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New Year Goals For New Moms :: Thoughts On Taking Better Care of Our Pregnant, Post Partum, and Moms of Young Children

December 26, 2015

New year goals for new moms and some thoughts on taking better care of our pregnant, post partum, & moms of young children.

New Year Goals For New Moms :: Thoughts On Taking Better Care of Our Pregnant, Post Partum, and Moms of Young Children

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I was not originally planning on doing a New Year’s resolution post – I really just wanted to jump back into nourishing family meals at the start of the year since that is just more my style.

But over the last week or so it has already started…

My social media feeds are filling up with diet plans, exercise regimens, and images of what we should and should not be looking like, eating, doing, and wearing.

And while I am a big goal setter, “do-er”, and health advocate, I want to give my newly pregnant and post partum mommas, as well as mommas with young children a little “time out” to give a few things some thought before you jump into all of the “I should be doing ________” thoughts.

Our society flat out stinks at taking care of young moms.

From an American stand point at least (I can’t speak for other cultures as I have not experienced them), we don’t take care of our pregnant and post partum moms. Period.

We grow and carry a whole brand new human for 9+ months, marathon labor and deliver them with our amazing bodies, in many cases feed a human being with our very own bodies for months and even years…

Newsflash…

It takes literally years to recover from this season of life.

Did you hear that?

Years.

In many cultures 2-3 years to be exact is considered “post partum” because that is how long it takes our bodies to recover and replenish from having babies! I know I don’t have to convince my new mommas of this because I know you are feeling it.

Our bodies are created to give every mineral from our body that it needs to nurture that growing baby in your womb. Many (I would even venture to say most) post partum moms are in an adrenal fatigued state by the time they have their babies (if they aren’t already before!) because their bodies are so sapped for minerals, rest, and sleep.

Because our society has embraced this “I can do it all” mentality, we don’t look after pregnant moms the way we used to. We have lost community – we don’t care for that new momma with the newborn as we should. We expect her to be back off to work in 6 weeks as if nothing happened. We don’t bring meals anymore because we hardly have time to feed our own family.

New momma, I’m writing this to tell you that focusing on the very delicate balance that is your post partum hormones, adrenals, and body is a great New Year goal.

The latest crash diet, over exercising, and over planned schedule is only going to make your recovery last longer.

Listen…you have the rest of your entire life to exercise as hard as you want – taking a year or two to recover from having a baby is so small in the big scheme of things. If your adrenals are screwed up you will most likely never get there even if you do start those lofty goals now because at some point your body will just say enough already.

So whether you are newly pregnant, are in the foggy daze of newborn-hood, or the exhaustion of the toddler years, (or some sort of combination of these phases), here are some goals for the new year. Find a friend and keep each other accountable. I hope these feel relatable, and do-able to you. Even if you just add one goal per month to really nail them down you will be further ahead than most.

I also want to make a note that if you have older children but you never let yourself recover from those young momma years, there is no better time to heal your body than this year! These ideas are for you too!

New Year Goals For New Moms :: Thoughts On Taking Better Care of Our Pregnant, Post Partum, and Moms of Young Children


Make feeding yourself just as important as feeding the kids.

You are just as important as them. When a firefighter goes into a fire to save people he puts the oxygen mask to himself first doesn’t he? He isn’t any good to the people inside if he falls over from exhaustion. Your kids are better off with a momma that has been fueled. And fueled well.

So here is how we can get that done with busy schedules and newborns in the house. Keep meals simple. Eating real food doesn’t mean elegant 5 course meals every day. Scrambled eggs take just minutes to make for breakfast – and the other little ones running around the house can have them too. When you make a pot of soup, double it so you can eat off of it all week. When you make that casserole, double it and stick one in the freezer for another time.

I am pretty sure that after I had baby #3 our dinner was simple stir frys every night for the first year. Strap baby in a carrier and make yourself a simple meal. If you have toddlers running around get a stack of paper and crayons out and let them have at it. It is also not beneath me to flip on a little Daniel Tiger for 15 minutes while I get a little dinner made – do it up. Lay baby down on a blanket to look out the window so you can eat. I promise they will be ok. (And getting them used to laying down to look at in a floor mirror, at an interesting toy, or out the window early only makes this process easier as they get to be older babies – you deserve to have 5 minutes to eat baby free!)

A final thought here….Ask. For. Help. I can’t tell you how many times I asked my husband to make me a bowl of oatmeal before he left for work while I nursed the baby – in fact there were many times he actually fed me while my hands were busy with nursing the newborn. Friends, neighbors, family…ask them to help you.

If you are reading this and have a new momma in your life – don’t make them ask for help. Just do it. Text them to let them know you are bringing lunch over, or will come hold the baby while they have some breakfast.


Have a nettles infusion daily.

This is the single most efficient and simple way to replenish your mineral supply. This herb is packed with minerals and it is very simple to make a part of your day. I keep a quart or 2 sitting on the counter to drink throughout the day. As I pass by the counter I take a few sips and many days it is my water for the day. While water and hydration is very important for everyone, it is even more important for those with adrenal fatigue to be sure that the water they are drinking is balanced with some minerals – whether that be a pinch of sea salt, a squeeze of lemon, or some ConcenTrace. Drinking your water in herbal tea form like this works to hydrate the body without drowning the mineral supply as well.

Here is how to make a simple quart infusion. I add a pleasant tasting herb such as hibiscus or rosehips to off-set the bitter nettles. You can leave them out if you want. I also like a squeeze of lemon in mine.

  1. Put the dried herbs at the bottom of an empty quart jar or French press.
  2. Pour the hot water over the herbs and cover the top with a lid or with a towel and let it steep at least 2 hours. I like to make mine before I go to bed at night and strain it in the morning to drink for the day.
  3. After the infusion steeps, strain off the herbs and it is ready to drink. You can squeeze some lemon or add a pinch of sea salt if you want.

A quick note on making this even easier is using a French press 🙂 I have a French press that I use just for my herbal infusions – it makes straining the herbs off so much faster. I just pour off what I want as I pass by.


Take a detox bath or foot bath 2-3 times per week.

Let me just start off with this. You are allowed 20 minutes for yourself even if you have a baby. I know when you have little ones getting a 20 minute bath in a couple times a week seems like quite a feat…but this is do-able – and important.

And not just important for our mental health – which is very important! Having a salty detox bath will help your body replenish minerals and let you sleep better. It’s that simple!

Get a hot bath going and add a couple cups of magnesium flakes or epsom salt, some baking soda to help the magnesium absorb, and even better add in some dead sea salt. Sit with a big glass of lemon water or tea for 20 minutes in the bath – and don’t feel guilty about it! Enjoy it. Let yourself just sit in silence, or play your favorite music, or scroll through your favorite social media (or…ahem…favorite blog!) – whatever! YES you are allowed to do this and not feel guilty!

Add an extra few minutes to your bath routine and dry brush before you get into your bath – it will help your lymph move along more efficiently which will flush out toxins better (and make your skin feel awesome!).

If you are not a bath person or don’t have a bath at home, a salty foot bath will do the trick too!


Sleep. And don’t feel guilty about it.

The world will keep spinning if you choose to go to bed early instead of finish cleaning up the kitchen. And taking a nap while the baby naps instead of folding laundry is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

Did you know that?

That took me about 3 kids to truly understand and it has made all the difference in the world. There is just absolutely no way the house will ever be completely caught up all the time when you have little kids around. Period. So for your mental health and sanity just accept it and go to bed.

If you are tired, your body is trying to tell you something. Don’t cover it up with another cup of coffee, or your adrenals will never recover. Sleep is the single most important thing for recovering adrenals.


Exercise based on your adrenal status, not what everyone else is doing.

Listen to your body. It’s that simple. You may tolerate that run or that class in the moment…but if your body is crashing a day or two later that is a huge sign that that your adrenals were not ready to tolerate that activity.

Just back up a little and you can always work back up to where you were before. Coming from someone that ignored the signs and “pushed through”…it takes longer to recover the adrenals when they have already been in a fatigued state and you go back to your running schedule and push the adrenals into exhaustion. It isn’t worth it.

Stretching, yoga, and a walk around the block with the kids is exercise. Chasing after a 2 year old all day is exercise. Walking the hallway with a fussy newborn in the middle of the night is exercise.

I am definitely not saying don’t move. There just needs to be some balance. Sleep is probably more important in that first year or 2 after having a baby anyway, but it is also important to get out in the sun and take a walk. Get down in the grass with the toddlers and do some stretching or yoga. There just needs to be some balance.


Figure out your outlet – and make time for it.

If you are not careful, a year or so into this motherhood thing head on will make you completely forget who you are and what you have a passion for. And yes it is ok to like doing things that don’t revolve around your baby! I adore my kids. I literally think about them most of the day. But when I don’t make time to do things that are separate from motherhood I lose myself.

