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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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!     Which ...

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 ...

Why It’s Not Just About Reducing Sodium

POSTED: May 9, 2017
Do you or someone you know have high blood pressure? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one out of every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. We all know that high ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Don’t Let This Opportunity Pass You By…

POSTED: August 9, 2016
One of the biggest benefits to “eating with the seasons” is the anticipation of those foods coming around each year.  You start thinking about all the absolutely delicious meals you can make, ...

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 ...

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 vegetables? But, ...

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 ...

What do you get when you cross a warthog and a no fuss breakfast?

POSTED: May 24, 2016
Of course...HAKUNA FRITTATA! A 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Spring Rolls 101

POSTED: April 5, 2016
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! ...

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 ...

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 ...

Taxes or Eating Healthy – Which is More Difficult?

POSTED: February 23, 2016
Do you dread preparing your taxes this time of year? We certainly do.  What if we told you that more people said it is easier to prepare their taxes than to figure out how to eat healthy?  That ...

No More Intimidation!

POSTED: February 16, 2016
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 English muffin or roasted vegetables....YUM! ...

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 ...

REAL Hot Chocolate

POSTED: January 19, 2016
It's January and winter is here!  Have you noticed an increase in your craving for a cozy, warm cup of hot chocolate?   Hot chocolate is such a comforting drink -- I’m sure many of us have ...

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 really ...

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 ...

Get to the Root of It!

POSTED: November 3, 2015
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 ...

Put Those Lonely Coffee Mugs Back to Work!

POSTED: October 27, 2015
What if you could have delicious eggs and veggies for breakfast in less than 3 minutes? You can!  And, it's the perfect way to use those lonely oversized coffee mugs sitting in your ...

How Much Risk Are You Willing to Take?

POSTED: October 6, 2015
Are you a risk-taker?  I am not talking about bungee jumping or James Bond 007 stunts where your life is in danger…just basic risk-taking.  Whether we realize it or not, we all take risks every ...

Willpower May Not Be Enough!

POSTED: September 22, 2015
My name is Krista, and I am addicted to… REAL food!  Okay, okay, addiction probably isn’t the right word to use, but I have a strong passion for REAL food and life just isn’t the same without it. ...

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, especially if ...

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 Paleoism ...

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

POSTED: July 21, 2015
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 ...

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, I am talking about REALLY LIVING...and thriving!  Think of all the great moments, experiences and memories!  Imagine being part of not just your ...

The Magical Fruit…

POSTED: May 26, 2015
"Beans, beans, the magical fruit"...we all know the rest of this, right?! Beans are a nutritional powerhouse, but are sometimes under appreciated.  Beans of all kinds provide an excellent and ...

To Thrive or Not To Thrive

POSTED: May 19, 2015
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 “food?” The ...

“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 ...

Thyme to Grow!

POSTED: May 5, 2015
Fresh basil at your fingertips?  Mint growing a few steps away on your patio? In many parts of the country, this is a great time to plant fresh herbs!  Growing fresh herbs is super easy -- trust ...

At The Core of It…

POSTED: April 28, 2015
A few Christmases ago, I was the lucky recipient 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 really ...

Delicious AND Nutritious!

POSTED: April 21, 2015
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 people say ...

Red, White, And…Yellow?

POSTED: April 14, 2015
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 ...

Are You Neophobic?

POSTED: April 7, 2015
We are all familiar with arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), and I have to admit I suffer from a case of ophidiophobia (a fear of snakes).  But, there is another common phobia that we don’t hear ...

Folks, This Ain’t Normal!

POSTED: March 31, 2015
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 ...

Nothing Beets the Farmers’ Market!

POSTED: March 24, 2015
Several years ago, we fell in love with the farmers’ market.  As our eating habits changed, we became more curious about how food from the farmers’ market compared to what we were buying at the ...

Happiness is Homemade

POSTED: March 17, 2015
We receive quite a few questions about chicken broth and vegetable broth.  Is homemade broth really better than store-bought?  And, what is the best store-bought broth to purchase?  These are ...

It Comes Down to 3 Simple Words!

POSTED: March 10, 2015
With the abundance of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, excess weight and obesity, it’s no surprise there is a constant buzz about healthy eating, nutrition, diets and food.  But, ...

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 tub…and it's ...

The Great Potato Debate

POSTED: January 27, 2015
“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 any of these about the misunderstood ...

It’s Not You, It’s Our Environment…

POSTED: January 20, 2015
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 ...

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 ...

Which is More Important? Eating Healthy or Exercising?

POSTED: December 16, 2014
Can you exercise your way out of bad eating habits?  Which is more important…exercise or eating healthy?  Have you ever thought…"I can have that doughnut…I had a great workout this morning!"? ...

Pantry or Medicine Cabinet?

POSTED: December 2, 2014
What gives ballpark mustard its yellow color, improves the function of your blood vessels and helps fight cancer? It's the all-powerful spice...turmeric! Pronounced (tu-mer-ik) or (ter-me-rik), ...

