Our favorite holiday recipes have had to undergo real food makeovers. Here are simple tips and substitutes to make your favorite holiday and family recipes a little bit more traditional, healthier, and even tastier! [by Melissa Norris]
Coming out of the long, dark months, many of us may have a slight vitamin D deficiency. Our bodies need Vitamin D to function at our best. It increases bone health and helps the nervous system. Deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure and even cancer. When I recently found myself vitamin D deficient, I increased my daily dose naturally. [by Katie Baldridge]
No, it’s not frosting, but it does look good enough to eat, doesn’t it? Hello, body butter! I was looking for a spreadable all-over-body lotion. But not just lotion. I wanted something thick and rich that would stay-in-place while nourishing the skin — and using just a few ingredients. My friend Renee from Hard Lotion has a great recipe I tried and I loved — and she gave me permission to share it with you! [by Wardee Harmon]
Wars have been around pretty much since time began. Good versus evil. Cops and robbers. You get the point. There are opposing sides to just about everything — and it’s no different in your gut. In fact, there’s a war waging as we speak. You can’t always see or feel it, but it’s happening just the same. The good guys are fighting to keep you alive and the bad guys want you, shall we say, less alive. Is it that serious? Sometimes, yes. Let’s meet the players. [by Paula Miller]
I’m loving my homemade tallow balm, but there’s just one problem. I can’t use it on my hands and still get things done. Don’t get me wrong; tallow balm isn’t greasy. But it is soft and thick and wet, and that makes it not-very-practical to apply regularly to hands that are busy typing, touching, stirring, cooking, tasting, and cleaning. At least, not unless I want to leave a trail of it everywhere I go. Which I don’t! A hard lotion bar, on the other hand, can be applied to the hands regularly without gunking-up everything one touches. Why not combine the the best of both into one? Introducing *tallow* hard lotion bars.
As long as I can remember, I’ve had keratosis pilaris, a skin rash caused by a Vitamin A deficiency. After reading an article toting the Heaven-sent benefits of tallow balm, I made my own to help heal my ‘kp’. In this post, I share the benefits of using grass-fed tallow in skin care, and I share a simple recipe for homemade tallow balm. Plus a current picture of my rash because I’ll be documenting the results!
A big beefy burger may be just what you need to battle depression. If the steer that makes his way to your backyard barbecue lived his life in the pasture, he may be just what the doctor ordered. The hamburger, much aligned for its saturated fat and guilt-by-association-with-the-fast-food-industry, is not considered by most of us to top the list of health food — but not all burgers are created equal.
I bumped into a vintage ad for margarine this morning, which led me on a hunt to find more. I was struck by how the processed food industry’s main marketing message seems to be that their foods are natural, have wonderful flavor, and are healthy. *cough cough* Some things don’t change, do they? I picked five of my “favorites” to share with you.
“Extra virgin” olive oil is extracted through the first, gentle crushing of ripe olives between stone or steel rollers. This is a gentle process that preserves the integrity of the fatty acids and the oil’s antioxidants. Lower quality olive oils (those not bearing the “extra virgin” title) should be avoided, as the processes uses to extract remaining oils from the olives are not so gentle, thereby rendering the oils more unstable and less nutritious. […]