No intro today … too much to share!

I think my hubby thought I was off my rocker when we had kids and I would nag him about what our baby’s bowel movements looked like.  Now, he knows to report without me even asking.  Your BMs have so much to say about your health!  Get the scoop here.

Speaking of poo, did you know that being regular and having healthy digestion can give you a flatter tummy?

You may have read headlines recently offering up a newish theory to support the idea that eating red meat causes heart disease.  A number of folks have dissected the study and the idea, Chris Masterjohn does it well here.

One of my favorite parts of spring and summer is berry season.  How amazing does this Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe look?  I love coconut milk desserts, because dairy doesn’t agree with me.  I am not alone.

Speaking of berries … creamsicles.  These are a for sure summer treat!

And these popsicles have no added sweeteners.  Yum!

You know I am a little obsessed with Vitamin D information, right?  Here’s a piece on how the month of a baby’s birth may impact cord blood levels of Vitamin D which is hypothesized to bear some relationship to the development of diseases like Multiple Sclerosis.  So fascinating.

Wonder why my recipes call for things like lard and grassed butter?  Believe that coconut oil is an “evil” fat?  Nutritionist Mary Vance may change your mind.  If not, then maybe this Healthy Home Economist piece will.  She’s got a great explanation of when it is safe to reuse a cooking oil, too.

I think the folks who concoct the grain free versions of the Girl Scout cookies are just brilliant.  Here’s another – a Do-Si-Do version.  And, don’t miss these no-bake Samoas.

Baseball season is gearing up again and that means it’s time for me and others like me to fret and worry about kids who are being pushed too hard in youth sports.  Consider this:

In a national survey, it was shown that “nine out of 10 parents underestimate the length of time kids should take off from playing any one sport during the year to protect them from overuse, overtraining and burnout. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), children should take 2 to 3 months, or a season, away from a specific sport every year. Young athletes are encouraged to take at least 1 day off each week from organized activity.” With kids playing school sports, participating in traveling teams, and signing up for any additional physical activities, it’s no wonder kids are becoming injured more often and more intensely.

Read the whole article on “The Very Real Dangers of Pushing Kids Too Hard”, and then share the piece on your social media.  It’s an important read.

Take a peek at this super simple, grain free pancake and waffle recipe.

Speaking of grain free, these pancake-coated apple rings are a terrific idea!  However, before you make them, read Food Renegade’s piece on why you should only eat apples in season.  Oddly enough, just last week I heard a produce team member at Whole Foods explaining to a customer that the apples that were out for sale now had been harvested in the fall and stored over the past few months.  It was news to me, although if I had thought it through it shouldn’t have been.

If you like to bake and want to experiment with coconut flour, this is a good piece to read first.  Then, try these pancakes.  In the same vein, here’s a piece on why you may want to limit your use of almond flour.

If you are like me and have a [amazon_link id=”0060776390″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pinkalicious[/amazon_link] fan in the house, check out this fun Roasted Beet Hummus.

Speaking of the kiddos, deli turkey is one of the few proteins they reliably eat in their lunchboxes but the “cleanest” one I can find still has carrageenan.  Here’s a good piece on why that bothers me.

Baby A’s first birthday looms, so I am on the hunt for a birthday cake recipe for her.  The big kids are so excited about her birthday – they practice singing Happy Birthday to her all the time!  Anyway, here’s one contender.

From the journal Eating Behaviors, if you think you chewing gum is a surefire tactic to eating less and weighing less, the evidence indicates otherwise.  It may actually encourage you to eat less healthfully!

Chocolate Butterscotch Blondies.  Homemade Tootsie Rolls.

I am so trying this Vegan (and thus dairy free) Mint Ice Cream this summer.  Betty Rawker rocks!

It might pair well with this Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake from Paleo Spirit, no?  (Another birthday snack contender.)

Or, maybe this Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake from Homemade Mommy?

I devoted myself to trying more organ meats a few months ago and it turns out that I love lamb kidneys and beef hearts, not to mention liver of all kinds.  Here are loads of interesting facts about “offal.”

Interesting “myths and truths” about fiber from Chris Kresser.

Stress.  It matters.  Check out this infographic.  (And yes, I read the part on skin.  Sigh.)

Awesome kitchen shortcuts! 

This kale salad caught my eye because the dressing looks divine. 

This Beef Rendang caught my eye, too, because it reminds me of a favorite vacation dish my husband and I enjoyed pre-kids.

I can think of a lot of things I could put in these Homemade Chocolate Cups.  Ideas?

Whew!  I told you I had a lot for you.  Even when I am not blogging daily, I am still combing the web looking for goodies.

Have a great weekend, and I will see you on the other side of it.  (Hopefully with that turnip recipe I promised you!)

2 Responses to “Explore More : April 12th”

  1. on 12 Apr 2013 at 8:15 amCavegirl Cuisine

    Thanks so much for the “Mixed Berry Creamsicles shout-out!
    Have a great day,
    Cavegirl Cuisine

  2. on 12 Apr 2013 at 8:37 amKristine Rudolph

    Happily! My kids are going to love them. They are popsicle fiends!

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