar a year. Can you believe that!

The impact of eating too much sugar is we have a society where 1 out of 3 kids are obese, health problems are on the rise and children’s behavior is more problematic than ever before in history.

How do you manage the level of sugar that you and your children eat? Read More…

Healthy Eating – Healthy Kids – Picky EatersEdible Art

Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat fruits and vegetables? Are you looking for new and creative ideas?

If so, try serving your kids edible art made from fruits and vegetables! It is amazing how much more willing kids are to eat fruits and vegetables when they are turned into an alien, a dog or a smiley face vegetable pop.

After all, we make edible art with sweets and cakes…… why not do it with healthy foods!

It is SO much fun and absorbing thinking of what creation you can make with healthy foods. Then the best part is watching your  kids giggle with delight as they scarf down your healthy creation.
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Healthy Eating- Healthy Kids – Picky Eaters

YES!  Continuous snacking is a big factor why 1 and 3 children in this country are obese  and not as healthy as they used to be. 

A study at Yale showed that high calorie snacking is a major cause of childhood obesity.

In addition, this constant snacking obsession that our society has adopted is  actually TRAINING  our kids to be picky eaters and to NOT eat real, quality food at regular meal times.

As a culture we have gone snack crazy! We are giving our kids way too many low nutrient, high calorie snacks ALL DAY LONG. We give them snacks in between every event and every activity they do. Read More…

I am disgusted. Why, WHY…… do preschools across the U.S. give white crackers to young growing preschool kids for their morning and afternoon snacks? This completely infuriates me!

Actually the answer is clear and simple. White crackers are CHEAP!

White crackers are cheap in EVERY way including the fact that they offer nothing of value to our kids. They have salt, white flour, no nutritional benefits, they don’t fill kids up, nor do they stabilize blood sugar or help bodies grow.

Are any other parents TOTALLY frustrated with this? Read More…

Healthy Baking  – Low Calorie Diet- Baking Flours

Do you know which flours have the highest number of calories and which ones have the lowest?

I was SHOCKED to find out which flours had the most calories. This information WILL alter how I create new low calorie recipes going forward.

When baking, healthy or not, FLOUR is one of the main staple ingredients that makes up most of your treats. Therefore, knowing the calorie count for various flours is quite  helpful if you are interested in maintaining a low calorie diet. Read More…

Healthy Cookies- Low Calorie -Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

Who doesn’t love a delicious tasting chocolate chip cookie that is only 152 calories and so easy to make! If you are counting calories, this chocolate chip cookie treat is great for your waistline!

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to put a chocolate chip cookie in your kid’s lunch box that was also healthy for them to eat?

If you want to bake  delicious chocolate chip cookies that are loaded with nutrition for your little ones, you have to try this amazing recipe. I was so excited how well this recipe turned out using Buckwheat flour!

Using a combination of Buckwheat flour, Whole Wheat Pastry flour and Amaranth flour, in only 15 minutes you will have a winning combination that your kid’s will LOVE!

Not only will your chocolate chip cookies taste great, but they will be filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and rich nutrients that will be filling and healthy to eat. Read More…

Healthy Cookies – Gluten Free Baking

If you are looking for a gluten free, chocolate peanut butter cookie that is both  DELICIOUS and one that is packed with fiber and nutrition, try the Terrific Teff  Chocolate Cookie recipe. You will not be disappointed. This recipe is easy to make and it tastes GREAT!

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are so tasty and they are packed with a lot of nutritional value for your kids.

Try this recipe!

All the sweetie pies in your family will NEVER know these chocolate peanut butter cookies are healthy for them, including your husband!

Are you looking for a delicious treat to put in your kid’s lunch box?

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Living Healthy | Air Quality Management Pollution Series

How do you know if it is safe to inhale the air you breathe every day? How polluted is the city that you live in?

Did you know that certain cities  in the U.S. have  days and weeks of the year when you really shouldn’t be active outside? This is particularly important for  seniors, young children, people with asthma, and/or people who have lung and/or  heart issues.

The great news is, you can help manage how you handle unclean air,  even if you live in a very polluted city. The first step is knowing what your situation is.

For every city in the U.S., you can find out what the air quality is on any given day just as easy as you can find out what the weather is. This is known as  the Air Quality Index.

Some parts of the country have such good air that you really don’t need to monitor it, while other parts of the country have days that are literally not safe to play outside.

Living in Southern California, I have compiled a list of tools to make it easy to know which days you should stay inside and when it is safer to play. Read More…