Eggs are truly a superfood with a perfect balance of fat and protein. Organic eggs from hens allowed to feed on insects and green plants (pastured) contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a one-to-one ratio whereas commercial eggs from hens fed mostly grains can contain as much as 19 times more omega-6 than omega-3 which creates an imbalance that can disrupt the production of prostaglandins leading to blood clots, inflammation, high blood pressure, irritation of the digestive tract, depressed immune system, sterility, cancer, and weight gain (Nourishing Traditions p. 11).
Have you heard of phytic acid? Well, it’s kind of a big deal. Phytic acid is how phosphorus is stored. (Sidenote: We need phosphorus as much as we need calcium for strong bones.) It is considered an anti-nutrient because it actually leaches minerals from the body. Phytic acid is in all seeds…so almonds, wheat, peas, potatoes, corn etc. The only way to break it down (human digestion cannot) is through soaking, sprouting, or sour leavening. It will also bind to heavy metals, however, so a small amount of whole grains are beneficial.
I never really thought that I would write so many recipes for pizza, but with having so many children who love eating pizza, it has become a very regular meal around here. Not only do the kids love my pizza, but we adults love it too! Sometimes I have time to make a sourdough crust, and sometimes I just need something quick and easy.
Soup is one of my all time favorite things to make…and eat! But making a nourishing soup is more than just dumping ingredients into a pot; it takes a certain order of “layering” to get it to turn out just right. I love using a mineral rich bone broth stock for most of my soups, but I also enjoy using my fresh and delicious tomato puree as a base.
We like to buy pastured grass-fed beef in bulk and keep our freezer well stocked. Some years, we can afford a quarter cow (which includes steaks and roasts) and is about $7/lb, and some years we just try to find a good source of pastured grass-fed ground beef. We recently found a local farm that sells grass-fed ground beef year round for $5/lb at an amazing little farm called Hilof Dairy in Hersey, MI.
I have always loved eating chicken, but we have had a harder time finding a good source of pastured chicken where we live. Whole chickens are definitely better than getting just the chicken breasts, and at our local grocery store we have the option of getting a $15 organic chicken, sometimes a $6 “natural” chicken, and a $5 factory farm chicken. We typically go with the $5-$6 option, but this is an area of growth for us.
Fish is an excellent source of nutrition, but buying factory farmed fish is not the best option. Wild caught fish provides the best nutrients with the fewest pollutants. We love buying wild caught salmon, cod, and tuna from our local grocery store.
We buy raw milk from a local Amish farm that has grass-fed cows. We buy a cow share so that we essentially own a part of the cow and every gallon that we purchase covers the boarding fees for keeping our portion of the cow.
The fresher the fruits and veggies, the more antioxidants you’ll get. The best option is to grow your own, the next best thing is to buy local from a farmer’s market or to buy organic from the store. If money is tight, at least try to buy the dirty dozen organic, but if that’s not possible, just eat your veggies any way you can!
81% of conventionally grown potatoes contain pesticides, even after being washed and peeled, so it is definitely worth it to buy organic potatoes. They have a pretty good nutrient profile too with 48% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and 46% of the daily recommended vitamin B6, so eat up!
We try to eliminate processed foods as much as we can in our house, and we also try to limit sugar, but we still like to have our treats! When we eat them, however, it’s nice to know that they are made with fresh ground flour, pastured eggs, real butter, and lots of other real, fresh, and nourishing ingredients.
What more do we even need to drink besides water and milk? Well, if you’re craving something fizzy and looking to cut out or cut down on beer and soda, then check out my homemade kombucha recipe! Kombucha is quite expensive to purchase in the store, but a very cost effective operation to get going in your own home.
Finding good quality salad dressing made without MSG and canola oil is very difficult…even the organic brands contain these ingredients! This is why I love making my own salad dressing. Not only do they taste AMAZING, but I can incorporate whatever fresh herbs are growing in my garden and spice it just to my liking.
These are the tips and tricks that have helped me in the kitchen. I have learned (and continue to learn) many great kitchen tips from my parents, grandma, and others. I love involving my children in the cooking process so that they will learn their way around a kitchen throughout their youth and into adulthood.
Hi, I’m Stacey Maaser, author of Embracing Motherhood! I am a stay at home mother of 5 with 7 years of teaching experience and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am passionate about teaching my children, feeding them healthy food, learning the truth about things (not just what is popular opinion or counter culture), and sharing what I’ve learned and experienced with others. Thanks for stopping by!