As a busy moms we have to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. It’s crazy that we’ll fix nutrious breakfast for the kids and run on a cup of coffee and a bagel.
This green smoothie recipe for busy moms is protein & calcium rich! The kale, yogurt, almond milk and protein hemp are specifically added for protein. Notice that bananas and orange juice are NOT part of this recipe because that only adds to the sugar content. So it’s also a low carb breakfast food!
Here’s my recipe for a nutrious, protein, green, low carb breakfast smoothie that will get you through the morning.
Hemp Protein (Whole Foods store)
Chobani Greek Yogurt (it’s all natural)
100% Maple Syrup (grade A)
Fresh organic kale
Most of these ingredients will last a LOOONG time. So there’s no excuse for not having a green smoothie everyday. The only thing that you’ll have to buy once a week is the almond milk, yogurt and fresh kale.
I never measure the ingredients. I’ve just learned, over time, how to eyeball it for the desired consistency. If The Husband decides to drink some or one of the children say they don’t want any then it throws off my eyeball recipe. But I’ve learned how to throw in a banana to thicken it or add more milk to thin it out. It’s so delicious that we drink it thick or thin!
1tsp of cayenne pepper which is good for blood circulation
So make yourself a healthy meal and you’ll be surprised that your kids will join in and want one too!
What do you put in your green smoothie that gives you energy for your busy day mom?
I don’t watch television much but when I do I am absolutely appalled!! The reality tv of grown dressed up women in elegant gowns and beautiful make-up is turned into something awful when they start cursing and fighting worse then the hoodrats of the ghetto where I grew up.
And the child beauty pageants are even worse! OMG! They dress them in hooker clothes, make up and tell them to get out there and strut their stuff! What are we doing to our daughters?
It would NEVER be acceptable to do pit our boys against each other to pass a standard of handsomeness! And men would NEVR get dressed up in tuxedos sit on the couch next to each other and then curse each other out and fight!
What are we doing to our girls? Don’t let your daughters or sons watch that mess! After viewing it for so long they will start to think there’s nothing wrong with it. I turned on the television and was SHOCKED! I feared for the little girls mental sanity. My mouth was literally wide open for the first 20 minutes. But they were sooo cute. After looking at 2 more episodes I started thinking, “well, maybe it’s good for them on one level or another. Well, at least they’re learning how to make an impression, so many girls don’t know how to do that. Well, they’re working on a talent and communication skills…” JUSTIFYING DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR because the images are soooo cute!
And that’s the reason we tolerate this. Because we look at it. Don’t let your children be exposed to it. When you are constantly exposed to something it looks like the norm.
This is exactly what happened to the mother who injected her 8yr daughter with Botox. As she said in her interview on GMA, “Everyone is doing it and talking about it. We are not doing anything illegal.”
The sad mothers who are vicariously living through their baby girls all believe that they are not doing anything wrong by injecting them with Botox to get rid of wrinkles!
And we all think there’s nothing wrong with these baby beauty pageants. They should be outlawed!
As mom’s our time is very precious and very limited. When children are young it feels a though we are constant state of waiting. Not knowing what to do while you are waiting makes the time seem to drag on even worse! My youngest is now 6 but I still have that sense of waiting because it was part of my day-in-day-out activity for so many years. I was always waiting…waiting for the little one to go to sleep. Waiting for the baby to finish nursing. Waiting for the older one to get home for school. Waiting for the food to cool off. Waiting for the toddler to finish doing whatever he was doing in that diaper! Constantly waiting.
Then there’s the line at the bank, grocery store or the extra hour at the doctor’s office?
Instead of getting frustrated with wait time, put that time to good use.
Here are 15 thngs to do while you are waiting to make the time pass faster:
- Always, ALWAYS keep your van loaded with a good stock of reading supply for you AND the kids. Don’t assume you’re going to remember to grab your current reading material on the way out the door. And you never know when you’re going to be trapped in the car longer than you had planned
- Plan your next decorating project and identify the items that you need to purchase.
- Keep a writing tablet and pens next to the area where you most often nurse the baby
- Read a motivational book that will change your mindset in ways that will empower you to reach new goals.
- Scan the directions to a clothing pattern, recipe or science project and get the process firmly in mind before you start.
- Download Evernote and use your phone to record your thoughts. Or record a message to baby. You could place it in the room next to baby when she’s going off to sleep.
- Bring a pile of coupon pages collected from several weeks of newspapers. As you clip the coupons, add in the proper tab of a coupon file
- Plan what you need for a birthday party, barbeque or other social event that you are hosting or coordinating
- Carry a small tote with knitting, crochet or mending to work on while you wait.
- Sketch at random in a small sketchbook that fits in your pocket or purse.
- Study for an upcoming test or review material so you help your child study
- Listen to a podcast onto your Mp3 player. Instead of just music, choose a podcast topic that you want to learn about and listen to it
- Use your day planner to make a to-do list for next week
- Stimulate your brain and work crossword puzzles or Sudoku
- Daydream – there’s nothing wrong with zoning out while you wait.
