All Things Beautiful

Do you like all things beautiful?

Me too…

Welcome to another day with #HealthyMeetHappy as we journey towards a beautiful life.

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finding beauty in the simple things of life

What exactly does beautiful mean?  Good question…

Dictionary.com describes the word this way:

beautiful

adjective

1.

havingbeauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind:

a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.

2.

excellent of its kind:

a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.

3.

wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
noun

4.

the concept ofbeauty(usually preceded by the).

5.

(used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the):

the good and the beautiful.

6.

the ideal ofbeauty(usually preceded by the):

to strive to attain the beautiful.
interjection

7.

wonderful; fantastic:

You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!

8.

extraordinary; incredible: used ironically:

Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!
Beautiful:  What does beautiful mean to you?
a deep breath, a baby sleeping, the sun shining down on ripples of water?
Is it possible to slow down in a very fast paced world and find the beauty in things naturally created?

fresh carrots full of nutrients, fiber and phytochemicals

Look at the beautiful colors in the assortment of fresh carrots . . . deep purples, yellows, orange hues with lively green stems that so beautifully decorate the topsoil while nurturing the fine root vegetable underneath the ground. One can almost taste the Vitamin A, beta-carotenes and phytonutrients bursting at the intricately created seems.
  1. Is this beauty replaceable?
  2. Does a synthetic Vitamin A supplement exhibit beauty like this?….  Just something to think about …..
  • Can you smell and taste the earthiness of the carrot?
  • Can you hear the crunch of the complex starches, fibers and hydration plumping the cells of the vegetable.  Look at the unique lines and textures… isn’t it just picture perfect?
Wouldn’t you agree that these beautiful carrots are a perfect analogy of a #HealthyMeetHappy experience?
So…. what is beautiful to YOU? 
How can you begin today to see beauty in the simple, finer things in life. 
Let us not grow wearing in doing good, for at the proper season, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Let’s make it another #HealthyMeetHappy day!
~a

Coconut Flour Crepes

It’s Spring Break week here in Brevard County Florida…

The girls and I made a #HealthyMeetHappy test recipe today for dinner at the request of one of our children.

The handpicked menu included a family favorite “Brinner” also known as Breakfast at Dinner alongside a dietitian inspired test recipe for Coconut Flour Crepes that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.

The Brinner Menu included the following:

Scrambled Eggs

Applewood Smoked Bacon

Fresh Watermelon Cubes

Fresh Mixed Greens Salad

and the test recipe Coconut Flour Crepes with a Strawberry & Honey Yogurt Creme

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What was the family’s response you ask??  Our youngest giggled joyously ” this is the best dinner ever”!

Our middle child beamed with delight as she had successfully assisted in the kitchen and was now enjoying the fruits of her efforts…

Big Sister eagerly accepted the Coconut Flour Crepes and filled it with her own hand picked ingredients.  Not sure what to do with it, she kept it dry and tried eating it like a taco.  After a few bites, she decided it wasn’t for her and went back to her staple preference for Brinner.  The dietitian mom in me was proud of the kiddos for their willingness to try something new with zeal and excitement.  Another #HealthyMeetHappy success story for the blog posts…

Everyone enjoyed a delicious Brinner meal, another test recipe on the books ( not a personal favorite but) with a bit of recipe re-creation… may just become a family Winner?!

What’s your favorite family friendly dinner meal that the kids love to help out in the kitchen with?

“Studies and experience shows that kids are more likely to engage in new foods when they’ve helped create the meal.  Even a few stirs or gentle pats can help with exposing kids to new #HealthyMeetHappy foods that can become future favorites that last a lifetime!” ~Angela Gallagher, Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Nutritionist

Have a #HealthyMeetHappy Spring Break!