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Kids Can Sing N Sweep!

Children everywhere have a tendency to sing during all activities. And they love to be stars, gaining the love and attention of their parents and loved ones.

Microphones are imagined from brooms, phones, spoons and kids dance around the room loving life and their own voices. This fun activity – the dancing and sweeping – starts a habit of being physically healthy and a great emotional well being.

I talk a lot about books and food here, both are staples in everyone’s well-being and so is physical activity and imaginative play. A New Brunswick resident created a product that celebrates both and called it Sweep N Sing and he needs your support.

Trent Washburn, the creator of this outstanding toy, wants to send you one of the first Sweep N Sing’s for your kids to enjoy. You can be a part of this by donating even just $1.00 today through his kickstarter program. I encourage you to do so today.

I can totally see Sammy cleaning up his house while having fun and singing his favourite song – what about you?

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Total Wellness Summit

There is so much information available to improve our health and a lot of is for free! Taking advantage of what people are offering is one way to shift your perspective and improve your total well-being.

The Total Wellness Summit put on through the Food Network is just one of them. I’m learning so much from their free videos and it puts me in the right frame of mind to open up to healthier ways of living.

So many people say it’s too expensive to eat or be healthy – gym memberships cost too much, vegetable prices are unreasonable and junk is just so cheap but at what cost? Long term wise, it’s easy to understand why more and more people are starting to invest in themselves and their family to improve their total outlook in life. FoodMatters, the website which hosts this summit, offers a lot of advice and information that will motivate you to make a healthier meal everyday of the week!

It’s easy to feel better and still be able to afford an occasional treat. I challenge you to research how to make your favourite meal even healthier today!

Thanks for reading and trying,

Sarah Butland

It Has Been Awhile But I’m Back!

I’ve been busy watching lots of food documentaries and connecting with so many wonderful people who are passionate about healthy food! The latest one I’ve watched is Fed Up and it’s obvious, people are determined to make a change.

See a clip of it here:

Like many of the others movies available, it had a tremendous impact on me as I’m once again appreciating salads and vegetables a whole lot more. Fruit smoothies, always delicious, are now even more scrumptious knowing how they are rewarding my body with nutrients.

And with going back to school on the horizon for most of us, the dreaded conversation of lunches comes up but there’s no need to panic. Quite the opposite of panic, in fact, as we can enjoy the challenge of embracing our imagination and good health. Filling lunch bags with healthy versions of our kids favourites and introducing them to new ones!

With Super Healthy Kids you can find loads of resources, recipes and so much more! Check out some new snack ideas like No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites by visiting their site and let me know what you, and your kids, think when you make them!

Thanks for reading and eating healthy foods!

author of Sending You Sammy

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Food Revolution With The Eating Game

Food Revolution Atlantic and The Eating Game have joined forces and want to reward you!

Have a picky eater at home?

This program was designed to help parents of Autistic children make meal time fun instead of a battle but it’s useful for all. Let your children choose what is for breakfast, snack, lunch and supper to be sure they enjoy and it eat.

You still have control to ensure they are getting what makes them healthy but you are giving some over to make it a team effort instead of a war.

Be sure to visit Food Revolution Atlantic’s Facebook group before this Friday – Food Revolution Day – for your chance to win your own copy!

Thanks for entering, reading and Good Luck!

Sarah Butland

Listen Up and Eat Delicious Plus Nutritious

We all know there has been a dramatic change over time in what we taste. Boneless chicken breasts have gone from good to poor, even bone in meats demand a game of trouble shooting to try to find one that tastes good.

And why buy unseasoned when some companies are doing it for us – saving time and hassle?

The reason was discussed recently on CBC’s The Current in connection with The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker. Take a listen and finally understand what’s happening in your mouth and in the money making world of today.

Buy Local, Taste Flavour

It’s time to tell the companies we prefer real farmers, free range animals and vegetables not coated in pesticides – if the sign says “dangerous – keep out” while the foods are in the fields we should be leaving them there.

Many say it’s cheaper to eat junk but that’s because we keep buying it. The more pop, fast food and prepared stuff we buy the lower the cost for the company producing it so they can have more sales, lower prices and higher quantity. But this makes me – and you – sick!

Keep an eye out for sales on kale, asparagus, strawberries in the store and you’ll notice, when you eat them, even within the few days before spoiling, you feel better and fuller. Buy your meat from a local butcher and understand that a turkey actually looks like a turkey without the feathers on it.

Visit a farm on Open Farm Day this year on September 21st and learn how real food is raised and grown – not made.

Grapes –  I bet you can’t resist a bowl of them.

Carrots – cooked or raw, they benefit all.

Marketing shouldn’t have to cost farmers millions of dollars, we should be smart enough to choose healthy every day and then when we do, the prices will be awesome compared to the manufactured stuff making us  sick.

Your health is priceless. You only have on life – make it delicious!

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland