Video: A Tour of my Real Food Refrigerator

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As part of my pantry and kitchen video tour series, here is what you’ll find inside my refrigerator! Of course this is just one random day of the year and my fridge varies week by week, but hopefully this little snapshot will give you an idea of how things sometimes look around here. I’d love to hear what I’d find in your real food fridge in the comments below. Enjoy! :)

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Video: A Tour of My Kitchen!

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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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Video: Is Vitamix Really The Best Blender?

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This video was fun to shoot because I honestly had no idea what the outcome would be. This is not anything we practiced beforehand! And I don’t come right out and say it – but I think it’s obvious which blender I like the best out of the Blendtec, Vitamix, Ninja line-up. Get ready to be surprised because I’m pretty sure it’s not the one you’d think would be the winner here. This video is a MUST watch if you’ve ever considered upgrading your blender!

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Video: 7 “Healthy” Foods – That Really Aren’t

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Surely we all know by now that the Food Industry has only one thing top of mind – and that’s to make money. So they do a great job of making factory-made items appear that they’re good for us when in fact they’re highly processed. Here are just a few items that are touted as “healthy foods” that, when you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see really aren’t!

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1) Store Bought Granola Bars 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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Video: What Real Food to Make vs Buy (Part 2)

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I had the opportunity to share some more of my “Make vs Buy” real food tips on the Charlotte Today Show yesterday. Here’s a copy of the video clip for you and also a summary of the products I discussed on the segment just below.


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What Real Food to Make vs Buy

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of cooking from scratch in order to avoid highly processed food. BUT, as I’ve mentioned before, if there’s a perfectly suitable store bought product it’s hard to justify the time to practically duplicate it at home.
Here’s how some popular staples stack up:

Chicken Broth/Stock

Store bought chicken broth not only contains additives you wouldn’t use when making it at home, but it’s also made using factory farmed animals (something we personally like to avoid at all costs). Thankfully making homemade broth is so simple and easy you can literally do it in your sleep using my Overnight Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot recipe. And you can even use veggie scraps and chicken bones that would have ended up in the trash anyway, therefore saving you money in the long run. Oh and I almost forgot to mention – the taste of the homemade version is far superior.
Answer: Make (recommended equipment: slow cooker)

Ketchup

Ketchup is one of those condiments that we just don’t use enough of to justify making from scratch – so you’re off the hook here! During our 100-day pledge when we couldn’t use any refined sweeteners (a standard ingredient in ketchup), I tried making it all different ways with honey and pure maple syrup and it just wasn’t as good as the store bought stuff. So, after our pledge ended it didn’t take me long to decide this had to be incorporated back into our lives as an “exception” to our rules.
Answer: Buy

Hummus

Deciding if you should make or buy hummus is a toss up – I do both! Making hummus isn’t all that hard, but some days it’s just nice to have one less thing to do. So when I make my monthly stop at Trader Joe’s I do occasionally buy their organic, plain hummus (my favorite store bought brand). It is made with refined oil (another ingredient we like to avoid), but since it’s certified organic at least I know it’s not GMO oils.
Answer: It depends!

Salad Dressing

The reasons for this one were discussed at the very top of my first “Make vs. Buy” list!
Answer: Make (recommended equipment: salad dressing bottle)

Chocolate Sauce

The standard Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is an unfortunate mix of high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and artificial flavor (no, thank you!). There’s just no need to go that route when it’s SO easy to make your own at home. Simply mix together 1 part unsweetened cocoa (I like the “special dark” variety) with 2 parts pure maple syrup. It takes a couple minutes of stirring for it to fully come together, but when it does you’ll never consider the store bought stuff again!
Answer: Make

Mayonnaise

This is another one of those condiments that we personally just don’t use a lot of – maybe 1 to 2 tablespoons a month for the whole family. And it’s also another item that I tried desperately to recreate when I could not buy it during our 100-day pledge. But, no matter what I did it just wasn’t the same consistency as the white fluffy stuff out of the jar that I was expecting. Plus many of the recipes I found called for raw egg, which I am on the fence about eating. So as a result, we now just buy the best option I can find and use it sparingly.
Answer: Buy

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Video: A Tour of my Real Food Pantry

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I am excited to share another new video with you today. I recently posted a “How to Read Ingredient Labels” video where I walked through 8 packaged food examples and how to pick out the “bad” stuff. Some of the commenters asked if I could show the “good” stuff they should be buying instead, and thankfully I had this pantry tour video ready to go! There is one thing I want to say about my pantry though. One of the first things I did when we initially decided to ditch the highly processed stuff was literally “ditch” the highly processed stuff. “Out of sight is out of mind,” and not having those food-like substances around anymore made/makes it so much easier for us to stick to the rules. And my favorite part of having a real food pantry is when my daughters ask for a snack…almost everything in our house is now a “good” choice so there is nothing to argue about. It was practically life changing for us! Continue Reading »

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