Enjoy Good Food and Family Time - The Smiling Heart

Enjoy Good Food and Family Time

When it comes to spending time together as a family, there are many benefits that being together offers. Sometimes it can be hard to remember just to kick back and have some fun when you haven’t done it in a while. With so many things to do every day, it can also be challenging to get any family time in at all. You may find that you need to plan it into your schedule to make sure that you will do it.

Family time is very important, especially if you have small children because they will remember the fun times well into their adult years. It also strengthens your bond with your family members. Family time can be something as simple as a board game or creating a treat in the kitchen. It can be fun to create new and delicious meals and drinks and is also a valuable skill to learn. You will also have dinner or another meal taken care of.

It is especially fun to create a mocktail that you can serve up as a treat any day of the week or at a special get-together. You can create your own or try a recipe that you find in a cookbook or online. The great thing about mocktails is that you will find that you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry. You may need to grab a couple of extra items such as agave nectar, but you need to use much of it in most mocktail recipes so it will last a long time. Agave nectar is a great replacement to sugar, and if you are looking for a way to naturally sweeten up your food, it makes a great option. Agave nectar is also an ideal sweetener for vegans and isn’t as sweet as honey, so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients in your recipe. It also doesn’t have an unpleasant and bitter aftertaste like many artificial sweeteners. You don’t need to worry about chemicals or preservatives because it is made from the agave plant rather than artificially-created ingredients.

There are plenty of mocktail recipes that you can try, and you can turn pretty much any alcoholic drink into a mocktail by simply omitting the alcohol. You can also use it as a substitute for cane sugar or brown sugar in your favorite recipes. You may need to experiment with the amounts and temperature, but it will be a much healthier version.

Agave syrup makes a great addition to smoothies since it is thinner than honey and mixes well with the other ingredients for a smooth and refreshing drink. For a tasty Tropical Strawberry Smoothie you can make with just six ingredients, you will need to use the meat of one coconut, 1/2 cup of coconut water, 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, two teaspoons of agave nectar and five ice cubes. Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. It is a great drink to make in the morning or to serve with dinner. It also uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

When you have children family time is very important to make time for and will actually help to give them a sense of importance. It will make them feel valued and special because although you are busy, you have made the time in your day for them. Studies have also found that family time can help to improve the academic performance of children in school and can also help to reduce behavioral problems as well. Children who spend time with their families tend to be happier and also tend to have better self-confidence. Cooking together is a great way to spend time as you help your children to develop great and useful skills for when they are on their own. You can even go shopping together to get all of the ingredients for the recipes that you have picked out. You could even make it a weekly activity and something to look forward to.