Be the Best You that You Can Be

As a Christian woman, I pray daily to be the best that God wants me to be. I want to be all that I was created to be. I believe God made us all for a purpose and it is up to us to follow his plan and not ours. He knows what we are capable of and it is far more than we could ever imagine. I know that as a human we have plenty of shortcomings. I also know that God will be there to guide us through them all. We just have to ask. I will continue to pray and listen to what God is guiding me to do. I suggest that we all follow him.

*Not my will but thy will be done (Luke 22:42)

Vegetarian and Vegan Kids

Your child has come to you and tells you they want to be a Vegetarian or a Vegan. What do you do? As a parent, we listen first.

  • Ask and let them explain why it is they want to change the diet
  • Talk about any concerns you may have as far as any vitamin deficiency they may incur and how they may have to take a multi-vitamin to substitute any missing nutrition (vitamins B12, iron, calcium, etc….)
  • Support them and let them know you appreciate their effort. Once a week cook a vegetarian/vegan meal for the entire family
  • Always have foods available for them to maintain their  food choices (fresh fruits and vegetables)
  • Allow them to find and cook their own vegetarian/vegan meals

Last but not least, always keep the doors of communication open and make sure you and them are educated about veganism and vegetarianism.

Kids and Nutrition

As a parent one the most important duties we have to our children is to make sure they receive adequate nutrition from the foods they eat. Nutrition is essential for kids because proper nutrition helps prevent illness and disease, and affects their growth, development and learning. Eating the right food promotes a better quality of life because when kids feel good physically, they’re able to take part in the activities they enjoy. They are able to learn and have better mental clarity.

Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Children, however, need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. We need to educate our children and ourselves about proper nutrition.

  • Protein. Choose seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
  • Fruits. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits — rather than fruit juice.
  • Vegetables. Serve a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried vegetables. Aim to provide a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas
  • Grains. Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, or brown or wild rice.
  • Dairy. Encourage your child to eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese

Limit your child’s calories from:

  • Added sugar. Limit added sugars. Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit and milk, are not added sugars.
  • Saturated and trans fats. Limit saturated fats

 

Vegetarian Chili

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Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 can diced chili style tomatoes
  • 1 bag of frozen seasoning blend (celery, bell pepper, onion)
  • 1 can 16oz of ranch style beans
  • 1 can 16oz of chili style pinto beans
  • 1 bag of gardein vegetarian ground beef crumbles
  • 2 packages of low-sodium chili seasoning
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 4-5 cups of water (depends on how soupy you want it)

Directions

  1. Cook seasoning blend veggies in olive oil for 5 minutes
  2. Add ground beef crumbles and sauté’ for 15 minutes
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. ENJOY

 

Marketing Strategies for Your Business

Marketing Strategies are the results of compiling a market analysis. A market analysis forces the entrepreneur to become familiar with all aspects of the market so that the target market can be defined and the company can be positioned in order to garner its share of sales. As an entrepreneur you need to know or define your target market. Ask yourself (Who am I seeking out to sell or service my product to?).  An analysis will allow you to narrow down your clients. A market analysis also enables the entrepreneur to establish pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies that will allow the company to become profitable within a competitive environment. The better you know your market the more successful you will become. As you analyze your competition, think about the questions below:

1. How are your competitors positioning themselves?

2. What is specific to your product or service that your competitors does not offer?

3. What customer needs does your product fulfill?

4. Is there anything unique about where your product or service started originally?

After you have answered your questions and decided upon a price that is competitive to your competitors, Now you are ready to Advertise your product or service.

  • Create a budget that you will use for advertising only
  • Create a website with content that is educational, informative, and entertaining. Use the website to answer the questions you get daily in your business
  • Packaging must be original and eye-catching
  • Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr)
  • Find ways to get your product/service out to the public ( go to trade shows, local markets that allow flyers, supply free samples, advertise in local papers)
  • Create coupons, sales and small competitions for your clients to engage in

For a successful small business, you need to update yourself day to day and try to continuously make plans for your business to expand. Remember don’t try to do hurry in small business, do your work with open mind.

