Take some time today to go for a walk, a hike, or a run along the beach for those of you lucky enough to do so.
Make a Green Smoothie or Juice and envelop your insides with Earth’s pure gift of nutrition.
Look around and notice the beauty that is right outside your door.
Put on sunscreen and feel that sunshine on your face.
Drink the wild air <3
Happy Earth Day!
By Emma Banks from the blog “Smile As It Happens”
I love the start of spring, and one of my favorite springtime occasions is Easter. To me, Easter is a time to get together with family and celebrate. With young kids, I am always trying to find new ways to make holidays fun while also keeping them healthy. This year, I thought it would be great to mix it up a bit, and put together Easter baskets that are totally unique and include much healthier options. I know the adults in the family, many of whom are fitness lovers and health fanatics, will really appreciate my ideas for keeping Easter healthy, while still making sure that it’s a lot of fun.
Bouquet of Fruit
We always have a lot of flowers at our Easter celebrations, and they are definitely a great way to ring in the spring. Instead of giving everyone traditional Easter baskets, I thought it would be really cute to give every guest their own bouquet – but made entirely out of fruit. There are a lot of different ways to create a bouquet of fruit, but this recipe really helped me get my bearings.
The colors of the different fruits are beautiful, and help channel the start of spring. Plus, cutting the fruit into different shapes like hearts and flowers will surely make everyone smile. You can even go a step further by making the fruit into bunny or chick shapes to really get into the Easter spirit. These fruit bouquets will be a sweet snack for Easter, and are sure to brighten the day.
Bunny Hop Hydration and Health Basket
Even though I don’t get to the gym as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like, I still find myself running around all the time, juggling my kids and everything that comes along with them. You don’t have to be a workout guru to need hydration and energy, and everyone can benefit from some healthy snacks and supplies. This type of basket will channel the fitness lover and busy parent alike, as a way to target their health and energy while they’re doing their daily bunny hop. In this basket I will include a water bottle (brightly colored for spring and stainless steel for sustainability), dried fruit and nuts instead of candy, granola bars and green tea. If you’re looking for more items, try adding a yoga mat to the basket. It’s a great tool not just for yoga, but for anyone trying to add a little stretching when and where they can.
Green Smoothie Starter Kit
I recently started making green smoothies after a family member suggested it, and I’m hooked. They are a delicious way to get a lot of necessary nutrients, and drinking one a day has definitely contributed to my overall health and energy level. Given how health-conscious my family is, I thought they would love to get green smoothie starter kits for their Easter baskets this year. I will load each basket up with lots of goodies, like kale, spinach, bananas, mangos and mixed berries. The bright colors will definitely fit in with the spring theme, and you can even add things like carrots and nuts to mix it up – channel your inner bunny. There are tons of tips and recipe options available online for green smoothies. This one from the blog 100 Days is my favorite! And if your guests are anything like my family, they’ll love this healthier alternative.
Keep it Fun for the Kids
While these ideas are perfect for the fitness-loving adult, a child may not be as thrilled to find a basket full of fruit on Easter morning. I don’t want to give my kids nothing but junk, but I do want to keep the baskets fun for them. Keeping that in mind, I tried to make the baskets themselves a little more exciting than usual, buying a few different kinds with their names on them from Personal Creations this year. To fill them, I tried to focus on more of a craft theme, stuffing them with new crayons, markers and paper supplies. Finally, I’m not trying to completely take away the fun of finding sweet goodies in your basket on Easter, so I included a jumbo-sized candy bar in each.
These ideas have been a huge hit for my family in the past, and I hope you find something you enjoy as well!
Thank you Emma for your creative Easter basket ideas! Such a fun way to enjoy a holiday in a new, healthy light!
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Our body has a natural way of cleansing itself, and all we need to do is feed it the right nutrients to help it do its job.
Cleansing ( NOT FASTING ) supports our liver, kidneys, and metabolism, while reducing inflammation and ridding our body of toxins.
10 best cleansing and detoxifying foods.
