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Friday, October 18, 2019

Teach Kids About Fire Safety With PLAYMOBIL

October is Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Month

            I received a sample from Playmobil to facilitate this post.

 Now that my boys are old enough to stay home by themselves for a couple of hours it is a good time to teach them about fire prevention and fire safety. My boys have learned some things like don't use a lighter or matches unless a grownup is nearby and how to escape if there is a fire. These are important things to know but I think my boys and I could use a refresher on fire safety. One does not expect their house to be on fire or even a small fire in the kitchen but one needs to be prepared.

October is Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Month
 Since the whole month of October is Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Month, I decided that this would be a good time to help my boys be prepared for an emergency like a fire. That way I can rest a bit easier when I leave them home by themselves. Since this is a time when public service departments across America join forces to spread the word about fire safety, then I will make it a time for my family to learn about preventing fires and what to do in an emergency.

http://media.playmobil.com/i/playmobil/9462_product_extra6/Fire Station

A wonderful toy to teach kids about fire safety
  PLAYMOBIL has an awesome Fire Station that would be a great teaching tool to help kids learn about fire safety through play. Did you know that most kids learn better through play? This Fire Station comes with everything you need to help kids learn about what to do in an emergency through imaginative play. Kids can move the fireman people around the two-story firehouse and have the people slide down the fire pole to get to the included emergency helicopter. The fire station even has a functioning alarm sound and fold-down bunk beds. My boys love that PLAYMOBIL even though about small items like brooms, fire extinguishes, and chairs. The set includes two firemen that have hands to hold items like helmets, megaphone, flashlight,  and fire extinguisher. So kids can pretend to put out fires and handle emergencies.

 My boys have several other playsets from PLAYMOBIL and my grandbaby has sandbox toys from PLAYMOBIL. These have been fun toys for them. Since my boys are almost teenagers, we will be donating this awesome playset to a Christmas toy drive that my church does every year. So that way some special kid will receive a wonderful gift that will teach them about fire safety and fire prevention. It does not have to be October to learn about how to prevent fires or how to escape from a burning building. These are things that we should be teaching kids year-round. It should be more than stop-drop-and-roll and having fire drills at school.

 I discovered a wonderful website that has plenty of information and resources to help you teach your kids about fire safety. This Fire Prevention website has safety tip information, coloring sheets, and even helps you plan and practice how to escape a fire in your home. I was amazed at all the information. My boys and I will be using these resources so we can be prepared for an emergency like a fire in the home. I hope that my boys never have to put this information into practice but knowing that they are prepared, helps me feel confident in leaving them home by themselves.

What are you doing this month to teach kids about fire safety?

http://media.playmobil.com/i/playmobil/9462_product_detail/Fire Station

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Strawberry Turmeric Muscle Recovery Juice Smoothie

                  I enjoy this delicious drink after a workout at the gym.

  I never thought that I would enjoy visiting the gym. I am a runner by nature as I enjoy that fast-paced workout that gets my heart rate up. Over the years I have heard from many fitness experts that I needed to incorporate weights into my workouts but I just did not make time for lifting weights as I thought it was boring and unnecessary. My body looked fine so why would I want to waste my time with weights? Well fast forward to my 50's, my arms started to get some sag and I knew that it was time to start those dreadful weights. My husband's job just started a free gym membership with their health insurance plan last year and I had no excuse to not give weightlifting a try. At first, I struggled to get to the gym as they meant I had to find the time. Why would I want to spend an hour at the gym when I could go out running for 40 minutes? 

 So I pushed my self to visit the gym last summer and now 2 years later, I call myself a gym nut. I found the time 2-3 times a week to do those dreadfully slow weights. It was not easy at first but I just put on my headphones and did my weights. I realize how weak my arms and abs were so that got me motivated to lift weights. At first, I just did light 5-pound kettlebell weights and then after a few weeks, I started using the weight machines. I pressed on and was able to lift 30-50 pounds! Then my teen son encouraged me to start using free weights as he said it was great for my core muscles.

