Some of our Favorite Recipes!

One week left for our official 30 Day Sugar Detox, but we do hope you will continue to cut-out or reduce your intake of processed sweeteners. To make it a part of your daily life, having easy and yummy sugar-free recipes is essential!

I thought I would put together a list of some of our favorite family meals. Nothing I make is difficult or takes lots of time or ingredients. With two toddlers and working part-time, everything needs to be quick and simple. But that doesn’t mean we need to resort to processed foods or takeout. Here are some of my go-to recipes.

Some of the recipes below, we tweak the ingredients. For instance, if it contains a processed ingredient we would be using a home made version, if it says fat-free we are definitely using full-fat options, or if it has sugar we would be substituting with a natural sweetener like honey. Remember, any recipe you find can be adjusted to be healthier for your family! So if you have a favorite family recipe, consider how you could swap out a few ingredients to make it even better!

I could’ve made blog posts of all these recipes as we eat them often, but why reinvent the wheel, when they are already online. So click on any image below to find the full recipe on other great blogs!


I am NOT a morning person….
So breakfast needs to be quick and simple with little cleanup!
Many of our breakfasts are smoothies. Just grab the ingredients out of the fridge, freezer, and pantry; and blend them up. The kids will eat anything in a smoothie!

Other simple breakfasts we enjoy are some plain greek yogurt with fruit, peanut butter, or cinnamon. No need for added sugar or artificial sweeteners when there are so many natural ways to sweeten it!

For days we need to head out of the house quickly, we love to have finger foods ready to grab and eat in the car. Granola bars, protein rolls, etc. are great. You can find tons of recipes for those on pinterest as well.

Click any image below to find the full recipe of our favorite breakfasts!

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When my two year old gets hungry for lunch, he wants it NOW. haha
So, these are also quick, but nutritious.

A very popular lunch at our home is eggs! Boiled, pan-fried, scrambled, as an omelet, any which way! They are full of protein and fats which are great for the kids growth, brain health, and energy.

Many lunches I will also give them a handful of nuts for added fat and protein. The love some pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc. as a sweet treat on the side! Also all lunches I offer a fresh fruit/vegetable as well.

Click any image below for links to our favorite lunches.

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Now dinners I SHOULD have more time to invest in, since we don’t eat until after they are done napping. BUT, the day always seems to get away from me. So the crockpot, one pot meals, etc. are life savers!

This is just a small sample of some of our favorite recipes, but wanted to give you a few to build up your recipe book without being overwhelming. Click any image below for the link to the full recipe.


I DEFINITELY have a sweet tooth!
If I didn’t let myself enjoy some of these healthier desserts, then I would fall off the bandwagon and get a Culver’s ice cream sunday…true story. So the best way to stay on track, is to have some yummy treats available that are still good for you.

Other sweet treats we enjoy are apples dipped in peanut butter, fresh fruits, smoothies, and nuts. Yum!

Click any image below for the full recipe, and remember to always choose a natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup, or liquid stevia extract.

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Pantry Makeover

As we begin our 30 Day Sugar Detox, we need to eliminate temptations!

Time to get at that pantry, fridge, and freezer. Let’s dump everything with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, truvia, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado, saccharose, dextrine, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, maltodextrin, syrup, palm sugar, etc.

Obviously, this means it’s time to dump the ice-cream, cookies, candy, etc. BUT, some of the biggest offenders can be disguised as “health foods.” Some are here are the biggest offenders to check.

  • Yogurt
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Low-calorie or Low-fat snacks
  • Things marketed to children
  • Sauces
  • Ketchup
  • Breads
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Drinks and drink mixes
  • Canned goods
  • Many more!

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Looking for sweets you can still enjoy? Check out our post here with great natural options!

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L&G Approved Ways to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Welcome to everyone joining us in the 30 Day Sugar Detox! These are going to be some difficult weeks, but will be well worth it!

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so definitely expect withdrawal and cravings. So we decided to explain your options for sweeteners to satisfy that craving without giving in to your desire for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

God has given us many sweet things naturally in nature, but our over-processed food culture has retrained our taste buds and we crave it like no other generation before. So let’s take a look at some natural sweet options to use in place of that 3pm Snickers bar as you check out at the grocery store 😉

The key here is to be prepared. If you get a craving and only have a house filled with carrots and celery, you’re bound to fall off the wagon and run to the store for something sweet. So I took some time to look up some yummy sugar-free recipes on pinterest (we will post continually throughout the month) and make sure I had all the ingredients on hand.

