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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding: Healthy Gluten Free Dessert

Are you looking for a gluten free alternative to pumpkin pie this fall? Or maybe just a healthier dessert for the family? Do you love all things pumpkin in October? No matter your reason, I have a great dessert for you to try: PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING! Health Benefits...

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding: Easy Way to Use Healthy Chia Seeds

Are you looking for a gluten free, dairy free, vegan, or low sugar dessert? Something great for kids and adults alike? Or maybe a new way to get some healthy omega-3 fatty acids? I am very excited to share with you a dessert I just made that not only tastes good but...

The Best 30-Minute Vegetarian Recipes: Cookbook Review

What is important to many of us regarding food? eating healthy simple meals variety quick meals accessible ingredients I'm excited to share a cookbook with you that covers all those aspects! Even if you aren't a "full-time vegetarian", you  may be interested in eating...

Healthy, Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Have you noticed the ingredients in most mainstream taco seasoning packets? Most contain unhealthy ingredients such as monosodium glutamate, hydrogenated oils, and many preservatives that are hard to pronounce. If you are avoiding those dangerous ingredients, you can...

7 Healthy Foods (And How to Get Kids to Eat Them!)

I've put together a list of seven healthy foods that we all should be eating, along with some tips to get your kids to eat them, too! 1. Pure Water Most people don't drink enough plain, pure water. We are a dehydrated nation and we don't even know it. Part of the...

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe

I love this salad dressing when I am wanting to get away from the store-bought "sweet" ones. I do love Caesar dressing, but sometimes it actually tastes too sweet (yes, they add sugar to it). I found a recipe I wanted to share with you that is super easy to make,...

14 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and Adults Too!)

Are you in a 'snack rut' for your kids, perhaps offering the same thing day after day? Are you wanting some healthy snack ideas? Or just some new ideas to add into your rotation? Well you are in luck because I've compiled a list of 14 healthy snack ideas for kids! And...

Healthy Eating for Kids: Tips for Common Food Challenges

There's no doubt that raising a child has many joys as well as many challenges. One common challenge parents talk about is the challenge of feeding a child. The word one might be a bit misleading since feeding challenges can be many, can vary between children, and can...

6 Reasons to Never Use Your Microwave Again

Americans want convenience with many things and food is no exception. One survey asked which factor was most important in deciding "what to do for dinner" - price, taste, nutrition, or convenience. A whopping 70% of responders said 'convenience'. I am guessing that...

Simple, Healthy Deli Meat Alternative for Sandwiches

Sometimes it's hard to hear about all the things that are bad for our health. Many times people feel overwhelmed and the information is then ignored and unhealthy habits are continued. I recently wrote about the dangers processed meat poses to your health. If you are...

Pomi Tomatoes: Great Alternative to Canned Tomatoes

You have probably heard that plastics contain dangerous chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which mimic hormones in your body. They have been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Hopefully...

5-Bean Quinoa Salad: The Perfect Light Summer Meal for Everyone!

Here is another great recipe find from a Whole Foods flier. This meal is a great summer option; it is light, cool, and easy to make. It is also high fiber, sugar conscious, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian - truly a meal for just about anybody! You can...

Caribbean Chicken Pockets: Easy, Cool Summer Recipe

When I first came across this recipe, the ingredient combinations weren't something I was used to and did sound a bit odd. But I decided to try it and I'm glad I did - it was delicious! Why I Like This Pros: This is a really easy recipe, especially if you have the...

Processed Meat: Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

Back away from the bacon. Hold off on that hot dog. Don't touch deli meat sandwiches. After reviewing 7,000 studies covering links between diet and cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund came out with a bold conclusion: Processed meats are too dangerous for human...

Artificial Food Colorings Do Not Make Health Brighter

Recently I've told you about a few food additives that are detrimental to one's health and should be removed from your diet: high fructose corn syrup and MSG. I hope you have been reading food labels and steering clear of items with those ingredients. I have a new...

Cheesy Lentils: Easy Vegetarian Recipe

Cheesy lentils is probably our family's most often used staple meal; we have it at least every other week due to its simplicity and great taste! This is a great meal to work into your rotation, especially if you are looking for an easy meal. Why I Like This We usually...

