How To Make The Perfect Salad

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It recently dawned on me that almost all the salads I like these days have a combination of toppings from three specific categories: fruit (or dried fruit), nuts (or seeds), and cheese. It’s no secret how much I love cheese. And for some reason if a salad is instead only adorned with veggies like carrot shavings or cucumbers slices, it just doesn’t look quite as appetizing to me. Let’s remember – I hardly liked salads before our switch to real food. But knowing how good those leafy greens are for me I’ve tried to find ways to embrace them.

So here is my secret for making the perfect salad that anyone would enjoy! Continue Reading »

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Guest Post: Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from A Spicy Perspective)

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This is a guest post by Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective.


Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from a Spicy Perspective) at 100 Days of #RealFood

Hi guys! I’m Sommer Collier from A Spicy Perspective. It’s an honor to be here today while the Leake family is off exploring the nation on their cross-country trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

On a ASpicyPerspective.com I share a wide range of recipes from naughty decadent treats that we enjoy on splurge days to healthy real food meals that we focus on from day to day. We also share travel posts as often as we can (we have a series on traveling Italy coming next month) along with gardening tips, fashion trends, and home projects.

Today I want to share one of my family’s favorite healthy snacks with you—roasted chickpeas.
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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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Recipe: Southern Potato Salad (without mayo!)

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I am on yet another quest to replace mayonnaise in a classic recipe. As I’ve explained before, store bought mayo isn’t exactly real food (and making mayo from scratch isn’t exactly my cup of tea). Plus not everyone is a mayonnaise lover anyway, so just in time for your holiday BBQ, here is my (non-mayo) Southern Potato Salad recipe that is just as good as the original!

And in case you need some more inspiration, here are a few other real food recipes that would be perfect for your holiday celebration:

Potato Salad without Mayo from 100 Days of #RealFood Continue Reading »

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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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Recipe: Mango Salsa (+ How to Cut a Mango)

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I must start by sharing the story behind my inspiration for this mango salsa recipe. My 9-year-old loves mangoes like you wouldn’t believe. They are definitely her all time favorite fruit. So whenever she’s asked, “What’s your favorite food?” she quickly responds with “Mango.”

Well, when I recently spoke to a group of parents at a DC school (about our real food journey), this same daughter tagged along on the trip and agreed to sit quietly and watch the presentation like a big girl. But as my presentation started to come to a close, she could no longer contain her desire to get up on stage with me (she’s clearly not my shy one!). Each time I said, “Are there any more questions?” she eagerly raised her hand in the front row hoping I would call on her (I must admit, it was cute). So when someone finally gave in and handed her the microphone, she wasted no time at all and said to this group of 100 (or so) adults, “Maybe all the people want to know what I think about real food?” (!!) I promise I did not put her up to this!

In no time at all she was up on stage with me answering people’s questions. One of the first questions they asked was a slight deviation from, “What’s your favorite food?” and was instead, “What’s your favorite food that your mom makes?” She was a little thrown off by this because obviously I don’t make mangoes, so her standard answer wouldn’t work. She instead said, “Mango salsa” (something I’ve probably made for her once or twice in her short life). In my head I was thinking, “Wow, really? That’s news to me. Maybe I should make mango salsa more often! LOL.”

So, just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I am excited to share a super simple and delicious mango salsa recipe inspired by my daughter!

Mango Salsa + How to Cut a Mango from 100 Days of #RealFood Continue Reading »

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