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Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Simple Steps Towards Mom Self-Care plus a Quick Vegetable Dip Recipe

Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

I’ve been mom-wired for as long as I can remember. I wanted to play with dolls all day every day from the time I was very little. I dreamed about nursing babies instead of being a princess. I loved to make food for my siblings and their friends and would even clean up after them. I was always willing to help around the house. I would just sit in the kitchen and watch my mom bake because it fascinated me.

All Grown Up

I can’t say a whole lot has changed since then. I now have three kids of my own. I still love to cook for them and take care of them. It’s fun to dress them in cute clothes and do fun activities with them.

My writing is much the same. It focuses on feeding kids nourishing food and working through picky eating and allergies. All of my recipes have to be kid-approved. I even wrote two books about feeding kids (check them out here)!

Where’s Mom?

You may have noticed that one thing has been left out of all of this…myself. Yes, I am just like so many other moms. I put myself at the bottom of my to-do list.

As I write this post I’m starting day seven of my husband being out of town. With a house and farm to care for, three kids to feed and tend to, lots of activities and home schooling I bet you can imagine how much time is left to think about myself (next to none).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Mom Life Rocks!

I don’t say any of this to take pity on myself. It’s actually quite the opposite! I love my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. But sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I forget that mom needs care too.

Over the last few months I have finally made it my goal to really focus on my health and making nourishing food a priority (i.e. sardines, liver and spinach for breakfast!!). It has been amazing to see my health continue to improve (even after 2 1/2 years of breastfeeding on a very restricted diet that left me worn out and depleted). I actually feel better now than I ever have. It’s a good thing since my life requires a lot of energy!

Body Shape Roller Coaster

Along with the  health changes have come changes in my body shape. For a while now I’ve been in a constant state of exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. This leads to skinny legs and booty with weight in the belly. Plus you lose muscle. For this once fit and active woman it was strange…but eventually became my normal. My husband and I even joked that I seemed to loose more booty and gain more belly with each child (now I know that is from being so run down)!

But as my health has been reversing back to balanced hormones and fully rested my weight is shifting back to the places it should be. I have a figure again! And now my clothes don’t fit (especially pants!).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

What’s the Problem?

Yet one thing I still never do for myself is buy new clothes. Although it sounds trivial, when you’re wearing old yoga pants and ten year old t-shirts with holes in the armpits every day, it really doesn’t make you feel so great about how you look. It impacts your self esteem. And your kids notice. But it’s about all I have that fits.

You can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to partner with Stonyfield Yogurt and prAna again. I’ve worked with them in the past to help me figure out my style and learn to embrace bold. This time I combined both my love of simplicity and my need for bold colors with this royal blue dress. It fits perfectly with prAna’s celebration of #TheWholeYou. This dress is ALL me.

From the moment I pulled it out of the box I knew it would be one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Sometimes I get caught up in budgets and kids’ needs and forget that I have needs to. I am always willing to go without. I forget that a few simple pieces of clothing that actually fit and make me feel good can make a world of difference in my attitude and my confidence.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

It’s Your Turn!

I want to encourage you to do something today to take care of yourself. Whether it be taking a walk alone, meeting a friend for coffee and having uninterrupted adult conversations, finishing that book that’s been half read for months, taking a yoga class, going on a date with your spouse or buying a new outfit that really makes you feel good.

Moms often forget that they have needs too. I don’t know about you, but I need a reminder once in a while (or maybe all the time) to not always put myself last. A happy, healthy mom is better able to care for her family and help create a happy, healthy home.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Need some inspiration to get you started?

I’ve got TWO ways to take mom off the bottom of the to-do list today.

First, check out prAna and buy yourself something nice. Seriously, their clothes are AMAZING. So comfortable and good quality. If you’re like me that is so important since I don’t buy new clothes often. It has to last. 

PrAna is offering my readers 15% off using coupon code WHOLES17JTB through the end of May. I might just have to order a few more things myself since none of my clothes fit anymore!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Second I’ve got a yummy treat for you (though you can share if you want – my kids sure love it…there I go again, handing over my food to my kids). I LOVE vegetables. I always have. But I like raw veggies even more with dip. You can make this super simple dip in about sixty seconds. Jazz up your veggies with something delicious and do your body a favor with nourishing foods. It’s a win-win.

