28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House

Hi There!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Getting ready for Baby Erin to make her appearance has preoccupied my time and energy, as well as getting used to working from home – I’m a freelance writer and musician/worship director. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m glad that I have the opportunity to stay home with little Erin after she’s born, which should be some time in the next two weeks.

That being said, with all the preparations going on, one thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is what we’ll be eating, especially for the first two weeks. I’ll confess, I probably haven’t done as much freezer cooking as I should. But I have been collecting an arsenal of super easy recipes, and we just got a steal on a new blender, which we desperately needed, so we can make smoothies, after all, if you’re nursing you need something fast right?

Through the years, Micah and I have learned that if we want to eat healthy, there are certain foods we can buy in bulk to have on hand, so we won’t be tempted to grab fast food. Even though there’s two of us, soon to be 3, we’ve learned how to prep and freeze certain foods when they go on sale, so that we can get the best deals,and there are some foods we do eat a lot of quickly. You’re food list might look a lot different than mine, but I’m attaching a list for you to use so you can stock up on these delicious and nutritious foods too. It just so added up that we have 20 staple foods that we keep in our house on a regular basis. This is one of my favorite ways to plan a menu for the week. Why are these our staple foods? Continue reading “28 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your House”

Amazing Uses for Coconut oil!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post on food..quite awhile. There seems to be a coconut oil craze lately. I remember loving coconut from an early age and used to eat shredded coconut with sunflower seeds for a sweet and salty snack…today, I make “almond joy” protein bars that even my anti-health food family members even seem to like! I recently ask me about oil pulling with coconut oil, and although I haven’t experienced it for very long…I can say that my sensitive teeth feel much better after swishing a teaspoon of this superfood in my mouth. Something that not many people think about is that coconut oil can save you money, and lots of it, when it comes to buying toiletries! It also makes g-free baking turn out sooo much better! I recently compiled a list of the ways I use coconut oil, and would like to share them with you! Just remember that you are using your own judgment when it comes to whether or not you can personally safely use coconut oil for these things, especially for those with allergies to coconut. (Stay tuned for a post on olive oil!)Coconut oil is full of vitamin E, and is also anti-microbial! There’s so many benefits to this oil, that I could write a whole book of posts to explain why you should use this oil!

1. Cook with it. I like to add a teaspoon to my oatmeal…It keeps me fuller. I don’t tend to use it with meat however, unless it’s seafood…because it still has a little bit of flavor. Baking with coconut oil makes great pie crusts, cookies, and protein bars!
2. Shaving cream. Just put a little oil in a bowl…and voila…you have shaving cream…
3. Body Butter. I put about half a cup in a blender, add a few drops of essential oils in a jar, and then I have a great body butter and salve that will soothe even the most aggitated skin…it even works on eczema!
4. Conditioner. Just a little dab will do…
5. Deodorant.
6. Massage oil
7.Mix with sea salt for a great scrub for elbows, knees, and feet. (Don’t use on face.)
8. Mix with coffee grounds and brown sugar for a cellulite reducing scrub, and self tanner prep. (This one’s gentle enough for your face!)
9. Mouthwash. It’s antimicrobial, and soothes your gums!

Hope you enjoyed this article!
Julie