Now we do know that some of you joining us have taken this detox as a personal challenge to push your limits and avoid all sweeteners. If that’s you, awesome! This list is for those choosing to avoid processed sweeteners specifically, and these are healthier sweet options.

Lavender & Grace Approved Sweeteners to Satisfy your Cravings:

  • Raw Honey (local preferred)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Liquid Stevia Extract (no truvia as that is highly processed)
  • Dates (make sure they don’t have added sugar as some do)
  • Fruits

Got a Sweet Tooth? Don't worry, be happy! You can still eat sweet with these natural options!

Looking for some recipes using these sweeteners? Check out this great pinterest board!

Good luck to all on this detox with us! Make sure to also connect with our facebook event found here, to get continual encouragement, support, recipes, and more!

New to our blog? Check out our “about me” pages to get to know the authors, and read our Getting Started with Essential Oils post to learn why we are so passionate about Young Living oils!

Sugar Detox 2016!

Who’s ready to DETOX?????

DID you know SUGAR is as ADDICTIVE as CRACK! That’s right, cocaine baby! Are you addicted? Are your kids addicted? Did you know that it’s in almost all processed foods and that it causes weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, feeds cancer cells, depletes the body of essential minerals and vitamins, and suppresses the immune system?

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Join me & let’s get that crap out of your home, live healthier and feel better! 🙂

What will this cleanse entail?

~ Daily Support/Encouragement
~ Pantry cleaning tips
~ grocery shopping tips
~ label reading tips
~ healthy recipe replacements (dinner’s/lunches/snacks for kids!)
~ Healthy Valentines DAY treats recipes 😉
~ Healthy Eating 101 – What’s a Wholefood Lifestyle look like?
~ Social Situations — how to deal & stay strong!
~ Education about Young Living’s Oils & Supplements that can help support you in lessening sugar cravings & detoxification.

Who’s in!!!!?????? RSVP to join this cleanse HERE – it’s free!!
30 DAYS starts Feb 1st! Are you ready???

Essential Oils to Support Breast Health

It’s October, everything is pink; and it is time to remember to care for your girls!

There are lots of options for essential oils to support female hormones and breast health.

Some favorites are:

  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Sacred Frankincense
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Lavender

Please look them up in your reference guides to learn more about why & how to use each when choosing which are right for you and your body.

An easy way to use these oils is to pick a few of your favorites, add them to some coconut oil, mix it up and keep on your bathroom counter. Then just apply a bit to each breast topically each day to keep them perky and healthy 🙂

If you’re a Nursing Mama and need extra support for your girls check out our specific post here.

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Supporting the Respiratory System with a Steam Bath

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Thyme, Eucalyptus steam bath ——

1. bring a large pot of water to a boil

2. remove from heat and let cool 1-3 min

3. test the steam to make sure it is not super hot (we don’t want to burn your nostrils)

4. bring the put carefully to a safe place so that you can sit in front of it

5. add 2 drops of each oil to the pot of water

6. place face over the pot of water —- about 8 inches from the water, close your eyes, breath deep and put the towel over your head in order to capture the steam, creating a tent. Breath deeply for as long as you can stand the warm steam on your face.

7. Repeat this process as often as needed.


The Switch Witch



I love Halloween!!!!

It is probably one of my favorite holidays — no joke! Dress up, imaginative play, parties, fall festivities, scary decorations, witch cackles, and trick or treating!

What I don’t love? The candy!!!! Especially now that I’m a Mama! I know that SUGAR is toxic to the body, it is as addictive as cocaine to the brain, it feeds cancer and it suppresses the immune system for up to 6 hours after it is ingested, leaving the body compromised and susceptible to catching illness! And no body wants to deal with colds/coughs/fevers and the list goes on!

I know, I know, you don’t want to hear that!

But you can have yummy healthy sweet treats this Halloween, all you have to do is make your own, homemade is always best anyways, right? Maple syrup, raw honey and stevia can easily replace refined sugar in any recipe!

