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“Kids Eat Real Food” book review and sale!

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kidseatrealfood_with-borderHow would you love to help your Kids Eat Real Food without power struggles, whining or bargaining (from them OR you!)?

One of the main challenges I hear most often about Real Food (other than the time and money it can take) is how hard it is to get their kids to actually EAT Real Food.

Well, Vanessa from Natural Family Today has a GEM of a book for those of you that might struggle with this!

I was able to write a “review” for her and I meant every word I said:
“Kids Eat Real Food” is a wonderfully practical book of tips, tricks and encouragement for parents who desire to feed their kids nourishing, real foods! While Vanessa suggests that the parents own attitude towards food will affect how they teach their kids on the subject, she also offers tips to help kids learn the value and enjoyment of Real Food.

Not only does the book contain many delicious recipes, but also ideas for making food more appealing to kids! Teaching kids where their food comes from, taking them to visit farms and helping them to grow produce in a family garden can all be effective tools for making Real Food “stick” for your family.

Vanessa is not only knowledgeable on the topic of Real Food, but her personal experience adds depth and validity to what she is sharing. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed to have this useful book (filled with yummy, kid-friendly recipes) as a real food reference!”

pages-recipes-160x160I had a chance to read the whole e-book and it’s really helpful – so many practical tips for helping your kids to learn to really LOVE Real Food. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes she includes!!! They look very kid-friendly and simple.

She has meal plan recipes for every meal and 29 recipes that kids will love!

Whether you have babies or toddlers and want to know how to get them started early on loving Real Food, or whether your kids are a bit older and new to Real Food, she has tools to help.

Vanessa approaches Real Food from every angle, even addressing your OWN views of food and how it can impact what you are teaching your kids. I love her ideas for getting kids involved in sourcing the food – knowing where it comes from and even growing some of your own.

Order Now buttonTake a look at some additional details and see her special introductory pricing (PLUS see my face and my review on her site!) by CLICKING HERE or the “order now” button above.


Related posts/resources:

Resources for Planning Your Garden  (to help your family have a garden of their own – your kids will LOVE it!)

Tower Garden Aeroponic Vertical Gardening (for those of you lacking room for a garden!)

Mountain Rose winner, Tropical Traditions FREE Shipping, a NEW book tomorrow.

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Organic herbs, spices, teas and oils.

Mountain Rose Herbs Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Mountain Rose Herbs giveaway! One lucky person won the set of 3 products – the Himalayn Pink Salt, Lemon Pepper and a bottle of Avocado Oil. Was it you? I emailed the lucky person and am waiting to hear back, but just in case she reads this first…………

KRISTEN PATTON – YOU WON!!! Please contact me at melissa @ realfoodeater. com with your mailing address so I can give that to Mountain Rose Herbs! Congrats!

For everyone else, hopefully I at least introduced you to a great new option for organic teas, spices, essential oils and SO much more. Whenever you shop with them, would you consider using the link on my  page for their site (just click on one of my banners)? I earn a small commission for referrals and income like that helps me keep things running around here. :-)


free shippingFree Shipping over at Tropical Traditions – TODAY ONLY!

My favorite Coconut Oil Company, Tropical Traditions, is having FREE SHIPPING on select products until Midnight EST tonight! It’s the perfect time to stock up. They also have baking and food items, non-toxic cleaning products for your home and skin care! Use coupon code 14331 at check out!

One of their on-sale items is their Powdered Dish Detergent – it’s 50% off. I’ve never tried it before so if you do, would you mind stopping back over here and letting us know how it is? THANKS!


IF you have never shopped with them before, you will receive a FREE book all about coconut oil which also contains 85+ recipes.

Disclaimer: Since they are an affiliate of mine, if I refer you there, I also receive a gift certificate. So thanks again – this helps put GOOD food on the table for my hubby and 4 kids!


Helping your Kids Eat (and LOVE) Real Food

If you struggle with knowing how to do this, be sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll be introducing a great book from a great blogger on how to do just that. She has a special introductory price AND I even got to write a review and am quoted in it. FUN!

I’m also working on the series of “Real Food Roadblocks”, addressing some of the hold-ups when trying to feed your family Real Food. I figure her book fits in great as a kick-off to that. So stick around and keep learning – it’s all about taking small, baby steps towards the goal of eating mostly Real Food. Your health and your body will thank you!

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Why I Love Juice Plus!

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Organic healthy vegetables and fruitsI’m not a big fan of multi-vitamins.

But, I do know that sometimes we aren’t getting all of the nutrition that our bodies need from what we are eating.

This might be because we aren’t eating a big enough variety of foods to get the whole range of nutrients we need. Or, it could be because the foods we are eating are being grown in soil that is depleted of nutrients, affecting the nutrient value of the food. (Plus, did you know that the USDA currently recommends that we should all have 7-13 servings of fruits/vegetables per day?)