Whether it is painting, writing, taking a jog, shopping, playing a sport, sewing, or reading…keep it up. It will be on a different time table than before, but taking 15 minutes to read a favorite book is serious therapy! It is worth finding the time.


I wish you a blessed new year full of rest, recovery, and a healthy you,

xo Renee


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Egg Salad Pinwheels :: Perfect For Little Hands & An Easy Lunchbox Addition!

December 15, 2015

Simple and quick egg salad pinwheels perfect for little hands and easy lunchtime!

Egg Salad Pinwheels :: Perfect For Little Hands & An Easy Lunchbox Addition!Product 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.

“Gah! It’s 11:00 a.m. already?!”

I think I say that just about every day. I can aspire to have the most organized day, but there is absolutely nothing predictable about a morning with a 2 and 4 year old by my side, as well as getting a first grader off to school in the morning!

I rely on my freezer stash of simple soups like broccoli soup and tomato soup most days. It is a great way to get nourishing bone broth into the kids without having to think about what vegetable to make. Add a simple egg or tuna salad wrap and lunch is done…for my older kids.

Egg Salad Pinwheels :: Perfect For Little Hands & An Easy Lunchbox Addition!Wraps are tough for toddler hands!

I started making little Mexican pinwheel wraps for her when she turned 2 this year, and I noticed how easy they made lunchbox packing too, so they are becoming quite popular here with my older kids too!

Egg Salad Pinwheels :: Perfect For Little Hands & An Easy Lunchbox Addition!My first grader handles a wrap pretty good – but the days I have made it more of a pinwheel style she is quick to mention how much she loves her wraps that way and how much easier it is to eat too.

This is a pretty flexible recipe – if you have a favorite way of making egg salad go for it!

Egg Salad Pinwheels :: Perfect For Little Hands & An Easy Lunchbox Addition!

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Egg Salad Pinwheels

Simple and quick egg salad pinwheels perfect for little hands and easy lunchtime!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg salad pinwheels, egg salad recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Renee Kohley - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 6 pastured eggs hard boiled and peeled
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise Homemade preferable to avoid rancid oils. This homemade, egg free mayo recipe blends up in less than 5 minutes! Super quick!
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 5 stalks of green onion sliced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 to rtillas of choice I like to use the Food For Life Rice Wraps and the Sami's Bakery Millet Lavish. They should be in the freezer section of most health food stores - sometimes our regular grocery store even carries the rice wraps.

Instructions

  • Put the hard boiled eggs in a small mixing bowl, and using the back of a fork smash the eggs into small pieces.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the tortillas and use the fork to combine well until smooth. Make sure to taste it for salt and pepper.
  • Spread some of the egg salad mixture onto the entire surface of one tortilla, roll up *tightly* and then cut into 1 inch sections. Continue with the rest of the egg salad onto the other tortillas - I usually get about 3 or 4 out of this amount of egg salad.
  • **Gluten Free tortilla rolling tip! Yes I will be the first to admit gluten free tortillas can be...dry! My solution to getting the perfect roll on a GF tortilla is to get it a bit wet and then warm them up to steam them - they get soft and pliable and then you can put your egg salad on and roll them right up. Just do one at a time and you'll be fine!

For more lunch ideas you can follow my Lunch Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

December 11, 2015

Easy to work with gluten free cut out cookie dough will have soft and sweet sugar cookies ready in no time perfect for decorating!

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What a fun time of the year to get in the kitchen and do something fun with the kids!

I have such fond memories of decorating sugar cookies as a family when I grew up, and years ago when I had my first toddler in the house just learning about the wonder of the season, I just knew I wanted to give her those same memories.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!This is the cut out cookie recipe I have been making for the last few holiday seasons. I really love how easy the dough is to work with – remember I am *not* a baker and it is not my favorite kitchen thing to do (well other than the memories!). The hint of vanilla with just a slight warm cinnamon really makes these cookies so special.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!Tips For Making & Decorating Cut Out Cookies With Kids

1. Take it one step at a time. In fact I highly recommend with really little ones not to do everything all in one day. Since the dough has to chill, and cookies have to cool before decorating, there is a lot of nice time to break up so the kids don’t feel like they are waiting “forever”. This year I made the dough with all 3 girls, and then at my 2 year old’s nap time we rolled out the chilled dough to bake with my 4 and 6 year olds. I then put the cookies into the freezer until the following weekend when we had enough time to frost them. They definitely can be done all in one day – just have some other things planned during the dough chilling and cookie cooling wait times such as decorating Christmas cards for grandparents, watching a holiday movie, or other holiday kitchen recipes!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!2. Show them how to do the task first. Whether pouring flour, cracking an egg, using a cookie cutter, or frosting a cookie, show them an example first. This is specifically helpful with the decorating. While I want them to decorate them how they wish, I like to show them how much frosting is appropriate for spreading 😉

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!3. Use small amounts of dough for the ones that want to try rolling it out. Listen, I am just as much of a perfectionist as anyone else – it can be hard for me to stay back and let them learn how to roll dough out nicely! I have learned that letting the dough warm up so it feels a little more pliable like a play-doh but not so warm that it squishes, and using smaller amounts makes it easier for them to roll it out neatly. This is the first year that I didn’t have to help my oldest at all – and she is 6 and works in the kitchen a lot with me. Be patient but it does come – and they will forever remember you trusting them enough to let them do it.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!4. Set out easy to manage decorating ingredients. If the sprinkles, for instance, come in a big bottle with no shaker top, either put them in a old shaker container, or put a small amount on a plate or bowl that they can pinch and sprinkle onto the cookies. If using dried fruit or chopped nuts use little bowls that they can scoop from. My 4 and 6 year olds manage a regular butter knife for spreading just fine, but as toddlers we used these smaller spreading knives.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!5. Realize attention span grows with age 🙂 This is the first year my girls did all the decorating themselves. As toddlers the attention lasts about 1 or 2 cookies in before they want to eat one and are done. Embrace that age and just roll with it! Eventually they will turn 6 and you will have no cookies to decorate for yourself! Even at age 2 or 3 those memories are beginning to build and they will cherish that you spent time with them to do something so fun.

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!Ok! So onto the cookies! Be sure to scroll through the natural decorating ideas at the bottom of the recipe!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Easy to work with gluten free cut out cookie dough will have soft and sweet sugar cookies ready in no time perfect for decorating!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free cut out cookie recipe, gluten-free cut out cookies, gluten-free sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES ::

  • 1 cup softened butter if you are dairy free, you can use palm shortening
  • 1 cup organic pure cane sugar could use sucanat but the color will come out darker
  • 1 egg if you are egg free you can use a gelatin egg or flax egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum Do not leave this out – it helps the cookies rise. You will have a melted mess without it...I have the mess to prove it! It also makes rolling out the dough so much easier.

FOR THE FROSTING ::

  • 1 cup organic powdered cane sugar
  • 2 TB softened butter
  • 1-2 TB milk or coconut milk

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  • Add the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and blend.
  • Add the flours and xanthan gum. Mix until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge, and let it come to room temp for about 30 minutes.
  • Lay out some parchment paper on the counter and flour it with white rice flour. Flour your hands and use the warmth of your hands to gently knead the dough, and then roll out the dough. (Use white rice flour on the rolling pin and parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking)
  • Cut out your shapes and bake on a silpat (or parchment paper) lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before decorating. To make the frosting, just blend the frosting ingredients until smooth. You can add more milk if you wish for a thinner, more royal icing type of frosting.

And then of course there is the decorating! Here are some ideas and tips!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!

  • I’ve been using these naturally dyed sugar sprinkles for the last few years and I just love how easy they are. We make a the simple white frosting and the sprinkles brighten them right up!
  • That same brand has not only the naturally dyed sugar sprinkles, but snowflakes, “jimmies” shapes, and I also found this brand of natural colored confetti sprinkles!
  • When I had really little ones – as in I only had toddlers in the house, we used dried fruit and/or crumbled nuts for decorating. You can even just bake raisins, apricots, or cranberries right into the cookie and skip the frosting all together if you want – which is what I often did for my toddlers. They are just happy to get a cookie – they won’t even miss the frosting 🙂
  • I like these naturally colored, organic candy canes – you can crush them up and sprinkle on top!
  • Shave some fair trade dark chocolate to sprinkle on top, or use these allergen friendly mini chocolate chips.
  • This is a great DIY natural food dye you can make up ahead of time if you have the time – I have tried all the colors and they really work well!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs :: Plus Natural Decorating Ideas and Tips On Making Cookies With Kids!If you tolerate gluten, you must check out these great sugar cookies from my friend Kristin at Live Simply  using Einkorn wheat flour!

To find more real food treat ideas, you can follow my Treat Ideas Board on Pintrest!

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Batteries NOT Needed Gift Guide :: 25 Montessori Inspired Gift Ideas For Kids

December 9, 2015

Raising Generation Nourished's Montessori Gift Guide!

MAIN IMAGE FOR BATTERIES NOT NEEDEDNatural, child directed toys and activities inspired by the Montessori Method!

