As a real food mom, I thought I'd put together a Top 10 Real Food Mother's Day Gift List. What types of things does a real food mom want? Definitely NOT store bought Wilton Chocolates! Probably not a bouquet of flowers that will wilt in a day that come with a packet of chemicals to prolong the life of the already dying flowers. Also, candy won't make a nice gift for a real foodie because they are loaded with artificial coloring and refined sugars. So let's look at some awesome ideas for the Real Food Moms of the world!
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I know it's not healthy to eat sugar all the time, even real sugar. However, on those occasions that I am fixing my mother's holiday recipes or simply needing a teaspoon of sugar for my coffee, Sucanat does the trick. As a real foodie, I'd be happy beyond belief for a pack of Organic Sucanat to replace my Demerara sugar!
9. Organic Raw Unprocessed Coconut Oil
Everytime I go to the store, I buy another container of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil. I use the product for so many things! I use it to wash my face, to moisturize, to remove my makeup, and it also is a great oil for Indian dishes. In addition, I take the coconut oil as a supplement to curb my craving for fatty foods and extra calories.
8. CSA or Co-Op Subscription to a Local Farm (LocalHarvest.org)
If I were in the states (which currently I'm not), I would go crazy for a subscription to a local farm for fresh produce, milk, and eggs. I honestly can't imagine anything so healthy and perfect than being able to pick up the freshest fruits and veggies and cook wonderful meals for my family! Any real foodie mom would be lucky to get a CSA subscription for a Mother's Day gift.
Whether the mother in your life is longtime food enthusiast or just exploring the world of real food, if she does not own Nourishing Traditions then this will be the perfect gift! Not only does it have tons of recipes for fixing traditional real food meals, it also is chock full of information regarding why the traditional meals are so healthy.
6. A Kick Butt Stockpot (Le Creuset)
As a real food mom, I make broths and stews and other amazing dishes using my stock pot. I couldn't live without it. However, I could live with a larger one! Buying a real food mother in your life a stock pot for Mother's Day will not only make her year, but it will also make some wonderful meals.
5. Cast Iron Skillet (Lodge)
My husband was the one who first introduced me to the cast iron skillet. I thought he was mad. The monstrosity is so heavy and you don't even wash it! Fortunately, his southern heritage was a gem (in disguise) and I've come to love my cast iron skillet. Not only is it beneficial because it develops wonderful sexy arms, but it is a great replacement for the not so safe non-stick skillets. For the real food enthusiast, this would be a great gift to aid her pursuit of traditional foods!
When you are cooking up outstanding foods, it's nice to have a good place to store them! I love my Ball jars and use them all the time. In fact, I need more of them. I want them in every size. I want every lid style. I want labels. If your real food lady is making broths and stews, she would probably jump for joy to have a set of Ball jars in any and every size. I'm especially partial to the Heritage Collection with the beautiful hint of blue!
3. Herbs (seeds or plants)
I love herbs. I use them in my cooking. I make teas with them. I add them to my natural beauty products. Herbs rock! If your real foodie hasn't yet explored the world of herb gardens, get her started with an organic herb kit or buy her some plants at your local farmer's market. This option is much better than cut flowers!
2. Fermenting Dreams (The Art of Fermentation)
Want to grow something altogether new together? Ferment! The book, The Art of Fermentation, is a great way to get started making kefir, cheeses, sourdoughs, and even sauerkraut. If the real food mother in your life is serious about real food, then she will really like this book!
1. Send Her Packing
Find a conference, class, or a bed and breakfast to send her to for a little Real Food R&R. A conference will be full of helpful information, a class might teach her to make new foods or about how to keep strong with her choice to eat real foods, and a bed and breakfast will provide her with real food while she rests. All three are excellent choices!
Real Food - Real Local Conference, Athens, OH
Baltimore, MA - http://www.realfoodfarm.org/get-educated/workshops-2-2/
Bed & Breakfast
The Turquoise Barn - http://turquoisebarn.com/bedandbreakfast2013.html
I hope you can make good use of this Real Foodie Mother's Day Gift List! Enjoy!
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Owner and Designer of Designing Life
P.S. Do you know of any other conferences, classes, or Bed & Breakfasts that specialize in real food? I'd love to know!