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February 17, 2017

Practical tips for getting a nourishing breakfast in among the chaos of motherhood!

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning Routine

Good morning, dear momma…

Motherhood is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever lived. I am writing this special post about you. For you. While I am usually focused on the kids and feeding families on this blog, today, I want you to set all of that aside for a bit and to talk about you.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineYou are worth taking care of…

I think it is pretty safe to say that in most households, mom probably last on the list. Especially if you have newborns or needy toddlers in the house, it goes without saying that your hands are tied.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineBut can I ask you something?

When a firefighter goes into a burning house, who does he put the oxygen mask to first?

That firefighter is not very helpful if he is on the floor of the burning house not able to breathe because he was more concerned about getting the oxygen to the person inside. The firefighter first puts the oxygen mask to himself, so he is able to help those he is there to save.

Momma, yes tending to newborn cries is important, but if you are not taking care of yourself somewhere in there, you will crash and burn at some point. 

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineFill your cup so you can fill the rest of your family

Over the last 8 years of motherhood, I have grown to become incredibly protective over 2 things.

My sleep, and my breakfast.

Sleep is tough when you have babies in the house, but it can be done. I will save that topic for another day, because today we are going to talk about breakfast! Somewhere near that stack of books you know you’ll be reading to little ones all day needs to be a plate or bowl of nourishment for you.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineMomma’s breakfast = not negotiable

A surefire way to get the day started off on the wrong foot is to make sure you don’t eat something. A few years ago I started a post series on my Instagram (hashtag #RGNMorningMommaFuel) as a way to remind moms to eat something, and to keep myself accountable for getting breakfast in. At the time I had a newborn, a toddler, and a school aged kid, and I found that the days I got breakfast in ran much smoother than the days where I just grabbed a quick banana.

Breakfast became a non negotiable for me. While my breakfast routine has changed over the last 3 years as my dietary needs have changed (for example, I’m not nursing babies or pregnant right now), all in all the theme has always been the same (focused on real, nutrient dense food), and it makes all the difference in the world in how my day runs.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineMy routine

I’m going to share some of my weekday, school morning, quick breakfast routines in hopes that it will spark some inspiration with you, my readers.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you read!

  • I get up before my kids. Period. I know that stinks. But for me, it is crucial to my sanity to have at least 15-20 minutes of quiet before the chaos begins. If you have babies, I realize this is somewhat of a wild card. I also realize however, if you have babies, they gotta nap at some point that morning, so if they are up early to nurse, simply get them in a sling or carrier, or down on the floor with something interesting to look at after they feed, and fix yourself some food. If you have an early rising toddler, give them a quick banana and raw cheese or cup of milk and set them up with some floor puzzles or their favorite book to look at while you get some food. It’s ok for a toddler to learn about someone other than themselves – awareness of others needs is a great social skill for them to learn.
  • Most of these meals come together in 10 minutes or less! I found my day ran smoother eating first versus waiting until the kids got up to eat, or eating after they ate – because by that point I was so far gone on hunger. It is also inevitable that someone will always need you once the kids are up!
  • The food portions and ratios of macros is what works for ME. This is meant to be inspiration. Not set in stone. Figure out what type of fuel your body works best on, and go from there. I am a recovering adrenal exhaustion and Hashimoto’s fighter, and so my food is based on what works for my body where I am at – which is waaaay better off than where I used to be even just a few years ago. While I was a nursing momma, my plate had more carbohydrates because I needed it to function and keep up. While I am certainly not on the low carb train, I do tend to eat breakfast lighter on the carb side as I follow more of an Adrenal Reset type plan, eating more of my carbs later in the day.
  • You will notice I don’t have smoothies on my breakfast plan. If you love smoothies, they make a great quick breakfast, so go for it as long as they are packed with nutrients! I like to chew my breakfast, and enjoy a hot breakfast versus super cold and that is just personal preference. You can see a great green smoothie recipe here – my kids love it for breakfast! I used smoothies when I was  nursing as a mid morning snack a lot.
  • You will notice I side my breakfast with a bit of kimchi or sauerkraut every morning! It is an easy way to add a vegetable to breakfast, help your food digest, and infiltrate your gut with nourishing bacteria for the day!

To see my weekday “Morning Momma Fuel” posts, you can follow the hashtag #RGNMorningMommaFuel on my Instagram!

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineEvery Monday, I hard boil 1 to 1 1/2 dozen eggs for the week.

I peel them and get them into a container and they make for fast breakfast additions for myself, as well as the kids’ breakfasts and lunchbox/snack packing for school. I use my Instant Pot which makes this process super fast, but for years (including all of my newborn years!) I steamed them in my steamer or boiled them the old fashioned way!

Hard boiled eggs go with just about anything!

From freezer breakfast cookies (which is our Friday staple!) to veggie wraps, freezer muffins, healthier pancakes, or a bowl of granola with raw milk. One of my favorite uses for hard boiled eggs is with dinner stir fry leftovers! Just top those stir frys with an egg – it is so fast and so good! (See Tip #4 for lists of breakfast cookie and granola options!)

Egg free friends!

We had to be an egg free house for a while back when one of my girls couldn’t tolerate them. It is do-able! Instead of hard boiled eggs,  keep a freezer bag of these great sausage patties in the freezer – you can thaw it out in the pan in minutes.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineVeggie minerals have made ALL the difference in how I feel every morning.

It seems almost too simple! After I had my second baby, I started eating lunch and dinner leftovers for breakfast sometimes when my hands were too full to cook, and I feel in love with eating soup for breakfast. Give it a try for a week or 2 before you write me off!

Soup goes with just about anything!

Eggs, bacon, freezer biscuits or muffins, breakfast cookies, veggie scrambles or hashes, avocados. The soup takes just minutes to warm through and all of those sides are easily prepped in minutes as well.

Some tips for making soup an easy breakfast

  • Make one large pot of soup every week to eat off from all week long. If you search “soup” on my search bar at the top of this screen, there is literally over a dozen different soups to try! Make soup a part of your prep day, or serve a doubled portion for a meal on the weekends so you have some left for during the week.
  • When you make soup for dinner, double the recipe and fill the freezer. A lot of my soup recipes are already large portions for my family of 5, so if you are a smaller family, these will feel like big recipes – use the leftovers for your breakfast!
  • Freeze in convenient portions for your family. When it was just my husband and I and a baby or 2, I used to freeze in these little pint freezer containers so I could just pull one portion out for my husband and I. These days with 5 mouths to feed, I tend to freeze in quart and half gallon portions so that when I pull soup out of the freezer it can feed me for breakfast and/or lunch as well as my family for a meal.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineI mentioned in the soup section how much of a difference I noticed that veggie minerals made in my morning, so veggies are a part of my breakfast most days of the week in some form.

Veggie and egg quick prep tips (or bacon/sausage/avocado if you are egg free)

  • Chop the night before. Since the chopping can be what hangs most people up on the time to get this done, take 5 minutes and prep your veggies the night before. You can just dump them into a hot skillet the next morning and your breakfast can be done in less than 10 minutes.
  • Keep it simple. Two veggies with some onion and garlic make the most amazing skillet veggie hash! Use what is in season so it doesn’t get boring. There are great veggie hash and potato hash recipes in my cookbook Nourished Beginnings – my kids crave it! It is a great one to make large portions of so the kids are eating the same thing as you.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineThis concept is similar to the soup section.

Plan to double your recipe every time you bake, and your freezer will always have something to pull from. Before “Breakfast Cookie Fridays” ever became a thing in our house, it was “nursing momma needs food all the time”! Now that I have school aged kids, it is fun to celebrate Friday with breakfast cookies, but all of those recipes were born out of my hungry nursing days!

Freezer baked goods go with just about anything!

From soup to fried eggs, bacon, and smoothies! You will notice that all of my recipes for these items are a mixed bag of different gluten free flours. My purpose in this is to balance the muffins or breakfast cookies so that it isn’t just a bunch of grain or starch to shoot blood sugars up. There is definitely a method to the madness!

Freezer and thawing tips

  • Lock in moisture by wrapping and freezing leftovers as soon as they are cooled. I don’t always wrap in plastic wrap, but everything does go into a freezer bag and into the freezer by the time they are cooled all the way.
  • I warm freezer baked goods up right from the freezer most of the time. Put them on a baking sheet and into the oven. Turn the oven to 350, and by the time it pre-heats the cookies/biscuits/muffins are thawed and warm, ready to eat. You can alternatively set them out overnight to thaw.

Don’t forget about granola in the pantry!

Granola was always my fall back on unpredictable newborn days (which is most days with a newborn!). It is the reason I have so many recipes on the blog! Pour raw milk or coconut milk over your  bowl, or sprinkle it over yogurt!

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineFrittatas are the rushed moms breakfast bake!

Looks fancy, but honestly frittatas are actually one of my fall back breakfasts on mornings I have lost track of time or have early risers.  It looks and feels like a weekend breakfast casserole, but really takes just 15 minutes to make a skillet full that feeds the whole crew.

Egg scrambles are just as fast – simply cook your veg for a few minutes and then scramble the eggs in – you can be done in less than 10 minutes.

Egg cups/muffins are a fun, portable breakfast for kids, but also make a great side to a bowl of soup! There is a recipe here and one in my book Nourished Beginnings. They freeze up great too! You can use the tips for reheating in the muffin/breakfast cookie section to see how I heat them from the freezer.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineListen, I physically lived on dinner leftovers for breakfast for a full on year after I had my 3rd baby.

I would make a huge skillet stir fry for dinner and eat off the leftovers the next morning as I sleepily nursed the newborn. Then I would do it all over again for the next day! Change it up by topping your dinner leftover with a dreamy yolky egg or wrap it all  up it all up as a breakfast wrap, and you can transform dinner into a savory breakfast that will fuel you all morning!

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineWhat about the kids?

I totally realize the kids need to eat too, and these meals are great for kids! My kids eat the same as me about half the week I would say. They tolerate things like soaked oatmeal well that I do not, and love smoothies in the morning (which I do not!), so there is usually a few days where I use that as a quick breakfast for them. For more details on my breakfast rotation for the girls, you can read this post.

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineMy coffee routine

Because I know it will be asked about in the pictures, I’ll let you know how I take my coffee! Please know that I am absolutely aware that coffee isn’t for everyone. This is simply for those that are interested. If you are not, go ahead and hop down to the next section!

I tolerate coffee just fine – and yes I go days without it sometimes and don’t have a headache or symptoms. I truly enjoy the taste, the experience, the process of making it with love…and, let’s face it…in a crazy day filled with diapers, owies, piles of laundry, and cleaning up spills, sometimes starting your day with a little something that makes you happy and brings you joy is definitely a good thing!

I make 8oz (1 cup) of coffee (This is my favorite coffee brand – it is mold free and very clean sustainable source. Once you taste it, you’ll never be able to buy another brand – it is so delicious!), and then blend it for 30 seconds with 1 tablespoon of Bulletproof MCT oil, 1-2 teaspoons of butter, and half a scoop of grassfed collagen. It is a lovely, frothy, creamy delight that also keeps my blood sugar in check with all of the satiating fat and zero sugar. It is so good!

I also wanted to mention that I French Press my coffee to keep it clean and non toxic. I store my coffee in this airtight sealed container to keep it fresh and moisture free so it doesn’t mold.

http://amzn.to/2kUlxvyMy supplement routine

In a world where our soils are majorly depleted and not given proper resting periods to replenish, I have found I really do feel my best when supplementing. I know this can be a touchy subject in some circles, so if you feel strongly that supplements are not needed, you can absolutely skip by this section and just enjoy all of the real food breakfast ideas that I provided in this post! (Make sure you hop down and catch my final thoughts though!)

