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Spiralizer…Two Thumbs Up!

POSTED: April 20, 2021
Are you a spiralizer fan?   If so, have you ventured beyond zucchini? Since we will soon be surrounded by amazing late spring and summer produce, we wanted to revisit one of our favorite ...

Taxes or Eating Healthy – Which is More Difficult?

POSTED: April 13, 2021
Do you dread preparing your taxes this time of year? We certainly do!  Should we claim our college-aged children as dependents?  What tax credits can - and should - we take?  How do we calculate ...

Gr-r-reat Grocery Store Tour: The Breakfast Aisle

POSTED: April 6, 2021
Thanks to your generous response and feedback, we are continuing our virtual grocery store tours! Just in case you missed our first one on nuts and nut butters, you can check it out here. This ...

Are These For Real?

POSTED: March 30, 2021
Have you taken the time to actually look around at the grocery store recently? We went to the store last week to check out the newest products and the latest trends, and we were shocked how many ...

Have No Fear…Artichokes Are Here!

POSTED: March 23, 2021
If you enjoy eating with the seasons, one fantastic food about to hit the scene in March is...   fresh artichokes!     Are you thinking...artichokes are expensive, take too long to ...

Why We Should All Eat with the Seasons

POSTED: March 16, 2021
It’s official…spring is here! (well, it will officially be here on Saturday!)   What do you most look forward to this time of year?   For some, it may be the warmer temperatures.  For ...

What Is Food?

POSTED: March 9, 2021
We are surrounded by “food” in everything we do and every part of our lives!   But, have you ever stopped to think about what “food” really is?   Are all of the things we eat really ...

Grocery Shopping is Nuts!

POSTED: March 2, 2021
Do you have a love or hate relationship with grocery shopping?   Did we really just ask that question?! Most people will probably tell you they DREAD grocery shopping!  For some, it is the ...

Are You Nuts?

POSTED: February 23, 2021
Do nuts make a regular appearance in your meals? We often hear people say they avoid nuts because they are "too high in fat" or "have too many calories." Nut lovers rejoice! Enjoyed in ...

Folks, This Ain’t Normal!

POSTED: February 16, 2021
Most of us know we live in a culture where we want our food to be convenient, fast and cheap. So, to answer our wishes, many foods in the supermarket today have been developed to provide just ...

Yes, 10 servings per day is possible!

POSTED: February 9, 2021
What would you say if we told you we are each supposed to be eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables...daily!?   Would you respond by saying, Krista and Zonya, "No way, you all have lost ...

REAL Food Travel Series – Fayetteville, Arkansas

POSTED: February 2, 2021
What if you had a resource to find all the best REAL food restaurants anywhere in the country? We're talking about those restaurants that use the best and freshest in-season, local ingredients. ...

Keepin’ It REAL On The Road

POSTED: January 26, 2021
REAL food on the road. We know this can be a struggle. In fact, we recently shared a coaching tip inspired by an Eat REAL America couple who had relocated to Florida for the winter, and were ...

Put Those Lonely Coffee Mugs Back to Work!

POSTED: January 19, 2021
What if you could have delicious eggs and veggies for breakfast in less than 3 minutes? Great news -- you can!  And, it's the perfect way to use those lonely oversized coffee mugs sitting in ...

It’s Like Riding a Bike

POSTED: January 12, 2021
Do you remember learning to ride a bike?   We remember more vividly teaching our kids how to ride a bike. As we held onto the back of the seat, they would wobble and weave as we guided them ...

Kick the Packet to the Curb

POSTED: January 5, 2021
Pre-mixed seasoning packets. Available for any seasoning combination you can dream up...taco, chili, ranch, brown gravy, hollandaise, fajita, spaghetti and so many more.  They are easy, ...

21 for 2021!

POSTED: December 29, 2020
Here we go! As we rapidly approach New Year's Day, everyone will be making their "resolutions" and the #1 resolution every year always seems to be to eat healthier (right up there with exercising ...

Are You Ready for Blood Orange Season?

POSTED: December 22, 2020
Have you noticed blood oranges showing up at your local stores? If so, do you savor these while they are available, or do you tend to walk past them, opting for the more recognizable navel, ...

Fired Up for 2021!

POSTED: December 15, 2020
Is it just us, or do you feel like you have something bottled up and ready to burst out in 2021?! After the year we have just experienced, we feel like 2021 is the time for something significant ...

Ditch the Packet with This 4-Ingredient REAL Hot Chocolate!

POSTED: December 8, 2020
The holidays are here and winter is coming soon... have you started craving a warm cozy cup of hot cocoa? Whether it was your own childhood or a special treat for your kids, how many of us have ...

Get to the Root of It!

POSTED: December 1, 2020
What comes to mind when you hear "root vegetables?" Some might say "intimidating" or "I am not even really sure which vegetables make the root vegetable list."  And, of course, the most ...

We Are Truly Grateful: Help Us Donate $2,500 to Your Favorite Charities!

POSTED: November 24, 2020
As we prepare for Thanksgiving this week, we keep reflecting on how thankful we are for ALL OF YOU!  You continue to be so generous with your stories, support and encouragement... we want to pass ...

From healthy to white fluffy pancakes?!

POSTED: November 17, 2020
An Eat REAL America member recently shared a message that we think many of you may relate to...   we certainly did!   This husband and wife, who are thriving in their REAL food journey, ...

What happens when you cut out processed foods?

POSTED: November 10, 2020
Are processed foods really that bad for us?   And, what is considered a "processed food?" We recently participated in a webinar hosted by an organization called Diet ID, where some industry ...

Is there a difference between cocoa and cacao?

POSTED: November 3, 2020
Are cocoa and cacao the same thing?   And should you believe those headlines about losing weight by eating chocolate? So, what's the deal?  We want to help you sort through the confusion. ...

It’s Not You, It’s Our Environment…

POSTED: October 27, 2020
Let’s face it, we are social beings and are highly influenced by what is around us. And there is no denying is all around us…it is absolutely everywhere!  Food is a part of everything ...

Read This Before You Open Your Next Can of Soup!

POSTED: October 20, 2020
Especially this time of year, as the cooler weather sets in, we get the question: "what do you think of canned it ok to use recipes that include canned soups like cream of mushroom?” ...

Is it possible to transform this popular breakfast staple?

POSTED: October 13, 2020
We were recently presented with a challenge...   DONUTS, made with REAL ingredients! They needed to be delicious enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, yet healthy enough to enjoy without feeling ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 2

POSTED: October 6, 2020
Why does this always happen?! Does this sound familiar…you have your list (check), you go to the store (check), you get home and start preparing dinner (check), and then everything comes to a ...

Does Your Pumpkin Spice Come From the Farm or the Factory?

POSTED: September 29, 2020
With just a couple of days until the start of October, "pumpkin spice season" is well under way!   It used to start making its appearance with the beginning of cooler temperatures and the ...

Emergency Substitutions: Part 1

POSTED: September 22, 2020
Does this sound familiar? After a long crazy day, you are feeling pretty good about the plan for dinner.  Sure, you only have a 30 minute window, but no problem, you’ve been to the store, have ...

They Look So Pretty, But What do You Do With Them?

POSTED: September 15, 2020
It's transition time! Now that we are in the last full week of summer, there is an abundance of in-season produce! There is still quite a bit of summer produce available...tomatoes, peppers, ...

Share Your Brilliance with Us!

POSTED: September 8, 2020
To our amazing Eat REAL America community…   we need your input!   We all have t-shirts that are our favorites for a variety of reasons.  Maybe it commemorates a Super Bowl championship or ...

Could These 4 Simple Seasonings Change Your Life?

POSTED: September 1, 2020
We have had several "aha" moments in our REAL food journey. One of the most game-changing moments was learning how to roast vegetables. And, it is not just us -- we have seen it first-hand with ...

Spring Rolls 101

POSTED: August 25, 2020
Quick, easy, and the possibilities are endless! You can use your favorite veggies, fruits, seafood, meats, nuts, herbs and so much more! Plus, they are affordable, delicious and good for you! ...

It Comes Down to 3 Simple Words!

POSTED: August 18, 2020
With the abundance of chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, excess weight and cancer, it’s no surprise there is a constant buzz about healthy eating, nutrition, diets and food. But, ...

The Great Potato Debate

POSTED: August 11, 2020
    “Avoid white potatoes…eat sweet potatoes instead.”  “A white potato is worse than a Snickers bar.”   “White potatoes have too many carbs.”     Have you heard these things? Are ...

Summer Grilling Series: Pizza Edition

POSTED: August 4, 2020
How is your summer grilling going? Have you discovered some new favorites to cook on the grill?  We hope you have found inspiration to grill... ...more veggies ...salads (yes, salads!) ...fruits ...

