Monday, November 28, 2016

brazil nut milk...


Let's talk about brazil nuts for a second, shall we?

There was a time when I really liked them! When I was younger, I'd always pick brazil nuts out of the mixed nut canister first. They were so big and so few in each container, that I needed them all for myself. Then there was a time later on, when I hated them. Don't know what changed- I just didn't enjoy the taste, what-so-ever. 

Well here I am, eagerly trying to heal my body of a thyroid autoimmune disease and researching ALL THE FOODS and I stumble upon the darn things again. But this time I'm intrigued- they're actually really, really good for you! Like...REALLY. Not only that, if you struggle with any thyroid issue, they contain a heap load of selenium which is AMAZING for thyroids! Hurrah!

So allow me to tell you what these little big nuts really can do for you!

Monday, November 14, 2016

easy gluten free pumpkin muffins...


These muffins are so easy they're embarrassing. 

You know what's not embarrassing? The fact that when I brought these pumpkin puppies to a family bbq, EVERY SINGLE PERSON THERE asked me how I made them because THEY WERE THAT GOOD. Then I was embarrassed again because I had to start by saying, "Well, you take one box of..." 

See, everyone likes a good box mix every now and then. And when upped to the 100th degree with a jar of amazing, sweet and perfectly spiced pumpkin butter- you can't go wrong.

Friday, November 4, 2016

homemade ketchup...


I am definitely one of those avid ketchup lovers. I LOVE me some ketchup. In fact! I've been asked, "Would you like some hotdog/burger/fries/etc etc with that ketchup?" more than once. People watch with pure amazement while I go on spiffying up my hotdog to taste exactly like IT SHOULD, with said ketchup. I want it oozing down and collecting at the corners of my mouth after each bite. Oops. Have I repulsed you yet?

I'm the same way with pickled ginger at sushi restaurants. Oh man, don't even get me started on that stuff. My friends are almost too embarrassed to go get sushi with me because of this fact. They can't believe how much of the stuff I can eat in one sitting and are always teasing me about it. What can I say? I know which condiments are good and I want it all. 

Anywho, here's the thing- most of our beloved condiments contain ingredients that just are plain not good for us. Sugar, gums, acids, gmo's (luckily we don't see too many of these anymore), corn syrups, etc. If it's store bought- you can most likely bet on one or more of the ingredients being something we shouldn't be consuming. In an effort to continuously decrease the amount of store bought/processed food items I bring home, I've been making a lot of our favorite condiments myself. Things like mayo (SO GOOD), pickles, sauerkraut, ketchup, bbq sauce, among other things are in constant rotation of being made every few weeks so we can have them stocked and ready to go. 

Plus, I find that pretty much every homemade thing, isn't even in the same ballpark as those store bought varieties. They're so much tastier (and most of the time CHEAPER) that I can't afford not to make them. True, they take time. But really, it's worth it in my book if it helps eliminate just a little bit more of the bad stuff from my family's plate. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

strawberry vanilla bean chia seed jam...


Friends, you have no excuse for not making this jam. 

It's simple. It's healthy. It does't require cooking or any fancy machinery if you so choose (although I chose to use a food processor to make it THAT much faster)! It's made with all the good things and leaves out all the bad. And honestly, it takes about 5 minutes to make! 

Too good to be true? Nope. This jam should be a new staple in your fridge at. all. times. Ya hear?

Oh and if you were wondering (because I just know everyone is sitting on the edge of their hot seats waiting to know whether or not Luke has approved said recipe) it's totally baby approved. Luke LOVED it so much that he literally wouldn't touch HIS FAVORITE YOGURT EVER and only wanted gobs and gobs of this stuff to shovel in his mouth (and smash on his tummy, hair...floor...seat... you get the point).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

pumpkin spice baby food...


Adults shouldn't have all the fun this PSL season. Errrr PS season? Would it be just "PS"? Because babies don't really need the "L" part of the "PSL" thing. Shoot, we just got really complicated.

Do over? BABIES NEED PUMPKIN SPICED THINGS TOO! Theeeeeeeeeeeere we go. You still on board? Babies need to feel the joy that is pumpkin and spice and all things fall, amiright? They need to know that come September and October, pumpkins take over the world and bring about happiness to all the land. We've already been teaching Luke this truth for two years now. Totally. (What the heck am I talking about? Somebody stop me...)

Here's the thing though- they definitely don't need a bunch of processed yuckies or a butt load of sugar. They just need some good, healthy, wholesome yummies made with love. I mean if I'm honest, we all sort of do. But babies most of all, because babies.

I have always tried to make all of Luke's solid foods, from the get go. Sometimes I can't (#reallife) and brands like Plum Organics and such make in into the diaper bag. Then guilt creeps in and I get real with myself- it's so easy to make him really nutrient dense snacks! I should stop being lazy and get back on track with that one.

We all love this puree! It's easy, FAST as can be to whip up, and really satisfies that "sweet" craving and "PS.....L" need, for us all! PLUS when we need to head out, I put some in our favorite reusable pouches and we're good to go.