Posts Tagged ‘food’

5 Easy Kitchen Ingredient Swaps for Everyone

By RaddestMom

Want an easy way to cut out some of those ingredients that you should have ditched ages ago? Here are five things in your pantry/refrigerator that are outdated by healthy standards and can be swapped out for MUCH healthier alternatives.

1. Cow’s Milk for—>ALMOND MILK

Adults and grown children alike shouldn’t be drinking milk that comes from cows. Even if your milk is organic, cows still produce hormones that are passed through their milk in order to make their calves turn into big cows. So, basically, when humans ingest cow’s milk, they are ingesting hormones meant for facilitating the growth of a calf into a cow (EVEN IF YOUR MILK IS ORGANIC). Do you see where I’m headed here? Everything in moderation, though, guys. If you use milk to pour a splash in your tea, and that’s your thing & you’re not giving it up, fine… but if you use milk with cereal, baking, or just drinking it straight up, try switching to Almond Milk. It will taste different at first, because your taste buds aren’t used to it. This is not bad. Give it a week or so and it’ll be the new normal! Most people actually like almond milk better than cow’s milk (it isn’t as thick). It is also better for you than soy. I don’t have enough character space on this page to get into the dangers of pumping yourself full of soy. OY.

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2. Dairy Yogurt for—->Coconut Milk Yogurt

There have been a lot of studies recently about how yogurt really isn’t all that great for you. The active cultures that may have been found in it are being counteracted by the sugar content. I don’t eat any yogurt at all, including this one (because I try not to eat much sugar), but if you are a yogurt person who just has to have it, then try switching to this stuff. It does taste a little different, but you’ll get used to it. Once again, it is better to cut out dairy where you can. Save your dairy eating for those times when you just HAVE to eat a cheese pizza. Don’t waste your dairy cheats on mundane shit like yogurt! Swap it out.

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3. Soy Sauce for—> Tamari

Soy Sauce is made with soy beans and wheat…this means soy sauce has gluten in it. A better choice would be Tamari. It has a little bit lighter and richer taste than soy sauce, and it is DELICIOUS. It is naturally gluten free. This is an easy swap you can make!

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4. Regular Noodles for—> Gluten Free Noodles

There are so many types of gluten free noodles out there nowadays made from quinoa, brown rice, corn, etc. I am so used to eating them now that regular noodles taste weird to me. If you do ANY of these swaps, please include this one, especially if your kids like noodles. I urge you to educate yourself about what an overdose of gluten can do to the body, brain, and behavior, especially if you have children!

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5. Table Salt to—> Himalayan Pink Salt

This is something that literally everyone should do if you aren’t already. Table salt can easily effect blood pressure and your body in so many ways. Some people are still naysayers of the pink salt, but I have used it for years, generously (I love me some salt), and It doesn’t make me feel nearly as swollen or bloated as the other stuff. Some people claim that switching lowered their blood pressure & relieved hypertension. Hey, even if it’s not true, it can’t hurt to switch! It tastes better than the regular stuff AND it’s PINK!

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I know it seems like I’m saying, “Don’t ever eat dairy and gluten”, but the truth is, I really feel that we all need to eat bad stuff sometimes….but only when it’s worth it. My eating goal is it cut as much of the unnecessary crap out as I can when it doesn’t matter, that way I can enjoy some of the yummy, naughty stuff when it is actually worth it.

 Do yourself a favor and follow these tips! Here are a few extra ideas to reduce your intake of the bad stuff at home:

  • Instead of regular chicken or vegetable broth in the carton, always buy the LOW SODIUM one instead. Tastes the same, except it has about half the sodium content.
  • Buy gluten free cereal. I don’t really back cereal, but if you are going to buy it, there are tons of kids cereals now that are gluten free, super crunchy & taste amazing. They are made from corn and rice instead of wheat, so make sure you buy ones that are organic to avoid GMO’s.
  • Buy gluten free bread, bagels, waffles, etc…. Try many brands until you find the one you like best.
  • Swap out your refined sugar for Raw Cane Sugar
  • Swap out your coffee creamer for “So Delicious” brand coconut creamer. It comes in different flavors, too!
  • Use raw honey instead of sugar in your tea.
  • Buy organic ketchup instead of regular.


Lisa O

Insanely Simple Snacks for Kids

By RaddestMom

So, obviously these aren’t ground breaking recipes, here. I’m just sending out a reminder to moms that you can have healthy, cheap snacks ready for your kids in minutes without opening up a single processed food package. Keep a variety of fruits and vegetables handy so you can always come up with something creative last minute. Use what you have! If you have time to make some easy-mac, you have time for these!

1. Baked Sweet Potato Fries (8 months & up)

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 Slice sweet potatoes into french fry pieces. Coat with olive oil & a small amount of salt (only if your child is over a year). Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 min, “stirring” the fries every 10 min. You can also skip the salt & sprinkle some cinnamon and honey (no honey till 1 yr) on them instead! Perfect for a teething baby to gnaw on, or an older child to snack on!

2. Hummus & Veggie Plate (18 mos & up)

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Cut up 1 or 2 of your child’s favorite vegetable. Put a dollop of hummus on the plate and let them dip as much as they want!

3. Fruit & Honey (honey after 1 yr)

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This is one of my favorite snacks. Adding some raw honey to a piece of fruit is a sure way to curb a sweet tooth. My favorites are strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, and oranges.

4. Celery Sticks with Cream Cheese and Turkey (2 & up)

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Fill celery with cream cheese & top with a slice of shaved turkey breast!

5. Avocado Toast (2 & up)

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6. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips ( 2 & up)

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Slice an apple into thin slices. Slightly grease a cookie sheet with unsalted butter or coconut oil. Spread out apples & sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

7. Baked Kale Chips (18 mos & up)

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You can make these in so many different flavors. Sometimes I use soy sauce or grated parmesan, but normally I just stick with my basic recipe: Peel kale from the stem and rip into bite size pieces. Spread onto pan, coat them with olive oil, a LITTLE bit of salt, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until kale is crunchy. Careful with the salt, a little bit goes a long way with these. Even the pickiest kid will love them!

8. Peanut Butter & Banana Toast (2 & up)

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Spread some real, no sugar added peanut butter on a healthy slice of toast & top it with sliced banana. If you want it to be a little sweeter, drizzle some raw honey on top!

9. Frozen Grapes (18 months & up)

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Skewer some grapes, and freeze them! Can also be frozen and eaten without skewer for younger kids. Great alternative to sugary popsicles. You can also make a fruit shish-kabob with grapes, kiwi, mango, pineapple, etc. Fun!

10. Parmesan Cheese Crisps (18 mos & up)

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put a tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese (fresh, not the one in the green can!) on the sheet and lightly pat down so it’s in a disc shape. Leave 2 inches in between each one. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool, then peel off & you have parmesan chips!

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I highly encourage you to make snacks for your kids instead of opening up packages. Those foods are loaded with sodium, sugar, corn syrup, and other additives that will leave your kids feeling unsatisfied & still hungry. They will thank you one day!


Lisa O

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