All Real Food Posts

My Walmart Grocery Pickup Review Okay, friends. I didn’t think they could do it, but Walmart has convinced me to shop with them again. I stopped shopping at Walmart years ago because I found the shopping experience at other stores...
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Homemade chocolate milk mix is easy to make and relies on real food ingredients. These simple, healthy ingredients make my homemade chocolate milk mix taste like a gourmet drink when mixed with your favorite animal milk, nut milk, or –...
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Is coconut oil healthy? Recently the American Heart Association told us to avoid coconut oil because it contains saturated fat. Saturated fat increases “bad” cholesterol levels. However, I’m still buying and consuming coconut oil. Pin This Article For Later! Is...
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The weather’s getting warmer here in the south and that means it’s time for BBQ! There are so many ways to make a delicious homemade bbq sauce, but most of the recipes I’ve found call for ketchup and sugar. No...
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  If you’ve been looking for a gluten free cream of broccoli soup recipe, look no further. After numerous attempts, I’ve finally perfected my recipe for this delicious and healthy soup. This yummy cream of broccoli soup is a new...
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When I began my journey into a real food lifestyle I quickly learned the importance of sprouting, soaking or souring grains, especially wheat, before eating them. I also quickly learned that soaking grains was less expensive than buying sprouted flour...
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Introducing . . . my new favorite chicken recipe– Honey Balsamic Chicken.  I’m not sure where the inspiration for this recipe came from, but it reminds me of a honey chicken wing recipe I used to make.  Only this recipe...
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There are few things more sensory-pleasing as biting into a slice of pizza, feeling the snap of the crisp crust as it gives way to a chewy interior and tasting the delicious tang of sourdough. Some people leave their pizza...
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Why I Don’t Use Coupons Anymore Several years ago, I was a self-proclaimed coupon queen. I cut my grocery budget for a family of five from nearly $1000 per month to around $300 a month. My pantry, fridge, and freezer...
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I’m excited to share my recipe for soaked oatmeal with you today! Oatmeal is a comforting breakfast food that’s made delicious with the addition of flavorful ingredients like maple syrup, berries, nuts and more. Oatmeal is such a versatile food....
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Do your children enjoy chicken nuggets as much as mine do? One of the first things we stopped buying when we switched to a real food diet was frozen processed dinner foods. I knew I’d need to make homemade chicken...
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Easy Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe You need a new ground beef recipe.     What?  How’d I know that?  Because I can read minds.   Okay.  Not really.  The truth is that I heard your family protesting yet another meatloaf all the...
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What’s more comforting on an easy Sunday morning than a stack of warm pancakes spread with butter and drizzled with maple syrup? Well, nothing – unless your belly isn’t comforted by foods made with wheat flour. That’s why making soaked...
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  • Is Salt Healthy
In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products.  Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago....
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Authentic homemade sourdough bread begins with a fermented, thick, gloopy substance called a sourdough starter. It might sound (or look) unappealing, but let me tell you, homemade sourdough starter is the first step to a truly delicious loaf of homemade...
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Do you want to lose weight in the new year? I’ve got five books you must read for weight loss with real food. 5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food A few years ago, I lost 47...
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  • Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes are an important part of my family’s real food diet. Did you know that sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse? They contain ample amounts of Vitamins A, B, C and the mineral potassium. And, even though they have...
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Easy Homemade Jell-O Recipe – Bonus! It’s Healthy! Did you know that jello is a healthy treat for kids and adults? Wait! Let me explain: My homemade jell-o recipe is healthy because it’s sugar-free (with no artificial sweeteners!) and made...
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Easy Acorn Squash Recipe – Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash I’ve found a new favorite fall recipe!  This quinoa stuffed roasted acorn squash is so delicious and super easy to make.  Although it takes 40 minutes to roast the squash, the...
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  • Easy Butternut Squash Recipe
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Butternut squash soup is a family favorite here.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s . . . perfect.  And, made with homemade bone broth, it’s incredibly nourishing. I love serving this dish on cool fall evenings...