Now that we got the treats covered, what about that trick or treating??? Yep this is a tricky one! But I have a great solution, it’s called the Switch Witch!

Allow your kiddos to trick or treat as normal and then when they get home tell them the story of the Switch Witch. There are 2 really awesome books that tell the story of the Switch Witch. Check them out here & here.

But the story goes like this….The Switch Witch has a little puppy and her puppy loves loves candy! If you leave your candy out (placed in a cauldron or bucket) on Halloween’s Eve, the Switch Witch will come and switch your candy (wink wink) for a special toy! She will give your candy to her puppy dog who will eat it all up!

So this Halloween, consider avoiding having weeks of candy hanging around the house, do the Switch Witch instead, get your kid something special, like a new book, or a fun brain challenging educational toy. If you don’t like the Switch Witch story, make up your own, Mommy & Daddy can be the one to bring the surprise gift as well and give the candy away….it’s your choice do what you think is best for your family. You could even make a game out of it, certain prizes are worth so many pieces of candy in trade 😉 get clever & have fun!

Avoid the candy and your body and your mind will thank you!

Herbal Tea’s for Nourishment during Pregnancy & PMS…

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Herbal Tea’s for Nourishment during Pregnancy & PMS…

Herbs are wonderful in providing nutrients needed to a pregnant Mama or lady who suffers from PMS. Boost your iron levels with these nourishing and notifying teas.  It is important before adding any herbal remedies into our diet that we research and understand each herb, their purpose and if they are safe for pregnancy. Herbs do have power, so we must take care to use the right herbs at the right time.

The herbs listed in the recipes below are perfect blends for pregnancy, milk production for nursing Mama’s and PMS symptoms. In both cases, drink regularly throughout the month in order to enjoy the full benefits. Pregnant Mama’s should start drinking this tea after the 2nd trimester (but not during the first).


Nourishing Tea recipe by Aviva Romm

Drink plain or with lemon juice & honey (raw & local). Nutritious, and full of iron.

  • 1 ounce red raspberry leaves
  • 1 ounce dried nettle
  • 1 ounce dried oatstraw
  • ½ ounce dried alfalfa
  • ½ ounce dried red clover blossoms
  • ¼-1/2 ounce dried spearmint leaves or hibiscus flowers (for flavor)
  • ¼ ounce rose hips
  • 1 quart boiling water

To prepare:

Mix all herbs and store in a glass jar from heat and sunlight. Put a handful of the mixture in a glass jar, add the
boiling water, cover and steep for 1 hour for maximum benefit,
steep for less time if tea is too strong.


1-4 cups daily, warm or cool, beginning in the second trimester (after 12 weeks pregnancy) and throughout postpartum to
promote milk production.


Variations “Nourishing Tea” recipe above:

Dandelion Infused

  • 1 ounce Dandelion leaf
  • 1 ounce red raspberry leaves
  • 1 ounce dried nettle
  • ½ ounce dried red clover blossoms
  • ¼-1/2 ounce hibiscus flowers

Lemon Balm Infused

  • 1 ounce Raspberry Leaf
  • 1 ounce Nettle Leaf
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon Balm
  • 1/4 ounce horsetail
  • 1/4 ounce oatstraw


Rosemary Gladstar’s Recipes for Menstruation:

(not for during pregnancy)

Liver Tonic Formula for Menstruation

Use 1 teaspoon of herbs per cup of hot water, let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink with honey or stevia to improve flavor. Drink 3-4 cups daily

  • 2 parts burdock root
  • 2 parts dandelion root
  • 1 part chaste tree berry
  • 1 part licorice root
  • 1/4 part ginger


Herbs to AVOID during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding:

During Pregnancy – avoid most herbs during the 1st trimester. However many herbs can be effective for nausea and nourishing to the growing fetus, take care extra care and precaution in the first trimester and check with your doctor or midwife before starting anything new.


