All eggs are not created equal. By now, it is well known in the real food community that pastured chicken eggs are more nutrient-dense and healthy than their conventional counterparts. And, if you’re willing to stray further off the beaten track, chickens aren’t the only birds that lay delicious and healthy eggs. Quail, duck, and goose eggs are all popular alternatives to the chicken, offering variety and different nutritional benefits. [by Jenny Cutler]
Combining almonds and chocolate was one of my many culinary dreams last fall. This combination of cocoa, nuts, and coconut is sure to please everyone. Use for easy snacks, desserts, or breakfasts. Relish this crunchy, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free delight, and/or enjoy gifting to others! [by Jenna Ettlich]
In the world of muffins, quick breads, pancakes, and waffles, I vary our whole-grain flours and use many that are gluten-free. After quite a bit of reading, finessing, adjusting, and trying, I achieved gluten-free muffin success! My family was excited (and surprised!) when I finally served these chocolate chip banana muffins which didn’t crumble all over their plates, taste bitter, or compromise nutrition. I know you too will enjoy these delicious muffins! [by Jenna Ettlich]
Every Fall I start hunting for pumpkin recipes. After moving to the United States from Australia, I was amazed to find pumpkin so frequently used as a dessert food! Growing up we only ate it roasted or in soup. Pumpkin pie was new and exciting. I loved it. It didn’t take me long to catch on and I quickly moved from pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies, and even pumpkin lattes. A few health challenges this year have resulted in the need to avoid gluten. So, I’ve had to hunt for gluten-free pumpkin recipes. The following pumpkin pancakes are one of my happy discoveries. These pumpkin pancakes have the signature fall flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and are well suited to breakfast or an afternoon snack. [by Stacy Karen]
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to finish up our three-part series on Real Food Sports Nutrition. If you engage in an activity that works up a sweat and a craving for real food and drink, you’ve come to the right place! Is there a nutrient-dense snack bar that will refuel our loved ones during recreational or physically demanding events? Could there be more than one? Yes and yes. You can make and package your own portable snack bars with few ingredients and little time! [by Jenna Ettlich]
Use homemade pre-soaked oats — or the fabulous Touch’O Honey pre-soaked oats from JoshEWEa’s Garden — to offer a breakfast of yummy choices for everyone! Let each family member top pre-soaked oats with their toppings of choice: crispy nuts, shredded coconut, assorted fresh and/or dried fruit, raw honey, and/or raw milk. This homemade (and easy) granola bar offers an excellent alternative to today’s highly processed, extruded breakfast cereals.