Health & Wellness

Eat REAL August Newsletter

*|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates This month we take a look at the importance of thoughtful and nutritious food preparation through new initiatives and inspiration, from our REAL restaurants, and easy ways to incorporate these values at home.  Read on for more updates… Our REAL Values: Epicurean Unique… Read More


Greenfare Organic Becomes the First Platinum REAL Certified® Restaurant in Virginia

Industry: Health and Nutrition Herndon, VA | (PRUnderground) | August 1st, 2018 Virginia health-focused restaurant pioneer, GreenFare Organic Cafe, has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit and became the first in the state to qualify for Platinum level certification. The experience and dishes at Greenfare Organic are not unique and inventive and are designed and crafted… Read More


Breaking Down Fats

August 2018 Newsletter | Kristin Zelhart, Nutrition, Standards and Certification Manager With National Avocado Day this past Tuesday, I was inspired to talk about fats! In the Epicurean Pillar, we focus on reducing “harmful fats”, such as trans fats and instead using healthful fats in food preparation. For this newsletter, I wanted to highlight the… Read More


Interview With an Owner: GreenFare Organic Cafe – A Restaurant on a Mission

GreenFare Organic Cafe of Herndon, VA has achieved Platinum REAL Certification Status. GreenFare is a unique and powerful restaurant concept is driven by the mission to promote health and change the way their community eats. To be awarded Platinum status, Gwyn and her team prepare a 100%  organic plant-based menu without the use of sugar,… Read More


A Final Farewell to Artificial Trans Fat

Center for Science in the Public Interest | June 13, 2018 | The food industry has until Monday to stop producing foods that contain artificial trans fat—a deadline that comes just over 14 years after the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to revoke partially hydrogenated oil’s regulatory status as safe for… Read More


Drink to Your Health – Kombucha’s unlikely rise from Soviet elixir to modern-day miracle drink

by Danielle Elliot  May 23, 2018, 1:31pm EDT Illustrations by Chrissy Curtin SHARE In May of 1995, Ruth Patras realized that something was wrong with her 5-week-old daughter, Ciara. Initially happy and healthy, about a month after Ciara was born, the whites of her eyes started to turn yellow. Over the next few days, the color deepened, and her… Read More


USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They’re … Confusing

NPR || May 19, 20187:55 AM ET ||MERRIT KENNEDY The USDA has released several options for what the labels might look like.  Department of Agriculture   Foods that contain genetically modified ingredients will soon have a special label. We recently got the first glimpse of what that label might look like when the U.S. Department of… Read More


Mobile Meals Knoxville Becomes REAL Certified

For Immediate Release April 9, 2018 Contact: Judith Pelot Senior Nutrition Program/Mobile Meals Manager (865) 524-2786 judith.pelot@knoxseniors.org   Knox County Mobile Meals Receives Eat REAL Certification   Knox County Mobile Meals is pleased to announce that they are the first Meals on Wheels program in the nation to receive Eat REAL® certification. REAL Certified is… Read More


Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You’ll Help The Planet

By Dan Charles || From NPR’s The Salt || December 4, 2017 Brahman cattle graze in a field in Innisfail, Queensland, Australia. Researchers can estimate the greenhouse gas emissions and land used to produce various foods in different parts of the world. They’ve used that data to calculate the environmental impact of a shift in… Read More


Twinkies, Carrots, and Farm Policy Reality

By John Ikerd || Civil Eats || December 19, 2017 An agricultural economist writes that treating Twinkies and carrots as the beginning and end of the farm subsidies discussion distracts from useful public discourse. In a recent article, Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel took author and journalist Michael Pollan to task for blaming the… Read More