8 Ways to Supercharge Your Smoothies

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer It’s the New Year. Are you ready to supercharge your smoothie? Smoothies, or smoothie bowls, are a convenient way to pack in nutrition, especially when loaded with raw fruits and vegetables. We love to include lots of leafy greens in our smoothies. You can pack in a pretty big serving. Then, we add lots of fresh fruits. The fruits add just the right amount of sweet. Finally, we supercharge our smoothies with a few supplements. You don’t need to add all […]

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D in 600 Words

  By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Vitamin D lately. But because I’m busy being a homemaker, working, and taking care of a 9-month-old who’s doing his best to walk before his first birthday, most of what I hear and read goes in one ear and out the other! I figured it was time to get my facts straight about Vitamin D. I decided to find answers to a few basic questions about Vitamin […]

5 Foods That Slash Stress

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Stress can be detrimental to our bodies. Stress leads to anxiety, grumpiness, sleep problems, and lack of concentration. All of these then contribute to heart disease, digestive upset, high blood pressure, and even thyroid problems. Most of us are familiar with the term “stress eating” and it’s negative effects. When stressed, we often grab for the wrong foods in search of a quick fix. Caffeine, sugar, and refined flour products can boost our moods temporarily, but inevitably lead to mood […]

Build Your Own Healthy Salad

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Salad season is here again! If you’re excited to get back to the healthy crunch of fresh foods at mealtime or you’re simply trying to add more vegetables to your daily diet, use this guide to pair together your favorite salad fixings. Simply build your own healthy salad based on your flavor preferences, and enjoy the nutritional benefits! Greens Filled with vital nutrients, leafy greens are the building block of any healthy salad. In particular, load up on: Lettuce Depending on what […]

15 Tips for a More Enjoyable Pregnancy (from a soon-to-be mom of 5)

In many ways, pregnancy gets easier the more you’ve done it. You learn what works for you, you learn to relax, and perhaps most of all, you learn that it’s just a season and a relatively short one at that. An expert I’m not, but my last pregnancies have been better than my first ones and I know better than I used to how to make it through with a smile on my face. Because of that, I want to share what I’ve learned with […]

The Importance of Trace Minerals {and How to Increase Your Intake!}

This post was originally published in November of 2008, but is a great reminder that your body needs these minerals just as much as the other elements of good nutrition that we discuss on a regular basis! Sure, we all know that it’s important to get the “biggies” (macrominerals) into our diet: calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc. Did you know, though, that there are over 30 other minerals which our bodies need in minute, trace amounts, but without them it cannot function at it’s full potential […]

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 […]

25 Pantry Staples for Last Minute Meals

Image by Larry Hoffman Guest Post by Kate Tietje There’s nothing worse than looking at the clock and realizing you need to have dinner on the table, soon. Only you have no idea what to make.  (Hmm…pantry staples to the rescue!) It happens to all of us.  Some more often than others! With some simple pantry staples, though, you’ll never get caught off guard again.  Sure, dinner may not be fancy.  But it will be healthy, it will be quick, and it will not require […]