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  • Easy Pumpkin Curry Recipe
Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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  • Chocolate Fudge Made With Maple Syrup
Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge Raise your hand if you love chocolate! When I’m in the mood for chocolate, my easy maple chocolate fudge is my go-to chocolate treat. It’s simple, it’s silky and it’s more decadent and healthy than the...
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  • How to Make Risotto Easy Recipe
It’s everything-pumpkin season again. I’m sharing my easy pumpkin risotto recipe with you today. You can add it to your fall recipe list along with the amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I shared recently. Don’t forget to check out my...
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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Thanks to my pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe my whole house smells like autumn. Yum!   It’s finally fall – even here in the South where fall seems to come a little later each year.  That means, in addition to...
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  • Easy Slow Cooker Roast Recipe
I have to admit that my easy slow cooker roast recipe was inspired by my own mother. When I was a kid, Sundays meant we had a delicious roast for lunch with leftovers for dinner. Before we left for church my...
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  • Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe
  Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe You know what makes me feel all comfy-cozy? The smell of homemade bread baking the oven. There are few things I bake that are more satisfying to prepare and eat than my easy sourdough bread...
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  • Coconut Flour Brownie Recipe
After reading Wheat Belly (which I highly recommend) I finally understood many of the health issues I used to have. Our family tries to limit the amount of wheat in our diet – at least at home.  We are more relaxed about what...
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How to Make Homemade Sprouted Wheat Flour Traditionally, wheat was sprouted, soaked or soured in order to produce healthier and more easily digested baked goods.  Check out my sourdough bread recipe and my post about why I buy sprouted flour for more...
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  • Real Food Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Real Food Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe Chocolate pudding brings back memories of my childhood.  As I said in my post with my Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe, my mom made pudding from a box, but it was always the stove-top method....
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  • Homemade Shredded BBQ chicken
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken When I was a child, my mom was known for her amazing shredded, BBQ venison, so I’m proud to say that this simple, slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe was inspired by her delicious creation.  Just like my...
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  • How to Make a Monthly Meal Plan
How To Make A Meal Plan I’ve written before that meal planning is essential to feeding a family on a budget.  Without a meal plan, there is waste, either of food or of money or both.  That’s easy for me say,...
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  • Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe
Homemade Vanilla Pudding When I was a child, my mother would make chocolate or vanilla pudding as a treat.  I’m pretty sure that it came from a box, but it was rarely ‘instant’.  The chocolate pudding of my childhood was...
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  • Is It Okay to Let Kids Eat Junk Food
Why I Allow My Children To Eat Junk Food Yes. You read that right.I allow my children to eat junk food. Yes, I write about real food and importance of avoiding processed foods and even some foods that people commonly...
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Ginger Chicken Stir Fry Recipe I don’t make a lot of Asian-inspired dishes, but when I do they usually involve cashews, ginger and rice wine vinegar.  And it’s often some variation of a stir fry. I’m just creative that way. ...
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  • Too Busy to Cook Real Food
Too Busy To Cook Real Food? I sometimes question my commitment to real food. Some days the siren song of the pre-made, the heat-n-serve, the quick-and-easy calls to me. “Just pick me up . . . I’m a pretty little...
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  • Paleo Meatloaf Recipe
Grain Free Meatloaf Recipe The first time I made meatloaf it was a sweet disaster.  You see, I didn’t have a recipe for meatloaf and these were the days before I knew that recipe websites existed. (Omg, how old am...
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  • How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
How to Eat Real Food on a Budget Have you given up on a healthier diet for you and your family because of the cost of whole, organic foods?  I understand how you feel.  I once believed that truly nutritious foods...
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  • Self Expression in Tweens
The Importance of Freedom of Expression for Tweens When I received an opportunity to write about freedom of expression for tweens in a post sponsored by Fruitocracy, I knew my sweet 10-year-old son would love to help me out.  As I...