 

 

Making the Best with What You Have

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Some may see a bag of snow when you look at this picture, but my daughter sees it as something wonderful, since we do not get snow where we live. I knew as an adult it will just melt into water and eventually be thrown away. But in a child’s eyes it is more than just water. She viewed it as a once in a lifetime dream she once had. The dream to see snow one day. When it did eventually melt, she did not get upset, but instead she dwelled on the fact that she finally saw snow.

We all have times when things do not go as planned. How you handle it is what really counts. Do we just remain upset and let it take over our day or week, or do we make lemonade from the lemons. It is our responsibility to make the best out of any situation. In Philippians 4:7, Paul said he learned how to be content in every situation. He found joy and peace in the midst of a storm. His happiness did not rely on his circumstances, but it came from God.

How our life is spent is up to us. We can waste it with constant worrying and strife or we can find the silver lining in every situation.  Who we are and how we live our life is in the palm of our hand. God did not promise us that we will not have troubles, but he said he already overcame it for us. Whatever is ailing you is already done. You just have to believe that it is. When walk in faith, joy will be there through every situation.

New Attitude

I have a new attitude today. I want to start living a life that is pleasing to me, God, and my family. I know that means taking care of myself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I will start with one at a time of course. I already do a daily work for my physical well-being, by putting the right products inside my body. I also engage in cardiovascular and weight-lifting exercise. I try to put in 6 days a week for working-out and one day of rest. We need one day to rest our mind and body of course. I have to be right for myself and everyone around me:)

Recipes

Recipes

Vegan Banana Pudding

Ingredients

2 packages sugar free instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup of vegan sour cream

1 box of vegan vanilla wafers

3-4 medium bananas

3 cups cashew almond milk

16oz container of vegan coconut cool whip

Directions

Mix pudding and cashew almond milk together

Add sour cream and container of cool whip.

Mix until fluffy. Add more milk if necessary

Slice bananas

Begin layering pudding

Vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, then pudding.

Continue and end with vanilla wafers only on top.

Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours.

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients

 2/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted

3/4 cup packed vegan brown sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix coconut oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well mixed. Stir in almond milk and vanilla.
  • 2
    Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder until dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until edges are light brown and tops look set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.

SWITCH TO A PLANT BASED WAY OF LIFE

1. Learn More

Read and watch everything you can about eating vegan. Talk to vegans you know about how they transitioned, what challenges they had and how they overcame them, and what things they love most about their vegan lifestyle. Support yourself with knowledge—it works!

A recent survey of nearly 8,000 vegans found that more than 40 percent were inspired to go vegan after watching an educational video or movie, nearly 30 percent were motivated by an article, book or song lyric, and another 25 percent were encouraged to become vegan by a conversation with another person.

2. Veganize Your Current Meals

Choose some of your favorite meals that you cook on a regular basis for lunch or dinner, and then veganize them. A hamburger can become a grilled or sautéed portobello mushroom smothered with sautéed tomatoes and onions. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can make your most familiar meals vegan.

3. Find New Vegan Recipes

Make a habit of leisurely checking out vegan recipe sites once a week or so when you have some free time. That way, you’ll expand your awareness about the infinite variety of vegan dishes that exist, you’ll identify some favorite, go-to sites for mealtime inspiration, and you’ll train your brain to think vegan when it comes to food.

4. Keep a Stash

It’s a good idea to keep a stash of your favorite healthy snacks in your desk or the refrigerator at work, in your car, or in your purse or bag. These can include fruit, nuts, popcorn, baked chips and more. You’ll find they come in handy during those times when there’s no other vegan food available.

6. Enjoy the Transition

Celebrate the fact that you’re taking this life-changing step toward eating healthier. That alone is a tremendous achievement.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/world-vegan-day-6-tips-switching-plant-based-diet-n676281

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