Are you feeding your kids this poison for breakfast?

Are you feeding your kids this poison for breakfast?

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I had an opportunity for a blog post this weekend while at my parents’ house that I couldn’t pass up (sorry mom and dad). My kids found some Pillsbury Toaster Strudels in the freezer and asked if they could have one. I don’t buy these conventional brands of food (because 9 out 10 times they’re full of crap and GMOs and come from companies that put profit before health) so I decided to take a look at the ingredients, I knew I wasn’t going to find a picture of health on the back of that box, but what I found was much more disturbing than even I imagined.

The first sign of trouble was the very LONGGGG list of ingredients, that’s usually never a good sign. So let’s break this down. ts2

We start with some good ole’ enriched bleached flour. So, why is this bad? Well enriched flour means that the most important part of the seed, the germ, and the bran, have been removed. The bleached part means just what it says… BLEACHED, using chemicals to make it white, just like you would do to your clothes.

Chloride oxide is one of the chemicals sometimes used for bleaching flour and when it’s combined with leftover proteins in the bread it actually produces a poison called Alloxon. Alloxon has been used to create diabetes in laboratory animals. Enough said? Let’s move on.

Palm and/or soybean oil, unless this product labels itself NON-GMO, which it doesn’t, you can bet these oils are genetically modified.

And the next 4 ingredients after that… are… all… SUGAR! Yes you read it right the NEXT 4 ingredients are all sugar!

High fructose corn syrup, Sugar, Maltodextrin, & Dextrose.

Hydrogenated palm oil- let’s stay away from anything ‘hydrogenated’ because once something is hydrogenated it basically becomes plastic once in your body and it makes your blood move slower, one of the reasons why people get high blood pressure.

Corn syrup solids- used as a sweetener and a thickener and basically more sugar! (and just wait there’s more coming).

Mono and diglycerides– a genetically modified synthetic fat used to help ingredients blend more easily together which otherwise wouldn’t.

TBHQ- It’s abbreviated because the word is so long it would take up half the package. Its petroleum based (YUM) and it’s banned in most countries, but not here!

Polysorbate 60– commonly contaminated with dioxane which is known to cause cancer in animals – and it’s also petroleum based!

Red 40– it’s banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Sweden and Switzerland and a host of other countries require a warning label on foods that contain it stating “may have an adverse effect on activity in children”… can you say ADHD? Oh yes… and it’s made from petroleum too!

Blue 1– Animal studies indicate that it can cause tumors and be carcinogenic to certain organs. It’s a coal tar derivative.

All those dangers just for the sake of an appealing color!

Natural and artificial flavor– this could be a million different things and we will never know. Natural in this case usually doesn’t mean natural at all, please don’t even be fooled by “natural flavors”.

And then finally just in case there wasn’t enough sugar in this product already lets add one more touch of Sucralose, which in an artificial form of sugar.

Did you see the front? “Now with 30% more icing” Yay, because there wasn’t enough sugar in it to begin with.

Food companies should be ashamed that they are marketing this junk to your kids, but they’re not because it’s all about profit for them.

This is not a healthy way to start your day, full of sugar, artificial ingredients and chemicals. You vote with your money the kind of food you want, please stop buying this garbage!

Health and love to you,




Mac and Cheese with Hidden Veggies

 Mac and cheese with hidden veggies… I promise they won’t know, husbands included. 

If you are a parent, than there is no doubt in my mind at some point or another you’ve struggled with getting your kids to eat their veggies!

I like to think that since the time my babes were little, I’ve positively encouraged healthy eating and have been a good example to them… but even with this effort; sometimes kids just don’t like them.  Sometimes it’s the taste, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just the mere look of those veggies, and sometimes they just like to remind you who’s really the “boss!”

Well this just doesn’t work for this nutrition nut, I’ve been mildly successful at sneaking veggies into some of my kid’s favorite dishes… and I’m tellin’ you, they HAVE NO CLUE!!!

So, I thought I’d share with you all!  Here’s my recipe for Mac and Cheese with  hidden veggies and you know what’s hidden in it? YELLOW SQUASH! Shhh…. Yes, and it’s actually delish (even my hubby likes it!)  It gives the dish a hint of sweetness, especially when yellow squash is in season!

It can even be made gluten free!  See details at the bottom of the post ↓

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Mac and Cheese with Hidden Veggies

Serves 5
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly
This recipe has a crunchy top and a cheesy, yummy center. A comfort food that's healthy and kid friendly! Mac and cheese with hidden veggies.


  • 2 Cup Dried elbow macaroni ((8 ounces))
  • 1/2 cup Chopped onion ((1 Medium))
  • 1 Small Yellow Squash ((Sliced))
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons All purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Fresh black pepper
  • 2.5 cups Milk
  • 1.5 cups Colby Jack cheese- cubed ((6 ounces of a brick))
  • 1.5 cups American cheese - cubed ((6 ounces of a brick))


  • handful Buttery round crackers


Please try and use all organic or GMO free ingredients when possible!


