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Yummy Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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The kids aren’t feeling well today and I’m a firm believer in using whole foods and natural-God-given things to help your body heal itself. I’ll probably talk more about this stuff some other time, but for today, I’m sharing a yummy snack I made for the kids. They’re fighting some form of a cold and among other things they were feeling weak. So, I made them some energy boosting oatmeal cookies.

I didn’t want to add any sugar or anything because sugar has no place in a little body that is trying to heal 😉 so I just used mashed bananas. Bananas are full of potassium and iron so they are energizing and nourishing just by themselves. Plus, they contain a mood regulating amino acid called tryptophan which is converted to serotonin in your body…elevating your mood. If you’ve ever been sick or taken care of someone who is sick then you know a happier mood is always a plus!

Next, I added some steel cut oats. Both of my kids love oatmeal. It’s a staple in our home, so we always have some in the pantry. It is full of a specific fiber called beta-glucan as well as some more iron, a mineral that your body needs to carry oxygen to your muscles and other tissue. Sounds like a good idea for a healing body right?

Then I added in some flax seeds and chia seeds. Both of these seeds pack a huge nutritional punch! Flaxseed is packed with lots of fiber plus phytochemicals, which are compounds found in plants that are beneficial to the body. Flax seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids are essential compounds that our bodies need to function. Omega-3s have been shown to have incredible health benefits. Now, chia seeds are one of my favorite super foods ever. They are fascinating. Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids- even more so than flax. Chia also provides the body with vitamins A, B, E and D and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulphur, thiamine and zinc. Per gram chia seeds contain: 8x more omega-3 than salmon, 6x more calcium than milk, 3x more iron than spinach, 15x more magnesium than broccoli, 2x more fiber than bran flakes, 6x more protein than kidney beans, 4x more phosphorous than whole milk. Like I said, fascinating, right?!

The next ingredient is yet another one of my favorite things ever….Coconut Oil! I can go on and on, but I’ll try to keep it short 🙂 I’m actually going to link up on this one so I can just quote them. I like how this site kept it short and to the point.

“Eating coconut oil on a regular basis has numerous health benefits. If you do some basic research on the health benefits on coconut oil you will discover just how amazing this food really is. These benefits include healthier skin and hair, lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased levels of immunity, proper digestion and metabolism. It has been show to provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and other viruses, cancer, and bone strength. The reason it is so effective and healthy is because of high levels of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. The presence of these acids contributes to coconuts antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and general body nourishing properties.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040903_coconut_oil_healthy_fats_oils.html#ixzz2hw5s7iVx

The last ingredient is the simple almond. This was really just so they would be pretty. However, almonds have good nutrition too, so I’ll talk about them too. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids. They are an excellent source of vitamin E. These nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism. they are also an incredible source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Plus, they’re yummy! We love to make homemade raw almond milk. I’ll share about that sometime….but let’s finish these cookies!

Ok so now I’ve explained all of the health benefits of the ingredients I chose for our afternoon snack. As you can see, these ingredients are all nutritionally dense and full of nourishing/healing properties. The kids LOVED them, and they are both feeling better tonight! Is it my healing cookies? Maybe…. You’ll just have to try them out to see! Even if you’re feeling great, they’re just a good healthy snack:)

Here’s my official recipe:

1 1/2 banana
1 cup steel cut oats
3 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
One almond for each cookie

Mash the bananas and stir in the oats, and seeds. Form into a cookie shape in the pan. (They won’t rise or anything, because there’s nothing in them to cause any change. They will basically look the same when you take them out as they did when you put them in) top each cookie with one almond. Bake at 300 for about 15-20 mins till they’re firm.

This made nine cookies for me. You could make them bigger or smaller of course;)

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Laundry Detergent

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Ok so this is probably one of my most commonly asked questions: How do you make your laundry detergent?