Herbs to avoid during Pregnancy:

Arnica, Barberry, Bee Balm, Black walnut, Blessed thistle, Catnip, Chapparal, Chicory, Colsfoot, Comfrey, Ephedra, Fenugreek, Gentian, Horehound, Horsetail, Ipecac, Juniper berries, Lobelia, Oregon grape root, Poke root, Rhubarb root, Rosemary, Uva ursi, Yarrow, Aloe vera, Buckthorn, Butternut, Cascara sagrada, Borage, Damiana, Dong quai, Licorice, Sarsparilla, Siberian ginseng, Vitex (can be used the first trimester), Angelica, Birthwort (bethwort), Black cohosh (may be used in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy), Blue cohosh (may be used in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy), Cotton root, Elecampane, Fenugreek, Feverfew, Goldenseal, Horehound, Lovage, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Mugworts, Myrrh, Osha, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sage, Tansy, Thuja, Thyme, Turmeric, Wormwood.

Herbs that are used as spices and seasoning are mostly fine, however should only be used in small amounts. Keep in mind that everyone’s bodies reacts slightly differently. I personally used arnica topically during the first trimester with no issue, and I also ate parsley and turmeric on a regular basis. Do avoid sage during the first trimester and check with your care provider or a local herbalist before using any herbs on this list medicinally.


Herbs to avoid during Breastfeeding:

Alder buckthorn, Arnica, Autumn crocus, Barberry, Bloodroot, Blue cohosh, Borage, Broom, Butternut, Calamus, Cascara sagrada, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cotton root, Cowslip, Damiana, Ehpedra or ma huang, Feverfew, Ipecac, Juniper berries, Lily of the valley, Lobelia, Make Fern, Mandrake, Mistletoe, Nutmeg (small amounts are fine), Osha, Periwinkle, Peruvian bark, Pleurisy Root, Poke root, Rhubarb, Rue, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Senna,Stillingia, Tansy, Thuja, Wormwood.



Purchasing & Storing Herbs:

Herbs can be purchased at your local health food store or can be ordered online. It is important to purchase mostly organic herbs whenever possible in order to limit your exposure to unnecessary toxins. Inorganic herbs are sprayed with fungicides and insecticides for storage and may have been irradiated. Herbs should smell fresh and be full of color. For myself personally, I love to order from Frontier Herbs, Bulk Herb Store, or Mountain Rose Herbs. All three stores are great online ordering options and provide a good quality product.

Store your herbs away from the sunlight, preferably in a dark container or glass jar with a tight seal. This will ensure that they keep fresh.



The Healing Herbs:

What are the healing properties of the herbs in the recipes listed above? Below is a list of all of the herbs used, and a general description from Prescription for Nutritional Healing.


Red Raspberry Leaves

Reduces menstrual bleeding, relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms, and strengthens uterine walls. Promotes healthy nails, bones, teeth, and skin. Good for diarrhea and for female disorders such as morning sickness, hot flashes, and menstrual cramps. Also heals canker sores. Combined with peppermint, good for morning sickness. It is full of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, and E.



Acts as a diuretic, expectorant, pain reliever, and tonic. Good for benign protstatic hyberplasia, anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, hay fever, and other allergic disorders, kidney problems, and malabsorption syndrome. Improves goiter, inflammatory conditions and mucous conditions of the lungs. Used in hair care products, it helps to stimulate hair follicles and regulate scalp oil buildup. It is full of calcium, copper, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sulfur, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, C, and E.



Acts as a antidepressant and restorative nerve tonic. Increases perspiration. Helps to ease insomnia. Good for bed-wetting, depression, stress, and skin disorders. Is full of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and E.



Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Alfalfa acts as a diuretic, is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It also helps to balance blood sugar, hormones, and promotes pituitary gland function. It is good for anemia, arthritis, ulcers, digestive system and skin. It is full of:  calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, and K.


Red Clover Blossoms

Fights infection, suppresses appetite, and purifies the blood. Relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Good for bacterial infections, coughs, bronchitis, inflamed, lungs, inflammatory bowel disorders, kidney problems, liver disease, skin disorders, weakened immune system. Is full of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B3, C and E.



Hibiscus Flowers

High in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, hibiscus has slightly astringent properties. It is useful for for treating mild colds, flus, bruising and swelling. (description from Herbal Recipes, see below)


Rose Hips

Good for bladder problems and all infections. A good source of Vitamin C when used fresh. Rose hip tea is good for diarrhea. Full of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3,C, and E.


