Tips for Healthy Eating as a Family

The more I read labels on foods I’ve eaten all my life, the more my eyebrows raise. There is SO MUCH JUNK in our food! Sure, the “junky” food seems easier to grab and prepare, but in the long run, healthy eating is way more worth it!

When it comes to healthy eating as a family, time management and budgeting can make it a bit difficult to get the hang of. Especially if you are a parent (which is really where my brain is at these days), it’s important to foster healthy habits in your children when they’re young so they can carry those habits into the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to stick to a healthy diet on a budget, and to encourage positive habits for your kids.

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Find a Farmers’ Market
 
The price for fresh produce at farmers’ markets is nearly unbeatable. You can stock up on locally grown food that’s in season to use for the week or freeze for a later date. At some farmers’ markets, you can find free-range eggs, delicious homemade jellies and jams, and raw honey. Since you’re buying food that’s in season and cutting out the transport costs, you’ll save quite a bit of money on produce.

 
Cook With Your Kids
 
Nothing is more frustrating than preparing a healthy meal just to have your child turn it down. To avoid this, try collaborating as a family to find meals that you’ll all enjoy. Once you’ve made a plan for the week, involve your children in the cooking process. Even young children can take an important role, like snapping green beans or topping a casserole with cheese. When they’ve helped to create a delicious meal, your kids will be more motivated to eat it and their confidence will grow in the kitchen.

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On the Road in March

Happy April, y’all! Is it starting to warm up where you are? I sure hope so! 

Here in Florida, it’s been fairly warm, fairly rainy, and I have about 4.5 more months until the babies arrive! (So yeah, that’s pretty much ALL that’s on my mind, as you can imagine!) I did want to stop and see what the top five posts were for the month of March, though! Care to look back with me?

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1. 10 Creative Ways to Use Concrete in Your House – This was a really fun post – tons of creative ideas! Make sure you check this one out if you happened to miss it!

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2. How Effective is Heat Treatment for Bedbugs? – This one was not so fun, but full of very useful information. I really hope none of you ever need to use it, to be perfectly honest!

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3. New Product Review: Red’s Natural Foods! – I’m so glad everyone liked this post, because I really love Red’s and what they stand for! Doesn’t hurt that their food is totally yummy, either!

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4. New Product Review: Grove Collaborative! – So apparently the product reviews are going over really well, and I’m thrilled that everyone loved Grove Collaborative as much as I did!

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5. Things I’m Liking These Days – Sometimes it’s nice to just get real simple and share stuff, right? I shared what I’M liking with all of you – be sure to check out the comments on this one and see what everyone else is liking, too!

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And there they are, the top 5 posts in the month of March! And there’s some great stuff coming up for April, I promise!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

How to Make Your Parties Healthy

It’s Spring Break around these parts this week, which got me thinking how close it is to SUMMER! Oh, summer and all the wonderful parties that come along with it! But sometimes I feel like parties involve too much junk food, and sugar, and other nasty ingredients that certainly don’t add to the party later – especially when it comes to kids parties!

So when Tracey Clayton contacted me and asked if she could share some ways in which parties could be made HEALTHY, well. What a great idea! Let’s see what she’s got for us!

Whether you are two or ninety-two, nobody wants to miss out on a party. The event where fun is a priority, and enjoyment is a must, parties increase the happiness levels of all attending. And who doesn’t like all around smiles, laughter, good food, drinks, cheerful decorations, and cake? Well, sometimes our bodies. Because we tend to let loose, go all out, eat and drink in excess, and have just too much fun during parties, our bodies have to tolerate all that. Luckily, there are ways of making a party healthy, and still being able to have fun, and enjoy the party.

Mix It Up

Provide your guests with diversity, and moderate portions, they will surely be grateful for. Choice is a great way to ensure guests can fill their bellies by trying a little bit of everything. The color will amaze and attract everyone, while making the portions smaller in size ensure each person has their fill of your delectables.

Food on the Go

You always want to give your guests the chance to eat on the go, and be able to mingle. The best course of action is to provide them with delicious finger food. Still, nobody likes greasy fingers when it is time to shake a hand, or give a hug. Considering healthier finger food alternatives will not only leave your hands clean, enjoying the company of others, but will also leave room for cake, and other treats.

A Veg Alternative

Another thing you have to consider is the introduction of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Because you never know who that plus one might be, having a backup plan enables you to keep a sound mind, knowing you can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Some great vegetarian party recipes are so delicious, even the most fanatical meat-eaters will want to try these specialties, and have a healthier party experience.

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Drinks Au Naturale

Go for more natural flavors when serving drinks. Kids will adore sugar-free drinks made from freshly squeezed juice, healthier than industrial fizzy sodas. Also, you have a chance to experiment with flavors that may prove to be your guests’ next best drink. And grownups will be amazed by addition of pomegranate juice to club soda, or your very own home-made drink recipe, to spice up their beverage. Finally, be sure to make water available, especially if you hold your party during summer.

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Around these parts, we try to be healthy. I know most of you are the same way! But sometimes we fail miserably. Sometimes we fail on purpose for a sugar rush…but most of the time we fail accidentally from a simple lack of knowledge. When you want to be healthy, but you don’t have the right information to support that lifestyle…well, that’s frustrating! 

Luckily, the folks over at Ultimate Bundles have put together another fantastic bundle that remedies this bump-in-the-road! It’s the Ultimate Healthy Living bundle!

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And hey, it’s actually the 4th year in a row that Ultimate Bundles has offered something like this! Just goes to show you that folks are huge fans of this offer! 

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

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Help Support Your Immune System With Probiotics from Dr. Mercola! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

**PLEASE NOTE: While Mercola DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Earlier in the year, I had a much-dreaded visit to the dentist. And then the endodontist after that. You know how THAT goes.

Apparently, two of my very old root canals had gone bad, and I had to have them redone! What on earth?! I had no idea that could even happen! I was none too pleased, either! 

The process was not too fun at all, and included several round of some pretty heavy antibiotics. This I did NOT like, for two reasons:

1. I have two autoimmune disorders, and, although antibiotics aren’t great for anyone, they’re REALLY BAD for people with autoimmune disorders! ACK! 

2. I used to get a good probiotic from my mom, but my parents have recently retired to the North Georgia mountains, 9 hours away from me! I had no idea where to start when looking for a probiotic on my own! And I KNEW I would need a powerful one after all of those antibiotics!

Enter the lovely Joan from Mercola, who shot me an email to see if I’d like to review Dr. Mercola’s probiotics! Impeccable timing, that Joan! Of course, I was excited to test them out!

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Now, let me stop right here and say: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. Don’t you go acting like this blog post is medical advice and that I’m the authority on this. I’M TOTALLY NOT! But, I DO know my body very well, and I DO know how it functions when it’s being hit with antibiotics, and how it feels while it’s being restored with probiotics. My own experience is what this post is based on!

Mercola shipped me a lovely box which held the following:

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