Strawberry Chia Muffins

Strawberry Chia Muffins

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer “Mommy, I want to make something with you!” The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With my husband’s decision to quit his job, our routines had been thrown off. We were finding our new normal, and the fun baking activities got put on the back burner. Now my 3-year-old wanted to make something with Mommy. He didn’t care what we made. […]

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

Savory Enchilada Pot Pie (GF, DF)

Gluten-Free Enchilada Pot Pie

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Enchiladas were a real favorite of mine before I went grain-free and recently, after a little whining about how much I missed them, my brilliant 11-year-old son asked a simple question, which eventually led to this awesome recipe. “Mom, why not just make them without the corn tortillas, like a casserole or something?” I know I’m a little biased here, but seriously, this kid is a genius! Not only is this savory Enchilada Pot Pie perfect for those who are […]

What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

What's in healthy convenience food? This post is an eye opener!

By Michele of Frugal Granola, Contributing Writer Whether you’re traveling, eating out with a friend, or picking up some convenience food for lunch boxes, do you know if you’ve made a healthy choice? At first glance, many meal options appear healthy, but some added ingredients may be a surprise. Convenience food or restaurant developers have deliberately designed scientifically-adjusted fast food flavors and textures of their foods to appeal to customers and to remain memorable and desirable. Fast food restaurants and packaged food companies typically serve foods which […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Childhood Obesity

By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

what's wrong with hydrogenated oil

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

Entertaining For Food Allergies: A Whole-Foods, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Meal Plan

pinnable allergies entertaining

In need of a whole foods, allergy-friendly holiday meal plan? Jessica has you covered! By Jessica, Contributing Writer Do you have family or friends with food allergies? It can be tricky feeding folks on special diets, but I can help! Unfortunately, I know it well…because we’re the ones with the food allergies. We’re the ones with special requests, the anxious bringing-our-own-dishes, the trying-not-to-be-rude refusals. If you’re trying to cook for someone on a special diet, I just want to say one thing. Thank you. I know […]

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

9 Ways Young Kids Can Help (and Even Save You Time) in the Kitchen!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Young kids in the kitchen and saving time in the kitchen are not two things that you usually see together in the same sentence, right?! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that when my kids are in the kitchen with me that we often waste more time than save. And yet, over the past six months or so, I’ve really begun to see that with a little teaching, help, direction and then ongoing supervision (while I’m […]