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Are You Eating Real Food? Where To Find Healthy Recipes

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

That’s how Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense Of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto, starts out. The mandate to eat food almost seems silly, doesn’t it? After all, what else would we eat? Surprisingly, these days there are thousands of what he calls “foodlike substances” available for purchase and consumption.

These are things that our great-grandparents wouldn’t even recognize as food. In our quest to get dinner on the table quickly, we’ve turned more and more to ultra-processed foods.

It’s so convenient to just open a package, “prepare according to directions” and put it on a plate. But do we really know what’s in those packages?

How many times have you picked up an item in the supermarket and went to read the nutrition label only to realize this supposed food contained ingredients that you didn’t recognize, or maybe couldn’t even pronounce? Are these things really even food?

Just something to think about….

So how do we ensure we’re eating real food?

There are two easy ways to ensure what we’re eating is the real thing:

  1. Shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where the produce, meats, dairy, etc. – things our great-grandparents would recognize as food – are usually located. Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to completely avoid the middle aisles. There are plenty of things on those shelves (dried beans, whole grains, nuts, etc.) that support a healthy diet also.
  2. Prepare meals at home. When we cook our own meals, we can control what goes into them. That means we can avoid the “foodlike substances” we were talking about earlier.

Sometimes, though, it gets difficult to come up with new things to cook. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like eating the same things over and over again. I’m always on the lookout for new healthy recipes to try.

A bowl of Red Romaine and a plate of bacon on a dark gray surface with text overlay: "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." ~Doug Larson

I love cookbooks and have about a bazillion of them, but sometimes I like to just get online and find something new and different. Just in case you’re like me in that regard, I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to find healthy recipes.

Places to find healthy recipes online:

The Mediterranean Dish, I can’t say enough good things about Suzy’s recipes. I haven’t tried one yet that I didn’t like. She also publishes a 5-day meal plan to make dinner time easier.

Oldways, This is another one of my favorite places to find recipes. As I’ve mentioned before, I try to follow the Mediterranean Diet eating pattern, and I’m able to find lots of great ideas here.

Forks Over Knives, If you’re interested in eating a more plant-based diet, this is a great place to find recipes. They have lots of plant-based ones, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just need to get more plants on your plate.

…… And last, but certainly not least, who doesn’t love Pinterest? If you’re interested, I have plenty of healthy recipes saved on my Pinterest page, Even if I don’t use the recipes exactly as they are, I get some great ideas from them and can try my own experiments. :o)

Two meals on the table at a higher-end restaurant with text overlay: "A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal."

We all know that cooking at home better supports our desire to eat healthfully. Anything we can do to make it easier (and more delicious!) to eat real food is a step forward in our wellness journey.

Where do you find inspiration for cooking healthy meals? If you have a favorite cookbook, or a favorite website for recipes, please share. Let’s all eat food!



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  1. Are you looking over my shoulder, Terri? Lol. I’ve been thinking of pulling out my recipe books and focusing on eating better. Although I am no longer a practicing vegan, I love the recipes from Oh She Glows.

    1. I like to think of it as…..Great minds think alike VJ.😊 Thanks so much for sharing about the Oh She Glows site. I’m going to check it out. Although I do eat meat, I try to get at least some plant-based meals into our menu each week. Take care of yourself and Hubby sweet friend! Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah! He’s a wonderful and thoughtful writer, isn’t he? I hope you’re able to find something that appeals to you on my Pinterest page. Stay safe and well sweet friend!

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      2. I’m so sorry it’s displaying like that for you, Mel. I tried to see if there was something I could do to fix it, but I can’t see it. I went back into the post and did the preview for all three – desktop, tablet, and mobile, and they all displayed correctly for me. Maybe someone else will see this and know how I can fix it…. Thanks for letting me know about it. I hope you have a great weekend!

      3. Wow, that IS strange! I wonder if it has anything to do with your settings….. I wish I was more computer literate so I could help you figure it out. I hope you enjoy your weekend. Sending hugs!

      4. I wanted to ask, what is up with the larger headlines if the post? I’ve noticed several post today that are using the same format. What did you read that made you chage your style?

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      8. I do a little of both…. You may be onto something with the Reader thing…. I hope you can figure it out; that must be annoying to have the posts displaying like that. Hugs!

  2. Thanks for the links Terri, I’ll be sure to check them out. I, too, have been trying to find recipes and ways on eating healthy. My doctor says that if your food is colorful (lettuce, kale, bell peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, orange, blueberries, etc…) then you’re at least on the right path to at least knowing what foods are good for you. But finding that recipe to tie everything in and make it a tasty dish is another. Always informative Terri!

    1. I hope you find some recipes you like Mark! “Eating the rainbow” is such a great idea! The more colorful our plates, the more nutritious our meals are (unless our plates are full of Froot Loops or Skittles, of course).😊 I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are fresh, quick and easy because as you said, knowing what’s most nutritious and tying it all together can be two different things…. Stay well, my friend!

  3. I have been experimenting with my own recipes Terri, it’s been so much fun. I don’t eat any processed foods now. Everything gets cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients & left overs get frozen for a self provided ‘take away’ to have nights off.
    I have lessened the carbs but not increased the fat in my cooking to keep insulin resistance & higher cholesterol levels at bay.
    I have enjoyed making my own easy peasy gluten free, yeast free, lactose free breads with almond meal, onions, herbs & sun dried tomatoes to have with homemade soups or to accompany other meals.
    I also created an apple blueberry muffin loaf with almond meal, gluten free flours & spices. Delicious!
    Although hubby enjoys the sugar free, gf ginger date loaf the most as he’s partial to ginger.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! I’m glad you’ve figured out how to make some things that you really enjoy, that support your healthier lifestyle. I think it’s important to find things that can keep us from feeling we’re missing anything when we’re trying to eat healthier. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  4. A very nice post. I love the common sense of Michale Pollan’s book and his series on Netflix is worth a watch. Sadly, most of the “food” in grocery stores doesn’t fit the definition of real food! However, it does make the food industry happy.

    1. Thank you so much Dorothy! I agree with you about most of the food in the grocery stores not qualifying as real food. It’s unfortunate that people buy so-called ‘healthy’ foods only to realize they’re not really all that healthy at all. Thanks for making me aware of Michael Pollan’s series on Netflix. I’ll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks for sharing Ang! I first read the book many years ago, and it has stuck with me too. As you said, it’s really simple advice, but it’s also just full of wisdom, isn’t it? Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Blessings to you!

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