A Week with the Leakes: Breakfast

As I shared on facebook last week we’ve been working on a project where we record and photograph every single thing our family eats for a week. I’ve been posting a lot of our kids’ lunches lately, and it’s provoked some readers to ask…”Well, what do you eat?” So it was a lot of work and sometimes hard to delay taking that first bite until we took the picture, but we figured we would just share it all! And what we ended up with were a ton of photos so I am breaking up the results into four posts: breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner/dessert.

Now, based on some of the feedback I’ve gotten when I share school lunches on facebook I feel as though I need to preface these posts with a disclaimer:

These meals are just a brief snapshot of our lives, and while I am sure some will feel we ate too much of X and not enough of Y, please know that we do not claim to be perfect (who is?). We simply do our best to eat a wide variety of satisfying whole foods while also only eating enough in order to feel full. In most cases we took pictures of our plates before we started eating and sometimes it was the right amount of food, but other times it was too much or too little. We didn’t prepare a special meal plan for the project, we just captured what happened.  And I’d also like to add that it’s much easier to make judgments about one’s eating habits when you see their meal photos all laid out on one page like this (while you are NOT simultaneously trying to race out the door to school or work or after school activities)!

So in summary, this is a typical week at our house and while we are always open to suggestions and feedback we ask that you please be respectful in the comments as we put ourselves out there like this. As always, our mission is to share our personal experiences to hopefully inspire other busy families to eat more real food. :)

I would also like to mention that most of what we buy is organic including everything from produce to grains to dairy so rather than me saying “organic” over and over a hundred times please just assume that most everything you see is organic.

A Week with the Leakes: Breakfast

Sunday Family Breakfast: Scrambled local eggs, local strawberries, organic bacon, homemade granola chunks, and water to drink.

Most Mornings with/after Breakfast: I had a maple mocha 5 out of 7 days after breakfast and my husband had one cup of coffee with milk (no sweetener) most mornings at work. He also had herbal tea a few mornings instead of coffee.

Kid Breakfast Most Weekday Mornings: A homemade granola cereal and puffed whole-wheat cereal mix (1-ingredient store bought cereal – we usually get puffed brown rice, but it was sold out), bananas, and whole milk.

Weekday Breakfast for both Lisa and Jason (most days): Homemade granola with fresh berries (in the winter we use frozen berries), whole milk, and a glass of water. We eat the same thing most weekdays and like it. :)

Morning Snack for our First Grader: She’s the only one in the family who typically has an AM snack and it’s almost always oatmeal (by request) made with whole milk and topped with a drizzle of honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and raisins. She brings it to school in the pictured thermos to keep it warm until snack time.

Another Version of the Weekday Kid Breakfast: Homemade granola cereal mixed with a shredded wheat “biscuit” (Barbara’s brand), fresh berries, and whole milk.

Wednesday Breakfast for Jason: He was running late for work so he grabbed a banana, a Lara Bar, and some water before heading out the door.

Thursday Breakfast for our Preschooler: Our younger daughter doesn’t start until 9 A.M. so there is a little more time for something special…here she had plain whole-milk yogurt mixed with homemade berry sauce topped with granola and bananas.

Friday Breakfast for Jason and our Preschooler: No preschool on Fridays (and my husband happened to take that day off of work) so there was plenty of time to make oatmeal with whole milk, raisins, a drizzle of honey, a touch of vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon for them. I still had granola with whole milk and berries.

Saturday Family Breakfast: Whole-wheat banana pancakes (our 7-year-old made them on the griddle by herself…hence all the odd shapes!) with local strawberries, a little pure maple syrup, and water to drink.

Stay tuned for the lunch and dinner version of this series!

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109 thoughts on “A Week with the Leakes: Breakfast”

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. I have adapted many of Lisa’s recipes with trial and error but mostly successfully. :) I’m just saying that you can do it with many but not all.

