Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

Why and How To Introduce Millet to Your Picky Child

kid friendly recipes with millet

How to introduce millet for the first time to your picky child? Well, according to my experience with one picky eater, the best way is to introduce it as a sweet treat. And that’s really easy with millet because it’s so versatile! Why Introduce millet? Millet is a very healthy grain, to start with. It has splendid levels of important nutrients such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, tryptofan and B1 vitamin. It is also a great source of fiber. As you {Read More}

What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oils

Through history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance. Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace. Avocado oil (Persea {Read More}

Pomegranate: A delight for the senses delivers outstanding health benefits

health benefits of pomegranate fruit

Visually, pomegranate impresses with its red and glossy seeds that look like rubies. A tasting of this fruit will deepen the visual pleasure, uncovering an abundance of juiciness, sweetness, tartness and chewiness. A tasty and good looking fruit is enough to captivate the senses, but, as it turns out, this delicious, playful and visually stunning winter treat is rich in healthy goodies that we can benefit from even if we consume pomegranate just for the sake of deep sensual delight. {Read More}

The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

five o'clock

How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}

Using “What Not to Wear” Strategy to Create Healthy Meals for Kids: The Cauliflower Edition

healthy meals for kids meatballs with mashed cauliflower

I am a mother to a kid who once drew a picture of broccoli that looked like a vicious, smiling, green monster. Yes, Zoe drew and taped that picture onto her door in “protest” of the broccoli lasagna which I served that day. You guessed right –I didn’t actually receive a five-star review for that meal. That evening, I consulted (yet again) a book on parenting, that assured me how children normally “outgrow” their limited food preferences. That means I {Read More}

The Honor and Pleasure of Meeting an Olive Tree (and Making My Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive branches against blue sky

Personally, the delight from making my own olive leaf extract only starts with its cool health benefits, because there’s so much more to it. The thing is, since I make it each year while on vacation, the olive leaf brew also captures the fun of my family retreat along with the radiant, power-infusing sunshine. And merging the pleasure of staying at an old friend’s cottage and picking fresh olive leaves right from a nearby tree is one blissful affair of {Read More}

Elderberry Syrup Recipe: Simple and Delightful

piece of berry art by Zoe

Making your own elderberry syrup: You’ve heard about it from a neighbor. You read about it in your grandmother’s book of remedies. But you were hesitant to try it yourself. Your arguments: “difficult”, “unsafe” and “who has the time”. Put your worries away—homemade elderberry syrup recipe is safe and seductively simple to make. It takes about one hour make it (cleaning-up included), and your family is set for the winter months. It wasn’t always like that for me. Years ago, {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

lavender field

We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}