Margie’s Favorite Holiday Finds

Margie’s Favorite Holiday Finds

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Margie’s Favorite Things

Our commitment to natural healing resonates with me this holiday season, I have found some fun finds this year.
Each gift thoughtfully reflects The Earth Heals’ mission of natural wellness.

Join me on a journey through my favorite finds—products that not only make wonderful presents but also will make you feel good about giving them. From nourishing self-care essentials to eco-conscious finds, each item encapsulates the spirit of nurturing well-being, both within and around us.

Let’s unwrap my top picks. 🌿🎁

Reusable Silicon Bags

The STASHER is endlessly reusable, resealable, silicone storage bag that eliminates single-use plastics.  I am replacing all of my single use storage bags. I love the idea of being able to use these for everyday and also for the freezer, They have a wide range of colors and lots of bundles too. Their locking seal is amazing for liquids. One side is smooth, and one side is matte finish. Great for labeling.
My favorite economy version is LERINE.

You will see these highlighted in my Meal Prep Series in January.

ONE BAG REPLACES 260 SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS EACH YEAR

BUDGET FRIENDLY FAVORITES

Electric Tea Kettle

The Cuisinart Electric kettle is our most used appliance. We used this multiple times a day!

  • Tea (morning, noon and nighttime)
  • Sanitizing kitchen sink and other items
  • French Press
  • Pour-over coffee
  • Reheating rice and pasta
  • Quick hot water for cooking
Vitamix Blender

This is a staple in our house. You first saw me use it in my Frozen Lemonade Tonic. I also shared with you one of my favorite soups, Tomato Soup.  I used this multiple times per day. I chose Vitamix because of its reputation of being handed down, not thrown away, which I love. It is powerful with it’s aircraft-grade stainless steel blades that breaks up even the toughest ingredients, it is a metal drive system that connects the container to the motor base—allowing better blends and a longer lifespan. And, it is self cleaning! Add warm water and a drop of soap and 30 seconds later, your blender is ready for it’s next task. 

  • Smoothies
  • Soups
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Nut Butters
  • Non Dairy Milks
  • Sauces
  • Baby Food
  • Dressings
  • Marinades
  • Flours
  • Food Prep
Mini Trampoline

If you are looking for something that will change the way YOU (and your loved ones) look at exercise, consider REBOUNDING. 

For MANY reasons, the mini trampoline is at the top of my list of favorite things this year! I feel like I have finally found the perfect exercise that I can stick with for the rest of my life. If you are looking for the perfect gift, you will never go wrong giving the gift of HEALTH.
Listed below are the long list of benefits. HERE ARE MINE:

  • Low Impact on my joints
  • 10 minutes of trampoline workout is the same as 40 minutes of running (See Report from NASA)
  • Convenient – At home and at any time, rain or shine!
  • It is FUN!!!! No, seriously! It.Is.Fun. You can keep your own pace during workouts. You can move without leaving the trampoline or you can jump high into the air –  Sign Up for the FREE Trial  It takes about 2 minutes of jumping to shake off a bad mood 😄
  • Lymphatic System Stimulations – this is the reason I tried this. I had my salivary gland removed a while back and some days I need to manually massage to reduce the swelling.
  • Weight Loss – The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It strengthens every single cell of the body, both muscle and non-muscle.
  • I look forward to it – I don’t dread it. 200+ workouts accompanying this rebounder are incredibly fun. You can pick what you enjoy.
    Even rebounding while you watch the news or watch your YouTube in the morning will have dramatic benefits on your health.

1. Cardiovascular Fitness

Rebounding isn’t just about bouncing up and down; it’s a cardiovascular workout in disguise. The rhythmic bouncing engages large muscle groups and gets your heart pumping, improving blood circulation and enhancing your cardiovascular fitness. This low-impact exercise can be particularly beneficial for individuals who need a gentler option for their heart health.

2. Lymphatic System Boost

Your lymphatic system plays a vital role in removing toxins and waste from your body. Rebounding helps stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting detoxification and improving immune function. The up-and-down motion of bouncing helps to open and close lymphatic valves, allowing the lymph fluid to flow more efficiently. This can contribute to a healthier immune system and better overall well-being.

