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Girl Scout Cookie 5k

March 23, 2018

Got my Brooks on….here we go!

Did you know March was national nutrition month? I found out a few weeks into March so we unknowingly kicked off National Nutrition Month with a family 5k. Way to go Team Sinthusy! J

Kailee, 8, Kobe, 6, and myself started off our 5k on a cool March morning eager to run the course. I tried to convince Kailee to leave her jacket at the start line but she wasn’t interested in listening to me. L Who can blame her, really, I have made this same mistake on many runs and a few races too.

They announced the start of the race and the kids took off, flying down the course. I had already decided to let them run their race today, whatever happens…happens. About ¼ mile into the race both kids started to slow down and I could see the panic in their faces. I understand how scary it can be when you have a difficult start to a race and all you can think about is you still have the entire race in front of you. I just kept telling them; “they were ok”; “You got this” and “You can do this”.

Kobe slowed down for a minute, regrouped and then he started to pick up his pace again and he was off with the crowd. I said to him, “you got this” and “I will see you at the finish line”.

 

I decided to hang back with Kailee. At this point her breathing was out of control and her stomach was cramping. I walked with her while she got her breathing under control and I assured her she was fine! I flashbacked to my first marathon, when around mile 15 my legs were cramping so bad I could barely walk and my head was pounding, I thought there was no way I would finish. But, I did finish, in part, because of the support of the other runners that kept encouraging me.

 

Kailee finally took her jacket off  and we started out at slow pace and kept going from there. About the 1.5 mile marker we saw Kobe going around the curve, a good distance ahead of us, we yelled and screamed his name and we saw a little hand pop up in the air waving at us. J At that moment I felt so much joy and excitement for him. He was able to keep going, run at a good steady pace and finish strong. WOW!  What an accomplishment for such a little guy, he is only 6! He finished in 30:35 which landed him a 3rd   place in the 10 and younger (male) age group. Kailee also finished 3rd in the 10 and younger (female) age group. She was able to overcome a difficult start, keep going and finish strong. She finished in 34:20 not bad for an 8 year oldJ. After the 5k all three kiddos including KASH, 3, participated in the kids run. It was such a fun morning.

 

Every race is different, each with new challenges and obstacles. I always tell my kiddos to run your best race today. One thing that is always true is how accomplished each child feels after completing their race. As their mom, it’s an amazing feeling to see your children glowing with accomplishment. J

I encourage you to get out and try running with your kids and as a family. Part of the reason we participate in 5k’s is so we have something to look forward to, to keep us motivated. We love running and biking in the neighborhood and on the trails; but races are so much fun and I love that my kids love them so much! And you can support a good cause!

We have another one coming up the end of April at Bass Pro – The City of Independence holds the race every year to help encourage healthy active lifestyles. The best part is it’s FREE! J

Come on out and join us!

http://www.independenceparktrot.com/

Homemade Granola Bars

November 30, 2017

 

Homemade Granola Bars

If your schedule is anything like mine, it’s full of activities almost every night of the week., if not every night. It can be challenging to find time to make healthy, good quality lunches and snacks….I get it! When I find something I can whip up that’s fast, easy and makes enough to last for a week or more, it makes me happy.

 

Here is a homemade Granola recipe I have adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com.

 

We are gluten/dairy free so feel free to substitute the non dairy items if desired. However, I have sampled our gluten/dairy free recipe to several people and I haven’t have any complaints. I actually got such great reviews it made it the the blog! 🙂

 

Ingredients

3 ½  cups steel cut oats (can use rolled oats for granola)

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup cashew pieces (walnuts or pecans)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1.2 sunflower seeds

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup dairy free/gluten free chocolate chips

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoons grated or ground nutmeg

6 tablespoons coconut oil (vegan butter or unsalted butter)

½ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoons salt

 

I don’t always use the chocolate chips but who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their granola!

I have also just used the steel cut oats and sunflower seeds – if that’s all I have on hand when I decided to make a batch and it was still yummy!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a ziplock bag (if making cereal). Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

Enjoy!!!

As always try changing up the recipe to meet your family’s taste.

Happy Granola Bar Making!!!

 

A New 4th of July Tradition

July 12, 2017

A New 4th of July Tradition

I got my Brooks on…

 

Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well.  I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J

Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.

 

(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )

 

I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared.  I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.

Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race.  He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing.  I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast.  J  I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!

 

(Sprinting to the finish line)

Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!

 

(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)

 

 

(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)

 

Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.

 

Happy Running!!!

Power balls!

April 27, 2017

 

We just made these last night so I had to share! One of the great things about this recipe is that you can change it up and they are still so yummy!

