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).
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My Upcoming Real Food Cookbook (out in August)!

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s that writing a cookbook teaches you some serious patience! What started as a super exciting (and surreal) opportunity in July of 2012, turned into a super serious undertaking (i.e. actually turning in a finished manuscript by March of 2013), and has now turned into an ever impending release date of August 2014!

Some of you may recall that my book was originally going to be on sale starting this month, BUT publisher plans change, and like I said – patience! So if you have been anxiously awaiting the release date (like me), then let me go ahead and thank you for your patience as well…and in the meantime, how about we tide ourselves over with some of the juicy details?!

First of all, we have a cover! And it’s even listed on Amazon (and available for preorder!) as if I am a real author or something!

My Upcoming Real Food Cookbook (out in August)! from 100 Days of #RealFood

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Real Food Tips: Advice and Recipes from Our Team

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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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Why I Don’t Juice

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Now before anyone starts jumping to conclusions about juicing or thinks “Geez, there is something wrong with everything” (I hate that feeling) – I want to make one thing clear: There is certainly nothing wrong with drinking vegetable juices. But there are a few reasons why I haven’t personally jumped on the juicing bandwagon myself – even after borrowing a friend’s juicer and actually trying it out for a week – which is what I’d like to explain today.

Juice and FiberJuice Is Not A Whole Food

First and foremost, my main dietary goal is to eat whole foods or what I call “real food” (i.e. 5 or less whole ingredients). Did you know that when you drink juiced vegetables and fruits you are not eating the whole food? The first time I saw a juicer in action I was actually a little surprised when I saw all this stuff being spit out the side. It turns out that stuff is the pulp (basically the fiber) and not included in the juice you are about to drink! Now you could technically bake that pulp into a homemade baked good or something (and still consume it), but I am going to tell you right now I would never be “Betty Homemakerish” enough to keep up with something like that. Plus I felt like the kale, celery, cucumber, and other ingredients I purchased to make the juice could have nicely supplemented several meals for the whole family, when instead the juicer transformed these ingredients into 2 glasses (about 10 ounces each) of not very filling juice. Continue Reading »

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FREE Parenting Webinar: Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

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PPS-500x235As we soon head into the days without school, summer outings and get togethers can also be coupled with unkempt rooms and mentions of “I’m bored.” Instead of nagging, yelling or constantly reminding your kids of what to do, please know there are positive ways to keep everyone happy. This is why I am excited to once again offer to our readers the very popular and FREE parenting webinar led by Amy McCready with Positive Parenting Solutions. With three different sessions offered (morning and evening), you will not regret taking an hour to join us and learn how to use easy strategies to correct misbehavior and get your kids to listen. No one needs added stress or wants to constantly be nagging or yelling – especially during the summer months! So sign up below for a FREE 1-hour webinar led by parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and regular TODAY Show contributor, if you’d like to learn about getting your “kids to listen without nagging, reminding or yelling.”

Free Parenting Webinar for our Readers

“Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling” led by parenting expert Amy McCready

Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids. Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences. Tactics can be used for toddlers to teens.

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Kraft Acknowledged Petition But Didn’t Address Concerns

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For the first time in the more than 2 weeks since we launched our petition asking Kraft to remove artificial dyes from their line of macaroni and cheese, Kraft has finally acknowledged our petition and the more than 270,000 consumers who have signed it. (Transcript of video below)

Our Video Response To Kraft’s Latest Letter

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Kraft’s Letter Posted on their Website (This was not sent to us directly)

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Our Video Transcript:

Their response, posted on their website, states that 14 of their 45 or so varieties of macaroni and cheese do not contain artificial dyes and the ones that do contain dyes do not violate any FDA or European safety guidelines. However, they failed to mention that when these artificial dyes are used in Europe they require a warning label stating they “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Continue Reading »

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