The Food Babe Way (the book!)

My good friend Vani Hari (who also lives here in Charlotte, NC) is celebrating the release of her brand new book today! Vani has been blogging as the “Food Babe” since 2011 and has done an incredible job of drawing attention to the unwanted additives commonly found in our food. While my blogging style is quite different from Vani’s, our mission is actually similar in the fact that we’ve both embraced real, wholesome, homemade, organic food and kicked the highly processed stuff to the curb.

The Food Babe Way

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Real Food Tips: 5 Reasons I Love My Hand Immersion Blender

If you don’t already own a hand immersion blender …you are really missing out! I wouldn’t call this my “most used” kitchen tool, but since cooking from scratch is obviously a requirement for eating real food this is quite possibly my “most practical” one. In fact, it’s one of the few kitchen tools I brought from home on our RV trip last summer – I honestly don’t know how I ever cooked (especially made soups) without it, and, for the price, you really get a lot for your money.

So, just for fun (read: this is not a sponsored post), here are the top 5 reasons I love my $35 hand immersion blender. And I’d love for you to chime in with your favorite uses in the comments below because I’m sure there are some I haven’t thought of, and it would be fun to try something new with it!

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Black Friday “Real” Deals!

It’s officially the biggest shopping day of the year! So we figured, why not offer you a few Black Friday “real” deals for the loved ones on your list (or hey, even for yourself—no judging here!)? As I’ve said many times before, I am a HUGE fan of practical gifts, and these offers are no exception. I hope you enjoy. :)

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My Favorite Stocking Stuffers for Real Food Cooks!

Welcome to the 2014 version of My Favorite Kitchen Tools for Stockings (slightly renamed for this year)! I’ve thought long and hard about what to put on this stocking stuffer list so, with a practical theme in mind, here we go…

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5 Materials for a Healthy Kitchen (+ a $650 giveaway!)

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

Stacey P.!

The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will soon be baking and cooking up a storm with our families! And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working hard these past few years to improve the materials I cook with in my kitchen. For one, non-stick is mostly out and so is plastic. Now I say “mostly” because I like to balance these goals with reality, but I do think the 80/20 rule is a great goal when it comes to these sorts of things.

So today, I’m excited to partner with our sponsor, MightyNest, to share some of the materials that you’ll now find a lot of in my kitchen. They definitely know their stuff when it comes to smart choices – all their products are free from known toxic ingredients such as BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, melamine, formaldehyde, flame retardants, parabens and more. So while many of us are here because we’re concerned about what foods we’re cooking – let’s be sure we don’t overlook what tools we’re using to prepare, serve and store all that wholesome goodness as well!

Plus, not only does MightyNest have all the healthy gear you need to outfit your kitchen, but they also donate a very generous 15% of any order back to the school of your choice. A healthy kitchen and money for your school… sounds like a great combo to me! So, to help you get started with your transition to “5 Materials for a Healthy Kitchen” one lucky 100 Days of Real Food reader has a chance to win a HUGE giveaway package today, which includes both $400 of products and $250 for the school of the your choice – a total value of $650!! Just click the blue button below to enter!

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The Lunch Box Rumors Are True…

I’m sad to report that what you’ve heard is true …the divided Ziploc lunch containers have been discontinued! :( These are our favorite lunch boxes because they’re super easy to use (with only one lid to open), lightweight, inexpensive, hold the right amount of food, and most importantly, are leakproof. And these are even the containers we used for all the school lunch pictures in my new cookbook!

But enough about the containers you can no longer buy (so sorry!). Let’s instead talk about the two most comparable alternatives I’ve found. I did some testing this week that felt pretty darn risky. But the results ended up being better than I expected, so let’s get down to it!

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