Food & Nutrition

food & nutritionNutrition is a very important topic to me, especially now that I’m raising children.  I try to be aware of what’s going on in the food industry, but it can be exhausting staying on top of the newest food trends (this is good for you.. now it’s bad for you!).  I’m finding it extremely difficult to lose weight after having our third child in 2009, and the things I’ve tried before simply aren’t working!  I’ve tried exercising every day, intermittent fasting, The Virgin Diet (an elimination diet), paleo, replacing meals with smoothies, etc.  People have said maybe my body is “content” where it’s at, but I don’t buy that.

I love food – both making it and eating it.

I was taught to cook and bake at a young age, and though I get weary from having to make meals every day for a troupe of little children with bottomless tummies, it’s something I generally enjoy experimenting with.  I’m forever finding ways to healthify favorite recipes and any new ones I come across – for instance, replacing sugar with more natural ones and reducing it by at least half, replacing the flour with wheat or experimenting with other grains/grain-free options, etc.  These days I’m opting for organic foods without processed ingredients, soy, or genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

A couple years ago I did a 21-day Sugar Detox and I just finished up an elimination diet (but hoping to keep up some of the disciplines for a while).

*Vitacost is one of my favorite places to shop online for groceries. They almost always have some sort of sale going on with various discounts, dollars off, promo codes, and free shipping with minimum purchase. Some of my favorite things to buy: coconut milk, sucanat, freeze-dried strawberries, organic palm shortening, coconut flour, shredded coconut, witch hazel, castile soap, and toothpaste.


Hot Chocolate

Banana Bread Muffins
Chocolate-Cherry Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
Pineapple-Sweet Potato Bread

Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal
Fluffy Chocolate Yogurt with Chocolate Granola
Healthy Pancake Mix
Mock Maple Syrup
Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Tapioca Pudding
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Macaroon Bars
Natural Marshmallows
Peanut Butter Bliss Pudding
Peanut Butter Pudding with Berrylicious Swirl
Pineapple Sorbet aka Dole Whip
Seriously Good Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Italian Dressing
Natural Powdered Sugar
Slow-Cooker Salsa
Whipped Butter

\\Snacks & Sides
Apple Chicken Salad
Apple Parfait
Crock Pot Chicken Broth
No-Bake Granola Bars
Pasta Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing
Pizza Dough (our current whole wheat rosemary version)
Raw Applesauce


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