Why depend on finding new magazines or someone interesting to talk with when you are stuck waiting? Bring your own “on hold” activities so that wait time become productive and you’ll know exactly what to do while you’re waiting.
I am amazed that as humans we will teach our pets to go against their natural instincts and impose our beliefs on how we feel they should act (don’t bark, don’t poop here poop there, don’t bite, calm down when you see food) but as parents we don’t want to “impose” spiritual beliefs on children. I’ve heard many parents say that they will let their children decide on their own spiritual path when they get older.
However, we don’t wait until they are grown before we impose and even indoctrinate the children on our beliefs about education, music, politics or money management. We teach them. We train them. We expose them. We drill them. Why do we feel that it’s okay to let the children “decide” on their spiritual path? You won’t let your child decide whether he wants to go to school.
First off, we all know that there is a spiritual world. As a good parent your job is to teach them (or expose them to the teaching if you can’t teach it) about spiritual things. Even though science can’t prove it they are even fascinated with the unseen world. They are searching for Dark Matter and Dark Energy which makes up 95.1% of the total universe. Dark Matter can not be detected by our instruments but we know it’s there. They describe it the same way we describe God.
Part of being a good parent is teaching your children to be good people and the people who have had the most influence on our planet are those who were spiritual. From Gandhi, to Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa to the founding fathers of America. They had deep spiritual roots that were tied to a particular religion. They were spiritual beings following a chosen religion because religion give us some structure to our spirituality.
I am NOT proposing that religion makes one spiritual. NOT AT ALL. History has shown that people can become very judgmental and violent in they name of their religion. We have killed and eradicated nations of people in the name of Allah, Christ or Jehovah. So I’m not advocating religion. I am talking about raising SPIRITUAL children.
A lot of parents say I do raise spiritual children, “ I teach them to be kind. We volunteer. We give to charities.” That’s great! But that’s teaching them to be good people. Nice, caring citizens. You’re SUPPOSE to teach them that!
I’m talking about SPIRITUALITY where there are spiritual disciplines that they learn. Disciplines like, fasting, prayer, silence, solitude, meditation, stillness, sacrifice.
Spirituality that is set in the context of a “school” provides rituals and routines.
With real spirituality there is the coming together with other humans at certain times to carry out those rituals and disciplines.
Teaching your child to be nice and kind is equivalent to teaching your child the abc’s. You’ve done the basics. But you go farther than that and you send your child off to school (or you homeschool). You now have put some structure and routine to the abc’s and you have put it in context. “The abc’s helps you to read. This will help you build a life for yourself. You will be able to start a business or work a job and contribute to society.” So impose and we send them off to school every day for 13years, whether they like it or not.
Sending your child off to spiritual school (Mosque, Church, Synagogue, temple etc) provides them with structure, routine and also places it in context. “All things start with The Creator. He has created you with a purpose. Live your life according to that Purpose. And, oh yeah, be nice and kind because The Creator is nice and kind to you.”
Going to a religious place of learning:
- creates a sense of unity
- answers life’s great questions
- gives reassurance during difficult times
Studies have also found that people raised with structure to their spirituality (i.e. religion);
- are happier and more satisfied with life
- cope better during crisis
- recover faster from illnesses & depression
Author Mary Eberstadt asks “is it in society’s interest to encourage Christian practice?” She then provides her own response. “The answer is: only so far as it is in society’s interest to encourage quality of life, enhanced health, happiness, coping, less crime, less depression, and other such benefits associated with religious involvement.”
When you take your children to “spiritual school” teach them how to question the learning and the people in a respectful and non-judging manner. Just because you go to a particular building doesn’t mean that you have to turn a blind eye to things. THAT’S RELIGION; walking like blind sheep and following blatantly sinful leaders or crazy doctrine. If your priest is molesting children, your pastor is having affairs or your teacher is telling you let’s go downtown and designate bombs in strategic areas, DUH, leave and report it.
Find another spiritual school-just like you would if your principal and the teachers were promoting crazy ideas at your local school. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! “The church is filled with hypocrites, I’m never going back!”
When they get older your children may decide to walk away from their childhood religion-they may decide never to go back to school-but the spiritual lessons that they would have learned will be with them forever. The lessons will be greater than abc’s of life and therefore able to sustain them in hard times.
And thats the reason behind raising spiritual children. It’s to teach them that “life is bigger than you. And yet The Creator walks with you everyday. You can expect certain things from the one who created you and you owe certain things to the one who created you. When you pay up it causes more blessings to come to you. So you can’t lose when you live your life for the one who Created you. Don’t be afraid to live because He loves you. So live life to the fullest.” Learning to be nice and kind won’t teach them that.
So impose on them. Take them. Send them if you don’t want to go. But leaving it up to your children when they get older to decide if they want to be spiritual is akin to leaving it up to your dog when he gets older to decide if he wants to go to obedience school.
What are your thoughts?