Dandelion leaf

Dandelion leaf like alfalfa and burdock acts as a diuretic, cleanses the blood and liver and increases bile productions. Improves the function of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Relieves menopausal symptoms and is also useful for anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, constipation, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, and rheumatism. It is full of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.


Lemon Balm

Calming, antiviral, and antiseptic, this beautiful and fragrant member of the mint family is one of nature’s best nervine herbs. Lemon balm’s leaves and flowers contain volatile oils, tannins, and bitters that have a definite relaxing, antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system. It is a excellent for stomach distress and general exhaustion and can be used as a mild sedative for insomnia. (description from Herbal Recipes, see below)



Horsetail is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic and astringent activity. Reportedly, it has been used in the treatment of a number of health conditions which include brittle bone, hair, teeth and nails, white spots on nails, gingivitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, rheumatic disorders, edema, osteoarthritis, diabetes, acne, wounds, itchiness, rashes, burns, frostbite, chilblains, athlete’s foot, cracked and tired feet, drawing out pus from boils and carbuncles, ulcers, fistulas, herpes simplex, dyspepsia (impaired digestion), gastrointestinal conditions, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, fever, malaria, bladder problems, urinary tract infection, bed wetting in children, kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), prostate problems, hemorrhoids, muscle cramps, tumors, broken bones, fractures, sprains, nose bleed and other heavy bleeding. Horsetail is also known to strengthen the body’s immune system. (source)



Burdock root

Aids in the elimination of excess fluid, uric acid and toxins. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, purifies the blood, restores liver and gallbladder function, and stimulates the digestive and immune systems. Helps to relieve menopausal symptoms and can also be used as a hair rinse to help promote hair growth and a healthy scalp. Burdock root traditionally is eaten in Asia in many dishes. It is a grounding root vegetable that can help bring on a soothing earthy “grounding” effect in the body. Burdock root is full of amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.


Chaste tree berry

Has a calming and soothing effect. Relieves muscle cramps. Regulates and normalizes hormone levels and menstrual cycles. Good for symptoms of PMS and menopause.


Licorice root

Fights inflammation and viral bacterial, and parasitic infection. Stimulates the production of interferon and may help inhibit replication of HIV. Cleanses the colon. Reduces muscle spasms, increases fluidity of mucus in the lungs and bronchial tubes, and promotes adrenal gland function. It is full of calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.



Anti-inflammatory, cleanses the colon, reduces spasms and cramps and stimulates circulation. Ginger is a very strong antioxidant and effective antimicrobial agent for sores and wounds. Protects the liver and stomach. Useful for bowel disorders, circulatory problems, arthritis, fever, headache, hot flashes, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting. It is full of amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and C.



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DIY Deodorant

Have you ever struggled with confidence because of regular body odor. Some of us just have a naturally stronger aroma than others. I thought I had tried everything and had just given up, but then I found this recipe and love it!

When I ordered my Young Living Premium Starter Kit, I saw a DIY Deodorant recipe from the Young Living blog on pinterest. I decided to give it a try, and guess what, it worked better than any other!

With this recipe I only need to use once a day! My clothes aren’t getting yellow stains, I’m staying dry, have confidence to hug, and more. It’s amazing how such a seemingly tiny factor can impact so much of your life!

Not to mention all the junk that is in the products on the store shelves. I am so relieved to have found a recipe that is not only effective, but also safe!

It takes only a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make. You could switch the essential oil out for a different scent if you don’t have as much odor as I do. I like Purification best because of its ability to cleanse and purify. Plus it smells great! Just make sure you are using Young Living’s 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Since this is going on your skin, it will be absorbed into your body as well. So using the highest quality and safest oils out there is so important.

To learn more about why we use exclusively Young Living, and how to get started and get your essential oils for the best price click on “Getting Started with Essential Oils.”



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Things to note: Some people experience a detox effect on their underarms when first starting this new deodorant. This is because after years of using toxic products your body will try to get them all out. This can cause irritation to the area. Just use less and slowly until this passes (usually 1-2 weeks). Make sure to test the recipe on a small area before using over the entire underarm to see how your body reacts. If you continue to have discomfort also consider using less, or no, baking soda and substituting with arrowroot powder for a gentler recipe.