All those great vitamins in vegetables need fat for absorption. So Stonyfield full fat Greek yogurt makes the perfect base. Add some seasoning and you’ve got a great snack or addition to your lunch.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

60 Second Veggie Dip
Serves 4
A quick and nutritious veggie dip using Greek yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Stonyfield whole milk Greek yogurt
  2. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  5. 3/4 tsp. dried dill weed
  6. (optional: 1/2 tsp. desiccated liver)
  7. (optional: 1/4 tsp. turmeric)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Add more garlic or onion if desired.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Notes
  1. You can substitute sour cream for the yogurt
  2. This is great as a vegetable dip, chip dip or topping for tacos or nachos.
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What are you doing today for some mom self-care? I’d love to hear how you make time for yourself! I have a lot to learn.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is in a few days…any mom would love some prAna clothing (hint, hint)! Use the coupon code WHOLES17JTB for 15% off!!

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This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Metabolism Boosting Salted Caramel {With A Secret Ingredient!}

Looking for an easy way to get some liver down the hatch? This metabolism boosting salted caramel is easy to make, tastes great and is loaded with Vitamin A!

This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

This recipe was an accident.

For about a year now I’ve had so many things I can’t eat while breastfeeding that I stopped making salad dressing. I can’t do tomatoes, dairy, nuts, peas, coconut, mustard, garlic, eggs, vinegar. Seriously.

Getting creative.

But I LOVE salad. And I was not about to eat plain lettuce. So I would just put some olive oil, honey and salt on my salad and call it good.

After a while I decided to experiment a bit and added desiccated liver (this is the brand I use). Who knew I’d actually love the taste?! And it’s so healthy for a slow oxidizer like me with high tissue calcium levels. I need all the Vitamin A I can get.

I’m not one to mix up a bottle of dressing. I always just add the ingredients directly to my lettuce and mix it all together. But one day I tried mixing up the dressing first to see if it was easier.This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Not what I expected.

Imagine my surprise when instead of a dressing I ended up with a thick, gooey salted caramel! And my kids gathered around like baby birds begging for bites.

That is how my nutrient dense salted caramel came about.

It tastes great, is easy to make and my kids love it. Want to know something else? It’s great for boosting your metabolism too!

The perfect combination.

If I am low on energy or haven’t gotten enough sleep this is the perfect pick-me-up. A little salt, a little sugar, a little fat and some vitamins.

This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

My girls and I all have slow metabolisms and are in need of some serious rest and recovery. So this salted caramel makes a great snack for all of us.

A toddler favorite.

In fact, my toddler eats half of the lettuce and cucumbers out of my salad just because of this dressing. She’ll suck it off and then eat the vegetables. It’s that good!

You can eat the salted caramel with a spoon. I like to dip banana in it. Then you even get some starch with your sugar, salt and fat. It’s the perfect combination for a metabolic boost. Any fruit you like will work.

A long road to recovery.

My journey with healing my metabolism has been a long one. You can read about what happened to me in 2013 and all of the things I learned in the process.

One thing that was pivotal for healing was The Nourished Metabolism by Elizabeth Walling of The Nourished Life. I have recommended this book to more people than any other book or real food resource.

I’ve probably read it five or six times myself. And I learn something new every time. I’m so glad I have a hard copy now! It’s a great reference.

Elizabeth is running a sale on The Nourished Metabolism now until June 30, 2016. You can get 20% off using the coupon code SUMMER20.

I’d snatch a copy before the sale is over! I think just about everyone could benefit from Elizabeth’s advice. Especially all of my sleep-deprived mama friends. Even children and teens these days that are over scheduled, over stressed and under nourished need some help with their metabolism (have you checked your child’s body temperature lately? You might be surprised how low it is…it’s supposed to be 98.6!).
The Nourished Life
Whip up a batch of salted caramel (with liver!). Grab a spoon, your favorite fruit or even a homemade graham cracker for dipping. Then dive into The Nourished Metabolism. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down. I read it almost cover-to-cover the first time through.

