Good Eats

Healthy Kid Friendly Smoothies

Let’s admit it, getting kids to eat healthy is not always easy. If you have a child that eats whatever you give him/her then that’s great and… What’s your secret? 😉

My two girls give me trouble with vegetables so I often have to get creative. While my five year old had mastered making “the perfect sandwich” as she calls it, my one year old didn’t seem to be in the mood for anything.

I decided to pull out a container of fresh organic fruit I left in the freezer over night and try giving her a smoothie.

Kale and broccoli have both easily become two of my favorites veggies and I figured I’d throw them in the smoothie in hopes of tricking her tastebuds.

Let’s get to the ingredients, shall we? 🙂

1 cup of Kale

1 large broccoli

1 large banana (frozen)

5  sliced strawberries (frozen)

1.5 cups of soy milk

1 tablespoon of melted organic unrefined coconut oil

Handful of ice cubes **Optional**

I’m a veggie head so naturally I LOVED it! The real challenge was the little one.

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I am happy to say that baby Zoey drank all 8 ounces and enjoyed every bit! 😉

The smoothie had quite a bit of green to it but the banana and strawberries added enough sweetness to mask the green taste. No sugar is needed and let’s face it, sugar is BAD! If you absolutely must have sugar then go for a healthier alternative and try stevia, raw organic honey, organic agave, or my favorite, organic coconut sugar.

*Important Note* When looking for a sugar alternative you must be sure they are raw organic ingredients! If they are not then it’s no different than adding bleached sugar. It’s been chemically modified and we don’t want to put any of that in our bodies and much less, our children!

So, drink up the goodness and share it with the little ones! This recipe is sure to keep your little one asking for more!

Please let me know if you enjoyed this recipe and remember, if you have any questions and would like to see more posts like this one, let me know in the comments! I want to hear from you!

xo

© Stephanie Cardozo and Stephanie Cardozo, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Stephanie Cardozo and Stephanie Cardozo with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Family, Fitness, Health, Life

The Yoga Journey

I really never got into yoga until last year and it wasn’t easy. I set up a routine for myself so I can practice every morning and do some deep stretching in the evenings. I went on like these for months and I was astonished at what my body could do! I started to believe that I could be just as good and flexible as any of those awesome yogi’s I saw on Instagram.

By the end of the year however, I began to deal with some personal struggles that did not give me the ability to practice every day. I went from daily practices to four and then to none. It took a serious toll on my emotionally and physically. Being active is known to kick your serotonin levels up to the sky and let’s just say mine were not where they needed to be.

Recently I have been in a better place emotionally so I jumped back into practicing expecting my body to have forgotten everything I learned.

To my surprise, my body fell right into place as if I had never stopped and it was great! I felt happier instantly and once again I’m back on my yogi journey, enjoying every pose along the way! Even if I am constantly getting interrupted by my littlest one.

FullSizeRender-8My sweet little Zoey jumping on mommy in mid wheel pose! After many tries, this happened….

FullSizeRender-5Getting to this position was a lot harder than I thought and when I tried to gracefully land I fell down like a tree! hahaha

It was my first time really falling from a pose and now that I experienced it, the fear of falling is less of a burden when I’m upside down hahaha.

It’s a great experience and never feel like you have failed if (or should I say when) you fall because it will happen and it’s all part of the journey and growing, becoming a much stronger and confident you!

There is a power in practicing yoga that I never understood and wondered what the hype was all about. Well, now I completely understand and I can’t wait to see where I will be in my journey years from now.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv03 presetIncluding my babies in the practice is important to me because I want them to enjoy it as well. To be honest though, once they see mommy roll out the mat, they come running to join and I just laugh. It’s the cutest thing watching them do their best.

camel pose namasteIt’s amazing what we are capable of if we only allow ourselves the chance.

FullSizeRender-6FullSizeRender-7In conclusion, I want to say, whatever your journey is, never stop pushing through and reaching your goals. Above all, enjoy it until the end!

xo

© Stephanie Cardozo and Stephanie Cardozo, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Stephanie Cardozo and Stephanie Cardozo with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Beauty

Looking For The Perfect DIY Hair Mask?

DIY Mask

There are TONS of products out there that are too costly and simply do not give us that silky smooth look we crave! I have always been a product junky and I when I say “junky” I mean I was purchasing one product and still ten more that said it did the same exact thing. It was pretty ridiculous, especially since everything I tried just didn’t do what I needed it to do.  Continue reading “Looking For The Perfect DIY Hair Mask?”