Category - Organic Living

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Watermelon Switchel Recipe
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Why Organic Cotton Is Better
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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe
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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops
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Healthy Chocolate Donuts
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Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie
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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles
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Celebrate the MOMents
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Green School Lunch Ideas
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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités

Watermelon Switchel Recipe

Watermelon Switchel is one of the most refreshing and hydrating summer drinks. It’s so easy to make and considered an old fashioned fermented drink. I started making switchel every other day last summer. I mixed up the flavors a lot, but usually ended up making this watermelon switchel or strawberry switchel. I can’t imagine summertime without it now, especially since it feels like 1000 degrees in Northern California. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s incredibly HOT here! That means hydrating drinks are an absolute must on a daily basis. In my opinion, Switchel is one of the best hydrating drinks ever! Have you ever heard of it or made any? Here’s a little history on it … First, It’s not an alcoholic drink. Many people confuse shrubs with switchel. Shrubs do use vinegar, but they have alcohol and are commonly used for finishing or mixing into a drink. Switchel has absolutely no alcohol and is used for health[…]

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Why Organic Cotton Is Better

Is there really such a big difference between conventional and organic cotton? What about claims that organic cotton is actually worse for the environment than conventional? These claims rely on the argument that conventional cotton has been genetically engineered to produce more fiber than organic cotton, making it more efficient to use in textiles like clothing or bedding. Conventional requires less water, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and is overall a more environmentally-conscious choice, according to this article. However, this approach doesn’t take into account the long-term environmental effects of conventional cotton vs. organic cotton. It’s important to know that conventional cotton is one of the most sprayed and chemically treated crops. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed to treat conventional cotton can drift through the air and contaminate water, air, and crops. For people sensitive to environmental chemicals, this can spell disaster. Organic cotton also utilizes less energy than conventional, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and improves soil quality. Organic farming[…]

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Patriotic Cherry Lemonade Recipe

Ohhh these fun, summer holidays just get better and better as the babies and toddlers turn into big kids, don’t they?! We’ve moved from freaking out over babies waking up when fireworks blast off, to the absolute awe and joy in those little eyes the first time they see a sparkler and get to stay up and catch fireflies, I am thoroughly enjoying this season of raising kids! Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun patriotic drink! Little kids love lemonade, and this fun twist on the classic summertime drink, will definitely make them smile! We pick cherries the week of Fourth of July every year, so cherry lemonade has become a staple to enjoy on the 4th of July! Skip the processed sugar and dyes – but still have fun! Real food is so beautiful! Bright red cherries and vibrant blue blueberries are the perfect combo for this red, white, and blue treat! We swap the sugar for[…]

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Summer Fun Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops

A real food spin on those colorful ice pops from the store or neighborhood ice cream truck! I grew up on them all. Every color imaginable…if you are an 80’s or 90’s kid, you had a neon colored ice pop in your hands almost every day during the summer, right?! Next time you are at the grocery store, do a quick spin through the frozen section and take a look at the plethora of food dyes and corn syrup used in most ice pops today. Even so called “healthy” ice pops may boast of natural dyes, but can still be loaded with way more sugar than those little bodies need in the hot summer sun. All the color, none of the junk! Fortunately, they really aren’t lying when they say that fruits and veggies are the “real rainbow!” You can pull so much color from real food, and still make it taste really good. These colorful ice pops are also[…]

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Healthy Chocolate Donuts

These delicious, healthy chocolate donuts are kid-approved and fun for everyone! Easy to make, with a soft, moist, chocolaty crumb, these grain free donuts are super easy to make, baked to perfection and made with wholesome ingredients. Donuts are known for being a fun food. Everyone loves them! Almost everyone has a childhood favorite. Traditional donuts can be cakey or fluffy yeast-based. They can be frosted, glazed, sprinkled, powdered, filled with cream, fruit jellies or chocolate and on and on. Typically, donuts are not considered the healthiest of foods. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthier version! I haven’t been able to have a traditional donut in many years because the majority of them are not gluten free. But I loved them as a kid and wanted my kids to be able to enjoy them the way I did. I am all about enjoying fun foods and having special treats, because life is too short not to enjoy[…]

