Real Food

Real food is natural. It nourishes. It heals. It doesn’t come with man-made chemicals. Fight for real food with me, and see just how tasty it can be.

  • How bad is artificial food coloring? Learn why you may want to think those fruity loops in the morning.

How bad is artificial food coloring?

I grew up, like most American kids, with an array of breakfast cereals in my pantry. My personal favorite: Those fruity little loops of sugary delight. Seriously, I could eat a few bowls in one sitting and still want more. Now days you won't find any cereal in our home. Which is okay since most [...]

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  • Wondering which diet is best? It is vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, low-carb, or what? You might be surprised by the answer.

Which diet is best? Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, WAPF, Low-Carb….?

Which diet is best? Wow. Is that a loaded question, or what? But let's be honest... who hasn't wondered this very question? Who hasn't felt like they were drowning in a sea of research with so many conflicting answers. What diet is best!? No, really? Of course, I should be clear from the beginning that [...]

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  • Awesome infographic on why you should not count calories.

Infographic: Why you should not count calories

To count calories, or not to count calories. That was not a question during my youthful dancing days. Of course you count calories!!! As a dancer who often struggled with weight issues, I definitely had my period of nazi-like dedication to counting calories. What did I gain from my diligence to write down, calculate, and count every [...]

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  • Vegetable oils are bad.

The ugly truth about vegetable oils (and why they should be avoided)

In case you didn't know: Vegetable oils are bad. Bad news. Bad for your health. Bad for the environment. Just bad. I get a lot of questions about what fats and oils I use for cooking. It makes sense; after all there is a lot of confusion about fat in general. And with the increasing [...]

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  • Don't throw your lemon peels away! Here are 31 amazing uses for lemon peels.

31 Amazing Uses for Lemon Peels

I love lemons. They are bright, refreshing, and smell divine. I've gotten in the habit of squeezing fresh lemon juice in a glass of water to help wake me up (and my digestive system) first thing in the morning. When I first started, I'm ashamed to admit that I would usually just throw the lemon [...]

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  • Looking for cramp relief? I have plenty of natural menstrual cramp remedies. But beyond menstrual cramp remedies, find the root cause stop them for good!

Menstrual cramp remedies: Stop the pain naturally!

Cramp remedies... are you ready for this? Hello, ladies. I'm back talking about our "Aunt Flow." Yes, Again. Lately, I've received some comments and emails asking me for menstrual camp remedies and heavy bleeding. It's kind of a huge discussion, so I hope I can contain the essence here. Hopefully there is something useful for at [...]

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  • How Greek yogurt is causing problems for the environment and easy tips on how to help.

The Problem with Greek Yogurt and What You Can Do

I love Greek yogurt and I know I'm not alone; production quadrupled between 2008 and 2013 in New York, where the majority of producers are located. There's lots to love about Greek yogurt; we've all heard about the numerous health benefits (good source of protein, probiotics, calcium and less carbohydrates and sugar than regular yogurt), [...]

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  • It's easy (and cheap!) to roast and puree your own pumpkin. Freeze it with this neat trick so that you'll have pumpkin all year long!

How to Roast, Puree, and Freeze a Pumpkin

We're seeing pumpkins everywhere this week! Most of them look more spooky than delicious. But pumpkin is such a wonderful thing to cook with! It's amazing in baked goods and treats (like these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars) and it's also tasty in savory pumpkin soup. You can substitute pumpkin for squash in recipes that [...]

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  • Herbal tea for health: Learn all the benefits of herbal tea.

The Ultimate Guide: Herbal Tea for Health!

Anyone that knows me knows that tea is my solution for anything. Tummy ache? Tea. Tired? Tea. Stressed out? Tea. Relationship problems? Tea. (and maybe some ice cream.) And there is definitely a reason! There is a method for my madness, a reason why I give homemade tea blends as presents and drink at least [...]

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  • Great tips and recipes for a gluten-free cocktail party.