First and foremost, I want to clarify that this is what works for me. I have had some branding questions on what I use, so that is what this section is for. If you are unsure of how to supplement with what is best for YOUR current body needs, I recommend working with my friend Lydia, NTP who can look at your unique biochemistry and make suggestions based on what your body is in need of. She does HTMA testing via mail (no doctor’s note needed!) and will work directly with you, no matter where you live!

With my breakfast I always take:

(Remember that I am not a physician/practitioner. I cannot make recommendations for what you should take or dosages that are right for you – this is what works for me, and meant to give you an idea of what my routine looks like as well as answer the brand questions.)

Nourishing Breakfast Ideas For Busy Moms :: My Morning RoutineDear momma, you are so important.

It took me until I was 3 kids into this thing to realize that how I took care of myself mattered. You are the heartbeat of the home and if you are not well, the whole ship sinks. When I have taken the time to take care of myself I always take care of my family better.

You are allowed to take 15 minutes to have a meal.

Did you hear that? Set that baby down with something interesting to look at while you fix some food (you will be glad you start these little increments of learning how to play on their own early so that as they get older they will do it with ease! YES looking at an interesting toy, or out the window is play for an infant! That is a whole different topic for another time!), get those toddlers a stack paper and crayons and let them have at it, and get those big kids either helping in the kitchen, helping with the little guys, or send them off to play for 15 minutes. Your kids deserve a mom that is nourished and can be what they need for the day.

You are worth it, and you are loved!
xo Renee

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How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real Food

February 10, 2017

Easy instructions for how to make a frittata with any veggies you have on hand!

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real Food

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A short cut for busy mommas!

Fake out. Short cut. Whatever you wanna call it, frittatas are the busy momma’s breakfast bake fake out! We adore breakfast bakes (in fact, there is the most drool worthy breakfast bake in my cookbook Nourished Beginnings that all of my little ones love!).

But let’s face it…breakfasts bakes are best saved for special weekend brunches when you have a little extra time to fuss a bit, right?!

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodFritattas look and feel fancy and fussy like a breakfast bake, but I can get you in and out of the kitchen in 15 minutes flat!

In fact, these easy frittatas are so fast, that they are frequently on my breakfast rotation on school mornings. You can even do the veggie chopping the night before to shave off another 5 minutes of that time. My kids like to eat frittatas with a side of fresh fruit, or a banana muffin from the freezer, and a glass of raw milk. Little dishes of yogurt work well too. I like to eat mine with a bowl of leftover vegetable soup.

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodWeekday breakfast fast!

I promise you just about anyone can do this. I was petrified of my cast iron skillet until I really gave it a chance a number of years ago. And a frittata? Well, let’s just say it looked fancy, so I wasn’t so sure I could really pull it off!

As it turns out, frittatas are really nothing more than a few handfuls of cooked veggies baked into eggs. Truly whatever veggies you have on hand should work, so it is an evergreen breakfast that can change flavors with the seasons.

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodFrittatas 101…

A frittata begins with some aromatics (ie onion, peppers, mushrooms, etc) and the “harder” veggies that need extra time to get soft (ie potatoes, carrots, etc) cooked down to soften in some butter. You can throw in the more fragile vegetables that don’t need more than a minute of cook time right in after that (ie spinach, tomatoes, etc). Pour over your whisked eggs and herbs and then watch the magic happen!

I like to cook my frittata half on the stovetop, until the edges of the egg are set, and then finish it off on the middle rack of the oven, under the broiler. It really takes the guess work out of whether the middle of the egg is done, and it also gives a beautiful golden top to the frittata.

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodA note on skillets

You will need an oven safe skillet for making a frittata. I have this Lodge cast iron skillet, that was once my mom’s – they really last forever. They are quite inexpensive, and make a great investment since they actually flavor your food better with age!

If you season it just right, they actually have a better non stick surface than any skillet or pan you own! You can check out this tutorial for seasoning your cast iron – it is worth having it done right because my frittatas literally slide right out of the pan because my pan is so slick!

Oven Safe Skillet Options:

{Side note! The handle of these oven safe skillets get very hot! Don’t burn your hand! I wrap a thin kitchen towel around the handle of mine. I did find these really neat cast iron skillet “mitts” that slide right over the handle though!}

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodFavorite veggie and herb combos

I decided to break up 4 different frittata recipes for you to see how you can veggie combo, but you truly can use whatever you have on hand! Think of these recipes as mix and match – make them how you wish. In the spring and summer, fresh herbs are available more readily where I live, so I used fresh herbs for those. Dried herbs work just as well – use what your family enjoys!

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodA note about meat and cheese

If you plan to add some bacon or sausage to your frittata, cook the meat first before getting the veggies in. You can add the meat back into the skillet when you add the eggs. Cheese is also fun to add to a frittata, and you can do that by whisking it in with the eggs.

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real Food

So here is some inspiration for you!

And it is exactly that – inspiration! I can’t wait to hear about the creations you come up with! Keep me posted!

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real Food

 

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodIngredients:

  • 2-3 TB friendly fat to cook in such as butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, or avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small/medium yellow potato (or 1/2 russet), diced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 handfuls of chopped kale
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Set the broiler to high in your oven with the rack in the middle.
  2. At the stovetop, melt the butter in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, mushroom, potato, and sea salt and cook over medium/medium-high heat until the veggies are soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and kale and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk the eggs, oregano, and pepper and then pour the egg mixture over the cooked veggies in the skillet. You can move the veggies around so everything is evenly distributed.
  5. Keep the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until the edges look set. Move the skillet to the oven on the middle rack under the broiler on high heat, and cook another 3-4 minutes until the rest of the frittata sets, and the top is slightly golden.
  6. Let the frittata cool in the skillet about 3-4 minutes before serving. You should be able to slide your spatula right underneath the frittata to slide it onto a cutting board for serving if you wish. (See above for tips on seasoning your cast iron skillet so it is super slick!)

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodDirections:

  • 2-3 TB friendly fat to cook in such as butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, or avocado oil
  • 1/2 leek, sliced and rinsed of sand
  • 4 radishes, sliced or cubed depending on your preference
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh raw cheese (optional, if available)
  • 3 TB chopped chives
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Set the broiler to high in your oven with the rack in the middle.
  2. At the stovetop, melt the butter in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, radishes, asparagus, and sea salt and cook over medium/medium-high heat until the veggies are soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  4. Whisk the eggs, cheese (if using it), chives, and pepper, and then pour the egg mixture over the cooked veggies in the skillet. You can move the veggies around so everything is evenly distributed.
  5. Keep the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until the edges look set. Move the skillet to the oven on the middle rack under the broiler on high heat, and cook another 3-4 minutes until the rest of the frittata sets, and the top is slightly golden.
  6. Let the frittata cool in the skillet about 3-4 minutes before serving. You should be able to slide your spatula right underneath the frittata to slide it onto a cutting board for serving if you wish. (See above for tips on seasoning your cast iron skillet so it is super slick!)

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real FoodIngredients:

  • 2-3 TB friendly fat to cook in such as butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, or avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 medium green pepper
  • 1/4 medium yellow or orange pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 TB chopped fresh basil, dill, or parsley
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Set the broiler to high in your oven with the rack in the middle.
  2. At the stovetop, melt the butter in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, peppers, broccoli, and sea salt and cook over medium/medium-high heat until the veggies are soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cherry tomatoes, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk the eggs, basil, and pepper and then pour the egg mixture over the cooked veggies in the skillet. You can move the veggies around so everything is evenly distributed.
  5. Keep the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until the edges look set. Move the skillet to the oven on the middle rack under the broiler on high heat, and cook another 3-4 minutes until the rest of the frittata sets, and the top is slightly golden.
  6. Let the frittata cool in the skillet about 3-4 minutes before serving. You should be able to slide your spatula right underneath the frittata to slide it onto a cutting board for serving if you wish. (See above for tips on seasoning your cast iron skillet so it is super slick!)

How To Make Any Frittata :: Plus 4 Different Frittata Recipes! :: Paleo Friendly Real Food

  • 1 TB friendly fat to cook in such as butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, or avocado oil
  • 3-4 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/4 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Set the broiler to high in your oven with the rack in the middle.
  2. At the stovetop, melt the butter in an oven safe skillet over medium heat, and cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon, leaving the bacon grease behind to cook in.
  3. Add the onion, sweet potato, and sea salt to the bacon grease, and cook over medium/medium-high heat until the veggies are soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes to slightly wilt the spinach. Add the cooked bacon back in.
  5. Whisk the eggs, parsley, and pepper and then pour the egg mixture over the cooked veggies and bacon in the skillet. You can move the veggies and bacon around so everything is evenly distributed.
  6. Keep the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until the edges look set. Move the skillet to the oven on the middle rack under the broiler on high heat, and cook another 3-4 minutes until the rest of the frittata sets, and the top is slightly golden.
  7. Let the frittata cool in the skillet about 3-4 minutes before serving. You should be able to slide your spatula right underneath the frittata to slide it onto a cutting board for serving if you wish. (See above for tips on seasoning your cast iron skillet so it is super slick!)

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Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}

January 12, 2017

Nourish yourself with the best of the winter produce in a fraction of the time with your Instant Pot!

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I really should have known better…

Last year when I started playing around with my Instant Pot a bit more, I fell in love with making some of my staple soup recipes in much quicker time. It meant that I could have veggie soups on the table most days of the week – and for this busy work at home mom with 3 kids under 7 years old, that meant…a lot!

We were blown away at how fast I could make a huge pot of soup, but something was missing…

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}Butter and time….

I had gotten into the habit of just tossing everything in and hitting go, foregoing that precious little “Saute” button that our Instant Pots come with. A 5-10 minute butter sauté with some key veggies (namely the aromatics like onion, carrots, celery, etc), takes a pot of soup from good to amazing.

As those aromatics cook with a little butter and sea salt their flavor changes and brings a sweetness and depth of flavor to the soup that will hook in just about any hesitant soup eater.

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}Back to the basics…with a little modern convenience thrown in!

So when it comes to my Instant Pot I’ve gone back to my traditional cooking roots to get that flavor, and am still enjoying the convenience of a quicker cook time than the stovetop would yield. Whether you are a novice cook, or a seasoned foodie I think we would all agree that an extra 5 or 10 minutes to get amazing flavor is worth it – especially when it will be devoured as quickly as this pot of soup did!

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}The best of winter!

So some of us don’t think of very many veggies being in season in the winter (at least those of us with snow piled knee high!). While there certainly isn’t the abundance that late August brings, you really can find some great seasonal vegetables to use.

Sometimes our grocer is hit or miss on a few of these items, but I would say that the vast majority of us have access to most of this list to at least pair a couple items together with staple onion, carrot, celery aromatics and make a really great soup! Just be sure you include at least one “sweet/creamy” starchy veg such as one of the squashes, sweet potatoes, or potatoes to balance out the sometimes bitterness that dark winter greens can have.

  • Leeks and/or onions
  • Parsnips and/or carrots
  • Celeriac and/or celery
  • Fennel
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potato
  • Winter squash (buttercup, butternut, acorn – whatever you can find!)
  • Winter greens (kale, chard, spinach)
  • Potato
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}At home comfort in a pack-able meal!

This entire pot of soup didn’t even last a week in my house! Between lunch that day, packing some up for my husband’s Travel Crockpot for work lunch, my breakfasts, school lunch thermoses, and my toddler’s tea cups, it was G.O.N.E.!

If you have never used a Travel Crockpot before, and you work away from home, boy are you about to be mind blown! We actually have 2 of these so that my husband can bring multiple meals to work. He keeps a warming base at work and we have 2 of the liners that he brings home to wash and re-fill. Oftentimes he likes to bring soaked oatmeal for breakfast in one liner, and soup/dinner leftovers in the other. It is really great for those who are gone from home most of the day. If you want to read more about how to “temper” a school lunch thermos for the kids so their soup is nice and warm at lunch, this article explains that better!

