Struggling to Get Your Kids to Eat Real Food? Here’s How Our Family Did It

By Ann, Contributing Writer Believe me, I know that getting your kids to eat real food is not always easy. For my husband and I, it’s been trial and error… a lot of error on my part, but through grace and patience, together we are getting there. You see, we married almost four years ago, blending two families. We each had three kids (yes, I know, the modern day Brady Bunch right? More on THAT later…) and each family had different eating habits. Thanks to my midwife, […]

The Benefits of Cooking and Baking with Stoneware

This post was originally published in 2010, but with more and more people looking for safer alternatives to their non-stick cookware, this is a great topic to revisit! With all that I’ve been learning over the past few years about toxic materials in my various pots, pans and muffin tins, it has been so refreshing to find a safe alternative that I love using! I’ve discovered that high-quality stoneware easily meets all of my qualifications, being 100% safe, durable and effective. I have slowly been […]

30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I was going to start out by seeing if anyone could relate to that weeknight rush where you neglected to plan dinner properly and have to scramble at the last minute, but seriously – do I even need to ask? I know I’m not the only one. It happens far more frequently than I care to admit (though not quite as frequently now that I figured out how to make menu planning work with my type-B personality! Yeah!) I have slowly built […]

3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nights

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they’re spending most at-home hours as dad and mom – date nights may even be pushed aside. Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to wait for dates until there’s a break in schedules. But sometimes a break doesn’t come for months. In some hectic seasons, my husband and I […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 2)

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Have you ever wondered what you would see if you could examine the inside of your body under a microscope? Would you find traces of benzene? Mutated DNA? Or perhaps thinned or irritated cell walls along your colon or a small tumor you didn’t know about? Modern food manufacturers have at their fingertips thousands of substances to make our food taste better, look better, and last longer, but most of these food additives are synthetic. Or, they’re highly-processed versions of once-natural […]

All About Sugar

photo credit: D Shannon Pruitt By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer According to the USDA, the average American consumes over 90 pounds of sugar a year. 90 pounds a year! The recommendation from the World Health Organization is to eat just 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. This includes the natural sugar that occurs in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. When you consider that the average soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar, it’s easy to see how we are averaging those 90 pounds of sugar a year. Sugar In Our […]

Frugal Real Food Thanksgiving Menu + Stress-free Cooking Timeline

Guest post by Tiffany Terczak I’ll be the first to admit — this is the time of year when we typically throw caution out the window. We toss aside “healthy” recipes and reach for the shortening and corn syrup and pre-packaged short-cuts that we’ve always used, all for the sake of tradition. I’m including myself in this category too. I’ve been craving hot chocolate for WEEKS, and I’m not talking about the healthy kind. I’m wanting the instant hot chocolate, ripped open from a single-serve […]

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Mmm, pumpkin donuts! The aroma of sweet pumpkin pie spices filling the air with subtle maple syrup undertones is enough to wake even the sleepiest sleepy heads in our home. Combine these irresistible fall treats with a side of crispy bacon sizzling in a pan and I can guarantee you there will be a stampede making its way to the breakfast table! While it’s not everyday that we enjoy donuts for breakfast, there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying these treats on occasion […]