Secret Ingredient Brownies

  Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Everyone loves brownies or at least everyone that I know. There is something about that rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y taste. Most brownies are about 400+ calories per serving, loaded with unhealthy fats and are carb rich most of the time. For a while, I have been wanting to try black bean brownies but I was skeptical that they would actually taste good. After looking through several recipes, I decided to make my own batch. While making them and smelling the […]

Dark Chocolate Flourless Pudding Cake: A Sweet Valentine Dessert

Dark Chocolate Flourless Pudding Cake

Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer This ooey, gooey cake is a chocolate lover’s dream – specifically a dark chocolate lover’s dream!  It’s light and airy, but oh-so rich all at the same time.  A perfect ending to a lovely Valentine’s dinner at home. The key to this cake is using a very good quality chocolate.  If it’s fair-trade and organic that’s even better!  With so few ingredients, choosing the very best quality you can find will guarantee that this cake will taste amazing. I included […]

5 Tips for Saving Money on Natural Skincare

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer As we learn more about how our skin absorbs the products we slather on, it’s only natural that we desire to use safe alternatives as part of our regular skin care routine. If you’ve taken a peek at some of the organic/natural skin care products on the market, you already know how expensive they can be. When we are seeking to do what is best for our health and the health of our family, this can be really frustrating. […]

5 Frugal Real Food Meal Ideas

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  Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer Without proper planning, a whole foods diet can be more draining on your wallet than you might expect!  However, by menu planning and incorporating meals with lower cost ingredients into my meal plans, I actually spend the same amount on groceries now as I did before we made the switch to whole foods. Here are five of my favorite meal ideas for keeping our grocery budget under control.  We usually have at least two of these meals every week, […]

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes: A Perfect Winter Breakfast

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There is nothing like the sweet combination of pumpkin and spices for the perfect winter breakfast. Not to mention the fact that pumpkin is a seasonal winter veggie extraordinaire, boasting large amounts of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and plenty of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids (which gives pumpkin its deep orange hue). Finding more ways to get pumpkin or any form of winter squash into your cold-weather diet is a definite plus, and when it happens to be this delicious, it’s downright […]

Using Herbal Powders to Supplement a Healthy Diet: An Alternative to the Daily Multivitamin

herbal powder mix with smoothie

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The foods we consume and the lifestyle we live form the foundation of our health. The nutrients in the foods we eat are the building blocks for all of the biological activity within the various systems of our bodies. Disease occurs when our bodies lack the nutrients necessary to perform these functions properly. This can be due to a poor diet, an inactive lifestyle, harmful chemicals we inhale or absorb through our skin, or undue stress from a reliance on […]

A little bit of Sweet, a little bit of Spice: Gingerbread Recipes

healthy gingerbread cookies

  Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer As you well know, it’s Christmastime! Your music is playing, the stockings are hung, your tree is decorated and it’s time to get baking! When I think about baking during this season, my first thoughts are about gingerbread houses and cookies. I love the spicy, sweet flavor. They are adorable, although they are full of white sugar and decorated with artificial flavoring and color frosting usually. Did you know that it is possible to make these little guys while […]

Simple Holiday Potpourri

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It’s so easy to make your own potpourri, and it’s such a fun and inexpensive gift. Make up a small batch of this orange spice holiday potpourri and keep it in your kitchen to simmer any time you want a fresh, festive scent in your home. Or make a big batch to make several small gifts for anyone on your list.  Buy small, holiday treat bags with ties, or you can use pretty sachet bags then fill with potpourri and tie with ribbon or raffia. […]