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}

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Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped (or 2 large leeks, rinsed of sand, tops discarded, and roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium/large parsnips or carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 celeriac, peeled and roughly chopped (If you don't have access to this winter root, 2 celery stalks roughly chopped works fine! Celeriac has a mild celery taste and is so great in soup but even I can't find it at our store sometimes!)
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 10 large brussel sprouts, ends cut and discarded (you can use more if your sprouts are small)
  • ½ medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 small sweet potato, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful kale, roughly chopped
  • 2 quarts bone broth (You can use Instant Pot Broth, or here is my slow cooker method)
  • ¼-1/2 tsp chipotle pepper or cayenne (optional if you don't like the heat - we love it and it really brings it to another flavor level! Not to mention the warming heat is great in the cold winter here!)
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Set the Instant Pot to "Saute," melt the butter in the bottom of the pot, and then add in the onion, carrot, and celeriac with a big pinch of sea salt. Saute the veggies for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally while you chop up the rest of the veggies.
  2. Turn off the Saute feature and toss in the rest of the veggies and the bone broth.
  3. Put the lid on, close the valve, and press "Soup". Bring the time down to 20 minutes, and it will turn on automatically. Once the pot comes to pressure, the 20 minutes will count down.
  4. After the 20 minutes of pressure cooking is done, turn the pot off, and open the valve to let the pressure out. Puree the soup with a handheld blender or in batches in a regular blender. After the soup is pureed you can sea salt and pepper to your taste. Garnish each bowl with parsley if you wish.

Stovetop soup instructions

The best part about this section is that it really isn’t much different than using the Instant Pot!

You can still save a bunch of time by just coarsely chopping your veggies – no need to be a perfect dice when it is all going to get pureed anyway! Simply saute the aromatics in butter like the first step. Then add in everything else, bring the whole pot to a simmer, cooking until the veggies are tender. Simmer it at the back of your stovetop so that you can tend to babies, clean up the kitchen, or fold laundry while it simmers away. I did this for literally years dear mommas…I have only had an Instant Pot for a year and a half! Fancy tools are so great, but you really only need a good soup pot if we are being honest!

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}

Biscuit and cracker ideas to go with your soup!

Instant Pot Winter Vegetable Soup {With Stovetop Instructions Too!}

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Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

December 2, 2016

The kids will enjoy the flavors of the holiday season with these fresh cranberry breakfast cookies, and mom will love that they are gluten and refined sugar free!

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The week before Thanksgiving, my husband came home with 2 of the biggest bags of cranberries I had ever seen!

“They were on sale” he says, “Have fun with them!”

He knows me too well – challenge accepted!

I used one of the bags for fresh cranberry sauce for all of the Thanksgiving gatherings we had in the following week, and then I set to work figuring out what to do with the rest.

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

The last thing we needed in our house was another dessert after a week of pumpkin pie slices and Thanksgiving indulging, so I knew I wanted to make something practical.

Something that I could actually use (that was also quick prep!), and that I could feel good about giving the girls to eat. The holidays can be a tough time to keep things healthy. I want my kids to enjoy the holiday season, but I also want to keep them healthy and robust so they can enjoy it all too!

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

Sugar has a huge impact on the immune system.

It feeds the viruses and bacteria in the body, and causes inflammation which makes the body have to work harder while it’s trying to “put the flames out”. Keeping the sugar down gives your kids the upper hand at staying well – especially this time of year when we are more cooped up inside and the bugs are passed easily.

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

Keeping the sugar down doesn’t have to be a drag though!

Blending dates into the batter gives the cookies a natural fruit sweetness, while adding a vitamin and mineral punch to the cookie. 5 dates spread amongst almost 2 dozen cookies is pretty low sugar – and they are mildly sweet for young palates (you can add an extra date or 2 if you have older kids used to sweeter food to ease them in). And I cannot tell you how amazing these fresh cranberry breakfast cookies make the house smell!

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

Pack a nourishing punch in a fun, holiday season breakfast!

We still have a pretty long month of school this December, and I want my kids full and focused for their morning of school work. We do breakfast cookies on Fridays, and while they are always super fun mornings, I have big goals for my breakfast cookies. I want them packed with fat and protein to fill them up!

These breakfast cookies are loaded with fat and protein from 2 different kinds of nuts, coconut shreds, grassfed collagen, and butter. We usually have a side of hard boiled eggs and glasses of raw milk to go with our Friday breakfast cookies! So YES, dear friends, there is a “method to my madness” when choosing a variety of ingredients for my breakfast cookies. These aren’t just a treat – this is part of a meal!

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo FriendlyEat some, freeze some!

These fresh cranberry breakfast cookies freeze up fantastic! I am planning on having them out on Christmas morning! While I love to make a big fancy breakfast on Christmas morning, my kids are just at an age where presents are more important than food! Having a plate of breakfast cookies out while they are opening gifts will keep the “hangries” away, and then you can have a nice brunch later in the morning.

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly

Blender Batter Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo Friendly
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts (I like to use soaked/dehydrated walnuts and pecans for best digestion)
  • 1½ cups tapioca flour
  • ⅓ cup grassfed collagen
  • ¼ cup coconut shreds
  • 3 eggs (If you are egg free, 3 flax eggs plus 1 TB apple cider vinegar will work as a replacement here for the binding and rising - they won't puff up quite as much as the eggs but they still work well!)
  • ¼ cup softened butter (If you are dairy free, use softened coconut oil
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp almond extract (vanilla extract works too)
  • 5 dates, pitted (I get medjool dates from Costco)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (I get mine at Costco)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the pecans and walnuts in your food processor and blend until made into a fine meal.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cranberries and blend to combine. It gets sticky, and you may have to scrape down the sides a couple times.
  4. Add the fresh cranberries and pulse/blend until the cranberries are the size pieces you want. You can alternatively chop them separately if you wish and fold them in, but I have found the food processor to do a fine job and it's quick!
  5. Scoop the batter onto silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, flattening them out a bit to the size cookie you want - the cookies will puff up but don't spread out much as they bake. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 16 minutes. Let the cookies cool 5 minutes before handling.

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Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes

November 5, 2016

Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

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Ever have one of those panic moments when you realize you forgot to take the chicken out to thaw for dinner…at 3pm?

Despite the real food blogger status, the chaos that go along with 3 little ones in the house still leaves me with the title “busy mom” at the end of the day! And with that includes forgetting about dinner occasionally!

Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes :: Gluten, Dairy, & Grain Free :: Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

These little pancakes were born on one such occasion and, much to my delight, have become one of our family favorite pancake recipes!

If you happen to have a bit of leftover squash from dinner, or from that can of pumpkin you were using for your pie or latte, you can whip these quick little pancakes up for breakfast…or breakfast for dinner! The batter takes just minutes to blend, and they cook super fast alongside a pan of fried eggs.

Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes :: Gluten, Dairy, & Grain Free :: Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

These butternut squash pancakes are super soft and light in texture, feeling just like a “typical” pancake!

But with powerhouse ingredients like mineral rich squash, and coconut flour loaded with fiber and fat, you can feel good about serving these even to the littlest of kids around the table. Perfectly safe for babies over the age of 1, these grain free pancakes are a fun way to included everyone at the table in a nutrient dense, nourishing breakfast.

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Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes :: Gluten, Dairy, & Grain Free :: Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

Real Food Pancake Topping Suggestions!

  • For my babies over 1 and toddlers, I tend to serve a pancake with coconut butter and leave it at that. The mild sweetness of the coconut is practically like frosting to such young taste palates, and I like to keep it that way as long as I can! In fact, my 7 year old still eats her pancakes this way most of the time.
  • Butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • Coconut butter and jam
  • Nut or seed butter and raw honey

Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes :: Gluten, Dairy, & Grain Free :: Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

Pancake Serving Suggestions and Freezing Methods

  • I tend to serve our pancakes with fried eggs on the side and raw milk or coconut milk to drink to round it all out.
  • Pastured bacon or sausage works great too!
  • For on the go, or packing a “breakfast for lunch” in the lunchbox, you can pack the pancakes sandwiched together with the topping suggestions above, along with hard boiled eggs!
  • These pancakes freeze so nice and thaw out just as soft. I freeze pancakes flat in freezer bags and pull them out as needed. I use a toaster or warm pan to thaw them out and warm them up.

Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes :: Gluten, Dairy, & Grain Free :: Make the perfect stack of soft and sweet butternut squash pancakes, with safe ingredients and toddler approved taste!

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Paleo Butternut Squash Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked & pureed butternut squash
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 TB pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, blend the squash, eggs, syrup, and vanilla for 1 minute.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for another minute or two.
  3. Scoop the batter onto a very hot griddle that has been greased with avocado oil, cococut oi, or butter (I use a ¼ cup measuring cup filled about ¾ of the way to scoop the batter), and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the batter starts to bubble. Flip the pancake and cook for another minute on the other side.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options

October 15, 2016

Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!

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Before we go into hibernation mode for the winter, we have a pretty amazing fall to enjoy around here!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!The air is finally turning, and the leaves around here are warming up the sky with beautiful autumn colors!

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful hiking paths in the country, we soak in every hiking path we can observing the falling leaves and active wildlife…and dodging autumn rain showers!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!Because we are outside almost as much as during the summer, I need some quicker snacks during the autumn too.

I love having my oven running during the fall to keep the chill out of the house, but I also have days were we just aren’t home at all, and I need quicker, grab and go things!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!

Have the kids pack this cinnamon pumpkin granola up in snack containers themselves for a hike or soccer game on the weekend, and you can also pack it up quick for their yogurt at school. It also makes for a great breakfast with a splash of raw milk or coconut milk on a Friday morning when we just feel like sleeping in a little longer!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!The girls have been devouring this cinnamon pumpkin granola, and I love that it is packed with a different variety of nourishment I can feel good about.

Lightly crispy with a variety of nuts and seeds, and sweetened only with raw honey and blackstrap molasses, this granola is a big mineral rich boost for busy kids that will stick with them. Both buckwheat and pumpkin seeds are mineral boosting powerhouses packed with manganese, magnesium, zinc, and folate to keep our organs functioning properly. Buckwheat is is also rich in B vitamins for energy, and pumpkin seeds are loaded with antioxidants.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!There are some grain free swaps in the recipe ingredients! Even if you aren’t grain free, it is nice to mix things up a bit!

If you are nut free, try swapping the pecans and walnuts for more seeds or even more oats or a different grain! Feel free to use the comments and I would be happy to walk you through any of that! Granola is very hard to mess up – very forgiving!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options :: Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola :: Gluten Free with Grain Free Options
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups oats (Not quick oats. If you are gluten free, be sure your bag says gluten free. If you are grain free, simply replace the 6 cups of oats with any combination of coconut shreds and/or coconut flour, and different variety of finely chopped nuts and seeds (brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc.) I would NOT do all coconut flour or shreds however - it will be too dry. The coconut flour/shreds do not need to be soaked in the first step but any nuts or seeds do.)
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
  • 2 cups raw pecans, finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
  • 2 cups raw walnuts, finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 TB sea salt
  • 2 - 15oz cans of pumpkin (any homemade squash puree will work here if you have it!)
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted stove top (II get the linked large container at our Costco)
  • ½ - ¾ cup raw honey (you can taste your granola mixture for sweetness - I can get away with less but if you have older kids used to sweeter things you can bump it up a bit if you need!)
  • ¼ cup organic molasses (I get mine at Costco)
  • 1-2 TB cinnamon
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Put the oats, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl along with the lemon juice and sea salt. Fill the bowl with water just enough to be able to stir it all together in a sticky mixture. Do not over water because we won't be straining this mixture after it soaks - the more water you put in the more that has to dehydrate out! Cover your bowl with a towel, and leave your mixture to soak on the counter overnight or 8-10 hours. This soaking process decreases the phytic acid in the oats, nuts, and seeds making them digest the best, as well as making more of their nutrients available to absorb.
  2. After the soaking is done, put the rest of the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well to combine. You can taste your mixture for sweetness at this point too. I actually use my big stock pot for making the granola mixture as it is easier for stirring!
  3. Spread the granola mixture onto your dehydrator trays (this is the dehydrator I have!) and dehydrate at 125 degrees until the granola is dried out - this can take up to a day depending on how much water you used in the soaking process. You can dehydrate at a higher temp like 150 or 165 degrees which is what I choose to do often and that will take 8 hours or so - many dehydrator brands run differently on those temps so just keep an eye on them! Once the granola is dried out, you can crumble it into an airtight container and store in the pantry.

