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Bath Time Bonanza

Ahhh……..the obligatory bath.  It’s a story that every parent knows well.  Kid gets dirty playing outside, follows it up with mac n’ cheese in the hair and germs from school everywhere else.  At the end of most days, a bath is the only answer.  I don’t know about you, but all three of my children are 500% happier while in, and after their baths.  They could be crabby and whiny before, but rarely emerge from the water upset.

It’s a trick I’ve used a MILLION times with a unhappy kid.  “Wanna take a bath”?  Rarely is the answer no, and the water seems to literally suck the grouchiness right out of them.  Be honest — it works for you too right?  After a long day at work, and the stress of balancing the 9 million things that we all do, sometimes a nice hot soak is all you need.

Guess what?  It’s a scientifically proven fact that taking a bath improves your state of mind.  Not only that, but if you have an athletically active kid, a bath can also help relax their little muscles.

People have used baths a medicine for thousands of years.  For the Romans, the Turks and the Japanese, bathing was a ritualistic, and often religious experience.  Why?  It’s probably as simple as the sense of calm and well being that we all feel after taking a soak.  It ‘bath cultures’, hot spring water is often used for elements and minerals that bring further health benefits.  That may be hard to do at home, but a warm Epsom salt bath is a great way to help detox the body.

Now that we are approaching the winter months, there’s less outdoor playtime.  When the kids get that cooped up crabiness — don’t forget the humble, happy bath!

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Our Kid Athlete Approved Granola Recipe

I recently read an article about the importance of good carbohydrates for busy kids involved in sports. Their little bodies need the energy that carbs provide for fuel! I’m not talking about gummy candy or white bread, but ‘good for you carbs’ like fruit, or wheat bread, or healthy bars. You know the drill!

I was drawn to the article because my 5 year old is really into her gymnastics. She has practice several times a week, and I want to make sure I’m feeding her the right things for energy. Candy isn’t the answer, and sometimes a piece of fruit before training just isn’t enough.

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And then it hit me!! Long ago, before kids, when Lance and I were living and working on Miami Beach, I used to pop on the Jam On Channel on XM/Sirius and lovingly make granola. I’d pick out great ingredients, mix up a batch, and cook it slowly for ultimate crispness. We called it our ‘Sunshine Happy Hippie Granola’. I honestly don’t remember where I found the recipe anymore, but I do love it!!

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Lana, Leo, Willow and I whipped up a batch early this week, and the kids LOVE it. Lana’s been munching on it before gymnastics, and seems to be a happy camper through class, and not starving after it’s over! Success. Here’s our recipe!

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Sunshine Happy Hippie Granola

Preheat Oven to 250F

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
2 TB chia seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried fruit or nut of choice
Pinch of sea salt

Simply combine dry ingredients, then add the wet, and mix. Spray your pans, then spread the granola out on 2 cookie sheets, and bake for 75 minutes. Stir as often as every 15 minutes if you don’t want it to be clumpy. I like bigger pieces, so I hardly stirred our last batch at all.

Be creative! You can add all sorts of ingredients — cinnamon, peanut butter, whatever!!

Enjoy!!

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