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The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

The One Sure Way to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living

Broccoli?!  Yuck!!

If you are a parent, chances are you have heard this from your toddler at dinner time.  It is literally a daily struggle.  And it lasts for quite some time…  I’m sure that many of you are thinking, “My kids are teenagers and they still don’t eat their vegetables.”  So, as parents, we all know that getting proper nutrition into our kids is not easy.

I have tried nearly everything to get my toddler to eat his fruits and veggies—yes, he is even a picky eater when it comes to fruit—except for bananas—he loves those!  But there comes a time when you get sick of having to devote so much time and energy into threatening to take away a favorite toy or TV show and just want your child to eat what you put on their plate without a fight.

So, at this point, there are a couple of options that you have—and both of these options include utilizing your ninja skills as a parent to skillfully hide the fruits and veggies so your child won’t even know that they are eating something healthy.

Yes, I am saying that you must deceive your children and trick them into eating their broccoli.  There literally is no other way.

If you are creative with your cooking, you may be able to come up with some great ways to hide veggies in all sorts of meals, snacks, even desserts.  If you need a few ideas, you can check out my recipes for:

 

Sweet potato banana cookies | Money Savvy Living

Sweet Potato & Banana Cookies

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

Very Berry Yogurt Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie5 Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

 

For even more recipe ideas on how to hide those veggies in meals, snacks, and desserts, check out 100 Ways Kids Will Actually Eat Vegetables.  To give you a little taste of what Paula has shared in her post at Beauty Through Imperfection, here are some of the “Dinners with Sneaky Vegetables” that you might want to try:

 

The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living

 

But sometimes all the shrewd vegetable-hiding in the world won’t get your kids to eat a well-balanced diet.  Sometimes your kids will still insist on eating only pizza, grilled cheese, and Fruit Loops.  Yes, I know from experience that this is the case.  My four-year-old literally will only eat pizza, grilled cheese, Fruit Loops, macaroni and cheese, and the occasional banana and yogurt.  So clearly, he is not getting the fruits and vegetables in his diet that he needs.  Of course, that doesn’t stop me from putting broccoli, green beans, carrots, apples, and strawberries on his plate—I’m hopeful that one day he will actually try them!—but until he becomes a less picky eater, I have figured out a great way to sneak fruits and vegetables into his diet—and he loves it!

 

What’s my secret?  Juice Plus+ Chewables for kids.

 

The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living

 

Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are different than the typical gummy vitamins for kids.  First of all, these aren’t vitamins at all.  They are whole food supplements.  So what does that mean?  Well, these gummy chewables are made from 20 dehydrated fruits and vegetables and formed using fruit pectin—not gelatin.  And the sweeteners are all natual—tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup.  It is also a plus that they contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  The Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are also gluten free and 100% vegetarian.

 

 

Two of each of these chewables every day for my kids and I know that they are getting hundreds of vitamins and minerals from the all-natural source!  While these are not meant to be a substitute for healthy eating, it sure can help bridge the gap for picky-eaters.

The Garden Chewables are made from dehydrated:

  • carrot
  • parsley
  • beet
  • garlic
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • oat bran
  • rice bran

The Orchard Chewables are made from dehydrated:

  • apple
  • peach
  • cranberry
  • orange
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • date
  • acerola cherry
  • beet
  • prune

 

Even though my two older children are good eaters and will eat their fruits and vegetables, they don’t get the spectrum of fruits and vegetables in their diets that they should.  I mean, did your kids eat beets, prunes, kale, and broccoli today?  I know mine didn’t.  In fact, those aren’t things that I normally get in my own diet, so my husband and I take the capsules for adults…

 

Picky eater?  Problem solved.

 

The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies | Money Savvy Living

 

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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7 Ways to Save Money Like a Hippie

7 Life-Changing Characteristics of a Frugal Mindset

DIY Laundry Powder Recipe

Big Financial Goals? Get the Family Involved

 

 

 

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Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

Avocado Mint Dip 3

 

When ever you make a veggie tray to take to a party, you always serve it with dip, right?  It definitely tastes more appealing to eat vegetables when smothered in some sort of ranch or French Onion dip.  However, I always feel a bit guilty because I know that the benefit of eating all those good, fresh veggies was most likely just cancelled out by the artery-clogging fat of the dip.

 

I’m not alone in this feeling, am I?

 

So this year, I decided to plant my own little herb garden.  I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year, they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking.  Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store.  But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year!  So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year.  Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc.  Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop.  Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

So now, instead of eating a fattening pre-made dip with preservatives and who-knows-what in it, this fresh dip is a much healthier alternative:

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile.  It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too!  However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

  • ½ cup shredded cucumber (squeeze liquid out)
  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves (I use a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, & mojito)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • ½ avocado (you can add the entire avocado if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a food processor, except for the olive oil.  Start to pulse the food processor and blend ingredients, drizzling in the olive oil slowly.

