Today I had the pleasure of going into David’s grade 1 class at school to do a fun little activity. Last week I mentioned to his lovely teacher, Mme Ramona that I would love to bring in some healthy cupcakes for them as a celebration for the end of the school year. She was very gracious and allowed my sister and I, who both have kids in this class, to come in today. I then decided to add a little activity with some health lessons for them to take home and put into practice. We made them do a veggie man. The class has 26 students so the teacher divided them up into 3 groups. My sister and I chopped up 3 bins of veggies with all the body parts ready for the activity. Each group was then given the task to put together their man. The activity included them eating it afterward. My husband Jason had made some hummus for their heads which we had also given to each group. The kids enthusiastically made their man and before we could even take a picture, they were devouring their veggies. Prior to the activity I asked them a couple simple questions to spark their brains about the importance of eating raw veggies. When children are asked what rabbits eat, they are always quick to say carrots and greens. I then ask them what would happen to the rabbit if we fed it ice cream. They immediately let me know the rabbit would get sick. I then asked about a dog and what would happen if it was fed chips and pop. Once again they always reply without hesitation that the dog would get sick. I then bring it back to humans and what happens to us when we eat this type of junk food. They get it. So, I then tell them we wanted to make them healthy and strong today and that is what kids want. Helping them focus on what they want (healthy and strong) vs unhealthy (weak and frail) helps them make better decisions.
My sister and I also made them some chocolate cupcakes which they again thoroughly enjoyed. They ate these and drank some healthy water:
- 1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled
- 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
- 3 mint sprigs (boiling it first in a small amount of water will help release the minty flavour quickly)
- Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
- Ice cubes
So, this summer have fun adding some raw veggies before every meal. My friend Lois sometimes gets quite creative with my kids and makes them some fun veggie plates. They always love it, especially since she is far more creative than their boring mom:). I’ve included the veggie man, a few of Lois’ creations for the boys, and my friend Susanne’s birthday party platters. I hope this sparks some ideas for you and your family to include more healthy raw fruits and veggies into your wellness regime this summer!
Last week I walked into the storage closet, picked up a file and opened it up to find Jason’s graduation speech from our chiropractic school in Iowa. I read it and then stood there for a few moments reflecting on our graduation day 11 years ago, his speech and its significance at this point in our lives. It gave me goose bumps in a way that you get when you are experiencing something awesome. I felt proud to be married to this wonderful man. I walked out teary-eyed still thinking about how much has changed for us in the last 11 years. My beautiful boys were in the room hanging out and just loving being around their dad. It was as though I was quickly taken from our moment of graduation to our present life, all in a flash. In that moment I was so grateful for the kind and loving man I married who could not be a better dad and role model for our boys. Below is the last paragraph of his speech. I am sharing it with you today as it is timely with Father’s day tomorrow. It is also impactful to all of us as we go about our busy lives:
“One last thought to leave you with- it comes from a Stephen Covey book so it is not my idea, but it really hit home. ‘Begin with the end in mind. When that day comes, what do you want people to say about you?’ We will be starting from scratch. Tomorrow is the first day of our professional lives. My dad practiced optometry for over 30 years. Five months ago he passed away leaving a legacy behind in both his personal and professional lives. People wrote letters saying that they looked forward to their appointments, that he was a man of integrity, and that it was obvious that he loved what he did. People said he made them feel welcome and comfortable the minute he walked in the room. I’m not saying this for you to feel sorry for me. I in fact am privileged to have had such a positive role model. We can all learn this, that who we are and what we do can and will affect people for the rest of their lives. What do you want your patients to say about you?”
Although this was written specifically for us as chiropractors, it is applicable to everyone. Are we living the joyful life we set out to? When we are in the flow and have passion for what we do, we are contributing to those around us. Those are the moments when we are thriving. Wishing you many of those moments along your journey.
With much love and gratitude,
Jason made these today for the attendees of his “Wheat Belly” workshop. They have a sweet and salty taste. They are a great snack to have ready in the refrigerator and are a healthy protein packed treat. They do have coconut oil in them so will melt a little when left out at room temperature for a while. Enjoy!
- 2 cups of roasted nuts/seeds (either 1/2 cup of each almonds, pecans, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds or 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pecans, and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup of nut butter (almond, sunbutter, or pumpkin)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 scoop protein powder (whey or vegetarian blend)
- 1/2 cup almond meal or ground sunflower seeds
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 heaping TBSP cinnamon
- 1 TBSP honey
- 6 drops stevia
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup currants
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350. Spread parchment paper out on baking sheet. Add 2 cups of nuts and shredded coconut and roast until golden brown (around 10-15 minutes). You may need to shake up the tray at least once throughout the process to roast everything evenly.
- Once roasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground.
- In a saucepan, melt coconut oil and almond butter. Stir until smooth.
- Add vanilla extract, honey and stevia and mix thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl (I know it’s a lot of dishes but worth it in the end:)), combine almond meal or ground sunflower seeds with the nutmeg, cinnamon, protein powder, currants, and cranberries. Then add ground roasted nuts from the food processor and combine well to have all dry ingredients in one bowl.
- Add in the wet ingredients to the bowl and combine the wet and dry ingredients until well mixed.
- Spread the mixture into a Pyrex dish (we use 8×8) and place in the freezer for at least 1/2 an hour.
- Cut up the bars into desired sizes and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.