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Finding Your Why

With New Years right around the corner, most of us are starting to set our resolutions. However something we often over look is our “why” in life. It’s so easy to get sucked into the latest weight loss challenge or program, but we often aren’t paying attention to our reason for setting our goals in the first place.

I wanted to take a moment and really address this, as knowing your why will help you set better goals, and motivate you when the going gets tough.

For myself personally, my family is my why. I want to run around with my children, and not have preventable illnesses and diseases stop that from happening. My other motivator is my anxiety  (and seasonal depression). Exercise has been hands down the most effective thing in improving those two things and helping me get out of my own head.

I want to really encourage you for a moment to think about what your why is.

Why would losing weight be one of your 2018 resolutions? Why do you care about eating healthier for the new year? What is it that is ultimately driving your wants, dreams, and goals? 

Once you figure that out, everything else falls into place a little easier.

Let me know in the comments what your goals are for 2018, and more importantly what is motivating you!

I hope you all have a happy New Year, and that you can find your why and it helps you stay the course to your dreams.

~Ashley

P.S here is an article I wrote on setting smart goals!

http://www.buildinghealthylegacies.com/setting-s-m-r-t-goals/

 

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Healthy Frozen Hot Chocolate

I had a girls date with a dear friend yesterday where I tried frozen hot chocolate for the first time. Oh. My. Word.

Instant new favorite treat. However I doubt the ingredients are too diet friendly. And I woke up craving another bad. So I decided to experiment in the kitchen a bit and all I can say is, you’re welcome 🙂

Healthy Frozen Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 frozen bananas (yes, bananas! You can’t even taste them promise!)
  • 1 cup coca powder
  • Splash of vanilla extract x2
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 square lindtor extra dark chocolate

Combine ingredients in blender and blend away! I let mine blend for about 5 minutes, so be patient. The smooth texture is worth it I promise!

Grate some dark chocolate on top for an extra decedent touch.

This would taste amazing with some peppermint extra if you are a candy cane lover!

I hope you have a happy healthy Christmas. 💚❤💚❤

Love,

Ashley

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My Number One Go To Indoor Activity for Kids

Winter break. The pure sound of which can cause many parents to go into a paw patrol ridden panic. And while keeping the kids entertained the half of the year where it’s too cold to even look out your window is no easy feat, I have a game for you today that is guaranteed to spare you at least 30 minutes of pup pup boogie.

And all you need is painters tape!

I present my Indoor Obstacle Course. Filled with skill building movements your developing little one craves and so much fun they will forget they are ‘working out’.

Below I have pictures of my recent course. I try to include lines to hop from, dots to tip toes, curves, zig zags, and lines to walk backwards. I ended with a star at the end to hop on and I think that was the biggest hit of all. The kids took turns seeing who could hop the highest/ hardest and so on. Once you have let the kids have fun just going through the course, you can mix it up and time them (I would recommend timing them against their own previous time, and not anyone else’s). Or changing the ‘rules’ by walking backwards when they normally walked forwards and such.

And my favorite part of this game? The clean up is fun! The kids loved tearing up tape and throwing it away. No mess and nothing left on the carpets. In fact, it probably had a lint roller affect more than anything 😉

(My running blur)

We also tried a Christmas themed “present hopscotch if you will!

So there you have it!

Let me know if you liked this and would like to see more indoor game options!

I hope you all have a healthy happy meltdown free winter break 😉

Love always,

Ashley

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What It’s Like Having Seasonal Depression

Ah summer. Now that is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Hiking and beaches and walking without umbrellas. There is nothing quite like a beautiful sunny day with your loved ones and no plans other than soaking up all of the delicious warmness summer has to offer.

Much like super girl and her solar powered gifts, I get a surge of energy on sunny days. I literally feel like nothing can stop me when it’s so gorgeous out.

And then, it’s over.

The feeling I get when the weather turns can only be described as paralyzing. It’s suddenly a struggle to keep up with day to day tasks. Responding to friends and loved ones takes more energy than I can handle exerting. Sure I can fake it for a little while, all to go home and crumble into a deflated mess.

Seasonal depression is real, and it’s hard.

And unfortunately no amount of lightbulbs can seem to do the trick.

But if you are like me and coping with this, I just want to let you know you are not alone. Sometimes a sense of community and understanding can be the most effective form of help available.

And please do not feel ashamed to go talk with your doctor. The more we open up about these struggles, the more we pave the way for others coping too.

Thank you for reading and always making this a place to share and grow. If you feel like sharing I’d love to hear from you.

Big warm hugs,

Ashley

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School Safe Trail Mix

My eldest started school in September, and I was shocked at how much of a mental shift I had to get into in order to pack allergy free snacks!

Now that I’m finally in the swing of things, I thought I’d share what I pack my 5 year old for his snack (his school lasts 3 hours in the morning).And share with you my ultimate favorite snack, DIY  allergy free trail mix!

I feel silly posting this because it’s just two ingredients but my son loves this, so I thought why not?

To make this “trail mix” you will need

  • 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 cup of Sunflower seeds

Pumpkin Seeds are the unsung heroes of the health world. Coming in with 0% cholesterol and a whopping 42% DV of magnesium in just one cup!

And did you know that sunflower seeds have 58% DV of protein? So crucial for your little one’s growing mind and body.

That’s it! Simple and sweet! Before I sign off just a couple more tricks I picked up. I always do my best to make my son’s snack super special. I make a huge deal about letting him pick out his lunch box and tupperware he uses. And then try to give him a few options in which snack he would like. Alot of kids around him tend to bring sugary snacks, and we have to be proactive about making him feel good about the snack he brings.

