“Real Food” Photo Dump

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I took more photos than usual this week, so rather than clogging up everyone’s Facebook news feed I thought I’d publish the pics here in my first ever “photo dump” blog post. So here are some observations and things I’d like to share from our week….

  • This week both of my daughters attended their last dance class for the year, and all year long the pictured candy (below) was given out to students at the end of each and every class. At the beginning of the year I asked if there were any alternatives to the candy, and they said they would give my daughters stickers instead (which let’s face it…usually end up in the garbage pretty quickly). My daughters complained a couple of times about wanting the candy, but overall it was not a big deal because the complaints were far and few between and were thankfully always very short-lived.
    Here’s my question though…since when do we need to “reward” children with candy for attending a weekly class that frankly I think is a privilege in the first place? Last time I checked dance class (plus the shoes, leotards, costumes, etc.) is not cheap, plus it takes time to get there and back every week, so why isn’t the opportunity to simply participate reward enough? And for a place that’s promoting exercise isn’t it odd they would choose to handout Tootsie Frooties, which are basically sugar, corn syrup, and artificial additives (in the form of flavors and dyes)?


  • Speaking of my girls they are out of school for the summer (yay!), and it didn’t take me long to put my 7-year-old to work. Here she is making whole-wheat French toast for our breakfast. I hope others use the summer as an opportunity to get their kids in the kitchen more…it’s a great way to encourage them to eat real food!
  • At that same breakfast we were in the mood for a peanut butter and jelly smoothie, but I didn’t think we could make it because we were out of bananas. But then I remembered we had some frozen bananas that I threw in the freezer a few weeks ago (before they got too overly ripe). I sometimes save frozen bananas to make banana ice cream, but I don’t usually use them in smoothies. I must report that the end result was like smoothie ice cream, which we dubbed “breakfast ice cream” …it was DELICIOUS!! I love it when good things in the kitchen happen by accident.
  • We went to Trader Joe’s this week to stock up on some staples, and I just had to share that their coconut oil is only $5.99 a jar. It’s close to $10 at Earth Fare (where I normally shop) so I bought three while I was there. :)
  • While we were at Trader Joe’s I also stocked up on their whole-wheat pitas that we love (only 6 ingredients and 100% whole-grain!), and with Great Harvest Bread right next door we bought some honey whole-wheat bread as well. I like to stock up on stuff like this when I have the chance because it freezes beautifully…here’s my stash ready for the freezer which should last us several weeks!
  • While we were at Great Harvest I couldn’t help but notice they offer little homemade whole-wheat dog bones…how cute is that! We don’t have any pets so I never pay attention to dog or cat food, but I can imagine the mainstream stuff has gotta be pretty junky so I thought this was a cool idea.
  • We’ve been obsessing over a yummy sandwich combo at our house this week…it’s nothing “new” we just haven’t had it in a very long time so it tasted extra good for some reason. It’s just hummus, Havarti cheese, and raw spinach leaves (on that yummy Great Harvest bread we bought!). And I have to share that as I was making one of these sandwiches for my 5-year-old she said “Mom, I don’t like…” and my heart sank a little because I thought she was going to say “spinach” (it took MANY months for her to finally like spinach so I thought she was just changing her mind as kids often do). BUT she said “I don’t like the stems” …whew! I happily picked off every last stem for her so she could eat her stem-less spinach sandwich. It’s amazing how it can take a great deal of time and effort to win over your picky eater, but then one day it finally pays off!
  • And last, but certainly not least! A store here in Charlotte called Try Sports invited me to come speak at an event earlier this week, which gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the blog readers. Here I am at the end of the night with a few of those that were there. A big thank you to everyone who came!



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102 comments to “Real Food” Photo Dump

  • Thanks for the inspiration! Your website is so helpful when trying to make healthy decisions with food! Check out my latest healthy recipe @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

  • I love your blog! Thanks for inspiring me and for giving me new ideas :)

  • Dana

    If you haven’t checked out vitacost.com for things like cocnut oil you should check out their prices. I have found that cheaper coconut oil sometimes means refined, and it is missing that wonderful aroma.

  • christy

    I love the pic of the bread ready for the freezer. We don’t have anything like a great harvest here, but I will be going to Trader Joe’s for the first time next week (in Naples at a training seminar) and was planning to stock up. I have been discouraged making my own bread because it molds here so quickly with our humidity and I was wondering how you made fresh bread last. Can you tell me how much you put in a package and how long it lasts once out? BTW, out of coconut oil also so I was thrilled to see that price. It is ONE-THIRD what I can get it for around here (only sold at health food stores). Is there anything else you find you have to buy at trader joe’s?

