Healthy Eating for the Whole Family. What foods should you be feeding your family?  How to plan and cook healthy meals.

Healthy Eating for the Whole Family. What foods should you be feeding your family? How to plan and cook healthy meals.

 

 Food is fuel

 

Did you ever hear the saying we are what we eat?  

Our bodies function based on the fuel we feed it.  When we fuel our bodies with processed, sugary foods that have empty calories, we are going to be running on empty, with little energy and struggling to get through the day.  We aren’t going to last too long before our bodies give up on us.

Our food system is failing us

 

  • Almost 30 million people in the United States have diabetes source
  • 133 million Americans or 40% of the total population of this country are affected by a chronic disease source
  • 2 million Americans, including 5.6 million children or roughly two in every classroom have food allergies source  
  • Childhood obesity is the most common chronic disease of childhood affecting more than 30% of children source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are multiple factors to blame 

 

  • Fast Food

Fast food has become quite popular with our fast paced lives and over booked schedules.   BUT… fast food is loaded with preservatives, it’s high in fat, and has empty calories. Fast food is deep fried in a corn based oil, which is the most unhealthiest oil for human consumption. It’s high in saturated fat which is a known contributor to heart disease.  Even the “healthy” fast food options are not as healthy as you think.

 

  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)

GMO’s is a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.  Mixing genes is unnatural and produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens and nutritional deficiencies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require safety studies, does not mandate labeling of GMO’s and allows companies to put their genetically Modified foods onto the market without notifying stores.  70-80% of the food we eat are genetically modified.

 

  • Growth Hormones and Antibiotics

Many conventional farmed animals are given growth hormones to fatten them up and antibiotics to treat illness they encounter in their hazardous, overcrowded  living conditions. These toxins are getting into our food supply and are having detrimental effects on our health.

 

  • Artificial flavors, artificial colors, added sugars, natural flavors, high fructose corn syrup

Ingredient labels can be very overwhelming.  But the more you read them and learn about the ingredients, the more comfortable you will feel in making educated food decisions.  

 

 

 

What foods should I be feeding my family?

 

 

 

healthy eating for the whole family

 

 Whole Foods

 

Whole foods or real foods have not been processed or refined.   Some examples of whole foods that you should include in your diet are:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Grains
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Dairy  – Milk, yogurt, butter, cheese

 

Foods free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)

Unfortunately, as I stated earlier, foods are not required to label when they contain genetically modified ingredients.  But many foods are labeling foods that DO NOT contain GMO’S..

You want to look for labels on your food that say:

  • Non GMO
  • GMO Free
  • GMO Project Verified
  • Organic – always free of GMO’s

 

Organic Food

Organic foods have the most nutritional benefits as they do not have pesticides, fertilizers and GMO’S like their conventional counterpart.  

You want to look for labels that say:

  • USDA Organic
  • 100% Organic
  • If a labels says “Organic” then at least 70% of the ingredients are organic

Conventional fruits and vegetables are often saturated with harmful pesticides.  No amount of washing, scrubbing or soaking will remove the pesticides.  

Here is a list of Fruits and Vegetables that according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) contain the most pesticide residue AND you should ALWAYS buy organic.  

 

2019 dirty dozen

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cheries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Hot peppers

 

 

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The EWG also puts out a list of Fruits and Vegetables they identified as the“Clean 15,” which report the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue.

 

 

2019 Clean 15

 

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet frozen peas
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Honeydew melons

 

 

Sweet corn and papaya sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Organic varieties are recommended.  

 

 

 

Grass Fed, Free of hormones, Free of antibiotics

 

When buying dairy and meat products you want to choose grass fed, free of hormones and free of antibiotics.

 

When buying eggs choose Free-Range, Pasture Raised and Organic.

 

When buying fish, opt for wild caught preferably locally sourced or from areas that are not highly polluted.

 

 

Now that we know what foods we should be eating let’s talk about ways we can optimize feeding our families healthy meals.

 

 

 

Healthy Eating for the whole family – How busy moms can incorporate healthy eating with their families

 

 

 Meal Planning

 

Having a set plan in place and knowing what meals you’ll be preparing, before preparing them is a game changer.  

