Beyond Nourishment: Food and Family Traditions

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By Courtney, Contributing Writer With Christmas drawing near, we’re planning and preparing for time with family and friends, sharing the joy and wonder of the season with them. Many of these get togethers are centered around food. After all, aside from providing nourishment for our bodies, food serves other important purposes as well. Of those purposes are relationship and tradition. Food is integral in bringing people together–at the dinner table every evening to family reunions during the holidays. For those of us who’ve turned our […]

25 Grain Free Desserts (and a Chocolate Truffle Recipe)

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By Stacy K., Contributing Writer Over the past few months I have been working toward eliminating grains from my diet. I haven’t felt this good in quite some time. While going grain free may not be for everyone, I am convinced that reducing the amount of grains we consume would be beneficial to most. With the holidays coming up, I thought it might be challenging to find treats that are grain free, until I started looking! There are a plethora of grain free recipes and […]

10 Ways to Celebrate a Christ-Centered Christmas With Little Ones

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Guest Post by Jessica of Smartter Each Day Isn’t Christmas with little ones wonderful? It’s been quite a Christmas here, already. We’ve suffered three broken ornaments (one vintage), one ripped Christmas book, two discovered presents, a missing baby Jesus, and our monstrous tree has toppled over twice. (Don’t worry: two tree stands, four saw-ings, one PVC pipe, and two strands of fishing line later, it’s as stable as can be.) Oh… and did I mention a rather tense and snippy mom? I keep wondering: how […]

Naturally-Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows {A Fun Holiday Treat}

Naturally Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows

By Mindy, Contributing Writer Homemade Marshmallows are one of those things that sound so elusive to most people. I mean, who makes their own marshmallows? Only crazy people, right? Well, what if I told you that you can make homemade marshmallows that are not only easy to make, but also much tastier than their store-bought counterparts? And they just so happen to include only real food ingredients, including a completely natural sweetener. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! I’ll show you how to […]

This Christmas, Give the Gift of Nutrition Through Fermentation {plus Free Printables!}

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By Diana, Contributing Writer I can’t believe it’s been a week since Thanksgiving.  I had a wonderful time planning and preparing a real food feast for my family and friends. I spent two days in preparation that included a slow roasted pastured turkey; sourdough crackers and rolls; labneh (yogurt) cheese; roasted brussels sprouts with onions and bacon; sweet potatoes with fresh cranberries in a real maple syrup; mashed potatoes drenched in butter; and for dessert, pie – oh sweet pie. As much as I love the holiday […]

The 3-Gift Christmas

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer When our first daughter was born, we gave great thought to how we would celebrate Christmas. It was our desire to make sure she knew the REASON for the Christmas season. We didn’t want her growing up thinking Christmas was about Dora and Diego toys or stuffing yourself full of candy until you couldn’t zip up your pants. Because of that, we set out to make sure we fill our Christmas with family traditions that make Christ the main focus. We […]

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars

By Brandy, Contributing Writer I needed to come up with a new granola bar recipe that was both wheat-free AND rice free since my son is allergic to both.  And since I usually make my favorite granola bars with crispy brown rice cereal, I wondered what I could use that would be remotely close. On the cereal aisle, I explored my options.  The choices were slim, but one bag of cereal that I’d never tried before caught my eye. Puffed millet.  I decided to give […]

8 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Meals Without the Junk

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By Kate, Contributing Writer Thanksgiving’s coming–really, really soon!  And after Thanksgiving we have an onslaught of holiday festivities that will last until we begin 2013.  What we find at these festivities, in whatever form they take is…food. Lots and lots of food. I imagine the average person who eats a Standard American Diet can expect to gain 5 to 10 pounds during this time of year.  Those who eat a traditional diet, especially those who are new to eating real food, may find this time […]