Fake Food: Removing Food Toxins

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we are all focusing on Spring Cleaning the Toxins. This is something my family has been working on over the past several years. Late last year, I wrote this post about 9 toxins to remove from your life, they are everywhere so we really have to be mindful if we want to raise healthy families and kids! Most people think about the environment, household cleaners, personal care products, upholstery and carpet and even […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Chia seeds are an amazing powerhouse of nutrition that boast a lengthy list of health benefits.  Although I’ve heard of the many wonderful benefits of chia seeds for quite some time now, I only recently decided to “take the plunge” and try them out! And I’m so glad that I did – I’m hooked! The many health benefits of chia seeds combined with the fact that they are so versatile and easy to consume, make this superfood a definite winner […]

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]

10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first started cooking from scratch, it didn’t seem too hard. I gathered my ingredients and followed the recipes. But then one day it hit me: I wasn’t buying processed, pre-packaged meals anymore, but I was using processed, pre-packed ingredients to make my “from-scratch” meals. And these ingredients were just as additive-laden as any other store-bought meal. Yikes! I decided right then and there that, little by little, I’d start learning how to make each ingredient at home. And […]

The Microwave: Why You Should Avoid It and Other Options

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Back when I was in high school, I remember sitting in French class one day.  I don’t remember what brought it up, but the teacher told us that she didn’t have a microwave.  We were honestly shocked.  Why, we thought (and said).  In this day and age, everyone has a microwave!  It’s so convenient!  How do you cook without a microwave?! Why, indeed. I continued to happily use my oh-so-convenient microwave for several more years. That is, until I began […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win a Large Gift Box from Healthy Surprise ($79)

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I was pleasantly surprised last week as I opened up my review box from Healthy Surprise. The idea behind this novel business? We all know that it’s easy to fall into snacking in unhealthy ways, and sometimes it’s difficult to source out various kinds of truly wholesome snacks. Healthy Surprise does the work for you, seeking out new and unique (but always healthy) snacks that your whole family can enjoy, packs them up and sends them to your door on a subscription basis. Each month’s box […]

A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancy

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I remember being pregnant with my first child.  I was more concerned with the colors of his nursery rather than truly understanding the responsibility of growing a human being. I didn’t have anyone to stop and explain to me what my body was about to go through and the importance of a healthy diet to grow a baby and endure childbirth. Needless to say, I stayed within the average weight gain, however, I delivered via cesarean section and spent the […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win One of 10 Copies of Real Food…Real Easy

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Since having my 4th baby four weeks ago, I am just starting to really cook again after enjoying meals from friends and from my freezer. As we adjust to our new “normal”, my main priority is foods that are quick and easy to make, but are still whole, nourishing, and from-scratch. In my quest for a little mealtime inspiration, Real Food…Real Easy has been one of the places that I have been turning. Real Food…Real Easy is an eBook with over 70 recipes, intended to help those […]