I’ve tried several recipes from Pinterest, and this is kind of a combination of several of those. Now I should tell you that I never tried making any liquid detergent and I know some moms that love theirs, however, I just didn’t want to put that much effort into it lol. I like that this is super quick and easy. You just combine ingredients, no stirring or cooking anything. Lazy? Maybe, but hey it works!

There were a few things that I was looking for in my laundry detergent.

1-Natural- I wanted it be as natural as possible. Most people use Fels-Naptha or Ivory soaps, but I am a HUGE fan of Dr. Bronner’s soaps. Plus, Dr. Bronner’s is organic and vegan (not that I am vegan, but you might be) I use the bar version for the actual recipe, and if it’s a particularly dirty load, I may add about 1/2 tsp of liquid Bronner’s directly to the load. (I have a top loader)

2- Cheap- Have you seen the prices on natural detergents?! My goodness! I mean, yes it is worth it for your health and the impact on the environment etc, but $14.00 a bottle? I went through that in one month! With this, I spent about $28 when I first bought everything….over a year ago! Since then, I’ve probably bought about 2 more bars of soap. So about $32.00 a year in all natural laundry detergent vs. $168. That’s $136.00 in savings per year!

3- Work- I mean, really, what’s the point in making something that doesn’t work? I tried some things that left a white film in our clothes, some that left them smelling musty and some that just plain did not work. This recipe WORKS! It cleans without any residue or anything. It doesn’t generally leave a scent at all, but if you want a scent add some essential oils;)

4- Easy- Like I said earlier, I didn’t want to have to cook anything or stir for an hour trying to mix things up. For me, it’s just not a problem to add a little of each thing to the washer each time, however, I did recycle a little shaker bottle and add it all in there so if my husband or daughter are doing some laundry it’s easier for them. (Yes, my seven year old is helping out with the laundry…it was her choice, and I think its awesome)

So, if you think you may be interested in trying it out, here it is!

-1 bar of fine grated Dr. Bronner’s soap (any scent really, it doesn’t scent your clothes. However, you could use Tea Tree if you’re fighting any fungus or anything)
-1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda…it’s found in the laundry isle)
-1 cup Borax

The following things are optional:
-Purex Crystals- they say they’re “natural”. I have no idea if they actually are since most fragrance, cosmetic, and food industries can basically say whatever they want as long as they don’t say its organic. But, if you’re really in this more for the cheap aspect of it, with the added benefit of it being natural then hey the stuff smells good:) Plus, it’s bottle will work great for your shaker;)

-Essential Oils- sticking with the scent theme here. You can used whatever smells good to you. Tea tree will fight fungus (thinking if you have kids, you’ve probably dealt with ringworm at some point). Lavender is calming, Citrus is invigorating, etc. So what I’m saying is you can even customize your laundry to what you need for your mood! Wash you pajamas in lavender, and your work clothes in sweet orange! Win!

For each wash, just sprinkle about a tablespoon (or more, whatever lol) of each of the soap, washing soda and borax into your machine. Add in your essential oils and turn the machine on! That’s it!

It works on cloth diapers really well too!
It works great for top loaders and front loaders with no problems.
We’ve never had any issues with our sensitive skin even when using the scented Bronner’s and essential oils, but you could easily skip out on the essential oils all together and use the Bronner’s unscented bar to be sure;)

I hope you try it. I just know you’ll love it! Let me know what you think!

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Painted Fall Acorns

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Ok so this is craft was actually Elle’s idea originally:) She loves to collect things while we are out on our nature walks. Annnd she also likes to paint things. So she wanted to know if we could paint the acorns she was collecting. I looked it up online for some info on it and found this blog:

http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2010/10/painted-and-podged-acorns.html

And I am SOOO glad that I looked it up because in that blog she said something about a little creature, or “beastie” as she put it, that lives in acorns and then comes out. That’s why a lot of acorns have that tiny little hole in them. I learned in the comments on her blog to bake them in a 200 degree oven for an hour to kill them and prevent them from crawling out while you’re crafting. BUT, as I said, Elle likes to collect things. She collected some acorns the other day and had some stored in her crayon box. She opened it up and…..oh my gosh!!! We both FREAKED! Lol they are these fat little grub looking worm things! Blehhhhh!!! (Simba would’ve eaten them on Lion King) ahhhh! Don’t let that tiny little hole in the acorn fool you, it’s much fatter than that hole! I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if I had just been painting and one crawled out or I felt it on my finger pushing through. I have chills just typing this! Ugh! Anyway….back to happy things…..