Have you assessed your metabolism lately? What are you doing to keep it running at full speed?

Try some salted caramel and all of Elizabeth’s tips in The Nourished Metabolism.  You’ll be amazed at how great you feel.

This post is linked to Allergy Free Thursdays.

This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Metabolism Boosting Salted Caramel (With A Secret Ingredient!)
Serves 1
A simple gooey caramel that will boost your metabolism and your nutrients with liver!
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 Tbsp. honey
  3. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt (adjust to taste)
  4. 1 capsule Perfect Supplements desiccated liver
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed. The mixture will thicken in about a minute.
  2. Eat with a spoon, with fruit for dipping or with graham crackers.
Notes
  1. This can be used as a salad dressing if you increase the oil to make it thinner.
  2. You can add one capsule of Organic India moringa to the mixture when using it as a salad dressing for extra nutrients.
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Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates

Got five minutes? Then you have enough time to make a melt-in-your-mouth allergen friendly treat! Salted honey chocolates are perfect for holidays, birthdays or any day.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

As we enter the holiday season with parties and family gatherings, goodies and sweets are everywhere. For most people that is exciting.

But if you have allergies you often have to go without.

I’ve got a five minute treat that just about anyone can enjoy. Salted honey chocolates are the perfect bite size treat for sharing with friends.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

Kids can even help make some and give them as teacher gifts.

Simple ingredients.

Raw cream style honey and unrefined sea salt are combined to create a gooey caramel filling that doesn’t require any cooking or dairy.

These chocolates remind me of Caramelo® candy bars. Sweet chocolate with soft caramel inside.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

Salted honey chocolates really only take five minutes of hands on time.

  1. Melt the allergen friendly chocolate chips over a double boiler.
  2. Pour melted chocolate in candy molds.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Sprinkle with mineral rich salt.
  5. Add more chocolate.
  6. Done.

Make it even easier.

No time to melt chocolate chips? Or you’re a busy mom with a baby in one arm and one kid around your ankle? I’ve got a solution.

Put a scoop of honey in a dish. Sprinkle it with salt. Dip chocolate chunks in the honey. Dessert is served.

Sanity is preserved.

Energy is restored.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

I actually enjoy this little treat when the chocolate is still melted. Put honey and salt in a dish. Pour some melted chocolate over top. Dig in with a spoon!

No flours. No baking. No allergens. Simple and oh so delicious.

Kids love to help.

Let your kids get in on the fun. It could get messy. But it will be a tasty mess! And your kids will cherish the time with you and memories made.

Even if you are making sweets, getting kids in the kitchen will teach them life skills and what real food is all about.

Salted honey chocolates are one of the rare treats my entire family can eat.

Well, I haven’t actually let my toddler have chocolate yet. But she isn’t allergic to it. And I would let her have a little spoon of salted honey.

Her favorite treat these days is a scoop of lard with a little honey and sea salt. Perfect for the little one.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

What are you waiting for? Grab some honey, chocolate and sea salt and get in the kitchen! Your after dinner snack or “mommy needs a break” fix is only five minutes away.

Just be sure to make a big batch. You’d be surprised how quickly they disappear! You may want to hide them in the back of the fridge.

Want to try your hand at another type of chocolate? You’ll love this chocolate covered toffee.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite| Salted creamy honey between layers of sweet chocolate

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates
Yields 12
An allergen friendly chocolate filled with raw honey and sea salt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (or other chocolate chip you tolerate)
  2. 2 Tbsp. raw cream style honey
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Fill the candy molds 1/3 full with chocolate. Refrigerate 5 minutes to partially set.
  3. Put 1/2 tsp. honey in each mold.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  5. Top the honey with melted chocolate, filling each mold.
  6. Chill until firm.
  7. Remove from molds.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. A glass bowl on top of a pan with 1 inch of water works well as a double boiler.
  2. You can dip chocolate chunks in salted honey for a quick version.
  3. Salted honey mixed with the melted chocolate is another way to enjoy this treat.
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Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Spiced Apple Ice Cream

It is fall!! That means apple season is definitely here! Celebrate with a dish of spiced apple ice cream. Warm spices, cooked apples, cold cream. Perfection.

Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Fall is a special time in Michigan. There are orchards all around and apples of every variety.

If you have a child in school they will likely have a field trip to an orchard. Facebook is full of family apple picking photos.

Apple goodies abound. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple crisp. Apple pie (the Dutch variety too!). Applesauce. Apple pie parfaits. Apple pie cake. The list goes on.

Something new.

This year I created a new way to enjoy apples – in ice cream!

Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Spiced apple ice cream is a mix of sauteed, sweetened apples (think apple pie filling), warm spices and thick raw cream.

Start by sauteing chunks of apples in butter, honey and your favorite blend of spices. Then make a rich cinnamon ice cream. Mix in the apples and let it freeze.

For the spice you can go simple with just cinnamon. Or you can add nutmeg and cloves. I actually used a cinnamon spice blend from Ground 2 Table. It worked really well.

Enjoyment all around.

Spiced apple ice cream was definitely a winner with my family. Even my in-laws got to sample some and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Of course it tastes great plain. But spiced apple ice cream is really good served on vanilla cake or apple crisp!

Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Maybe you’re like me and need a little crunch? Crumble some homemade pumpkin spice graham crackers over the ice cream. It’ll taste like crust so you get the full apple pie effect.

You can also add crunch with chopped crispy pecans. Sprinkle them on top or mix them right in the ice cream. You’ll really bump up the flavor by using sugar coated pecans!

If you want to add to the creaminess and nutrition you can use pastured egg yolks. But if you don’t have access to quality eggs or you don’t tolerate eggs you can leave them out.

For sweetener cane sugar, maple syrup and honey all work. I like to use a combination of two or all three of them to create a more neutral flavor.

No guilt.

Does this sound too indulgent for you? Check out this amazing resource to learn how to Stop Fighting Food and enjoy what you eat. Then dig in!

Now that apple season is in full swing it’s time to create some fall treats. Grab your favorite variety of apple and fresh cream. You’re well on your way to a dish of rich spiced apple ice cream.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fall and the abundance of apples?

Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Spiced Apple Ice Cream
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. optional: nutmeg, cloves or a cinnamon spice blend
  5. 1 Tbsp. honey
  6. 2 1/2 cups cream (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  7. 1/2 cp whole milk (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  8. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup cane sugar, maple syrup and/or honey
  10. 1 Tbsp. vanilla or vodka
  11. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  12. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  13. 2 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Sautee apples in butter, spices and honey over medium heat about 5 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender combine the remaining ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Process the ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (it takes 15 - 20 minutes in my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in the apples.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/4 cup chopped crispy pecans or sugar coated pecans when you stir in the apples.
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Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry

Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I’ve got a smoothie that is sure to please everyone.  Who doesn’t love blueberries?!

This true blue-berry smoothie gives a double shot of flavor with both whole blueberries and blueberry juice.

A blueberry smoothie is great for really little ones because you can leave out the sweetener and it still has a lot of flavor.  Just be careful how you serve it so it doesn’t get on everything!

If you or your kids are adventurous you can also add a few pieces of roasted beets.  A little goes a long way in terms of changing the flavor.  But it also adds a lot of nutrition.  If you don’t tell your kids it’s in there they might not know.  It won’t change the color.

You can also easily add elderberry syrup to a blueberry smoothie for extra immune system support.

If you are dairy free you can leave out the yogurt and add a bit of powdered probiotics instead.  The smoothie will taste great without the yogurt.  Or you can add some coconut milk for texture.

Every summer we load up on fresh Michigan blueberries while they are in season and freeze them.  Then all winter long we can have delicious smoothies like this, knowing we’re using fruit from the peak of freshness.

If you do not have a blueberry stash in your freezer you can get frozen organic blueberries at the store.  They are a better option than any fresh berries you find in the winter since it is not blueberry season.

