Happy Easter🐇

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We visited some adorable bunnies & made sure they pass our house for Easter 💐

 

 

 

 

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Branches Wall Mirror at HouseResort Atlanta at Westside Market Atlanta at Toco Hills Shopping Center

Stuck indoors, dumbbell curls

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Yes, cold icy roads and school is out we are stuck indoors with kids, that would love nothing more than more time staring at their iPads, and snack-on till bed time.

Nothing will make the brain function better than the good old blood circulation through our veins, so make it a game and bring the dumbbells ( water bottles ) out.

there are many indoor activities that can be fun and easy to do with some music & good company.

1- Warm up with music

2- push ups

3- squats

4- lunges

5- jumping jacks

6- the plank

7- high knees

8- ballet exercises (plié…)

9- crunches

10- and our favorite dancing

have a great time.

 

 

 

 

Harvest wine & food festival Watercolor Florida

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Watercolor, Florida

In the 2018 harvest festival enjoy wine, food, and an auction

 Sip and enjoy some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections from :

              Fri Oct 25 – Sat Oct 27

1-  Thursday, October 25, Celebrity Winemaker Dinners

2- Friday October 26 , Al Fresco Reserve Tasting

3- Saturday, October 27, Grand Tasting , Cerulean Park

Also to help Florida charities the  DCWAF silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences starts Friday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. and will run through Sunday, October 28th.

https://www.bigtickets.com/events/harvestwinefoodfestival/?referral=rowlandpublishing

Pre game & practice Snacks

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Three hours before a game or practice snacks like breads, cereals, pasta, fruits, grains, juices, yogurt, milk and sports drinks fuel the muscles and are good to eat . Before a game or practice children should eat mainly carbs.

Stay away from fatty food. It’s best to save burgers, fries or chicken strips for after the game, since Proteins and fats can make your child feel lethargic. 

List of yummy snacks per game or practice:

1- yogurt drinks 

2- banana & peanut butter ( if no one had peanut allergies)

3- fruits : grapes, bananas, apples ( apples are mess free)

4-  sport drinks ( hot temp)

5- cereal 

6- pasta ( cold salad )

7- bread ( we like breakfast breads loaded with cranberries , dates, raisins)

Eating seasonal fruits, & vegetables is good for us

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Seasonal eating is so much healthier for us. Not only we notice craving for seasonal fruits and vegetables, but we tend to use them more as ingredients for our meals.

Potatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes,  carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, cabbage, winter squash, sweet chard, turnips, mushrooms just a small list of vegetables soon in season, and full of flavor if purchased from local vendors.

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Visit your local farmer’s markets for the freshes seasonal vegetables

To feed our family we hear less complaines if vegetables are roasted.

We follow these steps:

1- cut the veggies

2- preheat the oven 425°

3- olive oil

4- salt & pepper

5- don’t crowd them

to get evetything crisp and kid friendly roast these veggies together:

zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers, 10 to 20 minutes

asparagus, green beans, 10 to 20 minutes

broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, 15 to 25 minutes

beets, potatoes, carrots together for , 30 to 45 minutes.

butternut squash, acorn squash, 20 to 60 minutes.

Now just hoping for, cooler more fallish weather 🍁

 

 

Smart grocery shopping

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Fruits & vegetables we can peel, organic produce

These days adding a new item to the grocery list means wasting time reading lines & lines of ingredients, and translating the bold writings on the packaging.

Some lables are simply meaningless. Make a mental note of what to ignore and what to look for.

Natural , doesn’t mean anything anymore,

Superfood, is being over used,

Farm fresh, another meaning less word, since if you live in the east coast & your fruits & vegtables have arrived from the west coast be sure they were packed before had the chance to ripe.

Two Things we should defenitly pay attention to :

1- FDA requires labels to mention added sugar, we shouldn’t consume more than 24g per day.

2- look for foods with less than 20 percent daily value of sodium and saturated fat, and less than 10 grams of added sugar.

Our options 

-G.M.O. vs. Non-G.M.O.

Genetically modified organisms, are not necessarily bad. But if you are scared of the term look for heirloom vegetables and  heirloom meat.

-Should we buy all organic?

It is more expensive to buy everything organic, we can look for meat raised without using antibiotics or hormones, and organic berries. When it comes to fruits & vegetables if we can wash and peel them we can buy the non organic ones.

-whole or minimally processed foods.

Processing reduces fiber minerals like potassium and vitamins like vitamin however, healthy foods like frozen vegetables, dried fruit, canned beans and whole-wheat bread, are labeled as process food but they are not lacking vitamins or minerals.

We hope this helps you enjoy and save some time grocery shopping.

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