It's that Time Again- Holiday Helper


Every year I adopt a family or child over the holidays. I'm focusing on giving back in my locally again this year and would love for you to join me! I will be donating unwrapped gifts to the Crisis Nursery's Holiday Helper Program from now until December 14th. (More details below) Make a donation and you will receive $10 off any of my single services or packages of $30 or more as an added bonus!   *Scheduling a service is not required in order to make a donation! CLICK HERE to view the services I offer. 


Holiday Helper Program 2018

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery's Holiday Helper Program supports families who access our services during the winter season of giving.  Gifts received from the Holiday Helper Program are distributed to families based on their specific needs and what has been donated. Gifts are given to families beginning on Monday, November 19th, 2018 - Monday, December 17th, 2018.


Wish List for Families:


New Toys: For children newborn - 6 years (no toys that require batteries)

*Educational activities
*Games/puzzles
*Sports balls
*Books

*They are especially in need of toys and gifts for older kids ages 5-6 years.

Gift Items for Parents:

*Personal care items (lotion,
bath salts)
* Journal and pen
*Winter accessories
*Kitchen items

Gift Cards Amounts of $25 or More: Retails stores

*Target, Kohl’s, etc.
* Amazon

Gift Wrap:

*Wrapping paper
*Scotch tape
*Bows and ribbon
*Large black trash bags
(for transporting gifts)


Items they CANNOT accept:

*Used items

*Items that promote violence (toy weapons or cartoon characters with weapons)

* Items that require batteries (many families cannot afford to replace batteries)

* Religious themed items (including gift wrap featuring Christmas, Santa, etc.)

* Pre-wrapped gifts (The families are grateful when they are able to give their children gifts.
It’s important that the families have the opportunity to wrap their gift so they are an active part of the gift giving process.) 



Important Information:

Nearly 90% of the families are of minority status.

Items that promote cultural diversity are encouraged.




CONTACT ME with questions or to schedule a time to drop off your donations! Thank you! 



Copyright, 2018, Jackie Mart. For further information about this blog, or Optimum Wellness LLC, contact Jackie Mart at 712.790.5883 or Jackie@OptimumWellnessMN.com. As a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, I will support you in taking steps to a healthier and happier you. My goal is to help you create an art of balance in your life. You will also learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, sleep, career and spirituality) and secondary foods (organic food and whole food) is.



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Mashed Potato Alternative


ROASTED GARLIC CELERY ROOT MASH (Makes 4-6 Servings) 

INGREDIENTS: (all organic if possible) 

1 garlic head
1 teaspoon organic olive oil
1 large cauliflower head cut into florets
1 celery root peeled and cubed
4 tablespoons ghee
sea salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice top off of garlic head. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and wrap in foil. Roast until soft and caramelized, about 35 minutes.
Place cauliflower and celery root in pot, cover with water, and add large pinch of salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 - 20 minutes.
Drain vegetables and add to food processor with a few cloves of roasted garlic, ghee, salt and pepper. Pulse until combined. Add more garlic to taste. Process to desired consistency.


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Copyright, 2018, Jackie Mart. For further information about this blog, or Optimum Wellness LLC, contact Jackie Mart at 712.790.5883 or Jackie@OptimumWellnessMN.com. As a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, I will support you in taking steps to a healthier and happier you. My goal is to help you create an art of balance in your life. You will also learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, sleep, career and spirituality) and secondary foods (organic food and whole food) is.



Ideal Weight




Set yourself free! Your weight DOES NOT determine your worth in life! Take time to enjoy your food, family, friends, and know that there is more to life than striving for perfection! 





Copyright, 2018, Jackie Mart. For further information about this blog, or Optimum Wellness LLC, contact Jackie Mart at 712.790.5883 or Jackie@OptimumWellnessMN.com. As a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, I will support you in taking steps to a healthier and happier you. My goal is to help you create an art of balance in your life. You will also learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, sleep, career and spirituality) and secondary foods (organic food and whole food) is.





Veggie Skeleton



Something fun for Halloween! 

Head--lettuce leaves, sliced olives, veggie dip in a small bowl
Body--celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers

Arrange the veggies on a platter in the shape of a skeleton, top with an appropriate sized bowl of veggie dip for the head! 



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Copyright, 2018, Jackie Mart. For further information about this blog, or Optimum Wellness LLC, contact Jackie Mart at 712.790.5883 or Jackie@OptimumWellnessMN.com. As a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, I will support you in taking steps to a healthier and happier you. My goal is to help you create an art of balance in your life. You will also learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, sleep, career and spirituality) and secondary foods (organic food and whole food) is.



My Afternoon Snack


This is my go-to smoothie in the afternoon if I’m feeling a little tired and sluggish.  Maca is an endocrine adaptogen that has the ability to support healthy hormone production and is great for stamina and energy! Cinnamon is a blood sugar balancer and helps keep the sugar cravings away!



COCONUT MACA SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS: (all organic if possible)

1 cup unsweetened nut milk
¼ cup coconut milk (can)
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp maca powder
(find it here:
1 tbsp nut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Medjool dates, pitted

DIRECTIONS:


Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy!


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Copyright, 2018, Jackie Mart. For further information about this blog, or Optimum Wellness LLC, contact Jackie Mart at 712.790.5883 or Jackie@OptimumWellnessMN.com. As a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, I will support you in taking steps to a healthier and happier you. My goal is to help you create an art of balance in your life. You will also learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, sleep, career and spirituality) and secondary foods (organic food and whole food) is.