When we first started changing the way we eat, the 100 Days of Real Food blog was one of the first blogs I read that made me feel normal. Finally, I thought, another mom who is fed up with junk everywhere and doing something about it! Lisa Leake was this real-life hero to me who was DOING what we were ready to DO. She was raising a clean-food family in an unclean-food world.
In 2010, Lisa, her husband Jason, and two daughters, went 100 days without eating a single ounce of processed food or refined ingredients. She realized how difficult it was to implement this lifestyle in a world swarming with processed food, so her blog began! If you haven’t checked it out, you’ll find real-food recipes, great kids lunch ideas, real-food meal plans, and product reviews.
Recently, Lisa has gone through the labor intensive world of book writing. From Justin’s book, we know what a process this can be. But after 2 years of hard work, Lisa birthed her first cookbook, and let me tell you – it’s amazing!
I’m not really a cookbook gal. After the world of food bloggers and recipes won my heart, after Finn’s allergies, and after we started getting very particular about the ingredients used in our kitchen, cookbooks became a foreign tool. In fact, I gave most of mine away. The 100 Days of Real Food cookbook is different. It’s actually filled with recipes with REAL FOOD that we would make at our house.
Here’s what you can expect…
- No white flour or any refined grains are used
- No sugar or any refined (or artificial) sweeteners are used
- No recipes call for packaged foods containing more than 5 ingredients
- Familiar and easy-to-find ingredients are used
- 71 recipes are (or can easily be) Gluten-Free
- 79 recipes are (or can easily be) Vegetarian
- 49 recipes are (or can easily be) Dairy-Free
- 42 recipes are Freezer Friendly
- A beautiful color photo is included with each and every recipe
- 70% new recipes – not previously published on Lisa’s blog
One of the things I love most about the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook is the school lunch ideas. I know that is one of the biggest concerns I have with Finn going off to school next year and one of the biggest stressors I hear from mom’s about kids who bring lunches. You want your child to eat healthy, but you also want them to EAT… not just throw it all away! Lisa takes the guess work out of ways to not only make things taste good, but also look good. And we all know we eat with our eyes
The recipes range from sweet treats…
Many of these recipes are easily made allergy-friendly with a few swaps. Do yourself a favor and add the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook to your stack. This will be one you actually use!
* Food images courtesy of Carrie Vitt. Lifestyle photos courtesy of Kelly Trimble. *