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How to Refresh Wilted Greens

May 16, 2017

Do you hate throwing away food because it’s gone bad? I have had problems for years with wilted greens, but this little trick has really helped a lot! I love to use fresh organic spring greens to make a nice salad from time to time. But one thing that I don’t like going to the refrigerator and finding that my once beautiful spring greens aren’t so lovely anymore.…

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The Importance of Soaking Beans

May 11, 2017

Today I am going to share the virtues of the lowly dried bean. These little gems are full of protein and fiber as well as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. But, as good for you as they are, they also have a reputation as being the “musical” food. This is because they tend to be difficult on digestion, resulting in some not-so-pleasant gas. It’s why soaking beans is…

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But What if I Just Don’t Like Kefir?

April 2, 2017

As I made the transition to eating real, traditional foods, one of the things that I was really eager to try was some great cultured and fermented beverages. I have dealt with digestive issues since I was a child and knew that it was really important to introduce more great probiotics into my diet, to help restore my gut. So being an eager student, I decided to start…

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How to Blanch Vegetables for Freezing

March 26, 2017

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and with it comes lots of great fresh produce! I absolutely love to stock up on in-season produce while it’s fresh and cheap and freeze it to enjoy throughout the rest of the year.¬†One of the things that I have learned as I’ve worked more and more with freezing fresh produce is how important it is to blanch…

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Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

March 22, 2017

Ladies, we need to have a little talk. (Guys, you can listen in too, because a lot of you need to hear this as well for the women in your life…but this particular problem is running rampant with women, and so I’m talking to them today).  Women are naturally caretakers and nurturers. We are the mothers, the nurses, the teachers, the caregivers.  But we’ve fallen into a dangerous…

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Natural Spring Cleaning

March 20, 2017

Spring is here! As the winter snow begins to melt, the temperatures begin to rise and the plants begin to bloom, it is the perfect time to do some natural spring cleaning. It is a great time of the year to do some deep cleaning, so when you plan your spring cleaning, it is a great time to toss out those toxic, chemical-filled cleaners. Many store-bought cleaners can…

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Keeping Strawberries Fresh Longer

March 19, 2017

Keeping strawberries fresh longer doesn’t have to be difficult. One simple step can extend their life! From March until June it is strawberry season here in South Carolina.  There is simply nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked berries to tempt your taste buds.  But one frustrating thing about strawberries is that they tend to be quick to become mushy and moldy. Often this happens within a…