Eat Healthy on a Budget!

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Eating fresh organic produce may be more affordable than you might think…here are a few tips on how to eat well and not break the bank!


Eat in Season:


The freshest items will be in season. For example during the summer months eating in season in the Midwest usually means eating fresh berries, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus, fresh lettuces, peppers, corn and so on. Find out what grows seasonally in your area. Eating in season will save you big! Ever notice how strawberries in January are uddles of mola – hello, they have been flown all the way from Chile! So not only did they get picked early, but they have also gone on a very long journey. By the time they get to your house they have been off the vine so long that they are almost void of any nutrients. Don’t waste your money on these far away expensive items.


Eat locally:


Eating in season in your own region will not only be beneficial for your body, as the items you are eating are being picked near by, which means they are ripening on the vine versus ripening on the way to their destination. Produce grown locally has a higher nutritional profile and density versus the produce that was picked early and shipped 3,000 miles to your nearest market.


When you shop at the farmers markets in your area not only are you supporting the local economy and your local farmer but you are going to save big as you are getting your food directly from its source which is cutting out the profits of the middle man.


Find a local CSA (community supported agriculture) in your neighborhood and get fresh produce shares each week. Go to Local Harvest and find a farm CSA near you.


Sourcing your meats, eggs and milk locally can also help you save big! Many CSA’s will also have egg, meat and honey shares that can be adding in with your veggie share. Or you can find a local farm and order 1/4 of a grass fed cow or get a weekly egg share. Not only will this be more affordable but you can know where your meat is being sourced from and know your farmer. This allows you to ensure its quality. Where as when shopping at the store you have no idea where that meat came from. Even if you can’t afford all organic, that is ok. But choose farmers who are practicing sustainable and humane farming. Check out Eat Wild to find farms near you and Real Milk.


Shop Local and Save

Cookie & Me at the Tosa Farmers Market!


Join a Co-op:


Another way to get quality organic food is to order directly from the source. Order all your regularly used pantry items from your local co-op. I am not talking about the co-op grocery store. I am talking about a not-for-profit group who orders directly from the same companies that your local organic foods grocery store is ordering from. This will allow you to order your pantry items in bulk and save big! Email Azure Standards or United Foods and ask for a list of local co-op groups near you. They will send you a list of all the local co-op leaders and their contact info. If a co-op is not in your area they can help walk you through the process of setting one up.

So how does it work? Each month the individuals in the group will place their own personal orders by the deadline date, all the orders will be placed together and everything will come on a large semi-truck on the scheduled delivery day. Co-op members are responsible for taking turns showing up to help unload and sort the truck. Members will come and pick up their orders. It is that simple! Grocery shop from your own home and show up at one place to get everything you ordered. Easy!

Join my Milwaukee Organic Co-op here.

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Grow Food not Lawns:


Even the smallest backyard or patio can be just enough space to grow enough food in pots for one family. Growing a garden can not only be fun for both you and the kids but also a very rewarding experience. Do you live in a apartment with no patio space? Check out your local community gardens and sign up to rent a garden plot. In Milwaukee you can get garden plots for as little as $40 a year! Now that is cheap! Here are a few resources to get you started.


~ The Backyard Homestead

~ Grow Great Grub

~ Little House in the Suburbs

~ Homegrown and Handmade

~ Grow Food Not Lawns


Many cities even allow you to have up to 2 egg laying chickens! How fun for the kids to be able to learn how to not only grow their own food but care for egg laying chickens. Grow food not lawns.


Volunteer at a local farm:


Many farms have work share programs. In exchange for your work you will get a free share of food each week. Check and see what local farms are offering work shares. Even volunteering a few hours a week is a great personal or family activity and learning experience, and if you get uddles of free food in exchange, well woo hoo!


Store your Food for Winter:


Stock up during the seasonal summer months when things are affordable at the farmers markets or your garden is exploding with growth. Summer is a great time to store, can, and freeze your extra veggies and fruit for the long winter. This will help you save big! Remember how much fresh strawberries cost in the winter? Stock up on strawberries in the summer and freeze them for winter smoothies, muffins, pancakes and so on. Yum yum!