I’m joining up with some blogging friends to bring you a multi-blog “Batteries NOT Needed” gift guide filled with loads of gifting ideas for children that do *not* need batteries or cords! After you check out these Montessori Inspired ideas be sure to check out the rest of the blog focuses at the bottom!

I promise my blog focus isn’t changing sweet friends! I get a lot of interest on my Instagram when readers see my girls playing with certain toys, or doing certain activities and I am really excited to have a spot to share some of the Montessori inspired toys we enjoy in our home. Obviously your children don’t need to be in a Montessori school to benefit from these toys! These open-ended, self directed activities are so fun…and possibly the best part is there are no batteries needed!


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Montessori Sand Tray

A great way to introduce not only letters but handwriting letting them focus on the shapes of the letters before having to grip a pencil at the same time! I give them blocks or cards with words or just a letter  day to practice. The handles on this one make it easy for them to be independent in taking it out and putting it away as well.

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Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

Obviously I am in love with a toy filled with veggies and fruit! My toddler loves filling the baskets and it is so fun to see the light go off when they finally figure out how to sort them by color!

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60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks

Blocks are the ultimate open ended play toy! My girls use their blocks everyday from the 2 year old to my oldest!

Raising Generation Nourished's Montessori Gift Guide!

Classic Montessori Shapes

This shape sorting and fitting is a classic activity in Montessori rooms and is a fun, different puzzle to keep on hand to play with. They can also be used as stencils!

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Montessori Cylinder Socket Set

Another classic Montessori activity, this size awareness socket set is simple but keeps toddlers and young elementary kids busy and engaged.

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Little Helper Stander

By FAR my most used piece in my house – by far! We have 2 little helper standers and having a way for the little ones to safely help with washing, food prep, or even crafts at the counter is SO helpful! This is a GREAT gift idea if you have a baby or small toddler – they don’t know any differently if you have gotten them a toy or not – this will be used for literally years. My girls start using it around age 1, and my 6 year old still uses it when I’ve got a taller stock pot at the stovetop – it puts her right above it so she can safely stir.

Raising Generation Nourished's Montessori Gift Guide!

Musical Instruments

Yes they can be noisy but I love using musical instruments to show rhythm, count numbers, and just have a fun dance party!

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Cutting Fruit Set

The Montessori environment facilitates children in the use of real/regular cutting utensils at young ages to most standards. As early as Kindergarten you will find real apple slicers and regular knives being used to teach children how to properly prep food. This is a fun set to start with for the toddlers to introduce the concept!

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3D Feel & Find Play Set

This is a great game for developing the ability to feel something and be able to match it to a shape. This game can really be adapted to any age. Babies love to look at the shapes, toddlers love to work on putting the shapes in the right spots, and older children can play the game where you pick a tile and then find the shape to match it in the bag without looking at it.

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Montessori Wood Math Blocks

A fun way to introduce math concepts!

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Classic Wooden Abacus

I love how this grows with the kids. Babies love to look at the colors and watch the beads move and older children can use it for counting, sorting, spacing, and learning the value of 10. My oldest uses it still often.

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World Map Floor Puzzle

We love this big floor puzzle! Montessori starts at the youngest of ages teaching a sense of community and taking care of more than just themselves. They start with learning about the world and then move down to the countries, etc. so they use world puzzles to start the learning process of this.

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Little Helper Broom Set

Practical life skills are one of my favorite aspects of the Montessori Method because they are things that not only will help you as the parent now, but they are skills that the children will use for a lifetime. Toddlers specifically are in this open window of time where they love to help so setting the stage for cleaning help is a great idea! This is another skill that brings kids a sense of accomplishment and pride as well.

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Practical Life Puzzle Boards

We have gotten a LOT of use out of this Latches and Locks board and Basic Skills board. A great way to practice very useful, practical functions like sliding latches, clips, zippers, and buttons!

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Montessori Basic Children’s Pouring Kit

This is another classic activity in a Montessori classroom. Toddlers and even big kids *love* to pour! It seems so simple, but it is even relaxing. They are learning so much during this activity too from steadiness to the science of how a sponge works and how to clean up if something spills.

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Pattern Blocks and Boards

This is one of my girls’ favorite puzzles. Not only because the patterns are really neat – but because the blocks can be very open ended if you want. She often takes the shapes off the boards and makes her own creations!

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Threading Buttons & Spools

Sewing is a practical life skill for all kids to have and this is a great way to introduce this concept!

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Magnetic Chalk and Dry Erase Board

This is another toy the girls use daily! Open ended use from drawing pictures to practicing letters and numbers!

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Classic Storybooks

The gift of a story seems so simple but it is really the gift of spending time with the children. Even toddlers and early readers who may not be able to sound the words out of these classic books will enjoy the timeless stories when someone they love is reading to them. I am always surprised the “older kid books” that my 2 year old just loves to listen to! And there is just something about holding a real book in your hand versus a tablet in my *humble* opinion!

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Montessori Cards & Counters

This one can adapt from the very young just learning to count, to the older kids learning how to add and subtract. There is something about having those concrete objects in front of them to see the numbers while they learn.

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Super Sorting Pie

Lots of different skills all in one little toy! The tweezers are great for my older girls while my 2 year old uses just her hands. My older girls work on adding and subtracting and my 2 year old works on fitting things into spaces and colors. It is a great toy!

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Slotted Bolt Board

I love the use of practical life activities for developing motor skills and this fun task is so good for those fine motor hand muscles needed for writing. Kids are mesmerized with this work! It seems so simple but every time I am in the classroom the children have this one out to work on.

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See & Spell

Another toy that can grow with your kids, these see and spell puzzle boards can be more than matching up the letters and early reading, my older kids also practice spelling and writing each word after they do the puzzles.

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Scissor Skills Activity Pad

I have gotten this workbook for my older girls every Christmas for the last couple years! They love all of the activities so much, and while my oldest is beyond having to learn how to use the scissors, she loves cutting everything out to put the pieces together and do the activities.

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Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks

Seeing this concrete picture of how words rhyme is a simple step toward your brand new reader taking on words to read. I love these to pack in the car, or keep in a basket at home to explore while they wait for dinner or during quiet time.

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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

December 4, 2015

This comforting soup will fill your bowl with warm spices, and delicious Italian flavor!

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

The cold has set in for good where we live…

…and while bone broth based soup a nourishing staple in our home most days all year long, in the winter it is most definitely on the menu at least once a day.

My 4 year old and I created this delicious Italian sausage stew last week for our new Instant Pot. My 4 year old is a sausage fanatic – she would eat it every day if she could so she was extra excited about dinner that night.

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

The warm spices brighten up the bowl and this flavor will just blow you away. And since we are talking about the Instant Pot with this recipe, this is also fast enough prep for a busy weeknight dinner!

I have to admit…I was a bit of a skeptic to get into pressure cooking.

To be honest I really love cooking stove-top. It is relaxing to me and something I truly enjoy. I rarely use my slow cooker for soups especially because there is just something about getting that veg into some butter down in a pot to soften and sweeten that gives soups and stews the most amazing flavor.

The sauté feature on the Instant Pot had me sold. I could make my favorite soups and stews the way I love, building layers of flavor at a time, AND pressure cook it for quick results on busy days! I’m in! This school year in particular has been difficult on me with dinner prep as my oldest has more homework to help with this year, and I still have a 2 year old (aaand all the mommas of toddlers don’t need any extra explanation as to why my evenings are crazy!).

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

And the Instant Pot is more than just a pressure cooker and saute pan! It can replace your old slow cooker and rice cooker too! I love how fast and perfect my rice comes out. The steaming feature is so neat too – hard boiled eggs in minutes!

Instant Pot has also changed my bone broth routine. I have been making bone broth for years now, and I can’t tell you how cool it is to make bone broth in just a couple hours instead of 24! I haven’t given bone broth making a thought in literally years because it just became a part of my routine, but Instant Pot sure has spoiled me with much quicker cook times not to mention the energy efficiency!

So back to the soup! Let me know how it turns out for you! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew

This comforting soup will fill your bowl with warm spices and delicious Italian flavor!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot Italian Sausage Stew, Instant Pot Italian sausage stew recipe, sausage stew in the Instant Pot
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee Kohley www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 2 TB butter to cook in
  • 1/2 lb pastured ground pork grassfed ground beef would work too
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 - 15 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 2 quarts bone broth
  • 2-3 large handfuls kale chopped
  • 8 oz gluten free noodles I like Tinkyada brand. If you are grain free use potatoes and decrease the liquid by a couple of cups
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parm or other raw cheese to garnish

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to "saute". Once the bottom is warm put butter in to melt and then add the pork and all of the seasonings. Stir to combine and brown the meat.
  • Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, combine and cook for 5-7 minutes until the veggies are soft and sweet.
  • Add the white wine to deglaze the pan scraping up any bits at the bottom.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, broth, kale and noodles and stir to combine. Put the Instant Pot lid on, make sure the valve is sealed and pressure cook for 3 minutes. Release the valve, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with freshly grated parmesan.

