I hope you’ll find the following real food budget meals helpful and easy on the wallet. Each can feed a family of four, and each is $15 or under (with two notes, since we use some of the food twice during the week).
While we all know there are many snacks that contain processed ingredients and don’t provide any real value, there are plenty of decent options out there. Here’s a list of some of our favorite real food snacks:
I created a downloadable, printable 5-day Whole Foods meal plan utilizing recipes that are doable for busy families + 6 ways to save at WFM.
Do you take your lunch to work? Pack lunches for your kids? We’re going to show you why a waste-free lunch with reusable containers makes sense instead of disposable bags or other single-use lunch items out there.
I recently attended a huge food trade show in L.A. called Natural Products Expo West. And today I want to share with you some cool new products, including real food snacks, that will be coming to a store near you soon.
I very strongly value the notion of feeding my kids well and not resorting to fast food places simply because I “have to.” I’ve found the following ideas help me feed my busy family real food without having to compromise.
How to shop for “real” tea and advice from an herbal expert.
The UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses. We are proud to be an ambassador of this issue, so you can look forward to a series of recipes. First up is Spinach Chana Dal, otherwise known as yellow lentils with spinach.
While we can argue that it’s less expensive to cook a meal at home, the reality is that sometimes you just can’t (or don’t want to!), and fast food feels like the only option. Here’s a list of decent meals you can find at four popular fast food chains.
Sunday is my food prep day for the week. And the benefits are huge, I tell you. There’s no turning back once you try it.
While we’re normally all about food on this blog, we also touch on the idea that what you put on your body is just as important. Primal Pit Paste is a natural and safe deodorant that actually works without potentially harmful ingredients.
I started making these Sweet Potato Biscuits over a year ago. I didn’t initially make them for Thanksgiving. I made them because I thought they were a good way to get some more vegetables into my kids’ diets.
I’m happy today to share a couple of germ fighter recipes from our friend and sponsor, Plant Therapy. Think of them as home remedies for staying sick-free (or trying to!) this season.
Fruit flies can lay about 500 eggs, and the entire lifecycle from egg to adult can be completed in a week. EEEEK! Here are 3 ways to get rid of fruit flies.
I am really glad that I tried cooking a pumpkin! I tested out two different ways to make pumpkin puree, and I have results to share.
I know I don’t have to give you another reason to head to Target. But since I know you’ll already be heading there anyway, I want to give you some good news (and it’s not that there’s a fantastic sale.)
Packing kids’ lunches is a hot topic this time of year, and the reality is, it must be done! Today’s post will give you the tools you need to make packing school lunches easier.
It’s time to think about packing school lunches, and we’ve done the research for you! Here are five of our favorite lunchboxes that should make your lunch packing a breeze.
Walk through any grocery store and you’ll notice the increasingly larger shelf space committed to snack bars. We took a closer look at six of them.
I recently started a weekly ritual that I know a lot of you would also love: Kids Cook Night. I’ll share a little about how the process works for us as well as the intangible benefits that are a part of this activity. It’s a win-win all around.
I personally started adopting the real food initiative a few years ago but recently, thanks to bugs in my organic food, I became aware of a shortfall on my part.
I recently put together a list of what I buy at Whole Foods Market, but the list was so long that I had to split it into two parts. Below I’m covering the areas of the store that I didn’t include last time.
Mark Bittman said he researched it and found that it is actually cheaper for families to cook at home than it is for them to buy dinner at McDonald’s. I decided to put his theory to the test, and I have findings below to support his theory.
Heard of this fantastic newish way for foodies (and those just looking to get together with the gals – or guys!) to connect? It’s called a Soup Swap.
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.
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.
I grew up drinking tea from a very young age. My father is Indian, and it’s custom to drink “Indian tea,” as we called it, or chai to others, a few times a day.
Whether you’re already a spaghetti squash lover or you’re feeling fearful, I’ve got a great recipe for you to try.
I’ve been on my soapbox recently about kids and snacks. And before I step off, I need to address one more issue: rewarding kids with junk food. It is our responsibility, as adults and caregivers/parents, to offer kids the right options.
