Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Everyone knows that vegetables are one of the most important food groups to include in your everyday diet, but sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended serving for a healthy body and a nutritious lifestyle – even if you do like them. But the fact of the matter is, we need to eat them, and we need to eat more than just some carrots dipped in hummus at snack time. Whether you’ve been holding a personal grudge against veggies for years, or you’re trying to sneak more greens onto your kid’s dinner plate, here is the ultimate guide to incorporating more vegetables into every meal.

Your Guide to Incorporating More Vegetables into Every Meal

Breakfast

Stay away from the sugary cereals and syrupy waffles because breakfast time isn’t an excuse to avoid vegetables. In fact, vegetables are an easy, delicious and nutritious add-in to almost any balanced breakfast. Scramble some eggs or make an omelet filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and bell peppers. If anything, these veggies add to the decadence of your meal. If you’re still opposed to the idea of vegetables in your eggs, try adding minced broccoli to your scrambled eggs or spinach to your breakfast smoothie. Neither one affects the taste or texture of the meal. If you can, try to purchase organize produce and products.

Lunch

It can be easy to skip over vegetables in everyday lunches, especially when packing a school lunch. Sometimes it can easier to just stick to the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips you’ve been packing for the past decade. But consider switching the regular PB&J to a turkey sandwich loaded with spinach, onions, tomatoes, and sprouts. And, if you’re feeling really audacious, replace the bread with a lettuce wrap for some added greens.

Dinner

Dinner might be one of the easiest meals to add more veggies to your plate. But don’t just add more spinach to your salad, get creative! Instead of topping your protein with a calorie-packed sauce, try sautéing some vegetables like peppers, onions, and tomatoes to top off your meat or fish. Compared to sauces, they are equally rich in flavor and infinitely more rich in nutrition. Maybe try your hand at zoodles, which are noodles made from zucchini with a spiralizer, or riced cauliflower as a replacement in any noodle or rice dish. Zoodles are surprisingly easy to make and riced cauliflower can be found at almost any grocery store. Once you try them out, you’ll be hooked!

Having a healthy diet and feeding your body the nutrients it needs is a part of allowing yourself to reach your optimum potential. So make sure you are feeding your body, mind, and soul exactly what it needs!

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What Children Want More Than Presents

What Children Want More Than Presents

As a parent, there’s an innate drive to shower our kids with everything under the sun. If we could, we would probably all buy our children the moon. But how would that benefit them? What life lessons would they learn from being given mountains of presents? Furthermore, children don’t want presents—well, they do—but there are far more important things you can give to them.

There are so many things that children want more than presents.

Children Want Presence

Intentional parents know that one of the main things that children want more than presents is your presence. Quality time with your kids is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to them. Toys break. Clothes are outgrown. But that time you sat down with them and read an entire book series with them? Those memories will be treasured forever.

There’s no substitute for being there for your children. As much as you can, try to gift them with time, rather than presents.

Children Want Traditions

Remember all of those heartfelt traditions your parents got so excited about over the holidays? Everyone has at least one that they can think of off the top of their head. They’re some of the fondest moments for most people, which is why creating traditions for your family is one of the most precious gifts you could possibly give.

Like a timeless heirloom, those traditions will be passed from generation to generation, forever threading your family legacy together with strings of hope and joy.

Children Want Love

More than anything else, though, your children just want your unconditional love. Presents are lovely. Time is better. But love is what prevails above all else.

As a parent, it can be hard to accept everything that your child does. But does that ever mean you don’t love them? Absolutely not. The love of a parent should always be unconditional, and when you’re able to give that gift to your children, nothing else matters. Through that love, you can raise strong, independent, forward-thinking individuals who know how to love others deeply and pursue their dreams.

There is no greater present than that.

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Organic Produce Dos and Don’ts

Organic Produce Dos and Don’ts

As an integral part of holistic living, purchasing organic produce ensures that you’re doing your part for the earth as well as for your family’s health and well-being. But, because organic produce and other organic products have become so popular in the past few years, it’s important to recognize that there are some essential organic produce dos and don’ts.

Do Buy Organic Milk

Not only is organic milk healthier for you and your kids because it’s not full of the same harmful hormones as regular milk, but it’s also better for the cows. Typically, at organic dairy farms—unlike at other dairy farms—the cows are treated humanely. They’re fed well and never pumped full of hormones or other chemicals that could trickle down to your family.

The most sustainable, eco-friendly organic choices are the ones that are more than just holistically healthy for your family; they’re also holistically healthy for everyone and everything involved.

Don’t Forget About Local Produce

Some of the best organic produce won’t have an organic label on it at all. Smaller, local farms don’t have the kind of money to spend on organic certification the way larger farms do, so they miss out on being labeled as “organic” in the store, even though they’re just as organic and healthy as any other nominally organic produce. Smaller, local farms generally don’t use the same harmful chemicals and pesticides that non-organic farms use.

Not only will you be supporting your local economy when you purchase local, organic produce, you’ll also be treating yourself and your family to natural, holistic, healthy produce.

Do Pay Attention to Labels

Just because something is nominally “organic,” it doesn’t mean that it’s nutritious or holistic. Plenty of organic foods are junk food with a fancy name slapped on them.

Be a savvy consumer and read the labels on everything you buy. The order of ingredients on the nutrition facts signifies the concentration of each component. So, if the first thing on the list is bleached flour, that means that bleached flour is the ingredient in highest concentration.

When you’re buying organic produce, organic milk, and other organic products, it’s always a good idea to do your research and make sure that whatever you’re buying adheres to your healthy, holistic diet.