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10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!

November 28, 2015

Enjoy enchilada night – real food style! Smokey, spicy, sweet and tangy this enchilada sauce has nothing on canned, and only 10 minutes to simmer stovetop!

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!

Let’s do the taco Tuesday thing this week!

Enchiladas are one of my favorite make ahead meals for a busy weeknight that everyone loves to eat. The sauce can be made way ahead of time and only takes 10 minutes to simmer stovetop. It can even be frozen – I love making double or triple batches to stash in my freezer for a quick weeknight dinner anytime.

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!

Smokey, flavorful heat is the name of my game – I love this sauce.

You can play around with the heat how you wish. This is really kid friendly heat – you can add more smoky heat with more chipotle powder, or more heat in general with a pinch or two of cayenne.

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!

Once the sauce is made the enchilada filling is super quick to make. Whether choosing chicken, beef, pork, or sprouted beans, I take the opportunity to stuff my enchiladas with a big handful or two of greens. Once everything is cooked and drowning in that yummy sauce no one will even notice there is spinach or kale in there!

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!I’ll share my 10 minute enchilada sauce here and you can make your enchiladas how you like to in your house, or you can follow my favorite way to make them just below this recipe!

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!

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10 Minute Enchilada Sauce

Enjoy enchilada night – real food style! Smokey, spicy, sweet and tangy this enchilada sauce has nothing on canned, and only 10 minutes to simmer stovetop!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: enchilada sauce recipe, homemade enchilada sauce, how to make enchilada sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 2 TB friendly fat to cook in butter, lard, avocado oil etc
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 TB chili powder
  • 1 TB cumin
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle pepper powder or more if you want more heat
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 15 oz organic tomato sauce I get mine at Costco
  • 1 cup bone broth or water
  • Sea salt /pepper to taste)

Instructions

  • Melt a couple of TB of friendly fat in a sauce pan and cook the onion with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and low simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Puree the sauce with handheld blender or in a blender until smooth and then sea salt and pepper to taste.

Ok! So here is how I like to make the enchiladas at my house – I left plenty of play so you can use whatever veggies you have around or like to use.

10 Minute Enchilada Sauce :: Plus a delicious enchilada recipe!I like to use the Sami’s Bakery “Lavish” for my enchilada tortilla wrapping. Sprouted rice or corn tortillas work fine too. If you can handle the gluten go for a sprouted wheat tortilla. You can find all of these in the freezer section of most health food stores. If you want to make your own, you can use this GF pita recipe and just thin out the batter to make a tortilla texture. If you are grain free you can Google grain free wraps – there are so many to try! Or just use the sauce in a great stir fry sans the wraps.

  • 2-3 cups ground or shredded beef, pork, or chicken or sprouted beans of choice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp or more chipotle powder depending on the heat you like
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups vegetables of choice (zucchini, spinach, kale, peppers, etc)
  • 1-2 cups organic corn (I get frozen organic/non-GMO at Costco)
  • 1 recipe of my enchilada sauce (a little over 2 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups cheese, freshly grated
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • Tortillas of choice
  1. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet, and add the meat and seasonings. If your meat was already cooked you can just heat through and go onto the next step. If your meat was not cooked just cook it all the way through and go onto the next step.
  2. Add the onions, vegetables, and corn and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are cooked through.
  3. Turn the heat off the skillet and stir in ½ cup of the enchilada sauce, and 1 cup of the cheese and combine.
  4. Put  ½ cup of the enchilada sauce at the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and tip the dish around so the sauce covers the bottom of the dish.
  5. Scoop the meat/veggie mixture into tortillas and roll. Place them seam side down into the baking dish. My trick for rolling gluten free wraps that can be “dry” and hard to fold is to run them under a little water and then steam them in a pan quick – they soften and roll right up.
  6. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the rolled up tortillas, sprinkle with about ½ cup cheese, cover the baking dish with foil, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 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!

Your one stop tutorial for all things green smoothies for kids! Any flavor and nutrient packed for growing brains and bodies!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green smoothie, green smoothie recipe, how to make a green smoothie
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

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
  • 1/3 cup or so steamed spinach or kale
  • 2 TB grassfed cold soluble collagen
  • 3 pastured egg yolks OR 1 1/2 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

  • 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

Sweet orange vanilla infused granola decorated with festive cranberries makes a fun breakfast cereal bowl, or topping for a yogurt snack!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Soak8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange granola, cranberry orange granola recipe, soaked and dehydrated granola
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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5 Minute Bone Broth Gravy :: Gluten & Grain Free Options!

November 2, 2015

You are no more than 5 minutes away from a delicious, velvety gravy made with nourishing bone broth for everything from meatball night to that Thanksgiving turkey!

5 Minute Bone Broth Gravy :: Gluten & Grain Free Options!This my friends is the icing on the cake….well, the gravy on the turkey (or chicken, or meatballs!). There is just something about the gravy that makes the meal feel complete!

5 Minute Bone Broth Gravy :: Gluten & Grain Free Options!It doesn’t have to be rocket science either. Making gravy for meatball night on a busy weekday, or that big Thanksgiving day turkey won’t take you more than 5 minutes.

5 Minute Bone Broth Gravy :: Gluten & Grain Free Options!I like to make my gravy while my roasted chicken or turkey is resting right out of the oven. You can use bone broth from the freezer or the meat stock from the pan. The beauty of this recipe is that even if you wanting to make it for meatballs and gravy night, you don’t need pan drippings. Any jar of bone broth in your freezer can become a sauce pan of gravy! And bonus! The gravy freezes very well so anything leftover won’t go to waste!

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5 Minute Bone Broth Gravy

You are no more than 5 minutes away from a delicious, velvety gravy made with nourishing bone broth for everything from meatball night to that Thanksgiving turkey!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bone broth gravy, how to make bone broth gravy, turkey bone broth
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 2 TB butter
  • 2-3 TB white rice flour OR if you are grain free use tapioca flour the amount is dependent on how thick you like your gravy - you can start out low and always add more in the end if you want it thicker. If the gravy turns out thicker than you want you can always thin it out with more broth or even water
  • 1 pint bone broth OR juices from the pan Called meat stock. You can use a combo of both if you wish.
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste I don't season my bone broth so I pretty heavily season the salt here

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the flour, and stir with a whisk to combine.
  • Add the bone broth and thyme and bring to a simmer stirring with your whisk occasionally until it thickens.
  • Season salt and pepper to taste and serve. This will refrigerate and reheat stovetop well (up to 4 days in advance), or you can freeze it for months.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 2, 2015

The perfect sweet and tart side to compliment that Thanksgiving day turkey – in about 10 minutes of cook time!

Homemade Cranberry SauceBesides the gravy…cranberry sauce is just about the perfect complement to that Thanksgiving turkey!

Even as a kid I used to take a little bit of the cranberry sauce with a bit of turkey and it was just heaven together! Sweet, salty, tart, and delicious all in one bite!

Homemade Cranberry SauceI did grow up on the canned cranberries, and a number of years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to make “real” cranberry sauce. Because let’s face it…our ancestors would not have been busting out the can of cranberry sauce at their big meal!

I thought I would miss the “jello” texture of the canned cranberries, but…oh! Was I wrong! This was even better! Fresh cranberries are so delicious – not a fake, high fructose corn syrup jello, but there is a depth of flavor to using real cranberries.

Homemade Cranberry SauceMaking homemade cranberry sauce doesn’t get any easier. Just a quick cook on the stovetop and this Thanksgiving side dish can be prepped days ahead of the big meal. This is the batch I make for our large family Thanksgiving gathering – it makes a lot. If you have a smaller gathering definitely half this.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The perfect sweet and tart side to compliment that Thanksgiving day turkey – in about 10 minutes of cook time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce recipe, homemade cranberry sauce, how to make cranberry sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh cranberries I get the large bags at Costco - if you are using the smaller 12oz bags from a grocer you will need 2 bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup organic pure cane sugar or coconut sugar I get our organic sugar in bulk at Costco.
  • 3/4 cup raw honey You can swap more sugar for this if you want to leave it out. I get my raw honey from a local farmer in bulk but this is a good brand too.

Instructions

  • Put the cranberries, water, and sugar into a large, high walled skillet, or soup pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Low simmer the cranberry mixture, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. You will hear the cranberries start to pop and you can squish some of them with the back of your wooden spoon if you like. The mixture will start to thicken after about 10 minutes.
  • Add the honey to the cranberry sauce, combine, and turn the heat off. The cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

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Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing

October 31, 2015

All the sage herbed flavors of Thanksgiving in a real food stuffing for your big meal!

Thanksgiving StuffingIt was my favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner besides the pumpkin pie at the end.

