10 Surprisingly Healthy Foods Your Grandparents Ate That You Should Too

When was the last time you enjoyed fresh homemade baked bread?
When was the last time you enjoyed fresh homemade baked bread?

In generations prior, our grandparents were consuming foods that were healthier than the pesticide ridden, genetically modified and hormone injected food that is rampant today. Before big box food companies became money hungry and clever, there was a plethora of foods being distributed that were pure and non manipulated.

To increase their profit margin, increase the longevity of produce lasting and increase the size of harvests, many companies today have resorted to methods like using heavy pesticides and genetically modifying plants to make their crops more resistant to bugs and more resilient against the elements. In other words, the focus shifting from creating healthful, quality foods to creating adulterated foods that endanger the health of the masses.

Over the years, the nutritional villain has been deemed many different things; two of which are fat and sugar. This was simply a way to direct attention away from the actual issue, which is the quality of our food. Merely all whole foods can be eaten in moderation with no health risks.

However, eating too much of foods that are pumped full of chemicals is the true health detriment. Our grandparents may have seemingly indulged too much; but the contrary is true. Our bodies need fat and sugar as two of the crucial macronutrients in our diets.

Thus, they might have eaten meals that have a significant fat and/or sugar intake; but their bodies were able to remain balanced and healthy because the pesticides, GMO’s and hormones from animal products were not an issue.

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Grounded Nutrition ~ 7-Day Snack & Dessert Challenge ~ Sept. 29, 2014


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If everyone on the planet was living as vibrantly and as healthy as possible, it would be a much different living experience for all of us.

Our mission is to empower humanity to shift into our natural states of being on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We all deserve to live amazing and healthy lives, and it starts now!

Take our FREE 7 Day Dessert And Snack Challenge … Guilt-free snacks and desserts for one week!

Includes 7 healthy snack and dessert recipes, shopping lists, daily group support and more to help you snack the healthy way!

Begins on Monday, September 29th!

Here is how the challenge will work: 

1. Below you will find the shopping lists for every item you will need for all 7 days of the challenge. Collect all your items on the list on the weekend prior to the start date. 

2. Prep any ingredients that need to be prepared ahead of time (such as peeling and freezing bananas.)

3. On Sunday, September 28th we will post your first recipe.  Make that recipe for your dessert, whenever you choose to eat it.

4. Let us know you are following along by taking pictures and sharing them with us as comments to the recipes posted, or just letting us know in comments on the page.

5. Continue on with the following day’s recipe. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the challenge! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Note:  The following shopping lists are not recipes.  We will post your first recipe on Sunday, September 28th. 

ott32All right!  Get ready to have some fun.  Make sure you get your groceries by the end of this coming weekend!

Shopping Lists: 


  • 3 apples
  • 7-8 fresh apricots
  • 4 banana
  • 7 cups fresh dates/medjool dates
  • 1 mango
  • 1 orange


  • 1 small jar almond butter (8oz)
  • 6 cups dried shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp hazel nuts
  • 1 small jar raw nut butter of choice (8oz)
  • 2 tbsp nuts of choice
  • 1 1/4 cup walnuts


  • 1 small box cup almond milk (1L)
  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips (dairy free – We like Enjoy Life)
  • 1 small container cacao or cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 small can full fat coconut milk (14oz)
  • 1 small container coconut oil
  • 1 small jar maple syrup
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • Optional:  add-in’s for bliss balls  – chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, carob chips, and the like


  • 1 small jar cinnamon powder
  • 1 bag vanilla powder or 1 small bottle vanilla extract
  • 1 small box sea salt

Preparation list: 

1. Peel and freeze 3 ripe bananas.

2. Peel, dice and freeze mango.

Tools Needed: 

These are all relatively simple recipes, but having a few pieces of equipment will make them all that much easier:

  • 1 Blender or Food Processor
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 9×9 Baking Dish
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon/Spatula
  • 1 Small Pot
  • 1 Glass or Stainless Steel Bowl (to be used for double boiler)
  • Measuring Cups

Recipe ~ A Different, Holistically Nutritious Strawberry Pie!

stawberry pieCommitting to a healthy lifestyle does not mean committing to a life that is void of fun, delicious, satisfying treats. In fact, we eat just as much amazing food as the average person.

The difference between what we are doing and what the rest of the population is doing comes down to the quality of the ingredients that go into our treat foods.

Eating healthy should be delicious, and we are never going to compromise on that – either for ourselves or for you. That is why we are firm believers in substitutions.

For instance, when we are making a pie – we use whole nuts, seeds and pseudo grains instead of processed flour. We use cashews for making thick creams rather than processed diary. We use dates, coconut sugar and maple syrup in place of processed white sugar… You get the idea!

For us, eating healthy should never mean deprivation. It should simply mean you still get to eat everything you crave, you just use healthy, whole foods ingredients to make your favourite dishes in place of processed ones!

To get you started, here is an amazing Strawberry Pie recipe that you will be proud to serve guests – not only because it looks beautiful, but because it is absolutely delicious AND nutritious!

