8 Things in Your Home that Cause Headaches

 

You arrive home after a busy day of work with one goal in mind: Finish your daily chores and responsibilities as quick as possible so you can plop down and relax.  You quickly throw on your sweats, pull your hair into a messy bun and get started on job #2. After a few of hours (which seem like 10),  aaahhhhh, the time has come.  You get comfortable, switch on your favorite reality show and then something terrible happens. A horrible headache sets in!

Does this sound familiar?  You’ve escaped hell (work), battled with hungry, cranky, and dirty(now clean) kiddos, wiped down every surface, and just as you relax you get a headache?!?! What in the What?  Well, I have something to tell you……your home and some of the items in it could be the cause.

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There are several products and environmental factors within your home that can trigger headaches.  The following 8 items are common culprits for your aching head.

1. Bright Lights

Bright fluorescent lights, TV, and computer screens are all around us. Cell Phone use is at an all-time high with individuals looking at their gadgets  an “average of five hours a day — that’s roughly one-third of their total waking hours (Gregoire, 2015).”  This type of screen time can be very harmful.  When a person is sensitive to bright lighting, they have a disorder called Photophobia. “Photophobia is a condition in which bright lights hurt your eyes (Delago, 2015).”  A person who has migraines or frequent headaches most likely has this disorder and should take appropriate steps and precautions to limit their exposure to bright lights.

Suggestions:  If you are sensitive to light and you feel they are the cause of your headaches there are a few options you can try.  

1.Eyekepper Glasses provide headache and dry eye relief caused by eye Strain from blue lights, UVB Light, and HEV light.

2.Switching to incandescent lights, warm fluorescent light bulbs or LED light bulbs can help.  These have a softer, less offending glow.

 

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2. Smell Goods (Candles, Air Fresheners, perfumes, Shampoo)


The majority of items in our homes that “smell good” contain “fragrance..” What makes a fragrance?  Well, truthfully, no one but the company(and those they are required to inform) knows. Fragrances are considered “trade secrets.”  Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose specific fragrance ingredients on product labels.  Instead, the generic term, Parfum, is listed.  This term alone can represent a mixture of potentially DOZENS of dangerous chemicals that cause headaches (and tons of other symptoms). The European Health Commission prohibits 1,300 chemicals,  shown to cause headaches as well as cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive problems, and birth defects, for use in cosmetic/perfumed products (European Prohibited Cosmetic List).  The United States ONLY bans 11 of these same chemicals(United States Prohibited Cosmetic List).  This information terrifies me when it comes to my family’s health and safety.

Suggestions: If you feel fragrances are the cause of your headaches the best choice is to remove those items from your home.  You can replace them with natural and organic ingredients that are safe and headache free.  Check out these links below for more information.

Pretty On the Outside, Dying on the Inside

Three Steps to a Natural Beauty Routine

Natural Beauty Toolkit

 

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3. Pets (Dander and Treatments)

Pets are an excellent addition to the family, but sometimes they carry hidden downfalls. Our furry friends are commonly allowed to roam the home and they leave minimal or no evidence of dander, saliva, urine, and feces. These “invisible” deposits then stick to furniture, carpet, beds, etc.  Many times parents hear their little one complain of a headache or even suffer from headaches themselves.  Even though sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or other allergy symptoms are not present the person, in fact, could be allergic to their pet. When most people think of allergies they think hay fever type symptoms. That’s not always the cases.  Allergies do come in the form of headache quite often.  For those of you that may have allergy headaches caused by their pet, there are some ways to help.

Suggestions: If removing your pet from your home is a no-go, here are some ways to calm down your headaches.

1.Bathe your pet frequently with allergen-reducing shampoo

2. Purchase a Pet Air Filter for your home ventilation system (Wal-mart).

3.  Apply or diffuse essential oils for immunity support.  Peppermint, lavender, lemon, rose, oregano, and clove oils are great choices.

 

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4. noise

Loud Noises have always been known to cause headaches but did you know that constant low sounds and repetitive sounds can cause them, as well.  “In one small study in Headache, 79 percent of people exposed to 50dB of white noise developed a headache, and 82 percent reported that the headache was the same or similar to their usual headaches, which were either migraines or tension-type headaches (Doherty, 2016).” Sound familiar?

Suggestions: Constant noise can be mind-numbing.  Here are some ways to quiet it down to silence those migraines.

1. Purchase Flesh Skin Colored Plugs s for help secretly calm the noise.

2. Use a white noise app or White Noise Machine.

3. Wear noise-canceling headphones.  Nowadays people walk around with all types of headphones, and these look no different than any other!