A friend introduced me to Juice Plus last year and I am really grateful. Our family has been taking/eating it and are really loving it and the results we’ve experienced. Our daily immune-boosting routine includes Juice Plus, Elderberry Syrup and Cod Liver Oil.

Here are the main reasons why I feel confident recommending Juice Plus capsules/chewables to others:

(And yes, I am a Rep for Juice Plus so certainly I am biased in favor of this particular product. If you use something else and it works for you, then GREAT! I have just appreciated the things listed below and the health results we’ve experienced in conjunction with eating Real Food).

1. It’s made from Whole Foods.

They start with high-quality plants and seeds and the best mid-size family farms. Then they juice the WHOLE fruit or vegetable (including peels, seeds and leaves whenever possible), to ensure  the greatest nutrition. That’s all – just good, whole food ingredients.

Juice Plus isn’t designed to take the place of fruits and vegetables, but rather it helps “Bridge the Gap” (<–great video) between what we SHOULD be eating and what we ARE eating.

2. The foods are all non-GMO, pesticide-free and are carefully preserved.

All plants/seeds are GMO-free. They also test all of their batches for any trace of pesticides or chemicals. And when they dehydrate the fruits/veggies, they do so gently, at a low temperature so the enzymes remain intact. CLICK HERE to see how it’s made!

Juice Plus studies3. It’s backed up by scientific research.

Unlike most multivitamins out there, this whole food nutrition has been proven to actually be absorbed by your body. (i.e. No fluorescent yellow pee.) <——-Come on, you know what I mean, right?!

Since it’s whole food and is in a form our bodies know what to do with, it can absorb them and utilize it. And, there are published medical studies proving that Juice Plus works at the cellular level to make our bodies healthier. You can check out the Medical Journals it is published in here.

Here’s a summary of what the medical journals and studies found to be true of Juice Plus:

  • Delivers key antioxidants and other phytonutrients that are absorbed by the body
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces key biomarkers of systemic inflammation
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Helps protect DNA
  • Supports cardiovascular wellness
  • Supports healthy skin
  • Supports healthy gums

4. The Children’s Health Study.

This is one of my favorite parts. Basically, when an adult is using Juice Plus they can sponsor a child for FREE. That child (between the ages of 4-18 or who is a current undergraduate student) can get their Juice Plus for FREE for up to 4 yrs. At different intervals, they will receive a short questionnaire to fill out about the health of that child to see the difference Juice Plus is making for them.

We really love this part and enjoy that our “kids eat free”!  *IF YOU’D LIKE SOME FREE SAMPLES for your kids to try, let me know by contacting me using one of the icons near my picture. (sorry, but I need to limit mailing samples to those of you in U.S. and Canada only!)

jp-heart5. It carries a Food/Nutrition Label rather than a Supplement one.

Because….it only has foods!  Of course, in my opinion it is better than a multi-vitamin because it has the nutrients and food in their WHOLE form (minus the water!). Some people think they really need to be taking vitamins, not a capsule with “whole food”. Well, whole foods contain all of those vitamins our bodies need! Keep reading…

For example, an apple contains Vit C, E, A, B1, B2 and B3. It also contains pectin, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, flavonoids and is high in boron. They can help to increase bone density, mental alertness, lowers cholesterol, aids in diabetes management, increases teeth and gum health and aids in digestion. And that’s just an apple!

How about kale? Well, it is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. It’s also high in the Vitamin B’s, A, E and K, plus B-carotene, lutein and iron. It helps to move toxins, is crucial for cell replication, and helps to reduce the risk of 5 cancers (bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate). It also contains anti-inflammatory properties.

The other 14 fruits/veggies in the basic combine for great results!

6. It’s NSF approved.

The NSF is an outside certification organization that ensures that what the label says is in the product is actually IN it. They also test for contaminants which would include pesticides or herbicides. Not all supplements or raw food products contain this certification, but it carries a lot of weight – and ensures you are actually getting what the label says you are!

I really love that the price point is comparable to the more high-quality “vitamins” that are out there….but with the confidence knowing my body KNOWS what I’m taking in and can use it to build a stronger and healthier me!

If you’d like to know more about Juice Plus products, please email me using the email icon on the right side – and visit my Juice Plus Website to learn more! (You can order directly on there as well, UNLESS you want the FREE kids’ version with the adult….then I need to put the order through for you). The products are mailed to you in a 4-month supply but you pay for them monthly so the cost is spread out. It comes out of our grocery budget as it’s FOOD!

