How I get my Picky Kid to Eat a Healthy Snack!

My 1 1/2 year old used to eat everything in sight. I could put anything in front of him and he would gobble it down. Lately he is going through a phase I think many kids do and is refusing some basic meal items he used to love. I wanted to share what I incorporate into his diet because I hear a lot of moms telling me the same thing about their kids.

I introduce smoothies to make sure I am getting some of the foods that my son refuses to eat for the time being into his belly! I can add a bunch of amazing ingredients and he loves it! Although I add a smoothie to his diet I also continue to offer the foods I want him to eat. I am sure he will come around soon. :0

I have a friend who needs to get more healthy fat into her sons diet and this recipe is my inspiration for her. Healthy fats are crucial for brain development as well so this is a great one for all kids! This is a great smoothie for beginners and picky eaters because it is sweet but still full of nutrition. Feel free to add other super skin foods you have in your pantry to make it even better such as Chia Seeds, Lucuma Powder, Goji Berries etc. For even more healthy fat try adding in some almond butter. There are a million and one ways to make a smoothie, have fun!

Coconut – Berry Smoothie

1.5 Cups of Coconut Milk (or water)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1 Banana

1 Cup of Frozen Berries (I used a mix but can use just strawberries or blueberries too)

1/2 Avocado

1 Tablespoon of Hemp Seeds

Handful of Greens of your choice (I used spinach)

Blend together in the blender and enjoy! If you child is really picky and doesn’t like the color of the smoothie you can use a colorful cup that hides the actual color. (See image above as an example, I bought those at Target).

If you have a favorite smoothie recipe, please share in the comments!

Top Three Tips for Kick Butt Skin

 

My top three tips for healthier looking skin are pretty much the same for any skin type. If you have been neglecting your skin and it shows, try these simple steps and see if it helps!

1. Exfoliate– So are you exfoliating at home on a regular basis? I think this is an important step so many clients I talk to are missing! Whether your concern is dehydrated/ dull skin or congestion and oiliness, exfoliating will help. Getting rid of the top layer of skin will help bring healthy cells to the skins surface. Don’t get crazy and over exfoliate to make up for lost time, that will do more damage than good. Click here to see a few of my favorites if you need to purchase one (hint one of my favorites is from Dermalogica): Exfoliate

2. Hydrate- A few days of not drinking enough water, having too much caffeine or alcohol or not using hydrating skin care can show up instantly in the skin. When the skin is dehydrated every fine line is amplified and looks more aged. That is why people with oilier skin types tend to have less fine lines than us ‘dry as the desert’ skin types. Along with internal hydration I love using a topical serum to help hydrate and plump up the skin, makes a beautiful difference under make-up too.

3. Sleep- Sleep is crucial for absolutely everything, it is when we recharge our brains, when human growth hormone is released and when are cells are regenerating. I cringe as I type this one, it has not been a good year of sleep for me. I am more clumsy, I am constantly dropping things and my memory has not been good. It totally shows in my skin as well, you can tell I just look tired. A good nights sleep makes a world of difference in our skin and the way we feel so if you can, get more sleep. I know it is hard, trust me, but it helps tremendously.

If you are feeling like your skin needs a boost, try these three tips and then let me know if you see any results! What are your go to skin remedies? Share in the comments below!

50% off SUMMER sale is here!

 

Summer is here and enjoying some fun in the sun can leave your lips pretty dry! I am offering a 50% off discount for my Simply Jess Natural Coco-Mint Lip Balm.  Just enter the code, Summerfun1 at checkout! Click for the link to my Etsy Store HERE.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to my blog to get sale info and discounts, you can do so here: www.iheartskincare.com and click subscribe. You will be e-mailed my e-Book, 5 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Healthy Skin, free!

This offer will only last until I run out of stock so hurry and order if you want to get the sale price. Happy Summer, keep those lips hydrated and shiny!

 

Fat Rant

My dieting career began in the nineties when the philosophy ‘fat will make you fat’ was all the rage. I became fat phobic and stayed away from anything with fat in it. I was attracted to all the fat-free, sugar-free (real-food free), food I could get. I drank diet coke like it was going to keep me thin (studies actually show people who consume diet soda are heavier than those who drink regular), and actually bought a bag of potato chips with a warning label: May cause anal leakage. Well, only once. I remember my roommates coming home from work at a pizza restaurant with free pizza and I said no thanks. I will just stick to a baked potato with nothing on it. I was eating a lot of fat free foods high in carbs and could not for the life of me figure out why I was gaining weight! I worked out and ate no fat, it wasn’t fair.

