Keep It Real Thursdays- Sweets and Treats and All Things Nice

Welcome to another week of Keep It Real Thursdays. First thing, I have some news. We’ve decided to make a few changes and as a result we won’t be hosting Keep It Real Thursdays in the future. I want to invite anyone who currently hosts a whole food link up or round up party to leave their web address below in the comment section. That way we can still partake in the fun! After all, it isn’t the end but the beginning of something new.

As part of that change, we will also be changing our posting schedule to Tuesdays for (TV Tuesdays) and Fridays. There may be some fun news on the horizon, but I’ll keep those a secret a little while longer…

Now for the last weeks highlights!

Why not end Keep It Real Thursdays the same way we do a meal? With desserts and treats. There where quite a few last week, so I wasn’t able to choose them all, but here are some highlights that you should not miss out on.

Oatmeal With A Fork

Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups

Plus Other Good Stuff

Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

The Cheap Skate Cook

Chocolate (Bean) Fudge

Small Foot Print Family

Grain Free Banana Bread

Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

Since I’ve highlighted the Wahls Diet in some form or another in the last couple of weeks, I’d thought I’d like to finish off the Keep It Real Thursdays series by highlighting an interview. Her powerful story of healing herself of MS through food is incredible to say the least and it truly is a statement of the connection and power of food and our health.  Eileen at Phoenix Helix had the opportunity to have an interview (lucky girl) with Dr. Terry Wahls, creator of the Wahls Diet. What I love about the Walhs diet is that even though she encourages eating meat and little to no grains (similar to primal or paleo diets) the real focus is on vegetables and fruit (9 cups a day). This is the part I like the most, since fruits and vegetables tend to be the focus in Vegetarian and Vegan Diets, but I believe it should be the focus in all diets, regardless of your thoughts on meat or no meat.

Keep It Real Thursday

1. Introduce yourself, your blog, and what you’re about in the comment section and a small blurb about what you’re sharing. This way people can get to know you a little bit right off the hop and hopefully follow you as well.

2. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post otherwise the linky tool will give you an error message. Though it was suggested you add a back link to THIS post in YOUR post, it will now be required. Copy and paste the link in the address bar above and add it to your site before trying to link it here. Otherwise the linky tool will give you an error message. If you have any questions about how to do that, just send me an email and I can walk you through it. Thanks everyone for the support and your involvement in Keep It Real Thursdays! This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.

3. If you’re sharing recipes,the ingredient list must be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour, margarine or white and brown sugar.

4. Less of a rule but more a suggestion: Retweet,  Stumble, or Pin this post so EVERYONE gets more exposure and traffic. It’s win-win for everyone.

Don’t have a blog? That’s ok, we’d still love to hear from you. Write your recipes or tips in the comment section so we can get to know you too!

Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!



43 Responses to Keep It Real Thursdays- Sweets and Treats and All Things Nice

  1. Eileen February 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks for highlighting my interview with Dr. Wahls in your last “Keep It Real Thursday”. I can totally understand the desire to scale back. I’m new to the blogging world, but consciously chose a weekly post schedule, to prevent myself from being up after midnight every night, writing. Of course, now I have the challenge of holding myself back to one post/week, because there’s so much I want to write about! Ah, life on the internet. For my last linkup with you, I’ve included an article that takes the intimidation out of meditation. 10 easy ways to get started (and why/how it supports your healing).

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:31 am #

      Great post Eileen. Meditation is so powerful.

  2. phoward336 February 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Yum! Some great looking treats here! I shared a super quick and easy way to enjoy chocolate and fruit – perfect if you haven’t thought about a special Valentine’s treat yet! http://behealthybehappywellness.com/2013/02/chocolate-and-fruit-2-ways/

  3. Nancy February 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks for hosting Keep It Real Thursday for as long as you have. I always appreciate the extra work that bloggers take on by making this commitment. I’d consider taking on something like this but I know our travel schedule would get in the way, since we are frequently without internet for days at a time. I always enjoy your posts. Linked up my Paleo Chocolate Covered Strawberries today.

