5 Awesome Tips for the Perfect Smoothie – A Blendtec Review

It's the start of the new year and everyone is trying to keep themselves on track with their new healthy goals for 2016. Smoothies are definitely a big part of the health movement, and if you are trying to detox, go vegan, lose weight, or just plain be healthier, it's likely that smoothies on are your list to try out. I am right there with you! This year, with a renewed vigor for keeping my body healthy, I decided I was going to get serious about my smoothiemaking and really try harder to have breakfast every morning.

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Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce for a Delicious Whole Foods Holiday

Thanksgiving in the US brings about staple holiday dishes that pretty much everyone serves at their family dinner, and one of those most popular traditions, is cranberry sauce! This slightly sweet and tart, jam-like condiment, is used by most Americans to slather on their turkey, dinner rolls, and more. What once used to be a fresh and easy homemade dish served at the family holiday dinner table, now is more often than not from a can instead.  Continue reading “Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce for a Delicious Whole Foods Holiday”

Top Your Pies & Hot Cocoa with Dairy-Free Homemade Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Both Syfy and I have issues with dairy and try to avoid it as much as possible these days (with the exception of really good cheese and yogurt!). I use non-dairy options instead when making all of our classic favorites! One of first things that I searched out to learn how to make, was whipped cream. I grew up in a household that believes that no hot cocoa and no pumpkin pie should ever go without at least a dollop (or more….) of whipped cream! This is law in our house and so the thought of getting rid of all of our dairy had daunted me, when I realized that also meant my beloved whipped cream. Don't be sad! There is a fantastic and super simple alternative that tastes just as great! Take it from this whipped-creamaholic that this coconut milk whipped cream is SUPER good and doesn't taste like coconut to me, at all.  Continue reading “Top Your Pies & Hot Cocoa with Dairy-Free Homemade Coconut Milk Whipped Cream”

It’s Easy to Homemake Bone Broth!

During the Fall and Winter seasons, when the temperatures drop, the leaves fall to the ground, and germs are running rampant, there is one food remedy that has graced the hearth of homes for centuries, but is only just now being studied for it's awesomeness in helping boost immune function during an illness. In the Hippy world, it's a well-known fact that there is nothing like a good cup of bone broth when you are feeling under the weather, and today we're going to learn ALL about bone broth and how to EASILY make it at home!
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Quick & Easy Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

I love really easy meals that are also comfort foods. I like them even more if they take no time at all to put together! One of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood is sloppy joes! It's super easy to make, takes no time at all, and all the ingredients are simple whole foods that when mixed together make the sloppiest and most tasty dinner, any kid is sure to love! Continue reading “Quick & Easy Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes”

Up Your Game at Your Next BBQ with Homemade Hamburger Buns

The most important ingredient to an out of this world cheeseburger is the bun. The bun makes the burger! I have had a few burgers in my life, that were completely ruined by a shoddy bun, but not anymore! Now, when I get invited to a summer BBQ, my friends are always asking me to bring my buns. No. Not THOSE buns! My homemade hamburger buns! They are extremely easy to make, have minimal ingredients, and take very little time or effort with the use of a Kitchenaid stand mixer. These buns even have a secret ingredient that helps give them just the right burger bun texture your are looking for! You'll never buy grocery store buns again, after you learn how easy it is to make your own. Continue reading “Up Your Game at Your Next BBQ with Homemade Hamburger Buns”

This Earth Week Help Reduce Food Waste – #NoFoodWasted

Today marks the beginning of Earth Week, my favorite week of the year! Every year we discuss different ways to help make this lovely planet  better off than it was before! This year, I would like to bring to light the often forgotten cause, food waste. Many people don't realize that up to 40% of all food in the US, gets thrown away every year.  That's a huge chunk of food that could have fed another hungry person, fertilized the ground for future  food, or even have been preserved for later use.  Continue reading “This Earth Week Help Reduce Food Waste – #NoFoodWasted”

Hippy-Hoppy the Healthy Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunny

For many families across the United States, Easter is a holiday that is equated to lots of chocolate. Chocolate eggs, chocolate chicks, and most of all chocolate bunnies. As a child, my mother avoided most of the sugar that the rest of the kids around me got for Christmas and Easter. She did this by filling our stockings and Easter baskets with all sorts of little goodies we could use instead. For my child, I am trying to do a combination of what my own mother did for me as well as making sweet little goodies I know are healthy, with ingredients I trust. Continue reading “Hippy-Hoppy the Healthy Homemade Chocolate Easter Bunny”

30 Days of Hydration – How Drinking Enough Fresh Water Daily Changed My Life

Most of us are guilty of it. According to the Idaho-based Panhandle Health District, up to 75 % of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Even though our bodies NEED hydration, we ignore the feeling and continue to go about our busy lives, forgetting to drink that extra sip of water our body's been asking for all day long. The first thing I think in the morning is usually “coffee” not “water”. Continue reading “30 Days of Hydration – How Drinking Enough Fresh Water Daily Changed My Life”

STOP the DARK Act Now – It’s our right to know what’s in our food

Here on the Hippy Homemaker, I am always looking for the healthiest options to help keep our bodies fresh and fit year around. What we put into our bodies is one of the most important “healthy habits” that we can focus upon. That's why, when I found out about the “DARK Act” or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, I was furious! This bill would not only preempt state efforts to label GMO's, it would make VOLUNTARY labeling the law of the land, permanently. That means, if the DARK Act passes, the fight for mandatory GMO labeling will be over! Continue reading “STOP the DARK Act Now – It's our right to know what's in our food”