Grow Your Own!

The next thing we did was start our own vegetable garden. I had never before experienced the joy and pride in cultivating a garden! Although my local grocery store has a beautiful selection of organic fruits and vegetables and my town has a fantastic weekly farmer’s market, we wanted to try our hands at growing our own. I also wanted to show the kids how rewarding it is to pluck dinner from our own back yard!

I am very fortunate to have a neighbor and friend who is much more skilled and seasoned in the art of gardening. She shared this book with me. I do not have a green thumb, so any help is greatly appreciated!  Square Foot Gardening taught us how to provide the right mix of soil to grow a really nice garden.  I used organic, non-gmo seeds and currently have a variety of lettuces, kale, rainbow chard, carrots, celery, tomatoes, red and purple peppers, collards, lemon cucumbers, and eggplants. I also have an extensive herb garden on my deck which includes basil, oregano, chives, rosemary, mint, cilantro, cumin, thyme, dill, parsley, and wheat grass.

It is so much fun to cook when you can just walk outside and help yourself to natures bounty!

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Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

The first change that I made to our diet was adding tons of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.  The easiest way that I found to do this is with a Nutribullet.  I have a kale and fruit smoothie for breakfast every morning. Just this morning, my daughter and I had a smoothie made of fresh kale from our garden, strawberries, mango, blueberries, a banana, dried goji berries, walnuts, flax milk, and chia seeds. It was delicious (and incredibly nutritious)! It also makes an incredible substitute for baby food, as my one-year-old loves the smoothies too.

There are several high-powered blenders on the market (and to make a veggie-fruit smoothie, you definitely want a high-powered blender), but I found the NutriBullet to be the biggest bang for my buck.