7 Easy Healthy Kid-Approved Snack Swaps

Written by Christine @ So Domestically Challenged, Contributing Writer Breaking old habits is hard and if you didn't start your kids out eating healthfully, it's hard to get them to enjoy doing so.  To avoid fighting a battle at every meal and snack time, I usually change things out slowly, making swaps:  changing an unhealthy food for a new healthier alternative.  Here are my favorites. 7 Easy, Healthy, Kid-Approved Snack Swaps 100% Organic juice with no additives for … [Read more...]

Tropical Delight Smoothie

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer   There is something about summer that brings with it the need to make me feel like I live near the ocean, palm trees and an abundant supply of coconuts. The truth is, I live in the foothills of Colorado - which I absolutely love - but it doesn't bring with it the euphoria of ocean waves and coconut beverages!   This is where I use our love of smoothies to fulfill this need for all things tropical. Everyday during the hot months of Colorado, we … [Read more...]

Lemon Meringue Pie for Spring

Written by Reelika @ Financially Wise On Heels, Contributing Writer Around Easter-time, we always look for simplicity, quality family time and enjoying special treats. As a total baking fanatic, I love to bake something delicious that entire family can enjoy.  Lemon Meringue Pie for Spring There are several lemon meringue recipes available, but my absolute favorite is the one I am sharing with you today.  What’s your favorite pie for Spring? … [Read more...]

Protein Packed Nut Butter Bites

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness Snack time! Personally, I'm not a big "snacker". I can go meal to meal without needing any extra food to keep me going. Although, having a family, I need to have a plan on hand for our meals and snacks and then I need to make sure they are ready and available to eat! My kids, on the other hand, seem to need a snack every 30 minutes. I can understand why since they are on the go, non-stop, active kids. This can … [Read more...]

Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

The middle of summer means a lot of heat, sun and hopefully fun. In the midst of summer business of swim lessons, vacation Bible school, and staying up later, we love to have fun outside. We go to splash pads to keep cool, play in the back yard with the hose and often go for bike rides in the evening as the sun is setting. Always remember to use a good sunscreen or cover up in the sun to prevent skin damage. Another thing we love is a delicious, healthy popsicle. If you’re wanting a … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Appetizer {Plus 10 Other Recipes}

A couple months ago we went to my friend Melissa's house. She and her sweet family are friends of ours whom we often celebrate some holidays with since we don't have family near by. This time we were celebrating Mother's Day and her birthday. When we arrived she had some appetizers out and one of them was this Easy Summer Appetizer! She said this appetizer was her hubby's idea but I'll give her the credit here. :) Melissa's Easy Summer Appetizer What you need: grape … [Read more...]

Not Your Average Guacamole

Written by KT @ One Organic Mama, Contributing Writer There are lots of reasons to LOVE avocados... and I'm no dietitian... but here are my top ten! Why Avocados ROCK: 10. They are delicious 9. They are a kid pleaser 8. They are an easy, soft, first food for your toddler 7. From what hear they are a "good" fat (still seems like an oxymoron to me though) 6. They are high in potassium (great if you are a runner or worker outer... which I don't know much about...) 5. They are … [Read more...]

Jazz Up Your Summer BBQ Menu With Real Food Recipes

Written by Kari @ Living Strong, Health and Wellness, Contributing Writer With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July right around the corner, we all know that this means a lot of picnics, bbq's and get togethers are on the calendar. This also means that this will involve a lot of, you guessed it, food! Is it possible to eat healthy during all these summer festivities? Yes, yes and yes! Eating healthy doesn't mean that these celebrations have to be boring! In fact, I believe that you can … [Read more...]

Best of 2013 {Snacks}

What a year? What a year of ups and downs (for me) as far as healthy eating goes. Healthy eating took a backseat for me when I spent the summer with terrible morning sickness. Nothing helped. Nothing. So it was whatever I could eat to make the nauseousness go away. And thankfully it did!  But before I even got pregnant, almost a year ago I shared with you about an Easy To-Go Healthy Snack Mix. We had been working on snacks in our family and still are somewhat. We want our kiddos to be eating … [Read more...]

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Written by Liz, Contributing Writer Leafy greens are an important part of a balanced diet. They are a strong source of vital nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and beta-carotene. They are especially important for women, because we are more susceptible to anemia and osteoporosis - diseases resulting from iron deficiency and calcium deficiency, respectively. The USDA recommends we all get at least 3 cups of leafy greens per week...and I don't know about you, but they … [Read more...]