Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be for your house … it can be for your body, too! This is the perfect time of year to make some clean and simple healthier food swaps because, remember, any small change is better than none. :) – Healthier Food Swaps DITCH INSTEAD GET RECIPE Deep-fried potato chips Make whole-grain popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag Homemade Popcorn Bottled salad dressing (full of unwanted additives) Shake up a few ingredients in a jar to last all week long Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing Store bought flavored oatmeal packets (full of unwanted additives) Make your own oatmeal packets DIY Oatmeal Packets in my Fast & Fabulous Cookbook The dreaded Lunchables Make your own look-a-like version instead DIY Lunchable Instructions Skipping breakfast on busy weekday mornings Prepare overnight oats that will be ready to go out the door with you in the morning! Our Favorite Overnight Oats The drive-through on busy weeknights Plan ahead by having a slow cooker recipe waiting for you instead Slow Cooker Recipes Boxed mac & cheese Cook a creamy made-from-scratch mac & cheese in the same amount of time Creamy (Whole-Wheat) Mac & Cheese Store bought boxes (or cans) of chicken broth Make chicken stock from bones you’d throw out anyway Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot Plain cream cheese (on your whole-grain bagel) Cream cheese with an extra nutritional punch Veggie Cream Cheese in my Fast & Fabulous Cookbook Sugary and artificially dyed snow cone syrups Make your own with fruit juice concentrate Homemade Snow Cones Highly processed store bought fudge pops Mix up some homemade yogurt-based fudge pops Extra Dark Fudge Pops Canister of highly processed whipped cream Make your own easy homemade whipped cream from heavy cream Homemade Whipped Cream What would you add to this list that I missed?
These were the top recipes and blog favorites from 2016! Many of these were on this list last year (and even the year before!). So if you haven’t made all these recipes yet, now is your chance.
Thankfully there is a “real” alternative to dryer sheets with artificial fragrances, and in this month’s sponsored post I’m excited to share this laundry trick with you – wool dryer balls!
If you’ve just gone to the grocery store and it still looks like there’s no food in your house but instead only ingredients, then you’re doing something right! If you’re avoiding factory-made food, it’s up to you to turn those ingredients into something edible, and today I’m sharing an easy way to do just that with food prep suggestions and storage information.
Another new year is here, which means it’s time to look back on the blog favorites from 2015. It’s always interesting to see how these favorites aren’t necessarily new posts from the past year. It’s hard to mess with the oldie, but goodies I guess …here’s what made the list! Top 5 Recipes of 2015 The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot (this was also #1 last year!)– How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie– The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot Whole-Wheat Waffles – Homemade Gravy (not just for the holidays!) Top 5 (Non-Recipe) Posts of 2015 85 Snack Ideas for Kids and Adults – Cut Out processed Food in 14 Weeks (this takes you to this year’s version of the program) – My Go-To Costco Shopping List – Part II – Real Food Tips: 10 Recipes to Freeze for School Lunches (which makes packing a breeze!) – 10 Highly Processed Foods to Avoid Did your favorites make the list? Here’s to 2016! :)
I personally started adopting the real food initiative a few years ago but recently, thanks to bugs in my organic food, I became aware of a shortfall on my part.
For the last few years, we’ve gone around the table and asked each other questions from my childhood dinners such as, “What was the best thing that happened to you today? The worst thing?” But then I got the idea that our family dinner conversation might also be a fabulous time to discuss something even more meaningful like character traits.
Last year I wrote about my family’s quest to cut out processed foods. And though I feared daggers would be sent through my computer, the exact opposite happened.
Whether you love to cook or do it out of duty, a well organized kitchen will make the task easier and faster and more pleasant for everyone. As pretty as you want your kitchen to be, first and foremost you need to think of it as a food shop. These tips will help you organize your kitchen like a pro.
It was a record year on the blog with over 45 million page views in total – WOW! I love to see so many people taking an interest in kicking highly processed food to the curb. So, in case you’re wondering, the list below summarizes what readers were most interested in this year.
As you hop from party to party this month I do think it’s nice to bring along a little something extra for the party host – entertaining is a lot of work after all!