8 Ways to Grow Closer and Healthier as a Family This Summer

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Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The new One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

Every now and then I get super excited for a line of products.

This one is getting me! There are so many reasons to love the New! One A Day® with Nature’s Medley™ line of multivitamins. For one, I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m all about the gummy multivitamins. Always have been, at least since they’ve existed and I’ve been old enough for them, and probably always will be. What I love about this line of multivitamins is that there’s a special formula for all four members of my family! So this becomes another fun and tasty, and important, task for us to do together. It’s the same way I worked hard to get the two dogs on the same heartworm/tick medicine schedule. It’s because there’s power in numbers! And we all have different bodies and different needs.

That’s why it’s so wonderful to each have our own formula.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The new One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

We all know that summer seems to pass us by in an instant. It’s an odd time for my family because Cassidy still works full-time, I work full-time, and the kids have camp – which is longer than their school days by two whole hours. Summer passes us by if we’re not careful, and I worry if we’ve gotten enough time together. Have we had time to bond? Did we create healthy habits together? We only get 18 summers together each, before they’re both adults. Will we make the best of it?

8 Ways to Grow Closer and Healthier as a Family This Summer:

1 – Find adventure together. Go a different way home, try a new restaurant, explore a new town, or even cross state lines. We’re an adventurous family, always looking for a new BBQ place, a new place to hike, or a new meal to cook together.

2 – Fulfill at least one family member’s dream this summer. I’ve always loved moose, so Scarlet had the dream a few years ago to see moose for the first time. So we did it. In the winter, we went to a hotel in Orlando that Des had been dreaming about for years. Our dreams range from small to large, but focusing on one dream per family, or even one dream per family member, is a goal we try to achieve every summer. You never know what it might lead to.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The new One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

3 – Have no-screens for an hour, half a day, day, etc. Or maybe a whole weekend! Spend that time playing outside together, gardening together, or finding adventures/fulfilling dreams. Make sure at least one meal a day together has zero screens.

4 – Meal prep together! We love to talk about where food comes from and what it does to your body.

5 – Create rituals and traditions together. Maybe it’s movie night or game night, or ice cream on Mondays since Mondays can be gloomier. Pizza Fridays, gardening Wednesdays! We have seasonal rituals and traditions that mean the WORLD.

6 – Support each other. We all have unique talents and hobbies. Scarlet runs 5Ks and Des is doing theater camp. Both are doing mad science camp. I make sure to support them in everything they do, and I also love the time we spend doing so.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

7 – The family that winds down together. At the end of the day, use the wind down time to snuggle, read, talk, and be together.

8 – The family that takes vitamins together! You knew this was coming, right? New! One A Day® with Nature’s Medley™ are also the only complete multivitamins with plant-based antioxidants from one total USDA serving of fruits & vegetables.

And there are three great tasting gummy varieties: Men’s, Women’s and Kids:

The vitamins are uniquely formulated for men, women and kids, and are free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. Their colors are from natural sources. Also, according to my kids, they are extremely delicious! Raspberry was the favorite:

Cassidy and I strive to eat healthy, and we strive to get more fruits and vegetables into the kids’ diet. Life gets in the way and we have one picky eater and one not picky eater who turns into a picky eater when his sister does! It can be difficult for kids, and adults, to get all the nutrients they need from food alone. New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley, with its plant-based antioxidants from one total USDA serving size of fruits and vegetables, is a great way to help this family get nutritional support.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

Remember – New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley is the only complete multivitamins with plant-based antioxidants from one total USDA serving size of fruits & vegetables, among leading brands. They are uniquely formulated for men, women and kids ages 4 and up.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

Here are some interesting statistics about nutrients:
Up to 90% of Americans fall short in getting the key nutrients they may need from food alone.
Up to 90% of Americans aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables and may be falling short of the important nutrients they contain.
94% of kids don’t meet vegetable recommendations.
66% of kids don’t meet fruit recommendations.
86% of adults don’t meet vegetable recommendations.
81% of adults don’t meet fruit recommendations.

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

Make sure to pick yours up at Walmart and enjoy your summer together!

Summer is almost here, and we're looking for ways to grow closer and healthier as a family. The New! One A Day with Nature’s Medley makes it easy and delicious to take vitamins together. How are you getting your multivitamins? What do you do as a family to get healthier together in the summer? #ad #OneADay

What’s one way you plan to get closer and healthier as a family this summer?

