It's been a busy season around here! From working away at sourcing some new products (keep an eye out this winter!) to visiting with our Weston A Price Foundation family at the recent Wise Traditions Conference, we've enjoyed every minute of it. This also means we've also been munching on some hearty autumnal dishes to keep us going through long days. Of all the recipes I've whipped up, I wanted to be sure to share this one with you: it's a delicious stuffed acorn squash brimming with pomegranate and sunflower seeds. An original from my sister, it is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and was made from all things I already had hanging out in the kitchen.
Reading the labels on household cleaners is just plain scary. “Toxic. May cause severe burns to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Harmful if swallowed. Can irritate airways. May aggravate asthma and allergies. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when using.” Although these phrases are usually typed in an itsy-bitsy font on the very back of the bottle, warnings about the dangers of chemical cleaning products should definitely not be ignored. Consider swapping out store bought cleaners in your home for simpler DIY versions like this all-purpose spray with just 3 ingredients. Homemade cleaners are safer, healthier and way less expensive. Plus, I don’t know about you, but if I can avoid wearing a pair of goggles and a protective suit to keep myself safe every time I scrub the shower, I'm all for it.
To protect our drinking water from disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, municipal water suppliers add a disinfectant to our water supply. Chlorine is the most widely used chemical for water disinfection and has significantly reduced the incidences of waterborne diseases in the United States and many other countries worldwide by killing most microorganisms and providing our families with much safer drinking water. However, new questions have arisen about the health effects from bathing, showering and swimming in chlorinated water and, most importantly, drinking chlorinated water.
I've come to the conclusion that pecans and dried fruit are simply meant to be eaten together. Savored by the handful, baked into a pie or chilled in a festive pudding-- the sweet pair is flawlessly delicious (and nutritious) almost every time. Add some shredded coconut, oats, pastured butter and a hint of vanilla to the mix, and you will find yourself with a batch of these sumptuous Pecan Fig Bars. Think Fig Newton Cookies with all real food ingredients and adult sophistication. Open up your cabinets and get ready to enjoy the ultimate nutrient dense snack bar.Read More
There is something about the idea of starting the day with a steaming bowl of oatmeal that is just so pleasant and wholesome. Decorated with cinnamon, swirled with a splash of cream or dotted with fresh berries, oatmeal is a breakfast food that warms both the body and soul. Yet as homey and innocent this staple grain may seem, oats have caused quite a stir in the health community lately. While some people slurp down bowls of hot cereal and crunch granola day and night, others fend off these grains in fear of their high carbohydrate content and possible gluten contamination. So who is right? Should we be eating oatmeal or not? Let's take a look at the good and bad to decide for ourselves.Read More
Stuffed eggs are a classic. What picnic or family party is complete without a platter full of deviled eggs to enjoy? Displayed side by side with their cheery yellow yolks and a finishing sprinkle of paprika, stuffed eggs are not only a tasty addition to the appetizer table, but are filled with energizing proteins and fatty acids as well. This modern take on stuffed eggs uses avocados in place of mayonnaise to make a truly healthy and pleasantly spicy treat. Hard boiled eggs plus avocados? This is a match made in nutrient-dense-foods heaven!
There is something about cookies that is just so lovable. Easy, bite-sized, portable palmfuls of goodness that can be customized to fit just about any taste or occasion. Whether you are packing up a backpack and running to the bus or sipping afternoon tea in a fancy hat, there is most certainly a cookie out there for you. This particular recipe for No Bake Almond Butter Cookies is ideal for busy, health-minded folks looking for a hint of sweetness in their day. Made from just 5 real food ingredients in about two minutes with no refined sugar or grain flours to fuss with, these cookies deserve a spot in your dessert repertoire.
Sweeping blue skies, a rapturous sun, and melty-warm temperatures have reminded us in the past few days that Summer is not quite over yet here. As people fire up their grills, yank out the party plates and set up the lawn chairs this Labor Day weekend, we have just the dish to celebrate: a tasty tabbouleh salad with seasonal produce, garden herbs and properly sprouted quinoa. Combining classic techniques from Nourishing Traditions with local ingredients and a fresh modern flare, this simple cold salad is the perfect way to savor the end of Summer.
Natural skin care is not an easy subject to navigate. Scrolling through dizzyingly long lists of DIY recommendations, it can be difficult to decipher what options will work, and which are just plain useless. Homemade oatmeal masks, sugar scrubs, green tea washes... how are you supposed to know what to try? After all, everyone has a different skin type with varying treatment needs. That's why we love the simple age-old tradition of honey cleansing, a gentle and effective face washing technique that requires just one ingredient and is universally beneficial for all skin types.
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.