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  • How to Get Kids to Eat Real Food
How to Get Children to Eat Real Food So you’ve decided to follow a real food diet and you want your family on board.  If you are like many former Standard American Diet (SAD) families, your children are likely protesting...
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  • Easy Beef Stew Recipe
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe Now that soccer season is in full swing again, my slow cooker is getting a workout.  I actually have three slow cookers (my sturdy, old-timer, non-programmable slow cooker, my nifty, new programmable slow cooker...
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  • Life Without a Microwave
Life Without a Microwave Are Microwaves Safe to Use? We ditched our microwave five years ago and we’ve never looked back.  When we got rid of our microwave, we were convinced that it was a health-robbing appliance that should be avoided...
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  • How to Make Yogurt at Home
Homemade Yogurt Recipe Do your kids love yogurt as much as mine do?  Yogurt is such a great snack, but the stuff you buy at the store is so often fulled with sugar and artificial flavors but missing the oh-so-important-ingredient fat....
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  • Benefits of Kombucha
How to Make Kombucha Tea Kombucha tea is a wonderful, fermented drink that promotes digestive and over all health for those who drink it.  Kombucha has quite an interesting history which can be discovered by searching “kombucha” on Wikipedia. Essentially,...
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  • How Perfectionism Makes You Fat
Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Diet? Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your health and the foods you eat?  You might say, “No way.  My diet is NOT perfect!”  Well, neither is mine.   That’s right.  I’m write about...
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  • Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix
Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix One of my favorite cold-weather foods is chili.  It’s so simple, filling and versatile.  Making chili in the slow cooker is a wonderful way to have a quick, healthy dinner on the table in no time...
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  • Best Foods to Eat for Health
Five Dietary Changes for Better Health this Year Each year, at the end of December, I post my top five recommendations for how to achieve better health (and weight loss and happiness) through a better diet.  This year, the recommendations...
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  • Elliott Homestead Family Table Cookbook
Goose Egg Custard Recipe from The Elliott Homestead Family Table Cookbook First of all, I know you’re salivating over that lovely goose egg custard picture above.  I know you want to dive straight down to the recipe so you can...
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  • Easy Potato Soup Recipe
Easy Potato Soup Recipe Potato soup is one of those foods that hits the maximum deliciousness mark from texture to umami.  It’s easy to make, filling, and wonderful the next day as leftovers.  I make potato soup all year around, but...
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  • Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Hey, busy parents!  I understand your struggle to get a healthy dinner on the table when you’re just trying to survive day to day in the busy seasons of your life.  When you need real food...
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  • Gift Ideas for a Foodie
Gift Ideas for a Real Foodie   Do you  have any self-proclaimed real foodies on your holiday gift list this year?  If so, check out my list of 10 gift ideas for the real foodie in your life.  This list is...
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  • Sprout Organic Baby Food Review
7 Reasons to Love Sprout® Organic Baby Food Hey there real-foodie parents! I see you out there, busy as can be, wanting to feed your precious little ones food with real.honest.pure ingredients.  You go to great lengths to keep your babies...
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  • Sprout Organic Baby Food
Sprout® Organic Baby Food at Publix I’m dashing around this week trying to get everything I need for my Thanksgiving menu and not forget a single thing.  I know you’re in the thick of it, too, finishing up last minute...
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  • Without Grain Cookbook Review
Without Grain Cookbook Review If you’re making the transition to grain-free eating, I’ve found the first cookbook you should add to your grain-free cookbook library.  If you’re already into the grain-free lifestyle, this book will be an excellent addition to...
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  • Crispy Potatoes Recipe
Crispy Potatoes Recipe Crispy potatoes are a Sunday morning tradition at my house.  No matter the time of year, they provide a delicious and filling start to the day.  Whether we put them into lovely sprouted or soaked tortillas or top them with...
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  • How to Sprout Beans
 How To Sprout Beans As you probably know beans are vengeful little buggers.  They love to wreck havoc on our digestive systems when we dare to nosh on them.  You may think that they only produce that uncomfortable tummy feeling we’re...