 

Benefits of meal planning

 

  • Provide healthy, home cooked meals for your family
  • Spend less money
  • Save valuable time
  • Reduce waste
  • Improve your and your family’s health
  • Achieve fitness goals – lose weight, gain muscle mass

 

How to meal plan

 

Sit down with your weekly schedule and create a meal plan that fits in your schedule.  Plan for quick, easy meals on busy nights when your time is limited and plan meals that may take a bit more time to prepare on nights that are not as busy.  I use my handy dandy bullet journal to keep my family’s weekly schedule and meal plans organized in one compact place.      

 

Create a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need as your planning your weekly menu. 

 

 

 

The more you plan, the easier and less time consuming it will become.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Shopping

Food Shopping can be a very daunting task, but with a meal plan in place and a set list of exactly what you need, you can lessen the burden. 

 

  Optimize your food shopping and shop with ease

    

  • Go food shopping at off times when the crowds are minimal – early in the morning or late at night.  (you might miss the freshest produce but if it means beating the crowds it might be worth it for you.
  • Shop the perimeter of the store where all the fresh produce is and limit the inner isles where all the processed foods are.  An exception to this rule is beans, spices, oils and pasta.
  • Leave the kids at home.  Bringing kids to the supermarket during your bulk shopping trip can be very distracting.
  • On line food delivery services –  There are are many grocery delivery services to choose from.

On line shopping reduces impulsive shopping

Allows you to compare products and sale items.

You can shop specific categories and a wide variety of organic and non-GMO options.

After your initial order is set up, re orders are super easy.  You can add or remove items as needed and use coupons.

Many have apps you can download to your smart phone for super convenience.

 

One drawback to online grocery shopping is you’re missing out on incorporating extra movement into your every day life.  Those steps during your supermarket visit can really add up.

 

  • In store pick up – Many stores offer in store pick up.  You can place your food order on line, and pick up it up at a designated time.  It beats crowds, long lines and delivery charges. See what local stores in your area offer in store pick up.  

 

 

Cooking

 

Cooking healthy meals doesn’t have to be you spending hours in the kitchen cutting, chopping and preparing.  With a little planning and preparation, you can have hot, healthy meals on the table every night of the week if you follow these steps

 

How to Work Smarter not Harder in the kitchen   

 

Meal Prep – Spend a bulk of time on the weekends prepping, or break it down into timed increments the night before or the morning of.

 

Here are some ways you can meal prep prior to cooking:

 

  • Wash and cut, chop or spiralize vegetables
  • Roast vegetables
  • Cook up grains, rice or beans.  FYI, dried beans once cooked and cooled, freeze well
  • Make dressings, marinades or sauces

 

Kitchen tools to help you work smarter not harder

 

Crock Pot

 

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Prep your food the night before, put everything in the crockpot and store it in your refrigerator overnight.  The next morning turn it on and slow cook your food throughout the day. By dinner time you will have a healthy, hot meal ready to go.  

 

 

 

Instant Pot

 

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The instant pot is a multi-functional cooker that is meant for busy moms to get weeknight dinners on the table.  I have used it as a pressure cooker, to sauté, steam and slow cooker. It’s also a rice and yogurt maker. It makes things super fast and delicious.  You can cook frozen foods in minutes.

 

 

 

Air Fryer

 

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An air fryer can fry, bake, roast and grill with little to no oil.  It makes all your food crispy as if it were deep fried. I have been experimenting with healthy finger foods and I am always pleasantly surprised at how crispy and delicious everything comes out.  

 

 

 

What are your thoughts?

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12 Super Foods That Boost Immune System and How You Can Include Them In Your Family’s Diet

12 Super Foods That Boost Immune System and How You Can Include Them In Your Family’s Diet

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Foods have been traditionally used as medicine across many cultures all around the globe since the beginning of time.  Many of the foods we eat have super food characteristics and tons of health benefits.

 

12 Superfoods that will boost your immune system for overall health and wellness. 

 

Garlic

foods that boost immune system

Garlic has been used for thousands of years all around the world as a food ingredient as well as a medicine.   It is a natural immunity booster and can protect against cold and flu.  One study conducted gave 146 healthy volunteers either garlic supplements or a placebo for three months.  The garlic group had a 63% lower risk of getting a cold, and their colds were also 70% shorter. (source)

 

