Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving Meal

Let's talk Thanksgiving! With turkey day just a couple weeks away, it's time to get your meal plans together. It's better to be organized so that you won't be overwhelmed when the big day arrives. You can even create a timeline for Thanksgiving day so you know what your making all throughout the day, making sure you'll have everything ready by dinner time! And since I'd like to only have to run a 5K to work off all of that ridiculously delicious food, let's make a few small changes to make Thanksgiving dinner a little healthier this year! Turkey - I've never made a turkey myself, but I'd imagine that baking the turkey would be the healthiest way to go. Let's just bypass the deep fryer, shall we? There are tons of recipes for your main turkey dish just like these turkey … [Read more...]

UrthBox: Healthy Food, Snack Subscription

I feel the Urth move, under my feet… Snack time – for this gluten-sensitive mama, it’s a no-pleasure experience opening the pantry or snack cabinet in search of something to satisfy. Sometimes I’m seeking sweet. Sometimes it’s salty or savory. But almost all of the time I have to dig through an array of kid options, hoping that somewhere behind the pretzels, crackers and cheese puffs (I know, but these are organic!) there might be a treat for me. Do I sound a little whiney? Probably. I get that way when I’m hungry. Enter the monthly gift of Urthbox – a treasure trove of non-GMO, organic full-size goodies to delight the palate and not screw with a gluten-free diet! (In addition to Gluten-Free, they offer Diet, Classic & Vegan box options!) And try as I might to keep this … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe – EASY and perfect for Easter Dinner

Are you planning a special meal? There’s nothing better than homemade rolls on the table. While the idea of making your own can seem daunting – this easy recipe will make even a beginner look like a master baker. I discovered this recipe while looking for a good wholesome option for my kid’s lunches. I am trying to get away from processed foods for our family as much as possible. Making rolls on a Sunday afternoon is easy and has little hands-on time. The majority of time is spent waiting for the dough to rise. Unlike “cooking”, baking is a science and you do have to be pretty close to the directions. Warm milk to activate the yeast and sugar to feed it. This recipe also calls for having your ingredients at room temperature – If like me you keep your whole wheat flour in the fridge … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too! Bouncy Balls Whistles Raisins With a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]

Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Cupcakes

Each year, about this time, I get a taste for all things pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spiced latte, everything pumpkin! There's a local restaurant that serves THE BEST pumpkin bread. I could honestly go for a plate of just that. Until now. Today I'm sharing a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes that is amazing! These cupcakes are far better tasting than the bread at the local restaurant I mentioned. Best part? The ingredients are all Paleo-friendly. If you aren't familiar with Paleo, this means these cupcakes are also good for you. No flour, no sugar, no preservatives...just all-natural ingredients. I can't wait for you to give these a try. I bet your family will ask you to make them time and time again.  Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin … [Read more...]

Simple Shrimp Salad

The weather is warming up now that Spring is officially here, and we have been celebrating by taking our meals outdoors.  We have already fired up the grill three times in the past week.  We like to mix it up though and have cooked burgers, chicken, and shrimp so far. Here is the recipe for the quick and easy Shrimp Salad that I whipped up for dinner one night.  The best part is that you can cook the orzo salad ahead of time and then grill the shrimp right before serving. Ingredients: 1 bag Shrimp (large, fully cooked) 1 box Orzo 1 jar Pesto 1 small bag of Pine Nuts 1 can Pineapple (diced) 1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce Salad greens [sc:adsense ] Combine the defrosted shrimp with the sweet chili sauce in a shallow dish.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to … [Read more...]