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The Best Pre-Packaged Real Food Snacks When my family first began eating a real food diet, I made all of our food from scratch.  We stopped eating out and spent a large portion of my time in the kitchen cooking...
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  • Best Organic Olive Oil
Editor’s Note:  I received two bottles of Emile Noel oil for this review.  In addition, I was compensated in exchange for trying the oils and writing about my honest opinion on my website and social media. Emile Noel Fair-Trade, Organic...
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  • Primal Low Carb Recipes
Primal Low Carb Kitchen Cookbook Review You know what I love?  Recipes that taste amazing and are healthy.  You know what I love more?  Recipes that my children love that taste amazing and are healthy.  The Primal Low Carb Kitchen cookbook...
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  • FlavFusion Infuser Water Bottle Review
Editor’s Note:  I was given a FlavFusion infuser water bottle to try and review.  Flavored Water is Refreshing, But is it Healthy? When I was child my mother didn’t allow soda in the house. She knew it was not healthy...
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  • How to Make Zucchini Noodles
Editor’s Note:  I received a free Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer to test and review.  Read my Disclosure and Disclaimer Policies for more information. Zucchini Noodles Are an Easy Grain-Free Pasta Alternative Have you gone completely grain-free but miss the comfort brought...
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  • Frugal Gluten Free Books
Have you met Buck?  If not, let me introduce you. I first introduced Buck here, when I told you how I get books for a dollar or less.  I used to scour Amazon for deals on books, but it was...
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The Benefits of Bone Broth  If you don’t know about the health benefits of bone broth by now, you haven’t been paying attention.  In fact, drinking bone broth has become down right trendy. Bone broth is delicious, comforting and incredibly...
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Mediterranean Paleo Cooking When my copy of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking arrived yesterday I did a little dance.  When I opened it, I had to sit right down.  I found myself doing something that I have never once done with a...
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I discovered arrowroot powder a few years ago when I began my real food journey.  When I was avoiding grains in order to help improve my digestion I couldn’t use flour or cornstarch (corn is a grain) as a thickener....
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Remember the days before you knew about real food when you could, completely without guilt, dump a bag of frozen chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and call it dinner? Yeah.  Me, too.  Sometimes knowing too much is so inconvenient....
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First things first– Yes, the kids love it!  Because I know what you’re thinking!   That looks yum, Allison, but spinach and feta?  I have children to feed! I know that it doesn’t seem like a kid-friendly dinner, but my...
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If you want comfort food, you’ve come to the right recipe.  One of my favorite comfort food recipes is my easy shepherd’s pie.  It’s filling and warm and perfect for any weather. Typically, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb or...
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Before I understood what real food really was, my boys drank a lot of chocolate milk.  We used both chocolate milk powder and chocolate syrup.  And I thought it was healthy. I mean, it had vitamins added to it.  And...
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 I love chicken thighs.  I love their flavor.  I love their texture.  I love their price.  Especially their price.  Right? Because saturated fat has gotten a bad rap (totally undeserved), dark meat chicken is not as highly sought after as...
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 When I was a child, I hated steak. I had one bad experience with dry, chewy steak and I swore it off forever.  As a young adult, I begrudgingly tagged along to popular steak restaurant when my friends promised me...
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Garlic butter chicken.   Cream Cheese Sauce.   Oh my.  Where do I even begin?  I guess I should tell you first about the tender, moist chicken.  But, you just have to know about the tangy cream cheese sauce.  The...
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Raise your hand if you’ve tried every zucchini recipe on Pinterest.  Yep.  Me, too.  Zucchini is a versatile veggie, for sure.  However, I’ve mostly had zucchini sliced or shredded and, most often, as an addition to a more prominent ingredient...
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Although my family follows a traditional, Weston A. Price diet at home, we often eat grain free.  Properly preparing grains takes a lot of time and none of us feels best when we consume too much grain — even if...
