Peace at All Times – Wellness Wednesday

I’ve been doing a wonderful Bible study with a friend and this verse came up. It gave me joy and comfort, and I hope it does the same for you.
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Wellness comes in all shapes and sizes, and I think spiritual wellness is just as important to nurture as physical wellness. Be sure to link up and share your wellness tips with everyone here on Wellness Wednesday.


Number Two Immune Boosting Food – Wellness Wednesday

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It’s Wellness Wednesday – I’m sharing about another great food for boosting your entire immune system, then at the end there is a link for you to share your own wellness-related blog. Don’t forget to check out the other fine folks who’ve linked up here too!

Immune Boosters

Recently I gave you the Number One immune boosting food – you can read about it here. Today I’m revealing the food in the Number Two slot. This one also plays a powerful role in rebuilding and maintaining a healthy immune system. If you were surprised by #1 then this one may also surprise you. This list is from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D., is a neurologist, and creator of the GAPS diet, a successful nutritional protocol used in healing both physical and neurological disorders such as autism, auto-immune diseases and heart disease.

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Immunity Booster #2: Cold pressed oils such as olive oil, fish oils, nut and seed oils

While fresh animal fats and cholesterol-rich foods are stellar when it comes to building strong cells and creating important stress-coping hormones, there are many other healthy fats that we should incorporate into our daily diet.

We’re all familiar with extra virgin olive oil, and many of you are also aware of the benefits of fish oils (especially cod liver oil). What you may not have heard about are which of the nut and seed oils truly are healthy, and which ones are toxic.

Just as with animal fats, the fats from plants are also mixtures of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – there is no naturally occurring fat that is only one type.Coconut, palm kernel, and cocoa butter are all rich sources of plant-based saturated fats. Olive, avocado, almond, pecan, cashew and peanut all provide generous amounts of monounsaturated fats. Cold water fish oils like cod and salmon; along with flaxseed,  non-GMO soy, canola, corn and safflower are primarily polyunsaturated.

Just as with animal fats, the sources of plant fats are extremely important. Many seed oils come from genetically modified plants and carry with them the pesticide and herbicide residues as well as other questionable factors.  Nearly all soy, corn and canola in the U.S. is GMO.

Unlike animal fats, however, there are many methods of extracting fats and oils from plants. The extraction method chosen is extremely important – in fact, even if your plant source is 100% biodynamically-beyond-organic, but you extract the oil incorrectly you will have ruined it, made it toxic.  Care must be taken when extracting plant oils. If powerful chemical solvents are used to extract the oils then you can be sure the oils will retain the toxins from these chemicals. When high heat methods are used for extraction, especially on the fragile polyunsaturated oils, these oils are damaged and turn rancid.  This is why the #2 Immune Booster must come from cold pressed oils.

Any oil that is primarily polyunsaturated should be kept chilled and stored in a dark container to protect the fragile nature of this type of oil. If you find a polyunsaturated oil in a clear container sitting out on a grocery shelf just leave it there! It is already rancid and has no place in your body. It’s not an immunity booster – it’s just a big bust!

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So to summarize: Choose your plant-based oils from organic, cold-pressed sources. Read the labels for any expiration date. Keep polyunsaturated oils refrigerated and use them up before they expire. Never heat polyunsaturated oils, keep them for salad dressings or adding to smoothies. Coconut oil and olive oil can be kept at room temperature, but it is still important to keep olive oil in dark containers as the enzymes are light sensitive. Saturated and monounsaturated plant oils can be used for cooking, but save the higher heat applications for the mostly saturated ones.

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Book Review: The Paleo Cure – Wellness Wednesday

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Welcome to another edition of Wellness Wednesday! Today I’m sharing a book review of Chris Kresser’s Paleo Cure. Below the book review you’ll find links to last week’s featured Wellness Wednesday articles plus a link to add your own to this week’s blog hop!

The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser
“Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs; Prevent and Reverse Disease; Lose Weight Effortlessly; Look and Feel Better Than Ever”

Author Chris Kresser is an Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner with a practice in Berkeley, CA. He also runs the popular health website Chriskresser.com and hosts the Revolution Health Radio podcast. This book was originally published in hardback under the title Personal Paleo Code in December 2013. The paperback version carries the updated title, but both books are identical otherwise.