3. Bone Density Enhancement

As you bounce, the gravitational force changes with each jump, creating a light impact on your bones. This can be especially advantageous for those concerned about bone density loss. Rebounding is known to stimulate bone remodeling, promoting the growth of stronger bones. It’s a valuable exercise for individuals of all ages, especially older adults looking to prevent osteoporosis.

4. Core Strengthening

Maintaining balance and stability on the trampoline engages your core muscles. With consistent rebounding, you can tone and strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. A strong core not only helps with posture but also provides a solid foundation for other physical activities.

5. Stress Reduction

Exercise, in general, is a great stress reliever, and rebounding is no exception. The repetitive motion and the rush of endorphins that come with it can help alleviate stress and improve your mood. It’s a playful way to release tension and clear your mind after a long day.

6. Joint Health

Unlike high-impact exercises that can strain joints, rebounding offers a low-impact option that’s gentle on your joints. The cushioning effect of the trampoline reduces the risk of joint injuries, making it suitable for individuals with joint pain or arthritis. Regular rebounding can improve joint mobility and flexibility.

7. Weight Management

Rebounding is an effective calorie-burning activity. The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It’s a versatile workout that can be tailored to different fitness levels and goals.

8. Improved Coordination and Balance

Maintaining stability while bouncing challenges your coordination and balance skills. Over time, these skills can improve, benefiting your overall physical performance and reducing the risk of falls, especially in older individuals.

9. Cognitive Enhancement

Believe it or not, rebounding can also have positive effects on your brain. The increased blood flow and oxygen delivery that come with cardiovascular exercise can enhance cognitive function, including memory and focus. Bouncing on a trampoline might just be the fun brain boost you didn’t know you needed.

10. Convenience and Enjoyment

Rebounding offers the convenience of being a home-based exercise. You don’t need a large space to set up a mini trampoline, and you can fit in a quick workout whenever you have a few spare minutes. The playful nature of bouncing can also make your workout sessions more enjoyable, encouraging consistency in your routine.

In a world where staying active is essential for overall health, rebounding presents itself as a versatile and enjoyable option. From cardiovascular fitness and bone density enhancement to stress reduction and cognitive enhancement, the benefits of rebounding are as diverse as they are impressive. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact exercise, a creative way to boost your lymphatic system, or an effective stress reliever, bouncing on a mini trampoline offers something for everyone.

Remember, as with any new exercise, it’s important to start slowly and listen to your body.
So, why not add a little bounce to your life and reap the rewards of this fun and effective workout?

Your health and well-being will thank you for it!

Use code EARTHHEALS for 10% off just in time for the holidays. They are currently running some amazing deals for the holidays as well. I just discovered their workouts to go with the trampolines.

I LOVE THE OPTIONS.

From the type of workout, to the duration, and the music, it is perfect!
And, I love the instructor, Sydney. She is friendly, fun-loving, and most important, Authentic. She has struggled with her weight after a gymnastics injury that led her to rebounding as a safe exercise for lower back pain. 

There are many rebounder options to choose from $129.00 – $649.00. This one is $129.99 + 10% Off with EARTHHEALS Discount Code. ONETWOFIT 48″ SILENT REBOUNDER
Regular price$129.99 USD ($116.99) + FREE Shipping.  I chose this one because of the size and their reputation. 

I highly recommend the workouts at Bounce N’ Burn . They offer 200 + workouts with 3 new ones released each week. They have a 5-day trial to see if this is for you. I just signed up for a year. They have a special at 50% off per month and per year.

CLICK FOR FREE 5 DAY FREE TRIAL

They have a Facebook Group, monthly challenges, and a variety of fun workouts with great music. That is what sold me.

Sign Up for the FREE Trial 

5 Days to take a look at their offerings. Here is a peak at their classes:

www.bouncenburn.com/home#learnmore

Use Discount Code MARGIEESPE2212 at checkout for 50% off!

 

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Trampolining Your Way to Wellness

Trampolining Your Way to Wellness

Trampolining Your Way to Wellness: The Surprising Benefits of Rebounding for Holistic Health!

