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Teach your kids healthy cooking while they help in the kitchen.

By Joyce Oliveto
Joyce OlivetoI have found that kids like making food. Whether it is kids and their friends, my grandchildren, or when I teach classes for kids on how to prepare healthy foods. They love it. It is easy to have fun in the kitchen with kids. AND it is easy to make food taste good, be nutritious and be healthy at the same time.

Have them wash the veggies and give them a little education while you are preparing. Let them know why we wash veggies. Show them how to use a knife and safely chop veggies.

Here is a recipe created by my granddaughter Alivia. You will also find this recipe in my blog, Living Simply Raw. Have them mix the healthy cookie dough with their hands and shape into individual cookies before baking or dehydrating. All food can be healthy and snacks can be easy to make, delicious and very nutritious at the same time. (more…)



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By Lauren Haas
Lauren HaasCaramelized Onions:

1 tablespoon organic, extra virgin coconut oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
½ cup organic chicken brothHeat oil in a pan at a medium heat and add the onions.
Sautee onions for 2 minutes, add minced garlic and the sweetener.
Cook for 2-3 minutes then reduce the flame to a LOW heat.
Stir in the chicken broth.
Let simmer for 15 minutes or until the onions are soft and caramelized.
Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey….Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey….Slice the bell peppers and onions.
In pan, at a medium flame, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute.
Add the bell peppers and onions, brown sugar, salt and honey.
Stir. Cook for 3 minutes.
Reduce the heat to a LOW flame, for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, stir everything and put a lid on the pan.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are SOFT and Gooey…. (more…)



By Laurie Searle
Laurie SearleWhen I think of Mother’s day I immediately think of my mother, not my friends who are moms or myself even though I feel like a mom to so many people. Taking care of others is a selfless act and my mother is the definition of selfless. She puts everyone else first even over her own personal wins or losses. She will listen to my sisters and I ad nauseum and never say a word if we don’t ask how her day went. So, on Mother’s day, us kids (um, adults) think of every possible pampering routine we can imagine to take her away from caring for others so that she can solely focus on herself. (more…)



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By Lauren Hass
Lauren HassAs the Holiday Season quickly approaches, so does the possibility of gaining the dreaded “Holiday 10!” Instead of accepting that your pants are going to feel tight this year, start telling yourself NOW that your skinny jeans WILL FIT you throughout all the festivities because you are going to follow my tips to keep you feeling and looking fabulous at all the parties you attend. (more…)



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