Real Food Tips: 10 Unique Hostess Gifts

As you hop from party to party this month I do think it’s nice to bring along a little something extra for the party host – entertaining is a lot of work after all! And you could always resort to that good o’l bottle of wine (or champagne – ooolala), but if you like to stand out and do things your own way here are some ideas for more creative hostess gifts. I know I’d love to be given any one of these (although I’ve certainly never turned away a bottle of wine either – ha)! :)

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Video: A Tour of My Kitchen!

I’ve posted a few cooking videos on the blog, and it seems like every time I do someone always asks if they can get a full tour. Our kitchen is certainly not perfect or up to model home standards, but we have worked hard to organize and stock it with just about everything we need to make real food. So just for fun here’s a look inside some of our cabinets including our kitchen’s best kept secret …the back pantry! With the kids back in school it’s the perfect time to work on getting organized, so hopefully this will give you some ideas.


Also if you want to see more detail about any of my kitchen tools that you saw in the video be sure to check out My Kitchen Essentials page.

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Real Food On The Road: RV Trip

This post is coming to you from somewhere in California while my husband drives our family from Yosemite National Park to our next RV Trip destination (Big Sur)! A trip out west in an RV with the kids has been on our bucket list for quite some time now, and we are finally carrying out our dream (yay!). But as many times as we’ve enjoyed tent camping together as a family, we’d never even stepped foot into an RV prior to this trip, and I was honestly not exactly sure what to expect!

Real Food on the Road: #RV Trip from 100 Days of #RealFood-

Expectations

What I was expecting and looking forward to was being able to hop from place to place without the pain of unpacking and repacking over and over again (that can get old pretty quickly if you want to visit more than one destination). And let me tell you what – that part is totally awesome. We decided to get an early start this morning, and from the time we all four woke up until we left the campground was 30 minutes flat – a Leake record for sure! Continue Reading »

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8 Products With More Sugar Than You Think!

Today, I am doing something completely out of character. I am not focusing on the list of ingredients and instead looking at how much sugar is in SOOO many products these days.

The Problem With Sugar

The problem with sugar is honestly not sugar itself, but the quantity in which it’s being consumed. Over the last few decades our consumption of sugar has skyrocketed to “nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year,” which is 1/3 pound (or 2/3 cup) per day! That’s as much as four times as what’s recommended…keep this chart handy as you review the products below:

The American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowance of sugar:

  • 3 teaspoons of added sugar for children
  • 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women
  • 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men

According to Mark Bittman, “Added sugar . . . is the tobacco of the twenty-first century” and “probably the most dangerous part of our current diet.” One of the biggest concerns is that many people don’t realize how much added sugar they’re actually consuming. You might think you’re in the clear if you simply avoid sweets, but added sugar lurks in some pretty unexpected places, including salad dressings, dried fruit, spaghetti sauces, breads, cereals, condiments, flavored yogurts, beverages, and even crackers.

Added Sugar vs. Naturally Occurring Sugar

Apple with nutrition facts on 100 Days of #RealFoodAs I’ve mentioned before, I almost always exclusively read the ingredient labels and never look at the Nutrition Facts panel – except for when I am trying to figure out how much sugar a product contains. And that’s because I know over consumption of added sugar is so easy to do and also so bad for our health. At this time though, the grams of sugar listed on the label combine both naturally occurring sugar (often found in fruit and dairy products) and refined, added sugar – two VERY different things in my opinion!

Nature does a good job of packaging whole fruit with the right amount of sweetness and also the right amount of other nutrients (including fiber, which helps to slow absorption). So thanks to nature naturally occurring sugar that’s found in whole foods is not to fear (whew!)…the much bigger problem is the white stuff! With this in mind, I tried to mostly select products for my little “Sugar Project” below that I believe are low in naturally occurring sugar so we can for sure know that the grams of sugar listed on the label are mainly referring to refined, added sugar (the stuff we need to cut back on). There are always exceptions to the rule though, which I explain below. Continue Reading »

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

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).
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Real Food Tips: Advice and Recipes from Our Team

Aside from all the blog work our team members do to keep this site going round, each person has their own special real food talents and knowledge as well. After all, that’s what brought us together in the first place (well, except for me and my husband of course…that was actually a fraternity party in college and a story for another day!).

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to reach out to each person behind the scenes over here and ask them to share their best advice for convincing a reluctant family member to join you on the real food bandwagon as well as their favorite recipe!

From Jason, Business Manager (and my husband)

Real Food Tips (Jason Leake) on 100 Days of Real Food Tip:
I’m going to cheat here and give two tips.

  1. Have your reluctant family members read In Defense of Food and watch Food, Inc. so they have some background on why you are making a change. They could even borrow the audio book from the library and listen during their daily commute. There is no shame in changing old behavior as the result of education, but this requires an open mind.
  2. Make real food your new normal. Things cease to be “new and different” when they turn into just “how things are done” in your house (consistently, most of the time).

I remember growing up and comparing my experiences (bedtime, TV time, chore list, privileges, etc.) with those of my friends. If I ever complained to my mom, she would reply with, “I’m not your friend’s mother. I’m your mother, and in this house, this is how it’s going to be.” It’s important to go beyond groupthink and embrace your own individuality. You have the power to influence your own family’s experiences and wellbeing, and if you are a parent, that power could extend to future generations.

Recipe:
My favorite real food recipe is Pork Carnitas Tacos with Homemade Corn Tortillas. It is just incredible, rivaling authentically prepared food I’ve had in Mexico. If you are a novice cook, you can go with store bought corn tortillas the first time around (Ezekiel brand is clean), but once your family falls in love with the tacos you have to make some homemade tortillas the next time. They will rock your world.

Real Food Tips (Pork Carnitas Tacos) on 100 Days of Real Food #realfood

Pork Carnitas Tacos

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