Autumn Harvest Stew

This autumn harvest stew recipe is the perfect way to use all of the vegetables that you harvest from your garden (or from a local farmer’s market) during the autumn season. This hearty and warming stew is perfect for the …

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Counting Nutrients, Not Calories: Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work

 Why calorie counting doesn't work |

There’s been quite a craze the past few decades of calorie-counting. Calorie counts are listed on just about everything now – cereal boxes, restaurant menus, even online databases devoted entirely to listing the number of calories in common foods.

I should know, because I used to be a calorie-counter myself. At one point, when I was seriously trying to lose “those last few pounds,” I even made up an Excel spreadsheet so I could keep track of how many calories I was consuming each day (and how many calories I was burning with exercise, and my current weight, and all other sorts of craziness!)

It was really motivating at first to keep track of everything, but then it got to be way, way too much work. I’d get behind on my recording of calories and had to spend too much time trying to catch up, driving myself crazy trying to remember what on earth I ate for lunch three days ago anyways…

And then I came to my senses and realized that calorie counting doesn’t work for me, and I stopped counting calories altogether. Instead, I tried to just eat as healthy of a diet as possible. This was before I started my real-food journey, so my definition of “healthy” wasn’t quite the same as it would be now, but I started to get rid of some of the worst foods. Without even trying, I lost a pound or two.

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Healthy “Fried” Apples

Healthy "fried" apples recipe |

I used to love to order fried apples as a side for my meal at restaurants. They were so delicious, so sweet and spicy, and even healthy too, right, since they were apples?


When I started eating real food, I realized just how unhealthy those fried apples actually were.

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Better than Breadcrumbs: Homemade Breading Recipe

 Homemade breading recipe for frying chicken


Up until about a year ago, I used to use store-bought breadcrumbs for breading chicken for chicken fingers. I thought I was doing something healthy since I was making the chicken myself rather than eating fast food chicken fingers that were fried in hydrogenated oils. That is, I thought it was healthy until I finally read through the ingredient list on the back of the breadcrumb container.

I was shocked.

The main part of the breadcrumbs was “enriched bread.” Ok, I thought, at least the first ingredient is bread, right? That’s got to be good, right? 

Wrong. This “enriched bread” is really made up of 9 ingredients, including the infamous high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. The only real food ingredients among the 9 were wheat flour (which was probably processed and bleached) and water.

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Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Sauce

Honey sweetened strawberry sauce |

Wondering what to do with leftover strawberries that have started to get a little mushy?

I was this past weekend. I had a decent amount left over from when I went strawberry picking that were still perfectly fine to eat but were getting a little soft. They still tasted great but I’m not a huge fan of foods with mushy textures so I wasn’t enjoying them as much as I did when they were nice and firm. I definitely didn’t want to waste my leftover strawberries, though, so I needed to find a way to use them.

The solution to my mushy strawberry dilemma was making strawberry sauce. It could probably almost be called strawberry jam because it’s pretty close to a jam-like consistency, especially when it’s chilled. When it’s warm, it’s more like a sauce.

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Vintage-Style Spice Bottles

 Vintage style spice bottles |


I just found some really fun spice bottles online from a natural herbal store. They have all sorts of organic herbs and spices along with different kinds of teas and essential oils and even supplies if you want to make your own herbal products. The item they sell that I love the most, though, is their glass cork-topped spice bottles.

The website calls these bottles “historically correct spice jars as they were once used over 100 years ago.” Well, as a lover of history, of course that phrase immediately peaked my interest!

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