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Broccoli Salad- A Healthy Recipe

Hello all! I’ve got a delicious and healthy broccoli salad recipe to share with you today! This broccoli salad recipe is  a little sweet, very crunchy, and the dressing is light and flavorful but not overpowering.

Healthy Broccoli Salad

This is no average broccoli salad. I always add a little bacon, cranberries, almonds, and a little honey for sweetness.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries


Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe



  • 3 Heads of Broccoli
  • 5 Strips of Bacon
  • 1/4 C. Honey
  • 1/3 C. Mayo
  • 1/4 C. Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 C. Bacon Grease (Saved from cooking the 5 strips of bacon)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


Cook the bacon and save the grease.

While you are waiting on the bacon to cook, wash the heads of broccoli and cut them up in very small pieces. Try to use only the very tops of it in the salad (I normally keep the stalk and use it in cole slaw or something similar).

In a smaller bowl, mix together the mayo, honey, bacon grease, and olive oil into a dressing.

Mix in the cranberries, bacon pieces, sliced almonds, and dressing together with the fresh broccoli.

Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. It’s even better on the second day!

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Are You Drinking Enough Water? Chances are, You’re Not. #summerH2Ochallenge

I am always HORRIBLE about drinking water when I should, and I come nowhere near the nine 8oz glasses that are recommended for daily intake (for men, it’s thirteen 8oz glasses). For me, it’s usually more like a couple of gulps a day, just to wash my food down. I know, I’m awful! It’s that busy mama thing- my kids are always more than hydrated, and I know this because my five-year-old always has to make three trips to the bathroom every time I take him grocery shopping with me. So basically, I always forget about myself.

are you drinking enough water


Well, did you know how important water really is for your body?

“Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” -Mayo Clinic

It helps your body conduct its normal daily functions, and well, I’m just going to put myself out there and say it- I’m always constipated. I have issues with adult acne, I get headaches a lot, and I just think that I could really benefit from drinking more water.

According to this article from  Mind Body Green, water also Increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, improves skin complexion, aids in digestion and helps to prevent constipation, boosts the immune system, and helps to prevent and relieve headaches.

So to help raise awareness of how important it is to drink water on a daily basis, I’ve decided to start a Summer H2O Challenge and document the changes I see from drinking a full 2200 ml of water a day for an entire month!

#summerh20challenge youngearthymama drink more water

I’ll do an update in about a month to let you know if I notice any changes in my health or energy levels from drinking the daily recommended amount of water, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and do the summer H2O Challenge with me. I’d love to see your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #summerH2Ochallenge!

Here’s to hydration!

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Young Earthy Mama’s List of Top Blogs Worth Reading

Hey guys! I’m still here! Sorry I’ve been absent for a while. Mom life got ahold of me through the Holidays with special dinners, the usual winter illnesses, and we also decided to get an ornery little puppy that has been consuming any spare time I have (I’ve seriously had to give her 3 baths in the last 2 days!)

Although I’ve been MIA for a bit, I’ve still been able to read occasional posts from other great bloggers when I have a moment to myself, and I have decided to start a post dedicated to my all-time favorite blogs. These blogs are without doubt worth reading, I promise!


1. My absolute number one favorite blog to read is Happiness Is Here.

The Mama of 3 (soon to be 4) children documents their lives as an Unschooling family living in Australia. Her passion about the way that her and her husband have chosen to educate their children   is absolutely amazing, and although she has chosen not to show the faces of her girls, her photography skills are unbelievable. The way she is able to capture her children without showing their faces is something I hope to achieve someday. Check her out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

2. Yogaberry is a blog about an awesome Mama dedicated to becoming a yoga instructor. Not only does she have great posts about yoga and healthy lifestyle, she keeps it real with posts that include her adorable babies. Her Instagram account is full of snaps of her and her toddlers doing yoga poses together, and it reminds us that she is a Mama first, and yoga instructor second.

3. Red And Honey is the blog that inspired me to start blogging about my own natural living and homeschooling adventures. I have always felt that her posts are so honest and genuine, and it seems like she includes so many aspects of her life in her blog. She always adds a little humor into her posts, which I love. If you want to read about natural living, frugality, homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason method, or gentle parenting, stop by and check her out!

4. I always go to Wellness Mama when I am in a DIY mood! I have tried so many of her natural cosmetics recipes with great success. It is extremely clear that she works very hard to provide her readers with well-researched posts. She makes sure that all of the ingredients in her recipes are safe and healthy. Feel like making your own natural cleaners, deodorant, lotions, makeup, or just about anything else? Then her blog is the place to look.

5. Mariet at Practicing Normal always makes me laugh! She is a Mom in a blended family, and she is downright honest about everything. I always find myself chuckling after stumbling upon conversations she has with her children on her Facebook Page. She is still very new to blogging and Practicing Normal‘s popularity is growing fast!

I’m sure this list will continue to get longer as I discover more of the awesome blogs out there, so stay tuned and keep checking back! You can also like the Young Earthy Mama Facebook Page for updates and shared posts from these awesome blogs.