The introductory chapter bears a bold title: “This Book Can Save Your Life”. I suppose he makes this nervy statement to grab your attention right away – “This book is no ordinary diet book,” he seems to say. In many ways he is right, because this book does not advocate the One Single Way to be healthy, and as you work your way through the chapters you are repeatedly encouraged to trust yourself, listen to your body, and go at your own pace.

“Here’s the truth: There is no single formula to follow that will guarantee you perfect health in three weeks – or seven days, or any other arbitrary number you find on the bestseller list. As seductive as that sounds, it just doesn’t work that way. The only formula I want to give you is the formula for figuring out how not to follow a formula! If my clinical experience treating patients has taught me one thing, it’s this: there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to diet and lifestyle. After all, the fossil record indicates that not all Paleolithic people ate the same way. So why should we expect a single program to be the perfect fit for everybody?”

I love the early chapters that give dietary examples of traditional cultures such as the Inuit or Aboriginal Australians. It was refreshing to read a logical explanation of what it means for a food to be nutrient dense, and I was glad to see that diet was not the only focus, but that exercise, gut bacteria, stress management, healthy sleep, correct sun exposure and social connections were also addressed as being equally important factors in a healthy life.

I enjoyed the real-world stories from patients who found healing using The Paleo Cure. In addition to Chris’ personal story we read about a woman with diabetes and high blood pressure, a young man crippled by Crohn’s disease, an elderly woman with mobility issues and brain fog, a 20-something woman with thyroid disease, a woman unable to get pregnant, a middle-aged man with constipation, another who was struggling with depression, a corporate VP with chronic skin issues – all of these people and many more were able to find healing using the protocols outlined within the pages of this book.

Chris unapologetically challenges conventional wisdom. Instead of going with the flow, he looks at the evidence provided in quality research, and applies a good measure of critical thinking skills. You will find real information on saturated fat, cholesterol, eggs, red meat, and other controversial foods revealed in this book. I especially appreciated the charts on various kinds of fats to use and to avoid.

The 3 steps to discovering your own personal diet/lifestyle solution for health.

#1 begins with a Thirty-Day Reset which removes the major offenders in causing weight, allergies, and other health problems. This is the most strict portion of the diet, and yet after more than a week following this with myself and my husband, I have yet to feel deprived or hungry, instead I’m feeling pretty good!

#2 allows you to slowly reintroduce healthy foods that may work for you such as white potatoes, dairy, or certain grains. If you find yourself feeling sick again this is your clue to remove the offenders again. If they work, then you are one step closer to building your own personalized health plan.

#3 guides you through the final steps of tweaking the diet so it works just the way you need it to, but it is also the time where you address the remainder of your lifestyle decisions including stress management and sleep.

The Paleo Cure includes a Seven-Day meal plan with recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner compliant with the 30-Day Reset. As a bonus there are also three more weeks of menus available online. In addition to the extra menus the online bonus materials include entire chapters addressing specific health topics such as leaky gut or adrenal fatigue. More online bonus material includes a guide to supplements, links to sources for healthy meats, snacks, and Paleo-friendly doctors. There is also a forum section where you can start up a conversation with others also working through the diet.

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Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy (GF)

paleo waffles with chicken gravy titlesIt’s the beginning of a new year as I write this post, and I was able to convince my husband to go on a Paleo diet with me. (We’re following Chris Kresser’s Paleo Cure)  Yesterday he told me he was already missing bread – mostly to sop up all the great sauces and pan juices from the delicious Paleo food we’ve been eating! So I made him happy by fixing waffles for lunch today. And I made me happy by finding this great Paleo-friendly waffle recipe from Eat Beautiful that  uses green plantains instead of flour.   The original recipe had the chicken cooked right into the waffles, but I wanted to be able to have a chicken gravy to go over top ’cause that’s how I like ‘em.

