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Call for Guest Posts!

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follow your dreams Good morning and happy Saturday! I’m off to my last day at the conference and am looking forward to some great lectures.

Can you believe we’re in the last week of February? We’re also only 4 weeks away from the official start of Spring!

Looking ahead to the coming season, I thought it would be fun to hear from you guys. I’d love to feature a few guest posts in the last weekend in March. Send me an email at keepingitrealfood(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested!

Have a great weekend!

What are you looking forward to this Spring? 

Seeking Guest Posters!

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ImageGood morning! I’m taking a little long-weekend trip at the end of the month, and I thought it would be fun to hear from you guys.

I am seeking guest-posters for July 28, 29, and 30th.

If you’re interested in writing a post for Keeping It Real Food, send me an email at KeepingItRealFood(at)!

Lessons of the Blogging World

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Good morning, all! While I’m off doing that whole unpacking thing, today we have a guest post from the lovely Sunnie of Modern Girl Nutrition.

Hi there! I’m Sunnie, a teen blogger with a huge passion for nutrition and healthy living, and is my little corner of the blogging world. First off, let me give a huge thanks to Jess for letting me write on her blog. I love Keeping it Real Food and it’s such an honor to be writing a guest post! Although I have only been blogging for a few months now, I already can’t imagine life without a blog. I mean, how did I live so many Wednesdays without going to a WIAW party? And the horror when I think about the fact that just a few months ago, I was ignorant to the amazing concepts of green smoothies and overnight oats! Basically, I’ve learned so much from the healthy living blogging world that when I found out I would be writing a guest post, I knew that I definitely wanted to share some of those things!

1.)   Throwing away an empty nut butter jar is an action worthy of being called a sin. 

I remember that not so long ago, I used to toss empty glass nut butter jars in the trash all the time, unaware of their precious uses! They are essential to countless blog goodies including homemade almond butter, jams, oatmeal in a jar, and most importantly, overnight oats in a jar!

2.)   You can never have too many plates. Or bowls. Or glasses. 

I may or may have a growing collection of 40 plates. Not sets, just individual plates. My reasoning?  Having kitchenware diversity is essential to capturing amazing pictures.


3.)   In a restaurant, always take the seat closest to the window. 

This ensures the best natural light for your photographs. Also, don’t be embarrassed to snap food photos in a restaurant! This one took a while for me to get brave enough to do, but now it’s second nature. Most restaurants take it as a compliment!


4.)   Oats are essential to life. 

Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But only a tiny bit. After all, oats serve as the base for breakfasts loved by almost all food bloggers- oatmeal, granola, and overnight oats! Plus, they are full of healthy fiber and keep you full for hours.


5.)   Finally, playing with your food is absolutely allowed! 

Let’s face it: everyone has seen a sandwich before. But a sandwich with your blog initials? Much more interesting to look at! Boost the appearance of your meals by adding designs and most of all, garnishes! Once you start getting creative, your photos will only improve from there!

The thing of paramount importance that I have learned from the healthy living blog world has to be that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to compromise! One of the best things about healthy food blogging is that there are innumerable blogs dedicated to finding healthy alternatives and recipes for the foods that our bodies might not love as much as we do! In just the short amount of time that I have been blogging, I’ve learned and grown so much in both my posts and the way I eat. If you’re one of those people contemplating starting a food blog, I highly recommend you create one and start sharing your ideas! Take it from personal experience, you’ll never look back!:)

Calling All Guest-Posters!

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The view from the rooftop of the Standard Hotel

Hey guys! I’m moving at the end of the month, and I thought it would be fun to hear from you guys.

I am seeking 3 guest-posters for June 28, 29, and 30th.

If you’re interested in writing a post for Keeping It Real Food, send me an email at KeepingItRealFood(at)!

Guest Post: Why I Want to Become an RD

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Hey guys, hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. I’m up in Boston for more wedding festivities, but the lovely Meg, of Dash of Meg is here guest-posting it up.

Why an RD?

Hello everyone! Missing Jess yet? I bet you are, you can’t fool me 😉 Well, I am here today to fill the void today and keep you guys entertained 😀

I want to discuss with all of you why I chose to take my Bachelors of Science in Foods & Nutrition in order to become a Registered Dietitian. I bet you are dying to know, right? 😉

When you were young (or younger) did your parents tell you that you were capable of being anything you put your mind to? Mine did; many of times. I was lucky that way— I was always being encouraged, but never pressured. I never felt as though I was letting my parents down if I couldn’t do something perfectly because I knew they were proud of me no matter what.

Throughout my childhood, like any other day-dreaming girl, I had so many different dreams of what I wanted to be when “I grew up”. One of the more serious dreams I had was to become an actress. Seriously. I taught myself how to cry on the spot and I would memorize every single line from all of my favourite movies. I would constantly be putting on productions for my parents and tried to be as professional as possible. It is probably a good thing that I am an only child; I don’t think I would have allowed anyone else act in my plays 😉 I had all of the roles. 


