Snacks

Capture the End of Summer with Juicy Nectarines & Peaches

Some people like smooth-skinned nectarines; some people prefer fuzzy peaches. Either way, the two fruits are almost the same—one expresses the gene that creates the fuzz, and the other doesn’t. Both are available in yellow- and white-fleshed varieties and also as...

Shop from Home for Summer Snacks

Have you ever wanted to skip the lines at the store and shop online poolside! In the spirit of pool shopping, and as the summer season heats up I want to share my favorite online retailer for shopping.  Thrive Market is one of my favorite sources for great food for...

School’s Out and Healthy Snacks Are In!

Now that summer is here, the kids will have more time to rove through the kitchen in search of snacks. Time to make sure you have some tasty and good-for-them options on hand! Depending on how handy your kids are in the kitchen, they can help you make these treats or...

Why Salt is Not the Enemy—Sea Salt, That Is

Salt is important for many biochemical processes in the body. Now, I am not talking about that white, refined table salt on the table at many restaurants or that salt that comes in a round blue cardboard container—I am talking about unrefined, mineral-rich, moist,...

Healthy Choices for Back to School

It's back to school time!  That means back to packing lunches and snacks so you can send your kids off to school with healthy options.  Usually we plan our lunches and snacks the night before and we get out all the ingredients and make or pack what we can so we are...

4 Healthy Summer Fruits You Probably Thought Were Veggies!

How do you know if you are eating a fruit or a veggie?  In fact, if there are seeds in the middle then they are considered fruits.  I bet you thought you were eating veggies when you were eating peppers, tomatoes, avocado and cucumbers! Summer happens to be the best...

Gluten-Free Cake for Independence Day

Happy Independence day!  Celebrate with this delicious gluten-free cake and then fresh fruit to top it off in the design of an American flag.  Use this recipe for a treat even the kids will love: 4th of July Cake 1          cup brown rice flour 1          teaspoon...

Summertime Snacks!

Summer is here!  That means your kids are outside playing more and are looking for snacks to take to the park or on road trips, bus trips, camping trips or any other trips you might have planned.  Your best options will be full of healthy fats and proteins, not...

What to Do with All of Those Leftover Easter Eggs

One of the best parts about Easter is the Easter egg hunt…but then what to do with the basketful of eggs once they’ve been found? Luckily, you can use them in all kinds of ways, both in dishes and around your home. If you choose natural plant-based dyes, you can crush...

Homemade for the Holidays: Chocolate Bark

You’ve probably seen fancy chocolate bark in stores, but did you know how easy it is to make your own customized version? You can even make multi-flavor bark by sprinkling on strips of different toppings. You probably already have the ingredients for it on hand, too!...

Kid-Made Healthy Holiday Treats

The best part of any holiday is spending time with family and friends—it’s a lot more fun to make treats together in the kitchen than battle for parking places at the mall! If you have little ones around, they’ll want to be involved, too, so it’s great to have recipes...

Autumn = Apples!

Happy first day of fall! During the fall months, orchards start bursting with apples, from tart apples meant for baking to sweet apples meant for snacking. Some apples are red or pink; others are yellow or russet. Some varieties are even pink when you cut them open!...

DIY School Snack Ideas

School is just around the corner! It's time to start thinking about how you will send your kids off to school with healthy lunches and snacks so they can stay sharp in school. Its important to send healthy fat and protein options for optimal brain function and blood...

K.I.S.S.S. – Keep it Simple Summer Snacks

Summertime means traveling in the car, outdoor concerts and events, and taking kids to the park or the pool. With so many activities happening, you’re bound to get hungry along the way. If it’s a really hot day, you might want to take along a small cooler, but...

Ripe & Juicy: Making the Most of Summer Fruit

Summer time is fruit time! Berries are bursting, peaches are perfect, and melons are mouthwatering. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or planning a picnic, summer fruit tastes good and is good for you. Bonus point: compared to tropical fruits like bananas and...

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Looking for a delicious and healthy snack or summer party dish?  Homemade hummus is a fantastic choice and is made with chickpeas or Garbanzo beans, which are one of the most nutritious of all the legumes, high in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They have...

My Favorite Way to Save on Healthy Foods

I LOVE Thrive Market! Why? It offers something for anyone and everyone who want to eat healthier and live well. It has a really nice, curated mix of products to choose from that are the best-in-class of organic, nonGMO, vegan, raw, paleo and gluten free. However you...

Quick & Healthy Snack Ideas To Go

Sometimes you’re on your way out the door and don’t have time to make a meal, and other times you’re just getting home from a long day and can’t wait to eat. Good thing it’s easy to grab something quick and satisfying! Whether you make your own grab-and-go bites or...

Use Your Melon

Whether you like to let the juice trickle down your chin or you’d rather have a seed-spitting contest, everybody loves eating melons during the summer months. You can find melons in just about every color, size, and flavor—some easily weigh 10 pounds, while others are...

5 Ways To Make a Summer Roadtrip More Nutritious

Summer is here! It’s time to gather the kids, hop into the car, and explore parts unknown. Reconnecting with nature is a great way to get ourselves away from screens and into a relaxed state of mind. The only pitfall can be having to scavenge not-so-healthy snacks...

Superfood for Breakfast: Cacao Granola

There’s some contention over “cocoa” versus “cacao,” but most people agree that cacao refers to raw cocoa beans and cocoa refers to beans that have been heated and sometimes treated with alkaline to reduce the beans’ natural acidity. (The latter is known as...

Healthier Holiday Treats & Sweets

Holiday treats don’t have to equal holiday guilt (or pounds)—it doesn’t take much effort to transform traditional favorites into healthy new favorites. All you need to do is focus on individual ingredients. Use unrefined oils, not vegetable oil; opt for whole-grain...

Homemade for the Holidays

Nothing spreads holiday cheer like homemade gifts! This year, stay off Amazon and spend some fun family time making treats for the folks on your list. From exotic granola to gourmet popcorn, it’s easy to get creative with flavors and ideas, especially when you know...

Healthy Breakfast Quiche Cups

Looking for something simple to make to feed your family at breakfast time when they stay over this holiday season?  These are simple and delicious (and gluten-free).  You can even make them in advance and then just warm up in the morning.  Enjoy!   Healthy...

Hummus Recipe

Looking for a delicious and healthy snack or side item at dinner?  Hummus is a great choice and is made with chickpeas or Garbanzo beans, which are one of the most nutritious of all the legumes, high in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They have exceptionally high...

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