These waffles are definitely main dish worthy – brunch, lunch or dinner – with a little south-of-the-border spice added to make them extra good. The gravy is made with nourishing homemade bone broth and thickened with arrowroot powder so it’s gluten-free and allergy friendly. I’ve even given a substitute to make this dairy-free, too.

green plantain waffles titlesIf you’ve never purchased plantains before – they are like giant, thick bananas. They can be used green (like here for these waffles) or almost black-ripe (like for these pancakes). When they are green they are a good source of resistant starch which feeds the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.

Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy

for the waffles

2 green plantains

8 eggs (preferably from pasture-raised hens)

1/2 cup melted healthy fat (such as lard, coconut oil, ghee, butter)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon raw honey

for the gravy

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1/4 cup minced onion

2 Tablespoons butter, preferably grassfed (for dairy free sub lard or coconut oil)

3 cups chopped or shredded, cooked chicken

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups homemade chicken bone broth

1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder

1/4 cup water

To make the waffles:

Preheat your waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. Using a sharp knife, cut the tip ends off the plantains, then cut in half across the middle, then cut each half lengthwise. This will leave you with quartered plantain sections. Now you can slip your finger between the thick green skin and the yellow flesh. Peel off and discard the skin. Place the plantain quarters in a blender. Add in the remaining waffle ingredients, the eight eggs through the teaspoon of honey. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Yes, it will be pretty runny and you won’t understand how this could possibly make waffles, but it will work!

Brush the waffle iron with a little coconut oil or butter and then ladle the batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Use the amount of batter directed by your waffle iron manufacturer. Mine says to use 1/3 cup, but I actually ended up needing to use closer to 1/2 cup to get a waffle without holes. So adjust your batter accordingly. The baking time will be as directed on your waffle iron directions. Mine is 3 minutes. That worked just fine.

To make the gravy:

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute for about three minutes until the onion begins to get translucent. Then add in the shredded chicken, chicken broth, salt, cumin and oregano. Stir until everything is simmering and hot. Combine the arrowroot with the 1/4 cup water until no lumps remain, then stir the arrowroot mixture into the simmering broth. Stir for just a little until the gravy begins to thicken, then reduce the heat to very low to keep warm until the waffles are done.

To serve: Place one waffle on a plate, top with butter if desired (and who wouldn’t desire a little more butter?!) and then ladle over about 1/2 cup of the chicken gravy.  This whole recipe made about 8 waffles in my waffle iron, but yields will vary depending on the size of waffle your machine makes. I’d say all in all about 4-6 servings of waffles and chicken gravy.

Savory Paleo Waffles with Chicken Gravy (GF)
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Recipe type: main dish
 
Savory waffles with a little kick are smothered in rich chicken gravy for a hearty lunch, brunch or dinner entree. The waffles are made with green plantains, making them gluten-free and a great source of resistant starch for a healthy digestive system.
Ingredients
  • for the waffles:
  • 2 large green plantains
  • 8 eggs (preferably from pasture-raised hens)
  • ½ cup melted healthy fat (such as lard, coconut oil, ghee, butter)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • for the gravy:
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, preferably grassfed (for dairy-free sub lard or coconut oil)
  • 3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups homemade chicken bone broth
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. To make the waffles:
  2. Preheat your waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the tip ends off the plantains, then cut in half across the middle and cut each half lengthwise.
  4. This will leave you with quartered plantain sections.
  5. Slip your finger between the thick green skin and the yellow flesh.
  6. Peel off and discard the skin.
  7. Place the plantain quarters in a blender.
  8. Add the remaining waffle ingredients, the eight eggs through the teaspoon of honey.
  9. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  10. The batter will be thin.
  11. Brush the preheated waffle iron with butter or coconut oil, and then ladle the batter onto the preheated waffle iron using the amount directed in your waffle maker instruction book.
  12. Bake according to manufacturer's directions - about 3 minutes or until golden.
  13. to make the gravy:
  14. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute for about three minutes until the onion begins to get translucent.
  15. Then add in the shredded chicken, chicken broth, salt, cumin and oregano.
  16. Stir until everything is simmering and hot.
  17. Combine the arrowroot with the ¼ cup water until no lumps remain, then stir the arrowroot mixture into the simmering broth.
  18. Stir for just a little until the gravy begins to thicken, then reduce the heat to very low to keep warm until the waffles are done.
  19. To serve:
  20. Place one waffle on a plate, top with more butter if desired, and ladle about ½ cup of the chicken gravy over top.
  21. This recipe yields approximately 8 waffles and 3 cups gravy.

