Exercise Not Just For You, But Also For Your Family



Exercise for you, and for your family!

When you work out, it is not just for yourself and your health, it is also for your family.

11 years ago I started martial arts with my husband Matt and my son Andrew. Over the years we have all found what we love to do- Matt loves Krav Maga, I love running and Andrew loves lifting weights.

When I started running, it wasn't just for me. I wanted to set an example for Andrew of a mom, and woman who prioritizes her health. I wanted to show him that it is important for everyone in the family to have time for themselves to exercise. (Not just sitting on the sidelines watching him practice and play).

Sometimes as moms we put our needs last.  I wanted to show Andrew that it is okay for me to put my health and fitness first. It has taught him how to live a healthy lifestyle, how to do things that are challenging, and he sees that running for me is a stress reliever. Now, he is one of my biggest cheerleaders, always checking in to see how my run is, and encouraging me as I train for races.

Even if you are tired today, what can you do to take care of yourself, and show your kids how important that is?  They are looking to YOU to set the example, to show them what a healthy lifestyle looks like.

Try a walk after dinner, a, bike ride or yoga video. Take 30 minutes today- I promise you, no matter how tired you are, you won’t regret it!


Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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MY SON HAD A DONUT AT CHEF MICKEY!

Allergy Mama Happy Moment!
We took our son to Disney for the first time in May, 2011. He was six years old, and it was the perfect age to enjoy just about everything!

My son has a peanut and tree nut allergy- so I did extensive research before our trip. When I am worried or stressed, I go into research mode. I stalked the Disney Mom board, called Disney, and Googled everything. 

On this trip, I used a travel agent from AAA, and at the time, she made the dinner reservations for me- and I submitted an allergy form.

We had a wonderful trip- and although Disney does not guarantee cross-contamination won't happen (really- no place this big can), I  felt confident that my son would be safe.

One of the restaurants that we went to was Chef Mickey. They have a breakfast buffet with the characters-(not going to lie-these are not my favorite)..but at the time walked us around and also made some safe waffles for Andrew (now they will give you a brochure to help you know what is allergy friendly in the buffet- you can still always talk to a chef as well!)

Andrew ate donuts at that breakfast- and I was just so happy for him- he hadn’t had a donut in over 3 years, since we had found out about his allergy. I didn’t want my son loading up on junk food all the time, but to have a treat like other kids once in a while was okay with me- I believe in being healthy, but I also believe in balance. 

When we got home from Disney, I set out to start creating some of the meals and treats he had on vacation, and one was donuts. I got this donut maker and started making donuts for him and his friends. I even bought Disney sprinkles for the tops.

I recently made the donuts again-  and now I also make them gluten and dairy free and try to healthify them (is that even a word?)  They are super easy to make. There is a recipe book that comes with the donut maker, but I just put my own spin on the recipe.

DOnut Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 TBL baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt
  • I tsp vanilla
                      • 1 egg

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients- I like to use this mixer- mix on low then medium speed.
3. Spoon batter into the homemade piping bag (see below for instructions)
4. Add batter, following instructions for baking on donut maker
5. Cool then glaze, or shake in a brown bag with sugar and cinnamon




Frosting Recipe

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup organic sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 TBL unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 TBL oat milk or dairy free cream





Instructions
1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl - be sure powered sugar has been sifted!
2. Dip cooled donuts into frosting, then let dry on wire rack (I put a piece of parchment paper underneath for easy clean-up)
3. Sprinkle with sprinkles (I like these dye-free ones here)




Helpful Tip




Here is a tip to make the donut-making process a little easier- take a storage size plastic bag (you can buy a pastry bag, but really, how often will you use those?). Put it in a cup, fill it with the donut batter and then cut a hole (not too big) in one corner..now you have your own pastry bag!


If you make the donuts- let me know what you think!






Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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Gluten Free Beignets at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Gluten Free Beignets at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter
Did someone say gluten-free beignets??

When you are allergic or sensitive to gluten- baked goods are usually a no-no.

One of the things I missed the most when I started going gluten-free were doughy items, like clam cakes, fried dough, and donuts. 

So when I heard that Scat’s Cafe, at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, had gluten-free beignets, I had to go and try them.

