I never thought I would be a label reader. But here I am 3 years after I started changing my habits, and I now read every single ingredient label.
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This is the first in a series of reader stories that I'll be sharing this month ... and maybe even beyond depending on how much you guys like them! Today's story of weight loss is by Emily Allen with That's What I Eat.
Our real food wakeup call story is no secret, and now I'd love to hear yours! My favorites will be posted on the blog starting in January.
If you've just gone to the grocery store and it still looks like there's no food in your house but instead only ingredients, then you're doing something right! If you're avoiding factory-made food, it's up to you to turn those ingredients into something edible, and today I'm sharing an easy way to do just that with food prep suggestions and storage information.
If there is something you REALLY want to do in your life, it will somehow get done. I've seen this played out many times before and was excited to recently see this phenomenon very clearly put into words.
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.
A look at how organic greens are commercially washed, the case for and against rewashing pre-washed greens, and the proper way to wash at home.
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 was pleasantly surprised with all the real food at Walmart, including organic options, that I found during a recent visit. Save money with my favorites!
It's no secret that I have some favorite go-to packaged real food snacks for when we're out and about. It would, of course, be ideal if I could make all our food from scratch, but 1) that's not exactly realistic, and 2) if there's a decent store-bought alternative, why not?
I used to not be much of a frozen food person until I learned how nutritious and inexpensive this option can be (especially in the winter!).
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.
I talk to people all the time who are disgusted by the amount of food they throw out each week and feel angst about the money that quickly adds up on each trip to the grocery store. These 5 tricks to reduce food waste will save your family money and help protect the planet.
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.
I'm excited to share some easy ideas with you today to help you think beyond the typical sandwich for school lunches this year.
From power-infused aides to vitamin-fortified waters, and everything in between, choosing the best drink for your young athlete is no easy feat. In fact, it can be quite confusing and difficult!
So, since label reading (unfortunately) isn't always as straight forward as it should be, today I'm sharing a little cheat sheet that tells you what some of the more commonly found ingredients really are.
People are waking up to a collective feeling of responsibility for being good stewards of this beautiful planet on which we live. We are starting to see that our consumption choices matter and that mindless consumption hurts us all.
If we run out of any of the following ingredients, I basically freak out and wonder how I'll function. What's on your list of die hard real food staples that you just can't imagine living without?
A question I get a lot though is, "Where do I buy my seafood?" While I'd love to buy all our seafood directly from the fisherman, it's not realistic for me to do that 100% of the time.
It’s time for another “Misleading Product Roundup” recapping the food items I’ve shared with you on Facebook. I can't stress enough how important it is to read the ingredients before buying any packaged food.
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.
Some of the best advice I can give you is to start with just one meal of the day - like breakfast - and once breakfast is all cleaned up then you can move on to another meal like lunch or snacks.
It's that time again for a misleading product roundup to recap misleading food items I've been sharing on Facebook. I know we're all currently caught up with the holiday craziness, but please don't let the busyness cause you to be fooled by some of these highly processed products!
Well, here it is as promised—Part II of my Costco real food love fest. This time I am going to be dishing on my favorite items from Costco's freezers, along with meat, dairy, seafood, and poultry, as well a few real food rule benders.
Here is the final video in my kitchen tour series! In case you missed it I've already shared a tour of my fridge, pantry and kitchen (drawers, etc.). As you'll see in this video we actually have an extra freezer that we use pretty regularly.
Today I'm going to share Part I of a two part series on my go-to Costco shopping list for real food, which will include produce, pantry staples, frozen organic veggies and fruit, organic meat options, and a few other tidbits. But first I am going to give you my short primer on shopping at Costco.
As part of my pantry and kitchen video tour series, here is what you'll find inside my refrigerator!
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!
So just for fun here's a look inside some of our cabinets including our kitchen's best kept secret ...the back pantry!
I guess that's what happens you watch over 2 years of your hard work finally come to fruition all on one day! I am talking about my cookbook release date tomorrow of course. I just cannot believe it's finally here - eeeek!
Even though I know refined sugar has been added to an exorbitant amount of food products, I was still a little taken aback by this statistic: "There are 600,000 food items in America. 80% of them have added sugar." - Fed Up Movie
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.
So when Lisa asked me to pull together a similar list using Costco's organic products, I gladly agreed! While our family doesn't personally eat 100% organically, I do squeeze as many organic ingredients into my grocery cart as my budget allows.
Do you ever wonder how long certain fruits might last sitting out on your kitchen counter? Or wonder if maybe you should refrigerate them instead? To help solve some of those kitchen mysteries, I am excited to share this handy dandy produce storage guide with you today!