Using Proper Diet and Lifestyle to Prevent CAD: Very Berry Protein Smoothie

This post was sponsored by Boston Scientific as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

To learn more about CAD - the most common type of heart disease - check out these healthy cooking options, this video, this recipe, and this important info. Coronary Artery Disease is a cause close to my heart, and it IS treatable and preventable. #ad #IC #hearthealthybeats

Heart disease is too often on my mind – specifically CAD (Coronary Artery Disease).

As you know, my father passed away suddenly of heart disease when I was not yet four-years-old, and I have spent my life choosing different ways to live, and knowing how and when to ask for help or extra testing, should it be needed. Last summer, my father-in-law had a septuple bypass surgery. I remember that being one of the scarier experiences of my life – visiting him in the hospital and waiting for medical info – but he has recovered nicely and just spent three weeks in Spain!

Coronary artery (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease, and it occurs when blood vessels of the heart become narrow, making it difficult for blood to flow to the heart.[i] And it’s the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. With CAD, people may experience pain, shortness of breath or fatigue, or people may experience nothing at all. They also may be at risk for a heart attack with CAD.[ii] I learned from the Cooking Cardiologist video (below) that the symptoms of CAD can be powerful, or none at all. I also learned that CAD can be both preventable and treatable.

There are various risk factors that can increase your risk for CAD. These include older age, being male, family history, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, and high stress.[1]

People can take steps to prevent CAD, but the primary goal is to clear arteries that have become “clogged” in order to restore blood flow to the heart.[2] And people can manage CAD with a mixture of lifestyle changes and treatment options, with medications often being chosen as a first line of treatment.[iii] Surgery may be needed in some cases, but other options include percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is a minimally invasive procedure used to manage CAD.

Regardless of your health, we should all enjoy our food and lifestyle, while also being mindful of our wellness. You can make heart-healthy ingredient swaps, and then make an already popular dish better for your heart:

I love that he makes a flourless chocolate torte in this video! (spoiler) Cassidy makes a flourless chocolate torte every Passover. Instead of flour, he uses beans! And instead of butter, he uses avocado. I won’t tell you the rest, because you should watch the video, but I love the result. I realized I could make my own ingredient swaps to make better meals and snacks. Since you know I think about heart disease, given my family history, I take steps to be physically active (one of the reasons we got another dog!) and to eat heart-healthy meals and snacks. I make these Very Berry Protein Smoothies.

Even the whipped cream is plant based!

Very Berry Heart Healthy Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 ripe banana

1 cup of fresh blueberries

1 cup of fresh raspberries

1 Tbsp plant-based vanilla bean protein powder

1 single serving container of coconut berry yogurt

Water, apple juice or almond milk to thin it out

Coconut-based vegan whipped topping

Instructions:

Add all ingredients together in a blender. Mix at highest speed for thirty seconds. Check the consistency of the smoothie. If it’s too thick, add more water, apple juice or almond milk and blend 60 more seconds until thoroughly blended. Texture should be thick but thin enough to drink through a straw. Serve cold and add vegan whipped cream and fresh strawberry for extra sweetness.

See? Delicious. In your daily life, try plant-based recipes that use plant proteins, rather than milk. And you can replace cow’s milk with soy, almond, rice, or oat milk, among others, and replace refined grains with whole grains. If you want more flavor in your meals, you can load up on fresh herbs and spices instead of salt. And this is something I do with my coffee so much, that I can’t put sugar in it anymore! When I want a sweetener, I use a natural sugar substitute – like maple syrup, honey, or stevia.[iii] And I loved the video’s tips about using black beans. I didn’t know that one, although I already loved avocado with chocolate. HeartHealthyBeats.com has wonderful heart-healthy food swaps to check out.

An important note, beyond proper diet and lifestyle changes, is that advanced percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and other medical interventions tools make it easier to restore blood flow for patients with certain types of complicated coronary artery blockages.

Since some heart-healthy swaps and recipes may not be right for everyone, talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. And you should follow your doctor’s guidelines for dietary restrictions for heart disease. If you want to learn more about CAD and healthy cooking options, visit HeartHealthyBeats.com – a resource developed by Boston Scientific.

To learn more about CAD - the most common type of heart disease - check out these healthy cooking options, this video, this recipe, and this important info. Coronary Artery Disease is a cause close to my heart, and it IS treatable and preventable. #ad #IC #hearthealthybeats

[i] Coronary Artery Disease. MedlinePlus. NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/coronaryarterydisease.html. Accessed March 2018.

[ii] What Is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)? Boston Scientific. Available at: www.ispciforme.com. Accessed March 2018.

[iii] How is CAD Treated? Boston Scientific. Available at: www.ispciforme.com. Accessed March 2018.

What’s your favorite heart-healthy ingredient swap? Would you try my smoothie?