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I’ve had the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook for a few months now and it is high time I reviewed it for you! I started reading Lisa’s blog 100 Days of Real Food probably two years ago when I did an October Unprocessed challenge. Her blog started out detailing her family’s challenge of going 100 days eating no processed food (no refined grains or sugars; nothing out of a package with more than five ingredients, no deep fried foods, no fast foods–see the rules).
Her blog is an awesome resource, she’s totally approachable, and has phenomenal recipes! I knew when I heard she was releasing a cookbook that I wanted it!
Part 1: The Plan
The first section of the cookbook tells their story of leaving processed foods behind and why. Then Lisa breaks down TONS of amazing information like: how to read a nutrition label, is organic best?, shopping for whole foods, tips for shopping at farmer’s markets, planting a garden, getting your family involved, meal plans and budget help. The first section is an amazing bluepring of choosing real and healthy foods for your family and Lisa does everything in her power to help you make this change. It really is a book in itself and an amazing resource!
Part 2: The Recipes
While I haven’t tried every recipe in the book, I’ve done quite a few and can attest that they are amazing! I also love that there aren’t weird or fussy ingredients. Just simple, good food. Her whole wheat banana pancakes are a favorite and the slow cooker pork has changed our life in the best possible way. The recipes are broken down into sections like breakfasts, lunches, snacks, salads & sides, weeknight meals, special treats, and everyday staples. She lists serving sizes and notes whether recipes are good for freezer cooking, crockpot cooking, and allergen friendly. She doesn’t list the nutritional information of her recipes. There is also gorgeous photography. I love cookbooks that I want to flip through and just look at the pictures!
Pros & Cons:
- Amazing resources for anyone on their healthy living journey, but especially for those just beginning to make the switch from more processed foods. Lisa has tons of tools and info to help!
- Simple recipes (for the most part). I draw the line at making homemade tortillas, this mama ain’t got time for that!
- A good variety of recipes…using various protein sources, vegetarian options, gluten-free options, slow cooker, and freezer friendly!
- Beautiful photos!
- Well written and researched.
- Eating whole food is definitely healthy, BUT not all of the recipes are great for someone trying to lose weight. You have to keep portions in mind and make choices that help you reach your particular goals.
- It would be nice to have nutritional information on the recipes. (So says the girl severely lacking nutritional info on her own recipes….#guiltyascharged)
Can I Just Read the Blog?
This is one question that always looms for me when buying a blogger’s book. So here’s the lowdown. Some of the recipes you can find on her blog already, but I felt like she did a good job in incorporating the “need” recipes while not recycling all blog content. So the book stands alone well and is a wonderful guidebook for anyone looking to eat less processed foods, whether a newbie or more experienced.
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Get 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook now!
Okay, so I just decided, what the heck, I love this cookbook so much and it has been a long time since I’ve done a giveaway so let’s do a giveaway of the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook!! Woohoo!!
Lisa Leake doesn’t know me and I wasn’t payed or comped in any way for this post. I am personally supplying the cookbook to giveaway.
Do you read 100 Days of Real Food? What is your favorite healthy cookbook?
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