Thursday, September 03, 2009

Helping Your Child Through Better Nutrition.

Did you know that almonds provide more vitamin E than any other nut? The vitamin E content works synergistically with flavonoids in the almonds to produce an antioxidant effect beneficial to the digestive tract.

So, much better for your child than a chocolate bar with almonds, is the following muffin recipe made with almonds. This recipe also is protein packed.

Protein Muffins with Almonds.

½ cup ground almonds
1 cup ground flaxseed.
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup whey protein powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 eggs
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 c soft tofu
2/3 cup grated carrot
Grated zest of 1 organic lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix together dry ingredients - flaxseed, ground nuts, baking soda, baking powder , whey protein powder, spices and salt - in a small bowl. Mix liquid ingredients – eggs, coconut oil, grated carrot, tofu, vanilla and lemon zest – together in a large bowl. Then gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients being careful to only mix until just combined. Overmixing will produce a less than desirable outcome.

Pour the mixture into muffin tins lined with paper cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean and dry. Overbaking will produce a dry, unappetizing muffin.

If there are any of these delectable muffins leftover, be sure to store in the refrigerator or freeze.

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Natural Stress Relief.

Dealing with a hyperactive child can be hectic and stressful until behavior is brought under control naturally through the proper supplements, like Attend, and diet, While your natural instinct as a parent is to focus on your child, for your own health’s sake, you need to focus a little on yourself.
Take a few moments for some of these natural stress relievers for a happier, less stressed out life.
Take a hot bubble bath; have one glass of wine; get plenty of sleep; walk away from the stressful situation; try yoga; take time for quiet time every day to relax, read or pray; use aromatherapy; eat healthful meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins; take a walk in nature; drink plenty of water; talk to a friend who is not critical or pessimistic; forgo alcohol, caffeine and tobacco; listen to subliminal tapes with a relaxation theme; exercise three to six times a week.

Relieve Stress by Doing Good.

Did you know that you can relieve stress and feel great at the same time just by performing acts of kindness? It is all so very possible according to recent medical studies.

In a National Institutes of Health study, the brain activity of volunteers was measured who donated cash to different charities as part of a computer game. When they "gave" money to philanthropic organizations instead of "pocketing" it, a part of their brains was activated that produces the hormone oxytocin. According to one of the researchers, this is a hormone that leads to relaxation.

You don't have to empty your wallet to gain the effect of this beneficial brain produced hormone. You can get that same effect by simply performing a random act of kindness every day - like smiling at someone passing by. Or, how about volunteering at a library reading to children or serving at a soup kitchen every once in a while.

The benefits far outweigh the effort for a happier, less stressed out life.