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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.
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→
Why bake from scratch for your kids versus buying processed baked goods at the store?
I mean really. Why not buy processed cookies, cakes, muffins and breads? After all, it is EASY to buy processed baked goodies. If you do this, you don’t have to cook, bake or make a mess in your kitchen. All it takes is a trip to the store and VOILA, you are done.
Quinoa flour is one of my favorite healthy flours. Quinoa tastes great and also adds a lightness to baked goods without using white flour. I often combine whole wheat flour and Quinoa flour to achieve a wonderful combination in my healthy baking recipes.
Baking with oil is a wonderful way to bake healthy cookies, healthy desserts, and healthy muffins. By using “healthy fats” in your baked goods, you are able to make delicious sweet treats that are a lot healthier then they would be if they were packed with unhealthy fats.
Baking with oil versus butter enables you to make healthier desserts that are not as fattening, that are healthy for kids and taste great!
100% pure maple syrup is a wonderful substitute for sugar, and is ideal to use when making healthy cookies, healthy muffins, and healthy desserts. I am not referring to the maple syrup that comes shaped like an robust woman, or the maple syrup that has an ingredient list so long that you forget what product you were even looking at. Clearly those maple syrups are basically sugar water with chemicals; they are not the real thing. I am referring to the living healthy benefits of 100% pure maple syrup.
If you are wanting to substitute sugar, raw honey is one of my favorite sugar substitutes. This natural sweetener comes straight from the bees without processing. It is loaded with healthy nutrients and enzymes for your body, it is very healthy for kids, and it does not spike blood sugar levels.
The only exception is you should not feed it to babies under 1 years of age. Read More→
According to a new poll released this week by Harris Interactive, only 20% of people prepare meals 5 times a week. Healthy eating habits are no longer an ingrained value in our society. Eating processed foods has become an accepted part of our life, and the faster it takes to prepare our food the better.
The good news is that the same study concluded that 79% ENJOY cooking. So if that is the case why are healthy eating habits not a bigger part of our culture? Well if you are a stay at home mom, you know one reason why. Kids make you crazy and you are moving every minute of the day. If you are a working mom, you have your challenges all day long, get home at the end of the night and are expected to whip up dinner. I know it isn’t easy!
As a mommy myself, I know that none of us have a lot of extra time. With two babies under 3, taking a shower sometimes feels like a difficult feat; let alone thinking about “cooking from scratch.” Read More→
I no longer trust that any company; the government or the FDA is there to protect my family into making sure we are eating healthy and/or living healthy.
As a mom, the more I learn the more amazed I am at the number of food advertisements approved to air on television and approved to be placed on the containers of food that are actually REALLY bad for our health. This is particularly true with sugar laden baked goods that are sold in stores.
I am not alone.
Like many families, as mom of the house I am the one that does all of the shopping and cooking ……other than the occasional barbecue. Therefore, what I buy at the grocery store and what I cook is instrumental to determining if the food that is eaten is healthy for my kids or not.
In other words, I realized that it was really up to me if my family had the best chances of having a healthy life. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionalist, yet it was up to me as the mom of the house if my kids and husband had the highest chances of living healthy. Talk about responsibility!
This was a profound insight in being a stay at home mom, yet so simple. This realization actually got me very interested in healthy baking and healthy cooking. The fact that my role as mom played a direct impact into being the one who chose the foods that my children would eat, healthy or not, is not to be taken lightly.
There is NO ONE that is looking out for your families’ health more than the mom of the home; if you stay home or work at an outside job. Researching what you are buying, eating and using in your home is essential in leading a healthy life.
It was on that day that my role as a stay at home mommy felt so much more important. Not only was I mommy and wife, but I was teacher, care taker, nutritionalist, and a healthy living coach that had the sole power to help prevent disease and promote health for my entire family. WOW!
The good news is you can bake healthy cookies, healthy muffins, healthy desserts and healthy meals for your family that also taste GREAT!
My best to all of the mommies who have realized that you have the power to determine if your family leads a healthy life or not. It is fun to explore and learn how to become a Living Healthy Mom! Please join me and we will learn together.