P.S. Do you enjoy sharing the message of good nutrition and inspiring others towards healthy living? We need you! If you’d like to start your own Virtual Franchise for $50 and be a part of my Juice Plus+ team, you can do so at my site here. There are no minimums or quotas. Just helping to inspire healthy living!




A Few Exciting Things!

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cropped-header.pngJust a quick update for you all!

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know I’ve attempted the “Monday Meal Plan and Recipe Share” on Mondays – sharing my own weeks’ meal plan and having others share their favorite recipes.

For the first couple weeks I got a few submissions, but the last few weeks I’ve gotten NONE. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Please don’t worry, I’m not mad or upset, just realizing that I probably should waste my/your time by doing this on Mondays, that’s all!

Real Food for Real LifeSo, a change will be rolling out. To keep with my theme (Real Food: What it is, Where to Get it and How to Cook it), I’m going to be focusing each Monday on the “Where to Get it” portion.

Sometimes these will be books or sources (with discounts!) that I think you’ll all love. Other times it will be a giveaway from one of my sponsors. I have a few GREAT ones coming up soon! And only a couple times a year it will be a carefully selected “bundle sale” of books and services.

(P.S. There is one such bundle coming up on Oct. 7th. You’ll want to be sure to stay tuned and read my blog that day – this bundle is HUGE, valuable and will be a great price). Save up your weekly coffee and/or lunch money and use it on this instead. I promise it will be worth it!)

We’ll be kicking it off this coming Monday with a book I know a lot of you will love, at a cost of 25% off the regular price – and no, it’s not the one pictured above, but that one is a great one too – you can click on the picture to read more about it. Come back and visit Monday to see the details…

Also, I hope it never feels like I’m trying to “sell” you something…please know that when I do choose books/services/bundles to share with you all, I do so because I think they are valuable and helpful. I don’t just jump on any ‘ole book bandwagon!

And yes, I DO earn a small commission for affiliate links and/or promoting books, but know that it’s not a whole lot. It’s just enough to keep things running around here (web hosting, anti-virus software, yearly fees, etc, etc). All the yucky stuff that is part of blogging.

I continue to love this little outlet I have for sharing recipes that I think up, books and resources I come across and info that I learn along the way on the topics of Real Food and Healthy Living.  And I’m thankful that I have a couple thousand people to do it with each month.

I hope you’ll stick around for a bit. Come learn along with me as we navigate this Real Food journey!

And if you are a new(er) reader, I’d love to have you comment below and tell me more of what you’d like to see!




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Busy Lives, the Beach and Back to Blogging and School (sort of)…

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Phew, it feels like a while since I’ve blogged. We’ve been busy the last week and half or so…..

First, we took an impromptu Labor Day weekend vacation to my husband’s family cottage on Lake Michigan. We are SO blessed to have such a beautiful location so close (just over an hours’ drive) from us. If you have never been to the beaches of Lake Michigan, you might not believe that it looks JUST like the ocean, except without jellyfish or salt water. It’s so great.

Here’s what it looks like on a windy day:

Lake - waves

And on a calm day:

cottage - day

And in the evening we get THE BEST sunsets:

Cottage sunset flag(photo credit goes to my sister-in-law Caitlin for this one)

This cool t-shirt is a good map of Michigan – and about half-way up the left side (west coast) of Michigan is where the cottage is:41VqlyWYnIL._SL190_CR0,0,190,246_

It’s relaxing up there and there is no internet (except I DID figure out how to do the hotspot thing with my phone to use my computer for just a bit). When you are at the cottage, though, using your computer just feels out of place.

It’s such a place of peace and quiet and relaxation. It was a perfect ending to summer. We ate lots of Real Food, especially s’mores. Mmm….that definitely fits into the 20 part of the 80/20 rule that we try to follow!

Secondly, my kids went back to school on Tuesday. I have one in 5th, 4th and 1st grade and my youngest is 3 1/2 and is still home. They went back on Tuesday and Wednesday and then a dreaded announcement….

Our city’s water treatment plant (and therefore the city water) was contaminated with E. Coli.

Rockford dam

We live in the city and our kids’ school is in the city.

Which meant school was cancelled.

Which meant I tried not to cry. Especially when it was cancelled 2 DAYS IN A ROW. UGH!

Our 5th grader was adopted last year and while all of them do better with structure, he especially needs it. So these last 2 days off have been less-than-ideal (translation: I’m trying to maintain my sanity).

Thankfully we got the “all clear” today so school will resume on Monday. We REALLY love our kids’ school – it’s small, the teachers are top-notch and there is a great sense of community.

So, next week when things return to normal, I hope to be blogging more regularly again….except I am scheduled for jury duty, so who knows?

First up will be an EASY, simple recipe for beets. If you don’t like beets or have never tried them, this will be a recipe for you!

Until then….blessings to you!