  1. I have especially enjoyed this series. I hope you will do it again. It really gives insights into what a real food meal plan looks like for a week. More please! :)

  2. I am so impressed with the meals you have created. I have been adjusting my kids diet to a whole grain, low sugar, more fruits and veggies for a long time but this has given me some great new ideas. I was wondering what type of dark chocolate you recommend. I am 1/4 a way into your book so it may be discussed in there but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I find most are either very expensive or have soy lecitin and other “bad” ingredients. Also, I give my kids “woven wheats” from TJ’s or Whole Foods. They have 3 ingredients and I just want to find out your thoughts because my kids really like these crackers. I make nachos, “sandwiches” etc with them too. Thanks so much for making all of our lives easier.

  3. I love it! Thanks for sharing. My favorite breakfast was the one your older daughter made. All imperfect shapes and all! :)

  4. I am an avid follower of your blog that focuses on health and well being through good and wholesome nutrition. I very rarely consume highly processed foods and your blog is a constant reminder to steer clear from the junk that the markets are flooded with. While I am not as vigilant as you all are, I hope to get there soon. I am a vegetarian who ensures most meals are home cooked and FRESHLY prepared and a fanatic ingredient watcher. My typical breakfast staples are milk, oats, yoghurt, avocado, eggs and bread. I check your page daily for your articles- please keep them coming. It’s some fabulous work that you are doing !

  5. im not sure if you have ever heard of Dandy Blend? It’s a nice alternative to coffee. You can usually buy it from a health food store!!! Thanks for bein such an inspiration. We have not taken the 100 Days Pledge but are working towards it slowly. We are almost preservative, pesticide and sugar free. It’s been hard but slowly but surely getting there. Thanks for helping us make better choices in foods.

  6. Great ideas/inspiration here! Seeing the Larabar prompted me to share a similar item, recent find that I love and thought you might appreciate…Pro Bar Whole Meal bars. I think the ingredients are all organic, they taste great and are filling for a meal on the run. They are a little pricey, but not bad if it is the main part of a meal. There are several flavors and I have found them at Whole Foods and Earth Fare and REI had a couple flavors also. Sorry to sound like a commercial but I never really liked any of the energy bars before and I am very happy to find one that is not only delicious but has good stuff in it!

  7. Hi Lisa,

    I’ve enjoyed getting some new ideas about breakfasts and lunches through your website. Thanks! I have a question about breakfast proteins, though. You eat a very similar breakfast, which I know will not work for my family. I see that sometimes you have yogurt, but if eating oatmeal or musli, does the milk you add count for your protein?

    Thanks again!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi GermanMom. Yes, the milk would be a protein source, but there is also protein in the nuts. Jill

  8. I just found your website and am enjoying it. We eat similarly and have experienced good health as a result, children included. We eat very little grain and try to keep our glycemic index generally low, and also try to emphasize good fats and proteins over carbs. I find that I feel much better when I avoid grains, especially if they contain gluten. When we do make baked goods, we use almond and coconut flours often and love the results. Have you ever worked with those? I highly recommend them; you can make muffins and pancakes galore with much more protein, lower carbs, and good fats. Thanks for you work and spreading the word about healthy eating :) Lisa

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I have used almond flour before, and I thought it was good (although quite expensive!). :)

  9. Lisa – Where do you find your 1-ingredient cereal (the puffed brown rice)? And also, where do you find the shredded wheat? We have a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s but I haven’t looked that closely. Thanks!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I get both cereals at Earth Fare, but I think they are sold other places as well.

  10. It all looks amazing! I just made your granola for the first time yesterday. My daughter & I enjoyed going to Whole Foods to shop for all the nuts in the bulk bins. I enjoyed it this morning but after looking at your pictures realize it would have been even yummier topped with fruit. We also baked & froze the mini bites. Thanks for a great site.

  11. This is amazing. Do your girls not drink any milk? Only that from cereal? I only offer my kids water and the same milk you do, but it sounds like milk is not a drink in your house. Please share your reasons and research.

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Our girls drink milk with dinner (and have it in their cereal as well). They have water as a drink the rest of the day. They both fought us tooth and nail on this decision when we first switched to water at breakfast and lunch, but we think water is very good for you and once we switched to whole grass-fed milk we decided to simultaneously reduce our consumption.

