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. […]

Fruit with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Doesn’t that look scrumptious??

What You’ll Need 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I order my cocoa powder and coconut cream concentrate from Tropical Traditions) 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar (I use organic dehydrated cane juice) 3 tablespoons water 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut cream concentrate- this is what makes it thick and creamy! (from Tropical Traditions) Fruit: strawberries, cherries, bananas, pineapple, etc. What To Do Add all the ingredients to a small sauce pan and turn the heat on low. Whisk until well-blended and smooth. Serve drizzled over fruit or on a small bowl for dipping. Enjoy!

 

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Healthy Homemade “Jello” Recipe

How about a delicious and healthy treat this summer, instead of the cheap gelatin mix from the box. Why bother switching, you ask? Here are some things in Jello (or other brands of gelatin mixes) that we really don’t want to be eating or feeding our children…

Artificial Colorings: Many of them are known carcinogens and none of them have any redeeming health value. Several of them cause reactions and health issues, such as headache and ADD/ADHD symptoms. It is intended to make the food more appealing. Artificial Flavorings: These are chemicals combined in laboratories to trick your tongue into thinking that you are eating something with nutrients. In real food, different flavor indicates different nutrients, so we are hardwired to enjoy many different flavors. Artificial flavors lie to us, since they have absolutely no nutrients. Artificial Sweeteners: Unless you get the ones with refined sugar (or make it […]

Berry Antioxidant Smoothie

I often post about what to do when youโ€™re already feeling badly, such as natural remedies for ear infections or ways to ease morning sickness, but today Iโ€™d like to talk about a yummy way to boost health to help prevent problems before they start!

We all know that antioxidants are a good thing, right? They neutralize those pesky free radicals that wreak havoc on our cells. Getting plenty of antioxidants is one of the beautiful benefits about a real foods diet. What are good sources of antioxidants? Iโ€™m so glad you asked!….

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Nutrient-Dense Warm Milk Recipe

Warm milk has long been used for soothing and relaxing, but what about making it a gourmet nutrition-booster, too? That’s what we did!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a nutrient-packed cup of warm milk.

Whole Raw Milk: Low-fat is not healthy. We need all of that wonderful fat for energy, brain function and fat-soluble vitamins. Milk was designed by God to be consumed raw or cultured, not pasteurized and homogenized. Our bodies can’t properly digest it that way, as evidenced by the huge numbers of people with “lactose intolerance”. If you’d like to find raw milk in your area, look here! Gelatin: This isn’t the cheapo gelatin that can be found in most stores. Look for this brand of gelatin, which comes from grass-fed cows. Why gelatin? It is fantastic for the digestive tract and it’s full of amino acids. It’s also good for the skin […]

Baked Apples

I love finding delicious ways to eat in-season, local produce! I’ve been buying organic apples from a local grocery store that (often) uses an orchard a couple of hours away. I’ve made apples sauce that was scrumptious, but my hubby came up with this amazing dessert- baked apples!

When I was little, I had a baked apple somewhere and wasn’t favorably impressed. I decided that I didn’t like baked apples, so I wasn’t too crazy about this idea… until I tasted it! Oh, my! Go grab an apple and give this a try. You’ll be amazed by how simple and delicious this recipe is!

What You’ll Need Glass baking dish with lid or foil One apple, per person (sweet or tart- whichever you prefer) 1/4 cup cashews or other nuts, per person 2 tablespoons raisins, per person 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple pie […]

Crock Pot Applesauce

This recipe is so easy and delicious! Take advantage of the freshly picked apples by making a batch of this! ๐Ÿ™‚

What You’ll Need Crock pot 8 to 12 apples Juice of 1/2 lemon Water Knife and peeler What To Do Put 1 cup of water and the juice of half a lemon in the crock pot. One at a time, peel* , core and slice each apple. Toss each one in the water with juice to reduce browning. Cover and cook on high, stirring every hour until it looks done.

That’s it! You can either leave it “chunky” or you can puree it with an immersion blender, food processor or regular blender.

*You can leave the peel on for extra nutrition and color!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Homemade Mocha

For months, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a mocha that’s as good (or even better) than a coffee shop mocha. Not only did I want amazing flavor, but I also need something that doesn’t have a bunch of fake “food” in it. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives for me, thanks! Besides those things, it also needs to not require any expensive coffee-making equipment… and it wouldn’t hurt if it’s pretty quick and easy, too. I’m pretty easy to please, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, this morning I had success! And it only takes four ingredients!

What You’ll Need: Your favorite coffee, brewed (I use an organic, fair-trade one) Cocoa or cacao powder Grade B maple syrup (organic, if you can!) (*use honey for a GAPS-friendly version!!) Cream (I use raw cream) What To Do: Brew your favorite coffee. For each cup of mocha, put two tablespoons […]

Pie Iron Strawberry Shortcake

This is one of my new favorite summer treats! There were some scrumptious looking strawberries at the grocery store right next to the freshly baked angel food cake… who can resist that?! Instead of plain ol’ strawberry shortcake, though, I wanted to get a bit creative. I decided to pull out the pie irons that we take camping and have some fun. If you aren’t familiar with pie irons, they are cast iron (sometimes aluminum) cooking tools to use over a campfire or grill. You can make “sandwiches” out of whatever you want and then grill them in the pie irons. We tried PB&J on our camping trip, but we just weren’t crazy about it. Tonight’s creation, however, we love!

What you need: Pie irons Butter Angel food cake Strawberries Dark chocolate, chopped Campfire or Grill What to do: Butter the inside of the pie irons. Put a slice […]

Dried Pineapple

Can I just say, “YUM!!!” It’s sweet, tangy, chewy and delicious!

First, let me say that you do not need the dehydrator or special tools I use. You *could* just hack at a pineapple with a knife, pop it in an oven on low and check on it until it’s dry. The way I’m going to describe, though, will give you even results and it’s tons easier to get it evenly sliced! If you’re wanting to follow my directions, you’ll need a pineapple corer/slicer and a dehydrator.

Here’s the game plan:

Cut the top off of the pineapple (My lovely model here is my Dad! Thanks, Daddy!!!) Twist the corer/slicer into the center of the pineapple. Pull the sliced and cored pineapple out. Slice the pineapple into half or quarters. Lay the pieces out on the dehydrator trays, being careful that they aren’t touching. Set […]