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Calcium and Magnesium – The Calming Minerals

Calcium and Magnesium – The Calming Minerals


It is very important that everyone gets the right form, especially growing kids. Their nervous systems rely heavily on these two minerals, the calming minerals. They utilize high amounts of these minerals for their growing bodies and bones, and to be honest, our typical diets are deficient in the BIO-AVAILABLE forms of these CRUCIAL minerals.

Why Take Calcium and Magnesium?

Does you child struggle with sleep? Hyperactivity? Sensitivities to the environment like noise? Constipation? They may suffer from these deficiencies.

The Paramin that I use contains:

  • Vitamin D (cholecalciferol)
  • Calcium chelate and malate
  • Magnesium chelate and dimagnesium malate
  • Boron (helps the body utilize the above minerals)

Sometimes to get supplements into little ones I mix them into food since not every kid can swallow a pill.

Giving Kids Supplements

This is my son’s breakfast for the day –

  • grass-fed yogurt
  • roasted almond butter
  • raw honey
  • his supplements.

This really helps him with his sleep and his sensitivity to noise.

More Information

To order Paramin:

Please contact me if you would like to run a hair mineral analysis test on you or a family member to assess their specific needs!

Paleo Sardine Pumpkin Patties

Paleo Sardine Pumpkin Patties

Not So Basic

Sometimes, it is really hard to get nutrient dense food into your family. Sardines are one of the best foods to eat. Sardines are a great source of omega 3s, calcium, and vitamin D. Also, they contain very little toxins because they are a small fish.

However, some people don’t like sardines because of how fishy they are. That is why making a meal of the sardines and making them into flavorful patties can be a great option. The pumpkin compliments the sardines and minimizes the fishiness that can be overwhelming for some. My husband and 3 year old, Noah, gobbled up these filling patties for dinner with broccoli and wild rice.

What a different take on a fall, pumpkin dish, right?!?!


Makes about 12 patties

  • 200g pumpkin, canned (half the can)
  • 2 cans sardine fillets
  • 1 egg
  • 4-5 tbsp cassava flour or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • avocado oil or grass-fed butter for pan frying


  1. Heat pan on medium high heat on the stove.
  2. Add 4 TBSP avocado oil to the pan.
  3. Add ingredients to blender.
  4. Pulse until the sardines are chopped up and the ingredients are mixed.
  5. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture into the pan for each patty.
  6. Fry for about 5 minutes on one side. Flip, and fry for about 3 minutes on the other side.
  7. Remove from the pan when cooked, and fry any remaining batter.
  8. Enjoy!
Best On-the-Go Baby Food Pouches

Best On-the-Go Baby Food Pouches

What’s the best baby food?

I’m a mom that is all about making my baby food from scratch, but even, I don’t have time sometimes and with an on-the-go life it isn’t always practical. And, many families have other priorities, and THAT IS OKAY. Now, there are great options out there, which is such a lifesaver.

You Don’t Have to Always Use Homemade Baby Food

Last month, we went on a family trip to a wedding. With flying and traveling it was not going to be convenient to take my purees. So, I bought the next best thing, My Serenity Kids baby food. and let me tell you mommas, I AM PICKY when it comes to my baby’ food. This stuff is awesome though!

What Is Important in a Baby Food?

It is SO important to me that my baby food is a balanced meal with vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. Growing kids need tons of zinc, and the best sources are in meat, grass-fed meat that is. Vegetable purees are great sometimes, but vegetables alone are not going to offer all the nutrients babies need ALL OF THE TIME. Plus, I avoid any fruits with my babies before age one to develop their taste buds away from sweet foods and to minimize their sugar consumption. I find after 1 year to be a more appropriate time to add fruit because they have become more active. It even has a hint salt added for flavor and to aid digestion. Luke loves it!

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Treats

Christmas sugar cookies are my absolute weakness! However, when I discovered that refined sugar was a sensitivity for me, I knew I had to find a good substitute. I love that this recipe is easy to make and has great ingredients. I love that this recipe is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I don’t feel bad about indulging one bit!

