Best Trail Food For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

My husband and I love to head out into the woods and go hiking whenever we can.  Our children are teenagers and are forced to come with us as often as possible.  Of course, being teenagers they would rather be playing video games or gossiping with friends but I think it is important for them to get out into the woods occasionally and appreciate nature.  One way to keep cranky teenagers happy in the woods is to feed them frequently.  Of course, that also keeps mommy happy, too, so we bring a lot of trail food on our adventures in the wild.  I … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunch Box Tips for Kids and Parents

My kids start back to school tomorrow and I am spending a lot of time looking for healthy lunch box ideas.  Even though they are teens, they still prefer to bring lunch from home.  I'm glad! I'm not a huge fan of the school lunch program in my area.  This is the largest school district in Georgia and there is no actual cooking that is done on site.  Prepackaged grilled cheese sandwiches with white bread and fake cheese are reheated in little plastic bags and they call that healthy.  Shortcuts are taken and questionable foods are served all in … [Read more...]

Check This List of All Natural Sweeteners Before You Shop!

I am putting together this list of all natural sweeteners for people who are determined to ditch fake chemicals in their food. Back when I was younger, I was obsessed with calories and was always looking for 'light'  and 'diet' foods.  My goal was to be able to eat whatever I wanted to without taking in any calories.  Diet Coke, light yogurt, and all sorts of other foods that were loaded with artificial sweeteners made up a good portion of my diet.  I didn't worry about what sort of chemicals were being put into my overly processed food...I was … [Read more...]

Simple Health Changes That Yield Big Results

This post about simple health changes has been sponsored by JuicePlus+ but all opinions are my own.If you have been following me on social media over the last month or so, you may have seen a ton of #MySimpleChange photos documenting my baby steps towards healthier living.  I was sent a ton of great products from JuicePlus+ to help me along my journey and I thought I would share my experiences with you.  I have found that the easiest lifestyle changes to make and KEEP are the small ones.  When I switched to the Paleo diet for 3 months, that … [Read more...]

Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Many years ago, I had a picky eating 2 year old.  I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again.  Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid would have happily lived on chicken nuggets and French fries every day if I let him.  I decided I was done with modern parenting advice and made it my goal to have my kids eating a healthy and natural diet with the occasional treat thrown in for sheer enjoyment.  Teaching … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

So, you have vowed to eat healthier this year, right? Maybe you want to lose weight or just start feeling better?  Well, these clean eating meal planning tips are just what you need. Getting healthy doesn't require the counting of calories.  You don't need fad diets, juice cleanses or special food you can only buy online. I am a huge fan of a food guru named Michael Pollan.  If you aren't familiar with him, his entire philosophy on food intake can be summarized in one phrase.  "Eat real food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much."  These clean eating … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts!

I have spent a lot of time this week making Christmas cookies.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time eating Christmas cooking INGREDIENTS.  As I stood in my kitchen with a handful of walnuts in my hand, I started wondering about the health benefits of eating walnuts.  You hear so much lately about increasing the amount of 'good fat' in your diet and nuts are loaded with them.  When I started searching the internet for health benefits of walnuts, I was amazed at how good for you these little things are!  I can almost justify eating a … [Read more...]

Beat Holiday Weight Gain with These Simple Tips

Oh, how I miss my twenties and thirties.  Those were the days when I could eat Christmas cookies and not put on a single pound.  I didn't have to worry about how to beat holiday weight gain because my metabolism worked off all those extra calories without me lifting a finger to lose weight.  Now that I am in my forties, however, holiday weight gain is a real concern.  I am pretty sure I put on weight just SMELLING the dang eggnog and homemade caramel.  I will need to work hard this year to avoid those extra pounds around the middle called 'too … [Read more...]

10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.The older I get, the more I realize that the food I put in my mouth has a lasting impact on my health.  While I certainly kick back and enjoy the occasional hot fudge sundae or bowl of chips, I try to make those a sporadic part of my diet.  Eating a rainbow of colors, cooking from … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need a High Protein Breakfast (And a Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!)

This post about why you need a high protein breakfast has been sponsored. I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #PoweredByOrgainMornings are busy for most of us and whipping up a high protein breakfast isn't always on the to do list.  Finding sneakers is on the to do list.  Feeding the dog and making sure the kids have their homework packed are also on the to do list.  But, sitting down to a nice, … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

The older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap.  My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend alot of time Googling weird health problems. I am always on the lookout for natural health solutions to my many random ailments.  I came across several posts that tout the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning.  Not just any old lemon water, either.  Nope, the natural health gurus swear by WARM lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty … [Read more...]

10 Healthiest Spices for Cooking and Tips for Using Them!

Making dinner is really a rather simple 'formula'.  Combine protein with vegetables and grains in some particular combination.  Throw in the appropriate seasonings and cook.  Voila!  Dinner is served and you just have to hope that your family likes it.  The spices you choose to add to your meal have a huge impact on how it tastes, right?  Oregano and basil turn your dinner into an Italian delight but curry and paprika may turn that same dish into something completely different.  Changing the spices you use to create your dinner makes it taste … [Read more...]

Tips for Feeding Organic Food from Infants to Teens

I am a firm believer in the idea that we are what we eat.  The food we feed ourselves and our families has long term consequences to both our own health and the health of our planet.  Most of the food on grocery store shelves is very far removed from its original source.  Sprayed with chemicals, transported half way across the world, processed beyond recognition and devoid of many natural nutrients.  The Standard American Diet is lacking in a lot of ways.  Feeding organic food is a vital step in improving our health and reducing our carbon … [Read more...]

How to Eat More Vegetables and Not Get Totally Sick of Them! #FarmstandGreen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Farmstand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn't mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say 'eat a rainbow' I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...]

Bone Broth: Health Benefits and How to Make it

If you always have your eye on the latest health trends, no doubt you have come across a discussion about bone broth.  This morning there was a segment on the Today Show all about the health benefits of bone broth and how to make it.  I was surprised because I have been making bone broth ever since I can remember...really it is just a fancy word for homemade stock made with the bones of an animal.  I used to work with an Asian woman who drank bone broth for her entire pregnancy.  Apparently this was encouraged for the health of both mother and … [Read more...]

8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed … [Read more...]

Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own.My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [Read more...]

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own.We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes.  Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard.  Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice.  Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

I attended a grand opening event at Sprouts Farmers Market and received promotional items to facilitate this healthy eating post but all opinions expressed are my own.If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed that I have a weakness for food.  Healthy eating is important to me (with the exception of my fondness for neon orange cheese products occasionally!) but it is not cheap.  I tend to go WAY over budget when doing my weekly grocery shopping because fresh produce can be pricy.  Up until this week I had never … [Read more...]