 

I love to add herbs and ingredients by taste, so you may want to start with this recipe and then tweak it a bit by adding more of any ingredients of the flavors that you want to bring out…

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday {#61}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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East, Drink, and Save Money: Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole

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3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

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Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

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Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

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Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

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17+ Memberships that Include Travel Discounts

How to Make a Decorative Pillow for $5 or Less

Grocery Budgeting: The Great Method No One is Using

5 Tips to Manage Teenage Boys and Their Electronics

 

 

 

 

 

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Retirement Planning: Are You a Saver or Spender?

Retirement Planning: Are You a Saver or Spender? | Money Savvy Living

It is hard to turn on the news and not hear about the sluggish state of the economy, the low amount of job growth, how much debt the country is racking up… or how seemingly inevitable cuts will be coming to social security benefits in the future because of these factors…  So when we hear these things, we need to take a moment and actually look ahead to what those long-term effects could mean for your personal financial future.

While it may seem nonsensical to think that the May jobs report has anything to do with your personal retirement planning, or even your current financial situation, it truly is an indicator of our country’s economic heartbeat and the overall economic impact is actually quite far reaching. When job creation is low, and the job participation rate is low, there are less people paying taxes into the system, and potentially, more people collecting benefits such as unemployment and food stamps. When we are in an economy that is not bringing in more revenue than is going out, we have a budget deficit each year—and that adds to the interest compounding on our current national debt to create an even larger debt. So it starts to become clear as to why this affects you personally: less money going into the Social Security fund now will mean less to come out of it later—when you are ready to retire.

With all of this in mind, it may surprise you to know that 33% of Americans have no retirement savings at all, and less than 25% of the people who do have retirement savings actually think that it will be enough. Do you have enough? How do you know if you are on the right track?

This graphic from Rosland Capital, a premier precious metals asset and gold IRA firm, breaks it down for you:

 

 

Rosland Capital Avenue to Retire | Money Savvy Living

 

 

So the first thing that you need to do is find out if your employer offers a 401k program, and if they do, start contributing as soon as you qualify. Why is this so important? There are 2 main benefits from participating in your employer’s sponsored 401k:

  • Employer matching—most employers will match up to a certain percentage of your personal employee contributions. It is literally free money. For example, if you contribute 2% of your income from each paycheck, your employer may match that, so your total is now 4%.
  • Tax benefits—if you contribute to a traditional 401k, you will get money taken out of your paycheck pre-tax—so that means you are paying less tax now on your current income. If you are contributing to a 401k that has a Roth option, then you will pay tax on the money that you contribute now, but it will grow tax-free!

If you are self-employed or your employer doesn’t offer a 401k, then you can always set up your own IRA, or individual retirement account, and receive the similar tax benefits—you can get a tax deduction for contributing to a traditional IRA, or again, enjoy the tax-free growth of a Roth IRA.

So how do you choose which investment products are right for you? There are several factors to look at: how long you have until retirement, what your goals are, and what you risk tolerance is. Every individual’s situation is unique, so you will need to look at these factors with your financial advisor to determine the best investments. Once you know your time horizon, what your investment goals are, and the type of investor that you are, you may even want to check out these 3 ways to creatively diversify your investment portfolio to further decrease your risk.

 

Are you a saver or a spender?

With all of the uncertainty in the economy, and even with social security, you want to make sure that you are preparing yourself for retirement—so that you can live comfortably in your golden years without having to worry if the government will cut your social security benefit.

So if you are one of those 33% that have no retirement savings, here are a few ways that you can start saving today—without having to drastically change your lifestyle:

  • Take advantage of your company’s 401k matching—it’s literally free money going into your retirement that you don’t have access to now anyways. Example: you put in 1% of your paycheck (you probably won’t miss just 1%!) and your employer puts in 1%, so you are now saving 2% from each pay…
  • Pay yourself when you get paid. When payday comes, determine an amount that you want to set aside in a saving (retirement) account. Even if you can only start with $5 per pay, that is fine. Get into the habit of saving and then maybe gradually increase it each time you get a pay raise. If your goal is to save $100 per pay, then map out a plan to get there.
  • Give something up. This is hard to hear sometimes because we get into habits or become accustomed to doing things a certain way and don’t want to give anything up. However, if you can sacrifice eating out for lunch one day per week, or give up getting a latte before work, or cancel a membership that you maybe don’t use anymore…all of those are items that you are paying out money for each month, but could live without. So rearranging your budget and putting that money toward savings and retirement will be way more meaningful. Besides, you can pack a lunch and bring coffee from home if you know that sets you up for a better future, right?!
  • Don’t spend your tax return! If you get money back when you do your taxes each year, don’t spend it. This is money that you haven’t had access to all year long, when you get the check in the mail, simply deposit it in your retirement account.