Trampolining Your Way to Wellness: The Surprising Benefits of Rebounding for Holistic Health!

Rebounding has been around a long time! The first modern trampoline was built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold around 1934 at the University of Iowa. It was initially used to train tumblers and astronauts, and as a training tool to develop and hone acrobatic skills for other sports such as diving, gymnastics and freestyle skiing. Rebounding, the act of jumping on a trampoline, isn’t just for kids—it’s a fun and effective way for adults to improve their overall health and fitness. One popular option on the market, the OneTwoFit Rebounder, offers a convenient and efficient way to enjoy the benefits of rebounding in the comfort of your home. In this article, we’ll explore the numerous health advantages associated with rebounding and why incorporating it into your fitness routine could be a game-changer for your well-being.

I purchased a trampoline about a month ago. This has become a regular part of my day. I put it in the office as a constant reminder to not sit for too long.😃 I also bought it to strengthen my ankle. I sprained my ankle last year playing tennis. But, the main reason I purchased it was because of the Lymphatic System Detoxification. I had a tumor removed several years ago and my salvary gland was removed on one side. That side of my face will sometimes swell overnight and I will need to do a manual lymphatic massage. But, I have since turned to jumping on the trampoline 1st thing in the morning. It is a much quicker ( and a lot more fun) and more effective solution as it works the entire body.

The Benefits are Overwhelming:

For MANY reasons, the mini trampoline is at the top of my list of favorite things this year! I feel like I have finally found the perfect exercise that I can stick with for the rest of my life.

Listed below are the long list of benefits.

Here are MY Top Reasons I think rebounding is perfect for everyone searching for the perfect workout routine:

  • Low Impact on Joints
  • Effective – 10 minutes of trampoline workout is the same as 40 minutes of running (See Report from NASA)
  • Convenient – At home and at any time, rain or shine!
  • It is FUN!!!! No, seriously! It. Is. Fun! You can keep your own pace. And follow along with their workouts or play your own music.
  • Lymphatic System Stimulation
  • Weight Loss – The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It strengthens every single cell of the body, both muscle and non-muscle.
  • Mood Boost – I look forward to it – I don’t dread it. The 200+ workouts accompanying this rebounder are incredibly fun. You can pick what you enjoy. I don’t think it’s possible to be in a bad mood while jumping.
  • Lots of Fitness Choices – HIIT, Core, Beginning Health Bounce, Strength Training, Step Interval, Stretching, the list goes on

1. Cardiovascular Fitness

Rebounding isn’t just about bouncing up and down; it’s a cardiovascular workout in disguise. The rhythmic bouncing engages large muscle groups and gets your heart pumping, improving blood circulation and enhancing your cardiovascular fitness. This low-impact exercise can be particularly beneficial for individuals who need a gentler option for their heart health.

2. Lymphatic System Boost

Your lymphatic system plays a vital role in removing toxins and waste from your body. Rebounding helps stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting detoxification and improving immune function. The up-and-down motion of bouncing helps to open and close lymphatic valves, allowing the lymph fluid to flow more efficiently. This can contribute to a healthier immune system and better overall well-being.

3. Bone Density Enhancement

As you bounce, the gravitational force changes with each jump, creating a light impact on your bones. This can be especially advantageous for those concerned about bone density loss. Rebounding is known to stimulate bone remodeling, promoting the growth of stronger bones. It’s a valuable exercise for individuals of all ages, especially older adults looking to prevent osteoporosis.

4. Core Strengthening

Maintaining balance and stability on the trampoline engages your core muscles. With consistent rebounding, you can tone and strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. A strong core not only helps with posture but also provides a solid foundation for other physical activities.

5. Stress Reduction

Exercise, in general, is a great stress reliever, and rebounding is no exception. The repetitive motion and the rush of endorphins that come with it can help alleviate stress and improve your mood. It’s a playful way to release tension and clear your mind after a long day.

6. Joint Health

Unlike high-impact exercises that can strain joints, rebounding offers a low-impact option that’s gentle on your joints. The cushioning effect of the trampoline reduces the risk of joint injuries, making it suitable for individuals with joint pain or arthritis. Regular rebounding can improve joint mobility and flexibility.

