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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Feed Me Friday: How do you sweeten things?

It’s a new world when it comes to the concept of “sweet.” Growing up, my mother used Sugar in the Raw, and we stayed far away from Sweet ‘n’ Low. As a parent, I gravitate toward agave nectar, but have wondered about the glycemic index impact. I also like stevia in my tea, but find that it’s bitter in coffee. I love the way my son’s teacher makes birthday cakes with maple syrup and yogurt. It’s so good! Recently I’ve been experimenting with Susta. It’s a new natural sweetener that contains fructose, fiber, and even probiotics. It has a really low... read more

FEED ME Friday: Raw-some Recipes for the Whole Family

I began adding more raw meals to my daily eating practices in January, and I feel so much better as a result. It’s so much fun to experiment with familiar flavors, like pesto, in the context of a raw entree or snack. The Raw Truth: Recipes and Resources for the Living Foods Lifestyle, 2nd ed. is a fascinating, just-released cookbook by Jeremy A. Safron. Here are some tempting and delectable recipes from the book. Pesto Wraps (My son loves pesto and would definitely give these a shot. They remind me of pigs in a blanket!) Serves 4 to... read more

Raw Kale Salad

Whenever I visit Los Angeles, I eat at Plate. Love the place. A few weeks ago, the waiter recommended their special: a raw kale salad. “Um, oookay,” I said. I wasn’t too sure I’d like it. But as with everything on their menu I’ve tried, it was delicious. In fact, I loved it so much that I replicated it (to the best of my memory) at home tonight. Wash and drain kale, then rip it into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl; Sprinkle with dried cranberries, walnuts, and chopped apple; Add chicken breast (cut up); Drizzle with orange vinaigrette (I... read more

8 Tips for Saving Money on Groceries from the Mothering Community

With food prices skyrocketing we are all struggling to stay on budget. Here are some proven tips from the Mothering community to help keep your grocery bill under control.    Make it Yourself: More often than not, baking or cooking foods from scratch is the most nutritional and cost effective method of feeding your family. You might be surprised how easy and quick it is to make many items you are paying a premium for in your own kitchen: including breads and treats, spice packets, sauces and even butter and yogurt. Try assigning one day a week or month or... read more

Peggy O'Mara on An Organic Conversation Radio Show--Sat, May 7th

On Sat, May 7th, Mothering Publisher and Editor Peggy O’Mara will be a guest on An Organic Conversation, a radio show airing online and on Green 960am Progressive Talk Radio. The topic is Baby Food: Making Every Bite Count. Listen at 10am PT. About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of... read more

Eating Local: Simple Tips for Families

Thank you to James Kim from Food on the Table for this guest post. Eating local aids the environment by preserving farmland and minimizing air pollution while also providing you with more nutritious and fresher eats. So how can you go local in your meal planning? Here are some ways to get started. Farmers’ Markets Plain and simple: shop at a farmers’ market. Here, you can ask the person who has nurtured, grown, and harvested your food anything you want to know. You can ask about fertilizers, pesticides (if any), and farming techniques (do they... read more

Homemade & Hands-On Lessons!

Thank you to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and Lisa Barthuly for this guest post. What preschooler doesn’t love to get “hands-on”? Enjoy these fun and frugal recipes together for some old-fashioned learning! Homemade Play Doh 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 tablespoon oil 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar A few drops of food coloring to get the colors/shades you want Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over very low heat until it turns into a dough (it’ll take just a few minutes).... read more

How Healthy is Your Ice Cream?

Thank you to Be Food Smart for sharing this fun chart with us. [Source: Be Food Smart] About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.   Posted by: Melanie Mayo-Laakso read more

Juicing for the Whole Family

Thank you to Gina Norman from the Kaia Yoga Complete Wellness Centers for this guest post. “Mommy I love you” are definitely words that will tug at any mom’s heart, but, every time my 3 and 1/2 year-old daughter Kaia utters, “Mom, can I have a green juice?” I am the proudest mom around. Our bodies are made from the foods we eat. So, the food we eat has an effect on the body, the body affects the mind, and the mind in turn influences the body. As moms, we definitely notice how high-fructose sugar affects your children’s mind and body, revving up their... read more

Family Meal Planning

I wrote recently about my seasonally-inspired need to reflect upon, and normalize, some new rules in our family. With school well underway, our schedules have become less forgiving and the calendar is suddenly full of visits, classes, birthday parties and dentist appointments. Spontaneity feels like a fading summer memory. I’m not grieving though, because I’ve had an epiphany: limits are good. Structure is great! I’ve noticed how the adults and children in our family can relax into routines in a way that we simply can’t when the day is completely up for grabs. By... read more

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