What I Buy From Azure Standard

I’ve been buying monthly from Azure Standard for years now, and I’m so thankful that there have been Azure drop sites in the last three towns we’ve lived in! In fact, when I found out there was an Azure delivery just days after our most recent move, I knew somehow that, despite all the other unknowns, everything was going to be alright. People who already buy from Azure or who are interested in learning more always want to know one thing: what do you buy?

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bars

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Bars

If a chocolate brownie and an energy bar had a baby, I believe this would be their offspring. These bars are moist, chewy, chocolate-y. There’s not one ingredient in these bars that’s what I would call “if-y”. They’re free of casein, grains, gluten, refined sugar, soy, corn, and eggs. And these bars are low in anti-nutrients since they call for soaked and dehydrated almonds.

For Real Food-Resistant Men

This is a post my wife has been urging me to write for a while now. Quite frankly, it’s been put off long enough. It’s time you ladies had a guy backing you up! I’m happy to oblige…at least now I am. I’m fairly positive that the majority of the readers of this post will be female, but I encourage my lady friends to take comfort in its words, then shove them in your partner’s face.

How To Use Up Every Last Drop Of Your Essential Oils

Do you have a hoard of empty bottles of your expensive essential oils? If you have ever wondered what to do with the teeny-tiny drops and vapors of essential oils that are left once you empty a bottle, wonder no more! Here’s how to use up every last drop of your essential oils!

Caesar Dressing with No Icky Ingredients

I’m not a big salad eater, but I absolutely love Caesar salad. Let’s be honest here — taste wise, lettuce is not that awesome. It’s fresh and green and it sure it good for us, but it doesn’t rank up there with, oh, I don’t know … bacon…

I mostly eat lettuce because it is the perfect vehicle for homemade croutons, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and THIS dressing. This Caesar dressing is full of healthy, traditional fats: pastured egg yolks and extra virgin olive oil.

Exploring Water Filtration Options

What is the healthiest way to drink your water? What is the best water to shower in? Learn everything you need to know about the water filtration options… the good, the bad, and the ugly! Learn all the options to get chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and other toxins out of your water, too!

Which Essential Oils Have We Chosen?

It’s a big deal. And it’s personal. The essential oils company people choose is just about as touch-y an issue as whether to vaccinate or not, it seems. I get it. Finding the right products that work for our families is kind of a big deal. When we find something we like, driven extroverts like yours truly want to blast our findings all over the world in an effort to win over educate everyone we know.

As soon as you start telling folks what essential oils you use, they immediately respond with why XYZ (read: their) brand is better or purer or more effective or safer and why yours isn’t pure or acceptable or safe or third party-tested.

Until several months ago, I really thought there were only two essential oils companies out there: Young Living and Doterra. The other brands I found in the store (NOW, Aura Cacia) seemed too cheap or not pure enough or something, so I really didn’t jump in with both feet on the essential oils bandwagon.

Chicken, Bacon, & Kale Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Around here, I’m all about quick and easy meals, especially lunches. The Hubs comes home four out of five days every week for lunch; plus, he’s home all day on the weekends. I love having leftovers for lunch since all I have to do is re-heat and serve, but sometimes I run out of leftovers by the end of the week. Especially on the weekends, I want a healthy meal I can throw together quickly so that I can spend the hubby’s days off with him instead of in the kitchen.

This chicken, bacon, and kale stuffed sweet potato recipe is one of those meals that I love having up my sleeve. Every, single ingredient is nutrient-dense, so this simple meal is also very filling.

All About Avocado Oil

All About Avocado Oil

Is avocado oil a healthy, traditional fat? Can it be used in place of other liquid vegetable oils? Learn all about avocado oil and why you might consider it in your Real Food kitchen!

Reverse Judgment: When Healthy Lifestyles Are Judged

“Not judging others’ food choices” is a pretty popular topic on Real Food blogs. As someone who has been learning to live a healthier lifestyle since 2008, I can tell you that there are times when I haven’t kept my mouth shut or kept my stares under control when I see people eating what I deem to be unhealthy. It is so important that, if you are a lover of local, organic, non-processed Real Food, you not judge those who are at a different place in their journey.

No matter where we find ourselves along the way, there will always be some ahead of us and some behind us. As soon as we think we’ve got it all figured out, an article will show up in our inbox or someone will share a link on Facebook that proves we still have much more to learn.

What I don’t read much about is the judgment that occurs the other way around: when those of us who are trying to learn and make healthier choices for ourselves and our families are judged by those who are not. You’d think it would be ludicrous to look down upon someone for striving to better themselves by learning and gaining experience with wholesome foods, but it happens. And it’s probably happened to you.