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My family loves tacos and these lettuce tacos are a new family favorite.  As the boys get older, their ability to mass consume tacos gets greater.  A dinner that used to require a pound of ground beef now requires more...
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If you’re tired of the same old lettuce, spinach or kale salad routine, check out this lovely tomato, avocado and goat cheese creation!  I came up with this one when I was craving a salad with avocados and didn’t have...
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Have you tasted summer?  I have.  It tastes like coconut lime shrimp and it is delicious! I found skewered shrimp on sale and couldn’t pass it up, but I didn’t have a skewered shrimp recipe handy.  I did have limes...
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My kiddos love smoothies.  Sunday mornings are smoothie time in my house.  We typically make blueberry, mango/pineapple and strawberry, but this time we all wanted something different.  This cherry vanilla smoothie was perfect for giving us a bit of change...
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  • Paleo Meal Plans
Paleo Meal Plans Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that the Paleo diet (the primal version) is the way of eating that benefits my family the most.  As we transitioned from a Standard American Diet to a Real Food Diet,...
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We all need a good, but simple homemade pie crust recipe in our recipe box, don’t we?  I don’t know why, but people seem intimidated by the thought of making a pie crust from scratch.  It’s one of the most basic...
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Oh man.  This cake is trouble, you guys.  I want to make it all the time.  I want to eat it all the time.  I want you to try it so you can join me.   Before I post the...
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Books for a Dollar?   About a decade ago I developed a bad habit.  I joined several book clubs and got tons of books for a low price.  I did this over and over and amassed quite a library.  I...
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These chicken quesadillas are an easy week night favorite in my house.  They take no time at all to make and we always have leftovers for the lunch the next day.  The tortillas are perfectly crispy and the filling is...
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We eat a lot of potatoes.  Mostly because we like them and they are filling.  Partly because potatoes — even organic ones — are inexpensive.  And there are so many varieties and colors.  Have you tried purple fingerling potatoes?  They...
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If you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal that’s easy on the grocery budget, put this Sweet Pepper Frittata recipe on your go-to list!  This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and feeds my family of five with...
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  Have you gone grain free or are you considering going grain free?  Maybe you have friends or family members who are going grain free.  You’ve probably heard of the paleo or primal diet and you might know already that...
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First of all, this one was a kid-pleaser.  Does anything else matter? Oh.  Okay. This pineapple shrimp stir fry is a sweet and savory summer supper.  The pineapple gives it both a sweetness and tangy-ness that is unforgettable.  I would...
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  • Quinoa and Pecan Casserole Recipe
Hello, comfort food! It’s nice to eat ya. Quinoa is one of my favorite side dishes, but recently I’ve been looking for more ways to make it a main dish.  We certainly aren’t vegetarian but we don’t want meat for...
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Fluffy.  Sweet. Buttery. Comfort.   Yes, please. I grew up eating pancakes made from a packet mix.  I could make ’em myself by the time I was 10 and did so most Saturday mornings.   I had no idea what...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Why I Buy Grade B Maple Syrup
Why I Buy Grade B Maple Syrup Maple syrup.  It conjures feelings of warmth on a winter morning.   I bet you can almost taste the sweet syrup mixed with salty butter arranged artfully on a stack of pancakes.  *sigh*...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • ork Chops and Fried Apples Recipe
My pork chops and baked apples dish is delish.  It had been a while since I made pork chops regularly because I struggled to find a pork chop recipe that my family enjoyed.  On a whim, I decided to buy...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
  Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least...
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  • Why I Buy Grass Fed Beef
In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products.  Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago....
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  Baby, it’s cold outside! Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, right? If you’re looking a bowl of warm comfort, you’ve come to the right place!  I threw together some veggies, lentils and bone broth in the slow cooker...
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  • Why I Buy Sprouted Flour
In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products.  Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago....
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Buy Coconut Sugar
In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products.  Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago....
