How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

Sweeteners: How They Affect You, Which Ones are Best, and How to Use Them

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! How Sweeteners Affect Your Body Insulin is the hormone that decides where to store nutrients. It takes glucose, fats, and proteins out of your blood and into your cells so they […]

Real Food Baby Step: Homemade Pantry Staples

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Guest post written by Mandi Ehman This week I’m excited to release my brand new ebook, Easy Homemade: Homemade Pantry Staples for the Busy Modern Family, which is on sale for just $0.99! When I first shared my new cookbook with Stephanie, I described it as “real food-lite.” It’s a bridging-the-gap cookbook for families, like mine, who want to eat healthier and eliminate questionable ingredients from their kitchens but aren’t quite ready to make their own kefir and kombucha or to soak grains. This cookbook […]

Too Many Holiday Sweets? Give Your Body a Sugar Break

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Am I the only one who finds the holidays a struggle with all of the sugary temptation? I’m over at Simple Organic, talking about an important thing that we can do to help our bodies combat the sugar overload… Holidays are a time for indulging. We stuff ourselves on turkey feasts, swear that we couldn’t eat another bite, and then happily inhale a scrumptious piece of pumpkin pie. We attend multiple social functions, each one presenting its own array of sweet treats or special drinks. […]

11 Alternative Uses For a Coffee Grinder

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. As I’ve been learning that less is more and working hard to purge and pare down the things that we own, I’ve been reminded of the beauty of having multi-purpose appliances. Today’s post is a feature of the handy, inexpensive little gadget that we know as a […]

Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Written by Brandy, Contributing Writer It’s that time of year again.  The season that many moms dread for their families – cold and flu season. Each year I review my old list and research new ways to try and keep our family as healthy as possible.  It’s hard enough when a family of four or five gets sick.  But when you are a large family of nine or ten (or more), it’s even tougher as the illness just seems to circulate through the home, hitting […]

Gardening with Herbs 101: Preserving Your Herbs

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Last time we talked about how to harvest your herbs – now that you’ve harvested them, what are you going to do with them? Here are my favorite ways to preserve herbs for out-of-season use: Freezing This method best preserves flavor.  Rinse the herbs and chop coarsely.  Place about 1-2 teaspoons in each compartment in an ice cube tray.  Cover with chicken stock, olive oil, or plain water and freeze.   Transfer frozen cubes to Ziplock bags for longer […]

Traditional Beverage: Kombucha

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer A couple years ago when someone first told me about WAP (Weston A. Price), I joined an online group.  People there kept talking about kombucha.  It sounded weird!  I had no idea what it was, or why anyone would want to drink it.  They kept talking about it as this special, prized drink that they wanted their children to have, and debating its merits. It wasn’t until almost a year ago (quite awhile after I first heard of it!) […]