Happy Food Day! Now, I know you are probably thinking to yourself, Food Day? Why would we need a day to celebrate food? The truth is, we do need a day to celebrate eating REAL food. So much of what Americans consume is overly processed crap, hardly resembling real food at all.
How can you tell if a food is real or processed? A real food will be as close to it’s natural state as possible (think fresh off the farm). Any whole fruit or vegetable is definitely a real food. Pre-washed, pre-chopped vegetables are still real, but the lines become less clear when it is salted, preserved, sweetened, and enhanced with artificial or “natural” flavors. Another example would be dried fruits and nuts, both real. However, if you are to consume a “nutty raisin bar” there is likely added sugar, preservatives, GMO soy and canola, and gelling agents that may not be so real. I do understand that we can not (actually I think we could) live off fruits, vegetables, and organic chicken alone. But I know our ancestors before us did eat much more real foods then us and they did not suffer from such high rate of diabetes and obesity.
End rant. Today I bring you a fabulous real food recipe from my favorite food blogger Kelly at Just a Taste. I modified her recipe just a bit; skipping the cheese, and adding purple cabbage for a lovely color. I wanted to name this salad “cruciferous crunch” but I just don’t think that would get many hits on an internet search. In fact, my computer is telling me that cruciferous is not even a word, but I know that it is! Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kale are chock full of disease-fighting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.
For the complete recipe visit Just a taste. Feel free to add purple cabbage as I did. I also used almond spears? (the name is not coming to me right now) instead of sliced almonds because they are more hearty and I like them better. But use whatever you like, and don’t forget to make the dressing too! Enjoy! Have a great REAL food day! What real foods are you going to eat this weekend?