7. Weight Management

Rebounding is an effective calorie-burning activity. The constant bouncing engages multiple muscle groups, revs up your metabolism, and aids in weight management. It’s a versatile workout that can be tailored to different fitness levels and goals.

8. Improved Coordination and Balance

Maintaining stability while bouncing challenges your coordination and balance skills. Over time, these skills can improve, benefiting your overall physical performance and reducing the risk of falls, especially in older individuals.

9. Cognitive Enhancement

Believe it or not, rebounding can also have positive effects on your brain. The increased blood flow and oxygen delivery that come with cardiovascular exercise can enhance cognitive function, including memory and focus. Bouncing on a trampoline might just be the fun brain boost you didn’t know you needed.

10. Convenience and Enjoyment

Rebounding offers the convenience of being a home-based exercise. You don’t need a large space to set up a mini trampoline, and you can fit in a quick workout whenever you have a few spare minutes. The playful nature of bouncing can also make your workout sessions more enjoyable, encouraging consistency in your routine.

In a world where staying active is essential for overall health, rebounding presents itself as a versatile and enjoyable option. From cardiovascular fitness and bone density enhancement to stress reduction and cognitive enhancement, the benefits of rebounding are as diverse as they are impressive. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact exercise, a creative way to boost your lymphatic system, or an effective stress reliever, bouncing on a mini trampoline offers something for everyone.

 

In a study by NASA Scientists, they found that jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes is a better cardiovascular workout than running for 33 minutes. In the same study, NASA Scientists concluded that trampolines were 68% more effective than jogging yet required less effort. 

The New York Times: “Bouncing Your Way to Better Health”

Glam: “The Great Trampoline Revival: How The Exercise Tool Is Shaping Workouts In 2023”

College of Naturopathic Medicine:  “Rebounding: Miracle Exercise That Transforms Health”

Dr. Axe: “The Benefits of a Trampoline Workout and Rebounding”

Sources:
International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching – The Acute Physiological Effects of Rebounding Exercise

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

Use code EARTHHEALS for 10% off just in time for the holidays. They are currently running some amazing other deals for the holidays as well.

They have many options to choose from $129.00 – $649.00.

This one is $129.99 + 10% Off with EARTHHEALS Discount Code.
ONETWOFIT 48″ SILENT REBOUNDER
Regular price$129.99 USD (black Friday Month = $116.99 with FREE Shipping) 

WORKOUT MEMBERSHIPS

I just discovered their Bounce N’ Burn workouts this week. I LOVE THE OPTIONS!

From type of workout, duration, music and skill level, it is perfect! And, I love the instructor. No annoying commentaries. Just great music and fun workouts.

They have a Facebook Group, monthly challenges, and a variety of fun workouts with great music. (that is what sold me) You can even request a song to the instructor to use on upcoming workouts!

I think getting the trampoline is the first step to enjoying your workouts again. But I think getting a membership will keep you engaged and looking forward to working out, which is the key to sticking with it!

Sign Up for the FREE Trial
Take 5 Days to take a look at their offerings.

I think you will decide that it is the perfect form of exercise that you will be able to stick to and thrive. I also think it is the perfect gift for someone on your list that is looking to increase their fitness level and have fun doing it.

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Embrace the Natural Healing Powers of Cinnamon this Fall!

Embrace the Natural Healing Powers of Cinnamon this Fall!

Embrace the Natural Healing Powers of Cinnamon this Fall!

Embrace the Natural Healing Powers of Cinnamon this Fall!

As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, nature offers its own remedies to keep you healthy and vibrant. At The Earth Heals, we believe in harnessing the Earth’s incredible healing abilities, and today, we’re diving into the magic of Cinnamon for the fall season!

🌿 Cinnamon: A Spice of Wellness 🌿

🔥 Warmth: Cinnamon’s inviting, spicy aroma warms the soul and body, making it the perfect fall companion.

💫 Anti-Inflammatory: This natural wonder has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, offering relief from aches and pains that cooler weather might bring.