Blueberries are my favorite fruit…and a blueberry smoothie is my favorite flavor.  What’s yours?Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry
Serves 2
A healthy smoothie bursting with blueberry flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 1/4 cup pure blueberry juice
  3. 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 2 Tbsp. honey
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 Tbsp. roasted beet (optional)
  8. 2 Tbsp. elderberry syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. To make this into popsicles simply pour the smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
  2. If you serving the smoothie to a child under one year of age leave out the honey.
  3. You can omit the egg yolks if you are allergic to eggs.
  4. The yogurt can be left out or replaced with coconut milk yogurt or coconut milk to make this dairy free.
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Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie

Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next simple smoothie in this series is called the sunrise smoothie.  It’s the perfect morning drink.

The combination of orange, banana and strawberry gives a burst of flavor and also great color. It almost looks like a sunrise.  Though you don’t need to take warning for this red sky.

By adding yogurt and egg yolks to these fruits you create a vitamin powerhouse.

My oldest really loves this smoothie.  And she can be picky about smoothies.  It is bright and fresh and a great thing to boost your energy for the day.  She renamed it the morning milkshake.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to add some healthy fat to the smoothie avocado, coconut oil and flax seed all work well.

Don’t forget to pair it with some properly prepared starch (quinoa, rice, sourdough bread, fried potatoes, etc.) for better absorption and digestion.  Then you’ll have a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Even if it’s cold and the sun isn’t shining during the winter you can start your day with a nutritious sunrise – in a smoothie!  Take your fermented cod liver oil with it to boost your vitamin D, just like the sun does.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie
Serves 1
A fruity smoothie that looks like a sunrise in a glass.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 medium banana
  2. 1 clementine (or half an orange)
  3. 1/3 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1/2 cup yogurt (or kefir, coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup), if desired
  7. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smoothie.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/2 small avocado, 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or 2 tsp. flax seeds for extra fat.
  2. Leave out the honey if serving this smoothie to a child under one year of age.
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Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry

Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple PieIt’s that time of year – time to get back on track with nourishing foods.

So this month I’m doing a simple smoothie series.  Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrition, and they can be tailored to meet any dietary restrictions.  Plus kids love them!

The other great thing about smoothies is that they can be prepared in advance and are great for on the go breakfasts or lunches.  They can even be frozen to make a breakfast popsicle your kids will love.

If you have a little one just starting solids you can spoon feed a thick smoothie.  It’s an easy way to give them things like probiotics and cod liver oil.  Be sure to leave out the honey if giving it to a child under one year of age.

A smoothie can be a meal on its own.  I personally need to have a salty/starchy component to my meal or else I will feel cold.  So if I drink a smoothie (which has lots of fat and protein) I like to pair it with a muffin or slice of bread or bowl of rice with salt.  That gives a good fat/protein/carbohydrate balance and a good sugar/salt/saturated fat/starch balance – both of which are ideal for good health.  It is especially important for adrenal health.

My first simple smoothie is kiwi strawberry.  It’s perfect for the winter months.  Kiwi is readily available in the store.  Then add some strawberries from your summer freezer stash.  It’s a delicious combination that is rich in vitamin C.

An added bonus of using strawberries is that they are the best source of ellagic acid.  According to Nourishing Traditions, “strawberries contain a compound called ellagic acid, which is an antioxidant that helps detoxify carcinogens.”Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The yogurt or kefir in the smoothie provides probiotics and enzymes to help digest lactose.  The egg yolks provide so many nutrients – fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K plus calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

I add a pinch of sea salt to smoothies for trace minerals.  You can also add gelatin (use the non-gel form) and coconut oil.

Probiotic powder and liquid fermented cod liver oil can also be added in small amounts.  You can also add avocado for thickness and dates for sweetness.

The end result is a refreshing kiwi strawberry drink.  But when you look a bit deeper you see it is a nutrition powerhouse and a great way to start your day.

I sometimes make a large batch of smoothie on Sunday and pour it into individual cups.  Then I can use them as needed throughout the week.  If you are going to make the smoothies in advance leave out the coconut oil and gelatin.  They will change texture as they sit in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes enough for two adults (average size smoothies) or three to four children.

A few words of caution.  Do not add raw greens to your smoothies.  Most of them contain oxalates in their raw forms.  If you want to add greens be sure to cook them first.

Also, I don’t advise drinking smoothies every day.  It’s a good addition a couple times a week.  Change it up with other breakfasts throughout the week.