We went for our walk and collected some acorns….

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Mr. Minion came with us too, and enjoyed chewing on an acorn while the kids hunted for more

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I baked them to prevent more nasty grub worm things while the kids napped and I cleaned. Then after nap time, we started painting them.

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After they were dry, I started hot gluing the tops back onto them.

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Here’s the finished product. Aren’t they the cutest?!?

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We have a lot of stuff this color blue in our apartment, so now they match! As you can see in the first picture at the top, I just added them to our little fall vase thing with corn kernels and hemp:) I love them. So now be inspired to go and make your own…..just make sure you bake those gross things out! LOL

My Personal Plan for Weightloss

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Ok, so this is just my personal plan and I am currently doing it right now, so I will just have to let you know as I go along whether it works or not ha! I am not a dietitian or anything, but this is what I’m doing and thought I’d share it with you just in case you wanna join me;)

I will talk a little more about this in a minute, but I want to explain a little bit first. I was so so healthy just a few months ago, but went a little crazy after my toddler weaned. It started out as a “yay! I can eat bad now!” kind of thing that I thought would stop once I had my share. However, then it didn’t really stop. A couple of months into that, I realized I had gained almost ten pounds and decided I was going to get healthy again. Then our life was flipped upside down. The process of us finding out we may be moving, then packing and moving took a toll on all of us. We switched to a “just eat whatever”, stress eating, comfort food, and convenience food diet. We had so much pizza, I don’t even want to talk about it lol. Anyway, here we are now. We’ve settled in to our new life and we’re getting a routine again. Now is the time for me to get back on track! So here’s my plan:

Getting Healthy Again!

100 Calorie Snacks:

——Ok, I’m not really going to be counting calories, but I think that just knowing a good serving size for snacks is a good idea. I don’t know about you, but I am a snacker. Snacking is healthy….well I guess I should say…..good, healthy snacking is healthy. It gives you more fuel (energy) and keeps you from becoming so hungry that you eat too much later. ——

12 cashews
12 almonds
1 banana
1 boiled egg
2-3 Caprese Salad tooth picks with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
2 celery stalks and 2-3 Tbs hummus
2 celery stalks and 1-2 Tbs peanut or almond butter
1 large apple alone
1 medium apple with 1 Tbs peanut or almond butter
1 small to medium apple with 1-2 Tbs cheese cubes
2 cups of kale chips (I LOVE these)
30 pods of Edemame (I just steam them and sprinkle a tiny bit of Real Salt)

100 Calorie Workout:

40 Jumping Jacks
30 Crunches
20 Squats
10 Push Ups

Do one full set to burn 100 calories. If you want to burn 200, do two full sets and so on. I would suggest doing this once or twice a day. For example, one full set in the am when you wake up and another full set in the afternoon after lunch. Since you’re doing these quick and easy sets that just takes a few minutes throughout the day, you won’t have to work out for so long later in your full workout time because you are burning extra calories earlier in the day:)

Healthy Meals:

I am doing the once a month freezer/crock pot cooking method. The meals are pretty healthy and most have a good amount of vegetables. The best part about these is that it’s already portioned out. When there aren’t any leftovers, you can’t go back for unnecessary seconds;)
When we eat out, I just need to remember to choose healthy options. One of my favorite tips for eating out is to ask for a to go box as soon as the food is brought to the table. Go ahead and cut the portion in half and box it up. This was you aren’t tempted to eat more than you need.

BREAKFAST-
Green Smoothies
Fried eggs (fried in coconut oil) with a heaping portion of sautéed spinach or kale and fresh blueberries
Steel Cut Oatmeal with fresh fruit, almond milk, cinnamon and raw local honey
Juice-freshly juiced. My favorite is Green Machine with spinach, kale, cucumber, green apple, ginger, and lemon.