  12. I was wondering how much granola you go through each week and how often you have to make it?

  13. I just wanted to add my thanks for your blog. I am grateful for the information, recipes, and encouragement that you provide. You have honestly inspired me to make a monster change in my family!! Funny, I just received an unkind Facebook message criticizing the food that I am feeding my kids for breakfast (I have documented our transition to real food on my personal blog). I admire and appreciate your transparency in regards to sharing your personal journey. Your honesty is what has made this transition easy. Again, thank you very much.

  14. Hi Lisa! Thank you! Love this! Can’t wait for the rest of your meals, always looking for ideas. I saw some people posted about the puffed cereal…I’ve never bought it and know nothing about it, but, since being inspired by you to start Real Food, I have been making my own puffed amaranth cereal, it’s super easy! you can make it in a big batch for the week and it’s a grain I had never tried before and very nutritious. My 2 year old loves it. I found it on Edible Perspective after you posted about the “Other Real Food Blogs”. You’ve gotta try it! I mix some into your granola recipe as well. Here’s the link.
    http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/2/2/diy-cereal.html

    1. Wow! Thanks for posting that link. I had no idea I could make it myself!! Wonder if I can make other puffed cereals. I will have to research!

  15. Thank you, Lisa. This is a huge help and so generous of you to hive us such an intimate view of your eating to help us eat better. We have several food allergies making it difficult (no whole wheat bread or tummy fresh milk for us!) But your site really helps us out. Thanks!

  16. I realize this has little to do with breakfast, unless you count that jam on toast is a mighty fine breakfast food, but I wanted to ask about canning, specifically jams. I am totally lost in the maze of posts and blogs and advertisements so I thought I would just ask here, on what seems to be your most recent thread. My question: are you canning on a ceramic top stove? I cannot tell from your pictures. I will puruse my manuels soon but to hear of someone’s success would give me a little more faith. I’d hate to suddenly be without my stove and oven…

    My son and I have been mostly real food people for a number of years now, with the driving motivator being my severe nut allergy. As a result, we’re both hard core label readers (he’s not even 14 yet!). I say mostly because I love to bake pies, cakes, and pastries so I am not about to give up that hobby. But like you point out, better out of my kitchen than some industrial warehouse kitchen. And with such a severe tree nut allergy, my choices are pretty limited because it seems almost everything shares a facility with nuts or peanuts. I know you are a nut fan, but we refer to nut stuff as little bags, boxes, or concoctions of death. :)

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I just started canning jam a few weeks ago, and I did it on our gas stove that we use for everything. I hope that answers your question! Good luck :)

    2. @ Reanna – I have been canning jams, peaches, apple butter, and apple sauce on my glass top stove for 6 years without a problem. It gets hot enough to get my canner to a strong boil and maintains that heat with no problem.

    3. i also can jams (and lots of other things) on my glass top stove. I boil water first in smaller amounts and add it to the canner, otherwise it would take forever to bring that much water to a boil, but otherwise I follow the directions in the Ball Blue Book.

  17. Thank You for doing this, we are still transitioning to Real Food, we are pretty much there but it is overwhelming sometimes to not only come up with a real food menu for every meal but also to make it interesting. I love seeing what others eat, it gives me new ideas. thanks again for all that you do.

  18. Cool! I love seeing things like this. I used to do the exact same “challenge” on my blog years ago. I was contemplating starting up that ritual again and then I bumped into your post:)

  19. Lisa, I just want to say thank you for opening up your home and habits to us (at least the eating part!). I am sorry that there are people that judge and send rude comments at times, but I am so thankful for your blog and actually seeing the food you eat in your home. Like the comments above, I get inspired and can wrap my brain around the idea of eating whole/real foods when I see the examples right there. I am not good with food and recipes and meal planning and it is so wonderful to have these examples! I am doing such a better job now feeding my family, but can still keep improving. Thanks for the help. And always remember that for every rude comment you get there are many more that you are helping and inspiring! Even if we don’t always leave comments!