A strawberry kiwi smoothie is the perfect breakfast treat for the whole family.  Stay tuned for more delicious flavors.Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry
Serves 2
A power packed smoothie to start the day.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup total yogurt, kefir, sour cream, milk, coconut milk and/or coconut milk yogurt
  2. 2 egg yolks
  3. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1 kiwi, peeled and cut up
  5. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  6. 2-4 Tbsp. honey and/or maple syrup (to taste)
  7. 2 tsp. gelatin (optional)
  8. 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (optional)
  9. 1/2 small avocado (optional)
  10. 2 dates (optional - leave out some or all of the honey if adding dates)
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the yogurt/milk, egg yolks, strawberries, kiwi, salt and sweetener. Blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust sweetness to taste.
  3. Add gelatin and blend.
  4. While the blender is running slowly pour in the melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour into glasses and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. If making the smoothie for a child under one year of age leave out the honey. It is not safe for a small child. They should not need extra sweetener besides the fruit. Or you can add a bit of banana for extra sweetness.
  2. If making the smoothies in advance leave out the gelatin and coconut oil.
  3. If you do not tolerate eggs you can make the smoothie without egg yolks. The taste will not change.
  4. You can substitute a different kind of berry if you do not tolerate strawberries.
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How To Use Up Extra {RAW} Milk

How To Use Up Extra Raw Milk || Homemade Dutch Apple PieWe LOVE our raw milk.  We’ve been getting it since I was pregnant with my son (he’s now 3 1/2).  Once you taste the real stuff there is no going back.

Even my kids can tell the difference in taste.  When my daughter was younger and she tasted conventional milk she would call it “cheese milk” because it tasted strange.

For most of the year we get three gallons of milk a week.  We’ve had times where we barely make it through the week with three gallons (like when I’m pregnant and drinking milk like crazy).  How To Use Up Extra Raw Milk || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Then there are times like now where only two members of the family are drinking milk since my son is allergic and I have to avoid it for the baby.  We are barely using two gallons a week now, if that.

That leaves me with a lot of extra milk sometimes.  I don’t want any of it to go to waste.  So I use it to make other things.  My go-to’s are pudding, ice cream and yogurt.

Raw milk is a healthy addition to your diet.  If you are fortunate enough to have access to it you don’t want any of it to go to waste.  So if you find yourself with a surplus of milk, here are over thirty ways to transform it enjoy it.

Take note that most of these recipes can be made with milk that is pasteurized as well.  But the health benefits won’t be quite the same.How To Use Up Extra Raw Milk || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Yogurt, Sour Cream and Kefir

How To Make Yogurt In Your Oven from Oh The Things We’ll Make
Homemade Yogurt from Yearning and Learning
Homemade Yogurt from Our Small Hours
Cooked Yogurt from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Raw  Yogurt from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Milk Kefir and Kefir Cream from Delicious Obsessions
How To Make Kefir from Oh The Things We’ll Make
Dairy Kefir from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Sour Cream from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding from Our Small Hours
Homemade Vanilla Pudding from Our Small  Hours
Homemade Vanilla Pudding from Real Food RN
Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding from Simply  Healthy Home
Homemade Fudgesicles from Recipes To Nourish

 How To Use Up Extra Raw Milk || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Live Simply
Easy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Raia’s Recipes
Persian Love Ice Cream from And Here We Are
Affogato from And Here We Are
Kefir Ice Cream from Delicious Obsessions
The Best Chocolate Ice Cream from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Drinks

Spiced Hot Chocolate With Vanilla Whipped Cream from The Organic Kitchen
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie from Raia’s Recipes
Honey Sweetened Hot Chocolate from Recipes To Nourish
Mexican Hot Chocolate from Recipes To Nourish

Soup

Creamy Fish Chowder from Raia’s Recipes
Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup from Raising Generation Nourished

Cheese

Yogurt Cream Cheese Dip from Real Food RN
Cottage Cheese at Home from Urban Overalls
Homemade Paneer Cheese from Economies of Kale
Homemade Cheese from Raia’s Recipes
Homemade Cream Cheese from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
Farmer’s Cheese from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Breakfast

Easiest Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes from Raia’s Recipes
Breakfast Lapsha from Raia’s Recipes

 

 Raw milk can be used in so many ways.  I love drinking it plain.  But there are so many delicious ways to enjoy it.  Do you ever have extra milk?  How do you use it?

