Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Here are over 50 recipes that use chia seeds. All are made with real food ingredients and many of them are also gluten free.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

9 Healthy, Portable Snacks for Family Road Trips

Healthy, portable snacks will keep your family full longer, and your kids won't get hyper from all the ingredients in processed snacks. Here are 9 ideas for healthy, portable snacks.

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer  What’s a road trip without snacks? For me, food is an essential part of any journey. Having something to snack on helps to pass the time in the car–and saves you from pulling into McDonald’s when hunger strikes! Healthy, portable snacks will keep your family full longer, and your kids won’t get hyper from all the sugar and artificial food dyes in processed snacks. Because you don’t want hyper kids locked in a car for hours on end, right? It’s a […]

Why My Kids Don’t Drink Juice Everyday {& What They Drink Instead}

The idea that fruit juice is a good way to get healthy vitamins and minerals into children while hydrating them is a myth. My kids don't drink juice everyday ... here's what they drink instead.

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer It’s everywhere. The idea that children should drink fruit juice regularly. On a hot summer day at the beach, we’re surrounded by children consuming fruit juice from boxes. At a family picnic, the squirt juices are on ice waiting for the children to lift the cooler lid and twist off the top. Restaurants offer apple juice or orange juice without fail, and Grandmaw always has it on hand when we visit. The idea that fruit juice is a good way […]

Easy 7-Day Summer Grilling Meal Plan

I'm such a huge grilling aficionado, I've created a special 7-Day Summer Grilling Meal Plan just for you.

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summer is here … my family’s favorite time of year, because not only do we love having fun in the sun, but we’re also seriously into grilling out as often as possible! In fact, I’m such a huge grilling aficionado, I’ve created a special 7-Day Summer Grilling Meal Plan just for you! Meal planning is definitely a real sanity saver. That’s why I love sharing my family’s weekly gluten-free meal plans and teaching on the subject as often as I can. Meal […]

My 10 Favorite Real-Food Recipe Sites

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites!

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have recently started meal-planning for the month. It is just amazing to look at the month of meals, PLANNED, in my calendar! While it is a bit of a bear to plan 30 days of meals at once, the rewards far outweigh the trouble! Anyone with me?? Whatever your method of planning meals (or not planning meals!) there probably comes a point where you think, what am I going to make for dinner? I […]

4 Tips for Eating Real Food While Traveling Abroad

After traveling to Costa Rica, the biggest lesson I learned was that eating real food while traveling abroad is only as difficult as we make it out to be. Real food truly is simple.

By Tiffany Crumbs, Contributing Writer For six years, my husband and I scrimped, saved and pinched every penny we could for one big purpose: a family trip to Costa Rica. We worked hard for YEARS to get out of debt, so being able to take this big of a trip – without going back into debt to do so – was important to us. My type-A, list-making foodie self worked in our favor when we were in extreme savings mode. When we saw the potential of […]

50 Scrumptious Salad Recipes

From fresh veggie salads to fruit salads to pasta and potato to meat to salads with an international flair, check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings all year long!

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer  From fresh-from-the-veggie-garden salads to fruit salads to pasta and potato to meat to salads with an international flair, check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings all year long! Fresh-from-the-Veggie-Garden Salads Apple, Quinoa and Kale Salad @ The Greenbacks Gal Apple Walnut Kale Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette @ Red and Honey Build Your Own Healthy Salad @ Keeper of the Home Cranberry Apple Kale Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette @ Keeper of the Home Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnut […]

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

Who needs canned soup when you have this simple recipe for cream of chicken condensed soup? It can be adapted to work homemade canned soup replacement for cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup as well.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]