  20. Thanks for this! My 3 year old eats your whole wheat pancakes EVERY morning. I have to take time every couple weeks and make huge batches to freeze because she goes through them so fast. We used to add food coloring (I know, I know) but now when she wants colored pancakes we mash up blue berries and raspberries in the batter. She is quite difficult to feed so the more ideas I can get, the better!

    Thanks so much!

  21. I love seeing what others are eating. I always either get inspiration or encouragement in what we’re already eating. We eat granola or oatmeal for breakfast most of the week, too:)

  22. You should be VERY PROUD of what you feed your family! We eat very much the same, and I have gotten many great ideas from your blog that I feel great about serving my family. THANK YOU…I am truly grateful! I completely understand that this is a labor of love because healthy eating equals more time in the kitchen. I am touched by your willingness to spend even more time sharing with the world!

  23. Looks yummy! I think all your breakfasts look quite healthy too – lots of good grains, fruits and REAL food! I actually posted my breakfast today – mostly because it contained a recipe for maple syrup whipped cream I was sharing – YUM!!!

  24. I don’t know why you were worried. It all looks great. It’s not good that people should think you are perfect anyway, nobody could live up to that. When I share my food it’s not because I’m perfect, but shows I eat what I like and still perceived as healthy and that is helpful to the general person. Great job! Looking forward to the rest.

  25. Thanks for putting yourselves out there for us. Your family is an inspiration! I’m being a chicken about beginning the mini pledges (very picky eaters), but am so greatful for your shared success. :-)

  26. I really like this peek into your morning meals. I always wonder how other people do things and how other people live.
    I’m just starting to transition into unprocessed foods and downloaded your meal plans. Thank you for those!! They are a great starting point for someone who has been off the wagon for far too long!

  27. I just wondered if you ever drink orange juice? fresh squeezed orange juice is a big treat for me- but I only have between 2-4 oz at a time

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      We have orange juice on occasion…but not very often. We keep juice overall consumption down just because the sugars from the fruit are so concentrated and it lacks some of the other good stuff you get from the whole fruit. Plus we think drinking plenty of water is pretty important so hopefully it will help our daughters get used to having plain water!

  28. Love this post and I am looking forward to the others. I need to check out your berry sauce. I am transitioning from flavored yogurt to plain and am having trouble adjusting to the more sour taste, but I don’t want to add tons of honey or maple syrup. Maybe the berry sauce will help me get there. You have also inspired me to create my own food blog and start doing some research on my own. I have In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan on my night stand. Thanks for all that you share.

  29. Hi Lisa,

    I’m new to the blog and totally diggin’ it…great job. Our family has been working on eliminating processed foods, and I love the advice of “shopping the perimeter” of the grocery store. Anyway, I’d be curious to learn if you and your family are moving towards eliminating meat and/or dairy from your diets. I recently read a book called The China Study that talks about the toxicity of animal based protein. Just curious if you have a take on that.

    loved your blog post and pictures, can’t wait to see what’s for lunch!

    marc

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Thanks! I am familiar with The China Study and we watched the movie that features the author called Forks over Knives. We are already conscious of keeping our overall meat consumption down, but we have zero plans to cut it out completely or stop eating animal products all together.

      1. Gotcha. Thanks for the personal reply! I’m brimming with questions but I don’t want to “hog” your time…you’ve got 80,000 other fans to attend to. I’ll keep reading and enjoying myself. Have a great night.

  30. 1. It shocks me that you’d even need to put a disclaimer like that on there. Actually, no, it doesn’t. It just disturbs me. No judgment here!

    2. I’m craving granola like a maniac right now because of this post. Gonna have to make some tomorrow night!

  31. Thanks so much for writing this! I am such a slacker at breakfast time – I feed the kids the exact same thing (plain oatmeal made with milk and topped with honey). It’s so nice to get some delicious looking new ideas – especially some lighter fruity foods going in to summer.

  32. I feel bad you had to list that disclaimer. Of anything it makes me realize I still could do better with our meals. It is slowly coming for me and my family and your blog is helpful. I bought block cheese today and plan to shred it myself after your post last week. I have fresh jam from your post and now seeing your meals I may mix it in Greek yogurt as a treat.