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Simple Strawberry Slush (egg free, dairy free, nut free, gluten free)

This simple strawberry slush is a fun, fruity, allergen-friendly drink for kids and adults.  It contains no eggs, dairy, nuts, grains, soy or coconut.Simple Strawberry SlushDo you want to treat your kids to a really fun drink?  Try a simple strawberry slush!  It is a perfect way to cool down in the summer and consume fresh, nutritious produce.

I grew up drinking Slushies┬« all the time.  We would bike to the local drug store all summer to get them.  Of course they were made of food coloring, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavor.

This simple strawberry slush is a much-improved version.  It only uses a few simple ingredients.  It is also very allergen-friendly.

My kids LOVE these.  I’ll be honest – my husband and I do too!

As always, the best part for me is that it only takes about 60 seconds to make a simple strawberry slush.  Plus I can add collagen for a nutrition boost.

Strawberries work very well in this drink – even frozen!  But if you don’t have any or want a different flavor you can try blueberries, raspberries or even cherries.   You really can’t go wrong.

This summer the whole family can cool down with a nourishing simple strawberry slush.

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Simple Strawberry Slush
Serves 2
A fun, refreshing and healthy summer drink that is free of allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 ice cubes
  2. 3/4 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen) (or other fruit)
  3. 1 - 2 Tbsp. sweetener (honey, syrup, sucanat) (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
  4. 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)
  5. 1/2 tsp. collagen (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender.
  2. Blend until desired consistency.
  3. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. This makes enough for two children or one adult.
  2. You can blend it completely smooth (for small children) or leave a bit of slushiness from the ice.
  3. Blueberries, raspberries and cherries can be combined with or substituted for the strawberries.
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Rhubarb Crisp (nut free, egg free)

rhubarb crisp

 The earliest produce to pop up in our garden is rhubarb.  It seems to be one of those strange vegetables that you either love or hate.

Growing up I don’t think anyone in my family liked rhubarb.  So I never even tasted it until a few years ago when I started baking it with it myself.

It’s tart and a little tough.  But if you add sugar and cook it rhubarb is delicious!  It is perfect for all sorts of desserts.

In the past I’ve made strawberry rhubarb upside down cake, rhubarb muffins and Dutch strawberry rhubarb pie.  We have more in our garden, so I need to come up with other ways to use it.

Yesterday I made one of my favorites – rhubarb crisp.  This version is gluten, dairy, nut and egg free.  I used oats in the topping, but they can be replaced with other gluten free flours if you don’t tolerate oats.

The whole family gave the seal of approval for this recipe!  The best part for me?  It’s really easy to make.  It only took about 10 minutes to get it prepared and in the oven.  A simple dessert the whole family can enjoy.  Perfect!

Do you enjoy rhubarb?  What are some creative ways you use it?

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Rhubarb Crisp
A delicious summer treat that is gluten, dairy, egg and nut free.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups rhubarb, chopped (you can also peel outer layers if they are stringy)*
  2. 1 cup organic cane sugar or sucanat
  3. 1 cup rolled oats**
  4. 1/2 cup coconut flour***
  5. 1/2 cup organic palm shortening, butter and/or coconut oil
  6. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or sucanat
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9" baking pan.
  2. Combine the rhubarb and 1 cup sugar. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Combine the oats, flour and 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Mix in the fat until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble over the rhubarb.
  5. Bake the crisp for 50-60 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft and the topping is golden brown.
  6. Let the crisp cool completely before serving. This will allow it to solidify.
  7. Serve plain or topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
Notes
  1. *You can substitute chopped strawberries, raspberries or cherries for some of the rhubarb to make a sweeter crisp.
  2. **You can replace the oats with 1/2 cup white rice flour and 1/2 cup coconut flour.
  3. ***You can replace the coconut flour with 1/2 cup oat flour.
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