Little Indulgences for the Healthy Mom

Even the healthiest moms like to indulge once in a while. 

I can't say I am the healthiest mom so I will admit that I like to indulge more than once in a while. In fact, I truly think that little indulgences can be a really fun part of life, even a healthy life. 

Something that helped me to not over-indulge in the naughtier things in life was when I expanded what I considered an indulgence. Once upon a time I thought of an indulgence as a banana split after a bacon double cheeseburger. Ok, ok, I still dive into a bacon cheeseburger once in a while but it is a rarity these days thanks to the idea of crowding out. I have added so many other indulgences that there is really no room in my life for some of my old choices. 

The idea of crowding out means that I avoid telling myself, “Never again!” as in “NEVER AGAIN shall we have a banana split!” Or “NEVER AGAIN will we have a glass of wine with dinner on a random Monday evening.”

The term "never again" feels like a very long and sad life sentence. 

So I ditched the idea of "never again" and started ADDING IN! 

I added in more, more, more of the GOOD STUFF! I started expanding what I thought was a treat, what counted as an indulgence. 

Do you want to know what I consider an indulgence these days? 

Take a look! 

 

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a great addition to any healthy lifestyle but I consider it an indulgence because it can be a bit more costly than my standard olive oil... although I do find great deals much more often these days. (Psst, like the one I included here! It is worth a peek!) Avocado oil is high in those awesome healthy fats and antioxidants. It is also an excellent addition to your diet if you are hoping to promote skin regeneration and reverse the aging process on a cellular level. And yes, you will hear me say things like, "Mmm, I can't wait to eat my salad. I have avocado oil today." Funny but true.  If you want to read more about Avocado oil you can check out a short but informative article HERE. 

 

 

Mani/Pedi

I can't put my finger on it: is it the alone time? Having someone help pretty you up? The pampering? Who cares!?! Taking the time for a manicure and/or a pedicure is ah-mazing. My personal touch is to go with some home-brewed green tea. A fancy travel cup doesn't hurt either. 

 

 

Chocolate

Yea, nothing is going to beat chocolate.

These days, however, I don't indulge in 28 bite-sized halloween style chocolates. Nope, I have upgraded myself to higher quality and absolutely delicious chocolates and feel pretty decadent myself when enjoying a square or two. (Yes, that is actually enough to be satisfying!) I have a new favorite on my personal chocolate scene, Raaka Chocolate from Brooklyn. Definitely worth checking out. One of my longtime favorites that are local to us here in Central NJ is Mecha Chocolate. Amazing stuff! Lastly, as a matter of convenience, I might add an Endangered Species chocolate to my Amazon order. I mean, you have to have a little chocolate in the fridge at all times, right?

 

 

Epsom Salt Bath

For me, an epsom salt bath takes a little planning. I mean, I have to figure out when everyone will either be asleep or out of the house because that is the only way I am getting an uninterrupted bath. If I can manage all the right calculations, this is a total treat. Not only does it feel like an indulgence but it is so healthy, detoxifying, and relaxing. Worth it every time! 

 

 

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Massage

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When you treat yourself to a massage everything seems right with the world. I will admit this is a treat that I don’t indulge in often enough but even if it is only once in a blue moon that you make this happen for yourself, it is worth it.  

 

 

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Holistic Beauty Products

Treating myself to healthy beauty products that are free from harmful ingredients is one of my favorite indulgences. Bath gels, facial scrubs, firming lotions, BRING IT ON! There are a few that I love but Neal’s Yard Rememdies have products have been my favorite for a long time now. 

 

 

Building a healthier life doesn’t mean that moms like us can’t indulge. With a simple shift in what we consider an indulgence, we can treat ourselves and be spoiled in a way that respects our healthy lifestyle.

 

This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Ready to feel spoiled?  Which one of these indulgences are calling your name?

 

 

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Simple Salad Dressings That Take Your Salads To a New Level

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At some point in adulthood we realize Mom was always right, we really DO need to eat our veggies. 

Everything we read, watch and absorb leads us to the conclusion that we can't achieve our healthiest self without focusing on veggies. 

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you are getting a big, healthy serving of veggies each day is by eating a fat and colorful salad almost daily.

If you want to be sure that you actually eat your salad, be sure to fill your salad bowl with all of the veggies you love to eat.