Of course if you want to keep the whole thing to yourself, we won’t tell anyone 😉

Strawberry Pie

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1-2 oranges, juiced
  • pinch of salt

Strawberry Cream Layer:

  • 2 cups cashews – soaked for 30-60 minutes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • pinch vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Strawberry Topping:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


For the crust: Place unsweetened coconut in a blender or food processor and blend until a fine powder is created. Remove from blender and place in a large mixing bowl. Repeat this process with sunflower seeds, buckwheat and coconut sugar. Add salt and mix together with your hands until well combined. Add enough orange juice so that your crust sticks together. Press into a lined pie dish and set in the freezer.

For the strawberry cream: Drain and rinse cashews. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour over crust and place back in the freezer.

For the strawberry topping: Set aside your sliced strawberries. Place remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Arrange sliced strawberries over the strawberry creme layer of your pie, and pour your glaze on top. Freeze for an hour or until set. Enjoy!

HEALTH ~ 10 Rules To Eat The Cleanest Foods Possible


When it comes to purchasing food, protecting our bodies often goes hand-in-hand with protecting the environment … so if you follow a few simple rules, everyone wins!

Here are ten shopping rules that will boost your health and cut down on damage to the environment:

1. Eat at home instead of eating out.

Most eating establishments don’t use quality ingredients to prepare their food. The majority use genetically modified ingredients (GMO), with pesticides and chemicals and “bad oils.” For example, restaurants will use vegetable, canola, corn, cottonseed oil (usually GMO), peanut oil, hydrogenated oil, and palm oil. In order for the restaurants to make a profit, they usually buy the cheapest ingredients available. Concern for your health is not one of their top priorities. Eating out should be a “treat” and a cautious exercise in moderation.

2. Purchase ingredients and brands that care about you and about the environment.

Avoid, or at the very least minimize, your intake of ingredients and foods that have GMOs, are riddled with pesticides and chemicals, have monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and colors, and any other ingredients you don’t recognize or are unable to read. These are all toxic ingredients.

Brands that contain these ingredients don’t care about your health. They care only for their bottom line. Also avoid brands that usually advertise on TV. In most cases, these brands contain GMO, chemicals and pesticides.

3. Buy locally grown ingredients.

Buying from the local farmers markets is not only a fun adventure, but an opportunity to buy directly from the grower, who will be there to field questions about whether their ingredients contain any harmful add-ons. Buying at the local markets means you’ll also be supporting local farmers!

4. Stop or minimize your intake of processed food.

When we make a daily choice of eating processed foods and supporting the companies who make the products, we’re directly contributing to factory farmed animals, caged chickens and ultimately contributing to the destruction of our environment. Many of these foods are also riddled with the GMOs, pesticides and chemicals.

5. Write to the government and ask them to stop feeding us toxic food.

If you care about your health, why not write to your local representatives or even the major food safety agency in your country (such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and ask them to stop the use of chemicals and pesticides in our food, to stop the approval of the use of GMO ingredients in our food; to stop the toxic fluoride in our water and foods, to stop the use of other dangerous ingredients in our food.

Let them know that you value your health and that truthful and genuine food safety is important to you. You no longer want to be a part of their experiment.

6. Drink less sodas and sweet drinks or eliminate them from your diet.

Most sodas and sweet drinks, especially diet and sugar-free drinks, contain many chemicals. Most of these drinks contain harmful chemicals such as aspartame, white processed sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and other chemicals.

7. Minimize or eliminate your intake of meat, fish and poultry.

Meat and poultry contain high levels of antibiotics that are injected into the animals. These animals are also mostly fed grains and corn (likely, GMO) to make them fat more quickly and ready for sale. In their natural environment, they eat grass and not grains. They’re factory farmed in small, confined spaces and not treated with respect and love.

We then ingest the entire animals and everything it was treated with, including the antibiotics, cruelty, pain, toxic grains, toxic corn, toxic soy into our bodies which, ultimately affects our health. Always choose certified organic.

8. Avoid buying and eating farm-raised fish.

Companies produce farm raised fish to make a profit. These fish are fed unnatural feed that could include GMO ingredients to fatten them up quickly and they can be highly toxic compared to their wild counterparts.

9. Stop buying unhealthy oils.

Eliminate vegetable, canola, corn, cottonseed oil (usually GMO), peanut oil, hydrogenated oil, and palm oil. These bad oils are detrimental to your health. Ensure you use good oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. By avoiding some of the bad oils, like palm oil, you are also minimizing the destruction to the environment.

10. Learn to read and understand product labels.

Make a point of knowing what’s in your food and where your food comes from.

Most labels are aimed at deceiving and confusing people. If you don’t recognize the ingredient, or you can’t pronounce it, then it probably isn’t good for you.

Avoid labels that also claim to be fat free, sugar free etc. Fat free or low-fat doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Many of these products are loaded with sugar and chemicals like aspartame.

Also exercise caution with labels that say, “made from imported ingredients.” These labels often use toxic ingredients. Only buy products that are truthful and clear about the country of origin, so you’re therefore able to investigate that country’s methods and food practices.