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350F and start a pot of water for the noodles.
Step 2
Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a medium/large sauté/saucepan, sauté squash and onion in butter over medium heat long enough to soften slightly. About 5 minutes.
Step 3
Once the squash and onions are soft, stir in flour and pepper. Add the milk all at once and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly.

Next I pour the mixture into a food processor or blender and puree to even out the texture.*

**this step is optional and I have made it without doing this and it's just as yummy, just make sure your squash and onions are chopped small, otherwise those little detectives will be suspicious ;)**
Step 4
Pour the pureed mixture back into the pan and add all your cubed cheeses and continue stirring until completely melted.
Step 5
Stir in cooked macaroni and then transfer mixture to a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
Step 6
While it's baking, take a sandwich/freezer baggie and crush up about 7-10 buttery round crackers. I toss them in a few teaspoons of butter in my sauté pan and add them to the top of the casserole 5 minutes before it's done!


If you’d like to make this recipe gluten free, which I do every now and again.  I use these in replacement of traditional pasta and they really are good and my family doesn’t even mind!  Also, a good way to ‘sneak’ in another super healthy grain- Quinoa!




Please, as always, comment with any questions and share!

Health and love to you!

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How to Take a Detox Bath, Kids too!

My little and I were feeling a little under the weather last night (he had a runny nose, my throat was sore), I thought it was a great opportunity to take a DETOX BATH!

Yes, even my 3 year old takes detox baths and let me tell you they are Ahhhhmazing!

A detox bath is a great way to naturally detoxify and flush out toxins!  It’s good to do about once a week and especially when feeling ill.  Here’s how to take a detox bath, kids too!

Here are the 4 ingredients you’ll need:

  • Epsom Salt– When dissolved in warm water, it absorbs through the skin and replenishes our levels of magnesium which helps our body’s de-stress, eases pain, and most importantly eliminate toxins from our body.
  • Baking Soda – It neutralizes the chlorine in the bath water, which is important because your pores will be open and you don’t want to soak that in. It also detoxes and alkalizes your body naturally. I love how it makes the water feel silky, bonus 🙂
  • Essential Oils– Essential oils have many health benefits and the heat of the water helps the oils absorb into your body through the skin and inhalation. Last night I used ‘Peace & Calming’, but Lavender or chamomile would be nice too!
  • Coconut Oil– Because it makes the skin feel ‘oh so soft’ and no need for additional moisturizer when you get out!


  1. Start running the bath water, make it very warm, I like it HOT, but don’t burn yourself (common sense).
  2. Take 1 cup of Epsom salt and add 8 drops of essential oil to the salt (this helps the oil distribute better in the water). Dump in water.
  3. Add ½ cup of baking soda to water.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to water.
  5. Mix around with your hand and get in.
  6. Soak for at least 20 minutes as submerged as possible.
  7. Get out slowly.
  8. *Optional* Rinse off in a cool shower to remove any leftover toxins on the skin.


Important things to remember:

-Shut the lights off and light a few candles to help you relax!  Bright bathroom lighting doesn’t equal tranquility (common sense when using candles around kids) I put the candles up on the counter when the kids bathe!  Hey, they like to relax too!

-Don’t use any soaps or lotions on your body while in or after the detox bath.

-When rinsing off try to use cool water and no soap is necessary.

-Adjust the amount of essential oils to your liking; 8 drops may be too strong for some.  Remember to ONLY use therapeutic grade oils, like Young Living.  If you don’t have essential oils yet, that’s ok, use the other ingredients!

-Drink a large glass of water during and afterwards (detox baths make you thirsty and can dehydrate you)!

-Rest, you will be sleepy after your bath.

If you have any questions about this, as always, contact me or leave a comment!

Health and love to you,
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(The information in this blog is not a substitute for professional medical care.  If you suspect you have a condition that could prevent you from taking a detox bath, please consult with your doctor first.)


9 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy All Year

Summer coming to an end was always something I dreaded!  The thought of pool days being over and the kids heading back to school always seemed to put me in a funk and part of the reason was because it meant SICKNESS!

It would only take a few weeks into school and it seemed like kids were already coming down with CRUD!  Wasn’t it nice when all summer we were healthy and happy?  Now fall’s here, school in, schedules are packed, and everybody seems a bit more stressed.

Years ago I started researching why my kids got sick more during the cooler months than in the warmer months and how I could prevent so many sick days!

I’ve actually become pretty successful at this over the 10+ years my older son has been in daycare and school. My kids are significantly sick less often than their counterparts and I’m not trying to brag…  but I will share some of my secrets!  Here’s 9 sure-fire ways to keep your kids healthy all year!



