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

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

Braised Radishes with Dill

These braised radishes are tasty with the peppery taste of the radishes balanced by tangy cider vinegar, coconut oil, and dill weed making a delicious addition to any meal.

Ingredients:

1 bunch Radishes, tops removed and reserved*
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 – 2 cloves Garlic, chopped (optional)
1/3 cup water
Fresh dill weed or mint or radish leaves, chopped
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
Himalayan salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice radishes in half from top to bottom.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and stir fry for a minute.
  4. Add the radishes, cut side down in the pan and sauté them until slightly brown.
  5. Add the cider vinegar and water and cover, simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and turn the heat to medium high, cooking and stirring, until the liquid has reduced.
  7. Add the dill and cook for a minute.
  8. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

*You can eat the radish greens later in a salad or steamed.

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By |July 20th, 2017|Recipes, Vegetables|0 Comments

Why Romaine Lettuce is the Best!

The most nourishing lettuce is Romaine lettuce because it is full of health benefits!  An ordinary salad becomes very tasty with crispy and refreshing Romaine lettuce.  Each American consumed almost 11 pounds of Romaine lettuce in 2014 and 14 pounds of other lettuce. Obviously, they did not know that Romaine lettuce is the best! It certainly is my favourite lettuce

“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” ~Charles Dudley Warner

It is easily overlooked as being a food worth eating but it is full of health benefits which you will see below.

8 Health Benefits of Romaine Lettuce

  1. Helps Keep Osteoporosis Away and Build Bones 

Romaine lettuce has 48 micrograms of vitamin K per cup which is 60% of the daily requirement (iceberg lettuce only has 17 mcg). Low intake of vitamin K may increase the risk of hip fracture in women.

  1. Filling and Low in Carbs makes it Great for Weight Loss 

Romaine lettuce is low in carbs and has 0 grams of sugar and fat.  It is high in nutrients and 1 cup has only 8 calories, so you can eat all the lettuce you enjoy when wanting to lose weight. Also, Romaine lettuce is high in fiber (5 grams per cup) and full of water making it filling.

  1. Helps Lower Risk of Cancer

Chlorophyll, found in dark leafy greens, such as Romaine lettuce, has been found in studies to lower the risk of some cancer.

  1. Great Source of Potassium Helps Lower High Blood Pressure

Romaine lettuce is a good source of potassium which studies have shown to help lower high blood pressure.

  1. Alkaline Forming                                                                                

Lettuce is a highly alkaline forming food.  An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can become dangerous. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Learn more about the Benefits of a Properly Alkalized Body.

  1. High Fiber Helps Lower Cholesterol

Romaine lettuce has good fiber, especially when you eat a big salad full of it. Fiber binds to bile salts then removes them from the body, forcing the body to make more bile.  When it does this it breaks down cholesterol to do so.

  1. Lowers Risk of Depression                                                            

When there are low blood levels of folate people are more likely to suffer from depression, and it was found that they may not respond as well to treatment with antidepressants.

  1. Can Help Prevent Birth Defects

Folate (folic acid), the type found in romaine lettuce can reduce birth defects of the spinal cord and brain by more than 70 percent.  It works best for the mother and baby during the first month of pregnancy.

Romaine Lettuce Nutrition

It is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate. Also, romaine lettuce is a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin and much more. Here is the full Nutrient Data for Romaine Lettuce.

Romaine Lettuce History

Did you know that Romaine lettuce is the oldest cultivated lettuce in the world? It was first grown around 3000 BC which is when a picture was created on an ancient Egyptian relief. It seems it was an important part of Egyptians meals.

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By |July 18th, 2017|Nutrition, PowerFoods, Salad, Vegetables|0 Comments

Surprisingly Delicious Lettuce Sandwich

I love this sandwich because it is yummy and so easy to make! This is a photo of my lettuce sandwich that I had last week.  My father got me into these when I was a child as he would make them for us.

Ingredients:

Lots of Romaine lettuce
2 pieces of bread (gluten free), toasted
1/2 Avocado, mashed
Himalayan salt or Spike  Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Spread avocado on toast.
  2. Pile on lots of lettuce.
  3. Sprinkle to taste with salt.
  4. Cover with the other piece of toast and enjoy.

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By |July 14th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Cool Summer Salad For Dinner

A summer salad is just what is best for a hot day.  Who feels like cooking dinner on a hot summer day? Not me! Let’s keep cool!

Making a salad for dinner is simple. This summer salad doesn’t require any cooking and only takes 10 minutes. I enjoy sitting on my shaded deck, eating a whole meal in one bowl! […]

By |July 11th, 2017|Recipes, Salad|0 Comments

Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

Creamy dressings often are full of dairy but this vegan Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing recipe is delicious and super easy to make!

Ingredients:

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By |July 9th, 2017|Recipes, Salad Dressings|0 Comments

Delicious Apricot Peach Smoothie

This apricot peach smoothie is delicious for the summer and so easy to make. 

Ingredients: 

5 apricots, sliced […]

Quick Tasty Radish Pickles

When you make these radish pickles you get to eat them very soon rather than waiting for days when preserving. […]

By |June 27th, 2017|Recipes, Salad|0 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.

 

Try these Watermelon popsicles too. The video shows you how to.

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By |June 16th, 2017|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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