I have a hoarding problem when it comes to disposable containers. There is just something in my soul that won’t let me put a perfectly good (potentially reusable) container into the recycling bin. My cupboards are lined with glass jars that once contained jelly, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. But, the biggest culprits are those 2lb plastic yogurt containers. My youngest child eats yogurt every day, so you can imagine how many of those containers were starting to pile up. It was even beginning to affect my family’s sanity due to the daily guessing game they had to go through to disseminate between what were leftovers and what was actual yogurt. I had to make a change. Continue reading “Blog: Make your own yogurt – it’s easy!”
Part of living a sustainable lifestyle includes using (and reusing) as much as you can, and food is no exception.
At our house, we decrease food waste by saving raw vegetable “throw-aways,” such as onion tops, carrot peels, celery stalks, etc., and meat bones. We use those leftover bones and vegetable matter to make bone broth. I store the bones and veggies in bags in the freezer until ready to use. And, while bone broth is currently having its moment in the sun in the world of foodies and health gurus, its use is nothing new.
The nourishing liquid has been around since people started throwing bones into pots to stretch meals “just a little bit farther.” Even my almost 90-year-old grandmother-in-law told me that bone broth was nothing new to her (after I suggested she make some to help the healing process when she had a broken bone).
And, making bone broth is easy — as easy as throwing ingredients in a pot for a day. Plus, when you make bone broth vs. buying it in the store, you can guarantee freshness and ingredient sources. You can make and use bone broth in a day, or you can prepare it now and freeze, or can, for future use. I use an Instant Pot to make my bone broth, but you can use a regular stockpot (just add in a bunch more hours of cooking time).
Check out the steps below to make bone broth in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Continue reading “Blog: How to make bone broth in an Instant Pot”
Kava bars are popping up across the U.S. to meet the demand of people looking for alternative, healthy avenues to the traditional bar setting. A healthy lifestyle naturally lends itself to less alcohol consumption, and kava bars have found a niche among those interested in gathering socially in a “bar type” atmosphere, but that don’t want the side effects that can come from boozy drinks.
But, what exactly is kava, what does it do, who should drink it, and why would anyone want to visit a bar strictly dedicated to the plant?
Matthew Clark, owner of Ohana Kava Bar in Colorado Springs, Colo., spoke with The almost Natural Mama about all of this and more.
Becoming a mother is a truly a unique gift. The love that is exchanged between a parent and child is unparalleled to anything else. But, even with that unconditional love present, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of care and time it takes to raise children, especially when they are very young. Putting your children first is only natural, but neglecting to take moments for yourself won’t do anyone in your family good in the long run.
“It’s important for mothers to pay attention to their own well-being because everything that the mother is feeling affects her family,” said Natalie Sager, meditation and yoga teacher, holistic health consultant, and proprietor of The Modern Hippie Mama. “Her well-being has a ripple effect on everyone else in the family, which also ripples out into the world.” Continue reading “Moms — self-care is important, take your moments!”
When you feel tired and worn out, it’s hard to get anything accomplished. Day-to-day life can feel like a drag. But, when you feel energetic, the world opens up in new and wonderful ways. Possibilities that seemed beyond your reach in the past somehow seem obtainable now.
Finding that health balance is a struggle for some people; not knowing what parts of your life need to be changed to increase health and wellness is a common issue. This is where a health coach comes in.