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The Real Food Diet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

February 24, 2011

Now I can officially say that I DO own a healthy cookbook!

Katy, who works for Dr. Axe actually contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review the The Real Food Diet Cookbook by Dr. Josh Axe. Well of course I was more than happy to!

When I received it in the mail, I immediately got nice and comfy and started reading. The first half of the book is all about nutrition and the rest is all recipes!

full color, vivid photos on every page is a major PLUS

the writing is very fun and super easy to understand, not boring and dry like some books!

but most of all, the book has great facts, helpful tips and fabulous recipes!

*Here are some things that really hit home for me after reading the cookbook cover-to-cover:

– it is more important to count NUTRIENTS than calories, fats and carbs

– instead of centering our meals around grains, we need to focus on eating more vegetables and fruits than anything else

– organic butter is a whole food and is one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet! …say what?! I have to admit, I have been avoiding butter lately, due to it’s bad rep, but apparently it is packed with HEALTHY saturated fat and lots of minerals and vitamins, like coconut oil. But it’s important to buy QUALITY butter, get raw and cultured or at least organic!

– here’s a big one that I wasn’t too educated on: pasteurized dairy (a.k.a scary dairy) is super bad for us, they basically boil away all the nutrients. My family actually buys pasteurized dairy and I use/drink it often, now I’m hoping my mom will conform and agree to buying almond milk!

– olive oil is a healthy oil, but when you are cooking with it and it reaches 200-250°F and over, it turns into, basically, black and toxic fumes and it burns the nutrients. you’d be better off cooking with coconut, grapeseed and sesame oils. I always roast and cook my veggies in olive oil, but I think I’ll start using these other oils, at least more often!

– Dr. Axe also mentions that refined sugar is PURE POISON  and “is lethal when ingested by humans” which I thought was kind of harsh, if ya know what I mean! He suggests we all switch to Stevia and use honey/maple syrup/agave extremely moderately.

– He also mentions that while grains are good, most of our carbs should be coming from veggies and fruit. He doesn’t go into detail about why he doesn’t like using whole wheat flour or other “healthy” grains. He recommends quinoa, brown and wild rice and sprouted gluten-free grains (spelt, millet…).

Well! Now that I’ve given you a major run down of the book, it’s onto the recipes!

There are sooo many recipes in here that I can not WAIT to try, but first I made pancakes.

I made the Pumpkin Blueberry Pancakes.

The recipe called for gluten-free pancake mix but I used this gluten-free Ancient Grains Flour Blend I received from King Arthur plus some baking powder.

I have not had any experience with gluten-free flours (especially flours made with amaranth, millet, sorghum and quinoa!!) and didn’t know exactly how the pancakes would taste or if they would turn out.

They were not bad tasting at all! They did have a “quinoa-y” flavor and it wasn’t anything like whole wheat flour pancakes, but still tasty! Of course they were a million times better doused in maple syrup!

I don’t know why I always make pancakes. I hate making pancakes. Hovering over the stove, waiting for the pan to heat up, constantly re-greasing the pan, waiting to flip the pancakes, spreading the batter on the hot pan… and the clean up is always a major pain!

So please, remind me never to make pancakes again. They are a piece of work. No matter how awesome a recipe looks. In the future I’ll just make French toast!

Things that would make The Real Food Diet Cookbook even better:

– Serving size with the recipes! I guess it’s easy to come up with the serving size on your own, but it is something I certainly missed from this cookbook

– To make finding what you’re looking for much easier, an index would be incredibly helpful!

Other than those two things, I love this cookbook and it is definitely nice to have around! There are lots and lots of fabulous breakfast, beverage, main dish, side dish and dessert recipes that I can’t wait to make!

Guess what guys? (like you haven’t been waiting for me to mention the giveaway…)

They actually sent me TWO cookbooks! One for me and one for one of you! Isn’t that so exciting?!

Little Miss Healthify’s Very FIRST Giveaway!

To enter to win the other copy of The Real Food Diet Cookbook, thanks to Dr. Axe AND some other assorted goodies (bars and such!) from me all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment on this post about anything you’d like!

