How to Select REAL Seafood

I sure do love a good seafood dish. And one of my favorite things about making seafood at home is that it usually doesn’t take long to cook, which means it’s a totally doable dish for any busy weeknight.

A question I get a lot though is, “Where do I buy my seafood?” While I’d love to buy all our seafood directly from the fisherman (and I sometimes do at our local farmers’ market here in NC!), it’s not realistic for me to do that 100% of the time. Not to mention some of you don’t live anywhere near the coast, so for you that would be near impossible. So believe it or not, I often buy our seafood straight from the regular old grocery store – and I’m pretty happy with what I can get there most of the time!

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Kiran’s (Realistic) Quest to Cut Out Processed Foods – Part II

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

I’ve never been a resolution person, but I do think there is value in self-assessment and realizing both the positives you’ve accomplished and areas that need improvement. Notice I didn’t say negatives. Last year I wrote about my family’s quest to cut out processed foods. And though I feared daggers would be sent through my computer, the exact opposite happened. What I learned is that, as in my case, making this change is not an overnight thing for most. It takes time, and it may mean sometimes taking two steps forward and one step back. Maybe even a few times.

With that being said, I want to share some of the changes we’ve encountered, and also where my family still needs improvement. I don’t know that we’ll ever be 100% (my guess is we’re now about 90% of the way there), but I do know that we’ve made progress since last year. And I’d love to share some our recent accomplishments.

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Organic Valley Farm Tour

Organic Valley Farm Tour on 100 Days of #RealFood

We recently had the opportunity to visit a local Organic Valley Farm, and I’m excited to share all the details with you in today’s sponsored post! I’m proud to be partnering with Organic Valley this year because it’s a company that truly has its heart in the right place. And there’s no better way to see that than to spend the day with one of their very own farmers, George Teague and Family. One of the things I’ve learned is that Organic Valley is actually a farmer-owned cooperative, which means that hundreds of well-meaning families, just like the Teagues, work together to produce the certified organic dairy products that we all enjoy.

Reedy Fork Farm
(An Organic Valley Dairy Farm)

As you can see from the pics, my girls had a BLAST on our tour (they even got to pet a very loving cow!). It was clearly a worthwhile day off school. We also got to meet fellow blogger Anne with Fannetastic Food and hear about farm life and the history of the Teague’s land, which is Reedy Fork Farm just outside of Greensboro, NC. And in case you’re wondering, they do offer farm tours to the public for a fee – so give them a call if it’s something you (or your kids) would enjoy! Continue Reading »

Misleading Product Roundup IV: Don’t Be Fooled

It’s time for another “Misleading Product Roundup” recapping the food items I’ve shared with you on Facebook. I can’t stress enough how important it is to read the ingredients before buying any packaged food. It can feel tedious at first, but as you read through these examples below I think you’ll agree it’s a necessary evil! For more posts like this, be sure to check out Misleading Product Roundup III, and III.

Teriyaki Marinade

Teriyaki Marinade: Misleading Product Roundup IV on 100 Days of #RealFood

I used to love this stuff, but then I read the back to see what they really put in it. High fructose corn syrup is the 2nd ingredient on the list! Not to mention the other questionable additives I do not cook with at home (sodium benzoate anyone?).

Real Food Alternative: How about mixing a few things together at home to make your own teriyaki marinade instead?
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My Go-To Whole Foods Shopping List (Part 1)

This post is by blog team member, Kiran. Check out our team page to learn more about her!

If you’ve read some of my past posts, you may already know I actually love grocery shopping. I know, I know. Some may think it’s strange, but as long as I have a plan and know what I need, I really enjoy it. My kids do, too, but perhaps that’s because of the snacks they get along the way.

I wrote a post last year about saving money at one of my favorite stores: Whole Foods Market. And in case you haven’t read that one, let me reiterate. I love Whole Foods Market. In a weird way. Bear with me, ya’ll; I promise I’m not too wacko. Let me also state that this post is in no way sponsored (i.e., paid for) by Whole Foods Market.

So here’s the deal with the store. You walk in and are immediately entranced with the environment. Colorful produce is so prettily displayed, and aisles and aisles of products are begging for a second glance. One could get lost in thought and walk out with grocery carts full. But alas, I don’t want you to give away your whole paycheck, as the saying goes, so I created a list of some do’s and don’ts and some of my personal faves in this Whole Foods shopping list. There’s even a printable version at the end of this post if you want to take it with you.

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Misleading Product Roundup III: Don’t Be Fooled

It’s that time again for a “Misleading Product Roundup” in order to recap the food items I’ve been sharing on Facebook. I know we’re all currently caught up with the holiday craziness, but please don’t let the busyness cause you to be fooled by some of these highly processed products! And for more posts like this, check out Misleading Product Roundup I and II.


Misleading Product Roundup III: Don't Be Fooled on 100 Days of #RealFood

I never understood why anyone would choose watered down, artificially dyed corn syrup over real orange juice.

Real Food Alternative: Just go with the real thing. Or, better yet, eat an orange!

Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins

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