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The Number One Immune Booster – Wellness Wednesday

WW titleWelcome to Wellness Wednesday! Each week I will share an article or recipe as part of the Wellness Wednesday blog hop link-up, and at the end is a place for you to share with us too! Co-hosts for this blog hop include Never Lacking Zeal, Frugal G33k, The Wise Wife and Hudman Honey Farm.  So let’s go!

Immune Boosters

More and more people are hearing about the GAPS diet. GAPS (an acronym for Gut and Psychology Syndrome) is based on Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s ground-breaking book Gut And Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, ADD, Dyslexia, ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia.

Along with priceless information about healing the digestive tract and restoring the gut microbiome she includes her Top Ten list of ways to boost your immune system.

Big Surprise!

Newcomers to the world of real, traditional food will probably be dumbfounded to read that the number one way to support a healthy immune system is with animal fat and cholesterol-rich foods. For over thirty years Americans have been brainwashed to believe fat is bad, fat makes you fat, fat clogs arteries, fat causes heart attacks. Except that it’s all been a big fat lie.

As you begin to absorb the information from Dr. Natasha’s book it begins to make sense how Americans have been in a downward health spiral for the last several decades. We’ve been mistakenly advised to eliminate the very foods that can keep us healthy. Because of this we have put a very heavy burden on our bodies: a burden to create new cells, regulate their growth, create hormones, create barriers to toxins that want to get in, fuel an immune system that needs to patrol for infections and disease - all of this without the proper tools, without the proper building materials. It’s like telling a brick layer to build a wall without using any bricks. You could build a wall with just mortar, but it will not be structurally sound and certainly won’t last as long as a wall built with mortar AND bricks.

#1. Fresh animal fats (from meats and dairy) and cholesterol-rich foods (particularly raw egg yolk)

Animal fats include tallow (beef or lamb fat), lard (pork fat), chicken or goose fat (sometimes called schmaltz), and duck fat; butter, cream and cheese from cows, goats and other dairy animals. Wild caught cold water fish such as salmon and cod also possess healthy fats such as cod liver oil, fish oil and roe.

Animal fats are not made up only of those wrongly demonized saturated fats, but, like all naturally occurring fats, each is a mixture of different percentages of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Goose, duck & chicken fat, and lard have generous amounts of monounsaturated fats like those found in olives and avocados.

The health food world has discovered the many useful properties of coconut oil, a saturated fat, and yet they are unwilling to embrace beef or lamb tallow, lard or duck fat because they include saturated fat. Healthfully sourced animal fat is something to be desired in a healthy diet.

Healthy animals make healthy fat.

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Animals living outdoors in ways appropriate for their species, eating the food God created for them to eat, will yield beautiful, clean, healthy fat rich in vitamins and fat soluble activators.

Unhealthy sources of fat include fat from any animal living in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) fed a steady diet of GMO grains, antibiotics and other inappropriate substances.

Healthy saturated fats provide structural integrity to our cells. Our immune system cells are not exception – all cells need saturated fats. Cholesterol, found in all animal fats, is the key component in several important body functions which include helping our skin manufacture vitamin D from sunshine exposure, and being used by the adrenals to make important hormones, including sex hormones and anti-inflammatory hormones. When we don’t eat cholesterol-rich foods our body must use up precious energy to manufacture it out of the carbohydrates in our diet, and then turn around and use the cholesterol to manufacture everything else. When our adrenal glands are already fatigued due to illness or stress this unnecessary step wears them out even more making us more prone to infections of all kinds.

Animal fats provide complete, fully formed and easily absorbable versions of the key fat soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. Pasture raised eggs, whole clean raw milk and cream, butter, cheese, grassfed beef liver and chicken liver, wild caught cold water fish and fish eggs are all great choices for immune-boosting fat soluble vitamins.