As a kid we grew up on that little red box of stuffing at our huge, extended family meals. I have been told stories of one of my Grandmas using toasted bread to make stuffing a long time ago, but as the times changed and those fancy *very convenient* boxes of faster food became available, it just became the thing to do.

I had never had “traditional” stuffing – I grew upon that stovetop, red box version…

…and I loved it.

There I said it. I seriously loved that totally processed, crazy ingredient list box of stuffing, and when I made the real food switch years ago I set out to learn how to make a stuffing that I could still enjoy at the holidays. I have been making this real food version for over 6 years now – the same age as my oldest daughter.

You see, when I had her everything changed.

Remember those amazing memories I had of my childhood Thanksgiving meals? I wanted her to have that. I wanted her to remember that every year toward the end of November we get to eat the most amazing meal of the year.

Thanksgiving StuffingFood is meant to be enjoyed my friends! I am not about to take away those comforting, delicious meals that bring joy to our faces, warmth to the belly, and memories that last forever. One of my greatest joys in the last year or so is that my oldest is finally getting it. She remembers Thanksgiving meals from the year before now. She remembers Grandpa carving that huge bird, Grandma stirring that big pot of mashed potatoes, and savoring every last bite of the pumpkin pie. And while I was getting this dish prepared to photograph she practically drooled as I served it remembering she hadn’t had stuffing since last year. THAT, sweet friends, is what I want!

Thanksgiving StuffingCome November I want my family to start craving that amazing once a year meal that we all get to share!

You really can make Thanksgiving meal staples without processed food. Let’s start with stuffing!

Whether you like to stuff the bird with your stuffing, or like to serve it in a pan, this recipe will work for you! Grab a loaf of your favorite gluten free bread – we splurge on Sami’s bread for our Thanksgiving stuffing. It has the cleanest ingredient list of the gluten free breads that I know of at least in my area. You can also use homemade sourdough, or this gluten free cornbread works great too!

Thanksgiving StuffingThat herby, soupy, broth simmers on the stove and fills the air with sage, and then soaks into your day old bread to make the most delicious baked side dish to go with your meal.

Thanksgiving StuffingHere are a few of my tips for getting this dish done for Thanksgiving. If your bread is fresh or freshly made, you will need about 24 hours for it to dry out to make it feel like day old bread. I like to tear it up onto a sheet tray and I just leave it out in my bedroom (so that little hands don’t steal pieces!) for a day. If you make the herbed broth beforehand, all you have to do is mix it in with the bread the morning of Thanksgiving! Very quick.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

All the sage herbed flavors of Thanksgiving in a real food stuffing for your big meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade stuffing, homemade stuffing recipe, how to make Thanksgiving stuffing
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 6 stalks of celery chopped
  • 4 TB friendly fat to cook in butter, coconut oil, lard
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 loaf about 12 cups torn up stale/dried out gluten free bread or sourdough of choice (this gluten free cornbread works well too! Make a double batch if you plan on using it for this recipe)

Instructions

  • Saute the onion and celery in the friendly fat for about 5-7 minutes. Add a few pinches of salt to bring out their juices and sweeten.
  • Add the garlic and seasonings and cook for a minute.
  • Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Taste for seasoning/saltiness and add as needed. It should taste like a salty herbed soup.
  • Put the bread, egg, and broth mixture in a large mixing bowl and combine well.
  • Pour the bread mixture in the buttered 9x13 baking dish.
  • Bake COVERED for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Uncover the baking dish and bake another 25-30 minutes.

For more real food dinner ideas you can follow my Dinner Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel Corn

October 24, 2015

All the sweet and salty taste you love about caramel corn using real ingredients and zero refined sugar!

Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel CornIt’s about that time of year again isn’t it?!

We get through those first couple of months of school and then bam!

Everything from halloween or harvest parties, to Thanksgiving and holiday parties have our kids in a frenzy of festivities…and all the sugar to go along with it.

Unfortunately this is also about the time of year we get less fresh air and less circulating of fresh air indoors, and that coupled with more sugar in our bodies can make for weakened immune systems. I love to celebrate all of the fun fall and winter holidays that come with the end of a calendar year, but I also understand that even with a pretty clean diet and great supplements, even the healthiest kid can become run down when cold bugs have sugar to feast on more frequently.

I don’t, however, want to take the fun out of every holiday!

Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel CornFood was most definitely made to be enjoyed – and I absolutely believe that. While I still have very little ones at home, I feel pretty responsible for what goes into their bodies at this crucial growing age, so when the holidays come around, we do the fun food in a real food way. This halloween we decided on caramel corn for our special treat! We played around with the ingredients this weekend, and boy was it delicious!

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Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel Corn

All the sweet and salty taste you love about caramel corn using real ingredients and zero refined sugar!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn recipe, homemade caramel corn
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup non-GMO popping corn Our local grocer sells non-GMO popping corn which is where I got ours
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt to your taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, turn off the heat, and then add the raw honey to melt in. Set aside while you make the popcorn.
  • Pop your popcorn in a simple air popper or stovetop, and put into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour half the melted butter and honey into the popped popcorn, toss to coat, and then pour the last half of the butter/honey mixture to toss and coat.
  • Sea salt your caramel corn to your taste and toss to coat. You can serve this warm right away, or you can put the caramel corn in the fridge or freezer to harden up a little to feel like the crispier candy shell that caramel corn usually has!

For more real food treat ideas you can follow my Treat Ideas board on Pintrest!

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Stuffed Pumpkin

October 17, 2015

These sweet little pie pumpkins are dressed up savory with grassfed beef and vegetables, and then and hit with the sweet warmth of cinnamon.

Stuffed PumpkinThis is such a cozy time of year.

I’ll admit that I am totally a summer girl – I love my sunshine, bare feet, and beach days. But I don’t care how much you love summer, you just can’t get more gorgeous than autumn in Michigan!

Stuffed PumpkinThe weather is still warm enough to enjoy playing outside, but there is enough chill in the air to make the house cozy and comfortable by turning the oven on in the evening for dinner.

Stuffed PumpkinThis is a great time of year to take advantage of delicious seasonal pumpkins at your farmer’s markets and grocery stores.

Pie pumpkins (sometimes labeled sugar pumpkins) are not just for sweet desserts! They make a really delicious squash side for dinner, and if you have never had savory pumpkin before you are really in for a treat! These little stuffed pumpkins have a hint of cinnamon to give it a slight sweet warmth, and the kids are really going to have fun eating these! They make a fun, nourishing meal before trick or treating!

Stuffed PumpkinDon’t be intimidated by its fancy look – this is definitely do-able on a weeknight too! Make the stir fry “stuffing” part the night before (or early morning), and just store it away – then it just needs to be stuffed into the pumpkin after the squash roasts – super quick hands on time. You can also have the kids scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin while you do other things! Quick throw the pumpkin in the oven when you get home from school or work and do homework with the kids, finish up emails, etc.

Stuffed Pumpkin

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Stuffed Pumpkin

These sweet little pie pumpkins are dressed up savory with grassfed beef and vegetables, and then and hit with the sweet warmth of cinnamon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed pumpkin recipe, stuffed pumpkins, stuffed squash
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 2 pie pumpkins halved and seeds scooped out
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded roast beef (ground beef works too - I like to use leftovers from a roast beef dinner the night before!)
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small head cabbage sliced thin
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach chopped
  • 1 cup cooked long grain white rice cooked quinoa would work, or if you are grain free just leave the grain out or use cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 cup raw cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place the halved pumpkins flesh side up on a baking sheet, butter the flesh, and then salt and pepper the flesh. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 50 minutes.
  • While the pumpkin is roasting, cook the filling (the filling only takes about 20 minutes to make so you can either make it ahead of time or make it a half hour into roasting the squash so they are done at the same time). Start by melting a few TB of butter (or bacon grease makes this taste amazing!) in a pan and add the onion and cabbage with a big pinch of sea salt. Cook on medium/high heat for 15 minutes or so until the cabbage cooks down, softens, and sweetens.
  • Add the garlic, spinach, beef, and cinnamon cook about 5 minutes until the spinach wilts.
  • Add the cooked rice, combine, and then taste the mixture for sea salt and pepper and season to your taste.
  • Stuff the middle of the roasted pumpkin with the cooked cabbage and beef filling. Really stuff it all in there. Sprinkle cheese over the top, and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

For more real food dinner ideas follow my Dinner Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Fall Launch Of Apothecary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!

October 11, 2015

Fall Launch Of Apothacary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!Bug bites, diaper rash, scrapes, chafes, bruises, oh my!

They come with the territory of having a kid or two under your belt, and finding safe skin care these days can be so tricky. Not only are there so many choices, but because conscious moms have demanded safer ingredients, even the “safe” and “natural” skin care brand choice selections are daunting!

So here’s the deal. We want to look at labels – but not just the front of the label my friends. The ingredient list on the back of that label tells the story! Because all natural skin care is not all created equal.