I don’t believe that in recreational sports there needs to be a snack given. But on the occasion that they are, there are so many other great ideas for real food snacks that can feed the teams and classes!
I’m often asked how in the world one can shop at Whole Foods Market without paying an arm and a leg (have you heard the term “whole paycheck?”). So I’m happy to share some of my tips for saving money while shopping the store.
I love buying products in bulk. In fact, I will purposely head to our local Earth Fare or Whole Foods so that I can stock up on certain items. If you aren’t shopping from bulk bins or don’t frequent them, I encourage you to do so. And below I’ve shared my reasons why.
Getting kids to eat their vegetables is a quest that many parents find themselves facing. For whatever reason, kids often turn their noses up to vegetables – though there are certainly exceptions.
After getting better acclimated to Lisa’s real food rules, I did decide to start making some changes. This didn’t happen overnight, however. Now, jump back to today, two years after not only being a solid follower but a member of the team.
By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran check out our team page!
Eating real food is important to me and just as important for my family. I know firsthand that this is not always easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But as parents, I feel that it’s our job to give our kids the knowledge of what healthy actually means—both in and outside the house.
Our First Soccer Experience
Last fall, my 7 year old joined the local soccer league—a very organized one at that. We’re still in the stage of figuring out where our kids’ talents lie, and for this season, it was soccer. One practice a week and one game on weekends…that I could handle. But the snack situation I could not.
The first game rolled around, and each girl was instructed to bring a water bottle. Super, I thought. They absolutely need hydration. The coach had brought a big bag of oranges, cut and ready to be consumed, which the kids ate during the 45 minute game. Awesome! I loved that they had a sweet, nourishing whole food snack and water to nosh on while taking a breather.
But then when they finished the game and were given a bag of Cheez-It’s and a Capri Sun, I was baffled. Um, really? But what was I going to do, be the mean mom who wouldn’t let my daughter take the snack? (I was not the mean mom this time.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that children are subject to a staggering seven hours of media each day in the form of television, computers, phones, and electronic devices. Personally, in our household, screen time is very much limited. But lets be honest, no matter how much you try to shield your kids from screens and everything that goes along with them, it’s virtually (pardon the pun) impossible.
The issue at hand here is not how much they’re watching television or playing on their iPhone; it’s the marketing that’s being shoved in their faces during most waking hours–in particular, food marketing to kids.
What Studies Show
The Center for Science in the Public Interest reviewed 28 hours of Nickelodeon programming last October (2012) and noted that of the food ads shown, 69% were for items of poor nutritional value (sugary cereals, candy/fruit snacks, flavored yogurt, fast food, etc.). And in total, according to The Food Marketing Workgroup, the junk-food industry spends almost $2 billion a year on marketing to young people.
The concerns are many when it comes to marketing to kids, especially when considering the ever increasing obesity rates. Jessica Castonguay, a Doctoral Candidate in Communications at the University of Arizona, recently participated in a study assessing whether childhood obesity is linked to clever marketing tactics. “Unfortunately our study found that health messages are frequently used to advertise foods that are not particularly healthy,” she says of their findings. “Implying that a cereal gives kids the energy to make them better athletes, despite the fact that it has more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, seems misleading. I want children to learn the difference between truly healthy choices and occasional treats. My fear is that advertisers are blurring those lines.”
We all know that marketing tactics and words can be confusing, even as educated adults. The words “natural,” “real,” “whole grain,” or “whole wheat” are just some of the terms that get used in various contexts. If we have a tough time wading our way through the terms, how in the world can we expect kids to have any luck?
Studies have shown that food advertising can contribute to numerous health problems, including being overweight, which, by the way, has increased to 35% of children aged 6-11. Even on a day-to-day basis, it’s just plain annoying to have kids ask for foods and products they see on TV that they’d otherwise not know about, ones that many of us try to steer them away from as best as we can. And since we’re talking about it, how cool would it be to see advertisements for vegetables or fruits coupled with a kid-known celebrity or cartoon character (hint-hint, Ad Council)?