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked Oatmeal On The Go!

September 24, 2016

Baked oatmeal to go! Pumpkin spice style and kid approved for a busy fall day!

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Whew has this first month of school flown by!

We are definitely in the school swing and the big girls are loving being back in the classroom. My 3 year old has surprisingly adjusted to solo mornings with momma too! (Though perhaps not surprisingly since she is that go with the flow 3rd born!)

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked oatmeal to go! Pumpkin spice style and kid approved for a busy fall day!Since our mornings are quite early, sometimes my toddler isn’t quite out of bed before it is to head out the door for school drop off.

And sometimes toys are way more interesting than breakfast right when she gets up! Having a portable breakfast has been important for some of our school days. We have been keeping protein banana muffins, healthy apple breakfast cookies, and baked oatmeal cups on hand in the freezer for those slower toddler mornings, and they have been working out great, both for my busy toddler, and for my growing school aged girls.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked oatmeal to go! Pumpkin spice style and kid approved for a busy fall day!

These pumpkin spice baked oatmeal cups have also been a fun seasonal breakfast for my older girls getting excited for all things pumpkin, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

The baked oatmeal cups freeze up great and make 2 dozen at a time. We made some for breakfast this week, and I’m freezing half of them to save for a nourishing, but fun pumpkin breakfast on Halloween morning.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked oatmeal to go! Pumpkin spice style and kid approved for a busy fall day!Start their day out nutrient dense so they are ready for a full morning of playing and learning!

Round out your baked oatmeal cup breakfast with fried eggs (or hard boiled eggs if you are needing portable and on the go!), and raw milk or coconut milk. You could have a baked oatmeal cup with a cup of whole yogurt or some sausage if you can’t have eggs.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked oatmeal to go! Pumpkin spice style and kid approved for a busy fall day!

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups :: Baked Oatmeal On The Go!
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Makes 2 dozen Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Cups
Ingredients
  • 5 cups oats (Not quick oats! If you are gluten free be sure your oats say gluten free or there might be trace amounts of gluten there)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups walnuts & pecans, chopped fine (I use the food processor to chop them fast! I use soaked/dehydrated "crispy" nuts for best digestion. IF YOU ARE NUT FREE you can use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or even shredded coconut.)
  • 1 - 15oz can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs (I think flax eggs will work here if you are egg free)
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil (or melted butter or coconut oil)
  • ⅔ cup pure maple syrup (This sounds like a lot but remember this makes 2 dozen - I think they are on the mildly sweet side so if you have kids used to sweeter things you could add a bit more - taste the mixture for yourself!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • (alternative to the individual cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, you could use your favorite pumpkin pie spice bend - say maybe 1-2 TB of pumpkin pie spice)
Instructions
  1. The night before you want to make the baked oatmeal cups, put the oats and lemon juice in a medium mixing bowl and cover with water. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it soak overnight 8-10 hours. This soaking process breaks down the phytic acid in the oats making the grain more digestible.
  2. After the oats are done soaking, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, and put the oats in a strainer to drain off any excess water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Put the remainder of the ingredients into the medium mixing bowl, add the drained oats, and combine with a wooden spoon.
  4. Scoop the oat batter into a muffin tin (I line mine with silicone muffin cups but I think greasing them with butter would be fine), and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The recipe makes 24 baked oatmeal cups.

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, & Paleo Friendly!

September 1, 2016

Friendly fat and protein packed without refined sugar! Soft and sweet healthy apple cinnamon breakfast cookies are the perfect on the go breakfast or snack!

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We are sending off summer with a bang this year!

The baby of the house just turned 3 (and, well, everything that goes along with being *3*!), my 5 year old ditched the training wheels on her bike like a pro, and my 7 year old is clearing out the garden and helping out a lot with harvest kitchen goals!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!

I absolutely love summer where we live, but if I’m being honest I’m ready for a little fall!

We have heard news from local farmers that the apple harvest is very, very abundant this year, and that, dear friends makes us super happy! I am more than thrilled to take my crew to pick from their haul this year. We’ll be making baked applesauce for sure, but I also wanted a healthy breakfast I could add to our busy school mornings using the in season, budget friendly fruit!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!

As my kids are getting bigger, it has become more of a priority in the house to have a breakfast rotation.

It helps school mornings run smoother and less rushed, and makes for less thinking that mom has to do so early in the morning. I think everyone agrees by now that a solid, nutrient dense breakfast gives kids the edge they need to stay focused in school – and it really can be done in a kid friendly tasting way!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!

These apple cinnamon breakfast cookies are definitely going to be in the line up for rotating on Fridays – which is breakfast cookie day here!

By Friday I don’t usually want to think about anything! I love pulling breakfast cookies from the freezer Thursday night, cooking up some hard boiled eggs, and just setting up a self serve breakfast for Friday morning. These apple cinnamon breakfast cookies are soft and sweet without using any refined sugar. The warm cinnamon and sweet apples make the perfect breakfast, and the protein and fat will keep blood sugars stable until snack or lunchtime.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!

Happy start to the school year to you my friends!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies :: Refined Sugar Free & Gluten Free!
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Put the softened coconut oil and raw honey in a small mixing bowl and blend to combine until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and blend for a minute.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients except the apples and blend to combine, and then stir the chopped apples in with a wooden spoon.
  5. Form the size cookies you want into balls in then flatten onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes before handling.

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Nutrient Dense Protein Banana Breakfast Muffins

August 11, 2016

Protein and friendly fat packed, this isn’t just any banana bread! Perfect for a full and focused school morning!

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Is it just me or has this summer completely and utterly flown by?!

About mid-August I start getting antsy for school routines to start back up, and so I’ve been in my kitchen a little bit creating some recipes for you guys that will make those early school mornings run a little smoother.

Groan.

I know it, right?! I have really (really!) been enjoying my slower paced mornings the last couple months! We have still been eating nourishing, real food breakfasts, though I have to admit much later into the morning that we will be able to do come this fall.

Product links in this post are affiliate links. It does not cost you anything and helps maintain the free information on this site, as well as answer the questions of “what brand do you use?” Please know I never personally recommend any product I wouldn’t use on my own family.While I have 2 elementary school aged kids in the house, I actually created this recipe with my toddler in mind.

We have to be on the road early to get to school on time, and there are plenty of mornings my toddler is just waking up as we are needing to head out the door. A portable, handheld breakfast she can munch on while we drop the big girls off is so nice to have around.

Product links in this post are affiliate links. It does not cost you anything and helps maintain the free information on this site, as well as answer the questions of “what brand do you use?” Please know I never personally recommend any product I wouldn’t use on my own family.Protein and friendly fat loaded, these banana muffins aren’t just any banana bread.

I had some big ingredient goals with this banana muffin recipe to “make it count” for my toddler’s appetite, as well as satisfying my school aged kids to last for a full morning of concentrating at school.

  • Grassfed collagen not only gives the muffins a soft, bread like texture, it adds protein from a grassfed source. (Don’t forget to use your RGN reader discount GENERATION10 at checkout for 10% off!)
  • Almond flour is fat and protein loaded and makes baked goods soft and sweet.
  • Sorghum flour surprisingly has a nice protein count as well as giving a whole grain softness to the muffins.
  • Coconut flour is loaded with digestion friendly fiber as well as protein and fat.
  • And adding in coconut oil and pastured eggs for moisture and binding, these banana muffins are power packed for a busy morning at school and play!

Nutrient Dense Protein Banana Breakfast Muffins :: Protein and friendly fat packed, this isn't just any banana bread! Perfect for a full and focused school morning!Keeping kids focused for the morning is much easier when blood sugar is balanced as well.

In addition to a decent protein and fat content, I didn’t want to have to add anything extra to sweeten the muffins besides the fruit itself. My girls will eat their muffins with raw milk and hard boiled eggs, or with a green smoothie. It makes for a slow burning, long lasting breakfast that will hold them over until their next meal.

Nutrient Dense Protein Banana Breakfast Muffins :: Protein and friendly fat packed, this isn't just any banana bread! Perfect for a full and focused school morning!Tips & Tricks For Use!

  • Store leftovers in a freezer bag in the freezer. I find gluten and grain free items just stay more moist in when you freeze them right away. They will stay soft and moist for a day or so on the counter in an air tight container.
  • You can pull frozen muffins out to thaw counter top or pop them back in the oven (or a toaster oven) to thaw. I like to pull a bag of them out of the freezer before I go to bed at night so they are ready when we get up in the morning.
  • You can put a frozen muffin in the lunchbox in the morning and it will thaw by lunchtime! I have even put a frozen muffin in a snack container for morning snacktime and they are ready.
  • Spread butter or coconut butter on your muffins to bump up the nourishment even more. I serve these with a green smoothie or hard boiled eggs for a breakfast meal. They go well with a bowl of soup for lunch!

Nutrient Dense Protein Banana Breakfast Muffins :: Protein and friendly fat packed, this isn't just any banana bread! Perfect for a full and focused school morning!

Nutrient Dense Protein Banana Breakfast Muffins
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone muffin liners, or grease them with butter or coconut oil.
  2. Put the bananas and coconut oil into your food processor or blender and blend to combine.
  3. Add the eggs and blend for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to combine. You may have to scrape down the sides a bit. You can taste the batter here and add a splash or 2 of honey or maple syrup if your kids are used to sweeter things. I find the ripe bananas give them enough sweet for my crew.
  5. Pour the batter into a silicone lined muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Let the muffins cool 5-10 minutes before handling them.

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Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option

July 8, 2016

Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

Cherry season in Michigan snuck up on us this year!

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

Typically right around the 4th of July holiday or shortly after for our area, the milder winter and, according to the cherry farmer, less heavy spring rains and no frost damage brought a huge summer bounty about a week early this year.

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

I couldn’t be more happy for our local farmers who will be enjoying a very good harvest this year, and it really makes my heart happy to support our farm families around here. Last year, my youngest was still just along for the ride in my back carrier, but this year she had zero hesitation scaling those cherry ladders to fill up her bucket!

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

Of course my big girls, now seasoned cherry pickers, enjoyed every minute too!

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

It was such a good cherry season this year, so we brought home quite a haul to preserve.

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

Sixty pounds is more than we usually pick, though it will definitely go to good use for the year. I froze more than half of it for using in green smoothies, soaked oats, and fruit on the bottom yogurt packed up for school. We have my biggest bowl filled to the brim to eat fresh for the next week, and we made a few treats like cherry popsicles (literally just blended up cherries frozen into my favorite 10-pop mold!), and cherry pie.

I wanted to dehydrate to preserve some of it though because 60 pounds is a lot of cherries to use up!

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

I decided to see how fresh cherries would do drying out with some granola, and not only am I completely in love with how the color turned out (!!), it is so delicious. Sweet dried cherries and crispy, nutty clusters make the perfect muggy morning breakfast with a cold splash of raw milk.

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

A few ideas to for your yummy granola!

  • In a bowl like cereal with a splash of raw milk or coconut milk and a hard boiled egg
  • Used as a yogurt or coconut milk yogurt topper
  • Trail mix addition
  • Dry granola clusters packed as a quick on the go snack

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

This turned out to be such a great way for me to preserve all those cherries that I plan on making another batch changing up the kinds of nuts this time for variety.