Ways you can use garlic

  • Eat it raw – The best way to get all the health benefits that garlic has to offer is to eat it raw.  If you can handle it’s intensity, then chow down.
  • Cook with it – Adding garlic in your cooking is the next best way to get all of the health benefits.  Peel and either crush or mince the garlic and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  This helps to maximize all the medicinal properties.  Add it into sauces, soups, sautés and rubs.  The more cloves you use, the more health benefits you get.
  • Make a garlic tea – Add 2-3 cloves of garlic (cut in half) to water and boil.  Cover and let seep for 10 minutes.  Add some honey and lemon for a super immunity booster.  Sip and enjoy.  This is especially good for when you are feeling under the weather.
  • Treat ear infections – Many ear infections are caused by viruses which are unaffected by antibiotics.  Thousands of children unnecessarily take antibiotics each year to treat ear infections.  Most children can fight an ear infection on their own within 24-72 hours.  But in the meantime, you can make a garlic and oil solution to alleviate symptoms.

How to make Garlic and Oil Ear Solution

  • Heat 3 tablespoons of high quality olive oil and a fresh garlic clove minced in a sauce pan on low heat for about 20 minutes
  • Strain the garlic and let the oil cool to body temperature
  • Add 2 drops to the infected ear

You can accomplish the same thing by mincing raw garlic and letting it sit in the olive oil for 2-3 hours.

If you don’t want to make a homemade version, Herb Pharm makes an Ear Oil to relieve pain from an ear infection.

 

Onion

foods that boost immune system

Onions are loaded with numerous health benefits and scientists are still discovering how healthy onions really are.  They contain vitamin C, B6, iron, folate and potassium.  Onions are an anti inflammatory and anti-bacterial have been proven to relieve cold and flu symptoms.  The good thing about onions is they don’t lose health benefits when they are cooked. It transfers over to the foods so go ahead and add it in all your recipes.  Majority of the healing properties are in the outer layers of the onion so discard as minimal as possible.

How to use onions to treat illnesses

  • Ear infection – Heat the onion in the oven for about 15 minutes on 300.  Wrap it in a towel and place it over the infected ear.  You will feel immediate relief.
  • Onions on the bottom of your feet – When you come down with a cold or flu, slice an onion into rings, place them at the bottom of your feet and put on your socks.  Sleep like this overnight.  The onions purify the blood, remove toxins and heal your body.
  • Onion air purifier  – Folklore believed that cut up onions remove toxins, viruses and bacteria from the air.  If you place a cut up onion in a bowl and place around your house during cold and flu season, the antibacterial properties in the onion will suck the germs out of the air.

 

Honey

foods that boost immune system

Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can help boost your immune system and fight illnesses.  I give my kids honey when they have a cough or a sore throat.  You can put a teaspoon of honey in a hot cup of tea or give it by the teaspoon.  Caution – honey shouldn’t be given to children under 1 year old.

You want to avoid those cute commercial honey bears you see lining supermarket shelves.  They are nothing more than honey flavored corn syrup that have ZERO healing properties.

 

The healthiest types of honey are

  • Raw honey – It’s unpasteurized and unfiltered and has the most healing properties.  I get this raw honey for my family.
  • Local honey – It contains nectar of local flora and particles from pollen from the area.  When you take local honey your body naturally desensitizes itself to dust, mold and pollen in the air.  Local honey is great if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
  • Manuka honey – Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush and it has tons of medicinal properties.  It is anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory and has been proven to defend against infections, colds and flu.  I buy this Manuka honey at the beginning of every school year.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

foods that boost immune system

Apple Cider Vinegar has a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.  Drinking just a small amount of this liquid gold can have a ton of health benefits.  It’s good for gut health, it aides in digestion and it’s good for your skin, helps you lose weight and lowers blood sugar.

How to incorporate ACV into your diet

  • Drink a daily super cocktail of lemon water with 2 tablespoons (or whatever you can take) of ACV
  • Add it to your salad dressings, marinades and home made bone broths.

What is the best ACV to buy?

You don’t want to buy any old ACV you see on store shelves.  You want to buy a high quality ACV that has the most health benefits.  I buy Bragg Organic, Raw, Apple Cider Vinegar.  You will see remnants of the apples floating around the bootle. It doesn’t sound, or look too appealing but that’s the liquid gold that contains all the health benefits.

 

 

Turmeric

foods that boost immune system

Turmeric has been a part of the Indian culture for nearly 4000 years as a culinary spice, healing property and it held some religious significance.  It is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant and should be a part of your immunity boosting regimen.

