Real Food

This page is about my adventures with moving towards a real food lifestyle.  I don't claim to be an expert here, nor do I think I'm doing everything right.  What I can say is my husband and I are eating much better than we had been, and we both feel better, healthier and happier with these changes.

BOOKS

I highly recommend the following books:
Food Rules by Michael Polan (great short book to start out and get your feet wet on this subject)
In Defense of Food by Michael Polan (more detail than his book Food Rules)

WEBSITES

100daysofrealfood.com - We wouldn't be as far as we are on this real food journey without this blog.  I'm constantly going here for information, tips and recipes.  She's got a lot of useful posts.  You will notice that a lot of the specific links below links are from this blog.

MY FAVORITE WEBSITE POSTS

I don't necessarily agree with all the opinions found in these posts, but I think these are a good place to start a "real food education" and prompt additional reading and understanding on these subjects...

GENERAL TIPS: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-food-tips/

YOGURT SUBSTITUTION GUIDE:  I have this printed out and posted in my kitchen.  http://www.stonyfield.com/recipes/cooking-yogurt

UNDERSTANDING GRAINS: This shows you the whole grain "stamp" you should be looking for on all your whole grain foods. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/07/22/understanding-grains/

PRODUCE - THE DIRTY DOZEN AND THE CLEAN 15:  I put this list in my phone so I have it with me while shopping for food.  This is a good post that explains what these lists mean. http://www.realfoodgirlunmodified.com/dirty-dozenclean-15-3/

BUYING REAL FOOD IN A MAINSTREAM SUPERMARKET: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/11/11/real-food-tips-buying-%E2%80%9Creal-food%E2%80%9D-from-a-mainstream-supermarket/

DAIRY: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/06/18/cheese-and-other-dairy-products-are-they-processed/

MILK: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/06/07/milk-101-whole-raw-organic-low-fat-etc/

SIX SECRETS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT SKIM MILK:  http://butterbeliever.com/fat-free-dairy-skim-milk-secrets/

MEAT - BECOMING A FLEXITARIAN: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/05/19/becoming-a-%E2%80%9Cflexitarian%E2%80%9D/

THE DEAL WITH CORN: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/08/25/the-deal-with-corn/

BUYING ORGANIC (OR NOT): http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/06/19/buying-organic-or-not/

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FAMILY EATS ONLY ORGANIC FOOD FOR TWO WEEKS!: http://www.washfm.com/onair/loo-chilli-2668/watch-what-happens-when-a-family-13594321/

THREE UGLY TRUTHS ABOUT BREAKFAST CEREALS: http://www.savorylotus.com/3-ugly-truths-about-breakfast-cereal/

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT EATS TOO http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/05/10/you-are-what-you-eat-eats-too/

GMO INFO AND TIPS: A great resource on all the latest articles from this blogger: http://foodbabe.com/category/gmo-info-tips/

SEA SALT: http://butterbeliever.com/is-the-word-sea-in-front-of-my-salt-good-enough/

(update 7-24-2014)
GMO VIDEO: “Seeds of Death – Full Movie” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUd9rRSLY4A

(update 11-19/2014)
TEA ARTICLE: http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/

WHEAT ARTICLE: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten/



WHERE I BUY REAL FOOD (in Huntsville, AL)

Costco

  • Organic Bake at Home Sourdough Bread Loaves (5/2015 - I haven't seen this for awhile)
  • Organic Blue Corn Chips (various brands)
  • Organic Butter
  • Organic Beef
  • Organic Chicken
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Granola (5/2015 - I haven't seen this for awhile)
  • Organic Berries (fresh and frozen)
  • Sunmaid Organic Raisins
  • Kirkland Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Organic Pasta Sauce.  (I mix this 50/50 with the Earthfare Organic Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce to reduce overall sodium).
  • Organic Canned Tomatoes
  • Organic Pure Maple Syrup (Grade A) (Grade B is better than Grade A - I use Grade A for table syrup; I buy Grade B from Earthfare)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Kirkland Organic No Salt Spice Mix (not a huge fan of the taste)

