Entries by Tracey

Sneaky Names for Sugar

  Even if we think we are relatively healthy eaters, there is a good chance we are consuming far too much sugar from “healthy” foods we typically love to eat. Foods such as cereals, yogurt, drinks, condiments, breads, pasta sauce, energy bars, peanut butter, jelly, and more are loaded with added sugar. You may be shocked […]

10 Ingredients and Labels to Avoid

Since we’ve been on this real food journey for awhile now, I have learned over the years the difference between what many labels and ingredients mean. It’s become second nature to me. It’s important to know what foods to buy but also what foods to avoid. Food marketers have become very sneaky and savvy in their […]

Real Food Halloween Tips

Halloween is just a few days away and we will be inundated with candy once more. A little candy once a year is probably pretty harmless, but more and more I am realizing that candy in today’s culture is not just a one-time isolated event. Candy is being dressed up into sugary drinks, granola bars, […]

Are Your Personal Care Products “Simply Real?”

Cleaning up your personal care products is just as important as cleaning up the food in your kitchen. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and can absorb 60% of what you put on it topically. Laboratory tests reveal that chemicals commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products can be found in our […]

Mango Mash Green Smoothie

I am a lover of green smoothies and always looking for ways to use different greens. Cause ya know, we should all be rotating our greens on a weekly basis. So when I had some leftover chard in the house from making mac n cheese, I used the remaining greens for a smoothie the next morning. […]

Easy {Vegan} Cornbread

It’s chili time of year, y’all. And you know what that means, dontcha? Cornbread. Sweet, sweet cornbread sitting along side of that piping hot bowl of chili. But none of that silly Jiffy boxed kind of cornbread. No, no no…you know better by now! We’ve got no room for that nonsense in our real food kitchens! […]

Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu Prevention

Cold and flu season is fast approaching! You may not be surprised that we don’t get flu shots and I never run to the doctor before trying natural ways to prevent or treat illnesses first. It must be paying off because we haven’t been to the doctor for a sick visit in 3 years. Sure, we’ve had […]

My Top 5 Favorite Kitchen Appliances

Today we are going to take a little sneak peak into my kitchen and look at all my recommendations for my favorite kitchen appliances. I am not one that likes a lot of “gadgets” in my kitchen. I don’t have a lot of space so what I do have is sacred and reserved for only […]

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

  Upon waking in the morning, we start to get ready for school or work by beginning our morning beauty routine. Most of us will use shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, moisturizer, eye cream, body lotion, deodorant, cosmetics for your face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails, toothpaste and mouthwash. Before you know it, we will come in contact with […]

Is Organic Food Really Better?

  Walk down the aisles of any natural grocery store and you have your pick of all the organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, dairy and meats you could ever want. But the organic choices don’t stop there. Because organic food is becoming more mainstream, companies are starting to produce organic versions of their processed […]