The frosting is made with collagen, palm oil, and raw honey. My body loves it and just wants to gobble it up. Yes, part of that is because it tastes so sweet and delicious. The collagen offers great protein. The palm oil is a wonderful source of vitamin E, and the raw honey contains lots of B vitamins and enzymes. We even used natural food coloring.


I love that I can still have my treats and share this tradition with the kids. Plus, I always want to provide the most nutrient dense options for growing kids, and I don’t really want to deal with a cranky kid that is coming off of a sugar crash.

Noah and I loved making these cookies together. This might be my favorite cooking adventure with him yet! We got so messy that Noah had to wash off in the sink I guess, and he is definitely a batter eater like his mama!

Watch Noah and I bake and decorate our cookies here!

Check out the original recipes here:

Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving Dishes

Happy, Healthy Holidays!

The holidays are already stressful enough. So, if you are trying to eat healthy or cater to food sensitivities that can only add to the work. For our Thanksgiving meal I wanted to cook a meal that was gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and egg-free for my family.

I loved the recipes I found to make our Thanksgiving a little healthier. The sweet potato casserole, gravy, biscuits, stuffing, and biscuits added elements to the meal that are traditional favorites. My family didn’t notice any lack of flavor with these better for you versions, and some of them they liked better!

I loved that the cranberry sauce was SO EASY to make, and I was able to put it together while I was cleaning dishes one night. Many dishes I could make ahead and save time on the day of. It made the holidays so much less stressful.

My Favorite Part of Thanksgiving


My favorite way to start the day is by doing our local Turkey Trot in Lansing. We love to dress up and run together. This year, I let Noah out of the jogger right before the finish, and we were able to jog in together. It was so fun!

Plus, we get to see all of our friends from our running group. It is such a fun, happy atmosphere along with the exercise.

Watch Noah and I make the recipes here!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Check out the original recipe here. For our version, we used a banana instead of the egg. It worked great, and the banana added some nice sweetness to the taste. I even made this a week ahead and froze it to save time on the actual day (and space in my refrigerator).

Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Check out the original recipe here.

Other Recipes I Made


Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Yes, More Pumpkin…

Have I mentioned my family loves pumpkin?!?! On weekends, I love to make fun breakfasts for my family, and this one was a hit. It is a recipe from the Eat This, Not That blog. However, I think it is important to share with parents the “healthy” recipes that kids will actually eat and that actually cook up correctly. Enjoy!

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!

Find the recipe here.

Baked Burrito Casserole

Baked Burrito Casserole

Crowd Pleaser

I found a recipe I figured my family would like and one that I could make several batches of and freeze. This recipe will please even the pickiest eater with the creamy, cheesy taste mixed with the taco flavors! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and egg-free.

I found the original recipe on the Written Reality blog, but I swapped some of the ingredients for better options to use cassava tortillas, preservative free ingredients, and pasture-raised meat and dairy.

Noah and I had such a fun time making this one together, and there was SO much clean up to do after! However, the adventure and the meal were worth it!

Watch Noah and I make it here!


Find the original recipe here.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dice the onion.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the onion in some butter or oil until golden brown. With kids, it is important to really caramelize the onions so they have a sweet flavor.
  4. Add the beef to the onion, and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  5. Add the packet of taco seasoning and can of refried beans to the pan. Stir, and heat through.
  6. In a separate bowl, blend the cream of chicken soup with the sour cream. Add half of this mixture to the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  7. Add a layer of cassava tortillas on top of the soup mixture. Cut some of the tortillas in half so you can cover the whole casserole.
  8. Spread on half of the ground beef mixture.
  9. Top with a cup of cheese.
  10. Repeat all of these layers, and top with the remaining cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, and serve. If you are storing in the freezer, let it cool, cover, and then store. Make sure to label it with the date and recipe name.
Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Paleo Pumpkin Donuts

Happy Fall!

My house is full of pumpkin lovers. So, we start pumpkin season early and keep it going. On weekends, I love to make fun breakfasts for my family, and this one was a hit. It is a mix of other bloggers’ recipes and my own spin on things. Enjoy!

