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Farmers Market Vouchers Boost Produce Consumption

Low-income families tend to consume diets low in fruits and vegetables, due to poor access to healthy food and their inability to pay for it. Farmers markets may help fill in gaps in communities commonly referred to as “food deserts,” which lack access to fresh, healthy food. Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers […]

8 Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

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.... ? Read More: 8 Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

Real Food on the Road: What We Ate in the RV

In case you missed it, we just spent five of the last six weeks out west exploring our beautiful continent, and four of those weeks were in an RV rental. And after all that fun, I am here to report on our adventure in eating real food on the road.... ? Read More: Real Food on the Road: What We Ate in the RV

8 Ways Zinc Affects the Human Body

Zinc is one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle, according to a review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention […]

Essential Oils May Provide Good Source of Food Preservation

Preservatives in packaged foods are often criticized for their role in promoting obesity and other health problems, but a natural alternative may soon be available. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that essential oils may be able to be used as food preservatives in […]

School Lunch Packing Tips + $250 in Lunch Gear from MightyNest!

I'm excited to partner with our sponsor MightyNest on today's post, which includes a campaign to equip our kids in helping to pack their own healthy lunches. Yes, you read that right! As parents, we often try to do everything for our kids, but one of the greatest gifts we can give them is empowering them to pack their own lunches.... Show More Summary

An Apple Cider Vinegar Dose a Day Keeps Your Cravings Away

If you're like most women and many men, your overwhelming cravings for sugary, salty or fatty processed foods often taunt you. At times, you may even feel that those chocolate donuts, onion rings or pretzels are actually calling out to you, "Eat me! Eat me!" Of course, we both know that such thoughts are prepostrerous. Show More Summary

Essential Oil Kills Several Strains of E. Coli

Essential oils do more than just add pretty smells to your favorite bath and body products.  Recent findings published by two Washington State University scientists in Food Control journal online suggest Cinnamomum cassia oil can work effectively as a natural antibacterial agent in the food industry. In the study, the essential oil killed several strains of […]

Guest Post: Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from A Spicy Perspective)

It can be tricky to find healthy foods that kids want to snack on day after day, but these crunchy little guys have proven to be a winner in our house. In fact, the moment my kids smell them in the oven they start circling the kitchen in anticipation.... ? Read More: Guest Post: Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from A Spicy Perspective)

Pack Zespri, It Packs a Punch

I recently participated the #PackZespri kiwifruit event in NYC that showcased kiwifruit as part of our vibrant food culture. This year I am the official spokesperson for Zespri Kiwifruit North America. For those of you who are new to Zespri Kiwifruit, they are the company which exports the world’s premium kiwifruit grown by more the […]

Improving the Taste of Low-Fat Cheeses and Cakes

If you’re watching what you eat, you’re in luck! Low-fat cheeses and cakes that are just as delicious as their full-fat equivalents could be heading for supermarket shelves, thanks to fresh insights into how proteins can replace fats without affecting the taste and texture of the foods you love. Funded by the Engineering and Physical […]

Sorting Out Fact From Fiction: The Gluten-Free Diet Craze

Gluten free diets have become the latest weight loss “fad”. I think one of the reasons this trendy way of eating has evolved is that rather than working on incorporating balance and moderation into meals and snacks, it can be easier to cut something out altogether – whether that’s wheat, dairy or something else. What […]

Guest Post: How to Afford Real Food on a Budget

So many people have a misguided idea that the only way to eat healthfully is to spend exorbitant amounts of money. If you live in a remote part of the country, this may be the case, but in most areas, you can feed your family natural, unprocessed foods without spending hundreds of dollars each week to do so.... ? Read More: Guest Post: How to Afford Real Food on a Budget

Join us for The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign

Join the conversation. Please tell us what you're doing as part of The 31 Days of Kindness-and-Sweetness Campaign. How will or are you being kind and sweet to others? When was the last time you did something really kind and sweet for...Show More Summary

Stressed Out? Eat Dark Chocolate, Researchers Suggest

Join the conversation. What is your favorite way to consume dark chocolate or cacao? Talk to us. In recent years, one study after another has shown that dark chocolate can be healthy for you. Cacao beansNow, new Swiss scientists have...Show More Summary

9 Organic Meals from Costco for under $100

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.... ? Read More: 9 Organic Meals from Costco for under $100

Healthy Eating for Summer Barbecues

It’s that time of the year again – break out the grill!  Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ or a picnic in the park.  It’s the perfect time to start flavoring up your favorite summer foods and drinks the healthy way! The key to creating a healthy summer BBQ is quality foods and ingredients. […]

Guest Post: Is There a Natural Alternative to PediaSure®?

When 100 Days of Real Food asked me to write a recipe for a natural alternative to PediaSure, I was very excited. I am an integrative pediatrician, and real food is what my practice is based upon. I have seen the affects of synthetic...Show More Summary

The Platform Debate: Author/Speaker Michael Hyatt versus the NSA

In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization "Platform," some of us, who are passionate fans of Michael Hyatt -- the New York Times bstselling...Show More Summary

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