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Are Natural Flavors Really Natural
Are Natural Flavors Really Natural? Have you ever made flavored water with chunks of fruit?  It’s delicious, but the flavor isn’t quite as intense as it is in my favorite naturally flavored sparkling water.  Since I prefer to eat and...
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  • Homemade Whipped Cream
Homemade Maple Whipped Cream What makes coffee and hot chocolate a little more special?  Pies and puddings and a lot more delectable?   Why it’s my homemade maple whipped cream! This creamy taste-of-heaven is super easy to make and contains...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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    1.  “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.” ~ Polish Proverb   2.  “Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it?  You...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  • Free Real Food Meal Plans
Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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  You’ve learned all about real food.  You’ve spent countless hours reading books, watching documentaries, pouring over studies, listening to podcasts and following the latest in real food news.  You are appalled by the state of the food system in...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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Free Real Food Meal Plans  It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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Free Real Food Meal Plans It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for my Weekly Real Food Menu Plans!  Each week I will list what we’re having for dinner Sunday-Saturday.  My family eats a real food diet at least 80%...
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Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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First Post | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Final Post   The $600 Real Food Grocery Challenge is over and my pantry, fridge and freezer have been restocked.  My oldest commented that it was the first time in a month that the fridge...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Wheat Free Desserts
Delicious Wheat Free Desserts When I began my real food journey, I vowed that no matter what I did differently to achieve health, I would NEVER cut wheat and sugar from my diet.  Of course, I had no idea that...
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Real food grocery costs are no joke.  Have you seen my latest series detailing my attempt to feed my family a real food diet on just $600 per month?  It wasn’t pretty.  Although, my family can’t subsist long term on...
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First Post | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Final Post   I’ve made it to Week Four of the $600 Real Food Grocery Budget Challenge.  Yesterday afternoon I did the grocery shopping for the next week.  As I’ve explained before, because I am...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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First Post | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Final Post   It’s week three of the $600 Real Food Grocery Budget Challenge and I started the week with $182.85 left to spend on groceries.  This week I spent $156.36.  That leaves me with...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Real Food Diary
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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First Post | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Final Post   It’s week one of the $600 real food grocery challenge and we’re off!  This week wasn’t too painful.  I was careful and planned every meal and snack, but I still spent $234.87 $251.87 ....
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First Post | Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Final Post   The Real Food Grocery Budget Challenge  Lately I’ve seen a lot of discussion around the web about the financial cost of a real food diet.  Of course, compared to the eventual cost...
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  • What does a real food diet look like
Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • How to Start a Real Food Diet
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”   I know you’ve heard it before.  Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu was right on.  Often when we come to the beginning of a long journey in our life the path...
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Do you ever wonder what other real foodies eat?  I do.  And in case you do, too, once a week I’m going to share what I ate the day before.  It’s a food diary of sorts, although I don’t actually...
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  • Homemade Mango Apricot Kombucha
Mango Apricot Kombucha  Kombucha is a wonderful beverage that helps your liver to cleanse, your gut to heal and your energy level to rise, among other important things.  We drink kombucha daily for its health benefits.   I brew my...
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Valentine’s Day and candy go together like, well, Easter and candy.  But, last year I took the plunge into de-sugaring our holidays.  As we approached our first candy-centric holiday in April, I vowed not to encourage poor health habits by...
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I’m fortunate to live in a climate where the winters are mild.  Still, we get a cold day here and there that produces quite a chill.  On those days, I want to be inside my warm home cooking up some...
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Five Changes for a Healthy New Year It’s that time again.  You and everyone you know is vowing to make changes–especially changes in regard to diet and exercise–that will lead to health and happiness.  Of course, we all know that...
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   Here at Our Small Hours, we believe that everyone has stories to tell and that those stories should be told in order to educate and inspire others.  It is with great excitement that I introduce our first story-telling series,...
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Low Temperature Pasteurized Milk My family is fortunate to have a local source of raw cow’s milk, but recently the supply has diminished.  Two-thirds of our farmer’s cows are due to give birth this month.  Our family relies on milk...