  33. Thank you for posting this. It is most helpful for the visual. Also, like stated earlier, I am sorry you had to post a disclaimer in the beginning. My question comes from your comment about eating until you feel full. I am working on this currently. In your picture of the eggs with bacon, strawberries and granola. The amount of bacon seemed more like “just a taste”. Is that amount typical? I am not being judgemental here, just trying to understand how others determine portion size. I guess bacon is not really something that fills one up, so maybe just a taste is sufficient, but I did not want to assume.

  34. Like all the others who have responded, I am so very appreciative of your efforts, Lisa. I have shared your blog with lots of friends. I’m a grandma now so I’ve lived though the little kid stage. Knowing what all the moms with little ones have to go through in a day, I’m even more impressed with what you are doing. I find your posts extremely helpful and inspiring. Keep up the great job that you are doing!

  35. Thank you!! I really appreciate this. Our family is eating a lot better since I first found your blog about a year ago. And my packed school lunches have greatly improved as well, thanks to the information that you post. Just last week, my kids were wishing that we had cold cereal, and pulled out the granola I had made previously and said “We can eat this as our cereal!” I was surprised and pleased. I hadn’t offered it to them that way (only as a dry snack) because I didn’t think they would like it. But they did! I’m very pleased at the progress we are making and I owe so much of it to your blog.

  36. I find that I can eat the same 3-4 breakfasts without wanting much variety. It’s lunch and dinner that I struggle with more. My husband likes lots of variety for dinner. Variety to him means not the same taste origin multiple meals in a row (no Italian three nights running) and not the same meat multiple meals in a row (no three nights in a row of chicken even if it’s different flavors.) I sometimes struggle with coming up with a good mixture of flavors within a week. So, all that to say I’m looking forward to your lunch and dinner posts. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Thank you so much for all your hard work. We have slowly made changes to our eating and are seeing such great results. Your posts give me great ideas. Love, love, love! Thanks!

  38. I actually did something like this for the past 2 summers and I posted a list of exactly what we ate for each breakfast, lunch and dinner AND included pictures and “HELPFUL TIPS”…. http://pinkcookieswithsprinkles.blogspot.com/search/label/3%20months%20of%20no%20shopping%202011

    It was our challenge to go three months with no major shopping (we would allow ourselves $20.00 to spend a week on produce and we purchased a gallon of milk every other week). No other money was spent on food for that time frame and all of our meals were cooked from food storage ingredients and what we had in our freezers and what we grew in our garden. My goal was to show just how GOOD and healthy you can eat from your food storage and by cooking every meal from scratch!

    ANYWHO, I love to see the creative and yummy things that other people make who try to eat REAL food and not very much processed stuff. You have an awesome and amazing blog and I always go away feeling INSPIRED by you!! Thanks for all you share!

  39. Thanks so much Lisa. I can’t wait to see the lunches – it’s been a challenge for me since we are trying not to eat processed meats. Last week was chicken salad, shrimp salad and pimento cheese which all take mayonnaise although I use it sparingly. We eat lots of salads in warm weather and soup in the winter. Your blogs are very helpful.
    A tip to others about breakfast – your pumpkin muffins (pumpkin bread recipe) doesn’t use a whole can of pumpkin so I use that in your pancake recipe instead of bananas sometimes. Yummy.

  40. Thank you so much for posting! It doesn’t look like much food to me, but I’m not sure if that’s related to dish size or what. Would you mind mentioning how many eggs (approximately) you eat when you do eggs for breakfast? Or, how much dry oatmeal you use to make a serving? I find that when I make eggs, I make 2 for me, and I’m still a little hungry, and I give 2 to my 2-year-old, and she begs for more food (I give her usually some yogurt or cheerios (we had 2 costco boxes in the pantry that i’m trying to work through… i hate wasting food))…

    I know I’ve always struggled with portions, and my daughter seems to be a giant eater, so getting a good idea of how *much* food would be extremely helpful for me. So far, I’ve been mainly focusing on making sure that if my daughter’s going to eat a ton, it’s at least mostly healthy food, but I don’t think more than 2 eggs in a morning would be good for her!