Publix

  • Organic Oranges
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic Apples
  • Other Organic Produce (as available)
  • King Arthur Organic Wheat Flour
  • King Arthur Organic All Purpose Flour
  • Organic Milk
  • Organic Eggs
  • Triscuits
  • Organic/Non GMO Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Granola (if they don't have at Coscto)
  • Non GMO Orville Redenbachers popping corn
  • Plain Yogurt (Stonyfield Organic)
  • Greek Yogurt (Stoneyfield Organic)
  • Organic Salad
  • Organic Brown Sugar
  • Organic Vegetable Broth
  • Applegate Farms products (deli meats)
  • Organic Cream Cheese
  • Organic Vanilla
  • Baking Powder (Aluminum Free)
  • Organic Butter
  • Organic Hummice (Garlic & Herb)
  • Sesame Oil
  • Newman's Own Organic Salad Dressings (we typically cut this with organic olive oil in an effort to reduce sodium).
  • Kettle Brand Potato Chips (non GMO)
  • Organic Oatmeal - (Greenwise)
  • Boar's Head Naturals (deli meats) (right now they only have a few to choose from)
  • Baking Soda (Bob's Red Mill)
  • Red Wine Vinegar (Greenwise)
  • Organic Coffee - French Roast Whole Beans (Greenwise)
  • Maverick Brand Bacon - uncured, no nitrates/nitrites

Earthfare

  • Organic Oats in Bulk Section
  • Organic Limes
  • Organic Lemons
  • Organic Oranges
  • Organic Grapes
  • Organic Red Onions
  • Organic Strawberries
  • Organic Produce - Misc (can count on a better selection of organic produce here than anywhere else)
  • Grass Fed Beef, Chicken, Pork Chops (all better quality meat products - watch for sales!)
  • Deli Meats (Nitrate Free)
  • Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Organic Pure Maple Syrup (Grade B) (Grade B is better than Grade A - I use this for baking and other recipes, not for table syrup)
  • Organic Salad
  • Organic Coffee - French Roast (strong)
  • Organic Coffee - Breakfast Blend (mild)
  • Organic Vegetable Broth - Low Sodium
  • Cheese - Organic Valley, or Tillamook are a couple of brands I buy
  • Local Honey
  • Organic Spelt Flour
  • Spirulina Powder - (for food coloring) dark green works great as a natural green food coloring
  • Baking Powder (Aluminum Free)
  • Baking Soda (Bob's Red Mill)
  • Organic String Cheese
  • Organic Iced Tea
  • Newman's Own Organic Dog Food
  • Newman's Own Organic Dog Treats
  • Organic Frozen Veggies
  • Organic Yellow Mustard
  • Organic Whole Wheat Bread
  • Organic Chocolate Chips
  • Organic King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour (they have the larger bags)
  • Organic Candy Orange Slices (bulk section)
  • Tillamook Swiss Cheese Slices (lower in sodium and I have read that this is a good company that makes quality cheese).
  • Organic Pasta Sauce - Earthfare Brand Garden Vegetable (only 50 grams of sodium, but very bland)  I mix this 50/50 with the Costco Organic Pasta sauce to reduce overall sodium.
  • Organic Apple Butter
  • Bob's Red Mill Wheat Farina (alternative to Cream of Wheat)
  • Spring Rolls from the deli
  • Orange Ginger Zing (sauce to go with spring rolls, an alternative to sweet & sour or duck sauce)

Target

  • Applegate Farms Bacon
  • Triscuits
  • Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Applegate Farms Bacon
  • Applegate Farms Deli Meats (in package)
  • Applegate Farms Cheese Slices
  • Organic Green Onions
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic Salad
  • Organic Berries (they tend to have some good sales on these)
  • Grass Fed Beef (just noticed this on my last shopping trip, in similar packages as the Organic Beef at Costco)
  • Chicken (antibiotic free)
  • Organic Salsa (Muir Glen)
  • Organic Spices
  • Organic Turmeric (food coloring) lovely yellow natural food coloring
  • Organic Frozen Blueberries (they now have large bags, I get it here if they don't have at Costco)
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Granola (if they don't have at Coscto)
  • Plain Yogurt (Stonyfield Organic)
  • Greek Yogurt (Stoneyfield Organic) *Target does a better job of stocking this than Publix does.
  • Organic Yellow Mustard
  • Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Frozen Italian Turkey or Chicken Meatballs the Simply Balanced line.
Online
  • Newman's Own Organic Green Tea Bags
  • Newman's Own Organic Pretzels

What I don't buy anymore (make my own)

  • Ketchup
  • Biscuits
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Tortillas
  • Sandwich/Hamburger Buns
  • Soups (Right now I just make Vegetable Soup, but I'm hoping to try some more)
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Focaccia Bread

Farmers Markets in Huntsville, AL

    (update 7-25-2014)
  • Greene Street - downtown Hunstville, Thursdays 4-7pm.   Items I have bought at the farmers market - Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Roma & Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Eggs, Blackberries, Zuchinni, Sourdough Bread (London Bread - made from a sourdough starter, so it is true sourdough).  There is a lot more there, this is just what I have bought.  Website Link - http://www.greenestreetmarket.com/



RECIPES

See my recipes page here.

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