Mean girl or not, I wanted to be Regina George 😉

Dreams of becoming an actress were always on my mind, but dreams of becoming a veterinarian became much stronger. I was interested in sciences throughout school and loved animals, so I thought I should be a veterinarian! Once high school came around I realized I hated physics and really did not want to take the grade 12 level if the course. I had no interest in physics, so why put myself through it, right?

Not only did my lack of interest in physics allow me to let go of my dream of becoming a veterinarian, but when a Registered Dietitian was introduced into my life, everything changed and I knew that I must become a Registered Dietitian. My love of food, a healthy lifestyle, and helping others through promoting nutrition or one-on-one consulting made me realize that a Registered Dietitian would be the best career choice for me. 


One of the best things about my journey of becoming a Registered Dietitian is the inspiration I get from my personal Registered Dietitian. At one point in my life, I didn’t want to listen to anyone. A force inside me, an eating disorder (ED), was influencing me to lead a damaging and unhealthy lifestyle. Many family members and close friends of mine would try to steer me in the right direction, but I was convinced by ED that I was living a healthy lifestyle no matter what I was told by others. I was totally blind from reality, though. With all of the help being offered by my loved ones, there was only one person I confessed that I would take advice from and that was a dietitian. Immediately, my Mom found a dietitian available in my hometown and my life was changed. We met the next morning and discussed everything I was going through. She was so compassionate and did not judge. I felt as though I could tell her anything and everything. I didn’t feel like I should be hiding anything from her, despite the amount of knowledge she had on proper nutrition.

My dietitian changed my life. I now am proud and confident when saying I lead a healthy lifestyle. I do not make decisions to harm my body any longer. I know that any thought that may come to mind about deprivation or restriction is an unhealthy ED thought. My dietitian was able to get me to this point in my life.

I have 1.5 years left until I complete my undergrad in Foods & Nutrition, but I will not stop there. I am going to become an RD, so I can save a girl or boy who is in the same position I was years ago.

7 Ways to Stay Organized When You’re Busy

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I’m off enjoying a wedding this weekend, so please enjoy this guest post by the lovely Katie of Lil Veggie Patch! 

Hi Keeping It Real Food-ers!  My name is Katie, and I’m honored to be guest posting for Jess today. I write a little blog called Lilveggiepatch, where I document the food I eat, friends I meet, and just about everything in between.

After graduating from college with an English degree two years ago, I started a post-baccalaureate program to obtain all of the pre-requisites needed to apply to a PhD program in physical therapy.  It’s been quite an adjustment going back to school full-time- and taking really difficult science classes!- so I thought I’d share some of the successful ways I’ve found to save time, stay healthy, and stress less. In my experience, it’s all about managing planning, time management, and not taking yourself too seriously.

1. Make lists.  Write down everything you have to do including work tasks, cleaning chores, and all those other things you want to put off.  Make sure to add fun items, too… my lists often have “paint my nails” and “watch latest episode of Gossip Girl” on them.

2. Cook once for the week.  If you budget a couple hours out of your Sunday to grocery shop, prep, and cook a few things, you will save yourself so much time.   I usually prepare a big pot of grains (brown rice, quinoa, and millet are my standbys), roast vegetables, and cook some kind of protein.  In the fall and winter, I also love to have a pot of soup ready to heat up in the fridge.  Here are my go-to simple foods to cook:

3.  Pack lunch while you make dinner.  This one is a huge time saver… mornings are stressful enough without having to pack a bag with lunch and enough snacks to get you through the day.  Make extra of whatever you’re having and pack it right into a container.  I’m a big fan of these Klip It containers… they have compartments to separate food, often include reusable silverware, and have a special clip that prevents spillage.

4. Pencil in exercise.  While it’s not my favorite thing to, working out is something that I know will bust my stress while keeping my heart healthy.  I don’t always have time to pump iron or take a fitness class, but something is always better than nothing!  I often multitask by reading a chapter of a textbook while I ride the bike or use the elliptical.

5.  Make time for fun!  As the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jane a very, very dull (and burned-out) girl.  You can’t work all the time, so be sure to see your friends and family when you can.  A group of my friends gets together every couple weeks for pot-luck dinners; it’s an inexpensive way to spend an evening together, and we have to eat anyway!

6. …. At the same time, it’s okay to say “no” every once in a while, too.  In the last five days I’ve canceled four different sets of plans.  I was overwhelmed with schoolwork, and knew I wouldn’t be much fun if I was thinking about how I should be home studying.  It’s also okay to tell your friends you really need to spend a night in the bathtub with a good book and a glass of wine.  I do it often, and they understand.

7.  Know your limits.  Even Betty Draper can’t be 100% perfect all the time, and sometimes you just have to tell yourself you did your best.  Modern women have so much going on and so much to balance, but there’s only one person who knows how much she can or cannot handle.  So be honest with yourself.

Thanks again to Jess for hosting my post!  I’d love to hear about how you stay organized, so feel free to drop on by my blog sometime!