Even though labels may say carrots contain vitamin A, the truth is plant sources of these vitamins are not fully formed and require our bodies to use up energy, enzymes and and other reserves to complete the transformation into usable forms. Again, when our bodies are stressed this conversion is difficult and may not even happen at all. This is especially true for people with digestive disorders. This means no matter how many carrots you eat you just aren’t getting vitamin A – you need to eat foods with fully formed vitamin A to get what you need!

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ALN’s Best of 2014 Crockpot Recipes

crockpot collageThe last of our end-of-the-year round up posts, this one features a half-dozen recipes that rely on the slow cooker or crockpot.  The slow cooker is a handy tool that can be used to make components of a meal, such as perpetual broth or baked potatoes; or the meal itself such as the Farmer’s Supper, Chicken-stuffed Sweet Potatoes, or White Chicken Chili; or even as a serving dish such as with the Warm and Creamy Crab Dip.

How to Make Perpetual Broth from Virginia George.com

Crockpot Baked Potatoes from My Cultured Palate

Farmer’s Supper from My Cultured Palate

Pomegranate Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Worth Cooking

White Chicken Chili from Imperfect Homemaker

Warm and Creamy Crab Dip from Well Fed Family

What is your favorite way to use your slow cooker?

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Alternative Living Network’s Best of 2014

aln best of 2014 base pictureAlternative Living Network is a network of Christian natural living bloggers — bringing light and life to the alternative lifestyle. Find us on Facebook for daily holistic living posts, and find inspiration from the many talented bloggers within the ALN group.

We’ve Collected the Best for You

ALN bloggers have joined together to make over two dozen compilation posts of the best of 2014. If you’re not familiar with ALN’s bloggers this a great way to get a taste of all we have to offer! Leave a comment here about which is your favorite, and share the love with that blogger by leaving a comment telling why you love their post!

Alternative LIving Network’s Best of 2014

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Best of 2014: Homemaking

Best of 2014: Money Saving Tips

Best of 2014: Parenting Tips

Best of 2014: Grain-free Goodies

Best of 2014: Marriage Encouragement and Christian Sexuality

Best of 2014: Homemade Cleaning Supplies

Best of 2014: Natural Hair Care

Best of 2014: Homeschool Inspiration and Ideas

Best of 2014: E-books

Best of 2014: Side Dishes

Best of 2014: Chocolate

Best of 2014 : Main Dishes

Best of 2014: Essential Oil Recipes

Best of 2014: Pregnancy and Birth Tips

Best of 2014: Homemade Beauty Recipes

Best of 2014: Soups and Stews

Best of 2014: Crockpot Meals

Best of 2014: Cultured Foods and Beverages

Best of 2014: Salads

Best of 2014: Breakfast

Best of 2014: Baked Goods

Best of 2014: Homemade Bread

Best of 2014: Easy Snack Ideas

Best of 2014: Dairy Free Recipes

Best of 2014: Gluten Free Recipes

Best of 2014: Christian Inspiration

Best of 2014: Home Remedies

Best of 2014: Research Based Healthy Living Articles

Best of 2014: Simple Living Tips

Which post is your favorite? Leave us a comment sharing which tip will be the most useful in the coming year, or which recipe you can’t wait to try!

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ALN’s Best of 2014: Best Chocolate Recipes

chocolate collage with titlesAlternative Living Network is a network of Christian natural living bloggers — bringing light and life to the alternative lifestyle. We’ve gathered together to bring you the very best of 2014. In this post you’ll find amazing recipes for chocolately-goodness. There are cookies, brownies, candy, ice cream and even chocolate drinks. Many recipes are suitable for special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free or sugar-free.  Try them all and leave behind a comment – in fact we’d love it if you left a comment here letting everyone know which recipe is your favorite, and leave another comment on the recipe page to share a little love with the person who developed the recipe!

