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I am not someone who eats many dairy products. I try to consume them sparingly for a multitude of reasons and most of the nutritionists I follow closely would endorse that same idea. However, there is one dairy product that’s actually good for you, and you might be surprised to hear what it is… (drumroll please!)


Organic, grassfed butter (Raw is actually best, but it’s harder to get – check out www.realmilk.com to find some in your area) actually has a multitude of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, glycospingolipids (a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections) and other disease fighting properties!

One of my favorite physicians/nutritionists, Dr. Axe, not only endorses the consumption of organic butter, but makes this argument on why one should never consume margarine:(prepare yourself for shock and disgust!):

“Standing in direct opposition to all of these healthful qualities [of raw and/or organic butter] stands margarine and assorted ‘vegetable oil spreads.’ While these  may be cheaper, you’d never eat them again if you knew how they were made.

All margarines are made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. This ensures that the oils will become rancid. After that, a nickel catalyst is added, along with hydrogen atoms, to solidify it. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal and amounts always remain in the finished product. Finally, deodorants and colorings are added to remove margarine’s horrible smell (from the rancid oils) and unappetizing grey color.

And if that is not enough, in the solidification process, harmful trans-fatty acids are created which are carcinogenic and mutagenic. What would you rather have: a real food with an abundance of healthful qualities or a stick of carcinogenic, bleached and deodorized slop?

Some of you might be watching your weight and be rather hesitant to add butter into your diet. Have no fear. About 15% of the fatty acids in butter are of the short and medium chain variety which are NOT stored as fat in the body, but are used by the vital organs for energy.”

For more information on the health benefits of organic butter, check out this article!

Drum roll please… the winner of the Eselvi Designs giveaway is Kelly Hill! Please email your address to info@wanderlustandglitterdust.com and I’ll send it right out to you! Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered and most of all, thanks to Eselvi Designs for giving such a gorgeous piece! Be sure to check out their Etsy shop!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and I wanted to be extra festive this year and attempt to make a pie from scratch for the first time. I have made pies before using store bought crust, but I wanted to go all out this year! Since peaches are in season and because they were on my mind (remember this post?), I decided to go that route and after much internet research, I chose this pie recipe and this crust recipe. Look at this thing, it was a work of art!!!! (Yes was, it was consumed rather quickly!)

YUM!! This pie was every bit as good as it looks, and although I didn't originally intend to do the fancy lattice top, working with homemade pie crust is HARD! Doing the lattice actually was easier than dealing with a large piece of dough to pace on top (I thought).

YUM!! This pie was every bit as good as it looks, and although I didn’t originally intend to do the fancy lattice top, working with homemade pie crust is HARD! Doing the lattice actually was easier than dealing with a large piece of dough to pace on top (I thought).

I think I have pie crust anxiety. I can remember my mom always saying how difficult it is to make a good pie crust, so I did some extra research and found this tip sheet (It must’ve helped, because although rolling out the pie and placing it in the pie pan was the bane of my existence that day, it was totally worth it because it. was. so. good.):

I mean… should I be ashamed of my grandma-like tendencies or proud?? haha

Don’t be scared to make your own! It took some time but was worth every second spent! (FYI this pie has many sticks of butter – not my typical healthy recipe 🙂 )


Many would think that baking and having a swimsuit figure don’t mix… and let’s get real, they really don’t. But as I’ve mentioned, even the most disciplined and healthy eater has to have a treat sometimes – the key is moderation! Here are some healthy substitutes which will allow you not to feel quite so guilty when you reach for another cookie… or three.

1.) Sub banana for butter – if the recipe calls for a 1/2 cup of butter, sub a 1/2 cup of banana. I love this substitute because it keeps whatever you’re baking moist and gives just a hint of banana flavor. This works great in cookies, breads, muffins, etc.

2.) Sub stevia for sugar – as I mentioned here, stevia is a great zero calorie all natural substitute for sugar. It is actually much sweeter than sugar, so add it to taste, or do half the sugar and add stevia! You can also use stevia in conjunction with coconut palm sugar which is less processed that regular sugar and has a lesser effect on your glycemic index.

3.) Sub applesauce for oil – if the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, use about 3/4 cup of applesauce. This substitution takes out a massive amount of fat and calories and you will never taste the difference!
Happy baking!