Turn Onions Into a Flavor Powerhouse!

POSTED: July 28, 2020
Caramelized onions… sounds fancy, right? Chances are, you have enjoyed these sweet, savory, tender onions on a burger, steak or sandwich at a restaurant and thought, “wow, those have great ...

It’s All About Flavor!

POSTED: July 21, 2020
On Saturday, we did a cooking demo at a local farmers’ market. This is one of our favorite things to do because every time - not just once in a while - EVERY TIME someone says, “I didn’t think I ...

Another Under-Appreciated Kitchen Tool…

POSTED: July 14, 2020
Among our favorite kitchen gadgets, there is one that we have received a lot of questions about recently...questions like "do I really need one?" and "will I use it?"  This kitchen utensil is... ...

Grilling Fruits and Desserts!

POSTED: July 7, 2020
Is your summer grilling in full swing?   Did you "get your grill on" as part of your July 4th celebrations?   Hopefully, you were able to enjoy not just grilled meats, but also take ...

Meet Beverly and Ken…

POSTED: June 30, 2020
"We feel better, have more energy and sleep better, and we no longer succumb to emotional eating!"     How many people wish they could say this?! We are often asked, "what keeps you ...

The Ultimate Summer Salad

POSTED: June 23, 2020
What if we told you we had a salad idea that would help you savor and enjoy fresh in-season ingredients all summer long?   Would you believe it?!   Plus, you can customize it with ...

It’s What’s On the Inside That Counts!

POSTED: June 16, 2020
Which would you prefer? A perfectly round flawless tomato? Or, for 30% less money, a tomato with some funky lumps and bumps? Many people tend to avoid the “ugly” produce, even though they are ...

Summer on a Stick!

POSTED: June 9, 2020
Summertime bliss… an ice-cold glass of lemonade, fireworks on the 4th of July, relaxing in the pool listening to your favorite summertime music, watermelon seed spitting contests and devouring a ...

Grilling Salads (Yes, Salads!)

POSTED: June 2, 2020
Are your grills getting a workout, now that we are in the heart of grilling season? A few weeks ago, we kicked off our summer grilling series with a coaching tip encouraging you to grill more ...

Is Someone Watching You?

POSTED: May 26, 2020
We are NOT talking about Siri or Alexa... ...although you may feel like they are always watching you in a techy creepy kind of way.   We ARE talking about people watching you - and your ...

Have No Fear…

POSTED: May 19, 2020
Do you ever have moments where you feel like your meals are a failure?  Have you ever thought: "I am a horrible cook!"   "When I try to make something new, it always turns out awful!"   ...

Are You a Locavore?

POSTED: May 12, 2020
Are you thinking, what in the world is a locavore?   And, is this a good thing or a bad thing?   "Locavore" is used to describe someone who tries to eat locally grown or produced foods ...

Grill More Veggies!

POSTED: May 5, 2020
Are you ready for grilling season? With the extra time at home the past few weeks, grilling season may have started early this year for many of us.  And, let's face it, for some, grilling season ...

Why We Should All Be Eating Buddha Bowls!

POSTED: April 28, 2020
Are you wondering what to do with all the miscellaneous ingredients that have accumulated in your refrigerator and pantry the past few weeks?  Of course, you can do a stir-fry or you can roast or ...

Can Your Pizza Crust Really Help Fight Cancer?

POSTED: April 21, 2020
This is something we continually reinforce to our kids. And, it is something that has had special meaning for us ever since listening to Jimmy Valvano's inspiring 1993 speech at the ESPYs. We ...

Ordinary or Extraordinary?

POSTED: April 14, 2020
Have your meals changed since our world "shut down" over the past few weeks? In our culture, our lives tend to become so insanely busy that meals often become an afterthought.  There are so many ...

The Secret to Creamy Delicious Hummus

POSTED: April 7, 2020
Most of us have probably had really good hummus... you know the one from that local Mediterranean restaurant (heck, it may be the reason you keep going back) is so creamy and delicious that ...

Taking a Break from REAL Food

POSTED: March 31, 2020
With this whole Coronavirus thing and being in quarantine for days on end, we have been doing a lot of thinking...   and we have made a big decision.   We are taking a break from REAL ...

Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut!

POSTED: March 24, 2020
One amazing member of our Eat REAL America community shared a great quote this week: “Grocery shopping during the pandemic has become an episode of ‘Chopped’:  🤔 What can I make with a bruised ...

Are Superfoods the Answer?

POSTED: March 17, 2020
Have you noticed a resurgence in people talking about "Superfoods?" Google saw a huge spike in the interest of Superfoods last week.  And, as we turned on the TV on Friday to catch up on the ...

Which is More Important? Eating Healthy or Exercising?

POSTED: March 10, 2020
Can you exercise your way out of bad eating habits?   Which is more important, exercise or eating healthy?   Have you ever thought…"It's ok to have that doughnut…I had a great workout ...

Bring Convenience To Your Kitchen!

POSTED: March 3, 2020
  "I don't like leftovers!" Have you ever heard this from your family or friends?  Or, maybe you have even said this?! Let's face it - with our crazy schedules, we have to find ways to bring ...

The Best $1 Investment You Will Ever Make!

POSTED: February 25, 2020
What if we told you one of our favorite kitchen tools costs less than $1.00?   And, you probably have one in YOUR house right now…it has been around for over a hundred years…   …it’s a ...

Let’s Talk Meat!

POSTED: February 11, 2020
When did meat become so confusing?     Is it healthy or will it take years off your life?     What about all the new "plant-based" do they compare to the REAL ...

On the Cutting Edge

POSTED: February 4, 2020
When we started cooking more frequently, one of our first lessons was... knives.   "You only need one," says Mark Bittman, NY Times cooking advice columnist.  We now agree with Mark that all ...

Why you don’t want aunts in the pantry

POSTED: January 28, 2020
Have you ever heard of "food imposters?"   They are substances pretending to be food... and there are many food imposters lurking out there!   One of the most blatant offenders is ...

Essential Tools for Your Kitchen

POSTED: January 27, 2020
Because we spend countless hours in the kitchen coming up with delicious, easy-to-prepare, nutritious meal ideas for the Eat REAL America community, as you can imagine, we have our favorite ...

Delicious AND Nutritious!

POSTED: January 21, 2020
Sound, sight, touch, smell and taste... we all know the five senses.   Which are the most important when it comes to food?   Of course, smell...and especially taste! We frequently hear ...

Breakfast of Champions?

POSTED: January 14, 2020
As we have mentioned before, some of the food rules we love by Michael Pollan are: “Buy items with fewer than 5 ingredients,”   “Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t ...

A Sweet Makeover of a Savory Favorite

POSTED: January 7, 2020
We all know hummus is famous as that pre-dinner snack or appetizer that's the ideal dip for pitas and veggies, right? But have you ever considered hummus to be an after-dinner sweet treat? And, ...

What is your One Thing?

POSTED: December 31, 2019
“I’ve been on a diet for two weeks, and all I’ve lost is 14 days.” -Totie Fields Does this sound familiar? As 2020 arrives at midnight tonight, millions of people will start their new routines – ...

Exclusive Interview with Santa

POSTED: December 24, 2019
As you can imagine, Santa has been super-busy with final preparations for his around-the-world trip that is now underway! Just before he left, he took a few minutes to talk to us about a variety ...

Willpower May Not Be Enough!

POSTED: December 17, 2019
In case you missed it, in our coaching tip two weeks ago, we announced that we are donating $2,500 to your favorite charitable organizations!  We still have room for more!   Please hurry over to ...

Ever Wondered How Much a “Smidgen” Is?

POSTED: December 10, 2019
What really is the difference between chopped, diced, and minced?   And, how much is a "dash?" Where is the cooking terminology instruction manual?!   Some “fancy” cooking terms can ...

Our Gift to You: Help Us Donate $2,500 to Your Favorite Charities!

POSTED: December 3, 2019
Once again, you all have been so generous in 2019 with your stories, support and encouragement... we want to pass this generosity on to some of your favorite organizations! For the first 25 ...

Happiness is Homemade

POSTED: November 26, 2019
Which is the best broth to buy?   Is homemade broth really better than store-bought? We receive quite a few questions about chicken broth and vegetable broth, and these are just a couple of ...

What if Your Gift Had the Power to do THIS?

POSTED: November 19, 2019
What if you could change someone's life this Christmas? As you are turning your attention towards Thanksgiving, are you also starting to anticipate holiday gift giving?!   Whether you are ...

Is Comfort Food Just a Myth?