 

We have recently gone gluten and dairy free (GF DF) (more on that to come later) so these make a great snack. I left out the pumpkin and added in a cup of GF DF Koala Crisps and they were so good.

 

  • 2 Cups GF Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Pepita
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Koala Crisp
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter

 

Stir, roll into balls, freeze and ENJOY!

 

***These make a great pre/post run snack!

 

 

 

November, 24, 2015

Pumpkin Power Balls

pumpkin power ball

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin, pumpkin, everything pumpkin. So when I saw a recipe for pumpkin power balls I knew we had to try it. We got a few pie pumpkins from our CSA so I was excited to try our favorite pumpkin recipes this year with real, natural pumpkin. While you can buy canned pumpkin; the extra step of scooping out the pumpkin seeds (or guts as my kids call them) and roasting the pumpkin makes it feel so much more like fall. And the kids love scooping out the guts!

Our family loves power balls, as we call them and we are always willing and ready to try different variations.

I modified this recipe from @cleanfoodcrush  on Instagram – she has a TON of great recipes. I

  • 3 C uncooked oatmeal (old fashion oats)
  • 1 C sunflower seeds
  • 1 C all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • ⅔ c raw honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice (I used all-spice, because that’s what I had) 🙂
  • ½ TBSP vanilla extract
  • Combine all ingredients – Mix well.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Place on parchment paper and freeze 30-60 mins.
  • Serve or freeze. I freeze any extras in an airtight container.

Survey says = A SUCCESS. The kids loved the pumpkin power balls!

The original recipe uses chocolate chips and while you certainly could add them in – I find my kids love them so much without the chocolate, why add it? They are able to enjoy a healthy, whole food snack that is full of nutrition!

My 1st grader loves taking them in her lunch and I enjoy them as a pre or post run snack! 
Everyone is happy!

A New Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2016

A New Christmas Tradition

Christmas is almost here! Even with the ever-changing temperatures, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. October- December is my most favorite time of the year! The weather so far this December has been warm, cold, colder…and possibly back to warm for a few days, predicting 60 degrees for Christmas Day!

 

Christmas Traditions

Most of us all have our special holiday traditions; baking cookies and Christmas candy, exchanging gifts, ugly sweater parties etc. Our family usually spends Christmas Eve baking Christmas cookies for Santa and decorating gingerbread houses. I would love to add a family kickball game to that list! Last year the weather was warm enough we went out and played kickball on Christmas, kids and adults. With the heat wave moving in Christmas weekend (anything above 32 degrees feels like a heat wave these days) I plan on taking advantage of the warmer temps to keep the Christmas Kickball Tradition going! Last year we had a blast! I think the adults might have had more fun than the kids. J

Pajama Kickball J

 

The adults have no mercy! 

 

Being active doesn’t have to mean being in a boring, smelly gym all day. (I’m not a fan of gyms J) More importantly we are showing our children how to live an active lifestyle. And kickball is a great game for all skill levels and all ages.

 

If you already get out and get active over the Christmas Holiday please feel free to share. And if not, I encourage you to get out and discover a fun active Christmas Tradition. Our health is the best gift we can give ourselves! J

 

Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade whole-wheat blueberry muffins

August 13, 2016

Homemade whole-wheat blueberry muffins

blueberry muffins

So good my 2 year old couldn’t wait for me to snap a picture…he was already trying to grab one! 😀

 

One thing I really enjoying doing with my kiddos is baking! We have a good time trying new recipes, alternating old recipes and mostly trying the finished product! Muffins are always a great treat! And this recipe is so yummy! You can alter it to make so many variations it’s always a new recipe. Here is the recipe we love to use:

 

From: www.100daysofrealfood.com

SERVES: MAKES 12 MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s white whole-wheat flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon all spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • About 1 cup of total filling (berries, fruit, nuts, etc. – see below for details)
  • Muffin/Cupcake liners

 

Click on the link below for the complete recipe.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/05/12/recipe-fruit-nut-or-berry-or-whatever-you-want-them-to-be-whole-wheat-muffins/

 

In this batched used blueberries. However my middle man loves when I use mange and my hubby like strawberry. Several times I switch out the juice with a non dairy milk. I have found that vanilla soy-milk, coconut milk and almond milk are excellent substitutions.

These muffins also freeze well. I will bake a few batches just for the freezer for snacks or lunches. When you need a good snack in a pinch and you have this in the freezer…makes life much easier! And you are more likely to avoid the gas station snack stop… been there done that too! 😕 And with school starting back, these are a great lunch addition. (they also make for a great pre and post run snack)

 

Happy Baking!!!

