Happy Sunday! It's time for your weekly Balance Challenge!
This coming week, try this challenge that will really make you pause and take stock of your habits!
So much of the time, we are unconscious of WHERE our food is coming from - as far as when we actually pick it up and put it in our mouths!
Samples at the grocery store, snacks in the car, a bag of pretzels on the counter, or the leftover sandwich crusts from our kids' plates -- so many excuses to eat without thinking!
This week's challenge is to EAT EVERY MEAL AND SNACK FROM A BOWL OR A PLATE!
Preferably sitting down! And undistracted!
Before you laugh in my face, please give it a try. Bring some awareness to your meal time. Enjoy it. Chew. Take a few moments.
How does this challenge make you feel? Are you up for it?
Please share your observations in comments!
Each week, I will bring you a Balance Challenge to try at home! Change and challenge are exciting ways to bring holistic health into your daily life!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you remembered to wear something green today -- at the risk of getting pinched if you didn't!
Did the leprechauns visit your house last night? My daughter woke up early to a "terrible mess" in our house! We caught those little rascals, though, in my girls' homemade leprechaun traps. Did you know that leprechauns dislike getting caught so much that they turn into chocolate if you catch them? Our preschool teacher taught us this years ago, and ever since we've woken up to milk chocolate leprechauns trapped on the kitchen table.
Naturally, my girls wanted to eat their leprechauns for breakfast, but know they'll have to wait - at least until after school.
This day is often associated, food-wise, with green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and yes, chocolate.
But I think it's also a great time to dive into a Balance Challenge! Let's go green!
Can you eat a green vegetable with every meal this week? Yes - even breakfast! Get creative on ways you can incorporate some green power house energy and vitamins into your day!
This morning I threw a handful of chopped kale into my protein smoothie. It was my daughter's turn to bring snacks to her preschool class, so we made Kale Parmesan Balls. I'm sure they're going to be a hit. Kids love kale, right?!
(Actually, they're super delicious - and very kid-friendly!)
To make, combine:
2 - 10 oz packages chopped & frozen organic kale, thawed and drained
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups Gluten Free (or whole wheat) bread crumbs
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 tsp garlic powder, or more to taste
Shape into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, let cool, and enjoy! These can also be frozen before you bake them! Bring them out of the freezer for unexpected guests or play dates, and enjoy a bit o' the green!
Give this week's Challenge a try! Comment below with your favorite ways to include green veggies into your day!
Wishing you a lucky day and a happy week!
Emily Nielsen, CPT, is the owner of Fit for Motherhood, LLC, mother of 2 little girls, and an optimist by nature.
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