POSTED: November 12, 2019
Whether it's a cold blustery winter day, or life has you anxious and stressed out, do you immediately start craving a bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese, or a cozy meal of fried chicken with ...

Create this Masterpiece with Just 4 Simple Ingredients

POSTED: November 5, 2019
Did you see our coaching tip from a couple of weeks ago? In The Whiter the Bread, the Sooner You'll Be Dead, we tried to reassure you that you don't need a chemistry to buy nutritious bread at ...

Helping You Cope With the Start of Sweet Treat Season

POSTED: October 29, 2019
If you are anything like us, one of the biggest challenges with eating healthfully is... ...managing the sweet treats! Especially if you have kids or grandkids, they seem to creep in from every ...

The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.

POSTED: October 22, 2019
  Do you feel like you need a chemistry degree to purchase a healthy and nutritious bread at the store?   If you have recently evaluated the options in the bread aisle, it just may ...

Do You Want to Know How Many Years You Have Left?

POSTED: October 15, 2019
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, do you ever stop to think...   "how many years do I have left?"   Do you ever worry about whether you will be able to accomplish all the things ...


POSTED: October 8, 2019
They say their sugar cravings are gone. They say their "brain fog" is gone. They are losing 3-5 pounds per week. It's all because they are "going keto." Is it all really too good to be true?  Are ...

How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take?

POSTED: October 1, 2019
Are you a risk-taker? Now, we are NOT talking about bungee jumping or James Bond 007 stunts where your life's in danger…just basic risk-taking. Whether we realize it or not, we all take risks ...

With a Name Like That It’s Gotta Be Amazing!

POSTED: September 24, 2019
Bi Bim Bop! Have you heard of it, or maybe you are already a huge fan?! Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare!   We first discovered this unique, mind-blowing meal during a trip to ...

Wrap it Up and Tame the Morning Chaos

POSTED: September 17, 2019
Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to breakfast?   Do you keep telling yourself that you want to eat a better breakfast to prevent that mid-morning sluggishness?   Or maybe you would ...

Impress Your Guests With These Tailgating Tips

POSTED: September 10, 2019
As we head into mid-September, autumn is rapidly approaching (even if the weather in your area may not feel like it yet!).  This, of course, means fall festivals, family trips to the pumpkin ...

Continuing Strong Into the Fall

POSTED: September 3, 2019
We are now past Labor Day weekend, school is well underway, football games have started and most of us have "checked out" of summer mode. We recently heard someone say, "I am looking forward to ...

Good Food = Good Mood

POSTED: August 27, 2019
Have you or someone you know been faced with negative thoughts or behavior? Maybe the symptoms were mild or maybe you have felt like you were experiencing a full-blown panic attack.  If so, you ...

A Glimpse Into a Few Days With Zonya and Krista

POSTED: August 20, 2019
What does an inspiring fun-filled 4 days look like when Zonya and I get together? As you can imagine, there is NOT a lot of sitting around! I recently spent a few days at Zonya's home base in ...

Do This 180 Times and Still Maintain Your Sanity

POSTED: August 13, 2019
If you have kids, are you ready for the back-to-school routine? If so, that means you may be dealing with the ongoing dilemma of what to do for school lunches.  If you’re like us, you want your ...

What’s the dill?

POSTED: August 6, 2019
Pickles are REAL food, right? Aren’t they just cucumbers, spices and some pickling liquid? Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple when it comes to buying jarred pickles.   Have you ever ...

Don’t Let This Opportunity Pass You By…

POSTED: July 30, 2019
What is one of the biggest benefits to “eating with the seasons?” It's the anticipation of those flavorful and nutritious foods coming into season each year! You start thinking about all the ...

Have You Tried This 5 Minute Flavor Enhancer?

POSTED: July 23, 2019
Want a super-simple way to add another level of flavor and texture to your meals? No fancy equipment required, and it can be done in a matter of minutes!  You can even delegate this simple task ...

Should You Avoid “Nightshade” Vegetables?

POSTED: July 16, 2019
Maybe you have heard someone say... "I can't eat nightshades because they make my joint pain flare up...or they give me heartburn."  We want to shed some light on this group of veggies and also ...

How to Fight Arthritis with REAL Food

POSTED: July 9, 2019
Do you or someone you love suffer from the pain of stiff and swollen joints, known as arthritis?   Get ready for some good news!   When it comes to a disease for which changing your ...

How to Enjoy Healthy Ice Cream All Summer Long

POSTED: June 30, 2019
Confession time! A couple of years ago, I tried “nice cream” (also known as banana ice cream) and I wasn’t crazy about it.  But, as Zonya and I were recently discussing coaching tip ideas, I knew ...

Are Meal Delivery Kits All They are Hyped Up to Be?

POSTED: June 25, 2019
We are frequently asked about meal kit delivery services. Are they worth it? We want to share with you some of the comments we have heard, give you some thoughts to consider, including pros and ...

Get Out of the Box

POSTED: June 18, 2019
A couple of weeks ago, while at the farmers' market, we experienced a flashback! A friend of ours generously bought an Eat REAL Cookbook for some friends of his because they were just starting ...

When Water Gets Boring

POSTED: June 11, 2019
"Make sure you drink enough water." This advice has been drilled into our heads since we learned about nutrition basics in elementary school. Yet, despite the constant reminders, as many as 75% ...


POSTED: June 4, 2019
We recently asked some family and friends what they thought about pesto.  The response… ”you mean that green stuff?” That made us think a coaching tip on pesto might be helpful! If you already ...

The Magical Fruit…

POSTED: May 28, 2019
"Beans, beans, the magical fruit"... we all know the rest of this, right?! Why beans? Beans are a nutritional powerhouse, but are sometimes under appreciated.  Beans of all kinds provide an ...

Keep Your Mind Sharp and Prevent Alzheimer’s

POSTED: May 21, 2019
What if you could reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 53%? And, wouldn't we all like to slow down "old age forgetfulness" and improve our memory?     We have ...

Your Guide to What Is In Season Right Now

POSTED: May 14, 2019
A HUGE part of eating REAL is eating in-season – it’s such a great way to savor foods that are at their peak of freshness and flavor! We are frequently asked, "how do you know what is truly ...

Be a Good Host!

POSTED: May 7, 2019
We've all heard, "it's important to have a healthy gut." But what EXACTLY does that mean?   And, maybe you have heard people talk about the "microbiome," but wonder what in the world that is ...

Thyme to Grow!

POSTED: April 30, 2019
Fresh basil at your fingertips? Mint growing just a few steps away from your kitchen? Growing fresh herbs at home is a excellent way to add tremendous flavor to your meals, boost your nutrients ...

Can a Burger Be Healthier Than a Salad?

POSTED: April 23, 2019
Which do you think is healthier, a burger or a salad?   If we asked ten people this question, at least nine would say, "Of course, the salad is healthier!" What if the choices were a pizza ...

These Carbs Can Save Lives!

POSTED: April 16, 2019
The results of a study were published earlier this month in The Lancet, which found that 11 million deaths in 2017 were attributable to dietary risk factors. That would mean that poor diets are ...

Has GERD Got You Down?

POSTED: April 9, 2019
Have you - or someone you know - ever had... A burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone? A sour taste in the mouth, or lump in the throat? Chronic cough, laryngitis, new or ...

Have you looked at the headlines recently?

POSTED: April 2, 2019
We all get bombarded with news feeds every day, and interesting stories can sometimes be overlooked. Don't worry, we have you covered. We have been monitoring recent food-related headlines and ...

A Little Burst of Inspiration

POSTED: March 26, 2019
"I let go of the wheel and we fell off the wagon..." We recently had some close friends who had been successful on their REAL food journey tell us they got lazy and let go of the wheel.  Because ...

Should You Only Eat Organic?

POSTED: March 19, 2019
Do you wonder whether you should be eating more organic foods?   Are you confused about what "organic" really means?   Part of our Eat REAL America mission is to help you navigate ...

What is “Health?”

POSTED: March 12, 2019
Since January, our disease-dodging series has taken us on a journey to discuss: How you can reduce cholesterol without medication. What if you could ditch your blood pressure medication for good? ...

Insomnia? REAL Food to the Rescue!

POSTED: March 5, 2019
"I'm so tired...I just can't get a good night's sleep!"   "All I want is to wake up energized and to feel like I can take on whatever comes my way!"   Does this sound like you or ...

Red, White, And…Yellow?

POSTED: February 26, 2019
What's the difference between the different varieties of onions? Can they be used interchangeably?   Scallions, green onions and spring onions...aren't they all the same? Many of us probably just ...

Together for a Weekend of Engagement and Inspiration

POSTED: February 19, 2019
This week, we want to share some of the highlights of the whirlwind, and oh-so-much-fun, 5 days Zonya and I just spent together! With me in Wichita and Zonya in Michigan, we have mastered the ...

