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Coconut Flour Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Coconut Flour Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting | Radiant Life Blog

I love sneaking real food desserts into parties and gatherings to test them on innocent family and friends. Whoops! The secret is out: I often bring whole food based, refined-sugar free goodies to our get-togethers without revealing that they are, gasp, "healthy"! In my opinion, this is one of the very best ways to evaluate the tastiness factor of my random gluten- and grain-free concoctions. Plus, it is not really lying anyway...it's more like a sophisticated scientific experiment on pure and total deliciousness.These scrumptious bite-sized coconut flour vanilla cupcakes definitely pass the test.

Tap Water & Pregnancy: Know the facts

Tap Water & Pregnancy: Is it safe? | Radiant Life Blog

The Falmouth, Massachusetts Board of Health recently cautioned pregnant women in their first and second trimesters about a drinking water test result that could affect their babies' birth weights and increase the risk of early deliveries. Water test results showed increased levels of two disinfection byproducts, showing that levels were above the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is not the first time that a situation like this has occurred. A flurry of such frightful findings throughout the United States has raised serious concerns about the safety and monitoring of public drinking water supplies, bringing up many important questions about additives. What are these disinfection byproducts? Why are they in our drinking water? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it?

4 Things You Should Know About Argan Oil

4 Things You Should Know About Argan Oil | Radiant Life Blog

One drizzle adds a savory roasted flavor to grilled dishes. A spoonful serves as a “cure all” to heal any ills. Running a palmful through the hair leaves tangles silky and soothed, and is even rumored to prevent grays. In it’s native Morrocco, Argan Oil is like liquid gold-- and the secret seems to be slowly catching on. Used throughout the home for a wide variety of applications, this precious nut oil is perhaps one of the most unique, powerful and underestimated ingredients in traditional food.

Chocolate-Covered Sprouted Nut Butter & Banana Bites

Chocolate-Covered Sprouted Nut Butter & Banana Bites | Radiant Life Blog

On summer days when the mere thought of baking makes you wipe your forehead and sweat through your t-shirt, a jar of nut butter and a banana can make the perfect no-mess treat. Add the chill-factor of the freezer and a drizzle of chocolate into this recipe, and you have a sophisticated and delicious hot-weather sweet to enjoy. 

Simple Sweet Potato Fries in Red Palm Oil

Sweet Potato Fries in Red Palm Oil | Radiant Life Blog

Lately I’ve had an abundance of red palm oil in my kitchen. What does one do with jars of red palm oil you might ask? To this I would enthusiastically reply (with my arms flailing about in the air): what can't you do?! From chocolate cakes to stir-fries, this antioxidant rich saturated fat source is one of my favorite healthy fats to experiment with. And with a history that dates back as far as 5,000 years, there is no shortage of recipes to choose from. This week I have been enjoying these simple and delicious red palm oil sweet potato fries...by the plateful.

Sizing a Whole House Water System

Sizing a Whole House Water System | Radiant Life Blog

Water usage in your family’s home can be quite variable and is affected by many factors including the number of adults and children living in your home, the age of your children, your home’s size as well as the number of bathrooms.  It is often difficult to measure water usage since the amount of water used for cooking, bathing, showering and cleaning varies in every home and depends on the water fixtures and appliances installed in your home.  For example, we all know that teenagers tend to take longer showers and newborn babies create a lot of laundry!  However, information from a number of reliable sources estimates that a family of four typically uses from about 150 gallons per day all the way up to 400 gallons per day!  Several studies have shown that the average indoor water use in the U.S. is about 50 gallons per person per day.

DIY Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm

DIY Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm | Radiant Life Blog

I want to let you in on a little secret: lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, whether you are awe inspiring-ly creative or DIY-leery, you (yes, you) can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all. This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!

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Water Filtration vs. Purification – Get the Facts!

Water Filtration vs Purification: Get the Facts! | Radiant Life Blog

To create truly pure water in the home setting, water that is physically, chemically and energetically pure, requires just the right set of conditions be brought together in just the right way. At a minimum, these include practical use of filtration and purification technologies along with a scientific understanding of water and how nature intended it to be.

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Grain-Free Dog Treats: Coconut Flour Soft Chews

Grain-Free Dog Treats: Coconut Flour Soft Chews | Radiant Life Blog

So, my dog is a little spoiled...or maybe a lot spoiled. Actually let's rephrase: my dog just so happens to be very well-loved. I like that better. After all, she is a darling little furry friend with a spunky personality and a toothy, underbite grin that keeps everyone around her smiling along. Although more hairy than the rest of us, she's an important member of our family and she certainly eats like one. These real-food based soft chew treats are one of her favorites. Simple to make, these sweet potato treats offer the perfect canine balance of nutrition and good taste, while remaining free from the nasty preservatives and processing techniques used in most store-bought treats.

8 Reasons to Consider a Whole House Water Filter

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Our water quality is being severely impacted with each passing day whether we know it or not. Contaminants from a myriad of sources continue to enter into our water supplies at an alarming rate either by accident, incident, runoff or intentional chemical treatment.  Good water is essential for your body’s health.  Remove what’s lurking in your water!  Whole house water treatment systems are an excellent choice for homeowners who want to make their water more suitable for drinking, bathing, laundry and other household uses while attacking the problem at the point of entry to their home. 

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