Keeping Your Gut Healthy All Summer

Keeping Your Gut Healthy All Summer

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Summer comes with laid-back vibes, later bedtimes, and subsequently, lazy eating habits. It’s the time of year when we most want to kick back, take it easy, and usually end up ordering out. I’m doing my best at home to keep things even-keeled, but it’s an inevitable beast. Eventually, the lazy summer monster gets us all.

One of the ways I try to keep the good stuff going in with a busy schedule and two kids, is by enjoying a delicious smoothie each day with the family. We enjoy participating in smoothie challenges and coming up with new and interesting recipes to keep the kids engaged in healthy habits. Good Karma Flaxmilk is a wonderful way to add protein to your smoothies. It’s made with cold-pressed flax seed oil, a rich source of Omega- 3’s without all of the calories. Plus, it’s dairy-free for my lactose sensitive boys. I use both the Unsweetened and Vanilla flavors depending on the type of smoothie I’m making.

Smoothie Recipe

This Banana Mango Protein Smoothie is excellent! It’s the perfect frosty beverage for summertime (you can add spinach or kale to turn it into a green smoothie. Just add 16oz of frozen mango to 3 cups of Good Karma Flaxmilk, add 1 ripe banana and blend. It’s a simple favorite that is frosty and refreshing. It’s easy to take this on the go on a summer adventure.

Smoothie

Probiotics is a great source of good gut bacteria necessary for optimal gut function.  Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the gut is the epi-center of the body. That without it’s optimal health, the rest of the body cannot function effectively. Implementing healthy gut behavior with Drinkable Yogurt, yogurt packs, and probiotics is essential to our well-being.

Good Karma Drinkable Yogurt  is packed with dairy-free probiotics, making it a great summer treat by the pool. It’s easy on-the-go caps mean you can just drop it into the cooler and enjoy.

Smoothie

I rest easier knowing I’m injecting good practices even while enjoying our laid-back summer vibes. The kids enjoy the dairy-free yogurt as a fun summer treat. With up to seven live and active cultures, Omega-3 healthy fats, and five to six grams of plant-based protein, I’m happy to let them enjoy this delicious snack.

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Essentially yours,

Erika

Healthy Summer Kid Snacks + DIY Sun Catcher

Healthy Summer Kid Snacks + DIY Sun Catcher

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Summer is here and with it comes summertime crafting! After picking the boys up from camp they always ask what we are up to today. During the school year schedules are tight and there isn’t always time for as much fun as we’d like. During the summer while the days last longer, we try to take advantage of all the extra outdoor time by eating al fresco as much as possible.

One of the ways I keep the kids engaged, is by providing delicious snacks for them to munch on while were outside. With two hungry boys this can be a tough feat, some days it feels like they are never full! I struggle with making sure they get the right nutrition while fueling their busy little boy tanks. I like to create an “invitation to eat” by making snacks individualized, kid-sized, and most of all, fun-looking. Bright foods with different textures are most inviting to kids. Right now the boys are digging anything crunchy, so my options are pretty wide open on the veggie side.

 

Summer Snacks

Late July® Organic Tortilla Chips are the perfect go-to for snacks. They are crunchy, made with high-quality ingredients, and ready for dipping. The new Jalapeno Lime flavor is the perfect kick for some summertime snacking. My oldest likes a little spice, but my youngest son prefers the original tortilla chips, and I love the new recyclable packaging!

Summer Snacks

I make sure to provide a few different options so they don’t get tired of the same flavor. I cut open a few peppers and added Avocado Hummus (our newest favorite), Black Bean Salsa, and traditional salsa. They each pair perfectly with the Late July®Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips. Avocado Hummus is a new twist on hummus, the boys really love the texture and I love how simple it is.

Easy Avocado Hummus

Easy Avocado Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz Can of Chick Peas
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp of EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley for Garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the Avocado, Chick Peas, Garlic, Salt, and Lime Juice to a food processor. Pulse 3-5 times, then slowly add the EVOO on a full blend until creamy. Sprinkle with Cumin and garnish with Parsley to enjoy!
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Just throw a few ingredients into the food processor and voila! You’ve got a fun summertime snack for the kids and yourself. This was an easy recipe perfect for chomping on while making our fun Summertime Sun Catchers. This craft was perfect for outdoor use since it involved melting plastic and I didn’t want those fumes in the house.

Sun Catchers

You start with clear plastic beads you can find in your local craft store. Add a handful to an aluminum muffin pan so the bottom of the pan is covered. You can create patterns if you like or even all one color. The boys thought it would look best if they put in a bunch of multicolored beads to see how they would all melt together.

We put the muffin pan directly on the hot grill and put the top on for 15 minutes. When I took the lid off they were completely melted down (don’t worry these won’t stick onto the muffin pan). I set them aside and let them cool overnight.

Sun Catchers

Once they were cooled, they were ready to be strung. I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the bakers twine to the back of the sun catcher.

Once the glue dries, they are ready to be hung outside or in front of your favorite sunny window!

DIY Sun Catchers

The boys loved decorating the tree outside, they were impressed with their new creation as we all sat and snacked on our healthy summertime snacks. Bonus!

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Summer Snacks
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Essentially yours,

Erika


Summer Snacks

Over the Bridge We Go..

Over the Bridge We Go..

So many emotions run through my heart and my mind on our final Bridging Day at Sunflower Creative Arts, but this is the first of many bridges we will cross I’m sure. Sunflower has meant so many things to us since we first discovered this community.. this family.

For some, Sunflower is a safe haven. A space to go where no matter what else is wrong in the world, it can be made right, right here. On this safe playground ALL feelings are allowed, ALL opinions are respected, ALL people are welcome. When the world’s playground doesn’t seem fair, the lessons we all participate in daily at Seedlings have a way of making it much clearer and easier to understand. There aren’t any distractions, there won’t be any sugar-coating. All feelings are met with loving arms, listening ears, compassion and grace. My the things we can achieve with hope, kindness, and an open heart.

Sunflower Creative Arts

For others, Sunflower means a second chance. A chance at a childhood lost too soon, the remembrance of play for those who’ve forgotten. A safe place to land after the world has chewed you up, and spit you out. When dancing to someone else’s tune hasn’t yet worked for you, and you need to remember your own song. Here is where you go to realize what you’ve been missing, or rather, remember who you are.. Maybe you never knew yourself, but on this playground, it’s impossible to ignore.

Sunflower Creative Arts

For a select few, Sunflower is simple. It’s all you’ve ever known in your home life growing up, and you couldn’t see living any other way. You’ve seen what the world looks like, yet it doesn’t quite make sense since you already know how compassion and community truly work. It’s a way of life that is familiar, and necessary.

Sunflower Creative Arts

Sunflower has meant all of this and much more to me. The lessons we’ve learned here have shaped us as a family, and we will forever be indebted to the kindness that was shown to us. It reminded us how to live, and how to love. Now that we have these roots, it’s time to use our wings. We have the opportunity to spread this message of community, and bring it with us wherever we go. Using the skills we learned on this playground to change the world, one seed at a time.Sunflower Creative Arts

Well done Sunflower, you haven’t just prepared our family for Kindergarten, but prepared us for life. You prepared us to change the way people see the world.

Sunflower Creative Arts

Thank you.

Essentially yours,

Erika


Sunflower Creative Arts is located at 227 N Dixie Blvd in Delray Beach, FL. You can visit their website, or call them at (561) 501-6615.

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