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jar and tablespoon of chia seeds

March 5, 2015

What seed has almost as much calcium as a cup of milk?

By: Leanne Ely   We are all about smoothies around here right now! A smoothie can make a perfectly healthy meal replacement if you have the right elements in there including some healthy fat, protein and fiber. Believe it or not, the tiny little chia seed can provide all of those things! Chia is one… Read more

Pot roast

March 2, 2015

Beloved beefy comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   Because the weather is still cold, kitchens across North America (at least in the northern part of the continent!) are staying heated up with warm, comforting and familiar dishes. For me, nothing quite fits the comfort food bill like beef. Beef is full of protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc and magnesium.… Read more

Mother and daughter shopping for fresh produce

February 26, 2015

Shopping with your children

By: Leanne Ely   Do you grab your purse and duck out the door the minute you know your kids are looked after so you can shop for groceries alone? While it’s a nice treat to do the food shopping by yourself from time to time, I think that it’s very important to bring the… Read more

Fresh cherries in bowl

February 24, 2015

For a sweet juicy snack pick cherries!

By Leanne Ely   I just love the sweet, tart flavor of a juicy ripe cherry. But really, who doesn’t? Cherries are not only delicious, these delicate little fruits are also very healthy. If you suffer from gout pain, you probably already know that cherries can help prevent flareups but there’s much more to cherries… Read more

Butcher Cutting Meat On Bandsaw

February 23, 2015

How to find a great local butcher

By: Leanne Ely   There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (I don’t recommend buying your meat from Wal-Mart because… 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

Fresh Raw Meat

February 16, 2015

Keep your cool with these meat storage tips

By: Leanne Ely   I got some great feedback on a post I shared recently about how to maximize the life of your produce by learning where to store it in the fridge. So, I thought it would be a great idea to expand on that theme a bit by talking about how long you… Read more

Chopped Vegetables and Cheese in Freezer Bags

February 12, 2015

How to optimize freezer space

By: Leanne Ely   If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control! When your… Read more

Fresh Organic Strawberry Smoothie

February 9, 2015

Bottoms Up For Breakfast

By: Leanne Ely   Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there’s no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it’s overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don’t need it. We aren’t… Read more

Strawberry

February 6, 2015

Sweet eats: Strawberries

By: Leanne Ely   Strawberries are one of the most popular berries on the block. Equally delicious eaten right out of hand or tossed into a salad, strawberries are quite versatile fruits. These sweet, red heart-shaped fruits are not only scrumptious, they are also packed with nutrition (as most berries are). One cup of strawberries… Read more