The most integral component of the immune system is healthy gut flora.  Probiotics are one of the most important supplements, not just for your kids, but for everyone in my opinion!

Did you know over 70% of our immune system lives in our stomach?  Probiotics are full of good bacteria that are needed to keep up good gut flora.  Good gut flora is the key to a healthy immune system.  Probiotics boost the body’s immune system and support good digestion (as well as many other things you can read about in this post).

When bad bacteria gets in our body, the probiotics help balance the good and bad!  When your body isn’t getting the adequate amount of healthy bacteria, you are much more susceptible to stress and illness.  There are many different strains of probiotics and it’s best to find a supplement that has many strains rather than just one or two, since each strain does something different.

Any probiotic would be better than no probiotic, but they are not all created equally!  It’s important that you find a good probiotic that contains many strains of beneficial bacteria and ensure that it is able to stay alive, even after it enters your stomach.

Probiotics that you can find at most grocery stores or big box stores are going to be a waste of your money.  It’s best to get your probiotic from a health food store and make sure it’s refrigerated.  Probiotics can be found minimally in yogurt, but most store bought yogurts are full of sugar, added thickeners, and artificial ingredients.

**Antibiotics KILL bacteria GOOD AND BAD! If your child must take an antibiotic it’s imperative that you give them a probiotic after they finish the course of the antibiotic. This will replace the good bacteria that were lost!  Many kids get ill shortly after they finish an antibiotic for this very reason.**

Here’s a brand I really like to give the kids!  They also have a variety of different probiotics available.  I buy mine at Whole Foods.  There are of coarse many good brands of probiotics out there, these are just the ones I like!  Click here to purchase.


2.  Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin!

Did you know that one of the main reasons people get sick more in the winter vs. the summer is lack of Vitamin D?  Well it’s true, and that’s why it’s important to make sure your kiddos are getting the right amount.

Vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods, added to many, and found in the sunshine! But, Just playing outside during the winter months is not going to be enough to give them the vitamin D they need because skin needs to be exposed to the sun in order for vitamin D to be absorbed into the body and that’s not the case when we are all bundled up!  Also, in most parts of the country the sun isn’t strong enough in the winter months to provide the vitamin D most of us need.

The recommended DV of vitamin D for kids over 12 months old is 600 IU or 15 mcg.  It’s extremely hard to overdose on Vitamin D, since the majority of Americans are deficient in it to begin with and it would take an upward amount of 10,000 IUs or more to do so.

This is the brand I use for my kids; the best part is they just need ONE drop!  When he was a baby I’d put a drop on his pacifier and stick it in his mouth, easy peasy!  Click here to purchase.

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3.  Elderberry Syrup

Current research supports the benefits of Elderberry on the body.  Elderberry is used to support the immune system, especially during the winter months and times of extra stress.

I personally love this stuff and give it to the kiddos throughout the school year and particularly when I think they may be coming down with something or when something’s going around.


This one is my favorite mainly because it not only has the Elderberry but it’s also infused with Echinacea and Astragalus, which are both known for deep immune support as well!  It also has no artificial ingredients and is made in the USA!

4.  Avoiding Overly Processed Foods and Toxic Ingredients

Dr. Mercola warns that the “over-abundance of many processed and genetically modified foods in the typical Western diet simultaneously enhance inflammation while decreasing your immune system’s ability to respond to and ultimately control infections.”

All the snacks, cereals, and junk foods that are marketed to kids today aren’t providing the nutrition they need and worse are loading them up with chemicals, preservatives, and artificial ingredients foreign to our bodies, killing our gut health and compromising our immune systems.

*Remember gut health is the key to a thriving immune system so we don’t want to do anything that voids that.*

Variety of fresh fruit and vegetables

I know it’s impossible to avoid all processed foods but make sure you’re at least reading labels and looking for sugar content and the NO NO’s: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavors/Colors,  any ingredient that starts with ‘Partially Hydrogenated’, Aspartame, & BHA-BHT, to name a few (There are more, but this is a good start on stuff you DON’T want in your food!)  I buy organic for many reason but one is- not having to look at the ingredients for any of that junk, because it won’t be in there, it can’t be in there, if it’s labeled ‘Organic’.

I also realize that it’s hard for Moms (and Dads) to find snacks to feed their kids that are whole so here’s a list to spark some ideas in your head:

  • Organic Dried Fruit
  • Raw Organic Nuts
  • Organic Cheese
  • Organic Yogurt and Kefir
  • Organic Raw Veggies (Celery, Carrots, Cucumber- dipped in homemade ranch! Yum!
  • Organic Fruits (bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, mango, watermelon, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, grapes, berries, oranges, peaches, plums, (not the ones sitting in a can full of sugary juice), etc
  • Cage Free Hard Boiled Eggs

5.  Limit Sugar


There is sugar in almost everything we eat and limiting it for kids can be hard but it’s crucial to limit their intake if you want to keep them healthy.

