Monday, August 3, 2015

Peppers and Tomatoes over Chicken with Rice

Need a quick and delicious dinner idea this week? 

Like many of you, I'm a busy parent. Some days require an easy approach to dinner that doesn't compromise on flavor or nutritional value - wouldn't you agree? This recipe is gluten free and if you omit the feta, it can be dairy free too.

Monday, July 6, 2015

In Season! Fruits and Vegetables (Summer), Part III

Welcome to Part III of IV. This is the Summer collection. You can typically find these fruits and vegetables in season from June - August in most U.S. climates. I chose a handful of fruits and vegetables to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone (try something new) and I also wanted to shared more recipes for various veggies and fruit for those who have expressed the need. You can find part II (Spring) here and part I (Winter) here

Convey Awareness | In Season! Fruits and Veggies (Summer) Part III - Recipe Collection

Reminder: Why do we want to eat produce that's grown in season? 
1) Higher nutrient value; they fully ripen 
2) Lower impact on the environment; reduce food miles 
3) Costs less!

Plus - You may be able to support local farmers! This puts more money back into your local economy! #shopsmall #shoplocal

You may know that I advocate for families to eat more fruits and vegetables daily. Will you partner with me by challenging yourself to eat FIVE. That is, five different fruits and five different veggies every day! Is this hard? Depends. Is it worth it? Well, your life may depend upon it! Let's choose real, colorful food by way of fruits and vegetables (and a variety from good food sources). It could very well promote healing and recovery in our wellness journey. Woohoo!! Let's hear it for whole food nutrition!!

If you're struggling to try something new because you're eating the same 2 or 3 veggies (or fruit) day in and day out, you may be interested in learning that I was just like you a handful of years ago. (Learn more here.)

You can also download my free eGuide (no affiliations mentioned) if you'd like to incorporate more colorful foods by way of fruits and vegetables in your regimen. (Click here.)

Lastly, you can always bridge the gap with dehydrated fruits and veggies that are non-GMO and NSF Certified. The starches have been removed making the capsules a good choice for most. There are 30 whole foods! More information here

I encourage you to set a new goal every week: Try a new fruit or a new vegetable. Go online, find a recipe, learn how to clean or prep it, and how to make it (if it needs cooking). Open your mind to the possibilities! Always look for ways to keep the whole food as close to its natural state as possible. 

The aforementioned served as a catalyst for me to change and nowadays I really enjoy fruits and veggies. Seriously. People ask me what I'm always thinking about and my answer is usually vegetables or cookies (you know since I'm being honest here).

How to find fruits and vegetables in season in your specific region - visit Sustainable Table and for a list of produce generally available, go to Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters

Lastly, you may want to see if there are any farmer's markets in your area or community support agriculture programs or co-ops (like Azure Standard or Frontier), visit Local Harvest. You can Google the co-op programs and find the site and drop off information for your city, if available, on their websites. 

Ready? Let's dig in! =)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Detox Your Mind and Body

Detox Your Mind and Body Cover with Skyfire Ranch

Your wellness journey is personal and unique. I encourage you to do your own research and make the best decisions for your family’s situation with the resources you have at the time.

Our goal, I believe, is to continue seeking truths (that we deem necessary) by staying open to opportunities of learning. 

Here are 6 ways I kindly suggest that you add (if it’s a good fit) to live a positive and refreshing life. Through some of these steps, you will detox your old ways and be renewed in the process. Remember, you matter, and this is usually a hard concept to embrace if you have children living at home. 

A version of this post was featured in the Holistic Moms Wisemom eMag (available to members. Find a chapter in your area! Learn more here.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Almond and Oat Cookies *GF/DF*

While straightening out my pantry, I found a half bag of almond meal and recalled in that moment a recipe I had found on my Google+ feed. I went back to my feed to find her recipe and pulled it up. The image she shared was captivating but for personal reasons, I made some modifications to the list of ingredients. Go learn about the inspiration behind the sharing of her recipe on her blog, American Moments. Below you'll find the recipe adapted in several ways.

Convey Awareness | Gluten and dairy free almond & oat cookies

Almond and Oat Cookies (gluten and dairy free)

Preheat oven to 375*. Line a cookie sheet with a parchment paper for easy clean up and even baking. Yields approximately 2 dozen 1 inch cookies.