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 Sweet Peaches and Cream Popsicles (Dairy-free)

On a hot day, these peaches and cream popsicles are a very healthy treat with no added sugar and are vegan too. Also, they are easy to make.


2 1/2 cups peach slices (approx. 6 peaches)
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 – 1/2 tsp stevia
Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold* or small paper cups
Ice pop wood sticks* […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|0 Comments

Yummy Pesto Pasta Green Beans

This is a wonderful Italian dish which is easy to make and great to eat.


2 cups green beans, trimmed and halved
2 cups brown rice pasta
1 cup pesto sauce
2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Trim and halve your green beans.
  2. Steam green beans for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove top of the steamer with beans in.
  4. Make sure there is enough water in the steamer to cook the pasta.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook to desired tenderness.
  6. Then drain pasta, keeping 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  7. Return pasta to empty pot along with the cooked beans.
  8. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of basil pesto with a ½ cup of the pasta water and 2 tbsp olive oil.
  9. Pour the sauce over the pasta and beans, mix in.
  10. Serve immediately.

Discover more tasty pesto recipes that you can use with this dish: 

Vegan Zucchini Pesto

Tasty Vegan Chickweed Pesto

Fresh Peppermint Pesto Is So Tasty on Pasta

Arugula Pesto Recipe – Healthy and Dairy Free

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By |August 17th, 2017|Main Courses, Meatless Monday, Recipes|0 Comments

Delicious Green Beans with Almonds

Green beans with golden almonds are a very tasty dish and simple to make too. […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Recipes, Vegetables|0 Comments

Summer is the Time to Enjoy a Healthy Picnic with Tasty Food

Picnics are a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer day with family and friends.  I love it when it is spontaneous! Go to a park, a lake, the sea side or by the riverside.  It is even fun to picnic in the backyard.

Our bodies love being nourished from the earth, the sky, and the clean air.

7  Tips For a Healthy Picnic

1.  Bring healthy tasty food

Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Healthy Potato Salad:  For some, a picnic just has to have potato salad.  Here is a vegan healthy one.  Potato Salad […]
By |August 15th, 2017|Health Tips, Recipes|0 Comments

How to Enjoy Eating Your Sunflowers and Grow Them

Vibrant smiling sunflowers are so beautiful that they bring a smile to our face.  They are a food in more ways than the simple sunflower seed.  So much of the sunflower plant is a delicious edible food during its growing life from seedling to full growth of seeds. Also, it is a very nutritious food to grow and add to our meals.

Grow a big patch of sunflowers so you can eat the various edible tasty bits of the plants all summer long.  […]

By |August 8th, 2017|Recipes, Salad, Vegetables|1 Comment

Do You Know Why Packaged Almond Milk is Not Good?

Millions of people are drinking packaged almond milk because they believe it is a ‘healthy alternative.’   Find out why it is better to make your own almond milk.   […]

By |August 1st, 2017|Health News|1 Comment

Fresh Peppermint Pesto Is So Tasty on Pasta

I love this vegan peppermint pesto during the hot summer. Try it on raw zucchini pasta. […]

By |July 27th, 2017|Recipes, Sauces|0 Comments

The Remarkable Radish is Full of Health Benefits

The radish with its crispiness and the peppery taste makes a perfect finger food and adds a tasty crunch. Raw radishes are great in salads.  Also, they make tasty pickles and even are tasty in a stir fry or soup.  Juicy radishes can be long or round and colorfully red, black, white,  purple, or black. And they are packed with health benefits. […]

By |July 25th, 2017|Nutrition, PowerFoods|0 Comments

Tasty Radish Sandwich

This radish sandwich makes a simple and quick lunch or snack. You can use gluten free bread or a rice cake.

Ingredients: […]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Recipes, Salad, Vegetables|0 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:  […]

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.  […]

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

Curried Green Beans and Potatoes

Green beans with carrots and potatoes become extra special and yummy made into a simple curry.

Ingredients: […]