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 […]

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 […]

Homemade Iced Tea Popsicles

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Like all kids, mine love nothing better than a cool snack on a hot day. A common summertime treat around our house is popsicles. Since popsicles are so easy to make, we stick with homemade ones, rather than buying them. Sometimes we make them out of a smoothie-type blend of frozen fruits, with things like coconut milk or yogurt blended in for creaminess. Ice cream or frozen yogurt recipes also taste amazing poured into popsicle molds instead of an ice cream maker. I’ve also been […]

How to Make Colorful Homemade Sprinkles (plus DIY yellow cake mix!)

Many readers wish they could make homemade sprinkles ... today I'm sharing the recipe!

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer While I was writing my book, The DIY Pantry, it was essential to me that the book include the staples that people actually USE regularly in their kitchens. A few things were obvious, like taco seasoning and ketchup, but of all the vast array of foods we eat, what’s actually essential? And perhaps more importantly, what are the items people really want to skip at the store yet still want to have available as they cook? So I asked my readers […]

65 Fabulous Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes for Spring

If you’re wondering what to do with overflowing baskets full of fresh, ripe strawberries, grab your kiddos and start slicing ... because we've gathered 65 fabulous gluten-free recipes, perfect for celebrating the sweetest treat of the season!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Strawberry season has arrived! And even though these bright red beauties are calling to us everywhere we turn – from roadside stands to farmers markets to local grocery stores – my family’s favorite way to get our hands on them is to pick them ourselves. Nothing compares to the taste of fresh-picked, sun-ripened strawberries! Plus, there are so many other benefits to picking fresh berries yourself. It’s a fun family activity that enables us to teach our children about where real food comes […]

Allergy-Friendly Menu for Spring and Summer Entertaining

This allergy-friendly menu for spring or summer entertaining is filled with easy, delicious dishes to serve to friends and family.

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer We are eagerly, painfully, awaiting the coming of warm weather here in the southeast United States. It has been COLD! We love to have friends over during the warm-weather months and I’m always looking for easy, delicious meals to serve to our friends and family. Today I’m sharing an allergy-friendly menu for spring or summer entertaining. These items are free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and wheat, and perfect for grill-outs, picnics, or entertaining in the sun! Appetizers Classy Spinach Salad Creamy […]