Sugar and vitamin C compete with each other in the body, therefore high levels of sugar mean lower levels of vitamin C, which lowers the immune system and makes your child more susceptible to colds.  It’s that simple.

One way to cut some of the sugar out is to limit juice!

Juice is actually NOT all that healthy at all, regardless if it says 100% juice and 100% vitamin C.  It’s not needed and if your child must have it, limit it to no more than 4 to 6 ounces a day.

I half my kids with water and they maybe get one glass a day, if at all.

WATER, WATER, WATER, if they are truly thirsty then they should have no problem drinking water!  If your child refuses- start by adding a small splash of juice to the water to give it some flavor and eventually they’ll get used to the taste of plain water. (Fresh, clean water please! Tap water is a another NO, NO!)

Read about how sugar affects your weight loss here

6.  Essential Oils

Essential oils are nature’s medicine and I could write a whole post on the benefits of essential oils (and I will) but the one I’ll talk about today is Thieves.  Thieves oil is the DO IT ALL oil and I’m in love with it!

Medical research has proven that this oil has many health benefits.  It’s a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary, and it’s an antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti- infectious oil.

I use it for everything from cleaning the house to sick care to hand sanitizer. It’s best when put on the kids feet and spine in the morning before school or daycare and again before bed.  It can also be diffused in the air to clean and disinfect any germs in the air when someone’s sick.

When my kids are sick I diffuse it in their rooms at bedtime and see immediate results.  I’m telling you this stuff is amazing!  Anyone who uses essential oils will tell you how great Thieves is!

*Make sure when using essential oils that you use only therapeutic grade oils, you don’t want synthetic fragrances, as they have no health benefits*

I use Young Living.


7.  Chiropractic Care

I know this may come as strange to some of you but my kids have been getting adjusted by a chiropractor since birth.

Chiropractic has many benefits and isn’t just for people with back problems.  I could go on and on about the benefits of chiropractic care but I’ll just talk about the immune system benefits.  The nervous system and the immune system are wired to work together.  Spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and can cause abnormal immune responses.

When something is misaligned in the spine it cause compression on nerve pathways that effect the immune system and other systems in the body.  Getting the kids adjusted keeps them properly aligned and allows their immune system to function properly.


You may think your kids aren’t misaligned, but everytime they fall (which kids do often), they are most likely misaligning themselves and this can cause many problems you may not even be aware of.  My kids love to get adjusted and my oldest has become so in tune with his body he can actually tell when he needs an adjustment and asks for one!

It’s also great for kids who are prone to ear infections!


This may seem obvious, but some people I talk to just don’t get it!  Kids need sleep and lots of it! I’ve always been a huge advocate for sleep and would always be the parent to leave a party or get together early to get my kids to bed ON TIME!

According the National Sleep Foundation, children aged 1-3 need 12-14 hours a sleep per day (including naps if they take one).

Children aged 3-5, 11-13 hours per day

Children aged 5-12, 10-11 hours per day

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It’s also best if you try to keep there bedtime within an hour of its usual time each night. Our bodies love a schedule and regularity and do best when this is done!  I’ve noticed over the years just one or two nights of my kids staying up late in a row will almost always make them more susceptible to illness. Don’t expect your kids to thrive and be healthy if they aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep.

9. Humidifiers

I may have a small, but healthy obsession with humidifiers and I currently own 5! Here’s why… the air gets dry in the winter and when we use our heat it can drop the humidity in the air to as low as 10%, and ideal indoor humidity is between 30% and 40%.

We all think of using a humidifier when someone is sick but why not all the time? Cool mist is safest and having one running continually has many benefits like:

-Reduce susceptibility to illness by keeping nasal and throat passages moist

-Prevent dry skin and lips

-Reduce nosebleeds

These are all reasons to use one throughout the winter, but you need to make sure you keep it clean (I clean mine every time I refill it). If you don’t keep it clean it can breed bacteria and do more harm than good!

There you have it! Some of the ways I keep my kids healthy during the cooler months and really all year!  It took a long time to figure out what worked and what didn’t.

I know this is a lot to take in and can be expensive to implement some or all of these strategies into your life; but if slowly over time you implement them, I promise you, you will see a difference in your child’s health!

If you have any questions about any of these products feel free to email me or leave a comment!

I love to help make people healthy!

Yours in health,

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Comment below and tell me what are your tricks and tips for keeping your kids healthy!  I’d love to learn something new!

 The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and entirely my own. I do not claim to be an expert on a certain topic, product or service.  I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement.  I sometimes may receive compensation for endorsing these products.  I also do not claim to be a health care provider and you should always check with your doctor before starting a health care regimen.