Secret Ingredient Mint Fudge – vegan and sugar free

Mint Fudge Recipe - Vegan and Sugar Free with Natural Colors. Great for St. Patrick's Day

Looking for a fun whole-foodie recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day sans the green food coloring?  This all-natural dairy-free fudge recipe is just what the doctor (or nutritionist) ordered.

It’s fun to color foods for special occasions, but on a whole foods diet, regular food colorings just do not make the grade.

It’s always hard for me to take my kids to the grocery store and see them oogle the multi-colored “foods” and feel like I’d love to make them something fun like that, but I just don’t want all those mystery chemicals going into their bodies.

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Garlic and Chive Cheese (Dairy and Soy Free)

Are you Dairy Free? This garlic and chive cheese is not only dairy-free, but not and soy free as well. It's the "Everything Free Cheese :)!{Please welcome Candace from Candida Free Candee.  She has a fabulous treat for you all today–a Dairy-Free Cheese recipe that is nut and soy free! I can’t wait to try this for my dairy-allergic son.}

I though it would be very appropriate to share this recipe here, at Whole New Mom because it’s basically Adrienne’s recipe! You see, I haven’t been able to eat dairy for years now and I had given up the hope of finding a delicious, candida-friendly substitute.

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Yummy Gummy Candy (sugar free) and How “Ew” Turned to “Yum”

Homemade Gummy Candy - that's Yummy and Sugar-Free and has a healthy special ingredient to boot! Vegan option included. These are a great fun snack that are sooo much better for you than store-bought "gummies" and they're cheaper too :)!

Today I am pleased to introduce you to Candace from Candida Free Candee.  She’s bringing us Homemade Gummy Candy, something I have been planning to make for my family for a loooong time. So now my sons are really saying, “Can you please make this, Mom?”

Candace is working on dealing with that horrid digestive problem, candida, and though her blog is quite new, she has some great recipes on it that are helpful for anyone hoping to live a “sugar-free or low carb” life.  Now–here’s Candace…

“Eeewww”, was all I could say.

I had just been told that the gelatin in gummies was made from animals.

I was totally grossed out.

Why did we need to make candy out of animals?

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“Dorito” Flavored Popcorn (dairy free)

Dorito® - Flavored Popcorn -- dairy-free! You can satisfy your craving for Doritos® while staying away from the chemical nasties and artificial colors!

If you’ve been around my blog, or my family, for awhile, you know that we love popcorn.

But one thing you likely don’t know is that I love Doritos.

But I don’t eat them.

Not since I’ve become a natural-whole foodie.

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Homemade Marshmallows – with sugar free option

Homemade Marshmallows? Yes, please! Fun to make and Sugar-free to boot!

This week on Facebook, I mentioned that I ended up staying up ’til 12:30 making homemade marshmallows and gluten free graham crackers for my kids.

There was a ton of really fun and thoughtful responses, including a number of readers asking for the recipes.

Well, here is marshmallow recipe, that just happen to be sugar free!

The graham crackers weren’t quite really what we wanted, so…back to the drawing board on those :-).

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Chocolate or Carob Chia Pudding ~ and more Simple Summer Meal & Snack Tips

Dairy Free Sugar Free Chocolate Carob Chia Pudding



It’s busier than I thought it would be.

We’ve had a lot going on and some real personal struggles that have made it hard to have things running smoothly.

I am finding myself over and over again reaching for fast meals a lot, but while they are typically healthy (no, we haven’t succumbed to drive throughs :-)), they can get a little boring redundant.

Today, at The Balanced Platter, I am sharing some of our “go to” fast favorites.

Please join me by clicking here and share your favorite fast meal and snack tips too.  I could use some more :-)!

How’s this summer been for you?  I’d love to hear your fast meal and snack ideas!



Saint Patrick’s Day ~ History & Simple, Healthy Celebrations


Saint Patrick’s Day holds a special place in my heart.

My father is from Dublin, Ireland and March 17th was my late mother’s birthday.

In fact, most of my father’s relatives still live on the Emerald Isle.

I visited there during my college years and it really is a special place.  (Though I’m sure in the many many years since then that it’s changed quite a bit.)

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Healthy Snacks to Nourish You on the Go!

Healthy Desserts Almond Joy Candy Recipe

Eating healthy can be hard sometimes.  Just planning regular meals that will satisfy while keeping your body running the way that it was meant to.

But finding healthy snacks can be one of the most troublesome things, whether you are just trying to find healthy munchies for yourself or for a whole household.

Join me today over at my debut post on The Balanced Platter where I am sharing today a plethora of super healthy and super-satisfying snack options.

And while you’re there, feel free to poke around a bit.  I think you’ll like what you see.  It’s just getting started, but the bloggers there all bring something special to the table.

You can read the rest of my post on Almond Joy Bars and Other Healthy Snack Alternatives by clicking here.

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Kale Chips – Veggies Your Kids Will Love

Have you tried Kale Chips? They're super easy to make and super nutritious! My kids LOVE them--it's one chip you can feel good about them eating, and they're a fortune in the health food store. So make 'em yourself and SAVE!

Looking for a healthy snack or a way to use up extra greens from your garden?  How about a healthy substitute for potato chips?

You new healthy snack solution to the rescue is — Kale Chips.  (We have even taken to eating them as a side dish when I need a fast veggie :-)!)

Kale Chips, you say?  Why make Kale Chips?

  • They taste great.  Really.  Just ask my kids and everyone else whom I’ve shared them with
  • They are really healthy.
  • Save tons of money!  They cost $69/lb on one site and $43/lb on another.  Ugh!
  • Kale is super easy to grow.  You can even still grow it now in a lot of areas of the country.

If you remember from my post on Considering a CSA? – Information You Must Know, an over-abundance of greens (especially kale) was one of the hardest things about participating in a CSA.

This year, though we are quite happy with our CSA experience, we still have a bit too much kale and chard, especially considering that our kale is one of the crops that really decided to do well in our garden (we still need to figure our why our zucchini seems to be the only zucchini resistant to growing :-).

In past years, we have made Oven-Baked Kale, which was quite a hit, and I will be sure to share the recipe with you soon.

However, the kale is really coming in fast and furious and I needed another solution (though it’s great, there are only so many nights that my family will eat baked kale :-).)

Well, here it is.  Tasty, crisp, salty and delicious and good for you – and a great way to get veggies into your family’s diet!

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Silky Smooth Bean Fudge

Bean Fudge - Gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free - a great easy recipe that's super healthy too!

Fudge is one of those comfort foods that makes you “not too comfortable” after you’ve eaten it.  And fudge isn’t good for you anyway right?– evaporated milk and tons of sugar. But then, you knew that.

Well, you can now change your thinking about fudge, because I have a recipe for you that you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids.  I have been known to offer it to my kids for breakfast and snacks without batting an eye — and while having a piece or two myself :-).

Reminds me of the old Bill Cosby “Chocolate Cake” routine.  If you’ve seen it, remember Bill Cosby singing “Dad is great!  Gives us the chocolate cake?!”

Anyway, this recipe is so good that there is no reason to be “secretive” about what the main ingredient is.  Some non-real-foodie folks have even asked for the recipe!

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