You want to make sure you buy a high quality, organic ground Turmeric or fresh Turmeric root.  I like Simply Organic Turmeric.

How you can add turmeric to your life

  • Cook with it – You can add it to most of your recipes from omelets, stews and vegetables.
  • Add it to your smoothies – Add a pinch to your smoothies.  It doesn’t alter the taste just the color.
  • Turmeric Tea – Dr. Weil recommends drinking a Turmeric tea.  Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then stir in ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric or fresh grated turmeric. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking. You can stir in honey or fresh lemon juice for added flavor.

 

Ginger

foods that boost immune system

Ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat colds and stomach issues including nausea.  It is an anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Two natural antibiotics have been found in ginger and it has been proven to inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria including the  RSV virus, the cause of respiratory infections.

 How you can incorporate ginger in your life

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as an oil or juice.

  • Fresh – My favorite way is to buy fresh ginger.  You can find it in the produce section of your local supermarket.  Scrape off the skin and cut the ends off.   Cut if up and use in stir fry’s, smoothies and tea.  I like Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Tea or I make my own.
  • Ground Ginger – Buy a high quality, organic ground ginger and add it to all your favorite soups and stir fry’s to add a delicious flavor to your meals as well as immunity boosting health benefits.

 

 

Leafy Greens 

foods that boost immune system

These green superfoods contain high levels of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and help fight off infections.  They also contain iron, folate and fiber which have tons of immunity boosting properties.

How you can add greens to your life

  • Sautee in garlic, high quality olive oil with a dash of sea salt add it to your favorite dish or use as a side dish.
  • Add it into your smoothies, salads and omelets.

 

 

Mushrooms

foods that boost immune system

You may not think of mushrooms as an immunity boosting super food, but they are loaded with immunity boosting properties.  Medicinal mushrooms have been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years.  They are a good source of vitamin B, iron and selenium.  Mushrooms are an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and cooking them releases their healing properties.

 

 

How you can incorporate mushrooms in your life

  • It is best to buy fresh or dried mushrooms.  Be wary of canned mushrooms as they may have a lot of sodium.
  • Sautee them, add to stir fries, soups and broths or as a pizza topping.

 

Bone Broth 

Bone broth is a superfood and has become a staple in my kitchen especially during the winter months.  It aides in digestion, reduces joint pain and inflammation, it has high amounts of calcium and magnesium, improves immune system and protects against cold and flu.  I cook with it, or drink it hot like a cup of tea.

Bone Broth Recipe

  • Place bones in a sauce pot.  You can use any bones from chicken, beef, pork, even fish just be sure the bones are from organic, grass fed or pastured animals.  (I mostly use chicken bones that I save from previous meals.  You can collect and freeze bones.)
  • Fill the pot with 2/3 filtered water and about 1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar – let it sit like this at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes, as this pulls the nutrients out of the bones.
  • Add vegetables – onions, carrots, celery and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 10-24 hours.
  • Let the broth cool, then strain, add some sea salt for added flavor, and jar in mason jars
  • These can be kept refrigerated 5-7 days, or freezer for up to 6 months.

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Green Tea 

foods that boost immune system

Green tea is loaded with nutrients and naturally occurring antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.  It can improve brain function, burn fat, maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and lowers your risk of cancer.  It can interfere with iron absorption so it’s best to consume green tea between meals not with meals.

My favorite Green Tea’s are Traditional Medicinals Green Tea with Ginger or Traditional Medicinals Green Tea with Peppermint.  Most Green Tea’s do contain caffeine.

You can also use green tea to treat tired mom eyes.  Click here to read about how to rejuvenate tired eyes.  

Berries

foods that boost immune system

Berries are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, they have vitamins A, C and E which prevent cell damage and reduce risk of diseases. Resveratrol is found in grapes, particularly grapes that are used to make red wine.  It’s known to reduce inflammation, prevent clogged arteries and protect against cancer.  So go ahead and enjoy a nice glass of red wine.  It’s good for your health.

Goji berries are loaded with tons of health benefits, such as iron, fiber, vitamins A and C, zinc and antioxidants.   Whole Foods Market has Goji berries in their bulk section or these are a nice sweet snack.

 

 

 

Sweet Potatoes 

foods that boost immune system

Sweet Potatoes are high in an antioxidants, vitamins, iron, calcium and selenium.  They are known to boost immune system, treat inflammation, control diabetes and are particularly effective in treating bronchitis.