4. If you feel overwhelmed by the noises, take a walk and let yourself calm down.

 

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5. Household cleaners

According to the Organic Consumer Organization, “In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home( How Toxic, n.d.).”  Many store bought cleaning products contain chemicals that are neurotoxins. Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect (Household Cleaning, n.d).” 

Suggestions: If you feel cleaners are the cause of your headaches the best choice is to remove those items from your home.  You can replace them with natural and organic ingredients that are safe and headache free.  Check out these links below for more information.

Three Steps to a Natural Cleaning Routine

Natural Cleaning Toolkit

 

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6. Pesticides

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Pesticides are used in our home routinely to kill mice, insects, and mold.  The Toxic Action Center states, “Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things. This includes substances that kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others (The Problem with Pesticides, 2015).” With low-level exposure headaches, digestive issues, mood swings can occur and over time pesticides can cause cancer, Parkinson’s disease, neurological problems, infertility, and reproductive harm.  

Suggestions: Pesticides are very dangerous to our health, but there are some safe and natural remedies to help.

1. Diatomaceous Earth – When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky.

2. Essential Oils – Essential Oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, neem, tea tree, oregano, thyme….just to name a few have all shown to get rid of things like fleas, ticks, mice, spiders, beetles, and the list goes on.

3. Baking Soda/Vinegar for ant control.  Just sprinkle a little, and the bubbles release carbon monoxide into the air which kills the insects.

 

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7. Headbands/ponytail holders

People that wear ponytails or headbands often are doing more damage than they truly understand. Individuals that often put their hair up are causing the nerves in their head, overtime, to perceive it is being harmed.  According to Dr. Denise E. Chou, neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, ” “When you put your hair in a tight bun or ponytail, or a weave or extensions, that will pull the nerves in the scalp. That pulling of the nerves will activate the sensory nerves even more,” Chou continues, “That can result in the headache itself, or it could be that the headache is beginning.”  

Suggestions:  It’s important to be careful and listen to your body.  If you are getting frequent headaches when wearing your hair up make sure to loosen or take down your hair.  

 

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8. Carbon Monoxide/radon

“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly one out of every 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Short term, radon can cause headaches, breathing issues, and dizziness. Over time, however, breathing in radon gas can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. Another invisible, odorless, yet poisonous, gas is carbon monoxide (CO)–it’s responsible for killing almost 4,000 people in the United States each year. CO is produced when fuels from your fireplace, water heater, boiler or furnace burn incompletely, and it can fill a home without anyone taking notice. Once exposed, symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and even death. (sixwise, 2016).”

Suggestions: If you feel that Radon or Carbon Monoxide are a concern in your home, I would suggest buying an at-home testing kit.

 

If you are suffering from constant and frequent headaches or migraines, it’s important to listen to your symptoms.  Always make sure to find the cause so that you are certain your headaches are not due to a more serious health concern!

HAVE A QUESTION, SUGGESTION, OR STORY? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!  I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

References:

Gregoire, C. (2015). You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96

Delago, A. (2015).What causes photophobia? 32 possible conditions. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96

Martin, P.R., Reece, J., & Forsyth, M. (2006). Noise as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity. Headache, Jun;46(6):962-72.

Doherty, C. (2016).Coping with Noise Triggered HeadachesNoise as a Headache Trigger and Densitization as a Coping Strategy. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_us_5637687de4b063179912dc96S

Another invisible, odorless, yet poisonous, gas is carbon monoxide (CO)–it’s responsible for killing almost 4,000 people in the United States each year. CO is produced when fuels from your fireplace, water heater, boiler or furnace burn incompletely, and it can fill a home without anyone taking notice. Once exposed, symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, unconsciousness and even death.

How to Make Sand Dough

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Who doesn’t love the beach?  The ocean, sun, and the heavenly feel of the sand squishing between your toes.  Would you like to bring the beach home with you without the mess?  Look no further, I have a solution!  You can make your own Sand Dough!  

 My niece, Adalyn, spent the night, so the kiddos were all so excited to get started! To make this creation, you will need salt, cream of tartar, vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil, flour, sand, and boiling water.

        

I found this HUGE (and heavy) bag of sand at Lowes for only $3.15!  Can you believe it!?!?! I was SO excited!  I will definitely be using sand for something else fun in the future.

