nutrition basics | the nutrients

Nutrition basics | the nutrients. This basics series offers simple nutrition education to help you eat healthier and make better food choices.  | realfoodsimple.com

This basics series offers simple nutrition education to help you eat healthier and make better food choices. 

To start off this nutrition basics series, I am going to do an overview of what a nutrient actually is. Although to some it may seem elementary, I will be building upon these concepts and explaining these terms more in detail and thought it would be good to just start off with some definitions.

When I use the term nutrients, I am referring to macronutrients and micronutrients


food & nutrition tip 3 | frozen fruits and veggies

food & nutrition tip 3 | frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen produce is a great way to always have healthy foods on hand. There are many benefits to buying it. | realfoodsimple.com

This food and nutrition tip about frozen fruits and vegetables will help save you time, money, and frustration.


toasted sesame ginger dressing

This toasted sesame ginger dressing is a simple recipe that has a sweetness and tang. With only 5 pantry ingredients, it can be made in 5 minutes or less. | realfoodsimple.com

This toasted sesame ginger dressing is one of my favorites! I think it was the second homemade dressing I ever made. I was playing with ingredients one night, knowing I wanted a sesame ginger type dressing to go with a Chinese chicken salad.

I love the flavor of toasted sesame oil. It has such a rich deep flavor. And I knew I wanted ginger and soy sauce as well.


the nutrition basics series

A series offering simple nutrition education to help you eat healthier and make better food choices. | realfoodsimple.com

I will be doing a new series on real food simple called nutrition basics. The series will be about simple concepts in nutrition education including things like


teaching kids about sugar in juice

Teaching kids about sugar in juice. This is a great activity you can do to teach kids the difference between whole fruit and juice, | realfoodsimple.com

Juice comes from fruit, so it should be healthy. But juice ends up being a concentrated source of sugar. Although it is all-natural and not added sugar, it can still be a lot of sugar and simply is not needed in a real food diet. Juice should be a once-in-a-while treat, not an everyday beverage.

100% real fruit juice, like orange juice, has ~ 21 grams of sugar per cup, that equals just over 5 teaspoons of sugar. A suggested serving of juice for kids 6 and under is 1/2 cup per day, which is still over 2.5 teaspoons of sugar.

Teaching kids nutrition is not easy. It is important to make it fun and not seem like a lecture. To help teach kids why eating a whole piece of fruit is healthier than drinking juice, consider this juicing activity.


creamy cilantro spice dressing

creamy cilantro spice dressing. A simple healthy recipe to add to a salad to give it a great kick. | realfoodsimple.com

This is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings (do I say that every time?) I love cilantro and lime together and I am always trying to find new ways to use that combination. This dressing not only has the great flavors of cilantro and lime, it also has a nice kick with addition of cayenne and cumin. If you don't like spicy things, don't worry. This is not too spicy.

This is actually a creamy, kicked-up version of my 7 ingredient cilantro lime vinaigrette. By just adding 3 ingredients to that dressing, you will get this wonderful creamy dressing that gives a whole new dimension to a taco salad.