Nourishing Cherry Granola :: Gluten & Refined Sugar Free With Grain Free Option :: Cherry granola makes the perfect hot summer morning breakfast to cool down with, and a delicious nourishing snack for on the go!

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Nourishing Cherry Granola
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats (if you are grain free use a combo of any finely chopped raw nuts or seeds you wish to make the 4 cups)
  • 2 cups raw walnuts, finely chopped (I buzzed them up in the food processor)
  • 2 cups raw pecans, finely chopped (I buzzed them up in the food processor)
  • 1 TB sea salt for soaking
  • Juice of 1 lemon for soaking (leave this out if you are not using the oats
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups coconut flour
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 TB almond extract (vanilla extract would work too)
  • ½ cup raw honey (pure maple syrup would work too)
  • 6 cups fresh cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (I did a quick few pulses in the food processor. If you don't have access to fresh cherries you could use about 2 cups or so of dried cherries - they just won't be as mixed up with the juices into the granola.)
Instructions
  1. Place the oats, walnuts, pecans, sea salt, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl and fill with water to cover. Set the mixture on the counter 8-10 hours to soak. This soaking process breaks down the phytic acid in the grain and nuts making them easier on the gut for digestion and making more of their nutrients available to absorb. If you are omitting the oats, simply replace with different finely chopped seeds or nuts and soak in the salt water.
  2. After the oats and nuts have soaked, set them in a colander in the sink to drain while you prepare the rest of the granola mixture. Put the rest of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl (I actually use my stock pot to make mixing easiest!), along with the drained oat/nut mixture and stir to combine well.
  3. Scoop and spread the granola mixture onto your dehydrator traysand dehydrate at 135 degrees for 8-12 hours or 160 degrees for about 6 hours. You can check the granola periodically because every dehydrator brand can run temps differently. Also keep in mind the thicker you spread the granola the longer it will take to dehydrate.
  4. When the granola is done drying out, let it cool about 30 minutes and then break it up into the size pieces you want into airtight storage. I store my granola in the pantry. We like to serve granola with raw milk or coconut milk and hard boiled eggs on the side. It also makes a great yogurt or coconut yogurt topper or trail mix addition!

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Gluten Free Waffles :: Plus! Non Toxic Waffle Iron Solutions, Real Food Waffle Topping Ideas, & How to Batch Cook Waffles for the Freezer!

June 10, 2016

Enjoy Saturday morning breakfast this weekend with gluten free waffles for the whole family, and then pack them up in the lunchboxes for waffle sandwiches all week long!

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I absolutely savor my weekends.

The girls and I soak in every last bit of Daddy that works out of town every day, and we love to enjoy breakfast with him on the weekend!

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And since I truly love to savor our weekend time, Sundays have become waffle morning because I can use the leftover waffle slices for packing school lunches for the next day.

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There were so many Sunday evenings that rolled around where I was out of my weekday lunch packing groove, and these leftover waffles were a no brainer to pack. And while nut butters and jam make the perfect waffle sandwich for the lunchbox, the girls also enjoy having cream cheese and jam, or coconut butter and jam too!

These waffles are gluten free and so simple to make. They have the perfect crispy sweet outside texture and taste and a soft, slightly chewy inside. This I recipe makes enough to feed my family of 5 for one breakfast so typically I end up doubling it if I want leftovers for the freezer or lunches the next day. You can pop any leftovers in a freezer bag and use the toaster on a busy morning to thaw them out and crisp them up!

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Our favorite waffle toppings!

  • Butter & real maple syrup
  • Fruit mashes (simply warm up any chopped fruit (berries, apples, peaches, cherries etc) with a splash of maple syrup and simmer a few minutes, mashing up the fruit along the way. You can sprinkle in some arrowroot or other flour to thicken it to a sauce if you wish too! You can puree the fruit syrup if you wish for it to be smoother too.)
  • Coconut butter and raw honey or fruit slices
  • Butter and chopped pecans simmered in maple syrup

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A quick note on waffle irons!

While many waffle irons still have toxic coatings, more and more companies are realizing people safer non stick ware! Here are some safe waffle irons if you happen to be in the market – we have the Oster one which is super affordable and it works so great.

 

 

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Gluten Free Waffles :: Plus! Non Toxic Waffle Iron Solutions & Real Food Waffle Topping Ideas!
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Everything into a medium mixing bowl and blend with hand beaters to combine well.
  2. Pour into a hot waffle iron and cook until your desired doneness, between 3-5 minutes.

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Gluten Free Savory Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Biscuits

April 8, 2016

Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

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Oh I’m so thankful for these yummy little biscuits!

We are just coming off of Spring Break week, and while I usually save this staple breakfast recipe for the weekends to enjoy on a slow Saturday morning, I ended up serving this twice during spring break week breakfast because they are so easy to prep, and they make such a special breakfast.

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

It was so nice to take a week off the computer (though I missed talking to all of you!), social media, and the routine and spend some time with my girls. We spent the week mostly doing a lot of coloring (darn freezing Michigan weather!), and got to hit the library as well as the children’s museum. Overall we had a great week to rest and take a little break from school for the girls, and a breather from the blog for myself!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

I absolutely adore these soft, fluffy biscuits dipped in a yolky egg. I like to make a few of them small for the little hands in my house, and a few of them larger so my husband and I can make a little breakfast sandwich. Sausage patties or a slice of bacon stack on top of a fried egg so perfectly!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

Most of the time I just leave the baby spinach as is to give a quick pan cook and into the batter, but if you have little ones that might shy away from anything green, I might recommend giving the spinach a good chop before cooking. It will make the spinach look smaller and it will be more dispersed and hard to see.

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

Honestly, either way you don’t really taste the spinach – it just gives an extra veggie punch to breakfast. The biscuits are buttery and cheesy in flavor and the mild garlic and onion just make it taste so special!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

I hope you all are enjoying your start to spring! I am so happy to be back – feeling refreshed and ready to inspire my sweet readers!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits :: Soft and buttery inside, crisp cheesy outside, these savory spinach and cheese biscuits make the perfect breakfast topped with a fried egg, or just dripping with butter!

Gluten Free Savory Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Biscuits
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Ingredients
  • 2 TB butter or other friendly fat to cook in
  • ½ shallot, diced (1/4 - ½ small onion would be fine too)
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping handful of fresh baby spinach
  • ⅓ cup softened butter
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup white rice flour
  • ¼ cup whole milk or coconut milk (I think whole sour cream or buttermilk would work here too)
  • 1¼ tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup freshly grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, add the shallot, garlic, and spinach with a pinch of sea salt and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the spinach wilts and the garlic and shallot are fragrant. Set this aside to add to the batter later.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat the ⅓ cup butter and honey until smooth.
  4. Add the egg and beat until fluffy.
  5. Add the flours, milk, baking powder, and baking soda and blend until well combined.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to fold in the cooked spinach mixture and grated cheese.
  7. Pinch off 6 large or 9-10 small biscuits, rolling each biscuit into a ball with your hands, and then flatting into a disk onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. The batter is tacky/wet but you can form little balls and flatten. You can alternatively just do an uneven "drop" biscuit using the spoon and dropping them onto the baking sheet.
  8. Bake the biscuits at 400 degrees for 12-13 minutes. Cool 5 or so minutes before handling.

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Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

February 27, 2016

Traditionally flavored Spanish chorizo makes the perfect addition to any breakfast!

Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

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The very first time I tried chorizo was sometime during my childhood – probably early elementary, and I remember really loving it.

I’m not sure if it was because I loved the flavor, or if it was because I got to watch my Grandma make it, or maybe it was because I got to sit on the porch with my Grandpa tearing bread for the migas that were served with it.

It was always a special meal shared with extended family, and when I started having my own kids I wanted to share it with them too. I remember being surprised at how much my little ones loved such a flavorful sausage, but it is truly delicious. My 2 year old eats this sausage by the fist-full!

Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

A mixture of pimenton and garlic, traditional Spanish chorizo highlights very simple ingredients with big flavor.

Over the years I have noted there is a bit of a difference in American pimenton, called paprika, and pimenton that is from Spain. Possibly how they handle the Nora peppers and how they blend it with other pimentos but I’m not sure.  You really can use whatever you have on hand, though if it becomes a family favorite I would definitely try a good imported pimenton.

Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

I would consider this mixture on the mild side as far as heat goes. I have little ones in the house and while I actually have 2 kids that really love heat, I have one that does not, so we keep the heat mild. If you love flavorful heat, I would definitely play with the ratios of the sweet pimenton to the hot. If you can find a smoky pimenton/paprika it really gives more depth of flavor and it is so good. (You can find the blends I use here.)

Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

We usually serve chorizo as a breakfast side with browned potato hash cooked in pastured lard and a fried egg. You have never tasted anything like a bite of chorizo and hash dipped in a yolky egg! Pure bliss! If you have some sourdough around the house, you can make migas which is served with chorizo a lot. Just toast cubed bread in a pan with pastured lard or butter and garlic.

Spanish Chorizo Season Blend

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Spanish Chorizo Season Blend
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb unseasoned pastured ground pork
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1½ tsp sweet pimenton (sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp smoked pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • ½ tsp hot pimenton (hot/spicy paprika) (or ¼ tsp cayenne)
  • 1 tsp oregano
Instructions
  1. Put everything into a small mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Cook the chorizo how you wish - either browned in skillet over medium high heat, or you can make little sausage patty rounds and brown in a skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Serve with a fried eggs and browned potato hash or migas (a traditional garlic cooked bread - sourdough is fantastic)

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Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

February 25, 2016

Let me help you make the switch from breakfast cereal to nourishing real food that will keep the family focused and full of energy for the morning!

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

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The topic of breakfast can be a really touchy subject.

Some people are big breakfast eaters others are not. Some like it sweet, other savory. Some have really (really!) early mornings in their schedule, and others get to have a slower start.

So I’m going to start off by just saying…I get that.

I get that everyone is different, comes from different households, budgets, family sizes, work schedules – I get it!
When it comes to breakfast I think it is important to understand what kind of meal is going to work against you, avoid that, and do what works for your family. No one real food way is the right way.

So now that we go that out of the way…let’s talk cereal.

I looooove cereal. It is super nostalgic for me. I grew up eating cereal every. day.

Every. Day.

But cereal is one of those meals working against you. The process to make those little flakes, O’s, or squares, changes that grain into a toxic, extrusion not only providing zero nutrition, but also wearing on the gut over time causing big digestive problems.

You may not even notice that your morning cereal is working against you, but one week of trying real food breakfasts is sure to show you just how much energy and focus you could have for your morning.

One week of real food breakfasts might be the difference in your child noticing how much better they can focus in school or that they aren’t starving by lunchtime.

Cereal was so hard for me to break up with. But it was one of the best things I did for my energy and health. When someone is feeling overwhelmed with making the switch to real food, my typical first encouragement is…start with breakfast.

Just breakfast! You can worry about all the other meals of the day if you just get breakfast figured out first. One meal.

Practical Tips For Re-Thinking Breakfast {and why you might want to!}

Before you spring this (brilliant!) idea on your family…make a plan first.

