Wolfie Turns 2: Good Stuff Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Wolfie turns 2!

If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ve heard about a lot of birthdays for my boys, and have been given recipes for several healthy cakes! (Here’s one made with sprouted flour and a cream cheese lemon icing and here is a Paleo coconut carrot cake). Last week, Wolfie turned two while my husband was in Stockholm for work, and after being a single mom all week, my motivation to make a birthday cake was nil. I also had a good excuse to skip the baking: Wolfie doesn’t really like cake. He does, however, love ice cream, especially strawberry. We kept it simple for his

Give Peas a Chance for Kids

Peas from Gimme the Good Stuff

This time of year is a great time to get kids to eat veggies, since there is so much in season! One of my favorite summer veggies for kids are peas--there are various types, and kids seem to especially like them raw. One of my grandsons, Theo, has an aversion to any food that is green these days, but I recently gave him raw sugar snap peas and he ate them! His parents couldn’t believe it. Here are some tips on buying, storing, and eating peas: 1. It's best to eat any type of peas the day you buy them since the sugars start to turn to starch the minute they’re picked. 2. If you

Are Cheddar Bunnies Healthier Than Goldfish?

Annie's Bunnies or Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish?

Ironically, the proliferation of "healthy" baby and kid snacks seems to have made it more difficult to keep my children on a clean diet. Perhaps without the convenience of all the organic, natural, trans-fat free packaged foods, I would be more likely to offer my kids homemade snacks that are actually nutritious (such as this or this). Instead, I often find myself smugly selecting organic gummy fruit snacks from the shelf at Whole Foods (while silently congratulating myself for giving them something free of artificial colors and flavors!). Cheddar Bunnies: The Goldfish of This Generation The

Raspberry & Coconut Cream Mini Tarts

Black Raspberries from Gimme the Good Stuff

Seasonally Delicious: Raspberry & Coconut Cream Mini Tarts If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m obsessed with eating seasonally and locally whenever possible. Right now, raspberries are coming into season on the East Coast so naturally I’ve been eating tons of them—in parfaits, on top of sprouted waffles, and in a variety of healthful desserts. Below is my favorite recipe for raspberry and coconut mini tarts. My last blog post was about the wisdom of eating like a toddler, so I encourage you to enjoy this treat without counting calories or worrying about fats. Enjoy! Mini

Eating Like a Two-Year-Old

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I recently was talking to one of my health coaching clients about how kids eat. This client was lamenting the fact that her toddler, who used to love sweet potatoes, now refuses to eat them. I thought, “What a smart little girl!” There are many reasons the child might suddenly refuse sweet potatoes one day, especially after eating them this winter: 1. Fruits and vegetables always taste better when they are local and seasonal. Watch your toddler eat a strawberry that has been shipped across the country compared to one that has been picked locally and in season—her reaction will tell the

Chicken Pot Pie with Sprouted Flour—and a Vegan Variation

Chicken Pot Pie with Sprouted Flour

My son and his wife just added another grandson to our family (bringing the total to 4, with nary a girl in sight!). I wanted to cook something for their little family the day they brought baby Lincoln home, so I looked for something comforting and filling that I could easily transport and that would last in the fridge a few days. I opted for the homemade chicken pot pie made with sprouted flour from Mommypotamus (I will post it below). This recipe was everything I hoped for, and my son’s family loved it! Sprouted flour is my favorite, and since I discovered it, I almost never use

Easy Almond Milk Recipe (and Why It’s Healthier Than Cow’s Milk)

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When I first got into natural healing and health in the 1970’s, one the first books I read was How to Get Well: A Handbook of Natural Healing by Dr. Paavo Airola. In that book, Dr. Airola recommended cow’s milk (whole, raw, organic) as a health food if your ancestors used milk regularly. For example, I am from Swiss/German ancestry, so presumably dairy milk would be a healthy food for me. However, if you are from a culture that never embraced dairy, Dr. Airola would argue that milk would not be healthy for you. Looking back, this theory seems a bit simplistic considering the mixed ancestry

Spotlight on 1,4-dioxane

What is 1,4-dioxane? 1,4-dioxane is a stabilizing agent and is classified as an ether, as well as a probable human carcinogen. Where You’ll Find It You can be exposed to 1,4-dioxane contamination in the air, water, and cosmetic and cleaning products. 1,4-dioxane has been found in groundwater sites in the United States and can be inhaled through indoor contamination, particularly in the shower (1,2). In cosmetics, 1,4-dioxane is found in trace amounts due to contamination of other ingredients including PEG and polyethylene (3). In addition, the presence of this chemical can be a result of

Spotlight on Phenoxyethanol

What is Phenoxyethanol? Also known as Ethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ether, phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative used in consumer products and pharmaceutical drugs. Where You’ll Find Phenoxyethanol & Why It’s Sneaky You’ll find phenoxyethanol in personal care products including makeup (e.g. eye shadow, foundation, and mascara) and moisturizers as well as skin- and hair-care products for babies and kids. The compound has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it serves the manufacturing industry as a replacement to parabens, established endocrine disruptors. In addition,

Where to Buy Holle and HiPP Infant Formula

Holle Organic Infant Follow-on Formula

First, read my affiliate disclosure. As you may have seen in our updated Safe Infant Formula Guide, I recently recommended Holle as the healthiest infant formula on the market. Unfortunately, it's become harder and harder for American moms to find Holle and HiPP (another popular European formula), as both have been removed from Amazon. Some parents have resorted to buying European formula on eBay, but many of you feel uneasy purchasing something so important from unverified sellers. About a month ago, I began a screening process to find a trustworthy online vendor where my readers and