Grain-Free No-Bake Protein Bars

I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my family, especially easy recipes since I am pretty busy.  We love my recipes for healthy chocolate truffles, no-bake cookies, and kale chips, but this recipe for homemade protein bars is one of our all time favorites.It's a great grab and go snack and is full of yumminess that you and your family will love.If you've been buying protein ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Ever Homemade Deodorant

This post comes with a warning....DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.Well, really, what I mean is do not eat your regular deodorant.  And no, I do not know the person in this photo.Yes, I know. You are thinking this is one of those over-the-top blogs about getting all kinds of tubes and scales and measuring tools together along with hard-to-find ingredients so that you can save about $.50 per package ...Read The Full Post

Carob or Chocolate-Coated Almonds

If you love Chocolate Coated Nuts like I do, but don't like the health implications of eating an entire bowl of them in one sitting, this recipe is for you.If chocolate nut ANYTHING is in front of me, I can barely keep from eating them. However, the traditional version is not the healthiest snack in the world.  In the past, when I was eating sugar, I would justify eating them by thinking about ...Read The Full Post

Ajwain and Epazote

Ajwain and epazote are two spices that our bean-loving family couldn't live without.I've highlighted both of them in my post on How to De-Gas Beans, but here is more detail about them.Ajwain is one of the spices mentioned in my post on Savory Hummus.  It, along with epazote, helps with the digestion of beans.Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to other cultures and their ...Read The Full Post

Seasoned Nuts and Seeds

One reader recently told me that she has a hard time getting her children to eat nuts.I have had the same problem with one of my children who pretty much refuses to eat pumpkin or sunflower seeds.I wouldn't normally mind this, but he has life-threatening food allergies to almost all nuts, with the exception of almonds and macadamias, so my options for getting good nutrition into him via ...Read The Full Post

Savory Sesame-Free Hummus

I am always on the hunt for quick, easy, frugal, healthy (and tasty) meals and snack ideas. Well, this recipe for Savory Sesame-free Hummus really fits the bill.This recipe is our version based on one that we found in a Cooking Light magazine years ago.  And I mean years.My path to health started (though now I know that it was not in a good direction) back in my teenage days when my ...Read The Full Post

Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

(Sorry folks -- no photo of these yummies yet. I hope to get one up soon :)!)Typically we have simpler foods like this Berry Mousse or Healthy Chocolate Pudding for breakfast, but these gluten free waffles are a real treat that we love for special occasions.A long time before we went completely gluten-free, I started playing around with gluten free flours and found teff.Teff has some ...Read The Full Post

Jojoba and Rose Water Natural Facial Cleanser

Would you like to make your own natural facial cleanser?  Have you heard of using oil to cleanse your face?  Today I'm going to share something that really surprised me -- a Jojoba Oil Cleanser.If you are:Wondering what to use for skin care that does not put harmful chemicals into your skin? Dealing with inflamed skin from rosacea or other conditions? Looking for a low cost ...Read The Full Post

Oat Bran Muffins (low carb, gluten free with sugar free option)

While I like to have my kids eat veggies for snacks as much as possible, I try to have other healthy snacks on hand as well. These oat bran muffins are a favorite in our home, as are these "Almond Joy" Bars, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Bean Fudge, and Chocolate Truffles.In our household we go back and forth between making oat bran muffins sweetened and unsweetened.  ...Read The Full Post

Fast and Yummy Bean Dip

We love bean dips of all kinds.  But have you seen the price of them in the grocery store?  Unbelievable and untenable in today's economy.  And really - for beans?  I thought they were supposed to be the budget-friendly food :-)!Well, here is money and time-saving recipe for you.  And oh---it tastes great as well. By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on ...Read The Full Post