When my friend Donielle from the Natural Fertility & Wellness blog told me she was going to launch an herbal skin care line for kids I nearly flipped! She is one of my go-to people to ask herbal questions, and I just knew this stuff was going to be good.

These ingredient labels on the Apothecary Kids products will knock your socks off – completely non toxic and super safe/allergen friendly.

I wanted to introduce you to the launching of the first in her herbal skincare line – be sure to check out the code at the bottom of this post to get a *free* herbal salve stick!


J. Dubs Butt Butter


Fall Launch Of Apothacary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!Now THIS! This is a diaper cream! Listen, I love my homemade tallow or lard for the occasional irritated bottom on my toddler, but let’s face it…that stuff gets rock hard in the fridge, and when you have a squirmy 1 or 2 year old they are not waiting for that stuff to melt very easily!

Donielle whips the J. Dubs Butt Butter so it is super easy to apply, the container can sit right next to your diapers, and it works great! Here is the ingredient list:

shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, apricot kernel oil, (all infused with lavender), candelilla wax, and vitamin E

It just so happened that the day I got our J. Dubs Butt Butter in the mail, my 2 year old was cutting a molar which meant she had a slightly red bottom poo that day. I put the butt butter on before bed and in the morning the redness was gone. Real ingredients work so great!


Herbal Lip Balm


Fall Launch Of Apothacary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!Confession. I rarely put make up on. I know, I know. Take care of yourself momma. Take some time for you in the morning. Sigh. I get that. I call it good if I can get a little mascara on. Michigan winters can be rough on the skin though, so having a little lip balm around is helpful.

And my kids get dry sometimes too – there is something about those school classrooms that is so drying! I like to have a small safe lip balm in my oldest’s backpack in case she feels dry. I love the simple ingredients in the Apothecary Kids Herbal Lip Balm:

almond oil, rosehip seed oil, extra virgin coconut oil, mango butter, shea butter, candelilla wax, beeswax, and vitamin E

These lip balms are pure as you can get, with no synthetic ingredients or preservatives, flavors, or scents.

There is also a tinted lip balm for the older girls and for momma! It isn’t overpowering in color, but gives a healthy light red sheen similar to a light lip gloss.


Herbal Salve Stick


Fall Launch Of Apothacary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!This is a game changer! I am completely in love and I don’t know that I will want a jar of herbal salve another day in my life! These herbal salve sticks are a great way to carry your herbs with you on the go, perfect for busy mommas!

The herbal salve stick is made with a blend of natural oils infused with herbs known for their skin soothing properties. Scented only with herbs (the lavender and cocoa butter really come through and smell fantastic), it’s easy to apply to chapped and irritated skin. Here are the ingredients:

Extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, candelilla wax, beeswax, and vitamin E. The oils are infused with plantain, comfrey, calendula, lavender, and echinecea.

The herbal salve stick is larger, 0.5 ounce stick in comparison with a typical 0.15 ounce lip balm stick you are used to – there is a lot of herbal salve in there! But it is also compact enough to stick neatly in your purse or diaper bag.


Get a FREE Herbal Salve Stick!


Apothacary Kids is offering Raising Generation Nourished readers a *FREE* Herbal Salve Stick with any purchase through October 24, 2015! Just enter the code RGNFREESTICK at checkout! My friends, this is your answer to stocking stuffers, cousin gifts, teenager gifts, and new momma gifts this holiday season! Done in one *online* shopping trip! Yeah!

Fall Launch Of Apothacary Kids Herbal Skincare Promo! Get A Free Herbal Salve Stick!

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Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple Crisp

October 8, 2015

Enjoy a fresh apple treat with no more than 10 minutes of hands on time!

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple CrispI almost completely forgot to write about apple season this fall! I blogged so many of our favorite apple recipes last year, that I sort of thought I had all of my bases covered, but the Michigander in me just couldn’t go through an apple season without a least one apple post!

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple CrispWe headed out to pick apples a few weeks ago and it was like summer! The weather has definitely turned more like fall in the last couple weeks, so looking through these pictures of the girls in their short sleeves seems so crazy to me!

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple CrispMy youngest just turned 2 and there is just something about this age that makes these trips so fun. To see their eyes light up at all the apples on the trees – it’s like they finally “get it”! Caitlyn two fisted her apples the entire trip and enjoyed running up and down the rows of trees.

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple CrispThis is a particularly busy fall for me as I navigate a busy school and preschool schedule with lots of driving. I don’t have a lot of time for fun kitchen projects like making apple pie, so this year when the girls asked me if we could make a treat with the apples, we decided on making apple crisp to save on the time thing!

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple CrispNo more than 10 minutes to get everything into this pie plate and you are hands-free from there! No peeling necessary – and this apple crisp not only is as beautiful as an apple pie…it tastes just as amazing.

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple Crisp

You can use whatever apples you have around  – let the kids help too! My toddler loved putting the apple slices in the pie plate, my 4 year old mixed up the crumble topping, and my 6 year old pretty much ran the show reading my recipe, measuring, and even doing some slicing!

Simple, Quick & Gluten Free Apple Crisp

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Simple, Quick and Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Enjoy a fresh apple treat with no more than 10 minutes of hands-on time!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free apple crisp, gluten-free apple crisp recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Toss together the apple slices, lemon juice, vanilla extract, 3-4 TB sugar, and tapioca starch right in your 9 inch pie plate.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the white rice flour, almond flour, butter, maple syrup, and 1/4 cup sugar using a spatula - don't combine until super smooth - the point is for it to be a bit crumbly. Sprinkle this crumble mixture over the top of the fruit mixture in the pie plate, and then sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool for a bit before handling.

For more real food desserts, you can follow my Treat Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

October 3, 2015

Welcome the fall and winter with this mild and buttery acorn squash filled with a flavorful, herbed stuffing and topped with melty cheese!

Stuffed Acorn SquashThe air around here sure is getting crisper!

I have a bit of a hard time letting go of summer, but if I’m going to be honest, I really enjoy the fall where we live. There is nothing like living somewhere surrounded by so many trees that paint the sky with fall colors come October. And the cooler air gives me a great excuse to flip the oven on come dinner time for these sweet little stuffed squashes!

This is the time of year to start stockpiling those winter squashes.

They are so (so!) cheap, and make for a very nourishing but frugal meal. Stuffed squash is a weekly menu item in my house come September and October through a good majority of the winter. These little acorn squashes last weeks on the counter, or in a cool dry area for a good month or so! When I see the in season pricing, I load up!

Stuffed Acorn SquashAcorn squash is a nice one to start out with serving kids because the flesh is very mild in flavor and just picks up the taste of the butter you smear all over it! You can stuff it with your favorite cooked veggies and meat, top with fun, melty cheese, and it’s a perfect frugal, seasonal, family meal!

Stuffed Acorn SquashDon’t be intimidated by its fancy look – this is definitely do-able on a weeknight too!

Make the stir fry “stuffing” part the night before (or early morning), and just store it away – then just needs to be stuffed into the squash after the squash roasts – super quick hands on time. You can also have the kids scoop the seeds out of the squash while you do other things! Quick throw the squash in the oven when you get home from school or work and do homework with the kids, finish up emails, etc.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Welcome the fall and winter with this mild and buttery acorn squash filled with a flavorful, herbed stuffing and topped with melty cheese!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed acorn squash, stuffed acorn squash recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 1 medium acorn squash or 2 small halved and seeds scooped out
  • 1/2 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 5 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup cooked long grain white rice cooked quinoa would work, or if you are grain free just leave the grain out or use cauliflower rice
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 cup raw cheese grated
  • 2-3 TB blanched almond flour if you are nut free you can use bread crumbs or just leave it out

Instructions

  • Place the halved acorn squashes flesh side up on a baking sheet, butter the flesh, and then salt and pepper the flesh. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 50 minutes.
  • While the squash is roasting, cook the filling (the filling only takes about 20 minutes to make so you can either make it ahead of time or make it a half hour into roasting the squash so they are done at the same time). Start by browning the ground beef. Make sure you season the beef with salt and pepper while it cooks. Set the beef aside. Leave the fat behind in the pan.
  • Melt a few TB of butter (or bacon grease makes this taste amazing!) in the pan and add the onion with a big pinch of sea salt. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chopped kale and seasoning cook about 5 minutes until the kale is softened.
  • Stir in the cooked beef and cooked rice to combine.
  • Stuff the middle of the roasted squash with the cooked kale and beef filling. Really stuff it all in there. Sprinkle cheese over the top, then the almond flour. Put little pats of butter over the top of the almond flour topping to brown it up while it cooks.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese and brown the top.

For more real food dinner ideas follow my Dinner Ideas board on Pinterest!

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Quick & Delicious Gluten Free Pizza

October 3, 2015

Bring pizza night to your home any night of the week with this quick crust that tastes amazing!

Quick & Delicious Gluten Free PizzaI’m going to bring pizza night to your home this week!