    Love the blog and ideas

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I find that real, fresh bread only lasts as long as 5 days (at room temp) so as you can see I freeze it in small batches. Some other good buys from Trader Joe’s include the raw nuts and seeds, coffee, honey, and their hummus. Good luck!

  • Leah

    Hi! I’m a registered dietitian in Charlotte and I love your blog! I also noticed that coconut oil is much more affordable at Trader Joe’s (when it is in stock – they sell out quickly I’ve learned), BUT it does not say “unrefined”. I have used the oil and have been satisfied with the flavor and in cooking, but this peaks my curiosity. Do you know if the oil is in fact unrefined and does not say it (the label is quite vague), or are we purchasing a cheaper product that is also cheaper in quality? I also use the $10 oil from Earth Fare, and know that it is extra virgin, cold pressed, unrefined… so for the $10 I know I’m getting the best possible product. Maybe a project for “food babe investigates…” Keep up the great work!!

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      That is a great question Leah. Carrie with Deliciously Organic is the one I look to as the “cooking oils expert” (she wrote the guest post on my site all about it) and she was actually the one who first told me about this TJ’s oil, which means it passed her inspection test. I took that as a very good sign, but calling TJ’s and asking some more questions about it certainly wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Elizabeth

    Love, love, love your blog…especially the investigative reporting and recipes! I have been making “breakfast ice cream” ….believe it or not that is what I call it too and my six year old asks for it at least once a week….I do berries, bananas, yogurt and whole milk usually however I have a bag in the freezer where I put peeled bananas, hulled strawberries, blueberries, peaches…whatever is in season, local and about to go bad…which is why it doesnt need additional sweetening from agave/honey etc…if there is any leftover I put it in those great silicone yogurt tubes you featured awhile ago….my son has that and a Trader Joes small bag of cashews for school snack most days…fast, healthy and not crazy expensive.

  • Kurt

    I just wanted to say thank you for all the amazing information you provide. My wife and I have started to live this way after years of eating processed foods and have seen a dramatic weight loss (20-25 pounds in 2 1/2 months) just from eating this way. Thank you for doing this!

  • Save the planet

    Really?!?! You individually wrap the bread slices? It looks like you don’t reuse the bags either. A way to eliminate some of the waste is lay the bread out on cookie sheets until frozen, then repackage in the original Great Harvest bag. This will allow them to stay separate from each other without so much waste.

  • Marie

    I just got 5 GALLONS of coconut oil– cold pressed from Tropical Traditions online. FREE SHIPPING so it was $135 flat. It arrived really fast and that is the first time I bought from them but won’t be my last. Now I can go crazy with coconut oil the way I want to and not worry about the cost. It was like 60% less than what I normally pay which is $7 for 16 oz. Every day I spread it on sandwich bread and top with almond butter and heat in toaster oven for a minute. That is part of lunch now for us, yum!

    PS I think that was a special sale day but it must come around again soon. Plus I liked that though they don’t certify organic most of their stuff, they said that it’s all made in an organic fashion and the coconuts are sold to them by natives who gather them in the Phillipines.

  • Jennifer Gauthier

    Giggled to myself about you complaing .. since when do we need to reward our kids after dance class . I am almost 40 . I vividly remember smarties being handed out after dance class : ).

  • Jill Toney

    Why would kids even think they NEED a reward after class? This idea only comes from adults creating this routine. I remember being “snack family” for my elementary soccer team as a child. Each week were supposed to bring soda and cookies to help us recharge after the game!! Yuck! I am 32, I would like to think we have made some progress in the nutrition dept!

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  • Sarah

    Oh my goodness, thank you thank you thank you. I am an executive director at a recreational facility. In my service at this particular one (2 years now), I enforced a no rewards rule. When I first arrived we were giving kids candy, stickers, prizes every time I turned I around. For what you ask? For coming to dance class, tumbling, basketball practice, etc. When I did this parents were up in up-roar. WHAT? NO CANDY? NO STICKERS? Shouldn’t the reward be the amazing feeling you get from being active, the friends you make, the skill you master? Thank you for being appreciative of that.

  • I feel that it’s important to point out: wheat and grains are unnecessary and even damaging to a dog’s (or cat’s) health. People who make those kinds of “treats” for dogs are well-meaning, but applying a diet they believe is appropriate for humans to a dog. Feeding a dog grains can result in behavioral problems, weight problems, poor dental health, and diabetes.

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