1. Lemons: balances alkaline and acid levels / cleanses intestines.
-add fresh lemon juice to your water in the morning to flush out any toxins.
2. Dandelion Leaves: Supports our liver and kidney functions to filter out toxins
-drink daily in tea form, or purchase actual dandelion leaves and throw them into your morning smoothie, juice, or salad 2x a week.
3 Habanero Peppers: support metabolism (fat burner), increase circulation, cleanse our senses.
4. Filtered Water: SAFE, and flushes toxins from our body.Tap water is known to have antidepressants,antibiotics, shampoo, and plenty of other chemicals in it, so I don;t recommend drinking from your sink.
5. Ginger Root: aids in digestion and reduces inflammation
-add to salad, smoothies, chew on its own, or chop up and steep in a cup of warm water.
6. Green Tea: mild source of caffeine, non acidic, good for skin
7. Coconut oil: keeps blood thin, unlike other oils which cause blood to become “sticky”.
8. Raw Vegetables (esp. greens): detoxifies the body with vitamins,minerals, and enzymes.
9. Psyllium Husk: natural source of Fiber, cleanses intestines, aids in waste removal.
- add to protein shakes, pancakes, or smoothies with frozen fruit.
10. Be your own chef: wean out the bad and add the good.
-cook your own meals to ensure you are ingesting the best foods possible. Most restaurants use preservatives, vegetable oils, high amounts of sodium and other artery blocking additives that have no place in our body.
Start adding in these foods and cutting out the excess sugars and garbage from your day. Eat what benefits your body.
Last November I completely cut out coffee and dairy from my diet. I have also not had whey protein for almost a year due to feeling bloated and uncomfortable every time I had it.
I am not saying that everyone should do this, but after much trial and error, this is what I had found worked for me, and for many of my clients as well.
I have switched from coffee to green tea, coconut and almond milk, yogurt or ice cream in place of dairy, and Vegan protein has been my “go-to” for protein shakes.
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And while we’re at it, why not cleanse other parts of your life as well?
lack of sleep
All of these negative stressors increase our cortisol and adrenaline levels, which cause extra weight gain, especially in our midsection. They also cause us to feel overwhelmed, unhappy, fatigued and extremely irritable.
Who has time for any of that?
A clean life is a happy life. Look better, feel better, be better. Period.
And I’m back!! Time is flying by!
So much wedding planning has been done, and I soon will be a bride in less than two months. Crazy!!
My shower was this past Sunday at L’ANDANA in Burlington, and it was absolutely breathtaking.
(party favors: Potted Herb Planet-basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage)
My place card table had a “love tree” centerpiece, which had 70 words hanging from it’s branches that Matt and I chose to describe our relationship.
When the guests arrived, they each took a word from the tree and brought it to their seat. While Matt and I opened gifts, I chose 5 words from a glass bowl and read them aloud. Whoever had a matching word got to pick an envelope off of the “Prize tree” which held dinner certificates to 5 different restaurants.
It was the perfect way to break up the gift opening portion of the shower, and to keep everyone from getting bored while eating dessert.
My florist, Michele Bernard, is the angel that took my ideas and brought them to life. She is phenomenal in everything that she does, from place cards, to flowers, to menu designs.
I am also FINALLY the owner of a Vitamix Blender and Omega VERT Juicer!
It’s the little things
SO.. besides planning a wedding, I have also been busy building my business with Arbonne.
Sharing my passions for health, fitness and business is what I THRIVE on, and I am now able to do even more of this while meeting a ton of new people in the process.
I am truly blessed, excited, and eager to change as many lives as I can, and my clients are loving their results from my 30 day Fit Kit.
It makes me so incredibly happy to see people take control of their lives and create something beautiful; a healthy future.
No more bloat, indigestion, or fatigue. No more crazy cravings,caffeine jitters, or feeling hopeless.
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After a long, frigid Winter..Spring has finally sprung.
Cheers to new beginnings, better health, and even better weather!