Organic Groceries?


Organic: what does it all mean?  Many people think that “organic” is synonymous with healthy, while others associate the word with over-priced and expensive.  Simply put, organic produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, many of which have been proven to cause adverse health effects on individuals.  A question I am often asked is, “Should we be eating all organic, because I cannot afford that, ugh?!”

Lucky for us, the USDA released the “Dirty Dozen” list in 2010.  (And for you movie buffs, this has absolutely nothing to do with the 1967 Robert Aldrich movie, hehe.)  For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic — as these conventionally grown items have tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals.








Bell Peppers






My advice is to write these items out on a notecard, and take the notecard to the store with your RRP Grocery List.  Shop in accordance to the Dirty Dozen list, and it will relieve many stresses associated with the frustrated pesticide jargon that is constantly mentioned out in the world!  Simple!


A Healthy Holiday Smoothie

‘Tis the season for Pumpkins and decorative gourds!  In the midst of the crazy awesome holiday season, you deserve to feel good.  Exercise, ample sleep (lazy naps included), lots of laughs and healthy eating will get you there.

When it comes to healthy eating, my suggestion is to be prepared.  Healthy snacks are a great way to fill yourself up before you dive into the Spinach-Artichoke dip and gulp a gallon of eggnog while no one is looking.  And lets be honest, there are only so many raw vegetables that one can consume.

Smoothies are a great appetite fix.  The smoothies in my recipe vault are naturally gluten, dairy and soy-free, and contain no refined sugars!  I often make big batches of smoothies for clients, and pour them into canning jars.  This makes it easy to throw in your purse and bring out for a quick snack.  The smoothie below is one of my faves.  It’s a super tasty and the health benefits are practically endless.  Pumpkin is jam-packed with Vitamin A, fiber, beta-carotene and potassium, while the coconut water is instant hydration.  Chia and flax provide the heart-healthy omega-3′s while ginger and spices are anti-inflammatory goodness.  Yahoo!



1, 15 0z can Pumpkin Puree

1 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1 cup Coconut water

1 banana

2 dates, pitted

1 T. fresh ginger, grated

1 T. Pumpkin pie spice

1 T. chia seeds (and more for sprinkling)

1 T. flax seeds (and more for sprinkling)


-Blend all ingredients with a handful of ice cubes in your blender until thoroughly combined and smooth.  If you desire, pour into individual canning jars, and screw on the lid.  Top with a sprinkling of chia and flax seeds and feel indulged!

(Makes about 4, 8 oz. servings)




What is “Real Food?”

What is “Real Food?”Lets be honest, the term “Real Food” is tossed around like a pancake. Here at Real
Recipe Plans, we like to keep it simple. Therefore, here is how we define Real Food:

“Food that is as close to it’s original state as possible. Real food is natural and fresh, and can be utilized to make the most delicious meals in the universe.”  End of story.

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What’s in season this month?

What’s in season this month?Welcome, seasonal eaters! In your quest to find the tastiest ingredients out there, Real Recipe Plans wants to provide you with a couple of favorite resources. These websites will help you to keep track of what ingredients are in season, as well as connect you with your local markets, farms and producers. Don’t be too surprised if these sites soon become bookmarks or maybe even homepages on your computer.

We have found that many local resources exist in our country. Sometimes the most difficult part is hearing about them, and finding out when and where they are. Keeping track of what’s in season will make eating (and snacking) so much easier, as you are able to experience the true flavors of an ingredient, in it’s purest and freshest form. Apples in the fall, peaches in the summer…as they say.

If you have yet to visit a Farmer’s Market, get out there and experience it! Meet the vendors, ask them questions, and form relationships with them. Oftentimes, developing a friendly relationship with a farmer/vendor can lead you to great deals and long-term savings!

Without further adieu…these are our favorite seasonal eating resources: