7 Ways to Motivate Your Children and Help Keep Them Healthy

This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Do you ever think about how there are three pillars of wellness – mind, body and soul?

I do a lot as a parent. One of the reasons I became both a parent and a writer are similar. It’s about all these ideas in my head, and wanting to share them. It’s about wanting to be remembered, and raising children who want to be remembered. And it’s about making an impact. I have always had the gift of motivation, and it’s no big secret that I strive to motivate my kids year-round – in many ways. I want to them to be kind and happy, strong and brave, and ambitious and motivated. In those ways, they’ll achieve balance with the three pillars of wellness. Teaching them about the pillars starts with teaching them what the pillars are, and what they mean. That way we can talk about ways to keep facing forward through our lives.

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Here are my 7 ways to motivate your children and help keep them healthy:

1 – Find your local Boys & Girls Clubs of America. They provide safe, fun and affordable places for kids to go after school, or during other out-of-school time to connect with caring trained professionals. They also engage in enriching programs and activities. These clubs currently serve 4 million kids and teens a year, at more than 4,300 clubs in communities across the country – from dense cities to suburbs and to rural areas. And to native lands and U.S. military installations worldwide. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has an important mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They believe that every child deserves a great future.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America helps youths achieve a great future through three pillars – academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. They do this by encouraging kids to eat right, keep fit, and form positive relationships with themselves and others. That’s why the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with the Anthem Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company, offers the Triple Play Program to kids and teens in clubs across the country. This Triple Play Program focuses on the three components of health and wellness – the mind, body and soul. The Triple Play Program empowers kids to excel by giving them the tools and education needed to lead a life of health and wellness.

And sets them on a path to a great future.

It’s important to keep kids active during school breaks, and to keep them motivated year-round while maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Breaks in schedules and routines can derail our best efforts, leading to inactive or unhealthy days. Since we’re getting close to two holiday breaks, it’s important to keep promoting healthy, active lifestyles for our kids – that also fit within our busy schedules. Triple Play started in 2005 and since then, more than one million Club members have participated in the program – and increased their physical activity, established good nutritional habits, developed interpersonal skills, and improved self-confidence. These are great lessons and activities in the Triple Play program!

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And here’s six more ways to motivate your children and help keep them healthy:

2 – Just listen. When you were a kid, you probably had BIG dreams, right? I know I did. I know I still do. The most important thing my parents ever did was to not deny my dreams. Children mainly think anything is possible. Let them.

3 – Teach your child life skills. Sometimes I think it’s so obvious, and other times I realize how much I have missed! Luckily I have a partner who fills in where I lack. Obviously we want these life skills to be age-appropriate, but they build on each other and grow. I’m talking cooking and baking, age-relevant chores, gardening, writing letters, picking out their own gifts, navigating the world, knowing basic first aid, and more! Every kid is different, but life skills are always important.

4 – Be positive. They learn SO MUCH from you. Having a positive attitude/outlook can be earth-shatteringly enriching for your children. Sometimes it’s hard, but I believe I got my positivity from my mom, so I’m keeping that cycle going!

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5 – Gently propel them into action. As kids grow, their interests and passions begin, develop, and grow. They can change too. Pay special attention to their interests and help them write down their dreams, research their goals, and make a timeline for achievements. Just the way you would for yourself!

6 – Create visual games, challenges and inspiration. Creating a vision board is one great idea. You can also develop little games and challenges to teach them about making small achievements – and baby steps – along the way.

7 – Show support. Your support will mean everything to them. Have small celebrations for every achievement. It’s so beneficial to have small rewards to help along the way.

Interested in learning more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America? Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And click here to find out more about the Triple Play Program and to find one near you!

What are some of your favorite tips?

Black Bean Avocado and Salsa Canapés

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Are you looking for appetizers and healthier sides for this Thanksgiving and Christmas? This vegetarian appetizer is a crowd pleaser! #ad #VeryVeggieHoliday

First things first, can we please talk about what a canapé is?

Personally, I love that word. It makes me feel special saying it. Quite simply, a canapé is a type of appetizer – generally small and bite-sized – consisting of a decorate type of bread, puff pastry, cracker, or chip – holding a delicious savory food.

There aren’t really limits. You can go for bread, crackers, tortilla chips or phyllo cups! Speaking of no limits, I have a party recipe solution without any limits! Surely you have non-meat-eating or just veggie-loving friends and family. I know I have both! That’s why I’m happy that MorningStar Farms® has so many great options. In fact, here’s an Ibotta offer:

How great is that? I generally buy a few products at a time for gatherings. Right now, we are so thick in the middle of holiday parties/gatherings/get-togethers/parties. And don’t forget just special meals with your loved ones!

It’s a great time of year for great food AND healthier options. With MorningStar Farms® products, you have to “Taste It To Believe It.” And believe it you, will. These products are not just for vegetarians – they’re for everyone. Like me! I eat meat, but I can appreciate veggie cuisine. Alternatively, many of my loved ones cannot eat meat, and so they appreciate my attention to detail even more. MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™ are perfect for a favorite holiday recipe. Me? I love canapés and that’s why I thought they’d be perfect for it. Favorite recipes made healthier and with flavor.

It’s an as-is meal solution. I find my favorites – like MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™ and MorningStar Farms® Chik’n Strips – at Walmart in the frozen food aisle:


Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles are perfect for my recipe because they’re flavored with a blend of bold southwest spices, adding a punch of flavor to my appetizers. They have 8g of protein per serving – making them true over-achievers.




My recipe is vegetarian and a healthier alternative to meat. I choose it because I like parties without limits, and that means having dishes everyone can eat. These adorable phyllo cups makes me so happy! You can thaw them from the freezer at room temperature, or you can bake them for a few minutes like I did. Then when my Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles are fresh from the skillet, they have a warm vehicle to hold them. This party batch will serve a half dozen or dozen friends:

Black Bean Avocado and Salsa Canapés

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 Phyllo Cup

Black Bean Avocado and Salsa Canapés


  1. 1 package MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™
  2. 2 avocados, diced
  3. 1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon olive oil,
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
  6. 12 Phyllo Cups


  • 1. Cook the MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™ according to the bag. I used a skillet
  • 2. In a bowl, combine the freshly cooked MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™, the diced avocado, the jalapeno, the oil, and the salt and pepper
  • 3. You have the option to slightly warm the phyllo first
  • 4. Scoop the warm mixture into the cups and serve
  • 5. Enjoy!
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My recipe is a GREAT option for holiday gatherings including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve meals/parties.


I actually remember the first time I had Morningstar Farms. I was in high school and looking for new veggie options. And I love that all these years later, I can still find new solutions that fit in with my lifestyle. I wasn’t throwing parties with canapés in high school! I am now. Catch up with MorningStar Farms on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram!


Find out more about how to make your favorite holiday recipes more veggie-friendly here.

Are you looking for appetizers and healthier sides for this Thanksgiving and Christmas? This vegetarian appetizer is a crowd pleaser! #ad #VeryVeggieHoliday

What’s your favorite canapé?