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Here at Our Small Hours, we believe that everyone has stories to tell and that those stories should be told in order to educate and inspire others.  It is with great excitement that I introduce our first story-telling series, Time...
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  • Real Food and Weight Loss
Real Food Weight Loss In June, I posted about losing weight with a traditional foods diet. At that point my family had been slowly working up to a full real food diet.  I had easily lost 14 pounds within the...
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    Here at Our Small Hours, we believe that everyone has stories to tell and that those stories should be told in order to educate and inspire others.  It is with great excitement that I introduce our first story-telling...
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge  Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination.  Recently I purchased some natural peanut butter that my family didn’t enjoy.  Now, this peanut butter was not made from organic or soaked peanuts, so it wasn’t technically...
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When Eating Real Food Gets Old Last weekend I decided that I’d had enough of eating real food. Well, maybe that last sentence and my title are misleading.  I never get tired of eating real food. What I really felt...
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  How to eat real foods away from home So far we’ve talked about how to eat real food away from home on road trips and on vacation.  This time we’re sticking a little closer to home and will tackle...
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 Since we gave up conventionally prepared grains several months ago, I’ve been experimenting with and tweaking various recipes for our favorite grain products. I’ve learned to make sourdough bread, soaked pancakes and waffles and even soaked tortillas. One of the...
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If you are searching for a grain-free breakfast that will keep you full for hours, look no further!  My favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs with avocado.  This breakfast combines filling and healthy saturated fat and tons of flavor.  Wash it down...
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When I began my real food journey, one of the things that troubled me most was how I would replace conventional, store-bought wheat products such as tortillas.  Sourdough bread and soaked waffles and pancakes were easy to make, but tortillas,...
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In this second installment of how to eat real foods away from home, we’ll tackle eating real food while on vacation.  We talked about how to eat real food on road trips, or day trips, last time.  Eating real food...
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How To Eat Real Foods Away From Home  Anyone who follows a real food diet of any sort will eventually find that eating away from home can be tricky.  There are many pitfalls to eating a real food diet when...
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When I first began my journey toward health with a traditional foods diet, I often wondered what other real foodies were eating.  At first it was my desire to compare my food choices to the food choices of others who...
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Is losing weight with traditional foods possible?  Well, yes, of course you can!  I would say that this is the easiest, most pleasurable diet that I’ve ever been on.  Yes, I would say that, except for the fact that I...
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Peppers, onions and mushrooms, oh my! My absolute favorite vegetable side dish (Oh, heck, I could make this a main dish!) is peppers, onions and mushrooms sauteed together in butter, seasoned with garlic, paprika and turmeric and sprinkled with Himalayan pink salt. It is...
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  Quarter Grass Fed Beef A couple of weeks ago, we purchased our first 1/4 grass-fed beef from a local farm.  We have tasted heaven and there’s no going back now.  Grass-fed beef tastes, well, like a cow should.  There...
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At the grocery story lately, I’ve noticed more cartons of eggs and packages of fresh chicken touting, “Vegetarian Fed!” as if vegetarian fed chickens are something to celebrate.  Am I the only one who scratches her head at the idea...
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 I love butter.  It’s true.  But, who doesn’t, right?   A lot of people love butter, but many of us are afraid of butter.  Why on earth do we fear a liberal or even moderate consumption of this nutrient-packed dairy...
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As an unapologetic real foodie, I am always on the lookout for new, whole foods to try.  The journey to health through traditional foods that my family is on has introduced more new foods and food preparation methods than I...
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A Comparison of Primal, Paleo and Traditional Foods     The world of consumer health and nutrition is filled with diets of every kind.  Over the past few years, three of those diets have become quite popular.  The Primal Blueprint,...
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Is it possible to have an Easter without candy? Since we began our Traditional Foods journey, my husband and I have worked hard to keep candy out of our home.  Our children still eat candy, don’t misunderstand me, but we...
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