Welcome to the November 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Feeding Your Family
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared recipes, stories, and advice about food and eating. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
It’s that time of year again, when the kids go back to school and the sniffles and coughs and other unpleasant little bugs make their way into our homes. There are so many wonderful natural ways to combat illness, and for our family, homemade stock or bone broth is a mainstay all year ‘round.
If any food deserves the word “powerhouse,” homemade stock certainly does. It is full of amino acids and minerals, and it supports joints, teeth, hair, skin, and nails, and improves digestion. If your child has allergies or is on a restricted diet like GAPS, healing with bone broth is a must-do. There’s a reason it’s recommended for recovering from illness! It is soothing, warming, and very easy for a body to digest, even in cases of a stomach bug. It also supports the adrenal glands, so is a wonderful, nourishing food for new moms (and all parents!). Jenny from Nourished Kitchen breaks down the nutritional benefits even further in her Traditional Foods 101 article.
You can make stock from any bones — chicken, beef, fish, lamb — but it should be the best quality possible (organic, grass-fed), and we personally make chicken stock. It’s very economical — you don’t need to use a whole chicken if that’s not a part of your food budget. If we don’t have a whole chicken to use, we use affordable organic chicken drumsticks. It’s not the meat that provides the nutrition; it’s the bones!
Homemade chicken stock was one of my daughters’ first foods. When they hit the one-year mark, they suddenly didn’t care for it at all. I found some great ways to incorporate it into their everyday meals and snacks — they don’t have to just drink it from a sippy for it to work its magic.
Fortunately, now at two, they love soup. Even if they won’t eat their broccoli or green beans off the plate, I know I can throw it into some chicken stock, and they’ll slurp it right down.
3 Easy Ways to Use Stock — It’s Not Just for Soup!
1. Mix 1-2 Tbsp. into their yogurt. Especially if you add a little fruit and raw honey or maple syrup, you would never even know it was there. I did this almost every single time they had yogurt, whether they were sick or not.
2. Mix 1-2 Tbsp. into their smoothies. Same as above — you cannot taste it at all!
3. There is nothing more delicious than jasmine rice made with stock, then mixed with butter and sea salt. Yum!
5. Use stock instead of water when steaming or boiling veggies. It adds flavor and nutrition.
You can find the recipe I use to make stock on the stove at The Nourishing Gourmet, or in a crock pot at Nourished Kitchen. Once I began using a crock pot, I’ve been making a new batch every week. Like the infomercial, you truly “set it and forget it!”
Once you’ve done it a few times, it’s so easy.
What ways do you like to use stock?
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon November 12 with all the carnival links.)
- Nut Free Desserts for the Holidays — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama will be talking about navigating the holidays with peanut allergies in the family.
- Making Peace with My Picky Eater — Once upon a time, there was a boy who would try anything. And then he turned 3. Thus began the dinner chronicles at Dionna at Code Name: Mama‘s house.
- Foodie Morphed by Motherhood — Rosemary at Rosmarinus Officinalis reflects on the changes of her family’s food culture since becoming a mother, and shares a snapshot of their current food rhythm.
- Introducing First Foods — Wondering what your little one should take a bite of first? That Mama Gretchen explains baby-led weaning/baby self-feeding and answers a number of questions that may come to mind!
- Feeding Your Family — Coconut Oil!!! — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama is a coconut oil devotee. In this post, she shares her favorite ways to include coconut oil in her family’s diet as well as why she feels it is important to do so.
- We Thank the Earth for its Food! — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle spends hours in the kitchen each day trying to make medicine in the form of food.
- Focusing on Healthy, Gluten-Free Foods for My Family — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares what her family is doing to eat healthily along with her recipe for gluten-free peanut butter oat bran muffins.
- Intolerance — sustainablemum laments the misunderstanding surrounding food intolerances.
- Don’t Let Food Sensitivities Ruin Your Holidays! — Rachel, the Titus 2 Homemaker, talks about ways to enjoy the holidays even if you wrestle with food sensitivities.
- Losing grains, keeping empathy: Paleo and fat acceptance — Lauren at Hobo Mama vlogs about her family’s decision to cut grains to improve health — and hopes she can retain her position as a proponent of size acceptance even as she loses weight.
- Easy Homemade Crockpot Mac & Cheese — Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work, shakes off the blue-box blues with an easy crockpot mac-and-cheese recipe with no artificial dyes or excessive preservatives … just creamy, delicious, comfort-food goodness.
- Extended Family Dinners — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about sharing family dinners with housemates and why it works for her.
- Five Suggestions for Eating Healthy During the Holidays — No need to feel powerless when it comes to our highly sugared/processed food culture during the holidays &emdash; Andrea at It Takes Time offers tips to stay on track.
- How to feed your family — no food required! — Jessica at JessicaCary.com is kind of obsessed with food. But, lately she’s realized there’s more to nourishment than what she cooks up in the kitchen.
- Food as family medicine: living gluten-free and beyond — Jessica at Crunchy-Chewy Mama sticks to her gluten-free guns but sees room for improvement in her pursuit of a real-food family table.
- Feeding My Family — Challenges and Growth — Susan at Together Walking shares what has been most challenging about feeding her two kids and how she has grown in the kitchen since becoming a mother.
- How I Lost 75 Lbs — What I Eat & My Top 5 Tips — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares how she and her family became healthy, happy and active.
- The Weight of Motherhood — Revolution Momma at Raising a Revolution rethinks her relationship with food after struggling with post-pregnancy weight gain.
- Geek Food: Pumpkin Pasties — While Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and family might have food sensitivities, their geekery knows no limits. So, when faced with a desire to recreate Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter, they do not shy away!
- Pumpkin Harvest Muffins — This summer Mama is Inspired and family grew pumpkins, and this autumn they are baking scrumptious, healthy muffins out of those pumpkins.
- Reintroducing Meat to the Vegetarian Tummy — Ana at Panda & Ananaso shares some of the considerations she explored before transitioning from a vegetarian diet to reintroducing meat as a protein source and a few tips on making it an easy one.
- Thanksgiving Meal, Thankful? — Jorje of Momma Jorje has never felt terribly thankful for Thanksgiving itself. Perhaps that could change if she’s a little more invested?
- 5 Ways to Use Healing Bone Broth — It’s that time of year again, when unpleasant little bugs make their way into our homes. For Megan of The Boho Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, homemade stock or bone broth is a natural remedy.