Can You Really Make This Treat Without Marshmallows and Butter?

POSTED: February 12, 2019
We recently received a request from one of our amazing Eat REAL America members... how can you make Rice Krispie Treats healthier? We love requests from members and, honestly, we love a good ...

What if You Could Ditch Your Blood Pressure Medication For Good?

POSTED: February 5, 2019
Have you or someone you love been told "you need to get your blood pressure down?" In our disease dodging series, we provided information last month about how you can reduce your cholesterol, ...

The Pantry Staple That Gets Better With Age

POSTED: January 29, 2019
Can a food be an amazing flavor enhancer while helping you control blood sugar and lose weight?   YES! Vinegar is a perfect example!   Last week, we told you about the life-changing ...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Bottled Salad Dressing

POSTED: January 22, 2019
Can salad dressing make or break a great salad? Salads are part of almost every meal in our home.  Of course, quality REAL ingredients are a big part of phenomenal salads, and we believe the ...

Can Pizza Really Be Healthy?

POSTED: January 15, 2019
Let’s face it…pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s quick, it’s convenient and it’s a staple at most get-togethers. It is reported that the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza every ...

Which diet is best for 2019?

POSTED: January 8, 2019
Any guesses? With all the recent media attention, you probably couldn’t miss it!  Our nation is overly obsessed with diets, and it seems like every media outlet jumped on the report from US News ...

How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Medication

POSTED: January 1, 2019
Did you know REAL food can be one of the best cholesterol-lowering medicines?   Whether you have been told by your doctor "it's time to get your cholesterol down" or you just want to make ...

A Christmas Gift for You!

POSTED: December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas! On this most blessed day, we want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the Eat REAL America members and others who continue to support REAL food -- we are so thankful for all of ...

No More Intimidation!

POSTED: December 18, 2018
Picture it... the perfect poached egg with a runny yolk and perfectly set egg white. Your fork slices through it and the yolk magically coats your toast, roasted or sautéed vegetables, pasta, or ...

Help Us Donate $2,500!

POSTED: December 11, 2018
Ready?  Set?  Go! You all have been so generous this year with your stories, support and encouragement, we want to pass this generosity on to some of your favorite organizations! For the first 25 ...

Even Better Than What the Doctor Ordered

POSTED: December 4, 2018
We have all heard the advice,"to be healthy, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables."   But what EXACTLY does this mean? And, are there certain foods that are more important than others? ...

December Superfood of the Month: Quinoa

POSTED: November 27, 2018
Do you know what food is considered to be a perfect snack for astronauts during their long missions?   Believe it or not, it's quinoa!   Why?  Because it's loaded with nutrients, is ...

Hard to Put Into Words…

POSTED: November 20, 2018
Over the past five years, Eat REAL America has given us so much to be thankful for. Most of all, we are so thankful for ALL OF YOU! The stories you share every single day about how REAL food has ...

Life Is Too Short to Count Ingredients

POSTED: November 13, 2018
Imagine looking through recipes and a mouth-watering photo jumps out and you just have to have it!  You read on and are suddenly disappointed because it has over 15 ingredients ... this a ...

Are you surrounded by sugar pushers?

POSTED: November 6, 2018
We want to share... eye-opening article that caught our attention this week. It was written by Yoni Freedhoff, a Canadian doctor, who discusses how overconsumption of sugar has become a ...

November Superfood of the Month: Cranberries

POSTED: October 30, 2018
As November rolls around, we can't help but start thinking about the holidays. And, there is a fruit that seems to go hand-in-hand with the holidays (believe it or not, 20% of annual consumption ...

What do you tell people you are doing?

POSTED: October 23, 2018
How many times have you heard this? "I'm doing paleo." "I'm doing the keto diet." "I'm doing Whole 30." "I'm doing weight watchers." Maybe you or someone in your family has even said this at some ...

The Real Reason You Should Eat Avocado Toast

POSTED: October 16, 2018
It's ridiculously simple. It requires no recipe. It can be one of life’s simplest pleasures. And, it's ideal for breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack or any time of the day. If you haven't ...

October Superfood of the Month: Figs

POSTED: October 2, 2018
What comes to mind when you think of figs? The classic Fig Newton cookie?  Or, one of the many Bible stories that talk about fig trees?  What about a favorite recipe using fresh or dried figs? ...

Buying Salt Shouldn’t Require a Chemistry Degree

POSTED: September 25, 2018
Have you stood in the salt aisle at the store and felt dazed and confused?   There was a time when there were two options:  iodized table salt or sea salt. Now, there is an array of salts ...

Inspiring Stories From Our Members

POSTED: September 18, 2018
One of our favorite and most fulfilling aspects of Eat REAL America is the inspiration we receive from our members!   Over the past few weeks, we have heard many inspiring and motivating ...

If Rice Could Talk

POSTED: September 11, 2018
As we know all too well by now, there is mass confusion when it comes to food. And rice is no exception. One day you hear that brown rice is always better than white rice.  But, the next day you ...

Are You Neophobic?

POSTED: September 4, 2018
What are you afraid of? Maybe it's arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or a fierce case of ophidiophobia (a fear of snakes), but there's another common phobia that we don’t hear much about, but ...

September Superfood of the Month: Pears

POSTED: August 28, 2018
Do you know what fruit has over 3,000 varieties, helps reduce your cancer risk, and is considered "hypoallergenic?" It's the pear! With fall, and hopefully some fall-like temperatures, just ...

How to Eat Healthy in the Chaos of Daily Life

POSTED: August 21, 2018
It's hard to believe it's that time again... ...back to school! If you have kids headed back to school, the routine that comes with it can be great, but it also can mean more chaos!  Between ...

WARNING: Don’t Eat Cherry Tomatoes!

POSTED: August 14, 2018
Believe it or not, this is real advice from some real "nutrition coaches!"   The first time I heard this was last year when I was talking to an Eat REAL America member.  She was telling me ...

Another Example of Why Reading The Ingredients is So Important

POSTED: August 7, 2018
It still amazes us how often we run across foods that are NOT what they appear to be. In this week’s coaching tip, we are going to pick on enchilada sounds so simple, right? You may ...

August Superfood of the Month: Swiss Chard

POSTED: July 31, 2018
People know it's healthy. Many people probably know how to spot it at the store or farmers' market. But, many people we talk to say, "I just don't know what to do with it!"   Which is why ...

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

POSTED: July 17, 2018
“Eating healthy is too expensive." "And it takes too much time." We hear this a lot. Many perceive that it's too expensive (or too time-consuming) to eat REAL food – or eat healthy. Recently, ...

Why the Rolling Stones May Be To Blame for Your Unhealthy Eating

POSTED: July 10, 2018
Picture it...'re in a restaurant, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is rockin' in the background, and you're looking over the menu deciding what to order. Suddenly, you're craving a juicy BBQ bacon ...

Don’t Believe Every Thing You Think

POSTED: July 3, 2018
Picky eaters. We all know one…maybe we are one…or we once were. Almost every single day, we hear “I don’t like _________.”  You can fill in the blank with all kinds of things such as onions, ...

July Superfood of the Month: Tomatoes

POSTED: June 26, 2018
We all know that “explode in your mouth” sweetness that comes from a perfectly ripe, fresh-picked tomato.  In many parts of the country, freshy-harvested tomatoes are becoming abundantly ...

Do This to Stay Healthy All Summer Long!

POSTED: June 19, 2018
Summer is officially here! Well, it will be official this Thursday, June 21st! Here in the Midwest, the scorching temperatures and thick humidity have made it feel like summer for several weeks ...

The Original Non-Stick Skillet

POSTED: June 12, 2018
Do you own a cast iron skillet? If so, do you use it all the time or is it sitting lonely in one of your cabinets? Cast iron skillets can be extremely useful in the kitchen, but can also raise a ...

Your Worries Will Disappear with This No Fuss Breakfast

POSTED: June 5, 2018
Hakuna Frittata!   Frittata.  Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?   If you have no idea what a frittata is, you are not alone.  For many years, we thought it was a complicated, fancy and ...

June Superfood of the Month: Avocados

POSTED: May 29, 2018
What fruit has more potassium than a banana and is sometimes called an "alligator pear?"   Believe it or not, it's the avocado!   And, yes, you read is a fruit...actually, ...

Does Color Matter?

POSTED: May 15, 2018
We have all heard the advice:   "Eat the Rainbow"   Of course, we are NOT talking about the rainbow found in a bag of Skittles or a box of "magically delicious" Lucky Charms!  And, ...

