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Real. Good. Food. { Review + Giveaway }

A copy of Real. Good. Food. was given to me by the author for the purpose of review; I was not otherwise compensated for this review | Opinions are my own

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“My personal motto is ‘Do the best you can according to the knowledge you have, but never stop learning.’” — Gabrielle Gottschalk, author of Real. Good. Food.

With a motto like that, it’s no wonder Gabrielle — a certified nutritionist and the force behind Eyecandypopper — and I have forged a friendship within our blogging circle. We’ve collaborated, shared ideas, and now I’m diving into her recipes to do exactly what we’ve vowed to never stop doing: learn.

Spoiler alert: I’m not a nutritionist. (Did I ever have you fooled?) Nor am I perfect when it comes to using raw or whole ingredients. I do the best I can with the knowledge that I have and, when time permits it, I research on how I can do better. Needless to say, when it came to reviewing this book, I was eager to plop myself down on the couch in front of the fireplace with a hot mug of tea and take in all of the real good food it had to offer — and then excitedly decide which recipe I was going tackle first.

My creation of Sweet and Spicy Hummus from Real. Good. Food.

One of the biggest deterrents of switching to a healthier lifestyle is the initial confusion of what’s okay and what isn’t, and not knowing where to begin. Real. Good. Food. kicks things off by easing these anxieties with a helpful bit on how to eat healthy, plus a few quick-glance grids on how to stock your pantry effectively. (#PantryGoals.)

In an effort to leave your life (and belly!) full and happy, this handy eBook covers everything from energetic breakfasts to sustainable snack options in order to give you the know-how and inspiration you need to develop healthy habits — and to eventually create your own!


From sweet to savory — from Healthy Breakfast Cookies to Buckwheat Savory Pancakes With Soft Boiled Eggs — Real. Good. Food. has a ‘breakfast for champions’ for all tastebuds. There’s even a recipe for Small Batch Blueberry Peach Jam so you can preserve the freshness of your fave fruits right at their peak! Making things from-scratch is a fabulous habit to get into (I can attest to this after making pesto and ketchup from scratch this summer), and this book sets you up with an easy recipe that promises that homemade jam will become your jam.

Lunches and Dinners

Between the Hazelnut and Winter Squash Lasagna and the Asian-Style Sautéed Mushroom and Zucchini Bowl, this book offers up some solid go-to’s to sate you cravings — whether they be for comfort foods or something light and nourishing.

Desserts and Baked Goods

Cupcakes and bundt cakes and muffins, oh my! If you thought that eating healthy meant giving up your sweets, you were wrong; you’ll just be indulging in smarter sweets. With pure maple syrup and whole sugar being the common choices for sweetening things up in these fab recipes, you’ll quickly learn that you can have your cake, and eat it guilt-free, too!


If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the word of homemade nut and seed milks, Real. Good. Food. has got you. On top of these nourishing beverages, you’ll find refreshing flavored water, a healing tea and juice, and a bomb smoothie that tastes like it should be in the dessert category.


Snacking can be GOOD. (Imagine?) Snacks fuel us throughout the day when we need a little pick-me-up. The downside is that a lot of snack foods, especially those made convenient by vending machines, are bad choices. Everything is okay in moderation, but when trying to balance your lifestyle and develop good habits, smart snacking is essential — and this book gives you a look at homemade trail mix, energy balls, and crunchy nuts so you can fill up and feel good during that mid-afternoon lull.

My creation of Sweet and Spicy Hummus from Real. Good. Food.

I went straight for the hummus.

I’m a hummus fiend, that’s no secret. So when I stumbled upon Gabrielle’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Hummus, I knew I had to make it. (It’s on the cover of the book for a reason, y’all.)

It’s much different from my tried and true hummus with za’atar and sweet paprika, but it was a welcomed change with the addition of sesame oil, sun-dried tomatoes, cayenne, and pomegranate arils which, though optional, add a punch of sweetness that truly brings it all together.

I ate this good stuff with chips, I slathered it on toast, and I enjoyed it with raw veggies. (Okay, and I ate it straight off the spoon a few times.)

So, if you’re looking to phase into a healthier lifestyle, I totally recommend this eBook. Between the useful pantry guide, helpful tips, and approachable recipes, getting yourself into healthy habits is simple.

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  • Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs
    December 8, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Such beautiful hummus! Gabby is wonderful, so happy to see her ebook getting some love!

  • Juanita May
    December 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I would love to own this cookbook. I love all of her recipes I have tried so far.

  • manda shank
    December 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Justine @
    December 2, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Lovely review and recipe recreation! I love Gabby’s recipes. I’ve made a handful of them and they’re always easy and delicious!

  • Gabrielle @ eyecandypopper
    December 1, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Wow, thank you so much for this awesome review Dana! For those who haven’t bought the book yet, it really gives them a taste of what to expect. Thank you, looking forward to finding out the winner! :)

  • Dee Johnson
    December 1, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Sounds great! I would love to make all of the yummy recipes in this book!

  • Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
    December 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Entered! Pick me, pick me! I love Gabrielle’s recipes! They’re so consistently “clean.”

  • Gabby Peyton
    December 1, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I love that snacks are okay!! This looks like a great book to have on hand for making healthier choices, something that can get confusing these days!

  • Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    December 1, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I can certainly see why you went straight for the hummus! Not only does it look beautiful, the flavours sound amazing! Absolutely love the sesame oil in there and the pomegranate! YUM! Can’t blame ya for eating it straight up with a spoon- I’d do the same thing ;)

  • Natalie Browne
    December 1, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Gabby’s book sounds awesome! Full of delicious, healthy recipes. Eating well can be tough at times, it’s always good to have a resource to fall back in for guidance.

  • sugarlovespices
    December 1, 2017 at 9:35 am

    What a nice review you did of Gabby’s awesome e-book! She is great, and so are you :-) ! I follow her and I know that delicious can partner with real food. This sweet and spicy hummus is a proof. Such a great color, flavor, and texture! I entered the giveaway, fingers crossed… ;-)


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