My Medicinal Soup + Making Exercise Fun for Kids

I hope you all had a fantastic Spring Break. We took the kids camping. We had a wonderful time taking family bike rides and taking nature walks with the kids. We found this little guy while hiking.
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5 lined skink

Jayson and I have always lived active lifestyles and really enjoy raising active children. Being a runner, triathlete, and personal trainer I believe in making exercise fun for our children. Some activities we take part in are playing tag, freeze dance, and having hula hoop contests. We also play Simon says, jump rope, and the kids both have participated in “fun runs”.

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Lily playing freeze dance.

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Jaydon playing freeze dance.

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Doing the Chicken Dance. 🙂

Here are some tips on making exercise fun for your kids.

1.) Find activities you can do as a family. Do this several times a week. The whole family can go on a bike ride, hikes, swimming, plant a garden, or have fun dancing. Our favorites are the chicken dance and the bunny hop. 😀

2.) Limit your child’s time watching television. Too much television can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. Childhood tendencies are likely to carry over into adulthood, so start now. We limit our television to 2 hours a day.

3.) Let your child pick! Whether it’s the music you guys dance to, or what to pick to take home from your family hike. Children love to be independent and this way they can have fun doing it.

4.) Make it a routine. You can start small, but establishing a fun exercise routine now can be beneficial to your child’s mental and physical health.

5.) Here are a few extra fun activities your children will love. Bowling, miniature golf, flying a kite, playing London Bridge, or Duck Duck Goose, roller skating, potato sack races, hopscotch, walk like a crab, hop like a bunny, or run like a gorilla.

What activities does your family do in order to stay active?

Ok, so about my Medicinal Soup. With the kids being in a mother’s day out program they bring anything and everything home. Jayson calls them the “motherships”. 😉

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Awesome!! 😛

So Lily came down with a cold, then Jayson, then Jaydon, and then of course “yours truly”. I think this happens in a way so that I can care and nurture everyone beck to good health before I get it. Just sayin…

After this last round I really wanted to share my medicinal soup I have concocted that works wonders! Treating a fever or a cold with soup is an ancient tradition. If nothing else, a bowl of soup lovingly prepared can make us feel better even if it doesn’t cure our illness. Kind of like a placebo effect. However in addition to its ability to comfort, I believe certain soups, including this one, have healing powers. This recipe is kind of a Japanese twist to the traditional chicken noodle soup.

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Recipe

Handful of buckwheat soba noodles
Organic chicken or vegetable broth
2 fresh garlic cloves minced
Organic Nama Shoyu
Side of Ginger

Cook noodles according to directions in broth. Add fresh garlic and nama shoyu to taste. Sit back, take in the aroma and let the soup do it’s magic. I serve this soup with a side of ginger.

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Health Benefits:
Noodles: Buckwheat Soba Noodles contain vitamins B1 and B2 and contain several minerals. They also contain rutin, which in recent studies is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals.
Ginger: Ginger root has a lot of medicinal benefits. It Is a good source of magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin B6, and manganese.
Garlic: Garlic has been considered as a “wonder drug”. It’s health benefits and medicinal properties have long been known. Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic.
Nama Shoyu: Now my favorite, Shoyu. It’s is 100% organic and is fermented from sea salt and Spring Water from Japan known as ‘God Spring’. The Japanese believe it has healing powers. Organic Nama Shoyu has been nicknamed the “champagne of soy sauces”. Studies show that is has antioxidant properties 10X more potent than the antioxidants in red wine. They also show that it’s 150X more effective than vitamin C!!

Be Well,
Leslie

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