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3 Ways to Skyrocket Your Success as an Entrepreneur

3 Ways to Skyrocket Your Success as an Entrepreneur

If entrepreneurship were easy, then everyone would own their own business. But, because building a business from the ground up takes patience, hard work, and perseverance, only the bravest people venture out into entrepreneurship.

Although there’s no secret formula for success when it comes to owning your own business, there are some tried and true ways to skyrocket your success as an entrepreneur.

Forget About Networking

Yes, really. Forget about networking. Going to events and meetings with the sole purpose of networking with people will only leave you exhausted, frustrated, and empty. Worse yet, you won’t have made your business any more successful for the effort.

So, what do you do instead? The most successful entrepreneurs leave networking in the dust and instead focus on building lasting relationships with people. They’re not interested in what those people can do for them; they’re interested in how they can build a meaningful partnership.

Find Your Value Proposition

A value proposition is whatever you have to offer the world. When it’s used in a business context, a value proposition is an innovation that’s meant to attract customers with its utility and unique nature.

To skyrocket your success as an entrepreneur, you have to find what your value proposition is. What do you have to offer potential clients, customers, and business partners that no one else can offer? Once you figure that out, take the time to develop those skills and assets in a way that will make you truly invaluable.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

It’s easy to lose motivation when it seems like you’re pouring more of yourself into your work than you’re seeing results. But just because the journey is long, it doesn’t diminish the beauty of the destination.

Truly successful entrepreneurs reach the finish line and skyrocket their success by keeping their eyes on the prize. When the going gets rough, successful business owners buckle down, keep hustling, and rest assured that their goals are worth pursuing, even when it feels better to give up.

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, it’s important to build relationships first and foremost, find and nurture your value proposition, and always, always, always keep your eyes on the prize.

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The Difference Between Survival Parenting and Intentional Parenting

The Difference Between Survival Parenting and Intentional Parenting

There are millions of ways to be a parent. For thousands and thousands of years, people have been raising their children—some, admittedly, better than others. Survival parenting and intentional parenting aren’t new concepts; they’ve been around as long as parenting itself. We’ve just put labels on them in modern society.

To put it simply, the difference between survival parenting and intentional parenting has everything to do with intention.

If your intention is just to survive raising your kids, you’re a survivalist parent. If, however, your intention is to raise your kids to be whole, successful, and independent, you’re an intentional parent.

Survival Parenting

“If I can just make it through the diaper-changing days…”

“If I can just make it through the terrible twos…”

“If I can just make it through the teenage years…”

At the end of those requisite 18 years, survivalist parents sigh in relief. They’ve done it. They’ve survived. But, what about the kids? More than likely, they’ve spent years being babysat by TV sets. They’ve been disciplined with extrinsic motivation in the form of bribes and threats, and as a result, they feel no intrinsic motivation to succeed. Chances are, they’ll end up right back at home sooner rather than later. Or, if they’re not inclined to couch-surf at their parents’ place, they’ll rarely, if ever, return home to visit.

In either case, survival parenting not only does the kid a great disservice, it also hurts the parents in the long run, too.

Intentional Parenting

“How can I help my child learn to do this for himself?”

“What’s best for my daughter in this situation?”

“What will I wish I had done five years from now?”

Intentional parents ask the tough questions of themselves in order to foster growth in their children. It’s not the easiest way to parent, but it’s the best for the kids in the long run. Intentional parents don’t worry about making it through the difficult stages in their children’s lives. They worry about equipping their kids to face challenges for themselves.

The Real Difference

The real difference between intentional parenting and survival parenting is in the results. Children who’ve had intentional parents grow up to be self-assured, confident, independent, successful, and well-adjusted. Children who have had survival parents may end up perfectly fine, but that will have been in spite of their upbringing, not because of it.

Of course, there’s no definitive right way to parent, but if you have the right intentions, you’re definitely on the right track.

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How to Push Through Growing Pains

How to Push Through Growing Pains

Growing pains are a natural part of life. Everyone experiences physical growing pains at some point in their life, but as you grow older, those pains become more emotional and spiritual. They’re a sign that you’re headed in the right direction, that you’re shifting your perspective and adopting a new mentality.

It hurts to leave things behind in that process, though, which is why it’s important to have techniques to help you push through those growing pains — and emerge on the other side a better you.

Don’t Look to the Past

Don’t even look to the future. To stay grounded and on the right path to success, you have to stay centered in the present moment. That might mean feeling your pain, but you should never make a habit of suppressing your feelings. They will catch up to you eventually.

When you’re trying to push through emotional growing pains, as with physical growing pains, it’s vital to recognize that you’re becoming someone you weren’t before. You’re growing. You’re evolving. You’re changing—hopefully for the better. And looking back on who you were while you’re transitioning into the person you were meant to be won’t help you break out of your metaphorical cocoon.

Lean on Your Support System

A solid support system makes all of the difference in the world. If you have people that you can lean on and trust to support you while you’re experiencing growing pains, then there’s nothing you can’t do.

Whenever you feel like you’re on the cusp of giving up, reach out to your friends, your family, your life coach, your mentor, whoever you consider to be in your network of support, and let them know you need them in this moment. If you’ve surrounded yourself with the right kinds of people, they’ll no doubt have your back and see you through these pains.

Never Give Up

One of the worst things you could possibly do when you’re hitting an emotional growth spurt is to give up halfway through the process. You’ll never reach your full potential if you set goals, get part of the way to achieving them, and then give up and go back to what’s comfortable because you couldn’t tolerate the growing pains.

It may seem like you have miles and miles to go before you reach your destination, but giving up in the middle of the woods will only leave you stranded and out of breath.

In the end, giving up hurts you more than anything else could. Keep pushing through the pain; you won’t be sorry.

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