Category - Organic Living

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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun
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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes
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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding
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Breakfast Recipe: Orange Vanilla Waffles
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Back To School Snack: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites
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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

Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun

In our household, we love Halloween. I start asking the kids what costumes they want in advance so I can make sure they’re properly fitted and we don’t have any last minute surprises. Our neighborhood does a fall festival every year so the kids get an extra opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes, eat snacks, and do some fall crafts. Between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and kids’ activities, there’s still an opportunity to make better decisions for a healthier Halloween this year! Costumes and Accessories In a Pinterest-perfect world, it would be great to make my kids’ costumes from scratch or upcycle items from a thrift store, but we don’t always have the time for homemade outfits. I usually ask the kids in September what they’d like to be for Halloween and find their costumes online. To cut down on questionable ingredients and materials I try to steer them toward costumes that don’t require makeup or lots of plastic pieces.[…]

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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes

These delicious, seasonal, Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes are super easy to make and sure to please for breakfast! They’re full of wholesome ingredients, have no refined sugar and can be made ahead of time for quick breakfasts. It’s that time of the year when the air is crisp, the trees are shifting to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, and seasonal produce is at its finest. Apple trees are overflowing with fruit and ready to be harvested. Apple pies are baking, mugs are full of hot spiced apple cider, bags of apples are being turned into applesauce and homes are filled with the beautiful aroma of sweet, spicy goodness. Apple season is in full swing and these deeply flavored pancakes are waiting to meet your plate. These pancakes smell amazing when cooking. They have hints of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger and clove and a little bit of vibrant fennel and cardamom. These delicious chai flavors go perfectly with juicy, sweet apples.[…]

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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding

In honor of Safe Healthy Sleep… …let’s talk about kids and sleep! This topic probably feels anything but restful and peaceful to many parents, but hear me out! They need it {and we know you need it!} Young children spend almost half their day sleeping – or should be anyway. And rapidly growing teens aren’t much different. Every house has that 1 kid though. The one that is always up before everyone, or who has the hardest time falling asleep… While there are many factors that play into children sleeping well, there is one piece to the puzzle that affects every child. Food Choices It’s pretty hard to argue that food doesn’t play a role in a child’s behavior and sleep, so while I am probably “preaching to the choir,” I thought we could have a quick refresher on how food can affect sleep, just in case one of these things has slipped by the radar! 1. Keep the sugar[…]

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Breakfast Recipe: Orange Vanilla Waffles

These super easy, 9-ingredient, Orange Vanilla Waffles come together fast in the blender, and cook quickly, making them perfect for busy mornings. With many kids heading back to school and the busyness of this time of the year, quick breakfasts are a must! These orange vanilla waffles can be made up ahead of time and frozen for fast, hot breakfasts in the morning. They also take very little time to prep, no more than 10 minutes at the most and about 3 minutes to cook. So even if you haven’t frozen them ahead of time, you can whip up a big batch of waffles in under 30 minutes! Perfectly sweet, with hints of orange and vanilla, these waffles remind me of heavenly orange creamsicles. They have that nostalgic flavor that everyone loves. Bliss! These tasty, grain free and nut free waffles are crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. They’re packed with protein, about 32 grams[…]

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Back To School Snack: Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites

No Bake, Gluten Free, and Nut Free School Zone Safe! School is right around the corner! Or maybe some of you are already back into the school groove?! We’ve got a month before we are back, but my brain is already starting to switch gears to packing daily morning snacks and lunches for my school aged kiddos…as well as a brand new preschooler in the house! Nut free school zone friendly food Many schools today have adopted nut free school zone policies to protect kids with severe nut allergies. I’m all about keeping these kiddos safe, so our house has learned how to be nut free for school hours if we happen to be in a nut free zone. We haven’t had much of it in our elementary school, but most of our preschool experiences have been nut free, and these little seed based energy bites are just the ticket for little hands! It is good to keep rotating different[…]

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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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