I love pizza night just as much as the kids, but I do *not* love how long some crust recipes take to make (including many that I have been using for years). Usually when I decide to do a pizza night it is a spur of the moment, “let’s have a fun dinner tonight” decision!

Quick & Delicious Gluten Free PizzaI rarely have time to let crust rise, roll out, and fuss around with the right ratios for ingredients.

While pizza night is not a weekly occurrence in our house, I have been wanting to make it more of an at least monthly event here. My first grader has a pizza day *every* Wednesday at school, and now that she is getting a little older, I can tell she is not wanting to feel left out.

Quick & Delicious Gluten Free PizzaI usually try to pack something fun in her lunchbox for Wednesday’s, and she really looks forward to lunch on Wednesday! She loves these little pizza muffins, and I keep them in the freezer to add quickly to her lunchbox for a pizza Wednesday. Or even spaghetti and meatballs leftover from dinner with a big pile of gooey cheese go great in her thermos!

But a couple months ago I did it! One night I actually was just plain out of any ingredients to make much of a dinner and decided to make pizza instead of raiding my freezer stash of leftovers. I threw my old pizza crust out the window and was determined to make it *quicker*.

Quick & Delicious Gluten Free PizzaThis crust is not only quick – it tastes and *feels* like a real pizza crust!

Fluffy with a little chew – and one of my absolute musts – flavor. I don’t like bland, flavorless crust – give me some garlic and season! Top it with your favorites, and might I make our family favorite suggestion of roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil?! In fact, a lot of the times we skip the cheese and drizzle the oil instead – it is so good!

Quick & Delicious Gluten Free PizzaThis is a fast one – I promise! I can’t wait to see your pizza creations! Tag me on Instagram, and check out my first grader’s Wednesday pizza day lunches (along with all of her weekly lunches) on Instagram hashtag #rgnschoollunches!

Product 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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Quick and Delicious Gluten Free Pizza

Bring pizza night to your home any night of the week with this quick crust that tastes amazing!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten-free pizza, gluten-free pizza crust, gluten-free pizza crust recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the warm water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl, stir to combine, and let it sit to activate while you get the rest of the ingredients together.
  • While the yeast is waking up, put the rest of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the activated yeast (it will be foamy/frothy at the top) to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and blend to combine.
  • Pour the batter onto a parchment paper lined pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread it out evenly - it spreads very easy with a spatula.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, take the pizza crust out, add your toppings and then bake another 15-20 minutes.

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Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!

September 26, 2015

The perfect crispy bite sized crackers for little hands! Perfect for crumbling in a bowl of soup, or stacking with some cheese for snacktime!

Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!Two year olds.

Need I say more?

Well I probably should because mentioning the world of a 2 year old can mean so many different things. Random household objects scattered in the strangest places of the home. Meltdowns over “broken” bananas. Complete and utter joy over noticing a butterfly…

But today we are going to talk about 2 year olds and eating. Age 2 can be a tough age in the meal world. Some because I think our expectations for what a meal should be at this age are unrealistic. While 2 year olds still need nutrient dense food choices, their appetites do drop off a little at this age. They just plain don’t need as much as what you probably would expect they would – at least not every day. Two year olds will eat like a teenage boy one day and the next have no more than a cup of milk and a banana and be perfectly fine.

Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!Two year olds are also B.U.S.Y. 🙂 Expecting a 2 year old to sit for a full meal to your standards just might not be realistic until they are closer to age 3 or 4 in my experience. So my experience has been smaller, more frequent meals just work better at this busy age.

My goal is always – make every bite count.

If my two year olds are going to eat 5-6 times per day, I’m going to make sure most of those are “mini meals”. Instead of snacking toddlers on empty calories of fishy crackers and the little O’s cereal, you are going to find these little guys will do better eating some friendly fats with a little bit of carbohydrate. Their blood sugars will be more stable making less volatile little people, they will be satiated longer, and their brain and growing bodies will be nourished to grow.

One of my go-to on the go “mini meals” for my 2 year old who has to sit in the car for a loooong time during drop offs for my elementary school kiddo and my preschooler, are these plantain crackers with some sort of fat – sometimes raw cheese or butter, sometimes chunks of avocado, other times some olives. The point is, it is a quick “mini meal” that I can throw in a little cup or bowl that my 2 year old can handle herself while in the car for these taxi driving trips to drop off or pick up her sisters.

Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!And bonus! The big kids love them too.

A quick handful into my 1st grader’s lunchbox (See my Instagram hashtagging #rgnschoollunches to see how I pack them!), or into a little container with a hard boiled egg for my 4 year old’s preschool snack, and that is as quick as it gets!

I have been working on these plantain crackers for… a while. My problem was always an end result that was soggy or chewy instead of crispy like a cracker. How did I master the cooking method? Go figure…by accident!

Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!One day, my 2 year old was having a particularly “2 year old day” and getting her ready to leave for school pick up took longer than expected. I had some plantain crackers in the oven for a while, and before we left for school pick up I turned off the oven, and just left the crackers in there because I knew they didn’t look “done” yet. When we got home a half hour later, they were perfectly crisp and NOT over cooked! It was like that extra time in the oven with the heat turned off almost dehydrated them the rest of the way. I have been making them this way over the last month to test my theory out and they have come out perfect every time!

Crispy Plantain Crackers :: Great for toddlers, kids, and adults! Gluten, Egg, Nut, & Dairy Free!I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I hope your little 2 year old treasures enjoy them 😉

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Crispy Plantain Crackers

The perfect crispy bite-sized crackers for little hands! Perfect for crumbling in a bowl of soup, or stacking with some cheese for snacktime!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make plantain crackers, plantain cracker recipe, plantain crackers
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee Kohley - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 3 large plantains If your plantains are smaller use 4. My plantains have been yellow using this recipe - I think if you use green plantains you will need more moisture somewhere in the recipe - either some water or more plantain.
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp each of onion and garlic powders Optional
  • Sea salt to sprinkle the top of the crackers

Instructions

  • Everything into your food processor and blend until smooth. You will have to scrape down the sides once or twice.
  • Spread the batter onto 2 large jellyroll pans that are lined with Silpat or parchment paper (I have tested both liners and both work). Spread it as thin as you can - this is really important so that they cook even and don't come out soft/chewy. Pay attention to the middle making sure there isn't too much there - push the batter all the way to the edges. It spreads easily with a spatula. Sometimes if my bananas are on the bigger side and I have too much batter I will get a third sheet out - you just want to make the batter on the sheets thin. You can see the thickness in the crackers on my images in this post.
  • Bake in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes and then use a pizza roller or a butter knife to score the sheets into cracker shapes.
  • Put the sheets back in the oven and bake another 30-40 minutes at 300 degrees. If you see any browning around the edges move to the next step.
  • Turn the oven OFF while keeping the sheets of crackers IN the oven to dehydrate the rest of the way about 20-30 minutes minimum. I have left them in there for an hour or so if I am out and about running errands without any issues or burning because the oven is off.
  • Let the crackers cool a few minutes before handling - they crisp up even more after they cool. Store the crackers in an airtight container and eat within 2 weeks.

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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

This delicious, *kid approved* smoothie nourishes attention, focus, and mineral balancing in children who need it the most!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate banana smoothie, chocolate banana smoothie recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Lydia Shatney

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 - 1 1/2 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
  • 1/4 cup of cooked frozen chopped kale
  • vanilla stevia drops to taste Optional
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. camu camu or other whole food c powder THIS SOURCE and THIS SOURCE are good options

Instructions

  • Throw all ingredients into your blender or Vitamix.
  • 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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Beef & Kale Soup

September 12, 2015

Keep weeknight dinners simple & quick but just as nutrient dense! This one is loaded with mineral rich bone broth and veggies but still kid friendly in taste!

Beef & Kale SoupWe are off and running into the school year, and for me, that means much less kitchen time for dinner especially.

Dinner needs to be simple and quick to put together…but just as nutrient dense. I’m talking I want to be in the kitchen less than a half hour because school pick up just took up most of my late afternoon, and we still have playing and homework to do!

Beef & Kale SoupThis beef and kale soup is one that I keep in my back pocket for those nights I really want to pack in the minerals with bone broth and as many vegetables as I can get in there (and still taste good!). Those kids work so hard all day at school and really need a boost at the end of the day.

Beef & Kale SoupThis one packs up nice in the soup thermos for the next day at school! I like to make these squash biscuits to go with our soup because the recipe makes plenty to have a biscuit to pack along for the next day at school too!

Beef & Kale SoupAnd don’t forget the littlest of kiddos in the house!

Even from 8 or 9 months of age this is a great soup to sit together as a family to eat! Creating those taste palates at that age is so much easier than when they get older. The soft, cooked veggies and bone broth is easy to digest and so full of nourishment.