Choosing Seafood 101

POSTED: May 8, 2018
Let's be honest, for those of us who don't live on the coast, it can be challenging to find high-quality, fresh seafood... ...many of us aren't exactly surrounded by fresh-water oceans, bays and ...

May Superfood of the Month: Mushrooms

POSTED: May 1, 2018
What comes to mind when you hear the word “fungi?” Does it make you want to run the other way?  There was a time when we wouldn’t eat anything that contained this food, or we would at least ...

How much education do doctors receive on the #1 cause of death?

POSTED: April 24, 2018
Picture it... are sitting in your doctor's office, worrying about why you have just been diagnosed with heart disease (or a stroke, or diabetes, or cancer). Your mind is racing with ...

Eating Out Shouldn’t Shorten Your Life

POSTED: April 17, 2018
As Michael Pollan says... “The most important thing you can do, and it's challenging for many people, is cook for your family." Unfortunately, cooking at home with REAL ingredients is becoming ...

Why Fat Free Dressing is Not the Answer

POSTED: April 10, 2018
How often are salads part of your meals? We must admit, salads are a part of almost every meal in our home.  Especially when locally-grown produce is available -- we love the taste, texture and ...

Gluten: Friend or Foe?

POSTED: April 3, 2018
Are you confused about all the messages regarding gluten? If so, you are not alone! Maybe you or someone you know is already living a gluten-free lifestyle...or maybe you have considered removing ...

April Superfood of the Month: Dates

POSTED: March 27, 2018
They are wrinkly, brown and their chewy texture is sweet and satisfying. And, they are not raisins! We are talking about dates... and, for good reason,     they are our Superfood of the ...

An Oat is an Oat is an Oat

POSTED: March 13, 2018
They are nutritious, taste great, can be transformed into sweet AND savory meals, and are versatile enough to be enjoyed for any meal of the day. Plus, they are easy to prepare and very ...

We Need Your Opinion!

POSTED: March 6, 2018
It's finally happening!   We are closing in on the final stages of our NEW Eat REAL Cookbook, but we have one last dilemma: What do we title the book?   We need your help!     ...

March Superfood of the Month: Kiwi

POSTED: February 27, 2018
If we asked you which fruit has the highest level of Vitamin C, what would you guess?   Oranges, right? Believe it or not, there are several fruits (and vegetables) with more Vitamin C than ...

Do this to eat healthy without depriving yourself

POSTED: February 20, 2018
How many times have you heard someone say they are trying to eat healthier or following a specific "Diet", and then they begin to list all the things they are no longer eating? Or, maybe you or ...

Every Bottle Has a Story

POSTED: February 13, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day!  Last week, we provided tips on how to prepare the perfect steak for your loved one.  Since you are likely preparing a wonderful meal at home or enjoying a meal at a ...

The Perfect Steak

POSTED: February 6, 2018
As promised a couple of weeks ago, we want to follow up on our coaching tip regarding the Maillard reaction and provide some guidance on... to cook the perfect steak! With Valentine's Day ...

February Superfood of the Month: Cabbage

POSTED: January 30, 2018
What comes to mind when you hear the word “cabbage?”   If all you can think of is coleslaw, you are likely missing out on some truly delicious meals, not to mention the AMAZING nutrition and ...

Chemical Reactions in Your Kitchen?!

POSTED: January 23, 2018
Have you ever wondered why veggies taste so good when they are roasted?     Or why bread smells so good when it is baking?   And, "what's the point of searing a roast before you ...

Salads Aren’t Just For Summer!

POSTED: January 16, 2018
What is the best salad you have ever eaten? Take a second to think about it. You may be thinking of a summer salad with fresh, in-season tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, basil and other ...

Our Take on ‘What the Health’

POSTED: January 9, 2018
Have you seen it or heard about it? Both of our families were unsure what to expect, but decided to dive in and spend 90 minutes watching the documentary, "What the Health?"...despite the ...

January Superfood of the Month: Flax Seeds

POSTED: January 2, 2018
What are they?   Why are they important?   Are they really good for us, or is it just marketing hype about another "healthy food?"   These are the questions we are often asked ...

What’s the Plan?

POSTED: December 26, 2017
Some of us are natural planners and some are not. Whether you call it discipline or a slight case of OCD, we happen to be planners.  And, we realize this can sometimes be an annoying quality, but ...

What Can a Nobel Prize Winner Teach Us About Eating Healthy?

POSTED: December 19, 2017
Can eating healthfully be both simple AND easy? And, of course, delicious too? We wholeheartedly believe the answer is YES!  And, this will continue to be part of our mission as we head into ...

Are Sugar Substitutes Safe?

POSTED: December 12, 2017
We have all heard about the dangers of artificial sweeteners... ...from causing cancer, to disturbing the beneficial bacteria in our guts.  So, it’s easy to see how we can become exasperated by ...

How to Enjoy Holiday Treats Without Going Overboard

POSTED: December 5, 2017
Tis’ the season!  The season with a love/hate relationship for many of us. We love the decorations, the parties, the time with family and friends, the festive music and, of course, the sweet ...

Superfood of the Month: Which Flour Is Best?

POSTED: November 28, 2017
What is the difference between white flour and whole-wheat flour?   Is whole-wheat flour really healthier?   What about gluten-free flours?   It doesn't take much to notice we live ...

Thanksgiving Every Day?

POSTED: November 21, 2017
We all know the nutritional and health benefits of REAL food... ...but what if the benefits are much bigger than that? Perhaps there are also significant social and family benefits associated ...

Time for a Paradigm Shift?

POSTED: November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Are you ready?   What will be on your Thanksgiving menu this year?   Of course, turkey is a staple in most homes and there are many favorite ...

November Superfood of the Month: Parsnips

POSTED: October 31, 2017
“I am not a carrot!”   Yes, a parsnip may look like a carrot, and they are often confused with carrots, but they want you to know they are NOT carrots! However, they ARE now in-season and ...

How Well Do You Know Ginger?

POSTED: October 17, 2017
Not that Ginger! Is fresh ginger a staple in your house, or do you automatically go for ground ginger because you are unsure how to use that funky-looking “knob?” There is absolutely nothing ...

October Superfood of the Month: Leeks

POSTED: October 3, 2017
We use them routinely now, but there was a time when we had NO idea what leeks were! I have to admit...I used to think leeks were something slimy that came in a jar…I couldn't have been more ...

Use This Strategy When You Find Yourself Asking ‘What’s for Dinner?’

POSTED: September 26, 2017
"What's for dinner?" We all know a little planning is involved to best answer this question, especially if you are cooking with fresh ingredients and eating at home (which we hope you are!). But ...

How to Get the ‘Processed’ Out of Your Sausage

POSTED: September 19, 2017
Did last week's coaching tip stress you out? Did it make you think about all the processed meats that are part of your weekly routine...and how they are causing havoc inside your body? Did you ...

Does Lunchmeat Really Cause Cancer?

POSTED: September 12, 2017
If you haven't heard the news... ...The World Health Organization has now declared processed meats: “carcinogenic to humans.” Really?!   And, what exactly is a processed meat? Processed ...

September Superfood of the Month: Cauliflower

POSTED: August 29, 2017
Some may think of it as a "boring" vegetable. It's extremely common, colorless, and seems to go hand-in-hand with broccoli.  It's often served plain or boiled…or maybe you think the only way you ...

Frozen in Time

POSTED: August 22, 2017
One of the best pleasures of summer?   Fresh, flavorful fruits and vegetables!   If you eat in-season (which we highly recommend!), then you most likely love this incredible summer ...

Got Milk?

POSTED: August 15, 2017
Milk…it does a body good, right?! Or does it? A lot of controversy has arisen regarding cow’s milk and our health.  What exactly are these health concerns?  Are plant milks better and, if so, ...

It’s Melon Time!

POSTED: August 8, 2017
If you are hitting the farmers’ market this month, it will be obvious that melon season has arrived!  There are many ways to enjoy local, in-season melons, but do you ever wonder... what to look ...

The Stinking Rose

POSTED: July 25, 2017
When we began our REAL food journey, one of the first things we began to experiment with was FRESH garlic.  Yes, I have always loved garlic, but was an avid user of garlic powder.  I had never ...

How to Bring the Mediterranean to You

POSTED: July 18, 2017
We have all heard how healthy the "Mediterranean Diet" is, but why?   Is it real, or all hype? How can you incorporate it into your routine? It's true -- the Mediterranean way of eating and ...

The Secret Killer?

POSTED: July 11, 2017
People sometimes comment on our before and after picture because they cannot believe the transformation...especially in my husband, Scott. But, several months ago, one comment from a very ...

Let’s Celebrate!