6 Tips to Help Busy Families Enjoy Healthy Meals at Home

Many families today are so busy with work, school, kids' activities, housework, yard work, laundry, and socializing. Because of this, Americans spend less and less time preparing their food. Research shows the average working woman spends only five hours a week...

5 Foods Your Kids Should NOT Be Eating

There are foods that promote health and foods that damage health. As evidenced by the rising childhood obesity rates, children are eating too much food that damages their health. Even if your child is not overweight, the simple offering of unhealthy foods to children,...

Risotto with Asparagus: Quick and Easy Recipe for Busy Familes

Here is another recipe I found in a Whole Foods flier and it has quickly become a fairly regular meal at our house. It's pretty simple and quick, which is a huge plus for us some days! Once you learn to cook this, you can substitute what you have on hand, especially...

Why You Should Avoid Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Like the Plague

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is one of the worst food additives on the market. Going incognito under various names, it appears in most processed food and fast food. And since Americans spend approximately 90% of their food budget on processed foods, Americans are...

Healthy Vegetarian Soup Recipe: Potato Kale Soup

Even though spring is officially here and we are fast approaching continuous warmer weather, I know it's still chilly somewhere! For Nutrition Month I wanted to be sure to share one of our family's favorite recipes during the cool winter months; potato kale soup. This...

Best Lasagna Recipe: Turkey Spinach Lasagna

We came upon this lasagna recipe nearly 10 years ago and we loved it so much that it quickly became our only lasagna recipe! We like using turkey instead of beef and we also like that it's not very cheesy, yet you don't miss it - the flavor is wonderful! This is a...

Healthy Vegetarian Recipe: Quinoa Chowder with Spinach and Feta

Here is a meal that I made last week for my family: quinoa chowder with spinach and feta. It's pretty standard in our meal rotation, especially in winter. For those of you unfamiliar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), it is a small, edible seed about half the size of...

How to Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup from Your Diet

Now that you've had some time to soak in the information in my last post What Not to Eat: The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup, I promised I'd share some tips for removing HFCS from your diet. Reduce or Eliminate Soda The leading source of calories in the average...

What Not to Eat: The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

I bet you've heard that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is bad for you, right? I bet you've also seen those ads claiming HFCS is no worse than sugar and fine in moderation? Are you confused? You want to make sure your family is eating as healthy as possible, but what...

Healthy Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Summer is upon us here in Texas - in a big way; it's supposed to be in the upper 90s all week! I am starting to look for cool refreshing treats for the entire family. Since we very much care about natural health we are pretty picky about what we eat. I do not want to...

Alternatives to Candy in Easter Baskets

If you celebrate Easter, chances are you are trying to decide what goodies to put in your kids' Easter basket. For most people, the decision is easy; simply walk down the "Easter" aisle at your local Target, Wal-Mart, drug store, or grocery store and you are inundated...

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

If you needed another reason to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in the foods you eat you got it: a recent study shows that HFCS contains mercury. I think we can all agree that mercury is not good for us, but some people still want us to think that HFCS is OK. Do...

Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is getting closer and although our son is too young to go trick-or-treating, I am still preparing and learning and planning ahead for that day. Why? Because we are pretty health-conscious in our house and we do not eat much junk food at all. Even though I...

Product Review: Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox

I inadvertently joined the bento bandwagon when I signed my 18 month old son up for a Mother's Day Out (MDO) program this fall. (For those of you unfamiliar with MDO, it's like a cross between pre-school and day care and is usually run by churches as part of their...

Tips for Limiting Halloween Candy Consumption

Halloween is just around the corner and many children are getting excited about the event; choosing their costume and anticipating all the candy they will be getting. Although my son is too young to go trick-or-treating and to eat candy, I am already thinking about...

Beat the Heat with Homemade Popsicle Treats!

OK, I know I am a bit late in writing this post as summer is over and school has begun. But where I live it's still pretty warm and popsicle treats are still on my mind! This summer I came across several wonderful recipes for homemade popsicle treats and I'd love to...

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