Welcome to another week of Keep It Real Thursdays.

This week I wanted to highlight some of the lovely soups that were shared here last week. Since I’ve been on a bit of a soup kick lately, as seen here and here, what better time then now to get your soup on?

Soups can be quick and easy, nutrient dense, and very flexible. I love that often the vegetables can easily switch out, depending on what you have on hand and what is seasonal. The beans or legumes are often the same way too. And a meat based soup can often be easily converted into a vegetarian soup or even vegan, simply by leaving out the meat and substituting a good vegetable broth.

The first soup highlighted here is a great example of that. My husband and I made a version of this first soup with beef a few weeks ago and loved it. This is essentially the same recipe, simply without the meat!

The Tasty Alternative

French Lentil Soup with Butternut Squash and Kale

Once a Month Mom

Paleo Asian Chicken Soup

Real Food Forager

Roasted Asparagus Soup

Real Food Eater

Bean and Sausage Soup

Poor and Gluten Free

Easy Asian Style Soup (paleo)

I really do like sticking to a theme, because I find it so hard to figure out which posts to highlight since there are so many good ones every week. I came close to doing one on sweet treats because there were so many great ones. But since it’s not even February and most of our New Years resolutions are still fresh in our minds, I thought I’d save that one for next month.

Here are two more posts I wanted to mention.

The first is about oysters, because I freakin’ love them sooo much. My Cultured Palate wrote a post on the health benefits of oysters and its a fun and educational read.

The other post I want to share is about different whole food diets. Because I run a whole food blog, I sometimes feel like I “should” know all the whole food diets. But I’ll be honest, I find all the different whole food diets confusing. Here’s a great post by Phoenix Helix that explains a few of the different diets in a simple and clear way. After all, if I find them overwhelming, I can’t be alone. Right?

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.

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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.

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