Welcome! I’m Margaret Anne and I am the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the blog, Natural Chow.
This blog features nourishing recipes, real food menu plans, DIY & gardening tips, essential oil uses, and so much more! Each day is a new adventure in the kitchen!
I guess what really started this blog was my love of food and love of being healthy. I put the two together and created something that was healthy and food related. I wanted to share with people my experiences in the kitchen, garden, and home.
My main goal was to show everyone how easy it is live a healthy lifestyle and that anyone (yes, that means you) can do it. I wanted to show people that eating right can be delicious and easy, not gross and complicated. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.
Even though this blog is called “Natural Chow”, there’s so much more behind it. I don’t just share healthy and delicious recipes—I want to encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle and be happy. I try my best to achieve this by eating REAL, unprocessed food, utilizing essential oils on a daily basis, spending a lot of time with my family, and living as green as possible.
I believe our efforts have paid off and I want you to see what you can achieve when you put forth the effort. So I hope this blog sheds a little light on ways you can live a healthier and happier lifestyle.
I recommend starting a garden to cover the costs of vegetables that can be expensive to buy organic in the grocery store or locally. Since starting our first garden in 2013, we’ve been successful in saving money on our grocery bill by planting berries, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and so much more.
A few fun facts about me:
1) I’m 17 years old. And I started this whole blogging thing at age 13.
2) I’m one of 8 (yes, 8) kids. And I’m the third oldest.
3) My favorite activities are reading, listening to music, singing, cooking (hence the, uh, food blog), photography, eating (duh), swimming, and chilling with my friends.
4) When I was 12, I fractured my vertebrae, which resulted in a bulging disk and a FUN condition called spondylolisthesis. The worst part was I hadn’t figured out that I gave myself such a condition until 6 months later on Easter when I couldn’t unbend my body. And my older brother had to carry me into church that day. Yeah.
5) I LOVE to eat. Like O-M-freaking-G, food makes me weak in the knees. Luckily I know how to make healthy food taste good. Because that means I can eat ALL THE THINGS and not feel bad about it.
6) I may or may not be obsessed with chocolate. I eat it on a regular, put in basically everything, and even day dream about it…mmmm. Oh, sorry.
My mother is my partner. Pretty much all of the content written on this blog is written by me. I put a lot of time, effort, and research into everything that I do, so please don’t steal any of my content, photography, or recipes. If you would like to republish one of my recipes, please state where you got the recipe from and link back to my blog.
I am not vegan, but occasionally, I feature vegan recipes to suit the needs of some of my readers. In fact, I have an entire collection on vegan recipes right here! Some of the recipes are unintentionally vegan, but I may take note of the fact that the recipe is vegan.
I also have a whole section devoted to gluten-free recipes for anyone with gluten restrictions.
If you’re new here, let me take a moment to show you around the site.
• There is a Recipe Index where you can browse for recipes by category.
• The Resources page includes everything from menu plans to how to start a food blog!
• Want to know what all the hullabaloo about essential oils is? Check out this page.
• Check out the DIY/Crafts section if you love getting crafty!
• If you’re interested in taking Baby Step to Healthy Eating, I’ve got loads of tips to share with you!
• If you’ve got a question, suggestion, etc., you can always Contact me.
There are a number of ways in which you can keep up with Natural Chow.
• Add the Natural Chow feed to your RSS reader.
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You have the right to form opinions and disagree with me, but I ask you to do so respectfully. However, if you choose to post an inappropriate, rude, disrespectful, racist, or profane comment, I reserve the right to remove any comments that I feel are snarky, offensive, off-topic, or spam. I do allow bloggers to include links to their posts if I deem it relevant for my readers.
Disclaimer: Margaret Anne is not a trained dietitian, nutritionist, chef, or medical professional. The information on this blog is based on facts, research, and personal experiences. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Never dismiss any advice your health physician gives.