🩺 Blood Sugar Regulation: Cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar levels, making it a sweet ally for those mindful of their health.

🍲 Versatile Flavor: Add a dash to your oatmeal, sprinkle on roasted sweet potatoes, or stir into your morning coffee. Cinnamon elevates the flavor of fall dishes.

🍂 Immune Support: Boost your immune system with Cinnamon’s antioxidants, fortifying your body against seasonal challenges.

🌟 Holistic Healing: Nature’s remedies, like Cinnamon, remind us of the Earth’s incredible healing powers. Let’s embrace them!

There are several types of cinnamon available, but two of the most common varieties are Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. The best type of cinnamon to buy depends on your preferences and intended use:

Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum):
Also known as “true” cinnamon.
Considered the premium and more expensive variety.
Sweeter and less spicy compared to Cassia cinnamon.
Contains lower levels of coumarin, a compound that can be harmful in large amounts, making it a safer choice for regular consumption.
Ideal for recipes where a delicate and sweet cinnamon flavor is desired, such as desserts, baking, and sprinkling on beverages.

Cassia Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia):
More commonly found in North America and often labeled simply as “cinnamon.”
Has a stronger, spicier flavor compared to Ceylon cinnamon.
Contains higher levels of coumarin, which may be of concern if consumed in large quantities over an extended period.
Often used in savory dishes, like curries and stews, as well as in some baked goods and beverages.
Choosing the best type of cinnamon ultimately comes down to your personal taste and intended culinary use. If you prefer a sweeter and milder cinnamon flavor and plan to use it frequently, Ceylon cinnamon is the better choice. However, if you enjoy the bolder, spicier flavor of traditional cinnamon and use it sparingly, Cassia cinnamon may be more suitable.

Regardless of the type you choose, make sure to buy high-quality, organic cinnamon whenever possible to ensure purity and avoid potential contaminants.

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Share your favorite Cinnamon-infused fall recipes or tell us how you harness the natural healing abilities of spices this season. Let’s celebrate the Earth’s gifts together! 💚

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Start Your Journaling Routine

Start Your Journaling Routine

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Start Your Journaling Routine – A Step By Step Guide

I created this journal as a personal project to begin my journaling journey. After searching, I couldn’t find one that included everything I wanted. I needed a journal to start by feeling gratitude. This journal starts by asking to list 3 things you are grateful for. I find that no matter what mood I am in, feeling gratitude can instantly switch my mindset. I also wanted a place that to keep track of my water intake, my steps, my protein intake, fiber and my sleep. I also wanted a space to list my personal mantra each day. I have learned it is important to enrich your mind, body, and spirit on a daily basis. I also wanted a blank page for basic journaling. Some days, I journal about how I feel, Some days I journal about what I did, Some days I journal about ideas. It is just a space to freely write. Starting a journaling routine can be a wonderful way to enhance self-reflection, boost mindfulness, and track personal growth. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you establish a successful journaling practice.

How to Start Your Journaling Routine

Set Clear Intentions:
Begin by clarifying why you want to start journaling. Whether it’s for self-discovery, stress relief, creativity, or personal growth, having a clear intention will give your journaling practice a purpose. It is important to be clear on your intention. For me, it is about mental well being and physical well being. I am trying to shift my focus to my health. After years of focusing on my Mom’s wellbeing, it has taken a toll on my personal wellbeing.

Choose Your Journaling Format:
Decide whether you want to journal digitally (using apps or word processing software) or with pen and paper. Choose the format that feels most comfortable and accessible to you. For me, I’m old fashioned. I need to write down my thoughts.

Select a Journaling Time:
Determine the best time for your journaling practice. It could be in the morning to set intentions for the day or in the evening to reflect on your experiences. Consistency is key, so choose a time you can commit to daily or several times a week. I choose the early morning. I have found that if I don’t steal this time, I won’t do it that day.

Create a Relaxing Environment:
Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Creating a calming atmosphere can help you get into the journaling mindset. I choose outside (until the weather shifts) I take my coffee or matcha with me and just focus on the temperature, the taste and the sight of the drink. By noticing these things, you instantly feel happy, calm and grateful. The absolute perfect way to start the day. If your mornings are crazy, by getting up just a half our earlier will change your life.

