The Best Protein Shake for Your Lifestyle

DIY shakes are a great way to add extra protein to your diet. But there are a lot of options to choose from, so getting started can be overwhelming. The best protein shake is the one that gives you what you need and that you’ll actually drink. It won’t help if you can’t stand the … Continued

Wild Ramps and How to Use Them

It’s springtime, which means the cold is retreating, the sun is staying out longer, and green is making its triumphant return to the landscape! One of the first wild plants to sprout in the Midwest also happens to be one of the most delicious: wild ramps. These oddly named veggies are highly sought after by … Continued

Mother’s Day Quiz

Mother’s Day is coming up! Are you looking for ways to celebrate with the mother figure in your life? Take our short “Celebrate Mom” quiz below for some unique Mother’s Day ideas designed just for her. We know moms (like everyone) are multifaceted, and this quiz is just a jumping-off point to get you started. … Continued

Beneficial Smoothie Recipes

When smoothie season kicks off, that’s great news for all of us! It means that warm, sunny days are back, and cool, refreshing, delicious smoothies hit the spot. And why not add some extra nutritional oomph to your smoothies? The smoothie recipes below come from local, woman-owned Wellcova, and use brewed, cooled tea as a … Continued

Q & A with Real Organic Project’s Ariel Pressman

Conscientious eating habits don’t form effortlessly. It takes a little bit of knowledge and perseverance to source your food from farms that are eco- and people-friendly. Third-party certifications like the USDA’s organic label are one tool in the mindful shopper’s chest. But to some, the standards of the USDA seal fall short. Organic and eco-friendly … Continued

Regenerating the Planet with Regenerative Agriculture

The sustainable food world is abuzz about regenerative agriculture, and we couldn’t be more excited! Farming can take a heavy toll on the land. Conventional planting, harvesting, tilling, and fertilizing can strip nutrients from the soil, release carbon, cause erosion, and contaminate drinking water. Because of these practices, half of the planet’s topsoil has been … Continued

Growing Food Access Close to Home

Food access is a hurdle for many in the communities we call home. In each of our communities, there are neighbors in need. Providing assistance in the way of dollars and food donations is a top priority at Lakewinds. Access to healthy food is a cornerstone for our community giving programs, and we’ve cultivated partnerships … Continued

Winter skin care

Cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin: chapped hands, cracked heels, patchy blotches — it’s rough (literally)! Here are some winter skin care tips to help you counteract dry air and keep your skin moisturized and protected. Winter skin care for your face The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that you … Continued

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

It’s estimated that 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper is used each year in the U.S., with only half of that getting recycled. So how can we make our gifting habits more sustainable? Try these ideas for an eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper — better for the planet and still festive for the season. Tied … Continued