Chicken Tortilla Soup With A Kick

  Written by Kari @ Living Strong, Health & Wellness, Contributing Writer It is October and it's officially cooling down enough to try this great recipe, which is perfect for any chilly weather you might experience over these next few months! This belly warming soup is simple, quick and so delicious! All you need is a blender and a stock pot (or slow-cooker) and you're set to make the most amazing tortilla soup you have ever had! You can keep this a mild meal or add some … [Read more...]

Immune Strengthening Herbal Tea Blend

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari @ Living Strong Wellness  Now that summer break is winding down and kids are heading back to school – we need to start becoming more proactive with our children’s health. Don’t get me wrong, we should be proactive year round, but during the summer we’re outside more getting fresh air, we’re getting loaded with Vitamin D, getting more sleep and getting more exercise. With school back in session, our children are sitting in air conditioned schools, … [Read more...]

Reinventing the Cold Lunch

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer With school starting soon and routines getting back in order, if your child attends school, packing a lunch is a part of that routine. I’m not sure about where you live, but the choices for ‘hot lunch’ are not acceptable at my daughter’s school, so everyday is a ‘cold lunch’ day. I understand the convenience of your child eating hot lunch at school, but the overall consequences are nothing short of disastrous. {photo credit} And no, I’m not … [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...]

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...]

7 Summer Activities to Strengthen Your Family and Improve Your Health

Written by Contributing Writer, Kari at Living Strong, Health & Wellness With summer just right around the corner, it’s finally time to step outside and begin enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warm weather again. Living in Colorado means we get over 300 days of sunshine, but not all those days are warm. This makes summer a much anticipated season in our home. What are some fun and exciting activities that you and your family can participate in that will allow you to make memories and … [Read more...]

Dehydrating Greens for Easy Nutrition All Winter Long

Written by Kristen, Contributing Writer This has not been the grandest year for my garden. There's no abundance of tomatoes to can, no peppers to freeze, and hardly enough basil to make one batch of pesto, but I decided to give myself grace with gardening and not aim for perfection. I've realized that even in an off-year with the garden, certain crops always do well. One of those for us is Swiss chard, and I've got more than our family cares to eat. In the past I would lightly steam and … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Health Arsenal: Build A Strong Immune System & Treat Symptoms Naturally

Written by Kari, Contributing Writer This is a transitional time of year for almost everybody out there. School has started up again, summer is almost over and the cooler months are on the way. All of this means that we are going to have to pay more attention to keeping our immune systems strong so those ever present germs and bugs don’t have a chance to wreak havoc inside our bodies! Even healthy families and houses can experience the sniffles, coughing and that ‘yucky’ feeling, but do we … [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...]

Easy Cocoa Almonds {A Healthy Sweet Treat}

Do you ever just open the cupboard or pantry and stand there thinking I need a tasty sweet treat but there is nothing to be found? Or since you can't find a healthy sweet treat, instead of grabbing a piece of fruit you grab some crackers or chocolate. I have found myself there many times and then regretting the decision later.  Not that chocolate or crackers are bad, unless you keep grabbing handful after handful or breaking off more and more chocolate... Ahem.  So, these easy cocoa … [Read more...]