BBQ Rub Spice Blend

BBQ Rub Spice Blend

Making your own BBQ rub spice blend takes just a few minutes! If you've read my post about the harmful spices in your cabinet, you probably know why making your own is such a good idea. (If not, see below). I use this rub for my Instant Pot BBQ Ribs, but it is also...

DIY Flower Oils for Healing Salves and Creams

DIY Flower Oils for Healing Salves and Creams

Spring is finally in the air. Just around the corner, flowers will be popping up in my garden. One of my favorite uses for flowers like calendula, chamomile, and rose, is to make flower oils. Flower oils are a way to add amazing healing properties to the oils you use...

Homemade Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Homemade Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Eye makeup remover has been a tough one for me. My eyes are very sensitive! Actually, I think most people have sensitive eyes. My struggle has been to find an eye makeup remover that isn't too oily, but also isn't too soapy and drying. Over the years, I have purchased...

DIY Rose and Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

DIY Rose and Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

This DIY Rose and Hyaluronic Face Serum is my new favorite, favorite thing! My skin loves this serum. It makes me wonder why I haven't made a hyaluronic acid face serum before. Actually, I know why. The first time I tried a hyaluronic face serum, I didn't like it!...

Homemade Nourishing Face Cream

Homemade Nourishing Face Cream

Post updated 10/31/19 with natural preservative information! Making your own homemade nourishing face cream is much easier than you think! If you have ever made homemade mayonnaise, you can make face cream. It is well worth the small amount of effort in both cases. In...

Sourdough Starter: Obtaining, Maintaining, and Enjoying

Why Sourdough? Using a sourdough starter allows you to bake without using commercial yeast. Most commercial yeasts are genetically modified. If that isn't enough to make you want to avoid them, many people unknowingly react to commercial yeasts. (Bioreal has a...

How to Make and Maintain a Buckwheat Sourdough Starter (Gluten-free)

This Buckwheat Sourdough starter is a gluten-free sourdough starter that tastes just as great as its wheat-containing brethren! Using a buckwheat sourdough starter gives you a nutritious as well as tasty way to make gluten-free breads, pancakes, crepes, cornbread,...

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes/Waffles

These sourdough waffles/pancakes have been a favorite in our house for the past few years. They mix up almost as fast as one of those pancake mixes in a box do, taste way better, and are so much better for you! They have healthy fats from the butter and egg yolks, as...

Buckwheat Sourdough Sugar Cookies (Gluten-free, Additive-free)

If you are looking for a gluten-free version of a cutout cookie that is a dead ringer for the wheat version yet has no questionable fillers or additives, this recipe for Buckwheat Sourdough Sugar Cookies is for you! ***Recipe updated 11/25/19***** I reformulated the...

Sourdough Skillet Cornbread

This delicious sourdough skillet cornbread is so easy to make and it goes great with a hearty soup, stew, or chili, or your favorite summer barbecue dish! I like to top it with cultured honey butter. If you don't have a sourdough starter yet, see my post on obtaining...

Buckwheat Sourdough Pancakes and Waffles (gluten-free, grain-free)

This buckwheat sourdough pancakes and waffles recipe is the closest to the "real deal" gluten-free, grain-free pancake/waffle recipe that I have ever tasted! I love to use Acadian Buckwheat by Bouchard Family Farms. It has a much lighter texture than other...

Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers (aka Pancake Balls)

Ebelskivers harken back to my Norwegian roots. They are not a passed-down family recipe, however. I had to discover them on my own. I created this Buckwheat Sourdough recipe is for all those who are gluten-free or want an alternative to wheat. Making them sourdough...

Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes

These Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes are a breakfast staple in our house! Despite what you may think, crepes are just as easy to make as pancakes. These crepes are gluten-free, loaded with healthy fats and protein. A much better way to start your day than the toxic cereal...

Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-free)

This Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread is delicious, gluten-free, and nutritious. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare (as long as you have your easy-to-make buckwheat sourdough starter ready and active.) It has a light airy texture straight out of the oven, but will...