2. Post about the giveaway on your blog with a link back here!

3. Follow me on Twitter!

4. Tweet about the giveaway like this: “@kaylahealthify is giving away “The Real Food Diet Cookbook”: http://tinyurl.com/473q8tn!”

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. Only open to U.S residents, I’m so sorry! The giveaway will end when I pick the winner randomly on Monday, February 28 at noon EST.

Oh, and just so you know, the recipes are all gluten-free. They are not all vegan, but you could easily switch them up just a little (leave out the meat) to have them fit your dietary needs.

Good luck to you all! I can’t wait to see who wins! Thanks for reading, I seriously am in love with you all. 🙂

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98 Comments leave one →
  1. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    February 24, 2011 10:18 am

    That book sounds amazing! I agree with everything they say!

    But this is so exciting-is it your first giveaway?? They are so much fun!

    • February 24, 2011 11:21 am

      Yeah, it is!! I am super excited to see who wins!! 😉

  2. February 24, 2011 10:28 am

    YAY I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS!!

  3. February 24, 2011 10:29 am

    i tweeted!

  4. February 24, 2011 10:29 am

    i follow you on twitter!

  5. February 24, 2011 10:29 am

    oh and i have family in the US so i can still enter :D… US mailing address YAY!

  6. Rachel's Cottage House permalink
    February 24, 2011 10:32 am

    Wow, that looks great! I love to cook, especially healthy food,using natural/organic ingredients.

  7. Hilda permalink
    February 24, 2011 10:33 am

    Looks like a yummy cookbook! 🙂

  8. February 24, 2011 10:40 am

    Your pancakes look great!!

  9. February 24, 2011 10:41 am

    I already follow you on twitter! 🙂

  10. Maureen permalink
    February 24, 2011 11:26 am

    The books sounds like a very healthful and helpful way to get back on track after a few medical issues of late.

  11. elleeatsvegan permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:23 pm

    ooh, love healthy cookbooks! good review. 🙂

  12. oatsandspice permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:34 pm

    I now follow you on twitter! 🙂

  13. oatsandspice permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:35 pm

    I tweeted about this amazing giveaway!

  14. February 24, 2011 12:35 pm

    I want a cookbook!!! This is AWESOME Kayla!! 🙂

  15. oatsandspice permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:36 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing – I would love to win this giveaway so I can try out some of the amazing looking ideas 🙂

  16. February 24, 2011 12:54 pm

    Ohhh I have been itching to buy that book!! Want it!

  17. February 24, 2011 12:55 pm

    Just tweeeted!!

  18. February 24, 2011 12:56 pm

    I follow you on twitter now!!

  19. February 24, 2011 1:05 pm

    Awesome giveaway girl!! That book sounds awesome! I totally need some new recipes for my meals throughout the week!

  20. February 24, 2011 1:06 pm

    I already follow you on twitter 🙂

  21. February 24, 2011 1:07 pm

    I tweeted!

  22. Bean permalink
    February 24, 2011 1:09 pm

    I’ve been wanting to buy This book! That would be so cool to win 🙂

  23. February 24, 2011 1:22 pm

    Awesome giveaway girl!!! 🙂 The first is so exciting, right? 🙂

  24. February 24, 2011 1:24 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter. 🙂

  25. February 24, 2011 1:24 pm

    Tweeted! ❤

  26. February 24, 2011 1:36 pm

    That is so exciting! I have actually been looking for a GF cookbook to experiment with. I have been thinking of giving up gluten for a while now but haven’t gotten into it.

  27. February 24, 2011 2:15 pm

    That sounds like such an awesome cookbook! Love that it focuses on actual nutrients and health rather than calories.

  28. February 24, 2011 2:36 pm

    Awesome review – Very interesting about the olive oil!
    How can you not like pancakes! I make those about 2x a week haha
    I’d love to win this book 🙂

  29. February 24, 2011 2:37 pm

    im following you on twitter!