Something else you can do to keep your salads interesting and something you look forward to eating is by mixing up the salad dressings you are using. There are more and more healthier dressings on the market these days that use minimal ingredients and are still full of flavor.  We want to be careful about the dressings we choose however. It really is a shame to chop up a nutritious salad full of the healthiest raw veggies only to drown them in artificial flavors, preservatives, and trans fats. 

To avoid this you have 2 choices: read your labels carefully OR make your own simple but delicious dressings right from home. 

Today I am sharing 5 simple and oh-so-delicious salad dressing recipes that are perfect for your next salad or the bottom of your mason jar salads:

 

Olive Oil & Lemon dressing

This dressing is so simple but the garlic and lemon add all the right flavors to any salad. I love this dressing and make it often! 

 

Green Goddess dressing

Personally I prefer my green goddess dressing without mayonnaise. This healthier version is a preference for me. 

 

Mustard Salad dressing

Like mustard? Add a little spice to your salad with this easy to whip up dressing. I bet you have all of the ingredients at home now! 

 

Creamy Cilantro-Avocado dressing

I love avocado and anything with avocado calls my attention. This is an easy and fun dressing with tons of flavor. The cilantro is another bonus! 

 

Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette

I love venturing away from my standard olive oil for salads. This dressing uses one of my favorites, sesame oil, as well as some other amazing ingredients to create a delicious dressing.

 

There you have it! 5 simple dressings that use pretty wholesome ingredients and enhance your salad. A good dressing will keep you looking forward to your next nutritious salad! 

 

 

 


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3 Secret Habits of Healthy Moms

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We know they are heading to yoga after school drop off. 

We know they spend most of their time shopping in the produce aisle. 

We know they head to the gym and fit in a quick workout pretty regularly.

 

But what are the habits of healthy moms that aren’t jumping out at us on social media? What are we not seeing?

 

What are the SECRET HABITS of HEALTHY MOMS?  

 

Today I am sharing 3 of the secret habits of healthy moms. These are the habits that are less obvious. This is the stuff that makes a huge difference but perhaps you wouldn't guess are happening. 

Adding these secret habits can help you further embrace a healthier and happier lifestyle, making it a permanent change for you and your family.  

 

1. Healthy moms learn and grow. They read, they take classes, they learn new skills. They listen to new ideas and find exciting ways to adventure outside of their comfort zone. They know that learning new things makes life fun and keeps their healthy life interesting. Healthy moms find local workshops, cooking classes, and more ways to keep healthy living at the center of life. 

Take action: Find a reliable source of local events and classes that you can refer to. Grab a girlfriend and try something new. If you need some local ideas, I recommend our Mason Jar Salad Workshop that is coming up SOON! 

 

2. Healthy moms know when to say NO. These ladies are not trying to take on every single task to the point of overwhelm and exhaustion. Nope. They know their limits and they say no. If their plate is currently full, they avoid volunteering for something they know they can't squeeze in. If they day is jammed with chores and errands, they don't feel badly taking a back up pizza out of the freezer and calling it dinner. 

Take action: Consider having a few back ups on hand in your own freezer for when you need to say no to a home-cooked meal. Get in the habit of checking in with yourself and assessing when you are at maximum capacity. It is ok to say no, ask for help, or let someone else step up. 

 

3. Healthy moms find community. I, personally, found motherhood itself a little isolating at first. Then, the more and more I left the “norm” and embraced healthier living, the more isolated I felt. I knew I couldn’t stay that way though. Not if I wanted to make this a lifelong journey. I had to find like-minded mamas and build a community. Via social media, local events, and more I was able to build an amazing community of like-minded moms to share support, ideas, recipes and laughs. 

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Take action: Join groups on social media that are welcoming and full of moms with ideas and goals like yourself. The Real Moms Collaborative is one but there are many! Local events will give you the opportunity to meet moms face-to-face and grow your community that way as well. Check out the Moms Together, a weekly meet up for moms on a healthy mission starting soon in Mercer County New Jersey! If you are interested, be sure to sign up for more information. 

 

These are 3 healthy habits that might not be the most obvious practices of a holistically healthy mom but they are tremendously effective. Choose the one that you can connect to the most and commit to taking action as soon as possible. 

 

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