LUNCH-
Turkey (or any deli sliced meat), hummus and raw veggie lettuce wraps
Sautéed greens and veggie “salad”
Tuna salad stuffed tomatoes
Caprese salad
Salad (any, just keep it real- homemade ranch, lots of veggies, vinaigrettes, etc)

General Weight Loss Tips:

-For me personally, I ate really well when I was pregnant or nursing because I thought of food as fuel and what nutrients were in it that I needed for that day. Once Gavin weaned, I started eating badly because it was just for me. However, taking care of myself IS taking care of my kids still. If I’m healthy then I’m ready to take care of my kids better. It’s hard when Mom is sick, and by taking good care of myself I am preventing myself from getting sick. (Generally lol)

-I know that for me personally, burning about 500 calories a day with no effort just because I was Breastfeeding caused the baby weight to literally drop of. Now, as I said earlier, I was eating healthier too. I am trying to simulate this same scenario. I will be eating healthy again and keeping a goal of burning about 500 calories per day. However, this time the 500 calories will be burnt through exercise rather than Breastfeeding.

-So, with doing two sets of 100 calorie workouts during the day, my goal for my full workout each night will be to burn 300 calories. If I am just really enjoying my workout, then I will keep going beyond the 300, but it will just be for fun. (Lol)

Lunch

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Ok well, this is kind of a lame blog post, but I wanted to share it anyway:) This has been our lunch for the last couple of days. It is SO good! We aren’t on any low carb/no carb kind of diet or anything, but I love the idea of switching a flour tortilla with lettuce. It’s the crunch that gets me. I. Love. It. Yesterday I made it with lettuce, some cream cheese, dill, turkey and red peppers. Today I made some fresh hummus and substituted it for the cream cheese. Yummmm! The kids liked it too. It’s quick and easy, healthy and oh so delicious! So if you’re into gluten free and dairy free stuff, the lettuce wrap with hummus is a really great way to go! Try it out and let me know what ya think!

Finally a Blogger!

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Hi! I'm Jenny, a crunchy proverbs mama:) welcome to my new blog!

Hi! I’m Jenny, a crunchy proverbs mama:) welcome to my new blog!

 

Here I am! I’ve finally decided to transition from just a blog follower to a blogg-er….;) I am super excited about this blog because I’ve been planning it for years now lol. I’ve waited for a few reasons:

1.) Uummm, I’m a Mom and I’m busy?

2.) I wasn’t even sure if anyone would be interested…

3.) I couldn’t decide on a creative name for it…

4.) I couldn’t, ahem…can’t…. Decide what exactly I am going to talk about.

Well, I am a mom, and will never be less busy, so I just decided to go ahead and do it anyway. Just know that there may be long breaks between posts sometimes. I hope people are interested since people are always asking me the same questions and this way I can refer them to my blog with my answers too;) Plus, even if it ends up just being me posting blogs for myself, at least I’ll have documentation of my journey as a mom later:) As for the name: I actually came up with tons of creative names but when I googled them, they were already taken. I shake my fist in jealousy at all of you creative mamas that cut me to the chase! Lol! Seriously, there are some AWESOME names floating around out there….Anyway….on the subject of, well, subjects (cheesy, I know) I will be talking about several different things. I have created categories so I can keep the blog organized that way. So one day I may be sharing a laundry detergent recipe and the next, a bible devotion, then a craft for the kids, homeschool curriculum preferences, Breastfeeding information, and the list goes on and on. So I guess just hang in there while I figure out exactly what direction the blog takes us;)

I also am planning on adding a shop! I will be providing my essential oil blends, herbal remedies, cloth diapers, wet bags, custom wraps, nursing covers, nursing necklaces etc… But for now, let’s just see how the blog goes! Maybe I’ll get the shop up and running in time for Christmas gifts? We’ll see…..