Fast forward to today where the research is claiming quite a different story. Essential fatty acids which are ESSENTIAL, are vital to our health. Having fat in our diets (and I am talking about healthy fat from real food like grass fed butter and coconut oil), help with energy, brain function and aid in digestion. If you eat a bunch of greens with no fat (such as healthy oils and avocado), your body is not able to process and absorb these vitamins as efficiently. I see so many women AND men still going for the fat free junk, or eating too little while never feeling satisfied. When products have fat and sugar removed they have to replace them with chemicals to help the food taste good. These chemicals and sweeteners actually trigger the brain to make you believe you are more hungry. This leads to more cravings and eventually binge eating.

What does all of this have to do with skin? Healthy fat is necessary for beautiful skin. No wonder my skin was so dry and flaky back then! This is why you hear about Salmon being so great for glowing skin, it is the essential fatty acids within the fish. Brain function also depends on healthy fat to keep it strong and can cause many problems when it doesn’t get it. (How did I ever graduate college!?)

There are so many studies that prove a high fat, low carb diet is the ideal diet for not only weight loss but for optimal health. They say going back to the way grandma or great grandma cooked is the way to go for starters. It’s something to start thinking about in this current food culture where everything is processed and fat is forbidden. I for one am happy to eat fat again and actually feel good about it.

End rant.

 

Super Skin Foods for Beautiful Skin-Moms in Charge Guest Post

Moms In Charge

My latest guest post for the fabulous Moms in Charge organization is up! If you are wondering how to incorporate super foods into your diet that can affect the beauty of your skin, please click below:

Three Super Skin Foods for Beautiful Skin

The mission of Mom’s in Charge is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

 

Kale-Super Skin Food

Kale is good for you. Duh. I am pretty sure this is not breaking news.  This happens to be one of the most nutrient dense foods out there. Kale has been studied and linked to cancer prevention, detoxification due to the sulfur content, and used as a tool for inflammation in the body.

As a bonus, it is also amazing for skin health. It is loaded in iron, vitamins (such as vitamins A, C, K), minerals and antioxidants. Due to the high amounts of vitamin C, kale helps promote collagen production in the skin, making the skins surface appear smoother. Vitamin A assists with skin repair and maintenance. Because of the carotenoids found in kale and other colorful vegetables, another positive side effect of is glowing skin.

There are several varieties of kale, but the typical two you see in the market are curly kale and Lacinato kale. I am really love Lacinato kale, it tastes almost sweet. I use it in my kale salads, smoothies, and juice. I love the curly Kale for kale chips, to throw in soups and sauteed kale. I love kale fritattas, yum! Due to the stalk being so tough I peel the leaves off and then save the stalks for the juicer. It is edible but I find it bitter when consumed raw.

One of my favorite things about kale is that it is sturdy. I make a salad in a big batch, even put the dressing on and it still does not wilt or turn. When I hear that people don’t like kale, they usually say it is too tough and bitter. Massaging the kale, I find, is the perfect solution to this. By doing so you break down the structure a little, changing the texture and even the taste of this green. You can see the color change as well, almost like you have gently cooked it. It is actually worth the 1-5 minutes it takes for the outcome of a beautiful green salad. Massaging your food? How spa!

If you are looking for kale recipes, check out one of my favorite blogs, For The Love of Food Blog. There are some great recipes and beautiful photos that accompany them.

So how do you eat your kale?

Ch ch ch Chia! Super Skin Food

I used to eat Ground Flax Seed  every day, nowadays I eat Chia Seeds. There are so many health benefits and it is amazing for the skin. Chia seeds are rich in omega Fatty Acids, in fact the richest in any plant based food. These omega-3 fatty acids help keep the skin cells plump and healthy.  Along with the omegas it also contains antioxidants and hydrating effects which are essential for healthy looking skin. Some of the other health benefits include:

High in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Great plant based protein source.

When compared to Flax Seed they are favorable because they do not have to be ground up and also have a much longer shelf life.

Have been known to cut sugar cravings and are really helpful with elimination issues (this should be a staple if you are trying to lose weight, it helps you feel full).

