Free companion iPhone App to “Eat Real Vietnamese Food”

We are pleased to announce that “Eat Real Food (Vietnam)” is now available through the Apple App Store.

No more returning from a grocery expedition
only to realize that you forgot a key ingredient!

No more wandering in the store,
pondering what to cook for your guests!

No more drifting in a daze, trying to figure out
the difference between “rice sticks” and “rice noodles”!

With this free app, your ingredient list and meal ideas are always at hand, wherever you go. The hunt for ingredients in the Asian supermarket is done quickly and efficiently.

Vietnamese cuisine notoriously requires a lot of ingredients. With a single tap, you can add all you need for a dish to your shopping list.
Eliminate from the list what you already have. In the store, check off the ingredients as you get them.
Look-up unfamiliar ingredients in the comprehensive exotic ingredient dictionary.
Also use the app for your generic shopping lists. Many normal items already listed. Add your own as needed.

How the App works:

Select a dish from Eat Real Vietnamese Food.

Select the number of servings. Uncheck ingredients you don’t need. Press to add all the necessary ingredients to your shopping list.

In the store, check items in your shopping list as you put them in your cart.

The App also contains an comprehensive illustrated dictionary of Vietnamese ingredients, which you can always take with you, so you can shop in the Asian grocery store with confidence.

Select an ingredient.

See large pictures of said ingredient.

Read detailed info about the ingredient.

How to get the App: (For now only iPhone, iPad, iPod are supported. Android version soon to come…)

1. Connect your device to the App Store.

2. Look for “eat real food vietnam”

3. Get it!

Macronutrients vs. Micronutrients – Put a palette of colors on the table!

Given the dauntingly vast quantity of indispensable nutrients, it is impossible, as of today, to offer an exhaustive list of recommended foods.

The body is an infinitely complex machine, the seat of countless interactions. Food operates as a whole, and when nutrients are isolated, they don’t work as well, or don’t work at all. 


At this point of nutritional knowledge (or lack thereof), our best bet is to consume the widest possible variety of foods, while following three simple guidelines:

1. Seek colored, micronutrient-rich food

With some exceptions, micronutrients are richly colored. Let that be your guide: seek deeply, intensely colored ingredients.

Grapes 1 as Smart Object-1• Look for the blue-indigo to purple-red pigments, as found in berries, eggplants, radicchio, purple cabbage, bell pepper, red onion…

Tomato• Find orange-red to yellow nutrients in carrots, tomatoes, pomegranates, berries, squashes…

• And all the shades in between! Train your artistic eye, and soon you’ll be able to distinguish subtle hue variations.Carrots-bunch

There are exceptions to the color rule. Most notable are:
• Cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower) are not very colorful; however, they contain an important class of micronutrients.
• The allium family (onions, shallots, garlic), which has many proven medicinal virtues, is not very colorful either.

2. Seek whole real food

This is food as produced by nature, food that is closest to:
        Pulled from the ground,
        Cut from the flesh,
        Plucked from the plant.

_DSC2365 as Smart Object-1Look for fresh ingredients that received as little processing as possible: humans coevolved with this kind of nourishment for several hundred thousand years and have genetically adapted to it. On the evolutionary scale, agriculture is a very recent development!

Industrial processing almost always lowers the nutritional value of ingredients and, willingly or not, introduces chemicals.

3. Seek healthy sources 

Consuming foods that have been grown in contaminated soil or with chemical fertilizers and pesticides will lead to elevated amounts of dangerous substances in the body.

If buying organic food exclusively is neither practical nor affordable, keep in mind that foods have different capabilities to absorb chemicals, and that ingredients with concentrated nutrition also have the potential for concentrated contaminants.

RainbowAt special risk are:

• Root vegetables (carrots, turnips, potatoes…)

• Fall berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…)

• Eggs

• Dairy products

So, go the extra mile for these!

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