Elisa's Daily Scoop
Starting the School Year off Right
Well, it would be an understatement to say how unhappy my girls were to be headed back to school.
Ugh, I remember the first day of school. Hated it.
I drove the girls to school this morning - they were not happy! But, what can you do, it's the way it goes.
They'll be back into the swing in no time.
Of course, I'm not sure I will lol.
The good news is, a little routine never hurt anyone and with the beginning of the school year, comes a renewed commitment to eating well and being healthy.
Something about the summer just makes it easier to eat sweets and lots of sugar - is it just me ?
So, I've begun my week with a few commitments to healthy eating and routines:
1) Steering clear of the fast breakfast food
The girls are in agreement that we will be enjoying healthy breakfasts going forward. A few of them include:
a) Quinoa with Cinnamon & Honey and b)Sweet Potatoes.
It's easy to make a sweet potato for breakfast -- you can buy the pre-wrapped sweet potatoes in the supermarket and nuke them for 7 minutes! Gianna loves them!
As far as the quinoa - make a batch in advance, store it in the fridge and just add some cinnamon, honey, fruit and nuts in the morning. You can enjoy it cold with a little almond milk or heat it in microwave.
Did you know...
Quinoa is an Andean plant which originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile, and was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption in the Lake Titicaca basin.
Did you know...
The origin and domestication of sweet potato is thought to be in either Central America or South America around 5,000 years ago.
After his first voyage to the Americas in 1492, Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes back home to Europe. The crop was introduced into China in the late 16th century and spread through Asia, Africa, and Latin America during the 17th and 18th centuries.
2) Drinking Hot Water with Lemon and Honey Daily
Are you fully aware of the health benefits of Lemons? It is an amazing fruit!!!
They prevent cold and flus, aid in digestion, have been known to cure malaria and cholera as well as nosebleeds, even shrink your waistline and so, so much more!!
Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber and
contain more potassium than apples or grapes.
Did you know..
The origin of the lemon is unknown although images depicting lemons have been found from Ancient Greece and Rome.
Historians believe Lemons were first cultivated in Assam (a region in northeast India), about 2500 years ago on the hot, semi-arid Deccan Plateau.
A study of the genetic origin of the lemon reported it to be hybrid between bitter orange (sour orange) and citron.
3) Add the Following Power Foods to our Daily Diet
* Dark Chocolate (yes, that's right!)
Did you know...
Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious. Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants. Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure.
AND THE BEST PART ABOUT ALL OF THESE FOODS - THEY ARE PORTABLE!! GREAT FOR TRAVELING, TAKING TO WORK OR SCHOOL AND ON THE GO!!
4) Walk, Walk, Walk
Last, but not least, we are going to make an extra special commitment to walking lots more. I've already caught the walking bug and cannot tell you how good I feel!
Going to get these kiddies out with me to walk at least 1 mile a day - to burn off fat and clear their minds!! You can bet we'll be taking Punkin along with us too!
My day is pretty routine otherwise.
The rest of the week I've got some really fun travel tips to share as well as a new Foodie Friday feature about MP Taverna in Astoria!
Here's to a great day!! See ya back here tomorrow.
Tanya's Daily Scoop
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