Fermented Radishes

Fermented Radishes are a tasty way to get your probiotics! Enjoy them in a salad, on a crudités plate, or solo as a snack. They have a delightful peppery pickle-like flavor. Radishes are packed with nutritional benefits as well. They live up to the "food as medicine"...

Fermented Peppers: My favorite ferment!

These fermented peppers are right up with fermented herbs as one of my favorite ferments! With the herbs, I am finding a tasty way to preserve the fresh taste of the overflowing bounty that comes out of my garden, not so with the peppers. Sadly, I have never had luck...

Fermented Jicama sticks with Grapefruit: Feed your Microbiome with Deliciousness

Let me tell you about my kids favorite ferment--Fermented Jicama Sticks with Grapefruit. First and foremost they are delicious! Second, jicama itself is packed with prebiotics. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut. They are just as important, if not more,...

Fermented Herbs: Preserve summer!

Fermented herbs are my favorite way to preserve the overflow of herbs that come out of the garden at this time of the year! Of course I like to dry some as well, but you can't beat the fresh flavor plus the probiotic punch of fermented herbs. Once fermented, I like to...

Is Your Breakfast Helping Or Hurting You? (Plus My Superfood-Filled Breakfast Smoothie Recipe)

I always believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now I know that this is only true in certain instances. The popular belief that I subscribed to was that eating breakfast gets your metabolism started for the day. In his article "Does Skipping...

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!

Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don't have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container. This amazing herb is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite...

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn't find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it...

Kombucha: Health Benefits and Doing a Continuous Brew

What is Kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea. The scoby (or mother) and starter tea ferment fresh tea and sugar. As the bacteria and yeast "eat" the sugar, they produce some amazing nutrients.     The Benefits of Drinking Kombucha: Detoxification Helps with...

Mojito Natural Soda: A Refreshing Way to Get Probiotics!

This Mojito Natural Soda is a refreshing blend of mint and lime, as you may have already guessed. There is no alcohol in it, but if you add rum, you have a tasty mojito-like drink with probiotics and no sugar! See my post on How to Brew Water Kefir (plus the benefits...

Kombucha-Champagne Cocktail: Imbibe while avoiding a hangover

I love to bring in the new year with a glass or two of bubbly. This year is no exception, but my champagne glass this year will also contain Kombucha in the form of this Kombucha-Champagne Cocktail. Not only is kombucha delicious, but it serves two important purposes....

Lemonade Water Kefir: A Delicious Fermented Beverage

Lemonade Water Kefir is one of my kids' favorites! It's a delicious lemonade made with water kefir that is filled with nutrients. Go here for a tutorial on brewing water kefir if you don't know how. This lemonade Water Kefir contains: Probiotics (beneficial bacteria)...

Three Easy Ways to Add Fermented Foods to Your Daily Diet

You have probably heard that fermented foods like kraut (sauerkraut) are full of probiotics and that probiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut or microbiome. Now the question is how to get them into your daily routine so that they become a habit. You are much...

Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)

I'm sure you have seen all the posts about the 101 uses for raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). Maybe those articles have even convinced you to try adding ACV to your routine. After a few mornings of choking down some vinegar and water before your breakfast, maybe you gave...

Homemade Hemp Milk (with flavor variations)

Homemade hemp milk has just three ingredients and because hemp seeds don't need to be soaked, it takes only two minutes to make! Use your tasty homemade hemp milk in smoothies, baking, or anywhere else you would use milk or a milk replacement. Try one of the three...

 

Chelsea

Chelsea is a functional and holistic nutritionist who practices Practical Homeopathy®. In her practice, she focuses on personalized nutrition recommendations, restoring digestion & microbial balance, replenishing nutrient deficiencies, supporting optimal hormone ratios, lessening the body’s toxic burden, as well as optimizing body function. She also does health and wellness freelance writing. When she is not helping clients, writing, planning her next meal, or walking her dog, she can be found hugging her two children or reading a book with one of her three cats.

Chelsea is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN) and has a Masters in Education (M.Ed). She is also a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) level 3 and a Practical Homeopath®.

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