100 Days of Real Food: Cookbook Review

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.

Lisa Leake

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.

Leake family at farmers market

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!

100 Days of Real Food cookbook

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 :)

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread Photo

The recipes range from sweet treats…

Frozen Yogurt Pops on steps… to delicious dinners.

Shortcut Eggplant Parm2

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. *

My Mommy Mind

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  • Hoping you all had a relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Is anyone confused by how many stores are CLOSED on Labor Day but OPEN on Thanksgiving and Christmas? Real weird!
  • Anyway…. Justin and I took part in our CrossFit’s workout of the day (WOD) Monday. It was a really fun “bro tanks and sweatbands” workout. And by fun, I mean our outfits were fun. The workout was just not! Well, it was…. it was fun when it was over :)  The workout was “Jag 28:” 800 meter run, 28 pull-ups, 28 kettle bell swings, 28 pull-ups, 28 clean and jerks, 800 meter run. The last 400 meters I was pretty certain I was going to toss my cookies.  I took a little walk break, pulled it together and finished. Whew.  (Notice the height challenges myself and 2 others face. Brutal.)
  • We shipped Finn back off to preschool today. I miss him already, but I know he is ready to be back, surrounded by learning and friends.  He was pretty nervous, I could tell, as he didn’t sleep well and was a little more soft-spoken than normal this morning. Tomorrow morning will be a new day!
  • Hate spiders like me? You’ll love Finn’s latest doozie: “God gave us feet so we could send spiders to heaven. I just smooshed a spider. Part of it’s here, part of it’s in heaven.” So matter of fact. Where does this come from in an almost 5 year old!?!?!

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Fantastic Fridays

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It’s the holiday! I remember when I worked full-time how incredibly excited I was about having a bonus day off to relax, travel home, catch up on errands, and so forth. Now I look forward to the bonus day off to spend more time with Justin and the kids. We are looking forward to a really relaxing weekend, perhaps squeezing in time to buy a big girl for little Evie. She’s ready. I’m not.

I hope the weekend leaves you with plenty of time to relax and enjoy some quiet time with friends and family. And while you slip into your weekend, comfy clothes, enjoy my most fantastic finds from the web. Click the blue “Fantastic” link to go directly to the source page.

Fantastic Bessie: I had to include this picture. Why? Because WE BOUGHT HER. Yes, we did! We bought a piece we haven’t even seen in person.  I know, cray-cray, right?! I just was drawn to her and then I showed Justin and he instantly said, “get that.”  The best/worst part? I think we’re going to put her in our entryway. Nothing says WELCOME like a colorful cow face, yes? Are we out of our minds? It’s okay, you can be honest!


Fantastic Dip: Just the other day I was eating some chicken and thought, “sometimes I miss me some ranch.” It sent me on the hunt for a dairy-free, junk-less ranch-like dressing. This might just hit the spot. It has champagne vinegar in it, for goodness sakes! (BTW – we use Soy-free Veganaise in place of traditional mayo.)


Fantastic Threads: I’m kind of in denial summer is coming to an end and school starts Tuesday for Finn. We had such a great summer! Although my big dreams to dress up more (a new winter goal) and not live in yoga pants and workout tanks didn’t exactly pan out the way I had intended, I’m giving myself some grace. I did make a solid effort. Promise. I mean who can look as effortless as this girl on a regular basis? Oh yes, HER! Isn’t she great?!  This outfit is dreamy. Those bracelets just complete it all perfectly. Gold is the new silver in arm candy…. well, in everything.


Fantastic Education:  One thing I love about The Honest Company is the way they demystify some pretty hefty details when it comes to the natural world. Their post on organic definitions is a must-read (and save-worthy) as you determine your goals for natural living.


Fantastic GF/DF Cookie: I love recipes that call for ONE BOWL. There’s nothing worse than using 7 bowls and 6 utensils to make dinner or a treat. Ensure you use Enjoy Life chocolate chips to keep these babies dairy-free! Don’t they just look ooey-gooey and magical? Drool-worthty, for sure. (BTW – we’ve been making our own almond butter this summer and I’m obsessed. It’s SO MUCH BETTER than the store bought stuff!)


Fantastic Company: I have been using two supplements from Organic India. The company works with farms in India to grow herb, food and spice crops. The guiding principal of the company is to “honor and protect the Earth by utilizing sustainable, organic and biodynamic agricultural practices and to provide a sustainable living for the farmers and tribes people we work with in India.” If you are looking for some clean supplements to address care issues, Organic India is worth checking out.


Organic India

Fantastic Friendship Food: We all have those extra special friends who just make our heart happy, right? Friendship Food is a joint cookbook project between friends Felicity, Julie and Kate (below), focused on recipes free of gluten, yeast, dairy, egg and refined sugar. After Felicity endured a struggle with autoimmunity, she eliminated these foods from her diet and felt wonderful! This inspired her to write a book with her friends to share the recipes she had developed, to help others feel good.

Friendship Food

Fantastic Kids: If I could be any fashionista, it would be the hippy/free-flowing kind of girl, like of look this little tike masters. 21 Kids You Dress Better Than You. Guaranteed, you’ll want to ditch your closet and go shopping after checking out these child gems!

Baby Hippie

Fantastic GIRLS: I can’t help but sing Beyonce’s “Who Run the World (GIRLS)” when I see these images. (I couldn’t decide which image I loved most, so I had to post three.) I think I get fired up when I see these images knowing how much Evie has both worlds in her – the princess and the super girl. She’s tough, she’s sweet, she’s sassy, she’s funny, and I want her to feel free to be whoever she wants to be. I know I always felt that freedom because my parents encouraged that in me. That means not being afraid to run, jump in puddles, and stand up to others. I’ve recently learned about the non-profit GIRLS ON THE RUN and encourage you to check it out if you also have a girl who wants to be awesome!


Fantastic Read: We’ve been pretty firmly avoiding soy for several years now. Of course it’s in nearly everything processed and it’s rarely GMO-free. If you’ve been curious about soy, this is a good article to dig into. Do some homework on your own and let me know where you land.

Soy Decoy

Fantastic Web: I’ve been seeking out ideas for Finn’s first FRIEND birthday party. All guests are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite character, superhero or otherwise, as Finn’s never shied away from a costume. I’ve never been one to be elaborate or spend a lot of $$ on a party, so I’m down with the most fun, most cheap ideas on the market… like this one! We have some trees out back that are close enough together it might create the perfect “box” for the web. Other superhero or boy-themed game ideas welcome! :)


Fantastic Reminder: Bravery. We all have room to be a little more brave, don’t we!Brave

Fantastic Tribute: You know who I think is brave? Robin Williams. Like so many, news of his death was terribly sad for me, as in more sad than should be for a human I’ve never met. We’re sad he’s gone, but I don’t think that’s why we feel so sad. I think we feel so sad knowing the way he must have felt when he died. The loneliness. The sadness. The desperation. For someone who breathed life into us, who made us laugh or cry or simply feel, for someone who was part of our growing up, we’re sad. Aladdin, Patch Adams, What Dreams My Come, and my all-time favorite movie in life, Good Will Hunting. I’m not one to remember movies, but I remember each of these because of Robin Williams. He was a special kind of special. (Skip forward to minute 8:00 if you don’t want to watch the entire piece. The end… oh, that smile. He was the good stuff.)

What are your plans for the weekend? Would love to hear about the things you think are fantastic lately, too!