  1. Make a simple menu. You can plan a little breakfast rotation around your week so you don’t overwhelm yourself with starting something new on a day you have to be out the door by 7am. If you have older kids I would definitely make them a part of this planning or you can be sure there will be a fight. Give them a list of choices to pick from to add to the rotation. And tell them the “why” of this whole deal. If we are going to raise up a generation of kids that is more aware of where their food comes from and how it effects their bodies it starts with us sitting around the table talking about it.
  2. Have the kids organize their things the night before to make for a quick morning. Utilize the last 10 minutes of the kids’ day before they hop into bed to do a little prep. And I’m not just talking about the food for breakfast. Have the kids get their backpacks ready (themselves!). Set the clothes out, make sure shoes aren’t missing etc. I have found this few minutes of planning before the kids go to bed is absolutely vital in me having 15 minutes to make a real food breakfast for them on an early morning.
  3. Do a quick breakfast prep before bed. While the kids are getting their school gear ready before bed, you can do a few minutes of breakfast prep. Get some oats in a pot soaking for oatmeal, take out freezer items to thaw, get the chopping done so all you have to do is throw it into the pan in the morning – there are even evenings where I take 10 minutes to get muffins or breakfast cookies into the oven that bake off while I’m getting kids down for bed. All of this is just a change in thought process – it doesn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes but it makes all the difference in a smooth morning.
  4. And finally…before you make that first real food breakfast, clear the house out of the cereal. If it isn’t there, then there isn’t a choice to have it!

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Protein Packed Molasses Breakfast Cookies

January 29, 2016

Soft, light weight, and packed with naturally sourced protein, these molasses protein breakfast cookies are the perfect on the go breakfast for busy mornings!

Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie

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Whew! Has this been a whirlwind of a first half of the school year or what?!

I feel like it was just last week that we were standing under our big magnolia tree taking the first day of school pictures in our shorts! We are now well into the school year, bundled up in sweaters and snow gear, and I feel like we really fell into a great morning routine this year.

Not only are my kids a year older (Read: less dependent on me for dressing, teeth brushed, babies not needing to be nursed, etc), but this now seasoned school momma has learned the art of a school morning breakfast schedule…and I love it.

Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie

I have never been much of a meal planner – I still don’t follow a menu for lunches and dinners, but I definitely have breakfast in a rotation for school mornings and it makes it run so much smoother.

Fridays are breakfast cookie days for a couple of reasons!

Frankly by Friday I want to sleep in a little. (Is that selfish?!)

I love it. I have a stash of breakfast cookies in the freezer and all I have to do is take them out to thaw on Thursday night before I go to bed, and in the morning I set out a plate of cookies, hard boiled eggs, and a jug of raw milk and my 6 and 4 year olds can serve themselves – my 2 year old can even handle most of it herself.

Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie

I also love breakfast cookie day for Friday because they are easy to eat.

By Friday my 2 and 4 year old’s have kind of had it for the week. They sometimes end up sleeping in because *this* momma doesn’t wake sleeping kiddos unless absolutely necessary! Breakfast cookies and hard boiled eggs can go right out the door for school drop off super easy.

I have been rotating my freezer breakfast cookie stash between my Ultimate Breakfast Cookie, Lemon Breakfast Cookies, and earlier this winter I created these molasses based breakfast cookies. I am really excited about sharing this recipe with you – it has a totally different base than the other cookies, as well as my new secret addition to all of my breakfast cookies – gut healing, protein packed grassfed collagen!

Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie

The amount of collagen took me a while to get down, but these cookies are packed with collagen without feeling heavy or “gelatinous”. They are super light and soft and taste amazing. If you love molasses like we do you can use more molasses versus the honey. This recipe is light on the molasses flavor as it can be strong for some people, but molasses is a fantastic sweetener of choice because it is loaded with minerals.

Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie

I even recommend adding some gingerbread spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger to make it feel like a gingerbread cookie! So good! Another option would be to make smaller cookies for on the go snacks or lunchbox additions.

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Molasses Protein Breakfast Cookie
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Put everything into a medium mixing bowl and blend until smooth. The batter is thick but not stiff like a cookie dough.
  3. Spoon the batter onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

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Nutrient Dense Green Smoothies For Kids!

November 13, 2015

Your one stop tutorial for all things green smoothies for kids! Any flavor and nutrient packed for growing brains and bodies!

Nutrient Dense Green Smoothies For Kids!

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Simplicity.

I literally thrive off of it these days. As my kids get bigger the “busy” has changed from the survival mode of the newborn season of life to the “busy” that comes along with one set of kids in school and preschool, and still another in the (very) busy toddler season.

In an effort to streamline healthy, real food meals in my house, I have been working on making sure I’m not, in fact, in the kitchen all day.

I have one kid in school all day that needs certain things packed, another kid in preschool half time that needs snacks packed and quicker morning breakfasts (*not* a morning person that one!), and still another in toddler season that needs all of her meals at home – but gets to tag along on all of the “taxi” driving I do all day.

Especially for my younger two girls, green smoothies have become my staple on certain busier days of the week, as well as my back up when my planned cooking doesn’t happen. Smoothies used to completely intimidate me because of all the various different recipes.

Have you ever been in the presence of a hungry 2 year old?!

“Just a minute” doesn’t work with them. They want something to eat *now*.

Nutrient Dense Green Smoothies For Kids!

I needed a smoothie framework to pull from when it came to smoothies.

I didn’t have time to pull up this flavor or that. I knew the nutrient dense components I always wanted to have included, so I figured out how to make *any* flavor green smoothie with all the same base and use whatever fruit or flavor I have in house or whatever is in season. Simple, right?

So what are my nutrient dense components and why?

Rapidly growing children require nutrient dense food at every meal. Period.

Empty calories or “filler” snacks to “hold them over” until the next meal don’t fly in my book. Even if this smoothie is to be a small snack, my motto of “make every bite count” still is in the back of my mind.


FRIENDLY FAT

Anything from raw milk, kefir, coconut milk, or yogurt for the liquid base of the smoothie along with an additional fatty add-in such as raw pastured egg yolk, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Coconut oil will change the flavor, though my kids like coconut and don’t mind it. Avocado oil is tasteless!


VITAMINS & MINERALS

All of the components from the “friendly fat” category provide vitamins and minerals, but children do benefit from vegetable mineral sources. Lightly steamed greens such as spinach or kale provide a gentle vegetable mineral source. (Lightly cooking the greens takes the oxalate level down. Greens should be eaten with friendly fat for better digestion and vitamin absorption which is covered in the friendly fat portion of the smoothie). You can keep a container of steamed greens in the fridge, or use blanched/frozen greens to make smoothie prep run quick.


QUALITY PROTEIN

Anything from a scoop of nut butter to a pastured egg yolk counts, though I am a huge fan of using grassfed collagen in my smoothies. It is a simple, real food protein source that I can get into my kids that doesn’t make the taste change, and it doesn’t compromise my real food standards like other protein powders would. I love and use Perfect Supplements grassfed collagen in my house. It provides a great protein source, is tasteless, and collagen is also great for gut lining integrity just like bone broth! Win win!


From there you can flavor your smoothie however you want!

We U-Pick seasonal fruit every summer from berries to peaches that I keep in the freezer, and when that runs out I rely on the organic frozen fruit at Costco. We also love to occasionally make vanilla or raw cacao smoothies like a milk shake! I also keep a bag of frozen bananas – you know the ones that start going too ripe before you can eat them off the counter? Yep! Just peel them, toss them into a freezer bag, and use them when you want!

Nutrient Dense Green Smoothies For Kids!

This is the serving that I make for my 3 girls, ages 6, 4, and 2 to split. You can half if making for less servings, or double if you are making it for older kids with bigger appetites.

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Nutrient Dense Green Smoothies For Kids!
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole raw milk, kefir, yogurt, or coconut milk
  • 2 cups frozen fruit (If the kids will need it on the sweeter side, be sure part of this is a frozen banana)
  • ⅓ cup or so steamed spinach or kale
  • 2 TB grassfed cold soluble collagen
  • 3 pastured egg yolks OR 1½ TB avocado oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp raw honey (If you have a baby under age 1 that will be sipping on this, use pure maple syrup or just leave it out - trust me, their young palates won't miss it!)
Instructions
  1. Everything in your blender, puree until smooth, and serve. After using a regular blender for years, I do want to mention that there is a huge difference in smoothness using a high powered blender like a BlendTec or Vitamix - they are a great investment to put on your birthday or holiday wishlist!

A couple of tips!

  • Try a straw with the little ones like baby and toddler, and if they aren’t quite catching on yet, you can serve it with a spoon or medicine syringe – our local pharmacy gives out nice big medicine syringes for free! I love our shorter, stainless steel straws that are perfect for smaller cups, and these re-useable straws have fun patterns.
  • I tend to keep any smoothies for my babies from 6-18 months mostly mango/papaya and banana. Raw berries, apples, cherries, and peaches that are typical fruit for smoothies have high pectin which can be tough on young digestive systems (which is why these fruits are recommended to be cooked for babies). Mango, papaya, and bananas don’t have the high pectin so they work well. I get organic frozen mango at Costco.
  • Serving cup suggestions. I have just plain not gotten into plastic cups. It might be the Montessori momma in me but you would be surprised at how a young baby/toddler can use a regular/glass open cup. I adore my small, small, 8oz jelly jars from Ball to use for all drinking – they are for canning jelly but they are the perfect size for little hands and great serving size for small smoothies. My big girls drink from pint mason jars.
  • To make a raw cacao milkshake smoothie, instead of the 2 cups of fruit, use 1 or 2 whole frozen banana (or more if they are small) along with a 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao – which is loaded with antioxidants and minerals by the way!
  • To make a vanilla milkshake smoothie, instead of the 2 cups of fruit, use 1 or 2 whole frozen banana (or more if they are small) along with 1 1/2  tablespoons of vanilla extract.
  • Freeze leftovers in small popsicle molds or little paper cups with a straw or popsicle stick for a great snack or teething aide.

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Cranberry Orange Granola

November 4, 2015

Sweet orange vanilla infused granola decorated with festive cranberries makes a fun breakfast cereal bowl, or topping for a yogurt snack!

Cranberry Orange Granola

We have the most beautiful fall so far! We were spoiled with unseasonably warm 70 degree temperatures this week, and I couldn’t help but open the windows and soak in as much sun warmth as I could, knowing that in just a few short weeks we will be shoveling snow instead of raking up leaves!

Cranberry Orange Granola

With the holidays around the corner, my husband brought home this huge bag of fresh cranberries from Costco one day thinking we could get a head start on shopping for Thanksgiving. I don’t think we could ever eat a Costco sized bag portion of cranberry sauce, so I was excited to play with some new recipes to use up those pretty cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Granola

Since we have had a fairly busy fall so far, I thought we could use some quick morning breakfasts with some granola that also doubles as a great yogurt topper for school snacktime or toddler snacks.

Cranberry Orange Granola

This granola turned out so pretty and festive I’m actually storing it away to pack into some mason jars for teacher gifts!

Cranberry Orange Granola

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Cranberry Orange Granola
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Ingredients
  • 10 cups oats
  • 4 cups raw pumpkin seeds, (raw sunflower seeds would work too)
  • 4 cups raw pecans (raw walnuts or raw almonds
  • would work too. I get all of these nuts in the linked Kirkland brand at Costco)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 TB sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup avocado oil (melted butter or coconut oil would work too)
  • Juice and zest of 5 oranges
  • ½ cup raw honey (pure maple syrup or organic pure cane sugar or coconut sugar would work too)
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries (I get fresh and dried cranberries at Costco - the linked dried brand is what I get at Costco)
Instructions
  1. Pulse the pumpkin seeds and pecans in a food processor to the sized bits you want in your granola (you could chop with a knife too). I keep mine on the smaller side since I have little ones eating it - you can leave bigger chunks if you prefer.
  2. Put the oats, chopped nuts and seeds, the lemon juice, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl and fill with water until it just covers the mixture. Set the bowl in a warm spot in your kitchen to soak for 8 hours. This soaking process breaks down the phytic acid in the grain, nut, and seeds for better digestion. It also makes their nutrients more available to absorb.
  3. After soaking, put the oat, nut, and seed mixture in a strainer to drain while you put the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl or stockpot to mix. Add the drained oat/nut/seed mixture and combine the entire granola mixture well.
  4. Spread the granola mixture over your dehydrator trays (I use this one) and dehydrate at 135 degrees 8-12 hours until dry. You could bake this in the oven at 250 degrees for an hour or so just stir the mixture every half hour to ensure it gets completely dried out.

