Perfect Grain-Free Pumpkin Bars

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer With just one taste, I’m sure your family will be amazed at just how delicious grain-free baking can be! With its aromatic fall-inspired spices paired with rich pumpkin flavor and light, moist texture, this easy-to-make pumpkin bar recipe is a delight to each of the senses. Developing healthy and delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy – whether they’re living gluten-free or not – is a real passion of mine. It’s the reason I spent an entire year writing and photographing my first published […]

Hidden Veggie Popsicles

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess Veggies in a popsicle?! Really?! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my kids gobbled these up and asked for more. They did! Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? For the most part, my kids are great about eating at least one bite of something they don’t like. Usually they do […]

Homemade Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Frozen yogurt has grown in popularity over the years and is often hailed as a healthy treat. Sadly, it is often not healthy at all. A lot of commercially-made frozen yogurt (including yogurt at some popular stores that is touted as “homemade”) contain ingredients such as corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and food coloring (just to name a few). They are also often loaded with sugar. All this adds up to a treat that is far from healthy. (If you’d like to […]

Secret Ingredient Brownies

  Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Everyone loves brownies or at least everyone that I know. There is something about that rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y taste. Most brownies are about 400+ calories per serving, loaded with unhealthy fats and are carb rich most of the time. For a while, I have been wanting to try black bean brownies but I was skeptical that they would actually taste good. After looking through several recipes, I decided to make my own batch. While making them and smelling the […]

Dark Chocolate Flourless Pudding Cake: A Sweet Valentine Dessert

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer This ooey, gooey cake is a chocolate lover’s dream – specifically a dark chocolate lover’s dream!  It’s light and airy, but oh-so rich all at the same time.  A perfect ending to a lovely Valentine’s dinner at home. The key to this cake is using a very good quality chocolate.  If it’s fair-trade and organic that’s even better!  With so few ingredients, choosing the very best quality you can find will guarantee that this cake will taste amazing. I included […]

Treat Yourself to Healthier, Real Food Desserts (A Giveaway!)

Does eating healthy, real foods mean giving up all desserts and other sweet treats? I definitely don’t think that the eating well and enjoying dessert have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, it’s really about the ingredients that you use, far more than about the particular dish that you’re creating. So in theory, we should be able to swap in some better, alternative ingredients and simply enjoy our goodies. One challenge, however, can be finding dessert recipes using those wholesome ingredients, that […]

Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake (A Perfect Fall Dessert)

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Fall is a wonderful time to make desserts with ingredients that are only fresh this time of year. Cranberries and apples are perfectly ripe and so very tasty in season. Don’t you just love them? This Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake makes good use of Fall’s bounty. It is full of fruit and bursting with flavor (the cranberries add a nice tang which is balanced by the sweetness of apples). Using real food ingredients, this recipe provides a treat […]

5 Ways to Use Blueberries this Season

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Full of flavor, sweet and nutritious, a blueberry in season is one of summers greatest pleasures. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own and need no special preparation. However, they do go bad quickly, so it’s important to have a plan for using and storing them in order to minimize waste. Below are 5 simple ways to use blueberries this season: 1. Add blueberries to food you are already preparing Blueberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, pancakes, yogurt, […]