I live in the Orlando area, so I decided to pop over to the French Quarter on a boat from Disney Springs. The watercraft is available (at the time of writing this) from 10:30 in the morning to 11:30 at night, and it's just a quick and relaxing ride from Disney Springs to Port Orleans French Quarter.


 You can see  Saratoga Springs and the Tree House lodging, along with the golf course on your journey. The boat will drop you off at the dock and it's just a short walk up to the front entrance of the Port Orleans French Quarter- that's where you will find Scat's Cafe.


Scats Cafe is a cute little cafe that has a wonderful menu of beignets and coffee that makes you feel like you are in the French Quarter!  You can order 3 or 6 beignets.  When I went up to the register I chatted with the cast member who assured me that the beignets are not only for gluten sensitive people but also for those with a  gluten allergy. The dipping sauces are all gluten-free as well, which was a happy surprise- there are three sauces available- chocolate, strawberry, and caramel.

I placed my order after speaking with the cast member- I felt comfortable with ordering the beignets and strawberry sauce.  I waited between 5-10 minutes and my name was calked-my beignets were ready!! They came out piping hot and smothered in confectionary sugar. I had to wait 5 minutes to dig in! They were SO delicious! They were crispy and chewy, yet soft in the middle.  The strawberry dip was what they would say is the “icing on the top”.


When you decide to visit Scat’s Cafe be sure to talk to the cast member about your food allergy- you may also request that a chef come out to talk to you about your allergy. Please remember that Disney has certain policies in place- they do not guarantee any of their foods to be 100% allergen-free.  Please see their allergen statement below. 

So…. I thought I would just have one beignet and I would bring the other two home to my husband but…. they did not make it home! They were so delicious that  I finished all three!  I walked around the resort for a bit when I was done (reminiscing- our first trip with our son was in 2011 at this resort!) Then, I headed back onto the boat and headed to Disney Springs (when you go back to Disney Springs- you will need to go through security again). 

if you were staying on Disney property you can take the bus to Disney Springs and then the boat to Port Orleans French Quarter. You could Uber or Lyft to the Port Orleans French Quarter and at the gate, you can let them know that you're going to eat at Scat’s Cafe…but please know that each Disney Resort is different -some will let you in without a dinner or lunch reservation, however, there are some resorts who have limited parking and you may only visit that Resort if you have a dining reservation (like Animal Kingdom).

Menu

Also, here is a short video I did on gluten-free subsititues that you might enjoy!

Disney Disclaimer


We use reasonable efforts in our food preparation and handling procedures to avoid the introduction of the most common allergens into your menu choices. While we take steps to prevent cross-contact, we do not have separate allergy-friendly kitchens and are unable to guarantee that a menu item is completely free of allergens.

Additionally, allergy-friendly offerings are reliant on supplier ingredient labels, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of each food item. Allergen advisory statements (e.g., “may contain") are not regulated and therefore not taken into consideration when developing allergy-friendly meals. It is ultimately up to your discretion to make an informed choice based upon your individual dietary needs.
Sheri is a mom, wife, coach, author, speaker, and educator. She helps women in midlife to gain energy, be healthy, and to find JOY again. She lives near Cinderella's castle in Winter Garden. Florida with her family.

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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blueberry Scones

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blueberry Scones
Have you ever walked into Starbucks and thought, I wish I could have a pastry? That muffin looks so good, I want one- or how about that cake pop? I have felt it too! But instead, you order your coffee and you go on your merry way because as someone who eats gluten-free, there aren't any options for you.
When my family was visiting last week, one of my guests couldn't wait to go and have a blueberry scone at Starbucks. It made me think about how I used to like scones, but had not really found any that were gluten-free that I enjoyed (and there certainly aren't any at Starbucks that I can eat). So, I decided to have a go at making my own!
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Eating Gluten Free at Typhoon Lagoon!

Eating Gluten Free at Typhoon Lagoon!
Let's hit the waves of Typhoon Lagoon!

Dining out with food allergies and sensitivities can be stressful, as an allergy mama and someone who is gluten-sensitive, I totally get it. 

 I've been to Typhoon Lagoon a few times and each time, I've been able to find things that work for my family.
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