Some of my favorite memories with my Grandmother are those from our times spent picking raspberries together in my backyard. Maybe it is because of these memories (or perhaps just the fact that raspberries are unbelievably tasty) that I always crave these bright little fruits around this time of year. Lately I've been making Raspberry Butter Bars as a quick and easy way to enjoy this season's berries. Between the perfectly tart raspberries, sweet cherries, slightly bitter walnuts and crisp shaved coconut, the balance of flavor and nutrition in this dessert is just right.
Lounging on the beach yesterday, I reflected on how good the warm sun felt on my skin. Simultaneously, the nutrition geek in me was counting the vitamin D molecules my body was producing. Vitamin D is so unique in its ability to be synthesized by the sun, and requires little dietary consumption compared to the other vitamins. So imagine my surprise when, after returning home and washing off the beach sand, I read that a stunning 75% of Americans are vitamin D-deficient! 1Read More
A few weeks ago I was walking around at our annual town fair when a gourmet dog treat vendor caught my eye. I strolled over and started to survey the table, oogling at the impressive spread of cookies and crackers—some drizzled with icing, some bone shaped, some plain—all made especially for dogs. I grabbed a tiny bag of grain-free treats, decorated with precious little paw stamps and cinched nicely with an orange bow, and brought it to the register. I'm not even going to even tell you how much I paid for those little morsels! Fresh-baked dog goodies certainly come with a price, so lately, I've been making these quick and easy dehydrated chicken liver treats instead. My dog has been very happy about it...and so has my wallet!Read More
The messiest closet in my house is definitely the one that holds all of my favorite natural skin care ingredients. It's bursting with jars of healthy oils, stacks of glass containers, bags of random essential oils, different kinds of tins that I've picked up here or there, and notecards with recipes on them are piled everywhere in between. Somehow I don't think I will ever have enough shelves to contain my ever-growing collection of homemade, organic personal care products. And recently I've added a new favorite to the mix: 100% raw and unrefined shea butter. Here's a little information about this unique skin moisturizer and and a simple DIY recipe for a whipped shea butter lotion that I think you're going to love.
June means it's strawberry season around here. The dainty white flowers that have decorated the maturing strawberry plants throughout the spring have finally started to fade and give way to clusters of small, bright red fruits. In the blink of an eye, there soon will be patches full of ripe juicy strawberries ready for the picking. In honor of this harmonious time of year, I've put together this recipe for strawberry shortcake. It has all of the classic components of the beloved dessert but with a twist. This strawberry shortcake is grain, dairy and refined-sugar free, and still as tasty as ever.
There are certain things that I always look forward to just as the weather begins to get warm. Beach towels are wrestled out of closets, piles of flip flops accumulate at the front door and colorful Adirondack chairs make their first appearance on the lawn. With the long, lazy days of the season stretched out ahead, the very beginning of summer is the ideal time for get-togethers outdoors with family and friends. This cool and sweet real food beverage has become a favorite of mine for such occasions. With just four ingredients, no added sugars and loads of flavor, watermelon "juice" is the perfect addition to any cookout menu.
Is your water supply leaving a white residue in your sinks and bathtubs? Do you see calcification around your tub faucet? Is your shower head clogging due to the presence of a white powder? Do you feel that your soaps and detergents are just not doing their job? Are your clothes that come out of your washing machine still looking dirty and feeling stiff? If so, the affects you are seeing are most likely the result of having “hard” water.Read More
Tags: Drink Pure Water
Welcome Trudy Scott, author and certified nutritionist to the blog.This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
The targeted use of individual amino acid supplements will balance brain chemistry to alleviate anxiety, fear, worry, panic attacks, and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. They can also be helpful in addressing other problems that contribute to or exacerbate anxiety, such as sugar cravings and addictions. In addition, they can help with depression and insomnia, which often co-occur with anxiety. When you balance your brain chemistry, not only will you alleviate symptoms of anxiety, you’ll also have a great mood, eliminate cravings, sleep well, and have good energy and mental focus.Read More
Muffins are a special breakfast around here. I don't put in the effort to bake them terribly often, but when I do throw together a batch I am always satisfied with the ease of grabbing one off the counter in the morning. Bread-y goodness paired with a pat of golden butter or dollop of creamy nut butter is quite the luxurious way to start the day. These basic coconut flour muffins are the perfect compromise. Made in the food processor with only nutrient-dense ingredients, this recipe is both simple and healthy enough for everyday munching. Now this is the type of breakfast routine I could get used to.Read More
This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
When stress is high it can seem difficult to breathe fully. The chest becomes tight and constricted, the shoulders rise and the belly squeezes in. Breathing feels choppy, shallow and contrived. This is an obvious contrast from the effortlessly smooth and rhythmic breath that we experience in moments of calm. However, for those struggling with chronic anxiety and worry, tension and strain in the breath can start to seem normal. Breathing exercises that focus on the exhale can help to reverse such patterns of restriction in the body, and in turn bring some ease to the mind. In fact, when done correctly, full and mindful breathing has been found to be one of the most effective grounding techniques to combat stress and restore a sense of spaciousness and relaxation in the body.Read More
Tags: Heal Your Mind