Here are some ways I make Sweet Potatoe’s for my family  

  • Sweet Potato fries – Cut evenly, spread on baking sheet  (don’t overcrowd), drizzle with olive oil, bake on high heat, flip half way through, add sea salt when done, let cool
  • Baked Sweet Potato – Puncture fork holes around potato, bake on high heat until tender, let cool, cut open and add your favorite toppings.
  • Mashed Sweet Potato – Boil in a large pot of salted water until tender, mash while adding milk until desired consistency, add butter and brown sugar.
  • Air fryer Sweet Potatoes – Dice into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, add sea salt, place in air fryer.  I cooked mine on 400 for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.  but cook time depends on the size of your potato’s and size of your air fryer.

 

Potato Tip – Soak your potatoes in cold water for at least 1 hour, to remove some of the starch from inside the potato.  Rinse and pat dry. 

 

 

I hope that you found the content in this post valuable and hopefully you learned some steps you can take to add some superfoods into your cooking.  Being on purpose about the foods you are feeding your family can be a game changer for your family’s overall health and wellness. 

 

Foods that boost immune system

 

What are some superfoods you incorporate in your family’s diet?  Leave me a comment below.

 

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Work Smarter not Harder.  Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Healthy Mom

Work Smarter not Harder. Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Healthy Mom

I love feeding my family healthy, home cooked, real food.  But with 4 kids, the hubby’s unpredictable work schedule and everyone running in different directions, healthy, family meals can be very challenging.  I learned how to maximize my time by pre – planning and investing in a few good kitchen tools to help me prepare healthy food options for my family without spending hours in the kitchen.

 

 

 

Here are my favorite kitchen tools to help me work smarter not harder.

 

 

 

KitchenAid Mixer 

 

 

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

 

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a KitchenAid Mixer.  This powerful tool can mash, kneed, whip, beat and mix for all your cooking and baking needs.  From Sunday meatballs to holiday cookies.  One of the uh-may-zing things about the KitchenAid Mixer is all the attachments you can add on.  I have my eye on the Vegetable Sheet CutterSpiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice and the Pasta Press.

 

 

 

Bread Machine

 

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

 

 

When I first got my bread machine I had every intention of making a variety of different, home made, from scratch breads.  The breads were delicious and super healthy.  But it was too time consuming and not something I was able to maintain.  Low and behold Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix.  I have always used Bob’s Redmill products because they are healthy and have safe ingredients but I had no idea Bob’s Redmill made a Bread mix.  I couldn’t contain my level of excitement when I came across this gem in the organic isle of my local supermarket.  #winning  So now, thanks to bob and his Red Mill, I can make my kids fresh baked bread without breaking a sweat.

 

 

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 Nutri Bullet

 

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

 

 

I got my nutri bullet with the intention of only using it to make my morning protein smoothies.  I was looking for a tool to make make my smoothies effortlessly and with little clean up.  The blend and go concept is super convenient.  Now I use my nutri bullet multi times a day.  My kids love my smoothies as an after school snack where i’m able to sneak in some fruits and veggies.  I also use it to pulverize tomato’s, beans and basil for pesto.  It’s pretty powerful for a little gadget.

 

 

 

must have kitchen tools for the busy mom

 

 

 

 Instant Pot

 

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

I love, love, love my Instant Pot.  I’ve only been using it for about one month and I’m not using it to it’s full potential yet as I’m still learning it’s many uses but so far I LOVE IT!  I use my instant pot 4-5 nights a week.  It is a multi-functional cooker that is meant for busy moms to get weeknight dinners on the table.  I have used it as a pressure cooker, to sauté, steam and slow cooker.  It’s also a rice and yogurt maker.  It makes things super fast and delicious.  Did you ever forget to defrost something and then your dinner plan for the night is out the window?  That doesn’t happen with the instant pot.  You can cook frozen foods in minutes.  This is a MUST HAVE for any busy mom trying to feed their family healthy, home cooked meals.

 

 

 

 

 

Air Fryer

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

 

I was always on the fence about getting an Air Fryer.  It’s kinda bulky, takes up counter space and I wondered if I really needed another kitchen gadget.  I have the instant pot and nothing will top that.  Well…, my only regret is that I did not get an air fryer sooner.  I love it.  It can fry, bake, roast and grill with little to no oil.  It makes all your food crispy as if it were deep fried.  I have been experimenting with healthy finger foods and I am always pleasantly surprised at how crispy and delicious everything comes out.  It’s almost too good to be true.   

 

 

Spiralizer

 

Must Have Kitchen Tools For The Busy Mom

 

I was in a zoodle frenzy when I first got my  spiralizer  You can spiralize so many vegetables into spaghetti or curly fries.  My favorite veggie to spiralize is zucchini.  Then I sauté them in garlic and oil just for a minute or two and top with sea salt, black pepper and a little grated cheese.  It’s the perfect substitution when my family is eating pasta during Sunday dinner.  I also spiralize carrots, onion, sweet potatoes, and bell pepper.  The vegetable spiralizer comes with five different blades to make assorted sized spirals.  This is a great way to add a variety of colored veggies to your diet in a healthy, fun way.

 

 

 

Food Processor

 

 

I got my food processor as a gift for my bridal shower 15 years ago.  It finally bit the dust.  I am in the market for a new one, especially since the kids have gone back to school and our schedules are well, crazy again.  For any busy mom looking to work smarter not harder, a Food Processor is a must.  It can slice and cut vegetables, shred or grate cheeses and vegetables, grind nuts, seeds, meats and dried fruit, mix and kneed dough and make dips and sauces.   When I am ready to make my purchase, I have my eye on the Cuisinart 14-Cup Brushed Stainless Steel Food Processor. 

 

 

What kitchen tools can’t you live without?  Drop a comment below?

 

 

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My goal is to un-complicate life and provide moms with the tools and strategies to make informed decisions so you can live your best mom life.  .

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How To Make Homemade Bone Broth and Why You Should (Video Bonus)

How To Make Homemade Bone Broth and Why You Should (Video Bonus)

Homemade Broth is a Superfood

 

Bone broth has a ton of health benefits and healing properties.

  • It aides in digestion
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation
  • It has high amounts of calcium and magnesium
  • It helps maintain healthy skin, teeth and hair including strengthening tooth enamel
  • Improves immune system and protects against cold and flu

 

What to do with Bone Broth

I add bone broth to any and every recipe I can get away with.  I use it to make rice, quinoa, soups, stews and chili.  It’s a great way to get the health benefits of the broth into your kids diets.

You and your kiddo’s can drink.  A warm cup of bone broth is my first line of defense when anyone in my house so much as sniffles.  It’s the “magic potion” that will keep us healthy.

homemade bone broth

How to make Bone Broth

  • Bones from chicken, beef, pork, even fish just be sure the bones are from organic, grass fed or pastured animals.  (I mostly use chicken bones that I save from previous meals.  You can collect and freeze bones.)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar – I like Braag’s Raw ACV
  • 3 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Filtered water
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

 

 

Recipe

  • Place bones in a sauce pot.
  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover bones and vegetables, 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and dash of sea salt – let it sit like this at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes, as this pulls the nutrients out of the bones.
  • Add vegetables – onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bring to a boil
  • Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 18-24 hours
  • Let the broth cool then strain.  Add sea salt for added flavor
  • Store in mason jars and let cool on your countertop before storing them in your refrigerator
  • These can be kept refrigerated 5-7 days, or freezer for up to 6 months.

 

homemade bone broth

 

 

Crock Pot

When I first started making bone broth, I made it in a crockpot.  I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my stovetop on at night or when I wasn’t home so the crock pot was a safe alternative.  I like bone broth in a crock pot but I find it’s too small.

To make bone broth in a crock pot follow same directions for sauce pot and cook on low for 18 – 24 hours.

 

 

Instant Pot

The instant pot is a great way to make bone broth quickly.

Select the “Soup” button, set pressure to “low” and increase cook time to 120 minutes.  Allow pot to depressurize naturally.

 

 

How do you make your bone broth?  What recipes do you make with your broth?   Leave me a comment below.

 

Check out how to make Master Tonic and how to use it to boost your immune system.

 

About Me

About Me

Hi there!  I'm Danielle, mom blogger, visionary and dreamer.

I'm on a mission to help moms create a Simply Pure life of Joy + Balance + Optimal Health & Wellness for ourselves and our families.  

My goal is to un-complicate life and provide moms with the tools and strategies to make informed decisions so you can live your best mom life.  .

Read more about the girl behind the blog here

Want to live intentionally?  Click here for my FREE Intentional Living mini course

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