Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds (Plus 50 Chia Recipes)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Chia seeds have been lauded as a super food for a few years now, and for good reason. Of all of the benefits of chia seeds, some of the most notable are their ability to provide significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds is truly impressive: just 3½ tablespoons can contain the same amount of omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon! (Source) Chia seeds often are used to boost […]

My 10 Favorite Real-Food Recipe Sites

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have recently started meal-planning for the month. It is just amazing to look at the month of meals, PLANNED, in my calendar! While it is a bit of a bear to plan 30 days of meals at once, the rewards far outweigh the trouble! Anyone with me?? Whatever your method of planning meals (or not planning meals!) there probably comes a point where you think, what am I going to make for dinner? I […]

4 Tips for Eating Real Food While Traveling Abroad

By Tiffany Crumbs, Contributing Writer For six years, my husband and I scrimped, saved and pinched every penny we could for one big purpose: a family trip to Costa Rica. We worked hard for YEARS to get out of debt, so being able to take this big of a trip – without going back into debt to do so – was important to us. My type-A, list-making foodie self worked in our favor when we were in extreme savings mode. When we saw the potential of […]

Homemade Canned Soup Replacement

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer When I think back to my newlywed days, and all the canned soup we consumed, I cringe a little. As a newlywed, I learned to prepare all manner of meals while clutching my Betty Crocker Cookbook. I followed each recipe step by step, not thinking much about any kind of health ramifications. I just wanted to make dinner for my husband. At that stage of life, I knew very little about real food. But, as time went on and I became […]

65 Fabulous Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes for Spring

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Strawberry season has arrived! And even though these bright red beauties are calling to us everywhere we turn – from roadside stands to farmers markets to local grocery stores – my family’s favorite way to get our hands on them is to pick them ourselves. Nothing compares to the taste of fresh-picked, sun-ripened strawberries! Plus, there are so many other benefits to picking fresh berries yourself. It’s a fun family activity that enables us to teach our children about where real food comes […]

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Whether a topping for salad, a dip for crudités, or a way to get your kids to eat something they might not otherwise eat, ranch dressing is a staple for many families. But as those of us who have been around the real food/natural living world for more than a few weeks know, the ingredients in most store bought ranch dressings, like soybean oil, MSG, sodium benzoate, and others, are not something we want our family to eat on a […]

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 […]

How to Make Greek-Style Yogurt in 5 Easy Steps! {No Straining Required}

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Thick.creamy.delicious! Three words that definitely describe Greek Yogurt, which is why so many of us are huge fans of this custard-like probiotic treat. Yet, each time I attempted to make it, I found myself frustrated by the straining process required to achieve its classic thick texture. My frugal tendencies cringed at how much yogurt was wasted in the straining process, and my neat-nick alarms were blaring over the mess of cleaning out the yogurt-laden strainer. Of course, I don’t want my issues […]