Many who know me will know that managing my health through daily exercise and balancing my nutrition is something that it is not only important to me, but has become a lifestyle over the years. With balancing nutrition I have tried to introduce myself to many homeopathic and holistic approaches to managing my health and wellness over the years.
I’m certainly far from a hippy when it comes to my holistic approaches, but I have found over the years that certain tinctures, essential oils and homeopathic medicines have worked well for not only me, but also for my family.
Take peppermint oil for instance. Peppermint oil has been great for soothing nausea, headaches and eliminating stress.
I will also be reintroducing Red Raspberry Leaf to my daily routine in the coming weeks when I reach full-term in my pregnancy. Although there are no proven facts, it is thought that red raspberry leaf helps to tone the muscles of your uterus to help it work better during labour. Even consuming red raspberry leaf after pregnancy is thought to have it’s benefits. As it is thought to boost your immune system, helps to shrink your uterus back to it’s pre-pregnancy shape and fight infection.
I have also introduced several tinctures to my children over the years. More specifically: Calm for Kids and Cough + Cold. Speaking of which my daughter is currently taking Orange Naturals Cough + Cold Tincture. All she requires is 2mL (3 times daily). The Cough + Cold Tincture helps to relieve and fight colds, as well as other infections.
Over Christmas my family and I experienced a bout of the stomach flu. It was less than pleasant to say the least. During our recovery I was sure to up our probiotic intake. The use of a probiotic powder temporarily modifies intestinal flora, which can be helpful when it comes to restoring the balance of bacteria in your gut after a bout of viral gastroenteritis.
Based on the above you may think I have a lot of knowledge when it comes to natural approaches to managing my health and wellness, but truth be told I still have a lot to learn. For this reason, I’m thrilled to announce that for the next 6 months I am taking on the role of brand ambassador for Orange Naturals.
Orange Naturals, a Canadian Company situated in the Greater Toronto area, was developed by two naturopathic doctors, Adriana Restango and Cecilia Ho, with the mission to make it simpiler and more affordable for families everywhere to experience the powerful health benefits of naturopathic medicine.
Those who know me well can attest to my love affair with smoothies. Smoothies have always been a staple in my life. However I have found myself enjoying them more so now than ever during my pregnancy. Smoothies are a healthy way for me to ensure that I intake all the daily nutrition that I require to not only support my growing baby, but while also managing my health.
Recently Orange Naturals introduced me to their line of ND Shakes. ND Shakes are the very first line of nutrient dense shakes that are custom-made for the whole family. ND Shakes are the only nutritionally complete shakes formulated to meet the unique daily requirements of men, women, teens and children. ND Shakes contain multivitamin blends using the most biologically active forms of nutrients at specific therapeutic levels to support optional health in every member of the family, every day!
Each morning I can be found with a smoothie in hand. As well, each afternoon you will find me sipping a smoothie post-workout. ND Shake for WOMEN has become a welcome addition to my daily smoothie regime. ND Shake WOMEN contains the same nutrient dense blend as the ND Shake ORIGINAL (plant protein plus greens and antioxidant heavyweights like acai, goji and blueberries), but it also packs in nutrients specific to women’s health such as cinnamon for keeping blood sugar in check, calcium for bone health and cranberry for a healthy urinary tract.
One of my favourite smoothies is a Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie. It sounds so decadent, but the benefit is that it is also very healthy, packed full of protein and many other essential nutrients.
Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Handful of ice
- 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- handful of spinach (optional)
- 1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
- 1 to 2 scoops Orange Naturals ND Shake – Chocolate (add the second scoop if you want more of a thickie consistency)
- 1 cup skim milk (you can easily sub with soy milk or almond milk)
- agave nectar (to taste – optional)
- Add the ice, frozen fruit and spinach to blender.
- Top with the remaining ingredients.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy immediately.
For those that are on the go or in need of a quick, healthy snack – you can whip up a batch of Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies. These cookies are healthy and full of goodness.
These cookies will certainly be a staple for me when I’m breastfeeding a new bundle again in the next month or so.
Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
- 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 scoop Orange Naturals ND Shake – Vanilla
- 2/3 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
- 1.5 cups quick oats
- 1/4 cup raisins or craisins
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup raw slivered almonds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mash bananas. Combine with peanut butter and scoop of Orange Naturals ND Shake – Vanilla.
- Add in apple sauce. Mix well with batter.
- Add quick oats, raisins, chocolate chips and almonds. Combine well.
- Spoon batter on to wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Orange Naturals has just launched a blog written by two naturopathic doctors, Naturally At Home, tailored to helping moms bring natural health into their homes from a Mother’s perspective!
Visit the Orange Naturals website to learn more about their great products. While you are there you can sign-up to receive their newsletter, and receive a coupon that you can use to save $2.00 the next time you purchase Orange Natural products!
Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.