Real Food on the Road: What We Ate in the RV

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It’s a little hard for me to come to terms with this, but the trip we’d been dreaming of for years is over! In case you missed it, we just spent five of the last six weeks out west exploring our beautiful continent, and four of those weeks were in an RV rental. And boy, was it an adventure! I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be a great way to travel, aside from all that driving of course—my poor husband (although I did get behind the wheel three times myself)! There really was no better way to explore our country, though, and we feel so incredibly fortunate to have had the experience!

And after all that fun, I am here to report on our adventure in eating real food on the road.

What We Ate

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School Lunch Packing Tips + $250 in Lunch Gear from MightyNest!

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It’s soon going to be that time again…back-to-school. I know some of you can’t wait, but for me, it’s bittersweet. Especially after our fun travels so far this summer (in the RV!). I’ve really been enjoying the time with my girls and especially not being so scheduled, if you know what I mean. But alas, it’s almost time to get back into the routine.

And with that routine of course comes the duty of packing real food lunches—something I talk about a lot around here! So I’m excited to partner with our sponsor MightyNest on today’s post, which includes a campaign to equip our kids in helping to pack their own healthy lunches. Yes, you read that right! As parents, we often try to do everything for our kids, but one of the greatest gifts we can give them is empowering them to pack their own lunches. Plus, I can tell you firsthand that when my girls pack their lunches, it’s almost a guarantee their lunchboxes will come home empty. (And as a bonus, this gets us off the hook AND is a good lesson in responsibility—a win-win in my book!)

So I am asking all of you to please take a pledge with me to involve your kids in packing their own real food lunches in real containers this year. What do you say? Some super cool prizes are involved. See below!

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Guest Post: Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from A Spicy Perspective)

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This is a guest post by Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective.


Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from a Spicy Perspective) at 100 Days of #RealFood

Hi guys! I’m Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective. It’s an honor to be here today while the Leake family is off exploring the nation on their cross-country trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

On a ASpicyPerspective.com I share a wide range of recipes from naughty decadent treats that we enjoy on splurge days to healthy real food meals that we focus on from day to day. We also share travel posts as often as we can (we have a series on traveling Italy coming next month) along with gardening tips, fashion trends, and home projects.

Today I want to share one of my family’s favorite healthy snacks with you—roasted chickpeas.
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Guest Post: How to Afford Real Food on a Budget

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This is a guest post by Crystal Paine – a wife, mom of three, founder of MoneySavingMom.com, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Sign up for her free Guide to Freezer Cooking and get recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas for saving money on real foods by using your freezer.



Real Food on a Budget on 100 Days of #RealFood

So many people have a misguided idea that the only way to eat healthfully is to spend exorbitant amounts of money. If you live in a remote part of the country, this may be the case, but in most areas you can feed your family natural, unprocessed foods without spending hundreds of dollars each week to do so.

Sure, you might spend a little bit more than someone who is eating a diet composed mostly of processed foods, but it really doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg as some people will make you think—especially if you’re willing to get creative and think outside the box. Here are eight ways to afford real foods.

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9 Organic Meals from Costco for under $100

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This is a guest post by Erin Chase, founder of 5DollarDinners.com and author of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook series.


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Guest Post: Is There a Natural Alternative to PediaSure®?

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This is a guest post by Dr. Sheila Kilbane who is an integrative pediatrician here in Charlotte, NC.


Is There a Natural Alternative to PediaSure? Dr. Kilbane at 100 Days of #RealFood

Dr. Kilbane is over-the-moon excited to help children eat more real food.

I can’t believe we give this to our kids.
~Sheila Kilbane, MD

When 100 Days of Real Food asked me to write a recipe for a natural alternative to PediaSure®, I was very excited. I am an integrative pediatrician, and real food is what my practice is based upon. I have seen the effects of synthetic processed foods on children, and anything I can do to help spread the word about whole food nutrition makes me over-the-moon excited!

Note: Don’t confuse the electrolyte drink Pedialyte® with PediaSure®, a liquid meal replacement.

My First Encounter with PediaSure®

I was on a long road trip some three years out of pediatric residency and miscalculated how much food I needed to make it from Charlotte, North Carolina to Kelley’s Island, Ohio. When I ran out of real food I was famished and forced to purchase something at a West Virginia gas station. I bought a bottle of PediaSure®. Odd, right?! It seemed like the only reasonable choice among a sea of chips, candy bars, and jerky. Despite being a pediatrician, until that moment I had never laid hands on a bottle of PediaSure®, which is also why I had never read the label.

I opened the bottle and began drinking before I finished pumping my gas. What ensued looked like a scene from a Jim Carrey movie. I gagged and nearly spewed the liquid contents all over my car. Then I read the ingredient list.

“If you can’t pronounce the product ingredients, put it back on the shelf.”

How many of these PediaSure®  Ingredients can you pronounce and would you cook with at home? (Not to mention sugar is the second ingredient!)

Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Milk Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Concentrate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Cellulose Gel, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Tuna Oil, Potassium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Salt, Potassium Hydroxide, m-Inositol, Carrageenan, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Lutein, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin. CONTAINS MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS.

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