Superfoods For Immunity

Superfoods For Immunity

As we root through our pantries searching out a hero to help create healthy, immune-boosting meals, we’re also holding out for something satisfying and tasty. Are there any foods out there that tick off all the boxes? Yes! Luckily, superfoods can satisfy our needs and our wants. What makes a food “super”? The term “superfood” describes a food, usually plant-based, that offers maximum health benefits and limited calories, and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They help give our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks that extra oomph of health, especially for our immune systems. Here are nine of the...

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Air Fryer Avocado Fries

Air Fryer Avocado Fries

Crispy on the outside with ripe avocado on the inside, these air fryer avocado fries are great as an appetizer, side dish, or snack!  You probably didn’t know that in early 2018 I was hired to develop some recipes for an air fryer company to use in the instruction manual that came with their appliance. While I completed my assignment (five different recipes with photography and a nutrition forward), the air fryer they were developing never made it to market. I’ve been sitting on these recipes for a while and have made them a few times without ever mentioning my...

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The Real Tiger King

The Real Tiger King

We’ve been watching Tiger King on Netflix like the best of them. But you guys know where the real tiger king lives? Right here in our house. The Real Tiger King… … has a lion’s mane of curls and can roar louder than a liger! Here he is looking fierce in the wild. The Real Tiger King can sprint faster than a Cheetah when he’s on a mission. Good luck catching him. He even sports a Wildcat on his hat. Nobody messes with the Real Tiger King because when he gets mad, he gets maaaaaad. We’ve been loving the show, which reminds me a lot...

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Just Married—In Our Living Room!

Just Married—In Our Living Room!

On our original wedding date of March 28th, 2020, Jeff and I said “I do.” Who would’ve thought we’d get married during a global pandemic? Can’t wait to tell our grandkids about this one. I just love how these photos so perfectly capture our overwhelming joy! We cancelled our wedding two weeks earlier, on March 14th. It was a couple days before COVID-19 escalated and the government mandated no further public gatherings. It was one of the most heartbreaking decisions we’d ever made, especially since we made it when we still had a choice. Ultimately, we knew we couldn’t risk the health of...

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Nutrition While At Home

Nutrition While At Home

Your goal for good nutrition at home right now: just eat. Hey, it’s a good time to clean the fridge drawers! Does your fridge look like this? I am sure you are like us and stocked up on as many groceries as possible before hunkering down at home. We have more carbs and snacks than we could ever eat, some frozen meat and protein, and never enough produce. Fruitless breakfast Of course the first thing we ran out of were fresh vegetables. Second, the fruit. So for a handful of days we were relying on frozen only. This time away from the grocery...

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5 Tips for Keeping a Clean House with Kids

5 Tips for Keeping a Clean House with Kids

As we navigate the new normal of having our kids home all.the.time. we must adjust our systems and rhythms for tidying up as well. Keeping a clean house with kids around is no small task. I know I’m not the only one who feels like for every one toy, crumb, or misplaced item I pick up two are placed in its spot. Here are some of my tips for minimizing the daily mess and cleaning as I go. 5 Tips For Keeping A Clean House With Kids 1 // Teach them to pick up as they go One of my house rules...

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Stuck at Home? Make These 9 Simple, Kid-Friendly Recipes

Stuck at Home? Make These 9 Simple, Kid-Friendly Recipes

How’s your physical distancing going? With kids out of school and in need of attention (and snacks), feeding their cravings in a fun and healthy way is a top priority. Here’s a handy list of simple, kid-friendly recipes that are tasty and easy to make!   Eggs are an easy and delicious way to ensure your child gets a healthy dose of protein, and the zucchini, tomato, and spinach give an immune-supporting boost of vitamin C. Extra tidbits: Feel free to leave out the feta and replace with a plant-based substitute, or add any additional veggies you like!   Banana bread never fails to...

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Research Forecast: Where is CBD Headed

Research Forecast: Where is CBD Headed

British cannabis researcher Daniel Couch, PhD, and his team recently conducted a national survey of what people in the UK are using medical cannabis for (mind you, this includes marijuana’s THC along with hemp’s CBD). Couch’s team found people are using it for anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular disease. “This is observational data—people think it’s good for those things,” says Couch. “That’s probably where the industry is going to be aiming for.” In a PubMed scan (see below), the health condition most researched with CBD is pain, followed by inflammation—which is, of course, related to pain. The opioid crisis points to pain...

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High Highs & Low Lows

High Highs & Low Lows

I think I can speak for most of us that these past two weeks have been filled with many highs and low lows. One minute the kids are playing together and I’m pulling pancakes out of the oven, and the next minute it seems the world is crumbling beneath us and there is no end to this in sight. We have a lot to be grateful for (house, jobs, food) so we are trying to count our blessings and make the most of this unique situation. I actually think the timing is great for Birch having his brother home to...

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This Quarantine Cookbook Is A Fantastic Guide To Eating Through Your Pantry

This Quarantine Cookbook Is A Fantastic Guide To Eating Through Your Pantry

During self-isolation, are you struggling to find ways to create inspired meals out of typical pantry ingredients? Thankfully, one of alive’s own recipe creators, Amie Watson, is releasing an e-cookbook of pantry-friendly recipes to make while you’re at home improving your cooking skills and looking for delicious at home inspiration. #wereallinthistogether Quarantine Cooking, a pay-what-you-can digital download, is a curated compilation of more than 50 recipes from Amie’s blog, with a focus on ingredients found in your pantry, fridge or freezer.   Proceeds will go to the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, which is supporting workers who’ve lost their incomes because of the COVID-19 crisis. With chilis, soups, stews, lentils, pasta,...

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