HealthIER Camping Food: 7 Tips for Taking Real Food With You

Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’ve been camping since I was 8 years old. At my request, my parents decided to try it once – and they ended up LOVING it. We’ve been every year since then.  My first child, Annie, went on her first camping trip at 2 months old. We started out in tents but my parents graduated to a pop-up camper. However, when we camp we like to “rough it.” We usually don’t use electricity, but we do use gas for […]

The Perfect Omelet {And 10 Delicious Omelet Creations}

Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Eggs have often been called “one of nature’s perfect foods”. And for good reason. They pack a powerful nutritional punch in just a small package. Inside that little shell is a powerhouse of nutrition. There are many ways to incorporate eggs into meals. By incorporating eggs into our diet whenever possible, we increase the nutritional impact and ease the food budget at the same time. With a growing family of eight, I like the fact that eggs provide important nutritional […]

How to Make an Amazing Green Salad

We’ve all had one of those amazing salads, that was so good we just had to keep shoving forkfuls into our mouths. On the other hand, I imagine we’ve all had a boring salad. Just greens, a veggie or two, and a drizzle of dressing. You eat it because you know it’s good for you, and that’s the extent of it. I know those salads well, because I used to make a lot of them. Over the past year, I’ve realized that the salads that […]

The Mediterranean Secret to Phenomenal Vegetables

Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer Growing up, my family ate a lot of vegetables.  It comes as no surprise being that my mother is from Sevilla, Spain where vegetables are a staple of the Mediterranean diet. When I was younger I never understood why so many of my friends complained about eating their vegetables. “They’re gross”, some would say.  Others, “they have no flavor!” I remember asking my mami why so many people disliked colorful, seasonal vegetables at their peak of freshness.  I vividly […]

How to Cook Vegetables: Steaming, Pan Cooking and Lots of Tasty Recipes

“I know we should eat more vegetables, but…” This is a common refrain. I bet you’ve even said it yourself. Vegetables tend to be one of the most under-appreciated parts of the food kingdom, and sadly, one that very few people have learned to truly incorporate into their regular eating habits. The video above is a clip from a recent episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (one of the few things worth watching on tv!). Watch this brief segment to see that today’s children are […]

7 Ways to Add More Veggies to Meals You’re Already Cooking

  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer We all know that vegetables are good for us; they can help protect against many chronic diseases, aid weight loss, and provide vitamins and minerals. Yet, even with this knowledge, a good portion of the population don’t eat enough vegetables. I know my family could eat more. Even if you do consume a decent amount of veggies each week, I’d venture to say you could add more; if not more in relation to the amount, then possibly more […]

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]

45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

Earlier this week, Mindy shared some fantastic ideas more specifically for toddlers and for on-the-go eating (no mess!). Now Stacy shares a very wide variety of any age, kid-friendly, whole food snacks for home and for travelling. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Snacks are an important part of a child’s day. Kids grow fast and need frequent refueling. The type of food they consume greatly affects their development, attitude, and feeling of well-being. The task of feeding them is never ending, isn’t it?. The […]