5 Real Foods to Help You Prevent a Cold or Flu and My Puchero Andaluz Recipe

5 Real Foods to Help Your Prevent the Cold and Flu Plus A Puchero Andaluz Recipe | keeperofthehome.org

By Diana, Contributing Writer One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years, especially since having children, is that optimal nutrition and care for our body’s well being is the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu season. Unfortunately, as we all know, the last few months of every year can be stressful for many families, including mine.  Couple that with many more sugary treats than we’re used to and pretty soon we’re reaching for homeopathic remedies to heal us from within. I don’t […]

What To Feed Kids With Asthma: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for Kids

pinnable kids with asthma

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Looking for an anti-inflammatory meal plan? Today, Jessica has you covered! A few times a year, my husband and I go to bed with a lump in our throats. We listen over the monitor for one of the coughing spells to hit and then crouch by our son’s bed to administer albuterol in the darkness of night. My husband and I both had asthma as children, and our united genes produced an unlucky jackpot of sorts for our little son […]

A Day in the Life: Kelly, Meal Planner and Mom of Two (13 and 11)

Day-in-the-Life-of-a-Meal-Planner

By Kelly, Contributing Writer I have to be honest, there really isn’t a typical day at our house, other than one of my favorite days of the week – Meal Planning Prep Day! That’s the day I spend some time prepping meals for the week ahead. Because frankly, if I didn’t, getting a homemade healthy meal on the table just wouldn’t happen! You see, I’m really no different than most moms trying to run a busy household –  I struggle with keeping all the balls […]

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

healthy food

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was “poison” and I was pretty proud of my high standards. Fast forward four years. Yes, I buy white flour and white sugar (although I try not to use it too often).  Yes, I use wheat.  Yes, I buy the occasional packaged item (but I do […]

25 Oatmeal Recipes Perfect for Back-to-School Breakfasts

25 Oatmeal Recipes

By Andrea, Contributing Writer In the next few weeks, the kiddos will be heading back to school and it will be important to give them a healthy breakfast so they can focus on learning. Oatmeal is an inexpensive breakfast staple. I can often find organic oats on sale at the bulk bins for just $0.49/pound. That means I can afford to add some extras like dried fruits and nuts to help make it taste better and boost the nutrition. Besides being cheap, oatmeal is high […]

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

incredible-loaf-of-bread-in-arles-edited

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

Pantry Staples

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 […]

How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoa

How_to_Cook_Perfect_Fluffy_Quinoa

By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for thre cups of cooked quinoa as one of the ingredients. Some readers asked how to cook quinoa, so today I wanted to share with you my tried-and true-method for how to cook perfect, fluffy quinoa. We’ve eaten quinoa in our household regularly for several years now. However, it took me at least a year of serving either overdone and mushy quinoa or underdone […]