A few ways to incorporate Chia into your diet:

  • Throw them in your smoothie (I know, I know that is my answer to everything)
  • Soak the seeds in water for 10 minutes. The consistency turns into a gel and you can add it to your beverage of choice for something different. (tons of recipes out there)
  • Add to breads, meatloaf or cookies to add some high quality nutrition. (You can buy this in powder form as well)

Moms, this is a great food to give to your kids, especially when they go on food strikes and will NOT eat anything you cook. Plenty of ways to sneak this into foods they WILL eat (not that this is happening to me…sigh). This is truly an amazing Super Skin Food, your skin and body will thank you for adding this to your diet!

Do you eat Chia? How do you enjoy it?

 

 

 

 

Power Smoothie

 

Happy Friday! I want to share a recipe for a “Power Smoothie” I made this morning. I will be going out of town this weekend heading up to northern California for several days. While I know there will be plenty of Super Food heading north on the 5 highway (NOT), I thought I would get one last dose of highly powerful foods (hence the name) to load up on before we leave. I use Parsley which is super high is iron, extra protein, greens and chia seeds for added omegas.

I want to share this because even though it is very green is it also very tasty! If you feel like you could use a dose of goodness try this. If you don’t have all of the ingredients no worries, this is not easy to mess up. Just utilize what is in your fridge and don’t forget to give it to your whole family, this is a huge serving, the blender will be full. If you are not used to the green taste add a banana or sweetener like Stevia. You can store the leftovers in a glass mason jar if you have any at all. Here we go!

Add the following ingredients in your blender in the following order:

3-4 cups of water depending on how thick you like your smoothie (add an avocado for added creaminess)

2-3 Cups of greens (I use a mix of Spinach, Swiss Chard and Kale)

1 Cup Parsley

1 T Gogi Berries, Chia Seeds, Green powder of your choice

1 Scoop of Protein Powder (I use Sunwarrior Vanilla)

1 Cup Frozen Mango

1 Cup  Frozen Pineapple

Blend, drink and feel really good.

 

 

Coconut Obsessed!

Super Hydrating Body Wash

I have to admit I am a little coconut obsessed. I drink coconut water and milk, cook with coconut oil and love coconut desserts. After learning about some of the many benefits it has to offer it makes coconut taste even better! Many people have begun to use Coconut Oil topically for all of the medicinal and healing properties it offers, there are literally hundreds of benefits with this truly amazing oil. Both topically and internally.

So when I saw the Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash I was gitty to say the least. I have tried and reviewed other products from the Everyday Shea Line which are of excellent quality. The company does not use Parabens, harsh Sulfates, artificial fragrance and never tests on Animals. Alaffia gives back to the community in which they derive their pure ingredients from, making it a company I love to personally support. Check out the link to learn more about this program: Empowerment

The Super Hydrating Body Wash is best for Normal to Drier skin types because of the nourishing properties and feel. The coffee berry extract helps protect the skin with its high antioxidant value and the coconut is rich essential amino acids and minerals. Even if you don’t love the smell of coconut you can use this body wash because there is no fake scents, it is completely natural.

If you want to learn more about Coconut Oil and different cool uses for it, check out Make Coconut Not Fat they are even more obsessed than me.

I gotta run, time to make my Coconut Flour Pizza Crust.

 

 

Avocado-SSF!

Another edition to my Super Skin Food series is Avocado. This super fruit is completely amazing for the skin and the entire body. Rich in Essential Fatty Acids, avocado helps nourish dry skin and vitamins such as E and C rehydrate and soothe.

A few other beneficial reasons to eat Avocado:

  • Helps speed up metabolism because of the GOOD fat (health-promoting monounsaturated fats)
  • Amazing for lowering cholesterol
  • Rich in Potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6 among other vitamins
  • Disease prevention

This super food was actually the first food I wanted my son to eat and he loved it. Some of the many ways in which I eat avocado are in a smoothie, blended in a soup or spread on a tortilla with a sprinkle of sea salt. Some people use raw avocado as a facial mask but quite honestly I have never been a fan of goops of food on my face. Maybe that’s just me. I just try and eat at least 1/2 of one every day.

If you are interested in trying avocado topically try an avocado oil at night (can be found at a health food store). It’s a natural way to reap the benefits of this wondrous Super Skin Food!