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Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie

Our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished shared some tips for how to do farmers market shopping with kids. Read on for the tips, plus a yummy smoothie recipe you can use for all those fresh fruits and veggies you find. This time of year, you can find just about every color of the rainbow at your nearest farmer’s market! Even I get into a rush sometimes, just trying to get my list pounded out for the day, but it truly is amazing when you slow down and get the kids involved while you are produce shopping at your local farmer’s markets this summer. My tips for farmer’s market shopping with kids: 1. Plan a little bit before you go. This doesn’t have to be a big thing. Talk to the kids about what season it is along with what produce they might find at the farmer’s market this month where you live. Then, let them help decide what they[…]

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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Looking for the perfect treat for mom this weekend? Try this recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, for a breakfast in bed that will wow mom and start her day off right. Strawberry Shortcake Waffles with layers of homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries is the perfect way to spoil your loved ones for breakfast. These delicious, crispy and fluffy vanilla waffles are reminiscent of traditional shortcakes. They have a lovely texture and are begging to be topped with a generous amount of honey-sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This beautiful breakfast is meant to be celebrated! Why not celebrate by serving these strawberry shortcake waffles in bed? Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed?! Plus how can you go wrong with healthier strawberry shortcake … served for breakfast! These delectable waffles topped with fluffy, honey-sweetened whipped cream is such an extra special treat. You will get all of the big heart eyes when you serve these beauties.[…]

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Celebrate the MOMents

Being a mom is filled with so many little moments that people may not even notice. Moms are there for lunches, boo-boos, and bedtime, but what about those tiny things that make everything run like a well-oiled machine? We’re bringing them out to the open and reminding everyone that moms are behind the scenes rockstars at this whole parenting thing. Mom Means Being Magic – “When I was a kid, we had a tin box that held Saltines. That box was always full of crackers – it never empties. For the longest time, I thought it was a magic box. Then I went to the store with my mom and she bought Saltines. I asked her why, since the metal cracker box is always full. She smiled and said, ‘That’s because I always buy more.’ That’s being a mom.” Sarah S. – “When I was about five years old, I was obsessed with a pair of purple shorts with daisies[…]

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Green School Lunch Ideas

Happy Earth Month to You! The birds are chirping, the sun is making an appearance longer, and everything is turning green! In honor of Earth Month, our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished, is sharing some Green School Lunches that are fun and yum! Your kids will be asking you to pack veggies & salad after you try these green lunch ideas. Little Kids Make the Best Observers Have you ever really stopped to listen to what “wow’s” your kids? Every spring it never fails! The wonder and excitement over trees budding, flowers blooming, and fresh green grass to roll around in. I love hearing my kids’ amazement over the new growth in the spring. Start a conversation about how green everything is in the spring, and then turn it into a game to list all the green fruits and veggies they can name! Celebrate Spring and Earth Month with a Fun “Green” Lunch! I wanted to share a plethora[…]

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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités

In honor of Earth Month, our friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish, is sharing a stunning recipe that is the perfect and yummy way to celebrate our Earth! This delicious beet cashew dip is smooth and creamy, full of flavor, absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for spring celebrations. It’s quite the eye-pleasing show stopper served with seasonal crudités. Naturally vibrant pink and so pretty, this dip always has people asking about the stunning, bright color. Where does the color come from? Beets! They seem pretty fitting for the month that we celebrate our Earth. They’re grown in the ground, have a lovely earthy flavor and produce the most beautiful color! I absolutely love beets. They also happen to be one of my favorite things to eat. I try to incorporate them into as many meals as I can. Snacky-type food with dippy things is always fun. Who doesn’t love to dip yummy foods into special creamy dips? This type of meal[…]

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