  30. February 24, 2011 2:43 pm

    Oh wow I haven’t seen this book around but it looks like a good read. I got my first cookbook or should I say cookbooks a few weeks ago for my bday. My bf gave me 5! Lol 😀

  31. February 24, 2011 3:02 pm

    Oh my! Those pancakes look INCREDIBLE. Perfectly crisped and covered in sweet syrupy goodness. I’m drooling. Me- I’d like to win that book!

  32. February 24, 2011 3:15 pm

    Can’t enter the giveaway due to living in another country…but the cookbook does sound very interesting!!!
    I like how he said that nutrients are more important than calories or fat! =D

  33. February 24, 2011 3:33 pm

    Looks like a great cookbook!

  34. Ashlei permalink
    February 24, 2011 3:34 pm

    That’s a pretty sweet giveaway! I saw that on someone elses blog and am now dying for a copy of that book. I’ve just started looking at Dr. Axe’s site and it seems really interesting and tons of great info!

  35. Ashlei permalink
    February 24, 2011 3:35 pm

    Following you on twitter @the_vegster

  36. February 24, 2011 3:58 pm

    Lovely giveaway Kayla! Thanks! 😀

  37. February 24, 2011 3:59 pm

    Following you on Twitter!

  38. February 24, 2011 4:07 pm

    This cookbook looks awesome! I’d love to get a chance to win.

  39. February 24, 2011 4:07 pm

    following you on twitter @happy_haylee_3
    🙂

  40. February 24, 2011 4:09 pm

    tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/happy_haylee_3/status/40880801973415936

    happy_haylee_3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  41. Alexandra permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:20 pm

    That cookbook looks so amazing! I would love to see it! I agree that butter is a healthy food! I also find it very interesting what he says about sugar — I agree that it’s a bit harsh, but I can see it I guess.

    ENTRY #1

  42. Alexandra permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:20 pm

    Tweeted about it!

  43. Alexandra permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:20 pm

    followed you on twitter!

  44. February 24, 2011 4:29 pm

    You always make pancakes because pancakes can be FABULOUS.
    They’re so… Versatile. Although, in the Summer months it can get a bit tedious standing over a hot stove.
    However, French toast IS delicious.

    I’ve been eyeing off that Real Food Diet cookbook for so long now! I have it more in mind for my mother, though, as she hasn’t been eating well. By that I mean, she hasn’t been eating MUCH, and it’s mostly been vegetables and fruit! SHE NEEDS REAL FOOD.

  45. February 24, 2011 5:15 pm

    That book sounds so interesting! I would love to add it to my healthy cookbook collection!

  46. February 24, 2011 5:16 pm

    Tweeted!

  47. February 24, 2011 5:17 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  48. February 24, 2011 5:20 pm

    Oooh I want this!! I didn’t know any of those facts (except the stevia one).

  49. February 24, 2011 5:22 pm

    Following on twitter!

  50. February 24, 2011 5:23 pm

    tweeted

  51. February 24, 2011 5:57 pm

    I need a good cookbook, so I would love this 🙂

  52. February 24, 2011 5:58 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter 🙂

  53. February 24, 2011 5:58 pm

    And I tweeted it!

  54. February 24, 2011 6:15 pm

    This book would be amazing to have! I need some cookbooks…

  55. Caroline permalink
    February 24, 2011 6:25 pm

    This is my first time leaving a comment on a blog!! I have been reading yours and a few blogs for a few weeks now and i love it! I have wheat allergies and i eat tons of fruits and veggies(i would say they make up most of my diet!) THis book sound exactly what I am looking for!…my diet is so basic i need something to spice it up! I LOVE learning about nutrition and i love to cook healthy good tasting stuff for my lil’ brother and sis! I need to prove to them that healthy doesn’t mean gross,because right now thats what they think! I dont have a twitter account and i really dont know if my parents would like me to have one….if there anyway around this part!? otherwise I would LOVE this cook book, :))) alotttt!

    • February 25, 2011 9:43 am

      Thanks for commenting! I love cooking good food for my siblings, too!

      The Twitter entries are just extra, you don’t have to do them! Good luck!

  56. February 24, 2011 6:35 pm

    Looks like a great cookbook! I hope I win. 🙂

  57. February 24, 2011 6:39 pm

    I followed you on Twitter.

