Homemade Powdered Sugar

Did you know that the powdered sugar from the store has “anti-caking agents” in it?? Yep, it’s not just sugar. It could contain cornstarch (almost certainly from genetically modified corn- yuck!), flour, calcium phosphate or other extras.

Why eat that nasty stuff when we can make our own powdered sugar at home?! Besides, we can use dehydrated cane juice, which is full of good minerals! So much healthier and it won’t have that icky aftertaste that the store-bought stuff has. Win! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What You’ll Need Dehydrated Cane Juice, also called “Rapadura” (enter to win some, here!) or another unprocessed sugar, but I think that’s the best. A blender or clean spice grinder What To Do

Grind it up!! No, I’m serious. Just put it in the blender (or spice/coffee grinder) and let ‘er rip! If you want it extra-fine, just let it go longer or adjust the coarseness setting. […]

Goodies, Holidays and Other People’s Kiddos

Every single year, I hear the same story around the holidays. Otherwise peaceful and happy relationships are under attack from a very unlikely source: children’s diets. Friends, family and even strangers try to generously share foods with other people’s children. Tempers flare and the kiddos are caught in the middle.

There are a few things that I’d like for all of us to remember, myself included. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sharers (Usually) Mean Well

If you’re a parent who is at the end of your rope because of all the things that people are trying to feed your kids, remember that they usually mean well. They aren’t trying to ruin the child’s health. They want to make the child happy and they really believe that this particular food is necessary in order to do that.

Maybe your child needs to be gluten-free and your neighbor keeps trying to sneak cookies […]

The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “Healthy” Means “Skinny”

We are working our way through a series to bust healthy weight myths and learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you haven’t read it, please be sure to start with the introduction so that we’re all on the same page. ๐Ÿ™‚

A skinny person is not always healthy and a healthy person is not always skinny. So often, people equate the two, but they are not the same thing! Yes, a “skinny” woman may be healthy and a larger woman may be unhealthy, but that’s not always true. A very slender woman may be horribly unhealthy, while a woman with an “extra” twenty pounds may be very nourished and healthy.

Losing Weight Isn’t a Bad Goal

Please don’t panic and think I’m telling you that it’s not okay to want to lose excess weight. That’s a fantastic goal, if you truly need to lose the […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Pure comfort food. This dish is absolutely scrumptious and, although we like it as an every-day side dish, it’s pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table! Be sure not to compromise on the ingredients. We want full-fat cheese that we grate ourselves and full fat cream. Worried about the fat? Be sure to follow our “Healthy Weight Myths” series!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What You’ll Need 3 medium sweet potatoes 1 3/4 cups heavy cream 6 to 8 ounces aged cheese (we love the Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, but whatever you pick make sure it’s full-fat and very flavorful!) nutmeg unrefined sea salt (it’s a health food! Read about why you need it, here!) white pepper (you can use multicolored or black, too) What To Do Preheat the oven (or toaster oven, like we do) to 375 degrees. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices (feel free to do circles or half circles). […]

Fall Recipe Round-Up

There is something about the weather turning chilly and the leaves turning colors that seems to make us all crave a change in our food. We want comfort foods. We want warm spices and warm colors. As I work on getting more organized this month, I thought I’d add some delicious fall recipes to my menu! Some are mine, but most are from some other lovely bloggers that you should get to know!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread Baked Oatmeal Pumpkin Pie Muffins @ The Nourishing Home Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins @ A Proverbs 31 Wife Pumpkin Smoothie @ Amazing Graze Farm Pumpkin Pie in a Glass @ Amazing Graze Farm

Main Course

Sausage-Stuffed Squash Fajita Chili Autumn Casserole @ Richly Rooted Cozy Lentils @ Richly Rooted Carved Stuffed Peppers @ Mold Recovery Apple Pumpkin Bisque @ Hybrid Rasta Mama (scroll down to find)

Side Dishes

Crock Pot Apple […]

Creamy Mexican Casserole

This is a recipe I made up several weeks ago when I had leftover roasted chicken and cooked rice. I wanted something creamy and comforting, but I didn’t have a lot of ingredients to work with. Turns out that this recipe was a huge hit and I’m making it again, tonight! This time I’ll be using ground beef, rather than chicken.