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:30 am #

      It is a big time commitment for sure. It was a task of love. Thank you everyone for sharing weekly. Linking up is also time consuming.

  4. smallfootprintmama February 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks for featuring my grain free banana bread! This week I posted two posts on seeds, and avoiding buying seeds varieties that are owned by Monsanto’s many subsidiaries. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Lauren Gretta Goslin February 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Hi France, thank you so much for featuring my peanut butter cups! It made my day to see it at the top of your list. :-) I’m adding my Healthy Andes Mints this week. I hope you and Joshua have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

  6. Joanna Rodriguez February 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks for featuring my ice cream recipe! I think I’m gonna go eat some now…:)

  7. Tiffany- DontWastetheCrumbs February 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Thank your hosting! I contributed two posts, each focused on fasting.
    One is focused on smoothies, the other has no food at all!

  8. Linda February 15, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Enjoying a sweet treat is always so much better when you know it’s a healthy, good for you version! And not just for myself, but also when I serve others. You’ve always got some terrific recipes and tips here. I truly appreciate your efforts and being able to stop by for encouragement!

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:28 am #

      Thank you for stopping by Linda. It sure helps to know the indulgences are not all that bad!

  9. Steph J. February 15, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    Thanks for featuring my bean fudge! We love it over here.

  10. Chaya February 15, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    This salmon brussels sprouts dish was kind of an experiment and one that was a success. It feels good to be linking up again.

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:27 am #

      Thanks for coming by and contributing Chaya.

  11. Melinda Parkhurst February 15, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Thanks for hosting this great place for us to share recipes and ideas for healthy eating. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with the recipes – so delicious! It’s fun getting to share with like-minded foodies and finding new inspiration in everyone’s recipes and blogs. I’m the Suburban Hippie – one resourceful cookie and like to help bring creative inspiration into daily life while living lightly on the planet.

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:27 am #

      Great to “meet” you Melinda. It is so nice to have a great group pf people to share with.

  12. Joanne (eats well with others) February 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi peanut butter cups. I.Want.You. I’m excited to hear about this fun news you hint at!!

  13. Mary Bergfeld February 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    I can’t wait to see what is to come. While I’ll miss this feature I know you have something equally good in store for us. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      Thanks Mary.

  14. Shelley Alexander February 16, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Hi France, I’m so sorry to see this carnival end. You have done a great job hosting it and I look forward to seeing all the new projects you have coming in the future! I may start hosting something that we can do on Facebook and also host on my blog. I will keep you posted. Love & Light, Shelley

    • beyondthepeel February 17, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      I’d love to hear about it. Sounds fun Shelley.

  15. Sandi'sAllergyFreeRecipes February 18, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    Hi Frances!
    Thanks for featuring my Truffles!

    Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Just got back from holidays.

  16. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 21, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    I missed the link up last week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Keep It Real Thursdays. Thanks for all of your work on it! I’d love to invite your readers to come over to Raw Foods Thursdays if they have raw creations to share! http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2013/02/raw-foods-thursdays-22113/ Look forward to your upcoming posts, France!

    • beyondthepeel February 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the link to the Raw Food Thursdays Event Heather. I hope to see everyone there!

  17. Jeanette Chen February 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    France – thanks so much for hosting this event – I know it’s a lot of work so I appreciate everything that has gone into to. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future. I do find this Wahls’ diet interesting and am going to pass it along to a friend with MS. Thank you for sharing this information!

    • beyondthepeel February 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      I love a vegetable and fruit first kind of diet, without it being about not eating meat. The balance here is refreshing.

  18. inspirededibles February 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Another mouthwatering array of choices – those peanut butter cookies are so fun and innovative! – thanks also for the segment on Wahls; I’ll have to look at that more closely. I’m always amazed by the human capacity for healing.

  19. Jen April 1, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Hi France
    Have you made the grain free banana bread? I’m thinking about making it tmrw and saw you comment on her post so I was hoping to see a “review” of it from your experience!
    Thanks!!

    • beyondthepeel April 6, 2013 at 3:09 am #

      Her recipes are solid. I think you’ll be happy with the results.

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