I think the warmer spring weather is finally here is stay (fingers crossed)! Bye-bye polar vortex - I won't miss you!
I have a huge platter on my kitchen counter that I like to decorate by changing its motif with the seasons. A few weeks ago, I put away my winter pine cones and replaced them with moss and lemons. The lemon always reminds me of spring because it makes me think of freshening things up - cleaning up the clutter.
Recently, I have been in the habit of making a batch of my Homemade Creamy Almond Milk on Sundays to use in smoothies for the week. The recipe is so simple and tasty, and I am left with almond meal after the milk is complete. I hate the idea of wasting the fresh meal, so I came up with a recipe that is another great addition to our Sunday routine - Raw Cocoa Coconut Energy Bites.
My favorite time to eat energy bites is in the afternoon for a pick-me-up boost or in the morning when I am rushing around and don't have time for a sit-down breakfast. In the past, I brought you this No-Bake Energy Bite, but this time around I decided to go grain-free and use almond meal as the base.
Sure, the idea of baking, dehydrating, fermenting, canning, and preserving all of our own culinary staples and garnishment sounds romantic, but let's be real - we don't have time. That is a full-time job and we aren't pioneers. We all need the option of a little convenience in life, so we put together a list of some of our favorite prepared foods and staple condiments that help keep life simple, but oh-so-delicious!
I am always looking for interesting ways to incorporate protein into my daughter's diet. Other than your basic scrambled eggs mixed with veggies and spices, I had not yet offered her many egg options. It was time to change that! I created a mini egg muffin recipe and she has loved this new addition to her menu! There is just something about the little muffin shape that she responds to. I think she feels like it is special - just for her sweet, dimpled baby hands! Incorporating eggs into your child's diet is a simple and satisfying way to add in protein...
I enjoy making many of my own personal care products and in the past, I have shared a simple DIY facial lotion, body butter, lip balm, as well as a few others. Skin is the largest organ on our bodies so we want to make sure we are taking good care of it. We nurture it from the inside by eating healthy, and nurture it from the outside by applying high quality products.
It can be time consuming to make your own products and some people just aren't interested in DIY. That doesn't mean they still don't want to be sure the products they are using are free of additives, parabens, pathalates, petrochemicals as well as a long list of other potentially harmful substances. This is where Bella Organics comes in to play.
If you read my review on Branch Basics, you know I am a fan of non-toxic cleaners. The simpler the better! It must also get the job done. I use Branch Basics for my bi-monthly deep cleaning sessions, but I also wanted to have a simple, all-purpose cleaner for the lighter jobs between those dreaded deep cleanings. I like cleanliness and organization but deep cleaning just isn't my cup of tea, y'all.
You have heard me talk several times about the importance of eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables - what I like to call "bites of the rainbow." While especially true of fruits & veggies, but applicable to all food groups, I think we are all guilty of sticking with our tried and true favorites, the things that we can rely on to be tasty and to satisfy. But, it is so important to incorporate a variety of colorful produce into your diet because each "color" gives you different health benefits - think variety and think color to increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, and protective plant compounds (phytochemicals). These powerful phytochemicals are the compounds that give fruits and vegetables their array of colors.
If you have been following us for awhile, you know my husband is a cookie monster and a batch of cookies doesn’t last long in my house. I don't make desserts often because my husband is really the only one who eats them - I would much rather have something salty! Seriously, I am the one next to the refrigerator drinking pickle juice out of the jar. If I let myself, I could eat salt by the spoonful, especially Himalayan salt. I need to work on my gluten-free baking skills since I am fairly new to the wheat flour-free baking world, so I decided to test out a new cookie recipe.
You may have noticed Himalayan salt popping up in recipes and you might be wondering, what exactly IS Himalayan salt and what makes it different than regular salt? In the processing procedure, your basic table salt (think Morton) is stripped of minerals and iodine is added. Table salt is chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures and is used in most processed foods and probably most restaurant food (a really disturbing amount of it). Too much table salt in your diet can contribute to a variety of health problems. Does this mean you need to stay away from salt? Absolutely not...
I love making a whole pastured chicken in my slow cooker, but I am not always good at getting creative with the leftover chicken; I typically just use leftovers on salads or pack them in our lunches during the work/school week. Well, I decided it was time to get the creative juices flowing and once again used my favorite kitchen appliance, the slow cooker.