Tag: clean eating

Fruit and Veggie Co-ops

After a year of wanting to join a fruit and veggie co-op, I finally found one that had everything I needed! There are a lot of them out there, and my biggest concerns were cost, variety, and amount of work involved. Many that I found required you to pay for the entire summer up front,


Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I know, I know, not the healthiest of choices for a side dish, but every kid loves mac and cheese! I don’t want to deprive my children of classic childhood treats just because we are a real food family. Over the past year or so, I’ve realized that although it may not always be healthy,


Homemade Salsa from Fresh Tomatoes

I received a bunch of tomatoes in my veggie share from the co-op last week and needed something to do with them. The twins love tomatoes, but no one else in the house generally just eats them so I have to incorporate them into things. I figured I’d give salsa a try, and it turned


Salt is Not the Enemy?

Did I get your attention? My whole life I’ve known that sodium is bad for you and causes hypertension and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. I never cooked with salt and I never added salt to my vegetables or meats after they were cooked. What I never realized was that it’s not


Natural Peanut Butter Tips and Tricks

Have you made the switch to natural peanut butter? We used Jif for years and years, but once we started making the switch to a real food lifestyle I was horrified to see what was in it! I guess I used to believe that the stuff on the shelf  was exactly what it was supposed


Red Sunshine Juice

A week or two ago I tried to do a juice detox. It didn’t go very well, but I’ll be trying again soon:) Something about not eating made me a little crazy and by dinner I couldn’t take it any more. What I did find was that I wasn’t exactly hungry, I just felt the


2013- The Food Movement in Review

Overall, I think that 2013 was a good year for those of us in the “food movement”. People are becoming more educated, and are starting to make healthier choices for their families. There have also been some major setbacks, but that is to be expected. Change doesn’t happen overnight, or in a week, a month,


Gluten-Free?

I’ve always been a little skeptical of the gluten-free craze that has taken off over the past several years. It seemed like out of the blue tons of people stopped eating gluten; why? Then I started doing some research, and maybe there is something to it. Obviously, people with Celiac disease cannot have gluten, but


Blackberry Chia Seed Smoothie

The Blueberry Kale Smoothie I posted awhile back is one of my most popular posts and was even featured at Adventures in Mindful Living, so I thought that I would share one of my other favorite smoothies! Blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C and have high antioxidant levels. They also have a high


Clean Eating on a Budget

With my Why Organic post, I told you why I choose to eat organic. Today I’ll tell you how I manage to eat mostly organic with very little processed food on a $150 per week budget for a family of five. When I first started on this real food journey, I didn’t think we would