    1. I don’t know about Lisa, but I use 1/3 cup dry oatmeal for myself sometimes with berries or chopped apple mixed in. I also make a 1/3 cup dry oatmeal for my 21 month old son. Sometimes he almost finishes it and sometimes he only eats half. I’ve found that any he doesn’t eat at breakfast he’ll usually finish reheated about 2 hours later for morning snack. He loves! oatmeal. For your daughter you might try sticking with two eggs but add other food like the yogurt you mentioned and some sort of fruit to give her a larger nutrient variety at one meal. You may find that she eats larger amounts of food at different times of the day (i.e. maybe she eats a large breakfast, a medium lunch and a small dinner) and that’s perfectly fine. I myself am an all day snacker eating 4-5 smaller “meals” throughout the day.

    2. I can speak to the granola – it is a LOT more filling than store bought cereal. I make Lisa’s recipe, and I eat about 3/4 cup of granola with fruit in the morning. When I was eating cheerios and other cereals, I was eating closer to 1.5 cups. Even with half the amount of food, I now stay full until lunch. Plus it tastes so much better!

    3. When I make eggs just for me, oftentimes I’ll make one whole egg and one egg white. You get the added protein which keeps you satisfied, but not the cholesterol of the second yolk. I put it on a whole wheat biscuit with some cheese, and it’s your own breakfast sandwich! Keeps me full for most of the morning.

    4. 100 Days of Real Food

      Tuxgirl – We find real food to be much more filling than the refined/processed stuff. Also part of eating real food is really listening to your internal cues and stopping as soon as you feel full…meaning not overeating at all. When you eat eggs do you eat anything on the side? I usually make 2 eggs per person as well, but if we have fruit, toast, and bacon there will occasionally be some leftover. For oatmeal I use about 3/4 or 2/3 cup milk and 1/2 cup oats.
      My younger daughter is also a BIG eater. Most meals end with me telling her the kitchen is closed (poor thing!) but I do worry about her getting a tummy ache from eating too much. She can eat more than my husband and me more often than not. I’ve asked the pediatrician about it and he says if I tell her I am done serving food (and she’s clearly had plenty) and she leaves the room without bringing it up again then she’s fine. I hope that helps!!

  41. Chrissy Kinney

    Lisa, please let me know if you find anything about the whole grain puffs. I eat them, as well as offer those to my 1 year old son as a snack with goji berries almost everyday. Would hate to know that I’m feeding my family something toxic!!! Thanks again for all that you do, as you’ve greatly helped impact our families eating habits and making the transition to wholesome nutritous, foods!!!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Chrissy – I will…my husband is going to help me research the topic, but so far with only one unpublished study he does not think there is any reason for alarm. We are definitely going to look into it though and just like with any one food we won’t be relying on it solely for breakfast.

  42. Thank you so much for posting this! I want to give this real food diet a shot and this helps SO much to see what a daily day is like for you all!

  43. Thanks for sharing your breakfast with us! I am wondering if you have make ahead tips that help you get breakfast on the table when you are trying to get kids ready for school? I feel like we are always pressed for time and eat something quickly like sprouted grain toast with all fruit jam. But I feel like they get bored with eating the same thing. Both of mine will not eat oatmeal and it is so frustrating!

    1. Try making a whole batch of Lisa’s waffles or pancakes and then freeze them. Everybody can pop them straight from the freezer into the toaster or toaster oven and then eat them on the go like toast….if they have fruit in them (we’ve done bananas, blueberries, and strawberries) there is no need for syrup. We have both of these items once a week, so I only have to cook them every two weeks. We get 16 waffles/16 pancakes out of Lisa’s recipes (1/4 cup batter each) and that’s 2 waffles or pancakes per person…two meals for a family of four cooked all at once. We also cook hardboiled eggs the night before…everyone gets two. Lisa’s Egg Casserole Bites also go great from freezer to toaster oven for a quick breakfast. Try finding hot cereal recipes that can be cooked the night before, “fridged”, then nuked for a minute or two in the morning to warm them up. If you aren’t leery of the microwave, all sorts of scrambled egg combos/quiches/frittatas can be “fridged” the night before and warmed up quickly in the morning. Except for weekends, I always plan for breakfasts that can be handled the night before. :)