What You’ll Need: 1 pound (about 2 cups) shredded chicken or ground beef, cooked 4 to 5 cups cooked rice 1 block of cream cheese, softened 2 cups salsa (homemade or organic store-bought) 1 cup shredded or cubed cheese (anything from sharp cheddar to fresh mozzarella to goat cheese- you can even use a mixture!) 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon What To Do: Stir together all ingredients, except for half of the cheese. Smooth […]

Natural Sources of Vitamin C

Last week, I talked about the many wonderful benefits of natural vitamin C. I also covered why ascorbic acid isn’t the best source of vitamin C, even though it’s the most common vitamin C supplement on the shelves. If you’re ready to jump into boosting your vitamin C intake with natural sources, you might be surprised at how easy and tasty it’s going to be!

Food Sources of Vitamin C

The US recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C is 90 milligrams per day for a grown man and 75 milligrams per day for a grown woman. That means that women need at least 75 milligrams (“mg”) a day and men need at least 90. It is so easy to get more than this from a decently healthy diet!

1 papaya= 185mg (more than double what we need!) 1 mango= 122mg 1 cup raw bell pepper= 115mg 1 cup strawberries= […]

Vitamin C Tutorial: Natural Vs. Synthetic

We’ve all heard about increased vitamin C preventing or reducing illness, right? People pop pills and guzzle down vitamin C drinks in an effort to stay healthy during “cold season”. There is some evidence that massive doses of vitamin C taken early enough in the illness can drastically reduce the severity and duration of whooping cough. It seems like a harmless and beneficial vitamin to take, doesn’t it? After all, it’s a water-soluble vitamin, which means the body doesn’t store it. As I explained in my post, Why I Don’t Take (Synthetic) Vitamins, popping a vitamin pill isn’t the best way to get our bodies the nutrients they need. Yes, there could be a few benefits to taking synthetic vitamin C, but the dangers might not be worth the risk. So, what’s wrong with synthetic vitamin C?

Ascorbic Acid

Virtually all of the vitamin C supplements available are ascorbic […]

Salmon Salad Recipe

This salmon salad is amazingly nutrient-dense and it’s delicious! We like to add fresh dill, but feel free to add other herbs, too. This recipe serves four.

What You’ll Need Wild-caught Alaskan salmon: I use either a 14 1/2 ounce can or a few cooked and chilled fillets 2-4 tablespoons sour cream (make your own!) or yogurt (make your own!) 4 cups of mixed lettuces 2 avocados 4 tablespoons fresh dill Celtic sea salt, to taste (don’t worry, salt is healthy!) What To Do In a small bowl, stir together the salmon, sour cream and salt. In a bowl for each person, layer 1 cup lettuce, 1/4 of the salmon mixture, 1/2 of a diced avocado and 1 tablespoon of chopped dill.

If you would like to use freshly cooked salmon fillets, it makes a beautiful presentation. Just leave the fillets whole and add a dollop of sour cream, […]

Mexican Frittata Recipe

I whipped up this tasty comfort food the other night and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Frittatas are so versatile that you can put just about anything in them, season them with whatever seasonings sound good and you can even make them when you’re out camping (check out out campfire frittata recipe!).

For this recipe, I went with a Tex-Mex theme. It’s full of flavor without being spicy. Feel free to spice it up with some sauteed jalapenos, freshen it up with some cilantro and salsa on top or toss in leftovers that need to get eaten. Frittatas are very forgiving and easily adaptable. ๐Ÿ™‚

What You’ll Need Oven-safe skillet (I’m using a 10 inch cast iron. If you are using a larger or smaller skillet, adjust the amounts of ingredients accordingly.) 10 eggs 1 pound ground beef (or other ground meat) 1/2 […]