Thursday, April 18, 2013

Organic Toiletries - Why Give Them A Try?

Have you ever hard of the sad stories about allergies brought about by the use of certain toiletries? This is not impossible to happen as these hygiene essentials are also made of chemicals. In fact, I remember a personal experience where in I acquired thick rashes on my forehead and nape because I tried a new brand of shampoo which did not suit my body chemistry.

I have read one article about the chemicals we use for household and personal. It states that most of the products we use contain harsh foaming agents called SLS. This usually present in toothpastes, shampoos, hand wash and facial washes among others. (I guess this explains why I had the rashes when I tried another shampoo). The cosmetics which we love can also be the root cause of health problems like thrush.

Thanks to technology and unwavering passion of some manufaturers to provide organic options for everyone that we now have organic toiletries available in the market. By using them, you can keep your skin healthy and younger-looking. More so, you can reap the natural benefits of the herbs which were used for their production. Chamomile in powder or soap, for example, soothes and relaxes the body.

Monday, April 15, 2013

How To Make Your Kids Eat Better - Part 2

Do you have a child with food phobia? This is quite natural until children become gradeschoolers.You can slowly introduce food through positive reinforcement. Praise them when they are able to finish the meal you prepared. Underscore the health benefits of eating right and on time.

Don't skip breakfasts - Children are usually eager to eat foods in different colors and shapes. There are fiber-rich cereals and wheat bread which are available in grocery stores. Serve them with milk and fruit cut-outs.

Involve them in meals preparation - Children feel extra special when they see themselves as part of something big. Let them help out,say, in the preparation of vegetable or fruit salads. Keep pointed and sharp utensils away for safety.

Offer treats but avoid daily supply of junkfoods - Parents are responsible for all the foods which get inside the house. If you love junkfoods, your kids will mimic that. It wouldn't hurt though if you will reward them with a small bag of chips once in a while like when the whole is watching a movie. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

How To Make Your Kids Eat Better - Part 1

If kids are not guided appropriately, they will eat whatever they want whenever they want to. What's worse, they won't eat at all - just playing computer games the whole day. I know so because that is what happened exactly to my kids for a week when I was out of the house and they were left under a relative's care. Anyhow, here are some ideas which can get you started on this.

Schedule and plan - Children need to stay nourished. They need to eat three full meals, two snacks and enough amount of fluids on a daily basis. If you do not take note of the time, you can easily forget to feed your children. As a result, they might end up throwing tantrums because of hunger. 

Plan your menu. More than concentrating on the taste or presentation, make sure that every meal you set is jam-packed with all the needed nutrients. Meats, veggies, fruits, milk and juices must be given in appropriate portions. 

Do not police; be a model - Kids, in general, do not like eating healthy foods. The moment you lay balanced meals on the table, they will start choosing only the meats to eat. Refrain from commenting and forcing them to eat the greens. The more you enforce, the more they will resist. Rather, show them how you enjoy eating the veggies and utter positive remarks.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Healthy Soup For Sick Loved Ones

I have been going in and out of the hospital this past few weeks to take care of my sick dad. Mom is quite old to shoulder all the caring for him and so I managed to stay with him longer hours.

He suffered from pancreatitis (swollen and dysfunctional pancreas) since the gall stones he has for years already erupted. The doctors was able to save him from total danger through a surgery. Now, he is recovering from it. Just a couple of days ago, he was allowed to take in a soft diet as he said goodbye to the liquid diet he has had for weeks.

When you are sick, your food choices are limited to healthy ones. The doctor reminded me to refrain from feeding my dad with instant noodles and soups. The good thing is I am used to preparing healthy meals for my little ones. And so, I  simply pulled an old soup recipe from my recipe box. Here's what I got for him...

Wonderful Split Pea Soup

To make this soup, you will need the following ingredients:

green split peas, vegetable broth, butter, yellow onions, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, paprika, cumin, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, carrots, boiled eggs or toasted bread slices

1) Empty package of split peas into a colander or bowl. Sort through well, removing foreign matter and imperfect peas. Rinse well. Soak for two hours in 2 cups water.

2) Sauté minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil until garlic golden , but not brown in color. Add 2 extra quarts of broth, and bay leaves.

3) Bring to a boil for 1 minute; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 1 hour. Remove cover and simmer an additional hour or until soup is desired consistency. You can add one by one your seasonings - sea salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper.

4) In this case, I wanted a pureed soup since dad is on soft diet, and so I used a hand blender before adding in the cut carrots.

5) You can taste again the soup one half hour before serving; depending on your preference, you can add additional garlic or garlic powder and salt and pepper.

6) You can top it with boiled eggs or toasted bread slices.