    2. 100 Days of Real Food

      What I do is the night before I set up every single thing possible (basically all the dishes, utensils, and non-perishable foods) so in the morning I literally just get out the milk and everything is all set up for me to make oatmeal…it takes 2 -3 minutes to cook. Since your kids don’t like oatmeal you could make pancakes ahead of time and just pull them out of the fridge and toast them in the morning. Same goes for french toast, waffles, etc. Cut up fruit and have it ready to go in the fridge. Set out the plates/napkins/forks/cups the night before. I really think having it set up saves a lot of time! I hope that helps.

  44. My 16 yo daughter made Whole-Wheat Banana Pancakes for me yesterday for Mother’s Day. They were awesome!

  45. Thanks so much for sharing. Your breakfasts look great; seeing them is inspiring. Looking forward to the rest of this series.

  46. Love your blog, I live in Belgium so I am going to the recipes with a translator at my side, lot of words I don’t know :–)
    I made already a lot of the recipes, and they all taste great!
    Now I am searching for a slow-cooker but those are still very uncommon here in Europe…. for 2 persons what is a good size?

    1. We have a 4 quart slow cooker and it’s great. It’s big enough to make large batches of things to freeze, but not too big that it takes up tons of storage space.

    2. 100 Days of Real Food

      So glad you are enjoying the site! We actually have a 5 quart slow-cooker because we’ve found that if your crock pot is too small you can’t fit a whole chicken in there, which we cook frequently. You can always freeze the leftovers so I wouldn’t get one that is too small.

  47. Amazing post as always. Thank you so much for openning your families life to the public. Keep up the great work. However, it was sad that people can not be civil and non-judgemental and you had to post our disclaimer/rules. Know you have a core group of people that support you and will not take you out at the throat like has happened before. Once again thank you…

  48. Thank you so much for going to such trouble to post these pictures complete with descriptions. I was very intimidated by the idea of whole foods and the cost…but your site has made this a seamless transition. Thank you!

  49. Thanks for this post! It makes me feel like I’m on the right track and I’m sure it helps everyone see how do-able and delicious healthy eating can be!

  50. Thanks for your post! I love that it’s a whole week’s worth! Great pictures! Your blog really is an inspiration!

  51. Thank you for sharing! I sincerely appreciate it. I just blogged my food journal the last 3 weeks and completely understand the anxiety over putting yourself out there! Thanks again! You have been a great inspiration to me and my family.

  52. Did you see that The Fresh 20 was the AshvIlle, NC groupon (and is still available)

  53. Looks great!! I really struggle with breakfast but you’ve made it look fantastic and easy! Truly an encouragment…thanks for posting it! =)

  54. This is so great! I was actually going to e-mail you and ask if you would consider doing this exact project as a blog post in the future. So glad to see it…thanks!

  55. Thank you for doing this!! I love that you keep it simple, and really appreciate the ideas I’m getting. Thanks a million!

  56. Great post! I’ve got to hunt down some of those shredded wheat biscuits. :) We like Post Shredded Wheat and Bran which is two ingredients. I can get it with coupons, and it tastes great with little honey for breakfast OR for snack, dipped in a little mustard.

  57. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks so much for sharing this. I find your blog truly inspiring – it has helped start my family on the path to better eating. I find that I am constantly reading ingredient lists in the supermarket now and pretty much putting everything back because apparently everything has something high fructose or hydrogenated in it. Who knew? Certainly not me. Thanks for enlightening me these past few weeks – and I am looking forward to reading your blog all the way through.

  58. Wow! Looks great! Why would anyone criticize those breakfasts? I love that your daughter eats oatmeal for snack! I eat oatmeal almost every morning. This may not be “organic”, but I microwave mine and it is done in three minutes.

