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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

1 frozen banana

6-7 frozen strawberries

1/4 Cup milk (I used raw goat milk)

Blend banana, strawberries, and milk for a refreshing and completely healthy summer treat!  Add a drizzle of honey if desired.

*Store bought ice cream contains a laundry list of chemicals and harmful additives…do you have a yummy, healthier version of a favorite ice cream recipe?  If so, please share in the comments!!!

 

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I’ve lost 70 pounds in a year.  I didn’t really plan to lose that much weight.  My life has changed and as I look back, I think about the days in between where I kept looking forward, making good food choices, being patient with myself and weeding out the foods that were harmful to my body…and one day I looked in the mirror and realized I had reached my goal.  It just took some readjusting of priorities and choices around here.  Continue Reading…

Real Food: Vacation

June 21, 2013

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We went to New Mexico a few weeks ago and it was WONDERFUL to get away.  It was the first real trip I’ve taken since I started eating real food so I was a little curious about how it would go.  The weekend before we left we had a family wedding that my entire family was in so I was not able to plan ahead like I will next time.  Continue Reading…

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I dream up blog posts all the time but have trouble posting frequently.  I suppose that is part of being a “real mom”…but I thought I’d share with you a snippet of my day today.  Continue Reading…

The Weekend

April 29, 2013

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We spent some time working on the yard this weekend.  I dreamed of having a vegetable garden since college but felt like there was too much to learn. Continue Reading…

Family and Quinoa

April 3, 2013

In one of my weight watchers meetings, they told us to think about things to do on holidays and family gatherings that don’t involve food (in this particularly meeting we discussed Thanksgiving). The room fell silent. It was a little comical because there were about 30 of us, racking our brains, trying to think of things we do with our family (specifically on Thanksgiving) that don’t involve food!  After the awkward silence, several great ideas popped up, however isn’t it interesting that our society is so focused on food that it is hard to think of anything else when it comes to family gatherings?

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What if we spent as much time planning activities like flying kites, family walks, art projects, etc… as we spend on our family meals on holidays?  Just a thought. Continue Reading…

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Somewhere along the way (ahem, when I was pregnant with Ruthie) I started giving Noah frozen Eggo waffles for breakfast.  When I started reading labels about six months ago I noticed that the waffles I was giving to my son almost every morning contain almost 40 ingredients, including artificial food dyes (blue #2 which is a known carcinogen derived from coal tar) and genetically modified ingredients (soybean oil and soy lecithin).  I would have NEVER given this to my two year old if I knew it had ingredients that were proven by scientific studies to be carcinogenic and cause hyperactivity in otherwise normal children.  I am infuriated just thinking about it.

In Europe every food with an artificial food dye is required by law to have a warning label stating the following: “May have adverse affect on activity and attention in children” Continue Reading…

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A few of you have asked me what changes I made early on in my journey to quitting processed food.  In September 2012 I joined Weight Watchers (they have a nursing mom’s track).  I hit a plateau in losing my baby weight and didn’t know where to turn.  I was tired, a hungry nursing mom, and had no clue about proper portion sizes.  Some days I would eat a ton and others I would barely eat anything.  My metabolism was all over the place and I was completely addicted to sugar and processed food and realized that I had this addiction for the past seven years.

Just to delve into my addiction if anyone can relate, I would literally wake up in the morning thinking about food.  I would crave *Chick-fil-a sandwiches (they have almost 100 ingredients) and their lemonade that has loads of refined sugar.  I developed terrible habits during both of my pregnancies and craved either super salty or super sweet food.  I would indulge in the majority of my cravings, not really thinking about the effect these choices would have on my own body and my two year old son (at the time) who was with me every step of the way, watching me, and developing the same addiction as his mommy. Continue Reading…

Real Mom Real Food

March 21, 2013

Hi friends, I am so incredibly excited to share my new blog layout designed by my dear friend Tom Boto!  His wife Julie is one of my best and dearest friends and at dinner a few nights ago he offered to help me with my blog (since I’m not so tech savvy) and I said YES!  When he sent me my new set up I was completely floored.  So thanks Tom and Julie for believing in me and inspiring me to continue on this real food journey!

I chose the name Real Mom Real Food because I am just a normal, suburban mom trying to figure out how to best take care of my little family.  I also discovered that there is another amazing site with basically my old blog name:o)!  Check out Real Food Fort Worth and you will find some amazing places to get local, organic, unprocessed food.  I still plan to visit all of these places and report my thoughts back to you! There is also a facebook page that I found a few days ago called Real Food Fort Worth (it is informative and helpful too!)!  I am switching my facebook group name to Real Mom Real Food to not cause any confusion between the two groups. Continue Reading…

Purpose

March 19, 2013

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My goal for this blog is to tangibly help others in my community find sources for real, unprocessed, GMO free food in North Fort Worth.  I’m on a journey, like many of you, to choose the best food for my family, and I plan to be very honest in this space and say that it has been a lonely journey thus far!  About six months ago I began making major changes in the food I purchase at the store and keep in my home.  My friends and support system over the past six months are all virtual.  Bloggers like Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com and Vani from foodbabe.com are lifesavers as I seek to understand the importance of being intentional about choosing the purest food for my family.

A few weeks ago I began to consider starting a facebook page and blog devoted to my own community, the place I live.  I began dreaming of a real support system rather than a virtual one.  Continue Reading…