Start Simple:
If you’re new to journaling, don’t feel pressured to write long essays. Start with a simple routine, such as writing a few sentences or bullet points about your thoughts, feelings, or experiences. My journaling started with more of a diary type format. It then shifted into an emotional dump of feelings, thoughts and goals.

Use Prompts or Themes:
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a prompt or theme to guide your journaling. This could be a question you want to explore, a goal you’re working towards, or a particular emotion you’re experiencing. For me, it has been this website. The Earth Heals. This year has been about moving to a natural and healthy way of life. Finally I am at a point where I can share with our community.

Let Go of Perfection:
Remember that journaling is a personal practice, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or making everything sound perfect. Just focus on expressing yourself. Some days, I will write a single sentence. This is usually when I am pissed at something. 😀 But, by writing that sentence, it brings my feelings to the present moment and forces me to fix the ‘why’ I am upset.

Write Freely:
Write whatever comes to mind without overthinking. Let your thoughts flow naturally. This can help you access your subconscious and gain insights you might not be aware of otherwise. I find that this comes freely to me now that i have been journaling for a few months.

Practice Gratitude:
Consider incorporating gratitude into your journaling routine. Write down a few things you’re grateful for each day. This can help shift your focus towards the positive aspects of your life.

Reflect and Review:
Over time, you can look back on your journal entries to track your progress, observe patterns, and see how your thoughts and feelings have evolved. I do this all the time. When something great happens, I look back at the previous days before the event happened. It is fascinating how your thoughts directly affect your future. The key is consistency. Daily journaling is transformational. I would not have believed it if I didn’t experience this myself.

Be Consistent:
Consistency is key to building a journaling routine. Set a goal to journal for a certain amount of time each day or week and stick to it. Every.Single.Day. Even if it is only 5 minutes.

Experiment and Adapt:
Your journaling routine doesn’t have to stay the same forever. Feel free to experiment with different formats, prompts, or techniques to keep your practice fresh and engaging.

Be Patient:
Like any habit, journaling takes time to become a routine. Be patient with yourself and don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or two. Just pick up where you left off. I noticed a big differnce after a month of journaling. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Then, it becomes a welcome time.

Remember, the most important thing is to make journaling a positive and enriching experience for yourself. It’s a tool for self-discovery and personal growth, so adapt it to your needs and preferences. I think it will change your life.  The journal below is one that I have published. I hope you will try it and that it will change your life too.
I hope you will Start Your Journaling Routine Today!

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Fueling Your Brain and Body: Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

Fueling Your Brain and Body: Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

Fueling Your Brain and Body: Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

This is a longer blog, but as the back-to-school season approaches, it’s essential to ensure that your children are nourished with healthy snacks that promote natural healing, support brain function, and sustain their energy levels throughout the day. Opting for nutrient-dense and wholesome snacks can help your children stay focused, alert, and ready to tackle their academic challenges. In this blog, we’ll explore a variety of delicious and easy-to-prepare snacks that not only taste great but also offer numerous health benefits. Then we’ll take a look at what to look for on the ingredient label of those grab-and-go snacks!

First, let’s take a look at some fun treats you can whip up with your children. Get creative! Let your kids make these snacks with you to get them excited to show their friends their recipe!

1. Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip

Create colorful fruit kabobs using a mix of fresh berries, pineapple chunks, and melon pieces. These nutrient-packed fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, which can boost immunity and support overall well-being. Pair the kabobs with a creamy and probiotic-rich yogurt dip to aid digestion and improve gut health.

2. Veggie Sushi Rolls

Roll up some excitement with homemade veggie sushi rolls. Use nori seaweed sheets to wrap up a combination of sliced cucumber, avocado, bell peppers, and carrots. Sushi is an excellent way to incorporate essential vitamins and minerals into your child’s diet. Plus, it encourages them to eat more veggies, thanks to the fun presentation. Just remember, the whiter the rice, the less nutritionally dense it is.