 I discovered that lifting 20 pounds of free weights in 25 repetitions was harder than using the weight lifting machines. I also discovered that lifting weights is beneficial for my asthma as it helps me get the mucus out of my lungs. My weight lifting routine is now 3 days a week of various arm exercises with the free weights. I am now enjoying the burn of the weights. I am also enjoying how my arms look and feel. Lifting weights has made my arms stronger and I can now even do real pushups. I also think that lifting weights also has helped my endurance and I am running longer distances.

 I like premixing my turmeric and strawberry Nuzest Protein Powder in these small bottles so they are ready to mix in my juice.  I simply mix one scoop of protein powder and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. The strawberry flavor from the Nuzest protein powder helps the turmeric taste much better. Sure, I could just swallow a turmeric supplement but turmeric powder gives me more of the turmeric benefits. A turmeric capsule only has a small amount of turmeric in it while using turmeric powder in my drink gives me more turmeric. I just grab one container of my pre-mixed powder and a bottle of my favorite juice on the way out the door to the gym. These pre-mixed bottles of protein powder and turmeric make things so much easier when I am having a busy day. The strawberry vegan protein powder has a wonderful fruity taste that I enjoy after my workout at the gym. I love that this plant-based protein powder is also dairy-free and gluten-free. I have discovered that this soy-free protein powder mixes up quickly and has a great taste even when mixed in water.

Turmeric powder gives me more benefits than a turmeric capsule supplement

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1 scoop of strawberry Nuzest + 1 teaspoon turmeric + your favorite juice = a great natural pain reliever drink

  On the days that I visit the gym and do weights, my arms sometimes have muscle aches so I make this delicious Refreshing Strawberry Turmeric Muscle Recovery Juice Smoothie as it has been helping with the muscle aches. This fruity drink also has protein in it to help repair and build my muscles. This gym thing must be working as a friend asked me the other day if I workout. When I said "yes!", she mentioned to me that my arms were very toned. I soaked up that comment with happiness and realized that was my goal of the gym, a toned body, not those big muscles like some of the guys I see at the gym.  Did you know that turmeric is great for inflammation and sore muscles? I like to call it my natural pain reliever!

 Nuzest vegan protein powder comes in many amazing delicious flavors like strawberry, vanilla, plain, and more. This is a clean protein that is allergy-friendly and also low in carbs so it is keto-friendly. This amazing plant-based protein is also gluten-free and I love using it in so many recipes like pancakes and more.

Check out some recipes that I used this amazing vegan plant-based protein powder in.

Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Healthy Low Carb Vegan Paleo Strawberry Frozen Dessert


Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Bites

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies

1 scoop of strawberry Nuzest + 1 teaspoon turmeric + your favorite juice = a great after the gym muscle recovery drink 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fuel Your Muscles With Fresh N Lean Performance Meals

What we feed our muscles as they recover matters a great deal

I received meals from Fresh N' Lean to facilitate this post.

  Many of us pay attention to what we eat before we workout, but what we feed our muscles as they recover matters a great deal. Eating the right foods after exercise can help you recover, build muscle, and prepare for your next workout. Eating meals with protein and other nutrients can make all the difference in our fitness goals.

I took my fitness to a whole new level
 I recently decided to step things up with my fitness routine to make my muscles stronger. My teen had been home for summer break from the academy and he inspired me to work harder at the gym. My son is a performance athlete at his school and participates in cross country and track. This boy can run fast and has placed first in many races. So seeing his gym routine made me want to change the way I spent my time at the gym. My son has a lean muscular body and it has helped his performance so I wanted to perform better. While my son was home he gave me some amazing gym advice and it has made a difference not only in my muscle strength but also in my running.

   The advice that my son gave me was to stop using the weight machines at the gym and start using more free weights. My son said that it would help with my core and stomach muscles. So I decided to try a new workout routine for three months to see what kind of results I could obtain. I also decided to add some hills to my running routine 3 days a week. It was at the beginning of July, right after I attended a fitness conference, that I decided to change my fitness routine. I visited the gym three days a week and ran five days a week with three of those days going up a long hill near my house.