Once you gather your ingredient, mix all together in a large bowl, making sure to add the boiling water last.  Once water is added mix with a large spoon until dough is formed into a ball (be careful, it may be hot).

Once the dough is cooled, knead well and begin to play!  Our dough was a tad on the gooey side so we added a tiny bit of flour to help take the moisture away (if it’s too dry add vegetable oil or vegetable glycerin until it’s the proper consistency).

Luckily I had some fun “beachy” items to help make the experience more “real”.   They dug right in and began making their own creations.

      

The dough’s texture was perfect!  It had the gritty feel and look of sand with the ability to be molded and formed like playdoh.  Wyatt surprisingly seemed to have the most fun!  All the kiddos played together for about 30 minutes, but Wyatt stayed at the table after the girls had left for another 15 to 20 minutes by himself! Yay!  He NEVER plays with ANYTHING that long!I will have to say….I loved this recipe, too!  I caught myself sitting and playing with the sand dough after the kiddos left the room.  It is one to remember!

Sand Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sand
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large boil, making sure to add the boiling water last.
  2. Once boiling water is added, mix with large spoon.  
  3. Once dough has cooled, knead until mixed well.
  4. Once mixed, it’s time to play!

( Our dough was a tad on the gooey side so we added a tiny bit of flour to help take the moisture away. If it’s too dry add vegetable oil or vegetable glycerin until it’s the proper consistency).

LOVE THIS RECIPE? HAVE A QUESTION OR WANT TO SHARE YOUR OWN?  PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!  I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Play with Play-Doh

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How many Mommies out there have cringed when your child unwrapped that assortment of colorful, crumbly, messy playdough? You automatically cut your eyes to the “gifter,” grin with cleaned teeth and thank them as best as you can (even though you want to throw it back in their face).  I’ll be honest, when my children have received playdoh in the past, I may or may not have hidden it in the closet,  regifted to another unsuspecting parent, or yes, even returned it to the store.  Things have changed, however.  I have been a Special Education Teacher for five years now, and I have learned A LOT!  One thing, in particular,  is to look outside the box (and the mess).  Some of the simplest and annoying toys can play a huge part in your child’s advancement. Did you know that playdoh has many benefits, especially for children with sensory issues?  Yes friends, that hardened gunk in the carpet can assist and improve your littles ones development and growth. 

You may be asking, “How in the world can this crap help my kid?”  Well, the funny thing about it is that not only can playdoh help your child, but it can also help you, as well! Any type of putty, in fact,  has shown to have many health and wellness advantages. Here are some greats uses and reason to incorporate playdoh, gak, slime, flubber, and silly putty into your play routine.

1. FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT/Maintenance

One of the most significant benefits of playdoh is the development and maintenance of fine motor abilities.  Each time you squish, stretch, mold, cut, and tear the dough you are strengthening the muscles in the hands as well as developing and working on control with your fingers. I have the privilege at school each week to collaborate (and learn from) Cindy Flickinger, an Occupational Therapist for our district who focuses heavily on sensory therapy.   One of the most popular (and beneficial) activities she uses with the children involves therapy putty.  “We put hard items like stones or glass pebbles in the putty or dough mostly to increase hand strength. This increases not only grip strength but pinch strength which aids in handwriting. Many children with poor handwriting have weak hands and fingers. Another plus in placing a certain number of items helps with counting, adding and subtraction and most of all staying on a task to completion,” Cindy explained.  Using playdoh is a great way to help children with a number of fine motor difficulties.

2. Calming/Sensory Play

As a Moderate and Severe Disability teacher, I have learned to look at the world in an entirely different way.  When I see someone upset, anxious, or overwhelmed I scan the environment for sensory triggers. Many individuals with disabilities, such as Autism, have something called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  Priscilla Scherer from ADDitude Magazine explained, “Sensory Processing Disorder is a unique and challenging neurological condition associated with inefficient processing of sensory information. Common SPD triggers include hair brushing, tight clothes, loud noises (fireworks, thunder), bright lights (camera flashes, bright sun, strobe lights), odors (perfume, scented detergent), [and/or] coarse fabric on skin.”   These triggers can cause anxiety, meltdowns, panic, crying, frustration, along with many other unwanted behaviors/emotions. The crazy thing is that child and adults with AND without disabilities suffer from triggers. This is where playdoh can factor into the picture.

I suffer from anxiety when there are crowds, loud noises, and bright lights (to name a few). In the past, I have played with my hair, picked out my eyelashes, chewed my fingernails, etc.  A great calming exercise for me is using playdoh. The same goes for children. By fidgeting with playdoh, you can ease tension, release extra energy, and improve focus and concentration. Having a variety of textures and colors available in a bag/purse or at home or school is an instant therapy session.

