Video: Think Outside the Sandwich!

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School is back in session for many, and I’d love to encourage parents (and kids!) to “Think Outside The Sandwich” when it comes to packing school lunches. I know PB&J or Ham and Cheese is predictable and easy, but eating a variety of real food is important. And there truly are so many more options when you put you mind to it. So today I am sharing 4 ideas that I presented on the Charlotte Today show last week – several of which are recipes that will be in my upcoming cookbook (out a week from today)!

I’d love for you to share your non-sandwich lunch ideas in the comments below.

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The Only Lunch Meat I Give My Kids

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It’s pretty obvious that lunch meat is not a regular occurrence around here, BUT I do like to pack it for my kids on occasion - just to switch things up! And it seems every time I do, readers ask me what kind of lunchmeat I bought. So today’s post has all the details!

School Lunch on 100 Days of #RealFood

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

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This contest is now closed and the winner has been selected. Congrats to…

Stephanie O.!

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: 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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Guest Post: 5 Favorite Summer Snacks (from Super Healthy Kids)

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This is a guest post by Natalie Monson and Amy Roskelley from Super Healthy Kids.


We love Lisa and her dedication to real food but also how she makes it real for parents and families to eat this way, which is is why we couldn’t be more excited to guest post for her!

Amy and I are moms and dietitians who love providing parents with fresh recipes and healthy strategies focusing on teaching children to eat more fruits and veggies. We try to make real food creative and fun in order to help growing children develop healthy habits for life. Because we both have children of all ages, we are feeding babies, dealing with picky toddlers, and also attempting to feed busy teens on the go! We believe that feeding your children lots of fruits and veggies is not only possible but can be fun in the process!

Summer is a great time to experiment with different fruits and veggies because there are so many in season. They are great to have by themselves as a snack, but sometimes it is fun to add a little of this or a little of that and come up with a yummy fruit or veggie creation.

5 of our Favorite Summer Snacks

(that are super easy to make and your kids are sure to love)

1Creamy Lemon Dip

5 Favorite Summer Snacks from Super Healthy Kids (Creamy Lemon Fruit Dip) at 100 Days of #RealFood

We love to dip! Sometimes kids won’t eat a fruit or veggie plain, but serve it with a delicious dip and they will eat no matter what you serve. This dip is super fresh and creamy and can be served with any fruit. Sometimes we like to pack it in a container and take it with us when we go swimming, to the park, or on a picnic. Continue Reading »

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7 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

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This post is by blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!


7 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies on 100 Days of #RealFoodGetting kids to eat their vegetables is a quest that many parents find themselves facing. For whatever reason, kids often turn their noses up to vegetables – though there are certainly exceptions. My youngest is a FANTASTIC vegetable eater. Seriously – as a 1 year old he would grab a whole tomato and eat it as if it were an apple (pictured). He eats tomatoes of all sorts, asparagus, zucchini, even red pepper. I know, I am blessed with this one! Funny enough, my second youngest (age 5) is also a fairly good veggie eater. And then there are my older two…

I’ve tried to offer them vegetables through the years, with more of a push during the last 2-3 years. They are ages 7 and 10, so they have their own opinions on things and it’s definitely not as easy to get them to change. But I’ve remained consistent and have tried many different tactics. In a past job, I even reviewed The Sneaky Chef along with Jessica Seinfeld’s book – both which suggested sneaking in vegetable purees. But here’s the thing: why sneak it when you can try to teach them to like it? You won’t be cooking (and sneaking) their foods forever; it’s really better to set them up to learn to like foods themselves. Continue Reading »

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