How to Assemble a Hearty Salad

The wonderful thing about making a salad is that it's a relaxed, stress-free way of cooking, with endless possibilities for customization. Here are some steps to consider to build a great salad every time! 1. Pick your leading vegetables Do you have any vegetables in your fridge that should be used up? If you're going shopping, think about what's cheap, in season and abundant in the shops and markets. Here are some ways to use your principal vegetable: Raw and shaved with a speed peeler … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning DIY Recipes

  It's time for spring cleaning! Instead of using harsh chemicals that can pollute the air in your home, try using natural products instead. They're safe, effective, inexpensive and easy to make! Here are some homemade cleaning formulas for a healthier, safer home:   Scrubbing Tile Cleaner Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container (the kind you find at pizza parlors) and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a … [Read more...]

10 More Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  Do you have Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) sitting on a shelf at home? This powerful ingredient is packed full of potential! We recommend using a naturally fermented, unfiltered variety, such as Bragg's. 1. Cleaning  ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution. You could add a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer. 2. Hair rinse Instead of spending … [Read more...]

Grain-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas

It's back to school time! Help your kids (or yourself) stay energized throughout the day with these grain-free lunch ideas. Click on the blue text to learn more about the recipe. Turkey and cheese coconut wraps Plain whole yogurt topped with honey, seeds, nuts, fruits, etc. Vegetable sticks with ranch or other dressing Berries and other fruits Almond butter and jelly sandwiches using grain free pancakes as the bread. Raw cheeses Hot soup in an insulated thermos Hard … [Read more...]

Sleepytime Tea

Materials needed: A teapot (electric or stovetop) Your favorite mug or teacup A tea infuser Ingredients: 3 parts chamomile 2 parts peppermint 1 part lavender 1 part catnip Water Steps: Combine and lightly mix herbs in a bowl. Boil water on the stove. Place 1 tablespoon of tea in a tea infuser. Place infuser in the mug, and fill the mug with hot water. Let your tea steep for at least 5 minutes before removing the infuser. Enjoy your warm cup … [Read more...]

Summer Food Safety Tips

Mark your calendars! Summer officially begins on Wednesday, June 21. Summer is a season of picnics, pool parties, and outdoor grilling. We want you to keep your food safe this summer so you don't end up with any foodborne illness. Here are a few food safety tips! For the Grill: Use separate cutting boards and utensils for meats/fish and ready to eat items like fruits and vegetables. Never re-use items that have touched raw meat to serve once it has been cooked. Keep meats and … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Dust Busting Spray

Have you been spring cleaning? Avoid toxic chemicals by making your own cleaning products! This dust busting spray is easy and smells lovely. Here's what you'll need: * A 16oz spray bottle * 1 cup of filtered water * ¼ cup of infused white vinegar (see instructions below) * 2 TB olive oil * 15 drops essential oil of choice. (lemon, sweet orange, or cedar smell lovely!) This recipe makes about 11oz of spray. To make an infused vinegar, simply peel one whole lemon or orange (or other … [Read more...]

Amazing Ways to Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably in your kitchen cabinet right now. You may even have a box in the refrigerator to neutralize orders and yet another in the laundry room to keep stains at bay. Baking soda is nontoxic and can play many roles in keeping you healthy. Here are a few less widely known ways! 1. Natural Deodorant: Baking soda can make a simple and effective natural deodorant. See the recipe below! 2. Insect Bites and Poison Ivy: To relieve itching, apply a paste of baking soda and … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are loaded with probiotics and good bacteria - the essential components of a healthy gut flora. Regular intake of fermented foods promotes a healthy balance of the microbiota in our bodies - leading to a number of benefits. 1. Important Nutrients: Fermented foods produce many B vitamins and are outstanding sources of essential nutrients, such as vitamin K2, which prevents buildup of arterial plaque. 2. Optimized Immune System: Approximately 80 percent of your immune system … [Read more...]