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Last Minute Gifts That Rock

Did you forget a special someone on your list? Don’t worry these last minute gifts don’t require leaving the house and are so cool no one will ever guess you waited until the 11th hour. Gifts of the months are so last year, how about gift boxes that are a perfect fit for anyone on your list. Wheather its your gluten-free gal pal,  fluffy your four legged friend, or your healthy hubby  there are unique gift boxes that give all year long and that you don’t have to step foot in a store to purchase. Simply print and put in a envelope and each month your recipient will really remember your amazing gift.

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For the Healthy Snacker: Nature Box

last minute giftsDid you know that the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking? In fact, snacking is the leading cause of childhood obesity. NatureBox helps you get more out of your day without wasting calories on the bad stuff. Every NatureBox item is carefully sourced and nutritionist approved. Everything inside your NatureBox will be better for you so that you can feel great about what you’re eating. You can trust that our products will be made from wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all.

For the Curious Kid and Hands on Mom: Kiwi Crate

Think of it as a house call from the summer-camp crafts instructor. Kiwi Crate’s deliveries include supplies and ideas for  a weekend’s worth of creative projects, all designed for open-ended, imaginative play. Each month they send you a new kit, filled with everything you need to create and complete a project.

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For the Foodie: Love With Food

last minute giftsLove With Food is on a big mission, To fill mailboxes with hard-to-find gourmet goodies packed in themed sets and to fill food banks across the country with meals for those in need. Every Love With Food box purchase buys one meal donation through the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength—No Kid Hungry. tarting at $10 per month for 3-month plans (shipping $2), 6-month plans (shipping $1), or 12-month plans (free shipping).

 

For the DIY Diva: For the Makers last minute gifts

A pair of New York jewelry designers fills each For the Makers box with materis for four to six fashion-forward (but beginner-friendly)projects—and, thankfully, posts step-by-step instructions and how-to photos on their site. A recent edition held the components  for a geometric-stenciled tea towel, a decorative clay bowl, a leather-and-chain bracelet, and a trio of colorful elastic   hair ties—one project that’s literally as simple as tying a knot. Starting at $29.00 a month.

 

For The Coffee Snob: Craft Coffee

Give the gift of caffeine to a coffee lover on your list.  These monthly coffee samplers from top micro-roasters and boutique bean companies. Each set includes three four-ounce pouches with detailed tasting notes and brewing tips.

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Purrfect Pet Presents for the Pet or Pet Lover

This holiday don’t forget about the furry friend on your list.  Recent scares of salmonella and contaminated treats and food has us fearful of feeding our four-legged family members anything but the best stuff.  Some of the brands that we thought were “natural” are no longer (check out this list of recalls). We have some purrfectly eco-friendly, natural, and healthy pet presents for the pet or pet lover on your list.

 Pet Presents

pet presentsBarkBox

My pup knows when our BarkBox is outside the door, its the gift that keeps on giving all year long! When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets! Eco-friendly and natural products with a portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need.

Eco Friendly Toys

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This isn’t an ordinary mouse, the original cat toy from West Paw Design has evolved! With an eco-fabric coat, filled with USDA certified organically grown catnip and a tinkling bell and genuine leather tail, your cat won’t be able to leave it alone! Small enough to bat around, yet big enough to really sink some claws into, this is a purrfect present for the cat on your list. This hand-crafted mouse carries all the signature characteristics of authenticity your cat will go crazy for! Dog toys are all natural too!

Woof Worthy Treats

Only the good stuff for your furry friend. My local pet food store calls Stella and Chewy’s “dog crack”. I couldn’t get my pup to eat his kibble and sprinkled some of this raw, natural food on it. Within seconds he devoured the whole bowl! This isn’t just another treat that’s full of additives for your dog or cat, it’s natural and healthier than most dog foods on the market! Their commitment to quality starts with their ingredients. Every Stella & Chewy’s product is made with raw, naturally raised meat, poultry or fish, sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, without added hormones or antibiotics.

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Day 6: Gifts That Give Back

By Emily Roberts

I always love to buy presents that have a story.  What better way to spread holiday cheer to those on your list and those in need than by picking up a present that gives back to charity.  There are so many out there, but here are a few of our favorites for any budget.

 

Krochet Kids

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Adorable hats and scarves for anyone on our list, with a strong mission to helping women in need through sustainable education. Made by women in Uganda and Peru, this nonprofit organization helping train and empower them to support their own families.

Lush Charity Pot

Lush’s hand and body lotion is made with fair-trade cocoa-butter, naturally produced and all proceeds,100 percent after taxes, go to the organization featured on the lid of each pot: WaterCan, TreePeople, Amazon Conservation Team and International Fund for Animal Welfare. Starting at $5.95!

