April has so much happening. There is Spring Break, Spring Cleaning, Easter, Passover, Tax Day and Earth Day to just name a few. To help with all of these to-dos, this week’s tips are to help you handle all the chaos. (more…)
A friend recently said she needs one week of eating healthy and working out and she will be on track. That is a great achievable goal, but it is definitely going to take more than one week. Studies show, most people are excited and dedicated to a new “healthy lifestyle” Monday to Wednesday. Then comes Thursday, getting closer to the weekend, Friday with donuts at the office and happy hour. Once the weekend hits, all healthy ideas are out the window. That “one week” is really only about 3 days and it keeps re-starting every Monday. So, in reality you need more than a week. We all know you can’t change everything at once. Little modifications which once they become habit, then onto the next modification. This week we are starting with our first modification: Eating Healthy. (more…)
This is out of this world and loved by the whole dang family. Try it. It does take some time and am experimenting on how to do it in the crock pot. But for now, turn on some music, and enjoy the aroma of each step! (more…)
Tips from RockIt Mom:
GREEN - After going through your old documents or junk mail, be sure to shred them. Save the shredded paper and use it for packing material-whether it be packing for a move, mailing a box or just storing something away for the current time. This is great for holiday ornaments.
One more – Have old magazines or books? Donate them to your local nursing home where they will be much appreciated!
HEALTHY - 10 Thoughts on Whole Living.
1. Something worth doing once is worth doing again.
2. Flexibility isn’t wishy-washy. There’s a difference between knowing your priorities and no knowing your own mind.
3. The road to wellness isn’t straight, clear or predictable. It’s a path you forge yourself.
4. Dream up a simple project, then shape it with your own hands.
5. True generosity doesn’t leave you with less, it leaves you with more.
6. Wait two seconds before you say something you can’t take back.
7. A balanced life looks and feels different for everyone.
8. Patience is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it wastes away.
9. Vulnerability brings trust. Trust brings opportunity.
10. Let sensory pleasure, not rules, guide a healthy appetite. (www.wholeliving.com)
RECIPE - Rainbow Quinoa Salad. Great for summertime and easyto take to BBQ or pool parties. Skip over to the Recipe Tab for more details.
Thought to Ponder: What book have you recently read, that you would love to meet the author over green tea?
I have read three books this past month, Run Like a Mother by two best “running” friends, Among Pigeons by Dr. Lawerence Woods which is so moving about the homeless and Food Rules by a journalist trying to answer the common question of “What do we eat?”.
Run Like A Mother is great because each chapter the authors take turns tackling themes. The best part is they actually write about issues most athletic women won’t admit, even to themselves. By seeing other women admit their pains and fears, it makes you willing to actually identify yours and determine it’s fate.
Among Pigeons is a great can’t put down book. It really let’s the reader see the life of the homeless. It makes the reader want to hug their families and appreciate everything.
Food Rules is a general consensus of the common individuals who read and don’t know what is good for them or not anymore because there is so much conflicting information. The reader does not feel alone in this quandry.
Have a great week and let’s hear your thoughts.
• 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked. The red and black quinoa is good for a change.
• 2 cups water for Quinoa
• 1 organic carrot, chopped small
• 1 small red onion, chopped small
• 1 stalk of organic celery, chopped small
• 2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped small
(save 1/4 cup of scallion for garnish)
• 2 corn on the cob, decobbed or organic frozen corn
• 1 tsp. Sea salt, pinch of pepper
• 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
• Optional: fresh organic parsley, about 1/4 cup chopped
Soak Quinoa for 2 mins, rinse well and cook 2 parts liquid to 1 part water. Bring water to a boil, add grain and then simmer for 20-25 mins, until grain looks fluffy. Set aside to cool at least 10 mins.
Prep all the vegetables, juice lemon. Blend olive oil with lemon. Mix veggies with cooled grain and dress, adjust lemon and salt to taste. Garnish with parsley or scallion. Then, ENJOY!!
*Another option: Just cook the quinoa in chicken broth and in the last five minutes, add chopped peppers, broccoli, cranberries (and whatever else you like). Much simpler/faster and still good!
Weekly Tips from RockIt Mom:
1. GREEN - Tired of looking for that perfect size container for your child’s lunch or snack, so all fit and you don’t have to use a plastic bag? We know we don’t want to use plastic baggies, unless absolutely necessary. (more…)