Fun Learning Toys for Kids

Fun Learning Toys for Kids

As a homeschooling family I love getting my kids games that are fun, but also double as learning tools. I’m a firm believer that learning should be fun and love to have textbook alternatives to schooling to help my kids learn and grow. This post will share with you my favorite recommended fun learning toys for kids from Kindergarten to 3rd grade.

Fun Learning Toys for Kids Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

Bananagrams

Brain Quest Smart Game

Cranium Cadoo

Domino Rally Racing: STEM based learning set

GeoBingo

Magic Schoolbus: Journey Into the Human Body

Pizza Math

Say Cheese Multiplication Game

Silly Sentences 

Snap Circuits Junior

What’s Gnu

Wildcraft Herbal Adventure Game

 

Fun Learning Toys for kids

How to do a Nourishing Soup Detox

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I love doing regular detoxes for my body to help remove toxins and boost my body full of nutrients to help improve overall health and wellness. I have typically done juice detoxes and eliminations diets, but I recently came across something new that is a great detoxifying alternative in the colder months. This post will share with you how to do a Nourishing Soup Detox.

What is a Nourishing Soup Detox?

During the colder months, when our bodies tend to crave warmth and comfort, juice at every meal isn’t very appealing. Soups can easily be packed with tons of nutrient based foods providing the ultimate comfort food essential to heal the body during a detox. It makes perfect sense as a wintertime alternative to detoxing. Soup offers many benefits. Since most soups rely primarily on vegetables rather than fruits, they are super low on the glycemic scale, and are packed with fiber, which makes it hearty and satisfying. a proper cleanse needs nutrients that support the body’s innate detoxification systems and anti-microbials to kill the bad bacteria in the gut, which are a common source of toxicity.  Soup is a great way to deliver those nutrients to the body, as the food does not have to be chewed as much and it’s easier on the digestive system.

Pressing juice removes the fibers and pulps of fruits that are meant to be consumed. You get a lot of nutrients, but miss out on quite a bit of fiber which offers health benefits as well.  Soup generally packs more protein and fewer carbs than a green juice and is less likely to cause blood sugar levels to spike or plummet. A detox soup takes many of the healthiest ingredients possible and puts them together in one pot. They usually involve pureeing or blending the vegetables up, or at the very least chopping them into bite-sized pieces. This makes the soup easy to digest so your body can absorb and utilize all of the nutrients more easily. The best part about these recipes is that the focus is still on taste, so you’re getting a detox dose of vitamins and minerals which is satisfying to eat and is much easier to consume.

Making these soups with nutritious homemade bone broth will add extra nutrients and minerals to your soup. Store bought broth will not have the same nutritional value as homemade, not even close. You can learn more about the benefits of homemade bone broth here as well as a recipe for how easy it is to make your own. This will be the base to many nutritious and delicious soups that you can include in your detox. Here are some nourishing soup detox recipes that can get you started!

Nourishing Soup Detox Recipes

Detox Vegetable Soup by the Healthy Maven

Turmeric Broth Detox Soup by Feasting at Home 

Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup by Pinch of Yum

Cucumber Detox Soup by Dr. Axe

Turmeric Carrot Ginger Detox Soup by Organic Authority 

Oh She Glows Eat Your Greens Detox Soup by Vegan Miam

Veggie Detox Soup by Kris Carr

Ayurvedic spinach Mung Detox Soup by One Green Planet

Cleansing Detox Soup by The Glowing Fridge

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Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

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When the weather starts cooling off one of our favorite treats to enjoy is homemade flavored hot chocolate. Store bought flavored hot chocolate can contain nasty additives and ingredients so we try to avoid them as much as possible. Making your own homemade version is so easy and a much healthier alternative. Here is my recipe for homemade flavored hot chocolate that my family loves!

Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

When using essential oils internally it is important to make sure that your essential oil brand is safe for consumption.  If your oil brand is safe for consumption then it should have a supplement facts box with specific use instructions and warnings.  Here is the brand of Essential Oils that i use and recommend for consumption.

  1. Heat 4 cups of milk in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons unsweetened raw cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 4 teaspoons honey; whisk until smooth.
  3. When warm, remove from heat and mix in essential oil.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

With essential oils in the kitchen it is important to know that a little goes a long way! One drop really is enough. Add one drop to a toothpick to mix in the essential oil of your choice. Essential oil flavors I recommend are :

  • Orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

You can click here to learn more about where to find these pure essential oils which I personally use and recommend.

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