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Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie Created To Promote Focus, Attention, & Mineral Balancing in Children!

September 19, 2015

This delicious, *kid approved* smoothie nourishes attention, focus, and mineral balancing in children who need it the most!

Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie Created To Promote Focus, Attention, & Mineral Balancing in Children!

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Note from Renee :: I am so honored to introduce Lydia Shatney guest posting this week! Lyida is an NTP with a background in working with families to naturally work through adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorder, chemical and metal toxicity, and childhood diagnoses like ADD/ADHD. I was blown away when I heard how she helped her son work through ADD-like behaviors using very non-invasive, natural means. I asked her if she would be willing to share her story with you on the blog, and I hope her story resonates with you.

My heart is truly to see this post go viral with sharing because our kids are so worth it – this can be done without more chemical medications!

Welcome to RGN Lydia! We are so happy to have you! (Be sure to check out Lydia’s blog too, Divine Health From The Inside Out!)

I am a mom of four boys and also a nutritional therapist, and by using hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), along with my past studies through the Nutritional Therapy Association, I was able to better understand my youngest son’s hyper and volatile behaviors and create a plan to help him. Through his hair analysis I was able to see that he was in an extremely fast rate of oxidation. Meaning both his adrenals and thyroid were working on overdrive due to lacking sedative minerals (like calcium, magnesium and zinc) and extremely elevated sodium and potassium.

Kids in this pattern would be consider hyperkinetic or likely labeled with AD/HD.

To set the stage a bit, when I was pregnant with him, I went through the most difficult season of my life. The most stress EVER, and the first 2 years (while breastfeeding) of his life were just as stressful. I was already depleted when I conceived him – and my magnesium was probably quite low (I had numerous health issues that correlate with magnesium deficiency most of my life). Mineral deficiency in mom is carried to her unborn children.

In kindergarten he had a lot of behavioral issues in school – 1st grade was a nightmare. So bad that it took several adults to manage him on a daily basis we then had to get him an IEP and move him to a different school. (first of all, I think that the first grade curriculum and structure is ridiculous in it’s expectations of boys but that is another story – he was clearly volatile). We switched him to a small school with a behavioral program where he had to go through an evaluation with the school psychiatrist.

The school psychiatrist clearly told me she did not think he had AD/HD or any diagnosable issue. Yet, she still recommended I get him on meds to better ‘manage’ his behaviors.

I firmly said NO.

It wasn’t until he began his 2nd grade year that I ran an HTMA on him. When I got the results back – I was shocked. I grieved a bit and was really softened to the why behind his struggles and then I was relieved. I now knew what he needed.

His pattern was a severely hyperkinetic one – sky high tissue sodium and potassium and extremely low tissue calcium, magnesium and zinc, elevated manganese and aluminum, very low copper. His ratios were scary extreme to me at the time because I was new to it. BUT it gave me hope anyway and a plan of action -something which I really did not have up until then.

You see even though I was an already practicing NTP (nutritional therapy practitioner) and had plenty of knowledge about health – I had no idea what HIS biochemistry even looked like. I had run blood tests and allergy panels and saw some improvements with our efforts to that end -but nothing like I got from the HTMA.

Here are some of the behaviors he had:

  • Extreme volatility – fly off the handle rage – cursing -not able to calm down without physically assisting him out of a room into a place where he could finish his melt downs.
  • trouble sleeping through the night or going to bed on his own
  • poor social skills, he could not be trusted around peers without supervision (it was difficult for him to make friends or have play dates)
  • refusal to write/writing was a huge labor
  • challenge to read -would give up and throw fits out of embarrassment.
  • would come home from school and throw his back pack down and throw fits about how terrible school was.
  • non-stop movement (literally bounced off the walls)
  • EXTREME appetite/voracious was never satiated
  • eczema
  • severe bed wetting – through a pull up and a bed mat
  • extremely loose bowels that were whitish gray
  • numerous sensory issues, including extreme fear of stickers
  • verbal issues – fast utterances and a slight lisp and also he would say a sentence then repeat himself not out loud but with his lips

Within 2 weeks he started calming down a bit with the new supplements and the changes in his diet – I could tell.

He was just a sweet kid in a minerally depleted body.

I’m happy to report that ALL of the above is now gone. He is still active and still eats a fair bit but nothing compared to before.

Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie Created To Promote Focus, Attention, & Mineral Balancing in Children!Kids in this fast oxidation pattern need a lot of fat in their diet, so I use this chocolate banana mineral smoothie as way to get more fat in to him. Cocoa powder has minerals in it and we manage to avoid adding any additional sugar because the bananas are sweet. Thankfully, he loves smoothies and these go a long way to keeping him full, keeping my budget in check and also are a great way to get the bulk of his supplements into him.

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Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie Created To Promote Focus, Attention, & Mineral Balancing in Children!
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Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 TB organic cacao powder
  • 1-2 scoops grassfed collagen
  • 1 capsule Mega SporeBiotic or whatever probiotics you may be using (Optional. Note from Renee :: The MegaSpore is only available through a practitioner like Lydia.)
  • 1 - 1½ cups of whole fresh milk or coconut milk (or whatever 'milk' you tolerate -even water would work or coconut water)
  • 1-2 TB fat (Coconut oil or raw egg yolks. Optional but good for fast oxidizers, or kids with AD/HD patterns)
  • ¼ cup of cooked frozen chopped kale
  • vanilla stevia drops to taste (Optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp. camu camu or other whole food c powder (THIS SOURCE and THIS SOURCE are good options)
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients into your blender or Vitamix.
  2. Blend for 2 minutes on high speed. This makes one large serving that Christian has right away as maybe his first breakfast or a snack and then we make 2 popsicles for him to have later as a snack, since he eats probably 6 times a day.

Approximate Mineral Content of this smoothie (makes 2 servings):

  • Calcium: 410 mg
  • Magnesium:  140 mg (+ 24 ionic magnesium)
  • Sodium:  112 mg
  • Potassium:  1590 mg
  • Iron:  2.5
  • Copper:  .4 mg
  • Zinc:  2.1 mg
  • Manganese :  1.3 mg
  • Chromium : 100 mcg added from ionic chromium drops)
  • Selenium:  13.3 mcg
  • Phosphorous:  320 mg

(Note from Renee :: Lydia also shared with me that she adds in the rest of his supplements that are specific to his mineral needs. Since every child’s nutritional/mineral needs are different, it is very important not to just add any supplements without working with a professional like Lydia who can look at exactly what your child’s body needs! You can start working with Lydia to get your child’s specific mineral levels and needs by clicking through this link.)

Ok! Back to Lydia!

I share Christian’s story very openly because I know there are other kids out there that have similar struggles and parents don’t always know what to do or how to help them. A child with this kind of behavior can put a huge strain on the family. And often the only recommended help is therapy or medication.

It does not have to be like this.

It used to hurt my heart so much because he was ‘that kid’ in public – the kid that everyone stared at and thought ‘what is his deal?’

This is why I do what I do – I started learning HTMA to help my family and it indeed has. We all are on a game plan and I test my boys every 2-4 months. It is not EASY but it’s it worth the effort above and beyond the work it takes.

Kids respond well to mineral balancing – and it does not take as many supplements or time to help them feel better!

For more information about mineral balancing and hair tissue mineral analysis, you can start the conversation with Lydia HERE!

Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie Created To Promote Focus, Attention, & Mineral Balancing in Children!Note from Renee :: While thankfully my kiddos at home don’t display ADD-like behaviors, children do tend to run on the faster metabolism side, and in one of my kids especially there is a noticeable change in mood when her blood sugar is low. Kids really do need more fat in their diet to be stable, so I have been using this smoothie over the last week for the girls as an afternoon snack. 1 recipe is enough for all 3 of them (my kids are younger – this is 2 servings for older kids), and they really do love the flavor!

unnamedLydia is a Nutritional Therapist and a single mom of four fabulous boys, on a mission to share her passion for whole, healthy, real foods with the world! She enjoys living life one day at a time, from the inside out! Lydia believes that health is a choice, a right and a gift that we cannot take for granted, and in this day and age, unfortunately, must fight for!

Lydia started Divine Health From the Inside Out to log her journey with food and evolving food philosophies, along with her own personalized recipes. Along the way shifting over to a more traditional, real foods way of eating and incorporating the most natural, organic, nature intended foods possible. Thus ultimately leading to a more nourishing way of life!

You can find Lydia on Facebook and Twitter. Lydia offers Hair Mineral Analysis to help with healing.

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Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!

August 29, 2015

Keep busy school mornings low key & low stress with a simple breakfast menu to fit how *your* family does mornings!

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If there is anything that my first year of having a kid in full time school taught me last year, it is that I needed to make mornings as low key and less stressed as possible.

We had our fair share of “rushed out the door” mornings, and I just hated that feeling of stressing my kids out before their day of learning.

We ended up sort of falling into somewhat of a breakfast “menu” by halfway through the year, and I decided that this year, I want my mornings to be as no brainer as possible.

Which means menu planning.

Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!UGH.

Can I be honest?

I don’t menu plan.

Does that shock you?!

I know it. It’s all the rage, but I just haven’t gotten into it. I “plan” as in when I go get groceries I buy what is in season. I buy what is on sale. And then I do something with what I’ve got. It’s not a bad approach – it works for me for right now!

But I decided I needed a “framework” for morning. As in the same general plan for each day of the week. I want variety – and I want flexibility so that I can plug in what food is in season or on sale.

Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!So I did it. I created a quick list to go by that has enough “give” it in that we can plug in for instance whatever fruit is in season or on sale, whatever veggies happen to be in the house that week, etc.

I have it up on the fridge in a small spot so I can reference it the night before, and it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!I wanted to share my breakfast menu with you!

But listen! We all run different households!

What we do for breakfast doesn’t matter, as long as it is nourishing and clean in my opinion, so do what works for your family and where you are in your real food journey, food allergies, and preferences!

My suggestion would be to sit down as a family (YES kids included!) and make the menu together. That way everyone gets a “say,” some favorites get on there, and you can make sure it is balanced and nutrient dense.

Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!Here is what we are planning on:

Ok so it’s your turn!

Here’s your *free* School Morning Breakfast Menu Printable to make your own school breakfast menu!

Our School Morning Breakfast Menu & A *FREE* Printable Menu For YOU!Keep me posted how this has helped you! I’m sure as we get our feet wet as school starts I may change things up on our menu a bit, but for the most part it is nice to know breakfast is one less thing to have to think about! Tag me up on Instagram with your menus!

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Peach Coffee Cake :: Gluten Free

August 13, 2015

Ripe, juicy peaches and delicious soft coffee cake make the perfect summer brunch!

Peach Coffee Cake :: Gluten FreeAs August winds down here a bit, I’m sort of clinging to my last little bit of relaxed, care free summer days. We have had a beautiful summer. I really couldn’t have asked for better weather – it has been a great summer break!

Every mid-August I like to take that last bowl of ripe peaches and make a special weekend breakfast for the family as we start shifting gears to thinking about school. My oldest will be in first grade this year and we enjoyed our coffee cake while talking about school shopping that needed to be done in the next couple weeks.

Peach Coffee Cake :: Gluten FreeIt is so hard for me to grasp her maturity lately – she helped me put the peach slices on the coffee cake this year, and she moves and acts just like a little lady these days.

Peach Coffee Cake :: Gluten FreeI really hope you get a chance to celebrate the end of summer with a fun weekend brunch as you enjoy the last few lazy summer mornings in your home! I would love to know what you are celebrating with – and if you decide to make this peach coffee cake be sure to enjoy every bite!

By the way! We only eat about half of this coffee cake in one sitting – the slices freeze up so great so you can have it again another morning.

