It’s time for a fresh perspective!
Every Thursday I share an interview with a real-food-lover, a real person living in the real world just like you and me. Today we will hear from Jenny, who blogs over at Nourished Kitchen. She has kindly consented to share her wisdom and experience with us! Thank you Jenny!
Blog Name (if applicable): Nourished Kitchen
About You: (Are you single/married? Do you have children? Anything else you would like to share?) My husband and I married almost seven years ago, though we had been dating for five years prior. We have one child who is six. Together we run a farmers market and focus a lot of our energies on the sustainable and traditional foods movements.
1. Tell us about your passion for real food. Why do you eat the way you eat?
We eat real food, plain and simple. And we eat this way because it has benefited our health in enormous ways (for me it helped with autoimmune disease and polycystic ovarian disease). For my husband, it helped him to recover from bipolar disorder and chronic pain. We also eat this way because it is beautifully holistic and intuitive, and the food tastes wonderful.
2. What, in your opinion, are the top five “healthiest foods” that you include regularly in your diet?
Cod liver oil, salmon roe, liver, bone broth and raw milk yogurt/kefir.
3. What, in your opinion, are five of the most unhealthy foods/food types?
That’s a tie between refined sweeteners, refined grains and refined oils. Pretty much anything that’s been refined.
4. Say someone is interested in making healthier food choices but is overwhelmed with all the information. What first step/steps would you recommend?
I recommend they start by buying only single ingredient foods and working from there. Here’s some tips that help newcomers get started: 10 Tips for Real Food Newbies and Getting Started with Real Food.
5. Cooking from scratch can be time consuming! What are your tips for keeping things easy and manageable for the modern on-the-go lifestyle?
I recommend that people begin to rely on their slowcookers more. Slowcooking is so easy- you just dump the ingredients in, turn it on and let it cook. After a hard day at work, you come home and dinner is made for you.
6. Eating real food can also be expensive. What tips do you have for keeping costs down?
I think that cost saving measures should focus on proper kitchen management, not on purchasing inferior quality ingredients. Also, things like liver, soup bones and pulses can be very inexpensive and very nutrient-dense when made properly.
7. Do you have any favorite recipes (or links to recipes) to share?
I love to share this recipe for easy roast chicken (A Recipe: Minimalist Roast Chicken) it’s a great starter recipe, and then you can use the bones in broth. Baked oatmeal (Baked Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries and Apricots), though, is the most popular recipe on the site.
8. What is your biggest motivation to putting the time and effort into this lifestyle?
My kid! I derive enormous satisfaction out of nourishing his growth in the healthiest way I know how.
Now I want to hear from you! Yes you! You don’t have to be a great cook, have all the answers, have a blog, or eat right all the time. You just have to love real food and have an opinion about it! Copy these questions and send your answers to email@example.com so that I can share them with the rest of my readers!