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#60}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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East, Drink, and Save Money: Toddler Trail Mix

Fun Money Mom: Best Father’s Day Treat for the Sports Loving Dad

Money Savvy Living: Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

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Hannah // Lisa // Gina

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10 Ways I Dress My Kids Super Cute and Super Cheap!

20 Tips to Buy a Used Car

 

 

 

 

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Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! Well, over the years, it has gotten even better and now there are several flavors to choose from. My absolute favorite now is the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

So even though these are a low-fat, relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often, so I had figured out a way to get a very similar, frothy drink right at home!  This way I can save a bit of money, and add a little “protein boost” to it as well…

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#59}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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Share The Wealth Sunday 59 | Money Savvy Living

East, Drink, and Save Money: How to get the Best Shutterfly Deals

Fun Money Mom: DIY Coastal Themed Message Board

Money Savvy Living: Homemade Summer Salsa for Canning

3 Ways to Share Your Blog Posts Each Week:

Besides sharing your posts on the Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up each week, we want offer other ways to get more traffic to your articles:

Share the Wealth Facebook Group Page

Have you joined the Share the Wealth Facebook page yet? Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice. We’d love for you to join us! This is meant to be an interactive group for bloggers… feel free to invite any of your blogger friends!

Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board

Check out our Share the Wealth Pinterest Group Board! Come on over and pin your most recent posts or other great pins that you want to share with the group. This is a great way to get a little boost for some of your pins, but make sure that you return the Pinterest love and pin something from a few other bloggers.

Also, don’t forget to follow your Share the Wealth Sunday hosts on Pinterest too:

Hannah // Lisa // Gina

Share Your Recent Post to our Blogs’ Facebook Pages!

Yes! Feel free to stop by our Blogs’ Facebook Pages and post your most recent blog articles! Of course, we are commenting, pinning, tweeting and sharing your linked up posts, but now you can just visit our pages on Facebook and post a link to your most recent blog post! We hope that you are already following our Facebook pages, but if not, come on over and follow along and share some of your content too!

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Healthy Living Facebook Page:

Are you trying to lose weight or get healthy? Stop by my Healthy Living Facebook page for some tips, recipes, and encouragement to get healthier and lose a little weight this year. Also, feel free to join and post your health-related blog posts anytime… another great way to share your blog posts!

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Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Debt Management Strategies

How to Stop Arguing about Money

We Paid Off $7600 Debt in One Month

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Summer Salsa for Canning

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

Now that spring is here, I am ready for my garden and all the delicious foods that come out of it!  But, of course, it will be a few months before I will get much from it… anyways, I am already thinking ahead to all the wonderful garden fresh recipes that I can make!  Any time that I can use vegetables from my own garden, I know it is healthier—and saves money too!  It literally costs a few dollars to buy the seeds and plants and I can make several jars of salsa from just a few plants.

 

While I love to eat fresh tomatoes, I love to make salsa with all those beautiful tomatoes, especially at the end of the season when they all ripen at once and I have to do something with them before they go bad… plus, I just prefer the taste of homemade to store-bought salsa… and making homemade salsa is easier than you may think!

 

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

I like to put my tomatoes in the food processor because I like my salsa to be more of a smooth consistency, so just roughly chop any type of tomatoes that you have (remove some of the seeds or else it will get too runny) and the food processor will do the rest.  If you like a thicker, chunkier salsa, just dice to the size that you prefer and skip using the food processor.

 

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Add some peppers, onions, and garlic.  This is where you can really branch out and make it what you want.  I use sweet peppers and jalapenos, but sometimes, I add some pablano peppers if I have them.  If you like it hotter, add more jalapenos, or whatever other hot peppers you like.  I don’t have it in this recipe, but I often add some mangos or peaches to give the salsa a sweet flavor along with the spiciness.

 

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Homemade Summer Salsa

Homemade Summer Salsa

  • 10-12 cups chopped tomatoes, remove some of the seeds
  • 1-2 green peppers
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2-4 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • Chop in food processor *Optional*  If you like chunkier salsa, just dice ingredients to the size you want.
  • Put in stock pot, bring to boil.  Cook for about 5 min.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Squeeze 3 Tbsp of lime juice into each pint canning jar
  • Pour salsa into each jar with lime juice, leaving ½ – 1 inch at the top of the jar.
  • Make sure each jar is clean and dry at the top.  Place lids and rings on jars tightly.
  • Boil in water for 30 minutes.  Make sure the water completely covers the jars.
  • Allow to cool for several hours, lids should be sealed (the lid should not pop up or move when you press on it) before storage.

 

 

*if you have a canner, you will not need to boil in water for 30 minutes.