Getting Your Healthy Kitchen Under Control with Freezer Cooking {65+ Recipes}

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I just feel overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to making healthy meals for my family. After a long day of blogging, cleaning, housework, laundry, bills, and chasing down my very active twin boys, I just don’t have the energy (or the time) to put into making delicious and healthy meals from scratch every night. I know that real food and home cooked meals are the most nutritious way to bring up my kids, and […]

Maple-Walnut Pie Recipe (MightyNest Review + Giveaway)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s Spring Giveaway Week! Mighty Nest is a favorite go-to for healthy bakeware, cookware, kids lunch gear, and much, much more for your family and home. Plus, their Mighty Nest for Schools program generously supports the school of your choice when you buy any of their high quality, eco friendly, healthy gear, by donating 15% of your purchase.  Enter the Mighty Nest giveaway below to win a Total Pie Kit for yourself plus $100 for your school! A free afternoon […]

Lavender Beef Stew: A Taste of Home

By Kresha, Contributing Writer Several years ago, I moved to an area of the U.S. where lavender grows natively. I had never been in a place where a small gust of wind could suddenly surround you with such a heavenly scent, and I cherished those blustery moments. Now, of course, whenever I smell or taste lavender, I am reminded of that wonderful place. So, I started adding lavender to various dishes and have been surprised at what a lovely, subtle, sweet note it adds to […]

How Does Coffee Affect Your Health? {plus 6 Coffee Alternatives!}

Guest Post by Leigh Ann Dutton at Intentional By Grace I love coffee. It’s not so much the actual cup of coffee that I love as the experience of coffee. I grew up sharing Saturday morning conversations with my grandmother over coffee. Coffee is cozy, comforting, and carries such wonderful memories for me. A couple of years ago I began to experience extreme fatigue. I tried everything I knew to try. I started taking more cod liver oil and increased my intake of B vitamins. […]

The Soy Decoy: Why Soy is Not a Health Food

This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food! Guest Post by Katie Fox I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy […]

Simple and Healthy Protein Smoothie Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Guest Post by Tiffany Sometimes we real foodies make healthy eating way more complicated than it needs to be. Butter:  Is grass-fed really better than organic? Milk:  Which is better, organic or raw? Grains:  Is whole wheat really better than white?  Or only when it’s soaked?  And sprouted?  Or should we avoid grains all together?! I completely understand the confusion (and sometimes frustration) of trying to eat healthier foods, especially when you’re trying to eat real food without going broke.  But I think it’s fair to […]

Hidden Dangers of Teflon Cookware: What You Need to Know

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I grew up with many of my meals lovingly cooked in a Teflon frying pan, and I’m willing to bet you probably did, too. But are those frying pans the healthiest choices for our families? Is there new information on the scene that might give us reason to doubt the stovetop wonders? What are the hidden dangers of Teflon cookware? A brief history lesson… “Teflon” is the brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a man-made chemical accidentally invented in 1938 while Roy Plunkett was […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 1)

  By Kresha, Contributing Writer Good morning! Have you eaten your wood pulp today? Now, I know I’m kind of weird in that I do make sure my kids eat dirt (as does Stephanie) and I try to fill them with as much offal as possible, but… wood pulp? While clay and liver may be excellent for our children’s diets, processed wood pulp most certainly is not. Yet it’s found in everything from packaged hamburgers and shredded cheese to ice cream and breakfast cereal. (source) […]