Cookies

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies from A Proverbs 31 Wife

Mud Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches (GF) from Well Fed Family

Cacao Stripes (Grain-free/sugar-free) from It Takes Time

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (grain free) from Intoxicated on Life

Healthier, Chocolately Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Whole Intentions

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Richly Rooted

Brownies

Ultimate Healthier Brownies (GF) from Worth Cooking

Black and White Brownies (grain free) from Intoxicated on Life

Never Fail Brownies from Cultured Palate

Frozen Treats

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream from Virginia George.com

Homemade Fudgesicles (dairy free/sugar free) from Intoxicated on Life

“Chaconut” Ice Cream from A Gypsy Herbal

Triple Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Nourishing Simplicity

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream (DF) from Katie Mae Stanley via the Nourishing Gourmet

Candy

Easy Homemade Peanutbutter Cups from Imperfect Homemaker

Sugar-free, Dairy-free Cacao Kisses from It Takes Time

Chocolate-Oat Truffles (V/GF/DF) from Jaimie Ramsey.com

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Nourishing Simplicity

37 Homemade Candy Recipes from Purposeful Nutrition

Chocolate and…

Double Chocolate Macaroon Tarts (GF/DF) from Back to the Book Nutrition

Chocolate Covered Bacon from Cultured Palate

Glazed Chocolate Stove-top Doughnuts (gluten-free) from This House of Joy

No Nut Nutella from The Pistachio Project

Raw Cacao Smoothie   from A Proverbs 31 Wife

Real Food Chocolate Whipped Cream from Nourishing Simplicity

Chocolate Muffins  from Well Fed Family

Chocolate Beverages

Ultimate Homemade Hot Chocolate from Back to the Book Nutrition

Real Food Salted Caramel Mocha from Nourishing Simplicity

Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa from Nourishing Simplicity

Simple Make-At-Home Mocha from Nourishing Simplicity

Which of these are your favorites? Leave us a comment telling which one you want to make next! Be sure to check out the rest of the Best of 2014 roundup posts by using the links here.

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ALN’s Best of 2014: Best Easy Snack Recipes

ALN snack roundup collage titlesAlternative Living Network is a network of Christian natural living bloggers — bringing light and life to the alternative lifestyle. We’ve gathered together to bring you the very best of 2014. In this post you’ll find more than two dozen fun and tasty recipes for the snack-a-holic in any family. Many recipes are suitable for special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free or sugar-free.  Try them all and leave behind a comment – in fact we’d love it if you left a comment here letting everyone know which recipe is your favorite, and leave another comment on the recipe page to share a little love with the person who developed the recipe!

Best of 2014 Snack Recipes

Cacao Blueberry Yogurt Blast from It Takes Time

Fresh from the Freezer from Beauty in the Mess

“Ice Cream Cone” Snack from I Believe in Joy

Homemade ‘Gogurts’ Portable Yogurt from I Believe in Joy

Homemade Coconut Butter from Natural Mama In Progress

Italian-Seasoned Kale Chips from Natural Mama In Progress

Fudgy Nutty Dates from Worth Cooking

Delicious Healthy Grain-free Granola Bars from Intoxicated on Life

Homemade Sugar-free Fudgesicles from Intoxicated on Life

Creamy, No-Brown Guacamole from Intoxicated on Life

Fresh Green Juice Drink from My Cultured Palate

Best Ever Boiled Custard from My Cultured Palate

Gluten-free Strawberry Muffins from My Cultured Palate

Easy to make Grain-free Almond Chia Crackers from This House of Joy

Best Probiotic Pickles from Scratch from This House of Joy

How to Make Perfect Hummus from This House of Joy

Disappearing Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites from Growing Slower

DIY Fruit Leather from Virginia George.com

Healthy Vanilla Pudding from The Pistachio Project

Apple Pie Gelatin from The Pistachio Project

Strawberry Cantaloupe Smoothie from Richly Rooted

Cranberry Applesauce from Purposeful Nutrition

Candycorn Halloween Snack from I Believe in Joy

Pumpkin Patch Halloween Snack from I Believe in Joy

Cranberry Orange Coconut Flour Muffins from Well Fed Family

Strawberry Fluff from Well Fed Family

Which snack does your family like best? Tell us here in the comments or share with us on our Facebook page. See all the other Best of 2014 categories here.

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Laughter and Sunshine

victor hugo quoteHere we are in that in between time. Christmas is over, but the New Year has yet to begin. It is my hope that you are enjoying this time. Making time with family and friends, sharing a meal, playing games, finding ways to make good memories.  The daylight hours may be short on sunshine, but when we are able to find joy and laughter we can make our own.

What are you doing this week to make someone laugh?

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