How to Host a Gluten-Free Cocktail Party

If anyone has tried going gluten-free, you know that cocktail parties, where most everything is served on some variation of cracker, baguette, or canapé, can pose one of the bigger challenges.  By nature, finger foods tend to involve carbs and in our wheat-obsessed society, carbs often entail gluten. But I always tell newcomers to the gluten-free [...]

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  • Learn about the benefits of vitamin k2 and how to get it in your diet.

The Benefits of Vitamin K2 (and how to get it in your diet)

Are you aware of the benefits of vitamin K2? Are you even aware of vitamin K2? I know I wasn't until a couple years ago. As a kid I remember hearing the importance of vitamins A, B, and C... but I didn't even know there was a vitamin K2. Turns out, it's a pretty important [...]

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  • Microwave popcorn is bad. But here are some great and easy alternatives to microwave popcorn.

Why Microwave Popcorn is Bad and What to Eat Instead

Microwave popcorn is bad. The day I learned that truth was a sad day. In hindsight I probably should have known after years of eating the stuff that microwave popcorn couldn't be healthy. One dead giveaway was the neon-no-real-food-is-this-color residue lining the inside of the bag. It seems so obvious now. But I grew up [...]

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  • Got produce? Here's how to preserve it through freezing and dehydrating. Part 2 of a 2 part series on food preservation.

Preserving the Harvest: Freezing and Dehydrating

As the last of the garden ripens, it's time to take advantage of nature's bounty and start putting away food for the winter! I admit, I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and growing up I used to spend a lot of time imagining what it was like to live in a log cabin out [...]

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  • Preserving the harvest part one: Helpful information on preserving food by fermentation and home canning.

Preserving the Harvest: Fermenting and Home Canning

Whether your harvest comes from your own garden or urban farm, the farmer's market, a CSA or the supermarket, this time of year is full of fresh produce. In my house, it's preserving season! We've got mounds of fresh peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers...giant zucchini and yellow squash, heads of cabbage, and piles of sweet onions. [...]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Salt

"Salt is what makes things taste bad when it isn't in them." - Anonymous I have a bit of a salt obsession (it would definitely make my list of three items to bring to a deserted island) and occasionally I get asked if I'm concerned about watching my sodium levels. In short, no. For two [...]

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  • 5 reasons healthy eating doesn't stick... and how to overcome them.

5 Reasons Healthy Eating Doesn’t Stick.

I was only able to really make real changes in my diet when I realized that real food is NOT diet food. All those years of buying processed garbage "health" food with ingredient lists a mile long only ever made me more hungry and constantly craving more processed food.  With that tiny piece of inspiration, eating became [...]

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  • How to properly store onions from your garden. Learn the three tips for storing onions.

Storing Onions from Your Garden

Last weekend I learned a very effective and easy method for storing onions from your garden!  I was able to spend some time at my grandparents house in Northern Utah.  Their home has always been a place of good memories and good food, much of it grown themselves.  Over the weekend the onions they had [...]

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Super Healthy Vegetable Parts You Are Probably Throwing Away

I'm always striving to limit food waste and it's definitely a challenge. I get so inspired at the farmer's market that I often return home with enough produce to feed a family of six instead of our family of two (soon to be three!) and inevitably some of it ends up in the compost bin [...]

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Seed Saving Tips for Tomatoes and Biennial Plants

Last week I wrote an article with general guidelines for seed saving.  In addition to this previous article, there are a few more in depth tips I have for saving tomato seeds and biennial plant seeds. Seed Saving From Tomatoes: Most annual plants are easy to harvest seeds from.  The vegetable or fruit is cut, the [...]

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Saving Seed From Your Garden

Congratulations, you have a successful garden!  The tomatoes are ripening, melons are getting bigger, you are up to your ears in cucumbers, and the the greens are so prolific you gave all you could away to the neighborhood and you are still drowning in them.  If you are in a four seasons area like me, [...]

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