POSTED: July 4, 2017
Happy Fourth of July! Happy Birthday America! As we celebrate America, our freedom, and everything that goes with it, we thought this would also be the perfect day to celebrate the success of a ...

July Superfood of the Month: Blueberries

POSTED: June 27, 2017
When it comes to food, there are many examples of good things that come in small packages.   This is definitely true for blueberries!   They may be small, but they are big on flavor and ...

Oils…they are not created equal!

POSTED: June 20, 2017
It seems like such a simple question:   “What is the best oil to use?”   Have you looked at all the choices at the store lately?  There is olive oil, walnut oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, ...

Your Guide For Selecting the Best Produce

POSTED: June 13, 2017
We all want to enjoy high-quality produce to get the benefit of the best possible flavor and nutrition.  But how? The first tip in picking the best produce?   Buy in-season at your local ...

Can You Really Lose Weight Without Cutting Calories?

POSTED: June 6, 2017
What if you could lose weight and improve your health without feeling deprived and always hungry?   Good news, you can!     And one great way to do this is with often ...

June Superfood of the Month: Kohlrabi

POSTED: May 30, 2017
With its odd alein-like shape and strange name, kohlrabi may be the world’s most overlooked and under-appreciated vegetable... but it's definitely one you should know about!       ...

What Is All the Buzz About?

POSTED: May 23, 2017
Do you ever feel under-appreciated? Whether you’re a mom who just finished a hectic week or an employee who just finished a big project, at times we have all had that feeling...“do they know how ...

May Superfood of the Month: Fennel

POSTED: May 2, 2017
Many underappreciated and underutilized vegetables just don’t get a chance to shine in our home kitchens.   Our Superfood of the Month for May is one of those…     it’s fennel! ...

Your Best Strategy to Eat Well All Week

POSTED: April 25, 2017
We have all heard these quotes...   “Proper planning and preparation prevent poor performance.”   “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”   “A goal without a plan is ...

Fight Cancer With Your Fork

POSTED: April 18, 2017
If there was a single group of foods, that has been scientifically shown to help you fight cancer...   would you want to know about it?   The good news...there is!  And, this probably ...

Are You Throwing Away Flavor?

POSTED: April 11, 2017
Have you ever noticed how many Eat REAL America recipes call for citrus zest – either lemon, lime or orange zest? Do you sometimes ask yourself “is that ingredient really necessary?” or do you ...

April Superfood of the Month: Radishes

POSTED: March 28, 2017
Are you someone who loves the vibrant red crunch of a fresh radish, or does that distinct peppery radish flavor send you running the other direction?  Some people absolutely love radishes, and ...

The Simple Way to Fight Damage Occurring in your Body

POSTED: March 21, 2017
What do you think of when you hear the term “antioxidant?” Most of us have heard this buzzword thrown around when a food is described as "healthy."  Or, you may have seen it on the front of the ...

Why You May Never View March 14th The Same Again

POSTED: March 14, 2017
Do you know what today is? It's more than just March 14th, or 3/14…flashback to math class… it’s Pi Day! For those of us who love food, Pi Day is not about the mathematical formula (which happens ...

What do Syracuse and eggs have in common?

POSTED: March 7, 2017
Ok, basketball fans...March Madness is rapidly approaching!  That means brackets, food, drinks, parties…did I mention FOOD?! Since March Madness games and food seem to go hand-in-hand, that got ...

March Superfood of the Month: Artichokes

POSTED: February 28, 2017
If you enjoy eating with the seasons, one fantastic food about to hit the scene in March is fresh artichokes. Which is why...   artichokes are the March Superfood of the month!     ...

It’s Not Dying You Should Worry About…

POSTED: February 21, 2017
Have you ever heard someone say something similar to this: "No one lives forever...I might as well enjoy life while I can!" or "So what if I die a few years early?  It's worth it to be able to ...

There is a Sweet Potato in My Toaster

POSTED: February 14, 2017
Last week, we shared some of the 2017 food trends. One of these was “Plant-based everything.”  This week, we want to share another example of this.   What if we told you that you can turn ...

What is Trending Now?

POSTED: February 7, 2017
Every year, the “experts” predict the food trends for the coming year. So, we wanted to know...   what are the food trends for 2017? First, let’s take a quick look back on 2016.  In the ...

February Superfood of the Month: Spaghetti Squash

POSTED: January 31, 2017
I still remember our first encounter with spaghetti squash... we were at the farmers’ market, feeling pretty adventurous so we decided to buy one.  It was more out of curiosity whether it would ...

Do This and You Don’t Have to Obsess About Portion Sizes

POSTED: January 24, 2017
Do you, or someone you know, compulsively worry about portion sizes?  Or, are you not even sure what a reasonable portion size is anymore? We have great news for you! The reality is if you focus ...

Is it a Healthy Breakfast or Sugar Loaded Dessert?

POSTED: January 17, 2017
Have you been telling yourself... "I am going to make homemade granola," but for one reason or another, you keep putting it off? Granola can be an ideal snack...paired with yogurt and fruit, or ...

And Now…the Rest of the Story…

POSTED: January 10, 2017
What did you think of the video in last week’s coaching tip?   Did it give you or someone you know a sense of unease? Last week, we unveiled the first step to making a lasting change – ...

Lasting Change is Possible with These Three Things

POSTED: January 3, 2017
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Many of us have…and the good news is most of us are probably still on track since we are just a couple of days into the new year!   The age-old ...

January Superfood of the Month: Lentils

POSTED: December 27, 2016
"Bland, boring and they only belong in soups…"   Is this your perception of lentils? Honestly, that used to be our perception. We never really had lentils until we started our REAL food ...

Are You an Expert in BS?

POSTED: December 16, 2016
"I walk by the fresh butternut squash all the time at the store, but if I buy it, I always buy it frozen...using a fresh one is intimidating for me." "Growing up, my mom never cooked squash. To ...

How to Have an Unforgettable Holiday Party

POSTED: December 13, 2016
Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to host a holiday gathering this year? Festive get-togethers with family and friends can be joyous fun-filled occasions, but if you are the host, it can ...

Gift Giving Made Easy

POSTED: December 6, 2016
Are you struggling to come up with gift ideas for someone on your Christmas list? Are you looking for something that is useful, practical and dare we say, possibly inspiring? We have some gift ...

December Superfood of the Month: Winter Squash

POSTED: November 29, 2016
Now is the time to savor the goodness of winter squash... but have you wondered what exactly do you do with these curious winter vegetables?     Whether you are already enjoying the ...

Thankful and Blessed

POSTED: November 22, 2016
As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, hopefully we will all take time to pause (at some point among the cooking and chaos), and think about all the blessings we are so thankful for... for our ...

Kick the Can to the Curb

POSTED: November 15, 2016
Is there a red, wobbly dish that sticks out like a sore thumb on your Thanksgiving day table? Is it there, amongst all the other dishes that have been prepared with patience and love, jiggling ...

The Rewards Are Bigger Than Just Good Health

POSTED: November 8, 2016
ANNOUNCING... We have added a comments section to the coaching tips!  Your thoughts and ideas are so important to our community and we want all of our members to we encourage you to ...

November Superfood of the Month: Pomegranate

POSTED: November 1, 2016
Welcome to pomegranate season...and the Superfood for November! If you haven’t seen them already, these ruby-red seasonal fruits should start showing up at your local stores.  Until a few years ...

Make Your Meals Pop With Flavor With These Easy Toppings!

POSTED: October 25, 2016
What do you think when you hear words like chimichurri or chutney or gremolata? We see these words on menus in nice restaurants and watch chefs making dishes with them on The Food Network.  We ...

Simple Steps to Save You Over $1,000 Per Year

POSTED: October 18, 2016
Have you experienced digging through your refrigerator produce drawer and discovering a moldy green pepper, shriveled-up limp greens or cauliflower covered with brown spots? You had such great ...

Do You Need an Easy Button?

POSTED: October 11, 2016
Convenience... let’s be honest, we all want more of it! Convenience is defined as any “quality or situation that makes something easy or useful by reducing the amount of work or time required to ...

Doing This Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: October 4, 2016
Do you “eat with the seasons?” If not, we highly recommend giving it a try!  Just when you have been enjoying summer produce such as zucchini, melons, okra, tomatoes and peppers until you can’t ...

October Superfood of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

POSTED: September 27, 2016
When you hear the October Superfood is Brussels sprouts...   what is your reaction? Are you excited, or are you thinking "ugh, I DO NOT like Brussels sprouts!"? A few years ago, a survey ...

Could You Be Eating More Than 1/3 Cup of Added Sugar Every Day?