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Beef and Kale Soup

Keep weeknight dinners simple & quick but just as nutrient dense! This one is loaded with mineral-rich bone broth and veggies but still kid-friendly in taste!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and kale soup, beef and kale soup recipe, bone broth soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef shredded leftover beef from a roast would work too!
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 3-4 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 bunch kale chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups cooked squash pureed (I use leftovers from other meals - any sweet fall squash will do - acorn, butternut, etc)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 quarts bone broth
  • 2-3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a soup pot, and set aside. I like to season my beef with salt and pepper while it cooks too.
  • Add some butter to the beef fat left behind from the ground beef cooking and add the onion, carrots, potatoes, and kale. Add a big pinch of sea salt and cook over medium/medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until everything softens and the salt brings out the juices and sweetens everything up.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add the bone broth, squash puree, seasoning, and cooked beef, and stir to combine. Bring everything to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste.

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Simple & Quick Blender Squash Drop Biscuits

September 12, 2015

Add a quick side to your weeknight dinner with these squash drop biscuits that blend up in less than 10 minutes!

Simple & Quick Blender Squash Drop BiscuitsOk, so if we have dive into this fall soup season thing, we might as well enjoy it, right?!

We have squash at least a couple times per week during the season that squashes are around, and we while my girls can totally put away most of the squash themselves, I usually do end up with a serving or two leftover.

The leftover squash makes a great breakfast or lunch addition for momma the next day, but squash is really good in baked goods! It gives a pretty neutral flavor, and adds moisture and some binding.

Simple & Quick Blender Squash Drop BiscuitsThese quick little squash drop biscuits come together in a snap – as easy as a quick blend and drop them onto the baking sheet. They can be blended and done baking in the time it takes to make a pot of soup to dunk them in!

Pack up the leftovers in the next day’s school lunch with a thermos of soup!

Simple & Quick Blender Squash Drop Biscuits

Simple and Quick Blender Squash Drop Biscuits

Add a quick side to your weeknight dinner with these squash drop biscuits that blend up in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blender biscuits, gluten-free biscuit recipe, squash drop biscuits
Servings: 12 biscuits
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the wet ingredients into your food processor or blender and blend to combine well about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the flours and baking powder and combine.
  • Drop onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool a few minutes before handling.

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Vitamin C Gummies :: And The Truth About Vitamin C Supplements

September 5, 2015

Vitamin C is an amazing immune system booster to fight colds, flu, & even adrenal fatigue – but are you taking the right kind?

Vitamin C Gummies :: And The Truth About Vitamin C SupplementsDisclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor am I claiming to be one. This article is not intended to diagnose or treat anyone. Links are affiliates and help to keep the information on this blog free. Please know that I never recommend a product or service that I wouldn’t use on my own family.

We are in a constant state of learning aren’t we?

I think I have learned more in my years after schooling and college than I ever did in formal education. It’s always good to be learning, reading, and growing.

Especially with regards to optimal health, it is really important to stay on top of things. I recently started working with a nutritional therapist for some adrenal issues I have had since having my last baby, and we had a really great conversation about vitamin C.

My NTP really opened my eyes to not only the importance of using the right source of vitamin C, but also that how we handle the vitamin C makes a difference.

Because, listen, I don’t mind doing the supplementing thing – I get it. I get that our soils (and therefore our food supply) is severely deficient in many vitamins. But I don’t want to supplement with something that is just as deficient as our food supply because it isn’t sourced right, or properly handled so the vitamin is destroyed.

Nobody wants to waste their money, and it isn’t doing anyone’s health any good to be taking a supplement that you think is doing you some good when it really isn’t.

So here’s the deal. Vitamin C is pretty amazing!

An immune system equipped with properly sourced and handled vitamin C can do amazing things with colds, flu, and other immune system crashers like adrenal fatigue.

Unfortunately vitamin C in many supplements on the market today are sourced with ascorbic acid instead of whole food. Using a whole food source is obviously always a better route, and in this case specifically, vitamin C is so much more complex than just ascorbic acid. There are actually dangerous downsides to taking just ascorbic acid based vitamin C (See this podcast for more details! So fascinating!).

Vitamin C is also very delicate.

Heat destroys it.

Prolonged air exposure destroys it.

Light destroys it.

So while this amazing vitamin we know we need is super powerful, it is pretty useless when it is not in it’s natural form, and has not been handled or packaged properly. My NTP said to think about it this way…our traditional ancestors would have foraged their berries and then dried them to save in dark storage. This would have kept the integrity of the nutrients – specifically the vitamin C – in the fruit.

So why not just eat an orange?

You guys know by now I am all about whole foods. My kids absolutely eat oranges, and other whole fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. But unfortunately our soils are so depleted there is no way we could eat as many oranges as it would take to get what we need. In fact my NPT told me that the whole food source of vitamin C in Camu Camu is 300 times the amount of vitamin C than American oranges.

So how about a whole food sourced vitamin C supplement that is properly prepared and packaged! Win-win! Since vitamin C is heat sensitive, it is important that the whole food source is dried out instead of heated to maintain the vitamin properties. And then packaged in a capsule and dark bottle to reduce light and air so as much of the C as possible is maintained.

We have been taking this whole food sourced vitamin C since well before school started, and it feels really good to know for sure that the C is intact, and doing some good!

My big girls swallow the capsules, and my 2 year old will take the powder from the capsule on her tongue.

…but sometimes it is just fun to have it in a different form!

Vitamin C Gummies :: And The Truth About Vitamin C SupplementsWe made some Vitamin C gummies to kick off the school year – and made them in a way that still protects the properties of the vitamin C! I am so excited to share this method with you!

Anytime you heat vitamin C, that C is destroyed.

So instead of cooking a vitamin C rich food like citrus oranges or lemons and destroying the vitamin C, we’re going to use whatever fruit you have around, warm up for the gelatin to work, and then we’ll add in our whole food sourced vitamin C off the heat to give it an immune boosting punch! I am keeping my vitamin C gummies in an airtight container in the fridge to further maintain the properties of the vitamin C.

This recipe allows YOU to decide how much vitamin C goes into each gummy so you can know for sure how much you are giving the kids. You can pack a full dose into one gummy, or spread out the vitamin C so they can have a 3 or 4 gummies at a time. Since kids come in different shapes and sizes, and with different nutritional needs, you can dose the vitamin C how their needs fall. I very highly recommend working with an NTP like Lydia that can see the nutritional needs of your kids from a very specific professional viewpoint.

What a fun way to build up the kid’s immune systems while they navigate the first couple months of back to school germs!

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5 from 3 votes

Vitamin C Gummies

Vitamin C is an amazing immune system booster to fight colds, flu, & even adrenal fatigue – but are you taking the right kind?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Freeze30 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make vitamin c gummies, vitamin c gummies, vitamin c gummy recipe
Servings: 24 gummies
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Warm up the fruit and water in a small sauce pan until everything is thawed and comes to a slight bubble.
  • Put the warmed fruit and water into your food processor or blender along with the gelatin and blend to combine.
  • Pour the mixture in your gummy molds and dose out how much of the vitamin C you want in each mold. Use a small spoon to mix the C powder into the gummy mixture.
  • You can put the mold in the fridge for an hour or freezer for 30 minutes to set the gummies. Once you pop the gummies out, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to maintain the properties of the vitamin C.

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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!

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

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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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blender Cookies

August 29, 2015

Rich chocolate cookie loaded up with sweet chocolate chunks!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blender CookiesI just really needed to sneak this post in here this week!

Ever have one of those weeks where seriously…everything does *not* go as planned? Like every single thing on my list to do last week got changed, altered, or completely canned.

So it also just happened to be the week my dear husband *and* the baby of the family have birthdays. We already had celebrated with a party for the baby a couple weeks back, but I had planned on making a small batch of cupcakes to celebrate the 2 birthdays that are only 2 days apart.

I cannot think of a more chaotic day I have had all summer than that day that I planned to make those cupcakes, and long story short I found myself at 4:00pm feeling pretty crummy that my birthday hubby and baby weren’t going to have much more than a happy birthday squash for their dinner that night!

Wait! Cookies!

I can do cookies right?! Those are fast!

But a recipe! I need a recipe!

I don’t ever make cookies…I needed something to follow!

No time!

Just throw in what you have to go from there!

What can go wrong with chocolate, right?!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blender Cookies

It just happens to be that anything chocolate my husband will pretty much be head over heels for so I figured how bad could they turn out!

They were SO good! I literally threw everything into my food processor, blended it up, scooped it out and 10 minutes later we had super chocolate-y cookies to celebrate with that night!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blender Cookies

Rich chocolate cookie loaded up with sweet chocolate chunks!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blender cookies, gluten-free chocolate chunk cookie recipe, gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract into your food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until fluffy.
  • Put the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chunks into the food processor and blend to combine completely.
  • Add the chocolate chunks and pulse to combine.
  • Scoop the dough onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Push the dough down into about the shape you want as these won't spread out much - they will puff up a bit. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool a few minutes before handling.

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