5 Tips for Planning Healthy Lunches Kids Love!

5 Tips for Healthy Lunches Kids LOVE!

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Back-to-school season is almost here! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! In fact, taking the time to get organized and plan healthy lunches for your kiddos not only ensures they have something wholesome to fill their little tummies – research clearly shows that children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted […]

Why Is It So Hard to Have Self Control With Food?

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I probably shouldn’t write this post. Beside me sits a small bowl of homemade treats from the freezer, which I certainly don’t need but definitely want. I fully intend to eat them. If you could taste what I’m tasting (creamy, chocolate-peanut buttery goodness), I bet you’d eat them, too. Two weeks ago, our family completed the whirlwind 9-week Europe portion of our one-year journey around the world (this seems unrelated, but stick with me). From Paris we worked our way through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and […]

Unhealthy Pantry Staples Remade

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Back in the days before most of us were even born, when our mothers or grandmothers were girls growing up, pantries were stocked very differently than in today’s world. Here’s a picture of a pantry from the 1940s: image credit Today, most pantries are stocked with stuff that is not even real food, with unhealthy fats, loads of sugar, BPA-laden cans of condensed soups filled with MSG and lots of other “junk” that most people have no idea is unhealthy for […]

Spring Giveaway Week: MightyNest Picnic Gear Pack (with Review!)

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer What’s summer without a picnic or two or twenty? Um, nothing, that’s what. OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but isn’t it true that two of the most universally loved human experiences are eating and enjoying the great outdoors? Put the two of them together and you’ve got sheer bliss, baby! My kids love picnics so much that they have pretend ones all year long indoors. A blanket on the floor and a plate of snacks = happy little people, […]

Easy Quinoa Pancakes (Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free)

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By Mindy, contributing writer Fluffy, easy, nutritious, delicious, and low-glycemic pancakes…what more could anyone ask for?! These simple pancakes make a great breakfast when you have leftover quinoa from supper the night before. Quinoa is more gentle on your blood sugar than most other grains, and it also happens to be delicious! (Note: Quinoa is technically a seed, but it is commonly referred to as a grain.) If you like quinoa then you will love these easy, simple pancakes. However, if you are not fond […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Teach Your Child to Love Vegetables: Gardening with Children

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By Diana, Contributing Writer I’m always so excited to share a bit about my passions here at Keeper of the Home.  Recently, I’ve enjoyed sharing a couple of posts on budgeting in real food and cooking with seasonal vegetables that both nourish and taste phenomenal. Many of you have started to follow me on instagram where I frequently post pictures of my ridiculously good lunches for kids. As you can tell, I enjoy loading up my children’s diets on vegetables.  A frequent question that I get is, […]

5 Easy Breakfast Ideas {and a Mini Quiche Tutorial}

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  By Rachel, Contributing Writer If you are like me, weekday mornings are very busy. You’re getting the backpacks packed, the curriculum prepared on homeschooling days, the water bottles filled and lunch boxes ready to go… and the very thought of breakfast puts me even more behind. So I love the thought of easy breakfasts. Who doesn’t?? Here is a rundown of some of our favorite fast and easy breakfast ideas: 1. Smoothies These are our number one favorite! Smoothies are fast and easy and not messy […]