POSTED: September 20, 2016
This probably won't come as a shock, but sugar has been in the news again this past week.  You are probably thinking...what now? In case you missed it, an investigation has determined that the ...

De-Stress Dinnertime with This Time-Saver!

POSTED: September 13, 2016
Last week, we provided a delicious way to simplify and healthify your mornings with baked oatmeal cups.  Did you have a chance to give them a try?  We would love to know how you liked them and ...

Try this Delicious Way to Simplify Your Mornings

POSTED: September 6, 2016
Have you noticed that oatmeal cups have recently become a "thing"?!   We have been experimenting and have found that oatmeal cups can be absolutely delicious and help revolutionize your ...

September Superfood of the Month: Bok Choy

POSTED: August 30, 2016
Cooler temperatures have to be right around the corner...right?!  As we transition into Fall, we want to help you take full advantage of some of the cooler-season produce.  And, what better place ...

This May Be Harming You More Than You Think!

POSTED: August 23, 2016
Busy with work, busy with kids, busy with social obligations, busy keeping up the house — busy, busy, busy! Regardless of where we live, the season we're in, how old we are; whether we have a ...

We All Have This in Common With Olympic Athletes

POSTED: August 16, 2016
Have you been glued to the television this past week? Watching those incredibly talented athletes perform in Rio? Whether it was Simone Biles’ gravity-defying routines, Katie Ledecky’s ...

August Superfood of the Month: Eggplant

POSTED: August 2, 2016
The Superfood of the Month for August is one of the most misunderstood vegetables…or should we say, fruit... it's the eggplant! And, yes, in case you were wondering, the eggplant is a fruit (it ...

When You Can’t Contain Your Excitement Any Longer!

POSTED: July 26, 2016
Your stories are so inspiring... whenever we see Eat REAL America members at lunch-and-learns, other events or just out-and-about, they are always eager to tell us about something exciting that ...

If Superman Was a Spice, He Would Be This…

POSTED: July 19, 2016
Turmeric... the real deal or just a bunch of hype? Is it really as beneficial as some people claim?  We have several family members and friends who have dealt with arthritis and cancer who have ...

How To Make Your Summer Gatherings Unforgettable!

POSTED: July 12, 2016
Summer celebrations!  Pool parties! Family reunions! Of course, that means food…and plenty of it! What kind of foods do your summer celebrations include?  Anything unique and flavor-popping?  If ...

July Superfood of the Month: Peaches

POSTED: July 5, 2016
We are kicking off the month of July with a Superfood that is one of the most popular fruits grown in the United States (coming in right behind apples and oranges)... PEACHES! Who doesn't love a ...

You Will Never Believe What Meal Our Kids Asked to Make Healthy!

POSTED: June 28, 2016
Several years ago, when we starting really paying attention to what our family was eating – and enjoying more meals made with REAL food – we asked the kids...   "what is a meal we used to ...

Use This Simple Formula To Transform Your Veggies

POSTED: June 21, 2016
  Do you... love the crisp taste of pickled vegetables, but wish it wasn't quite so salty?  Or, do you wish you could avoid the questionable ingredients you see on jars of pickled ...

Give Your Kids This Life Skill and Cure Summer Boredom at the Same Time!

POSTED: June 14, 2016
Has summer boredom kicked in for your kids yet? If you have kids at home this summer, or know someone who does, you know the challenge of keeping them busy and keeping their minds productive! ...

June Superfood of the Month: Beets

POSTED: May 31, 2016
If you are not regularly eating this vegetable, there is a long list of reasons why you should start...NOW!   We are talking about BEETS!   When we talk about beets, we frequently hear ...

This may be the most memorable part of your summer vacation!

POSTED: May 17, 2016
As we all gear up for summer vacations, we want to provide some inspiration to help you enjoy some delicious and healthy meals on the road …   First, eating on the road is NOT the time to ...

Making This Part of Your Routine Will Change Your Life!

POSTED: May 10, 2016
It happened to us... several years ago, we fell in love with the farmers’ market.  As our eating habits changed, we started to notice a huge difference between the food from the farmers’ market ...

May Superfood of the Month: Rhubarb

POSTED: May 3, 2016
What do you think of when you hear "rhubarb?"   A lot of people say “It reminds me of grandma” or “Rhubarb pie, of course!” Over the years, it seems like rhubarb has become an ...

What’s Your Cut Off Time?

POSTED: April 26, 2016
Zonya and I just spent 4 crazy busy, laughter-packed, hard-working, incredibly fun-filled days together in Michigan.   We are working on new content and videos for Eat REAL America, plus ...

Pop-ular Snack – Keep it REAL!

POSTED: April 19, 2016
So very simple, yet so amazing how this simple corn kernel "pops" when heated to become the fluffy, crunchy popular snack we all love! POPCORN! It's reported that in the U.S., we eat over 17 ...

Kick the Bottle to the Curb!

POSTED: April 12, 2016
"My teenage daughter was eating the dressing from the Caesar Salad with Avocado Dressing with a spoon!" "I was skeptical about the Maple Almond Vinaigrette, but followed the recipe and the salad ...

April Superfood of the Month: Asparagus

POSTED: March 29, 2016
Can you guess which vegetable was once proclaimed the "king of vegetables," can help reduce the risk of birth defects for pregnant women, helps women manage PMS symptoms, prevents progression of ...

“You Are What What You Eat Eats”

POSTED: March 22, 2016
We have all probably heard it and wondered…is grass-fed beef really better? If so, why?  And, is all grass-fed beef the same?  We wanted to provide more insight on this topic, so we went straight ...


POSTED: March 8, 2016
Love beer?!  Love food?!  Why not love them together?! More and more people are now pairing beer and food...just like we have been pairing wine and food for many years.  The right beer paired ...

March Superfood of the Month: Mango

POSTED: March 1, 2016
How often do you enjoy the delightful taste and nutrition of a ripe, sweet mango?  Does it typically take a backseat to other more familiar fruits?  Do you choose frozen mango because you aren’t ...

“I Don’t Dread Cooking Anymore!”

POSTED: February 9, 2016
We are SO excited to share with you a great story about two Eat REAL America members!       This inspiring mom and daughter team is a perfect example of what so many people could ...

February Superfood of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

POSTED: February 2, 2016
It's surprising how often we hear people say they don't like sweet potatoes. When we hear this, the next obvious question is "have you had them other than at Thanksgiving with marshmallows and ...

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One…

POSTED: January 26, 2016
What is one of the most popular snacks in America? You got it…chips! And, there are so many choices to pick from at the store…with all kinds of crazy flavors!  Not surprisingly, many chips come ...

Let Us Save You Some Time

POSTED: January 12, 2016
What if we could save you several hours this week?   Great news...we can!   As you may know, the new dietary guidelines were released last week.  While the intent is good, we are not ...

January Superfood of the Month: Kale

POSTED: January 5, 2016
How many people do you know have kicked off the new year "dieting" to lose weight? They've given up sugar, carbs, fat, grains, meat, you name about deprivation! We have a MUCH different ...

Consistency is Key!

POSTED: December 29, 2015
With 2016 just a few days away, and everyone chomping at the bit to announce their “New Year’s Resolutions,” we’d like to FIRST encourage you to take a moment and reflect on some of the ...


POSTED: December 22, 2015
Merry Christmas! As we celebrate the holiday season and all we are thankful for, we want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the Eat REAL America members, partners and others who continue to ...

Health by Chocolate

POSTED: December 15, 2015
"Dieting?  Don't Forget the Chocolate!"   "Excellent News! Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight!"   "Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Stroke."     So, is it true? Is chocolate ...

The Perfect Gift…

POSTED: December 8, 2015
What do YOU want for Christmas this year? Most of us want the simple things…relatives getting along, no pets (or kids) knocking over the Christmas tree, and gifts we can actually use! With the ...

Holiday Survival Plan!

POSTED: December 1, 2015
Were you brave enough to get on the scale this week?  Or were you afraid to look?  Are you already seeing the number go up?  If so, you need a holiday survival plan!  Last week might be the “tip ...

Culinary Magic!

POSTED: November 24, 2015
Do you want to know the secret to making vegetables taste absolutely amazing?  Would you like to work a little crazy-easy culinary magic? It’s so simple…put vegetables in the oven and roast them! ...

Success Does Not Happen Overnight, but Oatmeal Does!

POSTED: November 10, 2015
Have you had the chance to try overnight oatmeal?  When we first discovered it, we will admit, we were skeptical.  Cold oatmeal?  It's not cooked?  What?  Being open-minded, we decided to give it ...

Sodium…Where You Least Expect It!

POSTED: September 29, 2015
Believe it or not, the average American consumes over 3,500 mg of sodium every day*!  That is over 1.5 teaspoons - which is twice as much (actually more than twice as much) as we should be ...

