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Mother and little girl slicing vegetables in the kitchen preparing a salad

June 22, 2015

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen

By Leanne Ely   One of my favorite pastimes is cooking with my children. Do you have kids? If you do I want to heavily recommend that you teach them the joys of the kitchen while their still young and look up at you like a superhero that has all the answers. Teaching your children… Read more

Young girl in kitchen eating chicken and vegetables smiling

February 19, 2015

Teach your children to make their own good food decisions

By: Leanne Ely   As parents, we sometimes forget that part of our job is to give kids the “why” behind the “no.” I am a firm believer in empowering children to make good decisions. If we raise our kids in a “because I told you so” environment, they will grow up without the ability… Read more

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant

July 31, 2014

Diet-friendly snack ideas and restaurant tips

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re traveling or vacationing, as many people are this time of year, there are easy ways to “stay on plan” without feeling deprived. Nature has provided us with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, though we seem programmed to think that suitable food for traveling involves a plastic wrapper! Here are… Read more

4tipstostayontrack

June 5, 2014

How to avoid going off track

By: Leanne Ely   It can happen to the best of us—a healthy eating regimen completely derails for whatever reason. Life is hard! Things happen. People get sick, work gets chaotic, life just gets out of control from time to time and with that, one of the first things to go by the wayside is… Read more

Cracked Egg

May 15, 2014

10 Kitchen Tricks (+save time, money & more!)

By: Leanne Ely   Who doesn’t want to save a bit of time in the kitchen or a bit of money on the grocery bill? The following ten kitchen tricks will make your life a little bit easier. And they’re so simple, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of them yourself! Save the tears. Cut… Read more

kids and paleo

May 5, 2014

The Paleo diet and your kids

By: Leanne Ely   I feel SO amazing since transitioning to a paleolithic way of eating. I feel even better than I did when I was a teenager. Honestly, I wish I knew more about the benefits of avoiding grains, dairy, gluten and legumes back when my kids were little! Let me back up for… Read more

Budget Crock Cooker Ideas

March 27, 2014

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock… Read more

kids cooking

March 24, 2014

Slow cooker meals with kids

By: Leanne Ely   As many of our readers know, I am big on involving the children in dinner prep. Cooking is an invaluable life skill and I’m a firm believer in getting the kids in the kitchen at a very young age for many reasons. Having the children help with dinner teaches them many… Read more

freezer burn

March 3, 2014

Hot tips to avoid freezer burn

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to… Read more

Freezer meals, stocked freezer, what's for dinner?

July 29, 2013

If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer!

Food For Thought If you can’t stand the heat, use your freezer! By Leanne Ely If you’re anything like me, sometimes you are just plain fed up with feeding people. Meal planning, grocery shopping, chopping, peeling, roasting, boiling, eating, coercing the children into eating their vegetables, cleaning up the pots and pans only to do… Read more