3. Trail Mix Bliss

Blend together a custom trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips. This energy-boosting snack is packed with healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants. The nuts and seeds provide a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids, contributing to improved cognitive function and focus.

4. Hummus with Rainbow Veggies

Whip up a batch of homemade hummus and serve it with an array of colorful veggies like carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumber rounds, and cherry tomatoes. Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are an excellent source of protein and fiber, promoting stable energy levels and supporting digestion.

5. Quinoa and Veggie Muffins

Prepare quinoa and veggie muffins that are both savory and nutritious. These muffins can be made ahead of time and stored for a quick grab-and-go snack. Quinoa is a complete protein and an ideal alternative to traditional refined flour, supporting sustained energy and satiety.

6. Chia Pudding Parfaits

Create chia pudding by mixing chia seeds with plant-based milk and a touch of natural sweetener. Layer the pudding with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of granola for added crunch. Chia seeds are a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and essential minerals, contributing to heart health and brain function. You can also do this with Chia powder if your kids aren’t a fan of the texture of the seeds.

7. Apple Sandwiches

Slice apples horizontally to create “sandwiches.” Spread almond butter or sunflower seed butter between the apple slices and add a few raisins or cranberries for extra sweetness. Apples are rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber, helping to support the immune system and promote healthy digestion.

With the busy world, we live in today, it’s not so easy to make snacks every day for school, I get it. So, let’s take a look at some ingredients to stay away from when you are shopping for back-to-school snacks for your children. When choosing children’s snacks, it’s crucial to be aware of potentially harmful ingredients that may be present in certain products. Here are some common harmful ingredients found in children’s snacks:

1. Artificial Colors: Artificial food colors like Red 40, Yellow 5, and Blue 1 have been linked to hyperactivity and behavioral issues in some children. These colors are often found in candies, fruit snacks, and colorful cereals.

2. Artificial Flavors: Artificial flavors are synthetic chemical compounds used to mimic natural flavors. They can be found in a wide range of processed snacks and may have negative effects on health in the long run.

3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): HFCS is a highly processed sweetener derived from corn. It is commonly used in sugary snacks, beverages, and processed foods and has been associated with obesity and other health issues.

4. Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Trans Fats): Trans fats are artificial fats created through the hydrogenation process. They can raise bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and increase the risk of heart disease. Trans fats are often found in cookies, crackers, and other baked goods.

5. Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are used in many sugar-free or low-calorie snacks. While they are intended to reduce calorie intake, some studies suggest potential adverse effects, particularly in children. It is best to find a snack sweetened with natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia leaf.

6. Preservatives: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are synthetic preservatives commonly used in processed snacks to extend shelf life. They have raised concerns regarding potential health risks.

7. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate): MSG is a flavor enhancer used in savory snacks, soups, and processed foods. Some people may be sensitive to MSG and experience adverse reactions, including headaches and nausea.

8. Sodium and Added Salt: Excess sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure and other health problems. Many packaged snacks, especially savory ones like chips and pretzels, contain high levels of sodium.

9. Added Sugars: Snacks with high sugar content can lead to tooth decay, obesity, and other health issues. Watch out for products with added sugars like sucrose, fructose, and corn syrup. Again, it is best to find a snack sweetened with natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia leaf.

10. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms): Some snacks may contain ingredients derived from genetically modified crops. While the safety of GMOs is still a subject of debate, some individuals prefer to avoid them due to potential environmental and health concerns.

When choosing children’s snacks, it’s always a good idea to read the product labels carefully and opt for snacks made with natural, whole ingredients. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and homemade snacks are often healthier alternatives to heavily processed and potentially harmful options found in many store-bought snacks. Even eliminating just a few of these harmful ingredients is a positive step in the direction of healthy living! We all have to start somewhere!

By choosing wholesome, nutrient-dense snacks for your kids, you are not only satisfying their taste buds but also providing them with the essential building blocks for growth, learning, and natural healing. Embracing these back-to-school healthy snacks will set your children on a path of overall well-being and success throughout the academic year. Remember, a well-nourished body and mind are better equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead. Here’s to a healthy and fulfilling school year ahead!

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