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 »

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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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Taste Testing Games for Picky Eaters (and for fun!)

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As I’ve shared before, I am part of a “Healthy Child & Earth” committee at our elementary school, and one of our initiatives this year was to form a Cooking & Gardening Club. This new after school club meets weekly, and the volunteers on our committee take turns teaching different lessons.

The first time I led this group of 1st through 5th graders, I explained the importance of whole grains and let the kids make their own whole-wheat pasta with a hand crank machine. Most of the parents I spoke to afterward said their kids boiled their pasta (and gobbled it right up) as soon as they got home—yay!

The second class I taught (last week) was all about taste testing. And this lesson taught me:

Taste testing games are a great way to get even the pickiest of kids to warm up to new foods!

These games are so easy, they by no means have to happen in the classroom. Today I want to share all the details so you can do this at home with your own kids (and/or their friends). This could honestly even be a fun birthday or slumber party activity (depending on how “out of the box” you like to be and how much you like the idea of positive peer pressure!). The kids in the class enjoyed the activities much more than I expected, and by the end, several of them were saying, “Oh, I wish we could do the blind taste test game again. It was soooo fun!” Score!

 

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Kids Don’t Need Snacks in Recreational Sports!

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


Kids don't need snacks in recreational sports! from 100 Days of #RealFood

Staff Contributor Kiran Dodeja Smith

Eating real food is important to me and just as important for my family. I know firsthand that this is not always easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But as parents, I feel that it’s our job to give our kids the knowledge of what healthy actually means—both in and outside the house.

Our First Soccer Experience

Last fall, my 7 year old joined the local soccer league – a very organized one at that. We’re still in the stage of figuring out where our kids’ talents lie, and for this season, it was soccer. One practice a week and one game on weekends…that I could handle. But the snack situation I could not.

The first game rolled around, and each girl was instructed to bring a water bottle. Super, I thought. They absolutely need hydration. The coach had brought a big bag of oranges, cut and ready to be consumed, which the kids ate during the 45 minute game. Awesome! I loved that they had a sweet, nourishing whole food snack and water to nosh on while taking a breather.

But then when they finished the game and were given a bag of Cheez-It’s and a Capri Sun, I was baffled. Um, really? But what was I going to do, be the mean mom who wouldn’t let my daughter take the snack? (I was not the mean mom this time.) Continue Reading »

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School Lunch Roundup V

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Here is another school lunch summary post of what I’ve been packing for my daughters (and sharing almost daily on Facebook)!

To learn more about the lunches I pack here are some links…

Also be sure to check out our School Lunch FAQs with other info including what I do to prevent apples from turning brown!

School Lunch Roundup Photos

School Lunches from 100 Days of #RealFood

  • Whole-wheat pitas filled with hummus, cheese and carrot shreds
  • A frozen berry/banana/spinach/PB smoothie pop
  • Grapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Water in the cup

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6-Week School Lunch Meal Plan for Sale (for 2 weeks only)!

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Please note the sales period has ended and this product is no longer available for purchase.

It is no secret that I’ve dedicated a decent amount of time on this site talking about packing “real food” school lunches. From the posts on the blog to the pictures on my Facebook page – it is clearly a recurring theme! But even with all of that information I know some parents still feel like they could still use additional help. Let’s face it – we are all so busy these days, sometimes it would just be easier if someone told us exactly what to do! :)

That’s why I was thrilled when our 100 Days of Real Food team member, Kiran, came to me with the idea for this “Real Lunches, Real Easy” School Lunch Meal Plan eGuide. Kiran has 4 kids of her own (ages 9 and under) and, even with her part-time job working with us, she manages to run a tight ship at her house, which includes feeding her family wholesome, real food meals. She has her school lunch packing system down pat! And that system is exactly what inspired this…

6 Week #SchoolLunch Meal Plan from 100 Days of #RealFood

Real Lunches, Real Easy!

We are excited to announce that for a limited time only (between now and January 27th) we are offering a step-by-step eGuide that will make packing real food lunches a breeze. The best part is you don’t have to think about what to buy, make or pack…you just follow the instructions in the meal plans and the rest is done for you!

Product Features:

  • 54-page electronic PDF “eGuide” can be used over and over again.
  • 5 complete real food lunches per week (30 lunches total) including color photos of each.
  • Coordinating recipes and weekly shopping lists with “make ahead” tips for busy parents.
  • Also includes pantry staples, recommended tools, and tips for getting organized.
  • Please note: Nut free substitutions ARE included, but these plans are not gluten-free, and 8 of the 30 lunches contain meat as the main dish (other meat inclusions could easily be omitted).
  • One time cost: $9 Continue Reading »

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