Standing in the middle of the grocery store isle, I am at a loss as to what to purchase as far as kid's drinks go. On one side of the spectrum, you have the MANY kid's beverages with icky ingredients while on the other side of the spectrum you have the really great organic stuff (like Little Me Tea, which IS totally awesome by the way) that costs way more than my bank account can afford on a regular basis. Continue reading “Flowerchild Refreshment Tea – Healthy Homemade Herbal Kool-Aid Alternative”
Marshmallows are by far one of my favorite childhood sweets. My mother has a weakness for hot cocoa and would buy every kind she walked by when we went to the grocery store. We ALWAYS had hot cocoa and marshmallows throughout every winter of my childhood. My mom had a certain love for marshmallows in her hot cocoa and I always agreed, hot cocoa should not be served without them. Continue reading “Healthy Homemade Marshmallows – Gluten/Corn/Dairy/Egg Free, GAPS Friendly”
If you have been looking for a festive collection of teas that truly brings out the joy and spirit of the winter holiday season, I have found it for you! You guys hear me talk about Mountain Rose Herbs all the time, but there is another herbal company that I frequently shop from and love to death! The Bulk Herb Store. They carry everything from organic herbs, teas, tinctures, salves, and more!
Have you heard of fire cider? Until I began delving more into herbalism, I had not! When I first read about fire cider, it was while reading through Rosemary Gladstar's book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I was fascinated, to say the least, but I was absolutely terrified of making it at first. It sounded like something that would most definitely put hair on my chest. It turns out, Fire Cider is super delicious AND super good for you! Made with highly antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral herbs, this hair-raising beverage has been used through the ages by many different cultures, to help prevent colds, clear sinuses, boost immunities, and much more. Continue reading “Fire Cider – The Ultimate Cold & Flu Tonic That Might Just Put Hair on Your Chest”
This last week my son, Silas, came down with a stomach virus. When I got a stomach virus as a kid, I always remember my mom breaking out the boxes of Jell-O with fruit, some Campbell's chicken noodle soup, and ginger ale. Those staples always helped me to feel better and I wanted to pass that tradition down, but in a much healthier manner. It's not my mom's fault, we just didn't know these things at that time. Continue reading “The Healing Benefits of Healthy Homemade Jello (With a vegan alternative too!)”
In last week's post, Homebrewing Kombucha Part 1, we learned all about the health benefits of drinking kombucha and how to homebrew it for ourselves using the GetKombucha.com Silver Continuous Brewing System. This week, we are going to learn about bottling and flavoring our kombucha!
It's not terribly difficult to turn your bottles of fizzy goodness, into something EVEN tastier. I was blown away by the many MANY options I had just in flavoring alone. What's a girl to pick when she already has all of the herbs and fruit at her fingertips? ALL of them of course! I figured for the sake of research, I would just try one bottle of each one that I found appealing! Continue reading “Homebrewing Kombucha Part 2 – Bottling & Flavoring Your Kombucha”
I first heard about the benefits of kombucha after I saw a bottle at Whole Foods. Even though it was practically $5 for one bottle, I was really curious what all this hype was, and I really wanted to know what it tasted like. Continue reading “Homebrewing Kombucha Part 1 – Featuring GetKombucha.com”
Hippy New Year! With another year behind us and a whole year of guest posting under my belt, I am really starting to feel like this place here is my second home! Thanks so much for reading all of my guest posts over here throughout 2013! I figured that my first post of the new year should be about something healthy and delicious. What is more fun than healthy and delicious homemade gummy fruit snacks?
With my efforts to get more nutrients into Syfy's diet, I have decided to try my hand at making different yummy kids foods with a healthy twist. Lately, Syfy has been super picky about putting anything green into his mouth. He has become so picky that if it's outside his already known loved foods (i.e. meat, cheese, and fruit), then he most likely won't eat it. I am not even sure how this happened. I made all of his baby food as a baby and he LOVED everything that I would give him. As soon as he turned 3 (and now this year at 4), I started learning that there will be a dance to every single meal. This dance consists of trying to keep him at the table AND getting him to eat something off of his plate for any of the meals for the day.
These gummy fruit snacks were created out of necessity. I have started trying things like smoothies with hidden veggies and hemp protein powder, and yummy tasting snacks such as these Strawberry Apple Gummy Fruit Snacks.
Gelatin is a healthy source of collagen
Most people these days are not getting as much gelatin as our ancestors used to because we no longer eat all of the parts of the animals. The type of protein that is provided by gelatin is full of amino acids that are REALLY great for your hair, skin, and nails; not to mention digestive health. The collagen that is readily available in gelatin (I prefer grass fed gelatin) can also be found in bone broths as well, but I prefer sweet treats when given the choice!
Homemade Apple Strawberry Gummy Fruit Snacks
- 1 cup fresh apple juice (or some other such freshly made juice)
- 1/2 cup strawberries, pureed (or other fruit puree, even applesauce or pureed frozen berries)
- 1/4 cup raw unfiltered honey/maple syrup (I like to use maple syrup because it does not change the flavor as much as honey can)
- 1/4 cup grass fed gelatin
- fun silicon molds (I like the Gummy Bears, Dinosaurs, Hearts, and Stars)
- Combine the apple juice and strawberry puree in a small saucepan and heat over low heat. When the mixture has reached a WARM (but not boiling) state, whisk in honey until melted.
- When the honey/maple is melted, whisk in the gelatin until it is dissolved completely.
- Pour into molds and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Enjoy! These will keep in your fridge for 2 weeks! They are more the consistency of gummy snacks and are able to go in baggies in your kid's lunches!
‘Tis the season to start making those homemade holiday gifts! Last year my series of posts on making your own holiday gifts went over really well, Continue reading “Homemade Spiced Mayan Hot Cacao Mix in a Jar – Homemade Holiday Gifts”
I grew up not eating squash or zucchini. I was given the idea that I didn't like squash and therefore always picked it out if it were any in a dish that I ordered at a restaurant. Recently, I decided it was time to change the way that I think about squash by finding the best recipes and learning how to make squash that I fall in love with. Continue reading “How to Cook With Spaghetti Squash”