Sweeteners: How They Affect You, Which Ones are Best, and How to Use Them

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! How Sweeteners Affect Your Body Insulin is the hormone that decides where to store nutrients. It takes glucose, fats, and proteins out of your blood and into your cells so they […]

The Grain Controversy: Should We Eat Them or Not?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! When Stephanie told us that we were doing a series all about “basics” in January, I jumped at the chance to talk about the grain controversy. For those of […]

How to Read Food Labels

How to Read food labels

                        Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! When it comes to reading food labels, you may be wondering where to start. And I have definitely […]

First Steps to Real Food

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Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Transitioning your family to a real food diet can seem overwhelming. There is so much to learn, new foods to try, cooking techniques to master, and shopping strategies to […]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

By Brandy, Contributing Writer I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both.  And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options.  The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I’d never tried before caught my eye. Puffed millet.  I decided to give […]

How to Identify and Use Winter Squash

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer While most can identify pumpkin and butternut as varieties of winter squash, many of us don’t know much about other types of winter squash or how to prepare them. Today I want to dive into the world of winter squash and open the door to new eating possibilities. Health Benefits of Winter Squash Winter squash, especially those with darker flesh (like pumpkin and acorn) contain high amounts of carotene. Carotene has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart […]

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]