Author Archive for Crystal Ellington

Milk and Move of the day!

Did you know?
Health tip provided by Registered Dietitian, Molly Linek.

A1 vs A2 Milk What?

Have you started seeing a different milk in the refrigerated section of your stores? If not, you will.!! This “new” product is actually 5-10,000 years old!

A2 refers to the “Original” form of milk before domestication. A genetic mutation around 5 to 10,000 years ago bred a new type of milk, A1. Studies show that A1 milk can be more difficult to digest, increase inflammation, exacerbate GI issues, change gut bacteria and increase mucus production in many individuals.

Move of the day

Bear Hold Shoulder to Knee Taps

Move of the day!

Chocolate chip Protein Ball Recipe

This recipe comes by way of registered dietitian Molly Linek’s, student intern, Lily Mohseni.

chocolate chip protein recipe

Ingredients: ​*portions are very adjustable and can be fixed to your desired taste* Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl

➢ 1 cup of oats

➢ 1 cup of crushed walnuts

➢ 2⁄3 cup of shredded coconut

➢ 1⁄2 cup of chocolate chips

➢ 1/2 -1 cup of peanut butter (depends on how well your ingredients stick) ➢ 1 tbsp of chia seeds

➢ 1 tbsp of hemp seeds

➢ 1 tsp of vanilla extract

➢ 2⁄3 cup of honey

After creating a thick consistency, begin rolling the ‘dough’ into a ball (about the size of a golf ball) or fill about 1⁄2 of an ice cream scooper then place into the fridge!

Great as a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert!! Enjoy!

Evening Gratitude Walks & Trips to the Fresh Produce Farm

These are times I really appreciate

In the evenings


Fresh Farm Trips

The trip to the fresh fresh recently was a good surprise to the kids. We often make trips to this particular fun because of the quality of produce they offer in the things they have for the kids to play with while shopping.
This time while checking out the in season produce I noticed how much more involved the kids were in helping shop without me asking!
This kind of place is great because it continues to introduce the kids to the vibrant and fresh foods.

A great idea the next time you take your kiddos on a trip to a fresh farm have them pick out a green, red, yellow, orange and/or purple vegetable! It’s neat to see what they find and pick!

cabbages bigger then their heads

Sipping on a fresh peach 🍑 slushy

Not Luck, Just God

I saw a meme that I had to take a screenshot, because it was such a great realization of how transformation happens as you go through the process of your journey, Whatever journey that is.

I read it multiple times and applied it to my life. It is so true how healthy things involved in your life produce positive growth and transformation. Now With the transformation obviously comes change and change is a area that most of us become uncomfortable with because it’s something new that we aren’t used to. During that time of the change, although it’s supposed to be a blessing, it also comes with anxiety and frustration in trying to learn how to deal with the new change. That’s when challenge pushes you to God because you cannot handle or try to figure out on your own. You put it all in His hands, as the saying goes, let go and let God. 

When you do that you are putting all your faith and trust in him that however he proceeds and leads you, you will follow. 

I say all of this to say, through this process nothing is by luck, all of it is but by the grace of God. 

Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Embracing this NEW Process and Resisting Temptation

Embracing

before it went in the oven
it was sooooo good y’all. I’m proud 😁

Resisting….

The sprinkled cupcakes 🧁🤣🤣🤣

Some good friends stopped over and made some confetti cupcakes for the kiddos…… there they sat…. smellin goood

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Health and Fit Tip!


Health fact provided by RD, Molly Linek. 

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4Star Fit Tip: Inside Toe Tap

Make It Right, Get It Tight

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Chit Chat in School, Lunch, and Circle Time Exercise

Some days can be so difficult in figuring out what to whip up for your kiddos to make sure they get the nutrients they need for the say My kiddos have been back in daycare for a little over a month now so that they can have somewhat of a summer Interaction with another small group of kids and of course do some learning. 

In this pandemic time it was a tough decision but it was also safe and comforting decision knowing they would have a better structure of their food intake, play, learning, and naps. The structure they had at home intermingled with our work schedules was just too inconsistent and the kids needed more. 

Anywho, When it came to food intake, i’m not sure about you as a parent, but when I make their lunches I Have this mindset that I’d rather provide more than not enough in the case they were to be still hungry.

Now that my kiddos are getting older they are becoming more vocal about what I put in their lunch and I try to listen intensively because I don’t want them to waste any food they need not be wasted.

I will normally ask them how they liked their lunch and if they said it was good then I am definitely going to make it again but I try not to do it to consistently back to back so they don’t get bored. 

My focus for them is to always try and have a protein, fruit, some kind of dairy and whole-grain if possible. If they are not having any reaction to any of those food groups then I try to incorporate all of them.

Sometimes it’s just a hit and miss. 

I learned through this process, although it may not happen the way your kiddos may ask for it, a simple ask of what they like to eat can give some ideas. Just this most recently on my out way home from picking them up I asked how their day went and Rey said “ Mommy, everyone was staring at me during lunch” and when I asked her why she said “because they liked my lunch and was going to tell their mommies to make them a lunch like mine” 🤣🤣🤣

Anywho, So I did a little interview on Rey to candidly tell me her a little about school and her lunch time If they are not having any reaction to any of those food groups then I try to incorporate all of them.