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!


Donut (original recipe)

Icing (original recipe for pumpkin butter)

  • 8 oz cream cheese (can use dairy-free)
  • 8 oz pumpkin butter (make from link above)
  • honey to taste
  • dusting of pumpkin spice


  1. Make the donut recipe from the link above.
  2. As the donuts bake, mix together the pumpkin butter.
  3. Take 8 oz of the pumpkin butter, and mix it with 8 oz of cream cheese and honey (to taste).
  4. Once the donuts are done, spread the icing on the donuts.
  5. Sprinkle the tops with more pumpkin spice.
Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats


Kids get so excited for Halloween, don’t they?!?! The costumes. The decorations. THE CANDY. It is a ton of fun, but the amount of sugar can give a parent anxiety. Plus, when you have a child that has a food sensitivity dealing with school parties can be a challenge since they can’t have what’s provided, but you don’t want them to feel left out.

Noah and I had a blast making chocolate covered popcorn and chocolate pudding graveyard cups. These are easy, healthy, and delicious treats that are great for kids parties and replace some of the more typical sugary options.

Watch Noah and I make the recipes!

Chocolate Popcorn


  • Popcorn cooked in coconut oil and sea salt
  • Stevia sweetened chocolate (i.e. Lily’s chocolate chips)
  • Halloween themed treat bags


  1. Spread popcorn on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Boil water in a pot on the stove. Place a heat safe bowl over the water.
  3. Dump the chocolate chips in the bowl, and stir until melted.
  4. Take the chocolate chips off the heat.
  5. Drizzle using a spoon or form over the popcorn.
  6. Set the baking sheet in the refrigerator so the chocolate can harden.
  7. Fill the treat bags with popcorn, and close with twist ties.

Graveyard Cups

Original pudding recipe found here.

Original brownie recipe found here.



  • 1 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp maple syrup
  • tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt


  • ¼ cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • ½ cup  coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 gelatin eggs (2 TBSP gelatin + 2 TBSP room temperature water + 4 TBSP boiling water)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cassava flour
  • ½ cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips

Other Supplies

  • clear plastic cups
  • Halloween toppers


Makes 4 servings.

  1. Cook brownie and pudding. **Refer to above links for the original recipes for cooking directions for the pudding and brownie. The only difference is that I used a gelatin egg instead of a flax egg for the brownies.
  2. Once the pudding has set and the brownie has cooled, start layering each into the plastic cups.
  3. Place a thick layer of pudding into the cup. Then, crumble some brownie, and add a thick layer of brownie over the pudding.
  4. Repeat the pudding and brownie layers one more time.
  5. Top the cup with a cute or scary Halloween topper.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chocolate Pumpkins

Chocolate Pumpkins

Halloween Treats!

Kids get so excited for Halloween, don’t they?!?! The costumes. The decorations. THE CANDY. It is a ton of fun, but the amount of sugar can give a parent anxiety. Plus, when you have a child that has a food sensitivity dealing with school parties can be a challenge since they can’t have what’s provided, but you don’t want them to feel left out.

So, Brynn and I created these fun AND EASY pumpkin chocolates that would be great as a Halloween treat, especially for school parties. They are refined sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. Woohoo!! Plus, they are super cute and delicious.

Watch Brynn and I make the recipe!


  • Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate


  1. Get a silicon baking mold that has pumpkin shapes. This is the one I used.
  2. Get a pot of water boiling on the stove, and place a heat safe bowl over top to create a double boiler.
  3. Pour your chocolate chips into the top bowl. Stir until melted.
  4. Pull the chocolate off the stove once it is melted.
  5. Take a spoon, and spoon the chocolate into the pumpkin molds.
  6. Once complete, lightly tap or shake the molds to flatten the chocolate.
  7. Place the mold sheet onto a baking sheet and set in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. It will take about 30 minutes.
  8. Once hardened, enjoy your chocolates, or place in cute bags to take to your party.