How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

  By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries. It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite […]

A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Plan

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way … it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason or another? I’m sort of a resident “allergy” expert, because my oldest son has severe food allergies to milk, peanut, and egg. And you would not BELIEVE the number of times that a nursing mom has e-mailed, called or texted me – desperate, […]

Cool Down with 10 Iced Tea Recipes

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer By this time every summer, I’m searching for easy ways to cool down. I love iced drinks – but after drinking a lot of iced lemon water, I need a little change. Iced teas are a great way to add some variety to your summer sipping. As long as it’s unsweetened, any kind of tea – black, green, or white – can benefit your health: Black tea can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as thin your blood. Green tea […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]