Don’t Believe Every Thing You Think

POSTED: November 11, 2014
Picky eaters.  We all know one…maybe we are one…or we once were.  Every day, we hear “I don’t like ___.”  You can fill in the blank with all kinds of things such as onions, corn, mushrooms, ...

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. ...

An Oat is an Oat is an Oat…

POSTED: October 28, 2014
nutritiOus And TaStes amazing – any guesses? It’s a food that is highly nutritious, can be turned into great-tasting sweet and savory meals, is versatile enough to be enjoyed for any meal of the ...

Caramelized Onions! For Crying Out Loud!

POSTED: October 21, 2014
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 “great flavor!”  But unless ...

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 ...


POSTED: September 2, 2014
We were contemplating doing a blog on pesto and asked a couple of family members if they knew what it was.  The response…”you mean that green stuff?”  That made us think a blog on pesto wasn’t ...

One Meal at a Time…

POSTED: August 19, 2014
Since we started Eat REAL America, we frequently hear people say “I want to eat healthier” or “I want to make a change” or “I know we need to eat better, but we just don’t know where to start…” ...

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 ...

What’s the dill?

POSTED: July 22, 2014
Pickles are REAL food, right?  Aren’t they just cucumbers, spices and some type of pickling liquid?  Well, unfortunately it is not quite that simple when it comes to buying jarred pickles. Have ...

Thanksgiving Every Day?

POSTED: July 15, 2014
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 with a ...

Summer on a Stick!

POSTED: July 1, 2014
Summertime bliss…a cold glass of lemonade, fireworks on the 4th of July, your favorite music, watermelon seed spitting contests and eating a popsicle at lightning speed to keep it from melting ...

Life’s Too Short for Bland Tomatoes!

POSTED: June 3, 2014
We all know that “explode in your mouth” sweetness that comes from a perfectly ripe, fresh-picked tomato from your home garden or a local farm.  Just the thought makes my mouth water as I think ...

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 ...

Keep it simple…

POSTED: April 15, 2014
I am sometimes asked if we provide nutritional information for our recipes on Eat REAL America.  While we reference the original recipe(s) we adapted our recipe from and you can sometimes find ...

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 all of ...

Have you looked at the headlines recently?

POSTED: April 1, 2014
We all get bombarded with news feeds, and interesting stories can sometimes be overlooked. We have been monitoring recent food-related headlines and wanted to share some of these with you…some of ...

Who’s Your Farmer?

POSTED: March 18, 2014
Many have heard about CSAs (or Community Supported Agriculture), but may not know how these really work.  We wanted to provide some information on CSAs and also introduce you to the newest ...

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 ...

Breakfast of Champions?

POSTED: March 4, 2014
As I have mentioned before, some of the food rules I love by Michael Pollan are:  “Buy items with fewer than 5 ingredients,” “Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as ...

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

POSTED: February 25, 2014
“Eating healthy is too expensive.”  I hear this a lot.  Many people perceive that it is too expensive (or more expensive) to eat REAL food – or eat healthy.  Recently I had someone tell me the ...

No, not mullet…millet!

POSTED: February 18, 2014
Millet is another one of those ancient grains that is making a comeback!  Last month I wrote about freekeh, bulgur, and barley .  This time I thought I ...

Not Just For Redneck Wine Drinkers!

POSTED: February 4, 2014
What has been around since 1858 and is still used widely today?  No, not electricity!  You probably even have some in your house…mason jars!  If you don’t have any in your kitchen, I highly ...

What the Freekeh?

POSTED: January 14, 2014
Most of us are now pretty familiar with quinoa and couscous, but a whole list of “ancient” grains are gaining popularity.  Why?  Even though these grains have been around for hundreds of years, ...

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 ...

What is your One Thing?

POSTED: December 31, 2013
“I’ve been on a diet for two weeks, and all I’ve lost is 14 days.” -Totie Fields As 2014 arrives at midnight tonight, millions of people will start their new routines – including their new diets. ...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Bottled Salad Dressing

POSTED: December 10, 2013
Salads are a part of almost every meal in our home.  Of course, great REAL ingredients are a big part of great salads, but I believe a dressing can make or break a fantastic salad.  Have you ever ...

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 ...

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

POSTED: November 11, 2013
This is a quote from Michael Pollan’s book, “Food Rules.”  He is making the point that, as far as our bodies are concerned, white flour is not much different than sugar.  So our grandmothers, who ...

Getting Out of the Box

POSTED: October 28, 2013
Believe it or not, we used to live "in the box".  By "in the box", I mean we were stuck in a rut eating the same things over and over.  We didn't give much thought to taste and nutrition...we ...

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.  I am sure we have all come across that ingredient that hasn't been used in months, OK, maybe years, and ...

Why you don’t want aunts in the pantry

POSTED: October 14, 2013
Have you ever heard of "food imposters?"  They are substances pretending to be food -- and there are many food imposters out there. One of the most blatant offenders is pancake/waffle syrup.  ...

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 ...