Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

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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?

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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 […]

How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy Quinoa

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By Mindy, Contributing Writer I posted a recipe for quinoa pancakes last month here at Keeper of the Home that called for three 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 […]

How to Make Healthy Ice Pops & Frozen Treats

Say Goodbye to the Ice Cream Man: Homemade Frozen Treats

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Growing up, there were few things more exciting during summer than hearing that little ditty playing that meant only one thing … the Ice Cream Man is coming! Soon he’d be rounding the corner of our street, and so my little brother and I would make a mad dash inside the house to plead for some cash – and quick – so we could make it back outside in time to get our hot little hands on a cool, refreshing ice […]

Homemade Freezer Smoothies

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer In this house, smoothies are a regular thing. I make them almost daily as either a snack or a supplement to a meal. I can’t just eat a smoothie and call it done – or I’m hungry in an hour. Breastfeeding, anyone? I’ve seen those awesome “smoothie kits” at the grocery store sold in the frozen section. However, they are kind of expensive, considering they only feed two…and who am I kidding? I can drink that WHOLE THING. I repeat […]

Homemade “Jiffy” Corn Muffin Mix: Simple, Healthier Cornbread, with Three Variations

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Guest Post by Jessica Smartt After I moved to “the South,” I realized a few things about Southerners: They say “y’all,” and you will, too, if you live there long enough. They don’t know a stranger. They love their cornbread. I enjoyed the first two, but the cornbread? I was never all that impressed. That is, until I had a Jiffy corn muffin. And the world stood still. Moist, crumbly, sweet – delicious on its own, but just perfect paired with chili (even in the […]