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Instructions
  1. Blend the butter, sugar, maple syrup, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl until soft and creamy.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the peaches and blend until combined.
  3. Spread half the mixture into a buttered 9 inch pie plate (or small baking dish), and put a layer of peach slices on top. Spread the other half of the batter over the top of the peaches, and then layer the rest of the peach slices on the top of the coffee cake.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Let the coffee cake cool about 10 minutes before serving. Leftovers freeze individually in slices great!

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Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins

August 1, 2015

A delicious on the go breakfast using nourishing buckwheat and loaded up with sweet, juice blueberries!

Blueberry Buckwheat MuffinsLast weekend we enjoyed harvest season for Michigan blueberries! There is just something about the climate here (or ridiculous winters?!) that makes for some of the best blueberry growing in the nation right here along Lake Michigan.

Blueberry Buckwheat MuffinsEvery year we go picking the second to last weekend in July at a sweet family’s farm just a 7 minute drive from our home. My oldest is getting even more helpful as the years go by – and it was fun to have a brand new toddler on hand this year to show where the berries grow.

Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins

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Last year I showed you how we used our blueberries for jam, and while I still made some jam this year, I didn’t make quite as much as usual. I have more of a need this year to just keep them around to eat fresh for the next 2 weeks, and freeze the rest for smoothies, oatmeal add-ins, and yogurt for school lunches.

I did want to make some blueberry muffins to store away for quick pull out breakfasts, and I decided that instead of triple batching my usual GF blueberry muffins for the freezer, that this year I wanted to have more variety in ingredients. So I made one batch of my regular ones, and this is a brand new recipe!

Blueberry Buckwheat MuffinsBlueberries and buckwheat are a match made in heaven, so these muffins really turned out well! We make blueberry buckwheat pancakes the weekend after picking so I thought muffins wouldn’t be too difficult to figure out!

Blueberry Buckwheat MuffinsBuckwheat is actually a seed and has a bit of a “nutty” flavor – it worked really well with these muffins – they were so soft too!

Blueberry Buckwheat MuffinsProduct links in this section are affiliate links. It does not cost you anything and helps maintain the free information on this site, as well as answer the questions of “what brand do you use?” Please know I never personally recommend any product I wouldn’t use on my own family.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of 2 lemons (Or a couple TB of real whey, ¼ cup or so of whole yogurt, or a couple TB of apple cider vinegar - these are soaking mediums)
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup (Or more - taste the batter to sweeten to your family's preference - Keep in mind this batch makes 2 dozen muffins - so while ½ cup seems like a lot it is really spread out!)
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. The night before you want to make the muffins, put the buckwheat flour, water, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl, combine, and let it sit in a warm spot in your kitchen overnight 8-12 hours. This soaking process breaks down the phytic acid in the flour so it is easier on the gut, and also makes the nutrients in the buckwheat more available to absorb into the body.
  2. The next morning, add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the blueberries into the bowl, and blend with hand beaters to combine.
  3. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Scoop the batter into silicone muffin cups or a buttered muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let the muffins cool before handling them.

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Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free Options

July 25, 2015

A cross between a lemon bar and shortbread, these lemon breakfast cookies have an amazing sweet lemon flavor to brighten your day! Stash them away in the freezer for busy mornings too!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsWe have been having the *best* summer.

I’m talking the perfect balance between fun and busy beach days, to lazy, sit in the sun days at home.

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free Options

This summer I decided I was going to take a couple months “off” from getting up way before my kids so that I could just take a bit of a break from early mornings. I know they will be back come the start of the school year, so I gave myself a little permission to get a little extra sleep for the summer!

It has been so nice. For the most part we have been taking our mornings slow, and I have been relying on my staple breakfast cookies from my freezer stash on mornings that I have hungry kids before I’m able to turn the stove top on for eggs!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsI thought we needed a flavor change and this lemon breakfast cookie was born! These are now my husband’s top request to grab quick before he heads to work – and the girls liked the new flavor of breakfast cookie. (They definitely also have my approval to go with a hot cup of buttered coffee as well 😉 )

A cross between a lemon bar and a shortbread cookie, these lemon breakfast cookies have a sweet lemon flavor and a really soft texture.

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsThe batter is super quick enough to prep right in the morning while the oven preheats, or you can make up a double batch or so for the freezer so they are even more convenient. I am planning on having somewhat of a breakfast rotation schedule for the start of the school year to make mornings a no brainer and these will definitely be on the list!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsIf you have lighter breakfast eaters, the mixture of protein, fat, and carbohydrate/fiber in the cookies will most likely be enough for a “meal” for them – there is a good balance. I have pretty big breakfast eaters, so I make our cookies slightly smaller and add hard boiled eggs/raw milk or a smoothie. Either way breakfast can be done really quick.

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Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free Options
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey (you can go with more if your kids are used to sweeter stuff - start with this and you can always add more though)
  • 2 pastured eggs (If you are egg free I think flax eggs or gelatin eggs will work for the bind - they just might not puff up as much which doesn't matter!)
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup white rice flour (I think almond flouror more tapioca flour would work here if you are grain free)
  • Zest & Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Blend the butter and honey with and beaters until fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and beat until frothy.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend through until combined.
  4. Roll balls of the dough and flatten to the size cookie you want on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet - they won't spread out so make them how you want them. Depending on how big you want your cookies you can get about 7 cookies out of this batch.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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Strawberry Quinoa Granola

July 4, 2015

Crispy, crunchy and swirled with sweet strawberries! This is one granola that I dare to put up against any boxed cereal in taste!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaLast weekend we celebrated strawberry season in Michigan!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaI don’t know that Michigan is the first place that people think of when they think of berry season, but in all actuality, it is a great climate for many berry growers – especially strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. We grow raspberries in our backyard with the greatest of ease – there is something about the lakeshore climate that is just perfect for growing summer berries is what I have been told!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaAnd after the winters we have to endure, I would say being rewarded with some of the sweetest strawberries you have ever tasted is definitely due!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaThis year I kept things pretty simple and very useful with our 30 pound load. No fancy desserts for me this year – I need functional to keep my sanity right now!

I froze the majority of it for smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal during the school year. I kept a few pounds in the fridge for us to eat this week. And I poured some pureed strawberries into my popsicle molds to stash away for this summer.

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaStrawberry granola was on my functional uses for my strawberries as well. Granola is nice for cool summer breakfasts – and don’t even think I’m not already thinking about those first weeks of school coming up at the end of August! Granola makes a great breakfast for busy mornings too!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaLast year I created this grain free strawberry granola for my friend Jessica over at Delicious Obsessions – and it went FAST! The girls loved it – as did my husband and I. This year I decided to try some different ingredients to switch things up. It isn’t grain free this time, but the grains and flours I chose had specific purpose – nutrient dense and filling!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaThe girls have been sneaking handfuls here and there over the last week and it really turned out so good!
If you can’t or don’t have access to raw milk for pouring or whole yogurt, you can use coconut milk or coconut yogurt!

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaGranola also packs up great for school lunches – the kids can sprinkle it into a cup of yogurt or just eat it by the handful. I frequently pack a handful of granola for a snack for my preschoolers school snacktime.

Strawberry Quinoa GranolaA quick note on dehydrators! I have a simple, middle of the road dehydrator and I really love it – it gets the job done very well! I have quite a few extra trays that I stack up and I can do pretty large batches. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can oven dry or oven bake – there are instructions for this in the recipe below!

Strawberry Quinoa Granola
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups oats (not quick oats! If you are gluten free be sure your oats say gluten free on them likeTHESE)
  • 2 cups quinoa (I get the linked brand at Costco - the regular color or the red quinoawork fine - I used the red this time!)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup melted friendly fat (butter, coconut oil, avocado oil)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey (If your kids are used to a much sweeter cereal go ahead and double this. I get mine from a local farmer. If you don't have access THIS is a good brand.)
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups strawberries, chopped. (I didn't take the time to slice them nicely - I just pulsed them in my food processor!)
Instructions
  1. Put the oats, quinoa, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Add water to cover the grains, combine, and let the mixture soak 8-12 hours. This soaking process breaks down phytic acid in the grain, makes it easier to digest, and makes the nutrients more available to absorb!
  2. After the grains have soaked, drain the liquid and return to the mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine.
  3. Spread onto your dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 135 degrees overnight (Or over the course of a day. I tend to soak during the day and dehydrate overnight). If you are using an oven you can set your oven at the lowest heat and stir throughout the day - or you can go at a higher temp and bake it off, again stirring often until it dries out.
  4. Once the granola is dried out you can crumble it into containers for storage.

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Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg Free

June 20, 2015

Warm, sweet, and rich all in a little bar that packs a big nourishment punch with minerals and protein – this molasses snack bar is perfect for busy days and on the go snacks!

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeSo we’ve got the first couple weeks of summer break under our belt, and I *think* we are finally ready for some action!

We definitely were in need of a routine break – so the first couple weeks off school we literally did nothing 🙂 And I loved every minute! We have hung out in the sun, had a couple of mornings at the park, and just enjoyed being home with nothing to do! Ha!

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeI am definitely all about summer being more laid back in routine and schedule, but we do balance that with some staple summer things like weekly trips to the beach down the road, our zoo pass, the splash pad in town, park days, library days, and of course all the summer fruit picking we have available in the area we live in!

And with all the go go go of some of those summer days, comes hungrier kids!

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeLast week I could tell my girls were getting a little bored with the same on the go type snacks I had been packing for zoo outtings or the beach and decided to try making something new.

My goal in these molasses protein bars was:

  • Quick and simple (not a load of ingredients and can be mixed up quick)
  • Pack up easily for travel
  • Use different ingredients than the other bars I have in the freezer to give the gut variety
  • Loaded with nourishment from minerals and some protein/fat to hold busy girls over until lunchtime or the next meal.

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeMy usual energy bars and granola bars are a staple in my freezer that all 3 girls really love. It is a good thing to rotate ingredients/food around in the diet though. And this is not only to be kind to our guts with variety, but also to create broad taste palates in our kids – meaning they don’t get used to just one food all the time.

Quinoa is actually not a huge favorite in our home (I usually end up making a quinoa bake instead of eating it just plain!) – so don’t let that ingredient scare you if the kids aren’t big fans! It does provide a nice, difference source of protein and carbohydrate so it is great way to change things up.

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeThe buckwheat gives a nutty flavor without the nuts. We handle nuts fine in the house but I don’t think they need to be eaten everyday if we want to keep our tummies happy.

The molasses has a great mineral content, and the rich warm flavor is so yummy! You can definitely swap this for all raw honey but I would give it a try to change things up!

Molasses Protein Snack Bars :: Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Egg FreeJust a quick note on the batch size! This makes a whole sheet pan (large jellyroll pan) worth of bars – I think I cut up about 20. So the measurements seem big because it is a big batch! I like it that way so I don’t have to make them all the time! If you don’t want to store that many in the freezer, you can half the recipe and bake it in at 9×13 dish, which I also tried and it worked out great.

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Molasses Protein Snack Bars
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa (I get the linked brand at Costco)
  • 4 cups buckwheat flour (I get mine in bulk at our health food store)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds (I get mine in bulk at our health food store)
  • 1 cup avocado oil (I get mine at Costco)
  • ¾ cup organic molasses (Sometimes our Costco has this brand otherwise I get it on Amazon)
  • ¼ cup raw honey (If you want it sweeter you can double this. I get mine from a local farmer. If you do not have local access THIS is a good brand.)
  • 2 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put the quinoa, buckwheat flour, lemon juice, and water in a large mixing bowl, combine, and soak overnight or 8-12 hours. This soaking process breaks down the phytic acid and helps the grain and seed digest better on the gut - it also makes their nutrients more available to absorb!
  2. After the mixture soaks, add the rest of the ingredients, stir to combine, and spread out on a silpat or parchment paper lined large jellyroll pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, cool, and cut into bar size you want.

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