Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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HEALTHY Back to School lunch ideas for kids by Mary Ricciardi, local fitness & nutrition expert 1.  Make your own lunchable: whole wheat crackers & nitrate free turkey cut up to fit crackers real cheddar cheese cut up to fit crackers   grapes & a be kind bar 2.  Make your own pizza lunchable: 2 whole wheat pita breads cut in halfs (makes 4 mini pizzas) mozzarella cheese & low sugar pizza sauce (whole foods or Trader Joe’s) carrot sticks & celery to dip in hummus (or ranch) if kids won’t eat hummus (my kids like red pepper & guacamole hummus) 3. PB&J made Healthy 2 slices of Ezekiel bread (sprouted Whole wheat) Organic fresh jelly or jam from Whole Foods Fresh honey from Whole Foods or Trader Joes All Natural Peanut Butter (my kids love the Whole Foods Brand) – make sure yours doesn’t have any Hydrogenated vegetable oils Cut up apples dipped in natural peanut butter 4.  Chicken Tacos 2 corn or 1 larger whole wheat tortilla- heat up ahead & wrap in a damp paper towel shredded chicken (already cooked) – heated up ahead of time & placed in a tupperware container Add tomatos, lettuce & salsa to your child’s liking in a separate container (Avocados too or guacamole use fruit fresh powder to keep from browning) They can make it at lunch. Strawberry Greek yogurt ( Or any flavor they like) Look for the less sugar ones and one Plum 5.  Quinoa Mexican Mix 1 cup cooked Quinoa 1 cup cooked black beans (salsa or mild sauce mixed in optional) Mixed veggies to dip in Hummus Cut up strawberries with a tablespoon of whipped cream 1 LARA Bar Can add veggies in Quinoa if your kids will eat! (cut up...

We Made Our Own Deodorant

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My girls and I had so much fun making our own deodorant this weekend that I wanted to share it.  First of all, it is easy to do.  Second of all, I feel like it could be used as an all over body deodorant or even a fragrance, but I don’t want to get too personal.  Lastly, I improved on the online recipe and wanted to share! It all started with Pinterest – I found this photo of make your own deodorant and thought it looked like fun – here is a link to the pin I followed the photo to this fabulous web site where the recipe can be found: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/01/get-rid-of-armpit-stains-for-good-make.html#more First we made the recipe using Tea Tree Oil and I have to say that I don’t love that smell …  The other problem was that we put it in a mason jar and put it in the fridge.  It quickly turned into the consistency of deodorant but was hard to use. So, round two we made these modifications: 1.  We went to Whole Foods and found lavender oil and orange oil (my girls each picked their favorite); 2.  We then substituted the tea tree oil for one batch with lavender and one batch with orange oil; 3.  We spooned the concoction into popsicle molds and put that in the fridge; 4.  When we took the molds out, I set them in hot water for a few seconds and they slipped right out of the molds. Note:  if you then keep them in the fridge, they will stay in that form, but if you leave them out, they turn to a softer substance because of the coconut oil. Have...