Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars (nut-free!)

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Looking for a yummy, real-food homemade granola bar recipe? This is a great one! It’s nourishing and also allergy-friendly … no gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts or peanuts! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but it feels like my kids are always hungry! Come to think of it, my husband and I are always hungry, too. Maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! It can be a real struggle to find foods that are filling and nourishing (and don’t cost […]

Why Quinoa Deserves a Permanent Spot in Your Diet (with recipe links!)

Why Quinoa

Image by Jennifer via Flickr CC By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It was the year 2001. I was a high school kid on a short-term missions trip to Bolivia. We were doing a touristy day trip to Lake Titicaca, and I trepidatiously boarded a sketchy looking boat to go out on the lake for a little tour with my trip mates. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was in the very place where quinoa first originated thousands of years ago! I’m […]

What Can You Actually DO with all those Fresh Spring Greens?

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Guest Post by Krissa Jeldy One of the things I love about getting a CSA box is getting introduced to all kinds of vegetables that (if I’m honest with myself) I probably wouldn’t pick up on a regular basis at the grocery store. At this time in the year my CSA box is filled with tons of fresh spring greens: spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, all varieties of lettuce, and more! Leafy greens are well known for their health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, fiber, and […]

Supercharge Your Nutrition with Swiss Chard

Super Charge Your Nutrition with Chard

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Like most families, we have our share of picky eaters. I’m sure you know what I mean, and if you don’t, count yourself blessed. Despite my best efforts, somewhere around the age of 8 or 9 years old, my boys adopted the philosophy that “if it’s green, it’s yucky!” Boo to that, so I’ve been on a mission to counter it with … “greens are great!” That’s why Swiss chard is one of my favorite foods to supercharge my family’s […]

5 Ways to Eat Kale You (Likely) Haven’t Thought Of Before

5 Ways to Eat Kale

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer In my final year of university, all graduates were encouraged to attend a multi-course dinner hosted for the sake of teaching its graduates some basic etiquette. This wasn’t an act of compassion for society at large, per se, but specifically for the reason that the powers-that-be at the university wanted to give us the tools we needed to succeed in business – including business lunches. Toward the end of the first course, I began demurely munching on the kale set […]

16 Amazing Citrus Recipes

16 Amazing Citrus Recipes

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Citrus fruits satisfy a deep longing within my soul. Okay, that might have been a tad dramatic. But there’s something about citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruits, even lemons. They just taste wonderful to me. I went to college in frigid western Pennsylvania, where fresh fruits seemed a rarity in the cafeteria line. For four years straight, I would literally eat an orange after lunch and dinner. Not the most balanced eating, but it sure tasted good to me! Juicy, tart, […]

An All-Natural, Homemade Oven Cleaner

An All Natural Homemade Oven Cleaner

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love to clean. Since I have two young children, my ideal of a clean house has greatly changed over the past seven years, but I still enjoy cleaning – especially spring cleaning. Each March, April and May I gladly welcome the warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and longer days by thoroughly cleaning each room in my home. I love the dusting, polishing, vacuuming, purging and reorganization that my chores bring. But I dread one chore in particular. I just […]

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}

6 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the chemicals, lotions, and cleaners that I used everyday can actually seep into our skin and affect us as much or more than the food we eat. I began doing research and it didn’t take long for me to land on The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to […]