Sustainable Soccer Balls for All

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The One World Futbol Project has created a nearly indestructible soccer ball that never goes flat and finds a home to a child in need. For every one you buy, a second is sent to kids in need, from refugee camps to inner cities, this is a gift that keeps everyone active.

Clean Water For You and Folks Far Away

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SOMA’s glass carafe is a way to purify and provide clean water to others. Every filter sale supports charity:water. The fully compostable filters arrive via subscription, so you’ll never forget to replace them and have clean water no mater where you are.  Charity water’s website also has dozens of gifts that give back.

FEED USA at Target

The nonprofit FEED was created by Lauren Bush to produce and sell merchandise that raises awareness about hunger and helps feed the world. FEED has developed a partnership with Target to support Feeding America by selling a collection of more than 50 products including bibs, collapsible bikes, and cool gifts like iPhone cases, scarves, jewelry and bags. One $30 messenger bag provides 24 meals for one hungry family.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Day 5: Gifts For The Fitness Fanatic

By Emily Roberts

Have a friend or family member that is a fitness fanatic? They need the hottest and most effective fitness gear and gadgets to assist them in their workouts. Here are some of our favorite gifts to help them stay in shape.

Four Must-Have Gifts For The Fitness Fanatic
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1. Wake Up and Workout Alarm Clock. Waking up is hard to do, especially when you have a dreaded morning workout. This genius alarm clock will you out of bed and moving in no time. If you set this 1.5-pound dumbbell shaped alarm clock, it’s count down timer records number of reps you’ve done from 30 to zero as long as your upwards swings are perfect every time, so you cant cheat. Waking up to the sound of your alarm clock to get out of bed and start the day right.

 

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This fitness gadget might teaches mindfulness while eating. The Hapifork  tracks every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, how long it took to eat your meal, and encourages you to slow down with vibrating cues. It tracks your eating habits. This information is then uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to your Online Dashboard on HAPI.com to track your progress. The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPIfork and HAPI.com apps plus a coaching program to help improve your eating behavior.

 

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3. AUTOSeal Kangaroo Water Bottle With Storage Compartment.

Convenient one-handed drinking at the push of a button and storage for your stuff by Contigo. No spouts to open or lids to remove – simply press the button to drink and release the button to automatically seal. Heading out for a run or hike around town, no need to bring extra gear, this has got you covered for keys and a credit card or two. The spill and leak-proof AUTOSEAL technology offers one-handed convenience, 100-percent BPA free. No need to worry about the container you are drinking from.

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4. Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand. Perfect for the cyclist or the child on your list that cant get outside because its too chilly.  The convertor for their bike that moves the outside workout inside. Inexpensive and allows them to use their own bike, this is a perfect gift for a fitness friend on your list.

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Candy Coma: How to Avoid the Halloween Sugar Overload

halloween sugarHalloween night is here, are you prepared? Your child has had their costume since July, candy has been bought for the trick-or-treaters, and you have jack-o-lanterns on your doorstep, but are you ready for the havoc that often comes with the POUNDS of candy and excitement that your child brings home after trick or treating? Here are some helpful ideas to avoid meltdowns and insure a happy Halloween for you and your little pumpkin.

Candy Exchange

Dentists in our area advertise buying back Halloween candy from kids, what a great idea! They donate it to local shelters in exchange for buying your child’s candy by the pound. If no one in your area is doing this, you can buy it back from them, and have them earn money or turn it in for a prize.

Gluten Free and Healthy Candy

halloween sugarYes its true, there are sweet snacks that wont cause your child to feel like they have “ODed” on M&Ms. Allow them to trade in their gluten filled candy for gluten free. We love this great blog post to help you to have a “Gluten Free Halloween” and check out this list of Gluten Free Candies.

Trading Candy

If your child has an allergy or simply cannot handle sugar (most kids cannot), then trading their candy for a prize can be more exciting than eating mounds of Snickers. Try using a counting system- 50 pieces = movie night 100= new video game, get creative here and have your kids come up with rewards too. They will be more invested if they are part of the process. Another idea, trade it for healthier treats that they like: fruit leather, chips, or salty snacks.

Sort and Store it

halloween sugarOne of the most exciting times of the year for kids is coming home, emptying your Halloween pail and sorting through the goods. Allow your child to do this, parent supervision is often required to check for safety, then let them chose one treat a day, whether it’s with their after school snack or after dinner. If they can tolerate sugar, this is a great way to teach them healthy moderation. Store it somewhere out of eye sight and let them know its available only once a day.

Protein

Before heading out to trick or treat, or to that Halloween party filled with junk food, candied apples, and kids keyed up on a sugar high, consider giving your child a protein filled meal or snack. This will allow their brain to be less hyper-focused on candy, they will be less likely to have sugar cravings, and it keep their blood sugar from spiking. Get creative and make themed snacks, nachos with cheddar cheese and top with olives (hide beans under the chips for added protein), deviled eggs that look like eye balls, or hot dog mummies.

Don’t forget to send your kids out with supervision, a flash light, and a full tummy.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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NR Therapy is Coming to Austin: THIS WEEK!

Neuro Reorganization Therapy (NR) is coming to Austin Texas! This is an exciting first for Austinites! Many of our Neurogistics clients and families have used NR to aid in healing trauma, and repairing developmental delays and learning challenges.

Neurological Reorganization Practitoner Sargent L. Goodchild, Jr. of Active Healing, will now be traveling to Austin every 4 months to help Texas families. Sarge is an (NR) therapist based in Boston, MA with 19 years of experience. He is one of 4 practitioners in the US that is specialized in this amazing program. Sarge will be in Austin Thursday October 3rd through Sunday October 6th and we are excited to announce that he will be taking new clients while he is here. He will then return to Austin every 4 months for re-evaluations. Active Healing clients may be any age and any level of development.

There are still a couple of appointments available for these Austin dates, with 2 different appointment options available. You may schedule a full appointment, or Sarge is also offering a special one hour appointment for new clients looking to try Neuro Reorganization Therapy!

Call Laura Yaeger at 512-423-0286 for more information and appointments. You may also contact Sarge Goodchild at Active Healing 978-525-3608 or email info@activehealing.org

What is Neuro Reorganization Therapy?

Neuro Reorganization Therapy is a movement based therapy that targets foundational areas of the brain to organize and integrate functions not addressed by other interventions. Amazing results have been achieved by children and adults who face challenges, including: Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders, RAD, ADD, ADHD, PTSD and trauma disorders, FASD, dyslexia, head injuries or trauma to the brain at birth, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and learning challenges, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and other behavior disorders.

We are very excited about this opportunity for healing that will be available for our Texas clients. NR has helped many of our families who are struggling to achieve balance. We have seen great success, and lifelong system repairs with our kids who utilize NR and our Children’s Program at the same. Please feel free to check out Sarge’s website Activehealing.org for more information.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Back to Bedtime: Tips for Adjusting Your Childs Sleep Cycle for Back to School

back to school sleepy boyBy Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We know summertime schedules make it hard to adjust to back to school demands. The leisurely schedule and later evenings mean more of a push back from kiddos when classes resume. As much as your child may fight or fuss about pillow-time, it is a tool for academic and behavioral success. Kids who don’t get enough sleep, regularly, have been shown to have lower testing scores, more behavioral outburst, and more ADHD-like behaviors. Snoozing on the weekends and struggling to get enough sleep during the week is a typical cycle for some, but can be damaging to long term health. Children and adults need a bedtime routine, and consistent hours for their brain to recharge and rest. This cannot be done two nights a week, we need to help them adjust to do this most days.

Start Now

Even if your child has started school or is doing so in the next week or so, start with a plan of action that you can implement as early as this evening. Changing their entire routine all at once can be too much for some kids to handle, so adding in each piece over the course of a week may help.Experts estimate that preschoolers (3 to 5 years-old) need 11-13 hours of sleep, while school-aged children up to age 12 need approximately 10-11 hours of sleep. Teens need at least 9 hours. back to school kids sleep

Dr. Juan Martinez MD, director of Pediatric Sleep lab at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital suggests:

• The best strategy is to allow the later bedtime initially, but enforce the gradually earlier morning arousal time to a goal of the normal awakening time for school. The late bedtime will eventually adjust to a normal bedtime. All parents and caregivers must be on board and consistent.— We love this, as our bodies will naturally respond to this adjustment after a few days. Starting to enforce an earlier bedtime after a week or so, and rewarding them for getting ready on-time will help.

• Absolutely avoid any caffeinated products after dinner. That includes coffee, cola drinks and chocolate.— We would even go further to say after lunch, as caffeine can stay in kids systems for hours. Sugar before bed can also heighten arousal, so that ice cream after dinner may need to be a mid afternoon treat.

• Have children turn off all electronics, including phones, computers, video games and television early in the night. Have them instead read, listen to soothing music or do other quiet activities.— We agree, and studies have shown that up to two hours before bed our brain’s will be effected by screen time. If your child “needs” their Kindle or begs for their iPhone, come up with rules for the family. It may be painful at first to convince your tween to turn in their phone, but if their goals are to make good grades and get the privilege of having a phone, then they needs to follow the rules. Many kids I work with sleep with their phones and are woken up throughout the night to friends’ texts or to search the web. DON’T ALLOW THIS.

• Have children take a warm bath an hour or two before bedtime to help their body temperature naturally cool down before sleep.— We would also add in doing mindfulness or self-soothing activities. Coloring, journaling, “light” reading (avoid scary or suspenseful literature), back rubs, ect.

• At bedtime there should be no background noises, television or music.— We have some kids who are able to relax by listening to classical music, guided meditations, or sound machines, as it distracts from their anxious thoughts. Try to find something that reduces stimulation.

More tips:

When talking to kids about this adjustment make sure not to say “because I said so” or “that’s our rule.” Rather, explain to them that sleep is important if they want to feel good and focused. Sleep is like food, we need it or our bodies can’t function.back to school sleep tight

Supplements. Make sure your child is taking their supplements as prescribed or suggested. Particular vitamins and minerals can be stimulating. Making sure that they are taking their recommended doses at the right time is imperative.

Make bedtime cozy. When we look at our beds we want to feel comfortable and look forward to shutting our eyes. Kids are the same. Make sure that they help you pick out textures of linens that they like, this is not your bed, it’s theirs. Give them lots of pillows or blankets if they like, as many kids (and adults) feel calmer and safer with soft textures surrounding them. For little ones, have them pick out a stuffed animal or blanket that “lives in the bed.” So they will have something to look forward to when bedtime comes.

Also, this is a great time to ask them about their goals for the school year, what do you want to accomplish or improve on this year? Let them tell you (it can be hard to keep your thoughts to yourself but try) what they want to achieve. “More goals in soccer” or “get an A in Algebra. Then ask them what they need to do to get there. Break down the goals with them and add in steps including healthy living (sleep, diet, supplements, ect).

What if they resist? As a parent you are in charge, and your children will thank you in the long run. Expect a few days or even weeks of push back, maybe even tears, but stay consistent and strong. Validate that sometimes it stinks to head to bed this early, and we all are trying our best to be healthy.

Even if they aren’t tired, which is a common complaint, get them in their rooms, and make their room a bedtime zone. If there is a tv, a computer, bright lights or warm temperatures, fix these things soon. Make the bedroom for sleeping and relaxing not stressful activities. The more we praise them getting into their rooms and in bed the more likely we will help condition their brains to “like”, at least a little bit, the idea of heading to bed. Giving in to later bedtimes may be a “reward” but try rewarding with activities that they would want to do during the day. Sleep is sleep, just like breakfast is a meal. You wouldn’t let them go to school hungry, so why would you let them go with a foggy brain?

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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An Exciting Announcement…

We are excited to announce that the Children’s Program from Neurogistics is squarelogonow a part of Blue Spot Kids, same Impeccable quality new name.  Look for enhanced services, support, testing, and supplements soon.  We are dedicated to advancing the health of your family naturally. Visit our new site: Wired Differently Kids

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Over Prescribed America- Infographic

Thanks to Top Masters in Health Care for sharing this with us.  Very interesting information on medication use in America.

Over Prescribed America

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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What’s in Your Popsicle?

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We love being a part oft the #StressLessSummer Series with Dr .Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young authors of Bloom! Brain Based Parenting. This week we are focusing the effects of summer foods on the brain, and it’s contribution to behaviors. Here are some tips to make your frozen treats better for your brain.

The summer heat can tempt us to reach for a cool treat, but beware of what lies beneath the wrapper. Even bars that are all natural and 100% fruit can cause tremendous changes to the brain and your child’s behavior.  stresslessssummer pic

The brain responds to the sugar overhaul by spiking blood sugar and excitatory neurotransmitters temporarily, leading to a behavioral “crash and burn.” Scientifically speaking, even after the first bite, our brain releases a surge of insulin. Often  the pancreas is tired of doing this and it will ask the adrenals to help because a “load” of sugar has hit the body and it needs to be handled. This does cause an excitatory response in children, leading to behavioral bursts. If it is matched with a protein, the effect will be lessened Plain fruit without some protein to keep the sugar spikes at bay, can feel a pound of sugar to your little ones brain.

Store bought brands may be all fruit but lack the protein. Homemade, brain-friendly, bars are simple and so much better for you. Get creative and enlist your little one to help  test out new recipes. Ziplock now makes Zipzicles, bags to that make homemade popsicles portable!

  • Freeze your favorite Greek yogurt and fresh fruit or preserves, yogurt not only contains a ton of protein but probiotics for maintain a healthy gut.
  • Want to go dairy-free, no problem, make a almond or rice milk-based smoothie and for some extra protein put in a few spoonfuls of nut butter, or protein powder in, along with frozen or fresh fruits (most kids can’t taste the protein powder if its blended well).
  • Craving the islands? Coconut water, pineapple, a bit of protein powder and bananas (with a touch of agave nectar) is my favorite.

Share your family’s frozen favorites below!

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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