Fruit Bowl vs. Cookie Jar

July 30, 2016

Fruit Bowl vs. Cookie Jar

Fill up your fruit bowl and trash the cookie/snack jar!

 

fruit bowl

It’s summer, the kids are out of school and home…eating everything in site! Sound familiar? Yep, this is totally the case for our house!  When the kids come inside from playing outside or from swimming try having some fruit ready and waiting for them. Most fruits you can pair up with a nut butter and/or some almonds to make a healthy and filling snack to help re-fuel your kids, with no sugar crash!  🙂

I try to keep my fruit bowl stocked (which can be challenging with 5 of us) so the my kids can grab a piece of fruit when they are hungry. So load up your fruit bowl, keep it stock and out in clear view and reach of your kids! When they are searching for a snack and walk by they just might start grabbing the fruit and stop requesting the other junk! Plus, a full fruit bowl just looks so pretty! 🙂

If you are just beginning your journey and the thought of no chips or processed snack foods sounds impossible…and you are wondering how you can ever get these non food items out of your house, check out the link below!

 

Happy Fruit Bowl Stocking!!!

 

 

 

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food?!?!

Green Smoothie Tips

July 18, 2016

Green Smoothie Quick Tips

Hey everyone! I have received a ton of requests in the last few weeks for smoothie recipes…so I wanted to share some quick tips with everyone…and you can always click on the Green Smoothie Tab at the top of the page for more information on these delicious treats!

 

 

One of my favorite green smoothie sites is: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/

 

 

Here are some great tips to get you going!

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For more delicious green smoothie concoctions, check out the links below.

  

http://theactivefam.com/green-smoothies/#sthash.2GvTPztp.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/runners-smoothie/#sthash.0aDYrdWI.dpbs

 http://theactivefam.com/2015/07/#sthash.rDFCKUKP.dpbs

 

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

May 10, 2016

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

 

Sometimes the BEST gifts are wrapped in laughter and silliness…it’s only when these moments have passed that we recognize them as wonderfully fabulous! 

 

mothers day gift

This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful weekend full of love, laughter and family! My weekend started with an evening jog, family pizza making and a movie. Saturday we had a family picnic at the lake followed by a  4 mile bike ride (for the kids and the hubby, I ran) after which I dropped everyone off at home and finished my long run, 10 miles!

Sunday started with church and a relaxing afternoon and ended with us on our front porch watching the storm…the kiddos even ran down and played in the rain for a few minutes.
playing rain

While none of these activities are particularly exciting (to anyone but probably my family) to have them all in ONE weekend…for my family was WONDERFULLY FABULOUS! We are so busy and life happens…so this past weekend was the BEST Mother’s Day gift.  

 

While material gifts are nice, I am typically one that prefers the gift of time and thoughtfulness. If you were spoiled with gifts this Mother’s Day and loved it, that’s GREAT! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. 🙂 In past years I have asked for things too…last year I asked for and received my Garmin Watch, which I LOVE! But this year this mama needed a long weekend full of family, relaxation, laughter and memories and that’s exactly what I got!

 

Life goes by to fast and as I watch my little ones grow at the speed of light I know looking back I will remember this year, watching my kiddos playing in the rain, laughing and having a great time!
I hope you all received your BEST Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

April 28, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

 

pb bup

 

I have FINALLY hooked my hubby on green smoothies!!! 🙂 For those that don’t know Sai, he is not always excited to try new things. He started by occasionally taste testing my smoothie and then he started drinking one daily but only because I would make it and say, “here, DRINK IT”! Now, he wakes up and asks, “what no smoothies today”!

Yes, this process has been going on for a few years but some people are more difficult to convince. For Sai, he has seen and felt the difference in his days after he has a green smoothie for breakfast. He will often times have TWO, one in the afternoon as well!
So wives, husbands, daughters, brothers, moms and dads; if you are trying to share the greatness of green smoothies with the ones you love be patient and keep sharing. Start with the recipes that will be most comfortable for your loved one and then expand their horizons gradually over time.  

If they are a peanut butter cup lover like us, try this delicious smoothie for a starter! Anything with peanut butter has to be good!

 

Recipe Adapted from Simple Green Smoothies

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie 

  • 2C Spinach (I use fresh spinach that I have previously frozen)
  • 2C Almond Milk – unsweetened
  • 2 Bananas
  • 3TBS Cacao
  • 2TBS Peanut Butter

Blend Spinach and milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

 

Enjoy!

 

Share a green smoothie with someone you love, you can change their life!

 

Happy Sharing!!! 🙂