Protein is good for building muscle
 The other thing that I notice when my teen son was home from school was how much he ate and what he ate. My son is a top performer runner at his academy and his coach is doing a great job of training my son. I was amazed that my son was eating so healthy! I was also amazed at how much protein he was consuming. My son is an athlete and he puts in 10-20 miles of running a day and an hour of lifting weights at the gym. So when my son would finish his workout, he would drink a plant-based protein shake and then make his dinner which would be 2 chicken breasts, some type of grain, and veggies. My son knew how to fuel his muscles for performance and muscle recovery.

 The dieticians at Fresh n’ Lean, the nation’s largest organic ready-to-eat meal delivery service, understand the importance of feeding your body with the right nutrients for adequate recovery and to maximize the benefits of your workout.

Made for different meal plans
 So my son encouraged me to take my fitness to a new level and I then realized that I would have to start eating more protein after my exercise workouts to maximize the benefits of my workout. I also knew that eating more protein and other nutrients would help my muscles recover better after I lifted weights. So I ate more fish and other meatless sources of protein after I pumped the iron at the local gym. I continued to eat my other healthy foods like rainbow roasted veggies and my chocolate mocha protein brownies. I also made my meal preparation easy with a healthy ready to eat meal subscription plan from Fresh N' Lean. I was able to have meals in my fridge that were loaded with protein and other nutrients so when I was busy I could grab a performance meal after I went running or went to the gym.

Fresh N' Lean is allergy-friendly
  I enjoyed having fresh organic ready-to-eat meals delivered to my home. What I loved most about these healthy meals, after the awesome flavor, was that I was able to customize my meals to fit my diet plan. I mostly eat plant-based meals but also enjoy seafood once in a while and I have many allergies. I am allergic to dairy, soy, and mushrooms so it was awesome that I could select a plan that had meals that were allergy-friendly. Fresh N' Lean is made for many types of eating styles like Keto, Paleo, vegan, low carb, and even gluten-free. They even have meals that are made for people who are athletic or lift weights.

Heat and eat meals
 Fresh N' Lean does all the meal prep so all I had to do was heat the meal up in the microwave. These delicious meals made it easy for me to eat healthy meals when I was busy so I did not have to think about cooking on a day when I was loaded down with work. I liked that I could use that time instead to meet my husband at the gym to do my simple weights. My husband liked that he could eat dinner right away when we got home from the gym. Having healthy food that is ready to eat helps my husband from snacking on junk food.

Healthy food that has awesome flavor
 These meals were packed with plenty of protein and lots of delicious veggies. They may have been ready-to-eat but they tasted like home-cooked meals. Even the breakfast oatmeal was so delicious. The meal plan that I selected gave me three meals a day so I had oatmeal for breakfast, a plant-based meal for lunch, and a seafood meal for dinner. If you are a meat-eater, then Fresh N' Lean has meals with steak and chicken.

Dairy-free and full of flavor
  Since I had to order dairy-free meals, as I discovered that a dairy allergy was the cause of my asthma, I was expecting bland meals. That was the case with this meal subscription box as the plant-based meals and animal protein meals were dairy-free but filled with lots of flavors. The veggies in the meals made the meals even healthier.

Package in recyclable and BPA-Free materials
 The meals were in microwaveable trays that were recyclable and BPA-Free. So that made things very eco-friendly and convenient. The meals arrived with plenty of ice packs to keep them cold. I loved that the ice packs were reusable. I keep these types of ice packs in my freezer so I can use them for grocery shopping and camping. The meals can be stored in the refrigerator for up to ten days and after that in the freezer. I can also select the plan that works best for me and order how many meals I want and whether I want breakfast, lunch, and /or dinner.

 Adjust your plan to fit your goals the macro calculator
  If you count calories, then you will be happy to know that the calorie info is included on the label of every meal along with the ingredients. Fresh N' Lean even has a macro calculator to make things easier for your busy lifestyle. So there really aren't any excuses when it comes to healthy eating.

Healthy eating made easy for busy people
 My past three months of lifting free weights at the gym and eating more protein have transformed my body. My arms have some awesome lean muscles and my core is trimmer. I even lost 10 pounds. The stronger muscles have even helped with my running as I am now able to run for 3 miles without having to take any walking breaks. The weight lifting even helps my asthma as it helps push the gunk out of my lungs.

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