3. Imagination/Creativity

When using playdoh, the possibilities are endless.  Children can create any creature, structure, letter, or number that they want with only a little bit of imagination. Including several different items (buttons, stones, pipe-cleaners) can help to inspire and ignite their thoughts and ideas.  The child is given a blank canvas with the ability to make their own unique and amazing creation.

4. Problem-Solving/Decision-Making

When you tell a child to “build a house” with playdoh the child is faced with obstacles.  What color is the house? How will I mold the structure so that it will stand? Will there be windows?  How am I going to make the roof?  These questions require the individual to solve problems, make decisions, and leads to higher order thinking skills.  Playdoh may seem all fun and games, but while they play their brains are working on overdrive.

5. Social Skills/Collaboration

Playing with playdoh can be an individual activity, however, in most cases, children are playing with others.  The act of physically playing helps to calm the child and diverts their attention to the actual act of molding and manipulating the dough. Since their attention is focused on play, they are able to speak, converse, and interact with their peers more appropriately and with more success.  Children also work together to build and create creations, sharing tools and other items available to them.  It’s a great calm and relaxing activity for children of all ages.

 

Sleepy Cream

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Do you or your loved ones toss and turn during the night? Does someone always wake up feeling unrested and cranky? Sleepy Cream can help! My daughter, Lainey, used to have HORRIBLE night terrors. Her grandmother suggested using Lavender Oil on the bottom of her feet. We were desperate and started applying lavender every night. After a week, her night terrors disappeared! This miracle sparked my interest. I began researching and “Sleepy Cream” was then created! Night terrors are no more, and now we ALL get a good nights rest!

How to Make Sleepy Cream

The first two ingredients you will need to make “sleepy cream” is coconut oil and cocoa butter.  Coconut oil is my FAVORITE carrier oil because of its versatility and texture. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil also protect the skin from potential pathogens. Cocoa butter has a heavenly smell and is a fabulous moisturizer for the skin.  

To begin, you will need to fill a saucepan 1/3 full of water and place it on the stove over medium-low heat.  As the water is warming put 1 cup of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons cocoa butter in a glass bowl.  Slowly lower the bowl of coconut oil and cocoa butter into water (if you have a double you can use that, instead). 

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Allow the two ingredients to melt completely.  It usually takes around 3 to 5 minutes. Once melted remove from heat and stir gently.  After stirring, place the melted mixture into the freezer for 8 to 10 minutes.  The coconut oil and cocoa butter will be “squishy” in the middle.  The outside edge of your concoction may be solid, but no worries…..it will mix up just fine once you begin blending.

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Now it’s time to whip it up!  Using either a standing or hand mixer, mix the contents of the bowl until it turns to a fluffy consistency.  If you find hard pieces simply fold them in and continue to mix until all is well blended. 

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Next, add the magnesium and essential oils.  Add one tablespoon of magnesium and mix with mixer.  Once the magnesium is blended add 20 drops Cedarwood, 20 drops Stress Away, 20 drops Lavender, and 8-10 drops Vetiver essentials oils. Once essential oils are added, mix one final time. TipI always wait to add the magnesium and essential oils after I have the coconut oil and cocoa butter blended to the consistency I like.  There have been times when my cream was either not harden enough or something (temperature, humidity) caused it to not “whip up” the way I preferred.  When this happens simply remelt the mixture and try again.

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Finally, place your cream in an oil-safe plastic or glass container to store for later! To use for improved sleep, apply to bottom of feet at bedtime for an awesome and interrupted night.  Sleepy cream can also be used as a calming body butter or hand cream!  It’s great for winter months when you have dry or cracked hands. Enjoy!

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Sleepy Cream Ingredients

  • 2 T cocoa butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 T magnesium oil
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops Stress Away essential oil
  • 8-10 drops Vetiver essential oil
  • Pot filled 1/3 full of water or double boiler
  • Glass bowl
  • Glass or oil-safe plastic container

How to Make Sleepy Cream

  1. Combine cocoa butter and coconut oil in glass bowl. Fill a pot on the stove 1/3 full with water, and place the glass bowl into the water.
  2. Turn the stove onto medium-low heat, and melt the contents of glass bowl on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. You want the water to be at a gentle simmer, not boiling, so lower the temperature if needed. Stir the contents of the jar every so often to help everything combine.
  3. As soon as the ingredients are melted and combined, remove the bowl from the water.
  4. Place the glass bowl into the freezer.
  5. After 8-10 minutes, remove bowl from freezer and blend contents with standing or hand mixer until fluffy.
  6. When mixture is fluffy, add magnesium oil and blend with mixer.
  7. Once magnesium oil is evenly dispersed, add Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Stress Away essential oils and blend with mixture a final time.
  8. Scoop the mixture into glass or oil safe plastic container and rub on bottom of feet at night or use as a calming hand/body moisturizer. 

