Category: Real Food

Nourishing our families well with food as close to the way God made it as possible (and still having time to go to the park!)

  • Flexible Menu Planning for the Free-Spirited

    I hate menu planning. But homemade, nutrient-dense meals are not just going to show up on the dinner table all by themselves. Especially during this busy season. Actually, I should say I used to hate menu planning. I was hating it because I was making this detailed plan that, invariably, I’d deviate from, and despite…

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  • Which Kombucha System is Right for You? Batch Brewing vs. Continuous Brew

    So, you’re ready to start making your own kombucha because… you need more probiotics in your life, you like a healthy alternative to soda, and hello!–it costs an arm and a leg at the store! But no sooner do you start researching how to make kombucha, then you get a google’s worth of recipes and…

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  • The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

    Introducing the perfect start to the day, for busy mamas, picky toddlers, even husbands who hate healthy-anything! It’s the Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie. Tasty, fast, and a nourishing balance of all the things you need to start your day right. If you’re looking for one thing to do for your family’s health in the new year…

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  • Mango Chicken Curry {Simplified}

    I’m a huge fan of Bread and Wine and all of Shauna’s recipes, but Mango Chicken Curry probably tops the list. (I say probably because I haven’t made the dark chocolate sea salted toffee yet–I”m scared to because I know I’ll not be able to stop eating it.) The first time I made her curry,…

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  • 5 Essentials for Flying with a Lap Baby+Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

    I have traveled with a lap baby twice in the last two years, and I love it! The whole time I fly with a baby I have that whole 50% discount thrill going through me. 😉 Plus, it gives me special time to bond with that child without the distraction that 4 other precious children…

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  • Healthy Snacks for Road Trips {Plus my favorite energy bar recipe!}

    In a few days we will be leaving on a quick trip to points North (eeek!). Whenever planning a road trip, my mind immediately focuses on food. And I’m claiming that as a good thing, because the more forethought you put into food, the less you settle for junk, right? I’m also in that season…

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  • How to Make Vanilla Extract

    When I learned how to make vanilla extract a few years ago, I realized I had the perfect One Size Fits Most gift. It’s appropriate for anyone from 10 to 100, male or female, as long as they a) love baking, or b) love baked goods (and have someone who bakes for them) Now, vanilla…

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  • The Best Way to Boost Our Kids’ Immune Systems

    It’s that time of year–when we begin to be hyper aware of attacks on our kids’ immune systems, and wish we could somehow hold our breath in public for the extent of flu season. Alas, there are so many germs flying around–plus the bacteria that reside in our body just waiting for our immune systems…

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  • Real Food Burnout Is Real

    Have you ever suffered from Real Food Burnout? It’s an actual condition, people! Symptoms include an aversion to the kitchen, phobia regarding shopping or menu planning, and surprisingly strong cravings for junk food. Sufferers often experience amnesia in regards to meal ideas, paralysis when it comes to trying something new, and general depression on the…

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  • Celebrating With Food, or, How to Grill Pizza

    We forgot the bacon-wrapped dates. She’d come 1000 miles and brought Shauna Niequest’s book with the famed recipe. We’d made a special trip to Aldi’s just for the goat cheese for that recipe. (In our swimming clothes, fresh off of cliff jumping and still giddy that we get to have this much fun as adults.)…

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  • Your Real Food Journey: a gentle guide to steady progress

    I was racing around my kitchen the night before a road trip, scrambling to collect and create enough nourishing snacks so we wouldn’t have to rely on road food the whole trip, when I realized I was in “chicken with my head cut off mode”. Knowing that that’s not a healthy state of mind to…

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  • How My Husband Quit Coffee {without a single headache!}

    Wanna hear how Jeremy quit coffee? Stories of my husband’s forays into the crunchier side of life seem to be pretty popular around here, so I thought I’d tell ya’ll about how Jeremy recovered from caffeine addiction and adrenal fatigue. {Just so we’re clear on this–it’s not a story as in ‘fairy tale’ – this…

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  • Oil Pulling: Frequently Asked Questions

    And when I say frequently, I mean frequently! Ever since I wrote about how we cured my husband’s cavity with a combination of nutrition and oil pulling, I’ve gotten dozens of questions on the subject. In fact, I get new emails every day about this method of oral health. Although I usually try to answer…

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  • Gluten Free Banana Split Souffle

    Ya’ll. We’ve been grain free this week (we usually do this for a stretch each January to jump-start our health for the new year–read about why and how we do it here) and I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen. Sometimes this is a recipe for my husband to raise one eyebrow and order Chinese…

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  • The Art of Compromise {Enjoying the Real Food Journey}

    The other day I made a pound cake. With white flour and sugar. Does this shock you? Have I completely lost my credibility as a real food blogger? I hope not, because I have a really important point to make in this story. We were living in the bus at that month. I was making…

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  • 4 Ways You Can Actually Save Money on Real Food

    As we near the end of our series, I just want to encourage you with a few more tidbits. Perhaps this month of posts on real food has you feeling like you really could make some changes in the way you eat. You’ve seen how it’s possible to fit real food prep into a busy…

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