A big hot pot of simmering chili might not be your first idea for a meal in the middle of the summer. Who wants to heat up in an already hot season? Well, recently I had some extra homemade bone broth on hand and a craving for pumpkin that just would not go away. So I decided to get creative and make my own version of Nourishing Broth’s Spiced Beef and Lamb Chili recipe. It was exquisite and totally hit the spot! Another perk: I had enough left overs for several more meals throughout the week. With a busy work schedule and always being on the go, it was a win. But best of all, this recipe was super quick and easy to make, while still being full of nourishing foods.Read More
Mother’s Day is May 12th this year. For most of us, this is an opportunity to celebrate and love the women that mean the most to us. Whether it is a mother, grandmother, aunt, or friend, there is usually someone that has had a special impact on each of our lives. For some of us, Mother’s Day can also be really painful. This post is meant to give ideas for those looking to buy a gift for a woman that is important to you, as well as offer a few suggestions for caring for yourself, if Mother’s Day is a harder day of the year.Read More
What could be better than nut butter, chocolate, oats, and a little boost of energy? I love this recipe. It is so simple to make, and tasty enough that even kids will love it too. Hey, you could even throw a couple of these balls on top of some raw vanilla ice cream and make a nutrient packed dessert!Read More
Have you ever left a jug of milk on the counter for a few days? Maybe some veggies, or yogurt too? I live for fermented foods! Raw whole milk kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, oh my! So why all the love, you ask? Fermented foods not only taste delicious, they are full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, minerals, and more to keep your gut, immune system, and body strong. I always have some fermentation experiment going in my kitchen. Whether it be a cabinet of home brewed kombucha, jars of pickled beets and carrots or the strangest concoction of all: clumpy, lumpy fermenting sour milk. I like to think of my little kitchen as a science lab, full of odd (but very delicious) ferments.
With that, today we are up to something a little bit different on the blog. We will dive into the book Real Food Fermentation by Alex Lewin, and take a closer look at why and how these foods are so good for you. And at the end, I will share one of my favorite ferments!Read More
Decadent? I think yes! Creamy cheesecake, rich, savory chocolate, and ripe raspberries are truly a few of my favorite things! Combine them all together and you will have this irresistible, dreamy dessert. What I love best about it is that it’s friendly for all my dairy-free friends. This cheesecake is actually free of many of the top allergens including eggs, gluten, and soy! Another plus? There is no oven or baking necessary, which makes this recipe simple, quick, and easy.Read More
Across America, we know the months from October to March as “cold and flu season.” Peak times vary from year to year, but most commonly February is recorded to be the month with the most cases of the flu. Over the last 35 years, February topped the charts fifteen times (yikes!). In addition to the flu, other respiratory viruses are also more prevalent during this time, particularly rhinovirus and the all-to-well-known, respiratory simplex virus (RSV).
Making matters worse, cold and flu season also lands right during the holiday season when traveling is at its highest. This only increases the chances for spreading these many bugs and diseases. So, what is one to do? Cold and flu season is inevitable, and going outside almost always is too, but that does not mean we have to be doomed to the fateful reality of this sickie time. Prevention is key, and there are many steps we can take to support our health and immune system, especially during these frigid months.Read More
Last month we celebrated the Winter Solstice, which marked the shortest day of the year. December 21, 2018 brought not a single ray of sunlight to places like the North Pole, located at the very top of the Northern Hemisphere. Regardless of where you are living, the hours of sunshine are significantly shorter in the winter months than in the summer months. Compounding the issue further, winter tends to bring more gloomy and overcast days, snow, and harsh weather, all of which keep the sun from shining. It’s really no wonder that so many people experience seasonal affective disorder each year.Read More
Continuing on our pumpkin theme to wrap up the Fall, I wanted to share this favorite recipe of mine for dairy free, gluten free, paleo pumpkin bread. It is simple, savory, and will get your mouth watering… all before 7am. This bread is so versatile and pairs great with a hot cup of coffee, or a big glass of milk.Read More
Raise your hand if you had pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving! I sure did. Anything pumpkin is my favorite. Of all holiday foods, I look forward to pumpkin pie the most. I even enjoy the leftovers at breakfast! I am not really sure what it is about pumpkin pie that I love so much – the creamy texture, the subtle sweetness, the bright orange color, or all of the above. That is why I also love this “Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie” recipe. It has the same pumpkin pie flavor, but with a few ingredients replaced with healthy, real food alternatives. It is, simply, pumpkin pie in a glass. And it is magical.Read More
Have you ever had one of those nights when you are cooking dinner and a tasty idea pops into your head? That happened to me recently and resulted in what I call “Pumpkin Coconut Crusted Chicken.” In the fall I am all about pumpkin: pumpkin pie, homemade pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin smoothies – it is all good! But last week I was in the kitchen cooking my usual batch of chicken, when an urge for pumpkin occurred. I decided to whip together a few of my favorite things, and experiment with a new fall-inspired dish. According to my taste test subjects it came out simply delightful and I could not agree more!Read More