Healthy Eating

Spinach and Citrus Green Drink

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Ever since Chris gifted me with a fancy blender for my birthday earlier this year, I have been having lots of fun trying out new recipes.  I use the countertop machine almost every day, making quick sorbets, pureeing soups and whirling up smoothies.  A couple months ago I posted a recipe for Maureen’s Green Drink, [...]


Nourishing for Nine Months

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I have somewhat of a confession to make: I don’t take prenatal vitamins. Vitamins make me feel extra nauseous during my first trimester, but the real reason I skip them is because I don’t think I need to rely on a factory to provide what Mother Nature already offers. Sure, it takes a little extra [...]


I’m A Published Recipe Writer! + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Several years ago my husband had some significant health issues.  He was in constant pain, and after a litany of tests the doctors diagnosed him with a chronic condition that would require a lifetime of daily prescription medication.  We left the hospital feeling totally defeated.  As a Captain in the Army and avid Cross-Fitter, Chris [...]


Happy Tot Morning Pouches for Kids On the Go!

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During our recent trip to Jamaica,we enjoyed some really lovely tropical food.  Sweet pineapple, fresh fish, plenty of vegetables, orange juice squeezed daily.  I was in heaven!  The kids loved the guava jelly on their PBJ sandwiches so much that I bought some at a local grocery store to bring home to Chicago.  The healthy [...]


Homemade Almond Butter

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For the past couple months Trader Joe’s has had a shortage of almond butter.  Lately my husband has been using it every day in a smoothie, so the shortage at TJ’s was becoming an issue! Ha! I’m not sure why I continued to buy almond butter when we’ve prepared homemade peanut butter for so many [...]


Homemade Tomatillo Soup

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A couple years ago I wrote about a tour I took through a lovely rural Illinois garden. The organic garden belongs to my mom’s dear friend Pam, and every year her garden grows in size and selection.  I saw Pam last weekend, and she very generously offered to gift me with some of this season’s [...]


Homemade Polish Chicken Soup

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With my cousin Monika visiting from Poland for the summer, we’ve all had fun reconnecting with our Polish roots. Chris grew up with a Polish father and Polish grandparents, so he’s been practicing speaking his very rusty Polish with Monika, much to her amusement. My Dad asked that I learn how to make a traditional [...]


Chicago Farmers Market + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Perhaps one of the best parts about living in the Midwest is easy access to farm fresh foods.  My husband, an East coaster by birth, often reminds me that he considered Illinois a “fly over” state for much of his life, and I often remind him that my part of the country fed his uppity [...]


Oversnacked?

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Am I the only one who thinks American kids are a wee bit oversnacked? It seems like every kid we see at the playground has a Ziploc bag of Goldfish crackers in one hand and a juice box in the other.  Can’t kids go a few hours between meals without mindlessly snacking?? Call me a [...]


Healthy/Not Healthy

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Mack is an enigma to me. He is a newly 3 rambunctious and energetic boy, and he functions at top speed ALL THE TIME.  At his age, I was happy to spend every afternoon playing My Little Ponies with my three sisters, so having a young fella of my own is still new to me.  [...]


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