Have any questions? Have a “Sleepy Cream” success story? Do you make your own version of sleepy cream? SHARE BELOW!  I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Throbbin’ Noggin’ Roll-On

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Need an alternative for your little ones throbbin’ Noggin’?  Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make this awesome (and Effective) roll-on!

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale (and Other “Yucky” Vegetables)

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale

(and Other Yucky Vegetables)

Let’s face it……kids are stubborn.  They don’t understand the importance of a well-balanced diet or the reason why they’re cranky, sleepy, and down-right angry is because they’ve only eaten chicken nuggets for two weeks.  I cannot count the times I’ve prepared vegetables covered with butter, salt, and yes, even sugar, to only have my three little ones turn their nose’s up in disgust.  Desperate and exhausted from dealing with “vitamin deficient” tantrums, I decided it was time to get sneaky.  

My “aha” moment came one day while taking part in my every day, multi-tasking, mommy duties.  At this particular point in time, it was a typical Sunday afternoon. I was busy preparing chili and spaghetti to have in the fridge for the week, packing lunches for the kids for school the next day, and blending some vegetables to make veggie ice cubes to use in my smoothies.  Lainey (my middle child) LOVES to be with me in the kitchen and asked if she could help. 

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As we worked, she rambled on with her usual Lainey chit-chat, but during our conversation, a few comments she made stood out. While rinsing the veggies she exclaimed, “Gross, these leaves (kale) are nasty,” which was directly followed by,   “Yum, I can’t wait to eat chili, though!” My wheels started turning. “Hmmmmm……wonder what would happen if I put some of these in the chili/spaghetti?” I added a few already frozen cubes and guess what?  THEY NEVER REALIZED IT! How did they not know, you ask?  When I blend my vegetables, I use a Nutribullet, which finely chops whatever it is put against.  It’s an excellent machine!

How to make Veggie Cubes

To make the cubes, you first wash your vegetables.  For a better clean, I will spray mine down with an Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs brand) / water mixture, allow them to sit for 5 minutes, and then rinse. 

                  

Next, fill your Nutribullet cup 3/4 full of vegetables, add water to the “max” fill line, attach the blade, and blend for 45-60 seconds.  If you find any chunks or large pieces of vegetables just reattach the cup to the base and blend for another to 30 to 45 seconds. The results are amazing! The vegetables are chopped so finely someone may think you used a juicer.

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After blending, remove the blades and pour your liquefied mixture into ice cube trays.  The large cup that comes with the Nutribullet will typically fill 1 and 1/2 trays.  If you don’t want to make ice cubes, simply pour the blended veggies straight into the soup or meal you are preparing.  

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After pouring into the ice trays, place them in the freezer and allow to harden. Once they are completely frozen, pop the cubes in a freezer bag, and you have perfect healthy goodness right at your fingertips whenever you need to add some nutrition to your meal.

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When using ice cubes, I find green ones(kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans) work best when added to soups or other meals that include tomato sauce such as spaghetti or lasagna.  The sauce hides the green tint the veggies may create. Also (I know you’re wondering), the finely chopped pieces the blender leaves behind look more like pepper or some other seasoning. Due to their light color, blending veggies such as carrots, squash, cauliflower, and mushrooms are ideal when mixing with something cheese based such as macaroni and cheese.  I’ve even let the cubes melt and added the liquid to hamburger/turkey meat for meatloaf, burgers, and tacos.  The possibilities are endless!

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Buy vegetables in bulk for cheaper prices and prepare all at once!  It’s definitely a cheap way to make sure your kiddos (and husbands) are getting the nutrition they need!

Tip: I add the veggie cubes to the foods when they have approximately 10 to 15 minutes cooking time to go.  This way the nutrients are preserved as much as possible (cooking takes out some nutritional value).  This also allows time for the cubes to melt and warm to an appropriate temperature.

Love this idea? what meal did you use?  Do you have any other tricks? Share Below!  I would love to hear from you!