What Is Real Food?

This video is of me showing what I feel is Real Food VS NOT Real Food. 

Real Food Feeds and Nourishes You

You might have your own definition of Real Food which will depend upon what you want or need in your life.
You may crave energy.  You may want strength.  You may need balance or healing.
Some people would consider beauty or love essential food for their lives.

Real Food is food in its most natural state; it is unprocessed or with very little processing.
Real food does not need a label or fancy packaging.  A lemon is a lemon.  An onion is an onion. Real Food is a whole food that is life sustaining.

Whole Foods are: “Foods that have been minimally refined or processed, and are eaten in their natural state. In general, nothing is removed from, or added to, the foodstuffs in preparation. Wholegrain cereal products are made by milling the complete grain.”  Definition is from www.encyclopedia.com

Our bodies were designed to digest Real Food.  The best Real Foods to me are called Powerfoods.

mom an child in front of vegetables

Benefits of Real Food:

1. Full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals to build and nourish the body.

If you research supplements carefully you will find that the better more expensive supplements provide a wider and more sophisticated complement of ingredients. They are actually trying to get the combination and chemical structure closer and closer to the whole food state.  You might ask at some point: why not just eat the food?

2. No added fat

Too much fat makes you fat. The high levels of fat added to processed foods and junk food is the ‘bad’ kind that now has been shown to increase heart disease, obesity.
Real Food nuts,  on the other hand,  have fat in them but it is often the ‘good kind’ that has been shown to help weight loss.

3.  No added sugar

White sugar (and similar high processed sugars)  makes you fat, creates anxiety and depression, increases diabetes, heart problems and rots your teeth, and suppresses your immune system.
Processed foods almost always have sugar added to them since they know it is addictive and they want to eat as much as possible.
Most real foods (except meat) have carbohydrates in them, usually in lower quantities, but even if there are higher amounts of carbohydrates, such as in fruit, it is more slowly absorbed into the system because of fiber and other whole food elements so the sugars are not absorbed so quickly. We call these smart carbs.
This means you get energy but without the problems.

4.  No added saltreal food with diana

To much salt is hard on the kidneys and creates high blood pressure.  It ends up being one more toxin the body must deal with.

Real foods have a minimal amount of naturally occurring sodium which is actually good for the body.
Most processed foods have added salt in increase the flavor (even if it is very sweet) so you will eat more and eat more often.

5.  Real Food Looks, Smells and Feels Great

I love strolling through the produce department […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Nutrition|11 Comments

Cool Cantaloupe Popsicles – Sugar-Free

These cantaloupe popsicles are delicious; they are very healthy with no added sugar.  And so simple to make.

Ingredients:

1 small cantaloupe
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 tsp light liquid stevia
1 tablespoon finely slivered fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Scoop out the flesh and transfer to a food processor.
  3. Combine fruit, coconut water, and stevia in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  4. Put into popsicle molds.
  5. Freeze until beginning to set (approximately 1 hour). Insert sticks and freeze until firm.
  6. Dip the molds in hot water before unmolding.

Make sure the cantaloupe you are using is very sweet and ripe for these popsicles. 

Options:

Fresh Mint Cantaloupe Popsicles
Mix into pureed cantaloupe 10 – 15 leaves of fresh mint, finely chopped.

Fresh Ginger Cantaloupe Popsicles
Mix into pureed cantaloupe 1 – 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger.

By |June 16th, 2017|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|0 Comments

Vegan Zucchini Pesto

This zucchini pesto is lighter than the regular pesto as it has less oil and adds a refreshing zest of zucchini to your pasta.
By |June 13th, 2017|Recipes, Sauces|0 Comments

Sweet Cantaloupe Smoothie For a Hot Day

This is a delicious cantaloupe smoothie for a hot day to keep cool and healthy too.

Ingredients

1 cup Cantaloupe, cubed
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp stevia (optional)
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Directions:

  1. Add the cantaloupe cubes, lemon juice, stevia and coconut milk to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to blend.
  3. Then mix in fresh mint and serve.

All the recipes at Real Food For Life are exceptionally balanced and healthy for all situations. I also teach people how to plan and prepare healthy meals online.

 

By |June 7th, 2017|Beverages, Recipes|0 Comments

Creamy Swiss Chard Soup with Almonds is Delicious

This delicious Swiss chard soup is hearty with the addition of potatoes and is very nutritious too. 

Ingredients: 

1 Tbsp almond oil
3 cups water
2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups chopped Swiss chard (best to use just the green leaves, save the rest for use in another dish)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
4 cups potatoes
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup almonds, toasted and slivered

Directions:

  1. Saute onion and garlic until softened in a soup pot, about 5 min.
  2. Add potatoes, bay leaf, salt, and water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 30 min.
  4. Add Swiss chard, parsley, and black pepper and cook for 10 min.
  5. Add almond milk and heat till hot but not boiling.
  6. Remove from heat and puree in a food processor or add a couple of cups at a time in a blender.
  7. Return to soup pot and reheat for 5 min so that it is hot.
  8. Garnish with toasted almonds and fresh dill.

More Vegan Soup Recipes

Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite

Borscht with a Difference

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Fresh Quick Pea Soup Recipe

Kabocha Squash Soup

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By |May 30th, 2017|Meatless Monday, Recipes, Soup|0 Comments

Delicious Green Salad

This is a green salad with a difference, the orange and sunflower seed make it very tasty and nutritious.

Ingredients:

1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Recipes, Salad|1 Comment

Fancy Sunflower Seed Cookies – Gluten Free

These sunflower seed cookies really are fancy, delicious and healthy too! Often cookies are made with lots of butter, white flour and white sugar which are not healthy ingredients. I have developed them with healthy ingredients and no starch.  Makes 28 – 30 cookies  […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|0 Comments

What Happens When a Rancher’s Wife Turns Vegan?

Tommy Sonnen told his wife Renee not to name the cows but she did and that was the beginning of a new life for both of them.
By |March 29th, 2017|Health News|0 Comments

Very Healthy Green Salad with Grapes and Avocado

This green salad with grapes and avocado makes a delicious refreshing lunch.

Ingredients:

2 cups mixed greens
Handful of red grapes, cut in slices […]

By |March 26th, 2017|Recipes, Salad|2 Comments

Dirty Dozen Are The Best Produce to Eat Organic

This is the 2017 list of 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and vegetables that are best eaten organic as they have been proven to be drenched in deadly chemicals. Plus a list of the 'Clean 15'.
By |March 23rd, 2017|Health News|1 Comment

Delicious Grape Green Smoothie

This grape green smoothie is sweet, filled with healthy ingredients and very filling. It makes a great breakfast to start your day.
By |March 15th, 2017|Green Smoothies, Recipes|1 Comment

Tasty Millet Coconut Pudding with Brazil Nuts

This creamy millet coconut pudding is extra delicious with the addition of Brazil nuts and is gluten free and vegan too.
By |March 4th, 2017|Gluten Free, Grains, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|2 Comments

Healthy Carrot Salad with Sunflower Seeds

This carrot salad with black currants and sunflower seeds is especially unique and so tasty. Also, it is filling too.
By |February 28th, 2017|Recipes, Salad|1 Comment