If you are on a mission get fit then you know that a good fitness routine and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. Eating balanced meals are one thing, but making sure you are snacking smart is just as important. Snacks are a great opportunity to get in some extra fiber, vitamins, minerals and eating more frequently helps to boost your metabolism, but not any old snack will do! If you are as busy as we are, then you need a snack to eat on the go that doesn’t require a lot of prep but also one that tastes great- and these no bake PB & J energy bites hit all of those marks. They are incredibly easy to make, full of natural and healthy ingredients and delicious- and really that’s the most important part!
The New Year and your New Year’s resolutions may have already become a thing of the past but the good news is that Spring has more than sprung and Summer is on the horizon. The better news? Daily Mom is launching our Get Fit Initiative.
With the nicer weather in full swing, we want to help you get up, get out and get moving. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you , doing the same thing and offering encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion (because it’s crucial to look good while getting in shape), family fun activities and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. Remember,this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and family as top priorities. We are here to help you work getting fit and healthy into your everyday life.
If you’re anything like us, you might go days and days wearing the same bra – and when you finally get around to washing your bras, they generally get thrown in the wash along with the dirty towels and food-stained kids’ clothes.
We should all take better care of our undergarments – especially since high-quality nursingwear is a small investment. So, here’s the low down on bra care: read up and resolve to take better care of these hard-working undergarments!
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)–commonly called cowslip, king’s cure-all, night willow-herb, and sun drop–is a wonderful plant, not only for its beautiful flower, but also for a special oil that can be made from it. This oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, and it has a wide range of amazing benefits and usefulness, the secrets of which have been passed down over many centuries. For example, primrose oil is used in both midwifery, as well as therapeutically, such as a neuropathic remedy. Its use is becoming more popular as its value is being rediscovered.
We’ve all seen them. Those moms that look so put together, so calm, so happy. They are like mystical beings, like a unicorn in the wild. How do they do it? How do they manage to look so peaceful and happy all of the time? We all love being moms, but no one among us is immune to the “mom burn out,” where we feel so exhausted, beat down, tired, sleepy, oh yeah, and more tired. We’ve all had those days where we have nothing left to give. Does that happy mom ever feel this way too? Does she have tired days. Of course she does- but chances are, she is doing some things that you are not. We’ve busted open the brain of these unicorn moms to see just what they are doing and have found 8 surprisingly simple secrets of happier moms that we can all do to help us be more calm, collected and, well, happier!
Take a stroll into the vitamin aisle of a Pharmacy, Whole Foods or other grocery store and you will likely be overwhelmed with the vast amount of vitamins, minerals, herbs and essential oils that line the shelves. With so many different brands and options for Vitamin C how are you supposed to know which will really support your body best? The world of vitamins can be a confusing area, especially for those who are unfamiliar with these mind boggling nutritional supplements. First and foremost it is important to know that all vitamins are not created equal. Consumers spend billions of dollars on these types of supplements each year and educating yourselves is the best way to ensure purchasing the best quality and most effective vitamins on the market.
It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.
When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to watch every little thing you put in your mouth and to be aware of things in your environment. Many women are shocked to find out that what they can ingest is still somewhat limited, however, if they choose to breastfeed following pregnancy. While you can go back to eating sushi, have an occasional drink, and take a few more medications that were off limits previously, you still need to watch what goes in your system and may come out in your milk. Herbal teas are great for soothing nerves, tummies, and a sore throat–but did you know there are many teas that help boost milk production and can even help a colicky baby? Continue reading for some tea ideas that are compatible with breastfeeding and even have extra benefits.
If you are on a mission to rid your house of unwanted chemicals, a great first place to start is your cleaning cabinet. There are many excellent natural cleaning products out there on the market that not only look great but are very expensive. While these products are great to have on hand, why not save yourself some money and make some at home? We’ve already addressed all the amazing uses of vinegar when it comes to cleaning, but did you know that baking soda has almost as many surprising and natural uses? Baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and CHEAP and can be used in cleaning, baking, cooking, and even medicinally.
Hydrogen peroxide – chemically known as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants used in all parts of the world. In fact, the odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now! Most people typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts or even as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize. Because of hydrogen peroxide’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it makes it one of the most valuable $2.00 purchases you can make at the drug store!
As parents, you likely strive to make sure your children are kept safe. Have you ever thought about how this extends to the food that they eat? Packaged and processed foods have become a convenient choice for today’s busy families. However, while you are striving for convenience are you considering safety and health related side effects? These foods are oftentimes filled with additives and preservatives to control the color, flavor, aroma, nutrition, texture, and shelf life. This results in an impossibly long ingredient list full of words that are hard to pronounce. Though some of these ingredients are said to be safe, many can have negative effects, especially on children.
For adults, there are a plethora of apps designed to help us track our food intake, figure out how healthy certain foods are for us, and track our daily movements. Nowadays, even our youngest kids are drawn to modern technology early on. Once you have determined that they have reached a maturity level where they are actually learning from the use of apps on devices such as an iPad or iPhone and you are allowing them some screen time, consider helping them learn all about health and nutrition. There are a host of games and apps promoting fitness and educating children about their bodies, and how to nourish themselves in a healthy manner.
Have you been introduced yet to the new “health trend,” a cup of bone broth a day? Don’t roll your eyes quite yet! This trend has a lot of substance (and followers) behind it. You know that almost nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup when you’re sick—right? Well, the benefits of that homemade broth on its own has super health benefits that can not only restore you back to health, but help prevent illness, improve your skin, hair, and nails, digestion, reduce allergies, and some have suggested it might even help reduce cellulite! Read on for an easy bone broth recipe and to find out more about the benefits of bone broth.
Have you spent the first weeks of 2015 wondering if this is the year? YOUR year? Every year people all across the world set goals or resolutions for the upcoming year, some may be realistic while some could be completely unobtainable, even for the most determined of personality types. Oftentimes these resolutions include getting fit by summer, cutting out sugar or fat for 6 weeks or embarking on the newest dieting fad to lose those last (or those first) five pounds. Many times these goals are related in one way or another to your health or nutrition. This time around, instead of beating yourself up over unfinished resolutions how about you choose to become the Best and Healthiest version of yourself. Daily Mom is officially launching our Health Coaching Series, designed specifically with OUR READERS in mind.
In the fight against fat and in the search for the optimal “diet” there is so much conflicting information. In a world where so many people are looking for a quick fix for everything, it is important to take a step back and understand the facts. The truth is that not all fats are created equal. Having a better understanding of the different types of fats, will likely make the word “fat” seem less scary to you. Fat is actually essential to our health. Though it is essential, it can also be the cause of some diseases depending on the types. Exploring and learning the “skinny” on fat will help you understand and make the right decisions.