No Fail Smoothies

POSTED: September 15, 2015
Would you believe me if I told you there is an insanely delicious (and easy) treat you can make that works for breakfast, snacks, or even dessert?  Dare I say an alternative to ice cream? Yes, ...

Don’t Judge a Box By Its Cover!

POSTED: September 8, 2015
Try to wrap your brain around this... there are a whopping 17,000 new food products introduced every year!   The grocery store shelves have become...needless to say...intimidating, ...

A Better Breakfast…

POSTED: September 1, 2015
Today marks not only the first day of September, but also the first day of “Better Breakfast Month!”  I’m not sure how this got started, but it's a great opportunity to focus on what is ...

Every Community Has One of These…

POSTED: August 25, 2015 under-appreciated chef!  You know the one, the chef that's cranking out some out-of-this-world meals, but flies under the radar...often due to his or her humble character.  They contribute ...

Slow Cooker Success

POSTED: August 18, 2015
Fix it and forget it...the magic of the slow cooker! It can be your best friend in the kitchen; but there are a few tips that can help you get the most of this magical kitchen tool! The slow ...

Paleo vs. Vegan

POSTED: August 11, 2015
I am sure you have heard someone say... "eating vegan has changed my life" or "eating paleo is the only way to go." We have all been bombarded by contrasting information about Veganism and ...

Even More Value for Eat REAL America Members!

POSTED: July 14, 2015
Ask and you shall receive!  After continuing to listen to member feedback and requests, we are delighted to announce some exciting upgrades to Eat REAL America! First and foremost, we are VERY ...

Why Cooking at Home May Not Be So Healthy After All

POSTED: July 7, 2015
Did that headline grab your attention?  It definitely got mine when I saw it several weeks ago! As I read the rest of the article, two things struck me: 1. Cooking at home does NOT increase the ...

How My Dad Beat Diabetes!

POSTED: June 30, 2015
I am so excited to share with you a little bit about my dad’s recent diabetes diagnosis!  And, I am so thankful my dad is allowing me to share this story with the hope it might help someone else! ...

What’s Your Number?

POSTED: June 23, 2015
When you go to the store, what percentage of the food you buy is either highly or moderately processed?  Would it shock you if I told you this number is over 75% for the average American ...

The Ancient Grain That Spell-Check Hasn’t Met Yet

POSTED: June 9, 2015
By now, I am sure you are familiar with quinoa – and maybe you are slightly obsessed with it like we are!  But, there is another “ancient” grain quickly gaining popularity...farro (pronounced ...

Breaking 100!

POSTED: June 2, 2015
What if you could live to 100? And, we are talking about REALLY LIVING and REALLY THRIVING! Think of all the great moments, experiences and memories!  Imagine being part of not just your ...

“I had no idea veggies could taste like that!”

POSTED: May 12, 2015
When I look back on our journey to enjoying more REAL foods, there is a key breakthrough that really stands out.  This breakthrough opened up a whole new world for us and is what helped our son ...

At The Core of It…

POSTED: April 28, 2015
A few Christmases ago, we were the lucky recipients of a pineapple corer.  The real story is I took it from my cousin's girlfriend in the white elephant gift exchange!  At the time, I didn’t ...

Don’t Fear the Yolk!

POSTED: March 3, 2015
The perfect food? Eggs?  Yes! Many consider eggs to be “the perfect food” because there are so many nutrients jam-packed into such a small package! However, eggs have also been considered a ...

“You’re Talking About My Family!”

POSTED: February 24, 2015
I was blessed with an opportunity to do a cooking demo at the local Women’s Fair this weekend.  During the discussion, I shared some perspective on our eating habits before we started our journey ...

Cool Whip…or Cruel Whip?

POSTED: February 3, 2015
It's light, fluffy and sweet and is the perfect topping for pies, puddings and hot chocolate...   Cool Whip!   But hold on a minute...there is more going on in that plastic white ...

Out of the Box: Pancake Edition

POSTED: January 13, 2015
A favorite breakfast item for our kids is PANCAKES!  And, the boxed pancake mixes are just so darn easy…throw some pancake mix, water and a handful of chocolate chips in a bowl, turn on the stove ...

Are You Fed Up?

POSTED: January 6, 2015
When I first saw the trailer for the documentary "Fed Up," which was just released on DVD in September 2014, I was intrigued.  We recently had the chance to kick back and enjoy some family movie ...

A Kansas City Treasure…The Westside Local

POSTED: December 30, 2014
One of the perks of having family in Kansas City is the opportunity to visit often and occasionally sneak out (leaving the kids with grandparents of course), have a "date" with my wonderful hubby ...

Top 10 Favorites!

POSTED: December 23, 2014
Merry Christmas! In celebration of the holiday season, we want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our Eat REAL America members, partners and others who continue to support us -- we are so ...

All I Want for Christmas…

POSTED: December 9, 2014
If you love to cook, then you know the excitement of receiving a new kitchen tool or gadget!  Or even better...the joy of giving someone a great gift for the kitchen that will help them enjoy ...

Sides Can Steal the Show

POSTED: November 4, 2014
It’s November and you know what that means…Turkey Day will be here before we know it!  Most families have their own turkey cooking traditions…roasted, brined, smoked, deep-fried, among others. ...

Risky Business

POSTED: September 23, 2014
Have you ever read something that got you so fired up you just can’t stop thinking about it?  A couple of articles did just that to me this week and I wanted to share them with you. First, the ...

Meet Jimmy Vo…a One-of-a-Kind Wichita Farmer!

POSTED: September 9, 2014
As part of Eat REAL America's series featuring local Wichita farmers, chefs and others who are great resources for REAL food, we wanted to provide you an opportunity to get to know an amazing ...

So much more than Imo’s Pizza…

POSTED: August 5, 2014
We recently traveled to Chicago and St. Louis for a family vacation and enjoyed several of the unique and fun things both cities have to offer including Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field, shopping on ...

Meet The Flying Stove…Wichita’s Mobile Culinary Creators

POSTED: May 27, 2014
As part of Eat REAL America’s series featuring local chefs, farmers and others who are great resources for REAL food, we wanted to provide an opportunity to get to know a couple of amazing ...

What was the 6th most overused word in 2013?

POSTED: May 13, 2014
Superfoods!  Lake Superior State University creates an annual list of useless, overused, or misused words and "Superfoods" made #6 on the list for 2013!  So, what exactly is a Superfood?  The ...

Oregon REAL Food Scene

POSTED: May 6, 2014
Aren't we all on the lookout for fun and interesting places to visit?! We recently had the opportunity to travel to Oregon and wanted to share some of what we found!  Plus, we have included some ...

Shake the Hand That Feeds You

POSTED: April 8, 2014
We hear it all the time… support local family farmers, connect with your community, know where your food comes from, and know your farmer!   There is actually a perfect and easy way to do ...

What can we learn from Brazil?

POSTED: March 11, 2014
Did you know new dietary guidelines are issued every 5 years in the U.S.?  I know you may be thinking, how can the government come up with rules to tell us how to eat?!  And, do we really need ...

Meet A Local Celebrity Chef

POSTED: January 28, 2014
As Eat REAL America helps our community learn more about the local resources we have available for REAL food, we are beginning a series featuring local chefs, farmers and others.  We want to give ...

Maybe Grandma Was Onto Something…

POSTED: January 7, 2014
Ok, this is not an easy topic to write about without getting into the "science" of it, but I decided to give it a shot. I was talking with someone recently who said that flies won't even land on ...

Dear Santa…THESE gifts I can use!

POSTED: December 3, 2013
Most of us probably just want simple things for Christmas.  You know, the relatives all getting along, no pets or kids knocking down the Christmas tree, and finding the perfect gifts for ...

Kids Are a Hard Sell

POSTED: November 19, 2013
We have all seen and heard the reports that diets high in processed foods affect the health of our kids during their childhood and teenage years, with ongoing effects into adulthood.  In our ...

Extreme Home Makeover: Pantry Edition

POSTED: October 21, 2013
The kitchen pantry. It's the go-to for food and all those essential cooking ingredients.  We have all come across that ingredient that hasn't been used in months, OK, maybe years, and we can't ...

It’s all about the Ingredients

POSTED: October 7, 2013
There was a time when we remember always looking at the calorie content of food.  Then we were told to also worry about the fat, and not just the fat, the saturated fat because that was the kind ...

What is REAL food?

POSTED: September 11, 2013
Natural.  Grows from the ground.  Grows from a tree.  Grazes on the prairie or swims in the ocean.  Not made in a factory.  Anything that once had a mother.  Basically, REAL food is food that is ...