Recipe Blueprint: Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

A delicious, easy, 3 ingredient breakfast made with little to no added sugar!

Is breakfast a tough meal to get right for your family? It sure is in mine. I’m not a morning person, so you won’t catch me waking up an extra 30 or 40 minutes earlier to cook a more time-consuming breakfast during the week. Instead, I make some quick, real food options that I can whip up in minutes … like my Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.

This delicious Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait is such an easy, 3 ingredient breakfast that's made with little to no added sugar!

Now please, don’t confuse this with McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait!  (more…)

Quaker Breakfast Flats … A Healthy Breakfast or a Breakfast Cookie?

Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals of the day, especially if you’re not a morning person. Yes, that “not a morning person” comment needs a big arrow pointing at me. :-) So marketing healthy, convenient breakfast foods is literally a goldmine for food companies. But are most of these products really healthy? Let’s take a closer look at one of the newest “healthy” breakfast products on the block—Quaker Breakfast Flats.

Quaker Breakfast Flats market themselves as wholesome and full of real ingredients. But are they healthy, or really a cookie in disguise?

 

Honestly, these are one of those products I want to love. They’re available in three varieties (Cranberry Almond, Banana Honey Nut, and Golden Raisin Cinnamon), and they sound delicious and healthy. (more…)

Our Best Easter Recipes

A little help from our family to yours with REAL food recipes for your Easter Celebration

Holiday celebrations can be difficult when you’re trying to make the switch to eating less processed food. Between family traditions and busy schedules it’s easy to end up serving a meal made from boxes and bags filled with additives. So to help you out, we’ve assembled our BEST Easter recipes for your upcoming holiday meal!

Looking for help cutting processed foods from your Easter meal? Then check out over 20 recipes ideas in our Best Easter Recipes edition that includes a FREE meal planning guide!

While I don’t think holiday meals need to be perfect, I always try to do my best. So in the spirit of “progress not perfection” why don’t you give one or more of these unprocessed recipes a try. They may just spark a new holiday tradition of eating REAL food!
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Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

A Quick and Easy dessert made with REAL ingredients!

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to make, there’s nothing better than a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. And bonus—no decorating is required! It comes right out of the pan looking amazing!

A delicious, unprocessed version of the classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe. It's perfect for any celebration, and it's super easy since there's no decoration required!

Although upside-down cakes have been around since the Middle Ages, the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a relative newcomer. Historically upside-down cakes were made with apples, cherries, and other seasonal fruits. It wasn’t until a November 1925 advertisement that the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake phenomenon started. As Jean Anderson notes in her cookbook, The American Century Cookbook—The Most Popular Recipes of the 20th Century:

While rooting around in old women’s magazines I found a Gold Medal Flour ad with a full-page, four-color picture of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake–a round cake with six slices of pineapple, candied red cherries, and a brown sugar glaze.

After seeing this recipe the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (which would later become know as The Dole Food Company) took the idea and ran with it, making Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes a celebratory staple. Unfortunately, as boxed dessert mixes were popularized in the 1950s, the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake took a highly processed turn for the worse. And as this ingredient list from Duncan Hines illustrates, there’s nothing real about these boxed desserts: (more…)

Recipe: Homemade Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese

Deliciously creamy with lots of cheese, these scalloped potatoes are sure to please! PLUS learn why you should avoid boxed potatoes and conventionally grown potatoes!

Growing up my mom loved to make scalloped potatoes when company came over. Not that kind from a box. The real deal. Boy did those potatoes taste good!

These homemade scalloped potatoes are made with a delicious cream sauce and lots of cheese—perfect for a holiday dinner or for entertaining!

Like many homemade recipe traditions, though, over the years highly processed options have made their way into most kitchens. While these boxed versions do mimic the taste of homemade, they’re anything but real. Have you looked at what’s in those boxes of Hungry Jack or Betty Crocker Cheesy Scalloped potatoes? They contain a lot of ingredients that you simply can’t find in any kitchen. (more…)