  58. February 24, 2011 7:10 pm

    I’m a huge fan of healthy cookbooks…this looks like a great one!

  59. February 24, 2011 7:23 pm

    I would love that cookbook, it seems so user friendly!

  60. February 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    P.S. I’m following you on Twitter.

  61. February 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    And I just tweeted the giveaway 🙂

  62. February 24, 2011 7:47 pm

    Wow, that book sounds awesome! I’d love to win it!

  63. Vanessa permalink
    February 24, 2011 7:53 pm

    I’d love to have that cookbook! I’d make every single recipe. Great giveaway!!

  64. runyogarepeat permalink
    February 24, 2011 8:31 pm

    This cookbook sounds awesome! I love the food pyramid in it, and I definitely learned something from those facts.

  65. February 24, 2011 8:33 pm

    Awesome first giveaway!! 🙂

  66. February 24, 2011 8:37 pm

    This cookbooks looks so awesome!! I’d love to win it!

  67. February 24, 2011 8:38 pm

    Following you on twitter!

  68. February 24, 2011 9:41 pm

    Congrats on your first giveaway! That cookbook sounds great! I especially love cookbooks that have amazing pictures of all of the recipes! Makes me want to make all of them!

    Megan

  69. February 24, 2011 9:48 pm

    Linked to it in my blog!

  70. February 24, 2011 10:48 pm

    I hear that organic butter isn’t necessarily taxing on a dairy-intolerant tummy, but I’m having a hard time brining myself to trying it!

    • February 25, 2011 9:13 am

      I know! I’m so used to not eating butter (not even spreading it on toast!) that now the thought that it’s healthy is just really confusing me!

  71. February 24, 2011 10:49 pm

    Tweeted!

  72. February 24, 2011 11:04 pm

    oo ive heard a lot about this cookbook! id love to win it

  73. February 24, 2011 11:18 pm

    im following u on twitter!

  74. February 24, 2011 11:18 pm

    and i tweeted about the giveaway!

  75. February 25, 2011 12:37 am

    I LOVE making pancakes! I hate cleaning up…I always make a ginormous mess of my kitchen, but it is soooo worth it!!

  76. February 25, 2011 12:37 am

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  77. February 25, 2011 12:38 am

    Just tweeted!

  78. Lauren permalink
    February 25, 2011 1:05 am

    I’d love to win this! Currently on a cookbook kick, and this one looks good 🙂

  79. February 25, 2011 1:10 am

    I love cookbooks! Wonderful giveaway, I would love to win 🙂

    P.S.- That GF flour looks like it yielded amazing pancakes! I need to try it!

  80. Allison permalink
    February 25, 2011 8:13 am

    I would LOVE to get a copy of this cookbook… After recovering from an ED, I’ve tried to accept an all-natural, preservative free diet & in need of some inspiration!

  81. Allison permalink
    February 25, 2011 8:15 am

    I would follow you on Twitter but I don’t have an account :/

  82. February 25, 2011 10:59 am

    This looks like a great cookbook, I like the focus on nutrients 🙂

  83. February 25, 2011 10:59 am

    I’m following you on twitter!

  84. February 25, 2011 10:59 am

    I tweeted about it!

  85. February 25, 2011 12:47 pm

    Ahh!! SO exciting for your first giveaway!!! This cookbook looks awesome too, I can’t wait to see who wins too!:) Thanks Girl!

  86. February 25, 2011 12:47 pm

    I don’t have a twitter account either, but is there a way to follow you without one? hah! I don’t even know if this counts or not but xoxo:)

  87. February 25, 2011 7:55 pm

    This is so exciting girl! Your first giveaway! YAY!

    I like your pancakes!

    xoxox,
    Kathleen

  88. Jessica permalink
    February 25, 2011 9:23 pm

    Yes! This looks amazing! I am currently exploring a gluten free diet as I think gluten and my tummy/body do not get along well, would love to win this!

  89. healthyhelper permalink
    February 26, 2011 6:26 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

  90. healthyhelper permalink
    February 26, 2011 6:27 pm

    that is so interesting that he recommends switching to stevia! i never really have used it but I may just have to try it after hearing that info!

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