In the Kitchen

  • 8 great (and healthy) homemade popsicles

    I am not a fan of stuffing children with sugar; therefore, my kids rarely got to indulge in traditional freezer pops many of us grew up with. (When you really break it down, those ice pops are essentially just frozen sugar water with chemicals on top.) But my kids did not suffer from the heat of summer without a chilling treat!

    Remember those Tupperware popsicle molds? Maybe you still have a set. During the summer, I always had those puppies in the freezer filled with healthy cool food alternatives to the sugar and food-dye laden pops in boxes.

  • Seven tricks to create healthy habits

    By Leanne Ely CNC/The Dinner Diva

    In case you haven’t heard, we have our brand new, absolutely amazing 21 Day Knockout happening right now. One of the best parts of these challenges, in my opinion, is the tremendous amount of support in our private Facebook group.

    One of our 30-day challengers posted about a simple little trick she started using to make her smoothies taste better d— at least in her mind! That little post of hers got me thinking about how easily we can trick ourselves into adopting a healthier habit.

  • Four tips to avoid going off track




  • How to reduce inflammation

    When most people think of inflammation, they think about swollen joints and arthritis.

    That said, limiting the amount of inflammation in your body might not be on your radar screen at all, especially if you don’t have joint problems. But inflammation is way more than arthritis, and reducing the amount of inflammation your body encounters should be on everyone’s radar.

  • Bottoms up for breakfast



    Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there’s no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it’s overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don’t need it. We aren’t hungry — we just want our coffee and all will be right in our worlds. Or so we think.

    The problem is that nothing will be right in our worlds if we perpetually do this.

  • Food for thought: Cast your vote for cast iron

    If you feel that cooking in cast iron is more your grandmother’s speed than your own, you might want to rethink that out-dated belief.

    Cast iron is an efficient way to cook and it’s a healthy option, too.

    I think those old-fashioned cast iron skillets deserve a place in even the most modern of kitchens.

  • Keep your cool with these useful meat storage tips



    I got some great feedback on a post I shared recently about how to maximize the life of your produce by learning where to store it in the fridge. So, I thought it would be a great idea to expand on that theme a bit by talking about how long you should be keeping that expensive local, grass-fed and organic meat and wild caught fish you’ve been investing in. Y’all make me so proud!

    Poultry storage

  • Take advantage of these tips to optimize freezer space


    Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author of Body Clutter and the Saving Dinner series. Visit www.savingdinner.com today and see what’s cooking.

    If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control!

  • You should eat as if your life depended on it



    What if every bite you put in your mouth gave your body something that would make you stronger and healthier?

    How many times have you wished it could be easier to lose weight, to get healthier?

    Yes it can be a struggle to get on (and stay on) that healthy path.

    But what if you simply started by focusing on replacing empty calories with calories that deliver nutrition to your body?

    Here are three things for you to think about — some food for thought if you will:

  • Learn the importance of eating a protein-rich diet



    Getting adequate protein is essential for optimal health. Proteins are required for giving strength and structure to your body’s tissues and cells. We need protein to control biochemical reactions and to help the immune system run smoothly. Protein regulates the body’s metabolism, and they are also responsible for the regulation of hormones and the activities hormones control.