So embrace the cheesy character lunch equipment, and thrown in lots of encouraging lunch box notes. And don’t forget to tell your little one how proud you are of them for eating foods that will make them strong. They will still occasionally want the treat foods their friends have and that’s okay! Be proud of yourself as a caregiver knowing you are setting up the ground work for healthy adults who don’t have any issues against food.

I hope this article inspired or helped you in some way! Let me know in the comments what other recipes you would like to see made healthier and possible school friendly!

~Ashley

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All Natural Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Well things are finally starting to feel a bit cozier here in the northwest as the weather is starting to actually feel like fall. So it only felt appropriate to post our all natural, smells like fall pumpkin pie Playdough recipe.

Note, we left this recipe without any coloring. However there are all natural food coloring options if you would like to try a fun orange color!

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

  • 5 cups flour
  • 9 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkinpie spice
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 4 cups of water

Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix. Then combine all of the wet ingredients and mix. After mixed, keep adding flour until you reach the desired consistency! Set out some cinnamon sticks and have fun making little pumpkin and whatever else your imagination can come up with!

And there you have it! I hope you all have a delicious smelling cozy fall.

~Ashley

P.s if you are an all things pumpkin lover,  you should definitely check out our healthy pumpkin recipe round up!

Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

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A Healthier Happy Halloween

Ah Halloween. Costumes, candy, decorations, candy, parties, candy and oh yeah some candy.

Halloween doesn’t have to equal hyper active kids. Here is our round up of things to hand out Halloween night that are still a treat, without the trick!

  • Stickers
  • Party favors (dollar tree has some fun little bags of toys that end up being fairly inexpensive. Just avoid the noise makers unless you want your house getting teepeed 😉)
  • Erasers
  • Fun pencils
  • Small thing of bubbles
  • Party rings
  • Post it notes (my kids love those so much)
  • Flow sticks
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Baby oranges or ‘cuties’
  • Mini coloring books
  • Miniature pumpkins (how cute would that be! )
  • Mini books
  • Deck of cards
  • Book marks (You could even DIY some with cards stock or those strips of paint chip)
  • Crazy straws
  • Play dough
  • Crayons
  • Flash cards
  • Stamps
  • Balloons not blown up
  • Floss- okay maybe not. But you can’t blame a mom for trying! 😉

I hope you all have a happy safe Halloween 🍊

~Ashley

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Top 5 Tips for Canning Apples | From My Mother In Law

I’m convinced there’s nothing better fresh, homemade applesauce. This past weekend I was lucky enough to finally get some insight into the ways of preserving this tasty treat, canning.

My mother in law has been canning since her college days, and knows her way around the kitchen! She was sweet enough to take a weekend and show me a couple of her tips and tricks.

Below I have some sweet pics and our list of the top 5 tips for canning apples, according to my mother in law 😉

 

Top 5 tips for canning apples

  • Try cinnamon before sugar
  • Don’t use too much water- it will be runny(about 2 inches)
  • Use a peeler
  • Use a good Apple! Granny Smith can be too tart, honey crisp is great!
  • Keep an eye on them and don’t let them burn!

And there you have it! I hope this post was of some inspiration to you. Let me know in the comments of your favorite fall memories /traditions.  I’d also love any canning tips you might have!

~Ashley

P.s Here is a link to a really great simple recipe with instructions for canning applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce for Canning

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Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

Nothing says fall like a scrumptious pumpkin treat. However your favorites don’t have to be sugar ridden! Here is my round up of the internet’s finest, minus the extra calories!

First off we have a recipe from the BakerMama. Pretty much anything from this website is taste bud gold.

Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Bread

Next we have a pumpkin spice smoothie recipe from skinny ms. This recipe is healthy, deliciously, and more importantly simple! Give it a look.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Here I added another pumpkin smoothie recipe, courtesy of minimalist baker, because who could really just chose one!

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Here is a pumpkin soup recipe, from popsugar. This one would be a yummy way to help get over those inevitable October sore throats.
https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Pumpkin-Soup-Recipe-31876214

And last but not least, here are a few different healthy pumpkin pancake recipes. Because pancakes.
https://cookieandkate.com/2010/pumpkin-pancakes-recipe/

Blender Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250885/pumpkin-pancakes/amp/

And there you have it! I hope these recipes warm your heart and your belly this fall season.

~Ashley

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Banana Pumpkin Pancakes | and Nomster Chef Kickstarter

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week, and a great October! I love October and making banana pumpkin pancakes with applesauce seemed like the perfect way to begin the month.

I’m also excited to announce Building Healthy Legacies has partnered with Nomster Chef!

*side note we are not affiliated in any way. Just excited for any program that gets kids cooking!

Nomster Chef is a digital library of recipes for kids! The recipes are fun, easy and simple enough my 3 year could follow along. Today,  they are launching their kick starter campaign. To celebrate we tested out their banana pumpkin pancakes. I have to say these babies were super easy and tasted like fall.

To access their pancake and applesauce recipe, check out their website at https://www.nomsterchef.com/

My 5 and 3 year old LOVED making these, and they both said they turned out delicious. (I was honestly suprised because the 3 year old isn’t a huge pumpkin fan!)

Here are some pics of us making them and the end result!

My son had the genius idea of cutting them into pumpkin shapes and they turned out so cute and festive! We topped them with plain full fat yogurt and the homemade applesauce and sprinkled on some cinnamon. They were SO good. Not to mention healthy.

If you feel like checking out Nomster’ s kick starter project, here is a direct link to their page! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomsterchef/recipes-that-help-kids-learn-to-cook-with-their-gr?ref=6qenac

Let me know in the comments if you guys try out this delicious recipe, and what you think of them if you do!

Have a wonderful week building healthy legacies family <3

~Ashley