Nourished Kids

We are at a time when nutrition for kids is becoming more serious than ever. It’s no longer just about whether our kids eat enough fruits and vegetables. The food industry has now made raising healthy kids more challenging.

Many popular food products are filled with ingredients that can harm children. Even if a parent thinks the food is healthy, without the right knowledge their child could be consuming foods that cause serious negative side effects.

These effects include child obesity, learning problems, attention disorders and even cancer as they get older. No parent wants to see their child suffer like this.

Do you wish your child …
… made better grades?
… stayed focused at home and school?
… had a healthy level of self confidence?
… was more energized?
… actually enjoyed eating vegetables and fruits?

Believe it or not, all those dreams can become a reality.

As parents, we know it can be a challenge to achieve just one of these results. We’ve all sought advice from family, friends and TV shows many times that just leads to a dead end.

Nutrition for yourself and your kids can sometimes be overwhelming with all of the different information out there. What you need is just the right information to get you going in the right direction.

What’s happening is that the kids of today are more sluggish, lethargic, overweight, depressed and sometimes really unhappy. Through my studies and life experience with myself and my children I’ve found that one of the main causes is food.

I specialize in helping families live a more nourished lifestyle through eating healthier foods. I want your kids to feel better physically and emotionally. As parents we are here to guide and assist our children, we are there role models and they can’t do it without us.logo3vine

Guest Post by: Jennifer Woolley RHN

Jennifer will be doing two workshops here at Balanced Motion July 15th & 16th, if you would like to register for either of the workshops below please contact the studio.


MONDAY JULY 15TH 7:30-9:00PM

-Recipes & Cooking Demos

-Body Image & Self Esteem

-Making Natural Beauty Products From Your Kitchen

-How Food Affects Your Body

-Healthy Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Ideas


NOURISHING KIDS- For Parents with Children Ages 6 months to 12 Years $35 PLUS TAX


-Recipes & Cooking Demos

-Nourished Lunch Box Chart

-Strategies for Pick Eaters

-Healthy Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Ideas

-Immune Support & Supplements

-The Importance of Reading Labels

-Food Sensitivities and Allergies



Recipe of the Week

This is an easy to make hot summer days snack! A favorite for those who like to dip!



  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives (in red wine vinegar)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Anchovies (very small chunk)
  • Feta cheese (sometimes)
  • Red chilies (one finely chopped with the seeds and white part out)
  • Oregano finely chopped
  • balsamic

(You can add other ingredients as well)

By balancedmotionblog Posted in Recipes


Better Butter Chicken: Adapted from Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry



  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (19 ounce can) crushed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 whole rotisserie-cooked chicken, skin removed and meat cut up
  • 1/3 cup light cream (5%)
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream or 1/4 cup light plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • hot cooked basmati rice (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a deep 10 inch skillet over medium heat; add onions and garlic; cook slowly, stirring often, until onions are tender. About 5 minutes.
  2. Add ginger root, chili powder, turmeric, and cinnamon; cook one more minute.
  3. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt and pepper; reduce heat to low;cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add cut up chicken; cream and sour cream; simmer uncovered for 5 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro; serve over hot basmati rice; if desired.
By balancedmotionblog Posted in Recipes

Pilates & Yoga for Runners

Here at Balanced Motion we love collaborating with other health focused groups.  On Wednesday June 12th The Running Link is bringing their running clinic to BMPY for an introduction into the benefits that Pilates and Yoga can offer runners. Runners love that feeling of freedom and joy. But running your best and maximizing that awesome feeling comes with a strong core: your abdominals, lower back and gluteal muscles. Core strength is the primary force that controls motion in the hips and spine when you run. Weakness or lack of sufficient coordination in the core muscles can lead to less efficient movements, compensatory movement patterns, strain, overuse and injury.

Cross-training with Pilates and Yoga improves your running performance through a stronger core, increased flexibility and improved posture. Applying Pilates and Yoga basics will strengthen your diaphragm and stretch tight rib muscles to improve breathing – all to help you run longer and harder with less effort. We are really excited to share these options to this year’s running clinic.  If you run, consider what Pilates and Yoga cross-training can do for you.

Below are a couple stretches for you runners out there!

Hip Swayship sways

  • Start lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet wide apart (wider than your hips).
  • Reach your arms to the sides
  • Look at the ceiling.
  • Sway both knees to the right (as shown in the photo)
  • Reach your left (top) knee away from you so that the front of your left hip lengthens.  Your left hip will lift up off the mat a bit.
  • Hold for 3 breaths and switch.  Repeat 3 times on each side.

Modified Pigeon Posemodified pigeon

  • Lie on your back.
  • Cross your right ankle over left knee.
  • Reach right arm through your legs and left arm on outside of left leg and clasp, pulling legs toward you. Relax right outer hip.
  • Hold for five breaths, then change legs.



Lisa Goddard
Balanced Motion Pilates & Yoga