  59. After reading your blog one time, I was inspired to gradually change our eating habits. I am trying to think of food as sustenance and pleasure, rather than just pleasure. I can’t imagine any one being negative toward you. Thank you for what you do.

  60. Thanks for the ideas! I will have to try the granola bars. Lisa have you tried the kashi cinnamon harvest cereal? It only has 5 ingredients and I figured its better than some of the other cereals out there. The only thing I saw as questionable was the evaporated cane juice?

    1. I think the general objection to Kashi (aside from most of their products not being organic) is that they use at least some GMOs. Recently they issued a statement on their plan to eliminate all GMOs from their ingredients over the next # of years. I’m sure it can be found on the website.

    2. 100 Days of Real Food

      I have not tried that cereal, but evaporated cane juice is basically sugar so it would depend how far down the ingredient list it is.

  61. Melissa Schnackenberg

    I love your web-site and I love your motivation behind it. From reading your blog, I understand you want to feed your family healthy foods because you love them. Me too. That being understood, I’m guessing you don’t know that puffed cereal is toxic. Lab rats die when they eat puffed cereal. To read more about it see Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, p. 462. I would want to know if I was unknowingly feeding my kids something toxic and I would hope my friends would let me know if I was. I hope you take it that way!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I actually have that book right here and just read the page you suggested. We will definitely do some more research about this particular topic. Thanks for sharing.

      1. I’d be interesting in knowing what you find in your research! After a quick google search, I only found the results of one, unpublished lab test.

      2. I would also like to know as I eat puffed corn & puffed rice! My google search also only yielded an article about an unpublished study.

    2. Just because one person says something – or even because it is published – by no means ensures that the information is correct. As a person with background in statistics working in the field of applied statistics, I am appalled at the flawed studies that make it into print. There are so so so many ways a researcher can make a flawed study – and when they do that, the foundations behind the statistics are completely incorrect. It’s not that people do it on purpose, but so few people truly understand statistics that even in studies published in blinded peer reviewed journals get it wrong sometimes… and in a small journal or book who want to send a specific message – it’s easy to see how things get fuzzy. Check out a very eye opening book “How to Lie with Statistics”… and if other people are only finding one excerpt from a book and 1 unpublished story… there is probably a reason for that.

      On a different note – Good for you for publishing all of this!! It’s sad that people are so critical…it’s real life, not some pretend perfection. I’d love to see what the critics are feeding their family day in and day out! Sure, some people can get it 100% right part of the time, but no one does it 100% right 100% of the time. Or if they do, I’d be curious as to how the rest of their life looks. Live is a balancing act between eating right and doing the right things to raise a happy healthy family. And reality is exactly that – reality! Keep up the great work Lisa!!

  62. I think it was sad that you had to preface your post but also a great reminder for people that you are opening up your personal private life to share this with people! If I had to post online about every single meal my family ate, gasp! Wouldn’t even want to imagine the commentary I’d get. So thank you for your genuine openness and hopefully people remember that. That being said, I really learn a lot from what you share and find ways to incorporate certain things into my family. For example, I absolutely love your granola recipe and the banana pancakes have become our favorite pancake recipe.

    1. stacie vogelsang

      I would just like to second this comment all the way around! Sad you have to preface your postings, but happy you share with us your ideas. Keep it up!!

    2. Agreed – Thanks for sharing!! Through any amount of naysaying, keep in mind there are that many plus many more that beleive in what you are doing and are so glad you’re sharing!!

  63. Yum! Looks very tasty. I am super jealous that you have local berries; we probably won’t see them for another several months so we’re still using frozen, which just aren’t the same texture-wise. I look forward to the day my 2.5 year old will make the pancakes for me. :)

  64. Thanks for your willingness to share so much about the food you and your family eat. Love the pictures!

  65. I think it is wonderful and brave of you to post everything that you eat. It gives guidance to some of us that are new to this idea and a bit of inspiration that we are all far from perfect and some days are not laid out as ideally as we would prefer. The key is mindful eating. I appreciate your realistic outlook and desire to make the food your serve your family a priority, even when it is a challenge.

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