Chia jam is…well, awesome. It’s easy to make, is ready in minutes, and is really delicious. And, if you’ve followed my blog at all, packed full of nutrition. I believe that food can and should be both good for you AND delicious. Fresh, homemade, real food beats anything you can find in the grocery store. My older daughter didn’t think she liked jam until she had homemade jam. She’s now a fan. In fact, according to journalist and author of “The Dorito Effect“, Mark Schatzker, flavor is intrinsically linked to nutrition: Read the rest of this entry
Making your own nut butter couldn’t be easier. If you have a food processor, you can have your own fresh, homemade peanut butter in no time. I began my nut butter journey not too long ago while on a candida cleanse. I was allowed cashews on the cleanse and began making my own cashew butter. I’ve been making my own nut butter ever since. Not only does homemade nut butter taste terrific, it is often a fraction of the cost. Read the rest of this entry
Making yogurt at home is actually quite easy. I use a yogurt maker, but it is not necessary to use one. Why make yogurt at home when you can just as easily buy it at the store? There are several reasons. If you are frugal (like me), you save a lot of money. I can make organic yogurt at home for less than half of what I would pay in the store. Probiotic supplements can also be very expensive. In addition, you are not guaranteed that the bacteria you are getting are live and active cultures. With yogurt, the bacteria are live and active and a fraction of the cost of supplements!
Also, if you are interested in increasing the amount of probiotics you’re taking in then homemade yogurt beats store bought any day. This recipe I’m sharing calls for a 24 hour ferment, so it has a much higher concentration of beneficial bacteria. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t know many people who don’t like pancakes. If you fall into this category, you might enjoy this tasty recipe. I’ve been trying to vary my grains and try out different combinations to see if they work out. I still eat bread and other foods that contain gluten, but I also make a conscious effort to not have it be a staple food in my diet. I’ve read a lot recently about how gluten can be very hard on digestion so I try now to have less of it. (1) There may be a point in the future that I eliminate it completely for a time period to do some gut healing, but at this point I’m still eating it. Read the rest of this entry
I have wanted to bake bread for a long time now, but just hadn’t committed to it. I was turned off by the many steps and the length of the process. And, truth be told, I’m lazy when it comes to bread. It’s not that I don’t like to make complicated dishes. I do! But, I unwittingly held bread to a lower standard. I felt it was sort of a carrier for other foods. It’s the stuff that held sandwiches together. It kept my butter and jam in one place. The stale pieces would become great french toast.
Breakfast is an important meal. It is the first meal in which you ‘break’ your ‘fast’ from the previous night’s sleep. It is also the fuel that you will provide your body to start the day. What you choose to put into your body will have an affect on how you feel throughout the day.
While there might be some who think that skipping breakfast is a good idea to shed some pounds the opposite effect can occur as many may overeat later in the day. Eating a healthy and nourishing breakfast helps to jumpstart your metabolism. Read the rest of this entry
This post today is dedicated to my wonderful mother-in-law who makes the best puffy oven pancakes in the world. She was the first to introduce me to this easy and delicious breakfast (pssst…we’ve eaten them at dinner, too ;)) and I’ve made it countless times. My kids shout for joy when I announce on a lazy Saturday morning that I’m making them.
I’ve made a few tweaks to her original recipe (as I am wont to often do) but it sticks very close to hers. This is a great go-to recipe when you want something homemade and fast that’s like a pancake or waffle, but you don’t have to sit around flipping cakes or pouring batter over and over again. You’ll have a hot meal ready for you in about 30 minutes.
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