Enjoy!

The Chit Chat

Circle time Fitness

I came up with this idea as I was getting ready to do my work out but decided that before I did my actual work out that we were trying to do something together and the idea of circle time came up! When they heard me say circle time their ears and eyes lit up because that’s the same terminology to use in daycare.

I made a circle of a few colorful items that will spur their attention. We kept the exercise sure but just enough that they were active and had fun. The whole purpose was not only to get them moving but I said to shine some light on them by calling them to the center of the circle and having them do A favorite exercise.
Parents, I highly encourage you to do the same! Even if you don’t have equipment you can use chairs or whatever you can think of creatively to form a circle and make it happen!

Circle Time Fitness


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Orange Cashew Chicken

Recipe provided by a registered dietitian, Molly Linek.

Simple and EASY

Ingredients

● 2 tablespoons peanut oil

● 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into thin strips

● 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper

● 3/4 cup orange juice

● 2 tablespoons soy sauce

● 1 tablespoon cornstarch

● 2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed, or frozen broccoli

● 1/2 cup cashew pieces

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides.

2. Add the chicken to the wok.

3. Stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes.

4. Combine the orange juice, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the chicken in the skillet or wok along with the

5. Add this mixture to the chicken in the skillet or wok along with the thawed peas.

6. Stir-fry for 2 to 4 minutes until the sauce thickens. Then stir in the cashew pieces and serve immediately over hot cooked rice or noodles.

Enjoy 😉

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When A Rain Cloud Appears After A 🌈

For anyone who has experienced the beauty of a rainbow and how it makes you feel, I call it a blessing. It’s a reminder of God’s promises that He will always be with us.

Although rainbows symbolize the beauty of God‘s promises and power it was never promised that we would not experience pain and struggle. God will be there to see us through even when the rain clouds and storms come through. 

God has got me through so many storms and rain clouds yet granted me so many rainbows. Right now, I am still experiencing my rainbow but a rain cloud stopped by. Just recently I received the dreadful news that a great friend and mentor lost his battle to Covid. He was my vice principal in high school and supported me through my high school years and when he found out I was going to his Alum, he was elated and rooted me on through my college years. 

He dealt with health issues and because he knew I got my degree related to health I was there to help support him through his journey on and off.

The rain cloud came so unexpectedly and for those of you who have been following my blog know that I have gone into a new mindset regarding my health and fitness journey in which I am in what is called a recalibration phase- a whole new outlook mentally physically spiritually and emotionally. So much more focused and determined. However, when this rain cloud came my emotions took over but in a total different way than they have before when a tragedy has struck. I acknowledged my emotions and put my recalibration phase to the side for the moment but not ignoring or throwing everything out the window. I had to take my mind off of the hurt and direct myself to do what I felt most comfortable which unfortunately was emotional eating. I accepted that but will not dwell on it. My focus was to get right back into my recalibration.  

I had a breaking moment but I am still focused and determined. It just comes a time where your mind is made up and even when a storm or rain cloud interferes with your rainbow, God provides you enough to know how to deal with it and succeed it even in the weakest moments. 

Making Smoothies And A Parents Journey of Patience

I came to Grips that there will be more times than none that I will be able to hide from my children and do my own thing. Everyone who is a parent knows being a parent comes with a lot of responsibilities Time and patience. We all know that but living through it is always the test.

For anyone who’s following me for a length of time knows that I shared that I love getting my make it right get it tight workout in and I prefer to do them on my own because I get in true focus mode. 

Well, with my kiddos all that is thrown out the window. I have learned so much patience just in that aspect but the new thing I am learning is to learn to just stop and teach when my babies really want to learn how to do it. My daughter really has shown that she enjoys working out with me and just recently, so has my son. But with my daughter, she tends to get very frustrated if she can I get an exercise right which frustrates me because now I have to stop what I’m doing to calm her down. I gave her two options either she does something else, doesn’t work out at all or calms down enough for me to show her how to do it.

You will see in this clip this very scenario. 

I am appreciating the fact that I am having more patience and taking the time to sew into my kiddos when they really want to learn and accept the fact that if they aren’t there yet with how I am teaching that they are still going to pout. I still have to keep pressing forward and know that they will get it one day without allowing myself to stay frustrated. 

please enjoy 😉

My Journey of Patience

On the nutritious and delicious side, I decided to whip up a smoothie for them. Something I knew they would enjoy making with momma and hopefully enjoy tasting. 

Results from this video… Bubs enjoyed actually finished it. Rey on the other hand, wasn’t feeling it LOL🤷🏽‍♀️

Surprisingly, both of them asked for me to make a smoothie again the very next day, but this time, in Rey’s favor, I added a splash of cherry tart juice in the mix and it did the trick. 

Stare thinking me and a sprinkle of Matcha to add some green to it. 

Overall, with some trial and error, a thumbs up from the kids as a refreshing and healthy beverage to have especially during these warm/hot months. 

Check it out!

Making Smoothies