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New to Real Food: 5 Foods You’re Already Eating That Can Be Real

If you’re new to real food it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to eat.  But chances are there are some common real foods you’re currently eating that may just need tweaked a bit.

Beans

Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein and they are a great way to stretch your food dollar.  If you’re currently incorporating beans in your diet you should consider switching to dry beans and soaking them prior to cooking. Soaking beans reduces the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors in the beans.  This is what causes gas, heartburn and those other issues that might plague you when you eat unsoaked beans.

If you’re not sure exactly what to do with beans. The Everything Beans book is a great resource.  You can use my affiliate link to read more or purchase the book from Kitchen Stwardship.

Oatmeal

You can make oatmeal yourself with organic rolled oats. Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant.   If you’re buying instant packs of oatmeal switch to organic rolled oats and make your oatmeal stove top. It takes a few more minutes but the health benefits are amazing.  You can flavor it any way you’d like.  Even adding peaches or strawberries to make it fruity if that’s what you’re accustomed to.

Fruits

Fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer. Berries such as blueberries and grapes have the highest amount of antioxidants. But choose an array of fruits in a wide variety of colors for maximum health. Organic is best in some fruits but there’s no need to buy all of your fruits in organic form.  Check the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List to see which fruits you should buy organic and which you can save money on.

Eating fruit is not the same as drinking fruit juice, especially store-bought. When you eat fruit you are getting the entire package of nutrients, fiber and sugar together.  When you drink juice you most times only getting some nutrients, little to no fiber and mostly sugar (and sometimes added sugar, coloring and preservatives.)

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts are high in fat but those fats are the good kind. Peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of good fats and protein. Crush them into a fine powder and use as a coating instead of higher carb bread crumbs. Nuts help to lower cholesterol. Eat them right out of the shell with no additives. You can make tasty treat with nuts too like my raisin nut clusters.  

Crispy nuts are a way you can reduce phytic acid.  This tutorial on making crispy nuts is a good read.

Milk

There are many different views on milk consumption.  If you’re already a milk drinker consider switching over to raw milk.  Raw milk has all the enzymes intact and has not been heat treated.  I encourage you to read this post by Simple Life Abundant Life f you’re confused about raw milk verses pasteurized milk.

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