Reader Faves of 2014

That time has come… the year in review. So much has happened for both the Sis sisters this year that it seems to have gone by at a particularly breakneck pace. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating LAST Christmas and yet here we are. 2014 is coming to a close and it is time to take a retrospective look at the pantry. In finding our top posts for the year we have a peculiar mix of new and old posts. I’ll highlight the ones from 2014 first and then point you toward the older ones that still made it into the top 10 post list. Are you ready?

Top Posts of 2014

The Zucchini “Problem” and My Vegetti This summertime post takes a look at the freakish squash that tends to grow in an all or nothing pattern. We had the “all” this year and it required a little bit of creative thinking, and a new kitchen gadget to deal with it. We love our Vegetti, and we love zucchini… no problem.

Buying Healthy at Costco: My Faves This post takes a look at the question of bulk buying. Are you really getting a deal? The answer is sometimes. I reveal my favorite healthy good deals at Costco to make your bulk shopping a better bargain.

12 Healthful Freezer Faves This winter post was written in preparation for my foot surgery which had me off my feet for several weeks. Packing the freezer with healthful foods is a great way to get ready for recovery, and a nice way to help someone else through theirs!

On Becoming a Creative and Healthier Home Cook This post was written in response to a friend’s inquiry about how to learn to cook without a recipe. How do you improvise? How do you change recipes to suit you? How do you know what will work when you change a recipes. Learn some basic tricks that will help you make the food you want.

Gentle Gardening Arsenal This post covers several natural DIY gardening recipes that will help keep those critters out of your patch. Experience greater yields and less crop loss without eating stuff you wouldn’t even want in your trash can.

Older Posts that Apparently Still Rock

A Cookie by Any Other Name Bigg Sis’ pumpkin cookies got featured in an article on weird and delicious pumpkin recipes and that, as they say, was that. This post is a real fan fave and has the added bonus of telling you how to make some awesome healthful cookies.

You Say Potato In this strangely popular post (hi Pinterest) I reflect on methods of growing potatoes. I think the super awesome oven baked fry recipe at the ends is a likely contributor to the popularity. If you’ve never grown potatoes or had good luck making oven fries, this one’s for you.

Garbage Smoothie Anyone? Cold Composting Tutorial Bigg Sis shares her brilliant, efficient and mess free composting method. Nourished soil, less trash, free clean fertilizer – what’s to lose? Get ready for spring by starting today!

The Easiest Tomato Sauce Ever! If time is your enemy in making healthful meals for you, you’ve gotta check out this sauce! Easy, fast, healthful and a real winner – put it on everything. We do!

Roasted Chili Lime Nuts Bigg Sis’ brilliant savory snack just can’t be beat. Super easy and super delicious. Fool around with the spices and make your own delicious nuts… er… snacks… nutty snacks.

So there you have it! Reader favorites definitely worth a retrospective review.  While you’re reviewing, don’t forget that no New Year is complete without a resolution. Make this year’s resolution a real one, to make the switch to real food. Let us help with our E-Book, Baby Steps to Better Health: Winning the Battle with Junk Food for Families and Individuals

Don’t Diet. Eat Real Food. Let Us Help.

At the end of 2012, we had a few things to say about the annual dietary revolution that so many people attempt in honor of the new year. We revisit those thoughts now, when yet another year is approaching at a breakneck pace…

So here we go.  The New Year approaches and the diet chatter is increasing.  Everybody’s choosing plans, making resolutions and getting ready to start measuring their bits and counting their stuff.  If you are one of these folks, I’m going to ask you to reconsider.  I’m going to ask you to do something completely radical. I’m going to ask you NOT to go on a diet.

When we decide to go on a diet, we are committing to a temporary state of restriction, usually in an attempt to achieve some sort of numerical change – a smaller waistline, a lower reading on the scale, a smaller clothing size.  When we commit to a temporary state of restriction, we are admitting to the foregone conclusion that the results of that restriction – the number drop – will also be a temporary phenomenon.

You cannot return to the way you normally eat and maintain those lower numbers.  It doesn’t work.  If you’ve made this particular resolution in the past, you already know this is true.  Simply restricting what you eat also doesn’t guarantee that the food that you DO eat will actually nourish you.

BSNewYearWhen we decide to change the way that we eat, we are committing to a higher level of consciousness about what we eat in an attempt to eat food that is more healthful, that provides our bodies with more of what they require; a body that is getting what it needs is far less likely to torment us with the cravings that often drive us to eat unhealthy foods.

When we decide to change the way we eat, we are committing to caring for our bodies and our health, and are therefore also committing to caring for those around us who love us and cherish us.  When we decide to change the way that we eat, we open ourselves to the joy of living healthfully and the adventure of eating new and abundant real foods.  And so I ask you, on this auspicious occasion, NOT to diet, but to change the way you eat.  Eat Food, Real Food.

Big Sis and I have spent a lot of time this year talking about Baby Steps to Better Health.  Maybe you missed it; maybe you weren’t ready; maybe you already think you eat well and weren’t interested in making a change.  But now it’s coming – that resolution moment – that moment when so many of us get a little honest about our habits and find a little motivation to make some change.  If that’s you, and you’re ready, we’d like to invite you to join us taking Baby Steps to Better Health.

We’ll do a recap of the steps we’ve already covered.  We’ll get you started.  We’ll help you figure out what to eat and show you how to make it super yum.  If you’re ready, we’ll help you take those steps that will get you eating and feeling great in a way that works for YOU, with changes that YOU choose according to YOUR timeframe.

This is YOUR plan; it’s YOUR body.  YOU should be the one to decide what to put in it, thoughtfully and consciously, using ingredients that aren’t invented in a lab.  And you will find that the food you put in that body can be both succulent and healthful, both sublime and invigorating, both yummy and nourishing.  Because real food is delish and it does your body good.  Don’t diet; Eat Food, Real Food.

If this sounds like the way you’d like to start 2015, rather than kicking off the year with a glass full of nutrasweet and a package of freeze dried low cal low fat air filled nothing, maybe this is your year. We’ve put all our baby steps in a book for you, Baby Steps to Better Health: Winning the Battle with Junk Food for Families and Individuals, so you can work your way through them with a little encouragement from us. Let 2015 be your year, the year that you do it different and things actually change. Let us help.