Kiran’s (Realistic) Quest to Cut Out Processed Foods

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By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!


Before you read this, I’m asking you to do me a favor: Please don’t judge.

I started working with Lisa two years ago, but I actually have known her for years. I watched her start this blog, kept up with the original 100-Day pledge, and prior to working with her, took in little bits and pieces of her input. But to be honest, I thought that I was pretty healthy already, and I thought she may have been taking this a little further than I would (again, I’m being totally honest). Flash forward to 2012 when I started to work with her at 100 Days of Real Food.

Two Years Ago

As I mentioned, I thought my family was already eating healthy. I cooked many nights of the week, and by that I don’t mean I was just opening a bag of chicken nuggets. But like many, I was using some processed foods such as store bought white tortillas, and I certainly wasn’t shredding my own cheese. I even (gasp!) had a can or two of cream of mushroom soup in my pantry.

Kiran's (Realistic) Quest to Cut Out Processed Foods at 100 Days of #RealFood

Kiran and Her Family

After getting better acclimated to Lisa’s real food rules, I did decide to start making some changes. This didn’t happen overnight, however. Now, jump back to today, two years after not only being a solid follower but a member of the team. Continue Reading »

Recipe: Deviled Eggs (plus more Easter Recipes)

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Both my kids like hard boiled eggs, but it never fails—they just won’t eat the yolk (it’s kind of hard to blame them). That is, unless I make egg salad or deviled eggs with them. Then magically, nothing goes to waste! Here’s a real food version of deviled eggs (i.e. sans highly processed store bought mayo) that would be perfect for school lunches or Easter brunch this weekend. And I must know, does anyone else’s kids call these “Doubled Eggs?” Enjoy!

Deviled Eggs (without mayo) from 100 Days of #RealFood

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Real Food Tips: What to Make vs. Buy

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Providing real food meals is totally worth the extra preparation time, but that doesn’t mean every. single. item. has to be completely 100% homemade (thank goodness)! There are some decent store bought options out there, many of which only have one ingredient, and there are also plenty of food-like substances I’d recommend steering away from no matter what.

So here’s a little guide to help you decide when to go that extra made-from-scratch mile…

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Recipe: Quick Chicken Piccata

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This is one of those rare occasions when I cook with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I am not usually a big fan (of the taste/texture) except for when it comes to a super easy dish like this that gets two thumbs up from the whole family! FYI – If you plan to serve this chicken piccata over pasta or rice, consider doubling the sauce!

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Giveaway: $65 Gift Basket from Einkorn (Nature’s Original Wheat)

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This contest is now closed. In a few days the winners will be emailed directly.

Wheat is a hot topic these days. With so many people suddenly developing an allergy or intolerance - the landscape just isn’t quite the same as it used to be! My thought has long been this: if you feel better not eating wheat, then by all means avoid it! But there’s no reason for the rest of us to aimlessly eliminate wheat – at least in my opinion.

So that’s why I am excited to introduce you to our sponsor Jovial Foods, creators of einkorn wheat products. Einkorn was one of the first species of wheat grown by man more than 12,000 years ago, therefore one of the “purest” wheats out there. Have you tried it before?

Video: Candy-Free Easter Ideas (that are still fun!)

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Yes, I know…. Easter is only one day a year so “let kids be kids!” Well, guess what? I think kids can still be kids with sidewalk chalk and new games and bubbles and water balloons and craft supplies and even their very own gardening tools! There are way too many holidays and “special” occasions centered around junk food these days (which, frankly, isn’t so great for our kids’ health). So how about shifting the focus when you’re the one in control?

Here are some fun candy-free Easter ideas that your kid will love plus what we do for our own kids on Easter morning every year – in both news clip and text form (just below).
FYI – There is an Easter Bunny spoiler alert in the video so don’t watch it with your kids!

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