June 1, 2013

Welcome to UnReFiNeD!

Welcome to UnReFiNeD, a blog dedicated to wholesome food. More specifically, it’s a place to learn what steps to take to make healthy, delicious diet choices without breaking the bank. The recipes on this blog are all vegetarian, all whole-grain/flour, mostly vegan, some gluten-free and some raw. Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated to keep this blog growing and going!



  1. Very good advice. Although it’s tempting to buy cheap, rubbish food during these hard financial times its false economy. It pays to look after your body for the future.

    Add some green leaves to that banana smoothie and feel the power of those minerals!

    Comment by Sandy — January 24, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    • You are definitely right! I hope more people learn to realize this. And about the banana recipe: When I found this blog theme I couldn’t resist using it, I just love banana smoothies! Personally I would add some greens or ground flax seed or something like that to the recipe, but I’m not the one who made it. I’m just glad that it doesn’t have refined sugar in it, which just wouldn’t work with what I’m trying to say in this blog =)

      Comment by Kate — January 24, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

  2. Hi,

    I was very happy to see your blog. I am away from my home for 3 months and leaving in a hotel. I am fed of the food served in the hotel. Could you please guide me how can I avoid hotel food. I don’t know whether milk,fruits, uncooked vegetables are good enough to replace food ? I shall be thankful for your kind advise.

    Regards, Naresh Kondal

    Comment by Naresh Kondal — June 6, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    • Hello! I’m glad that you’ve found my blog useful. I’m sorry for replying so late, usually I’m quicker with responses!

      How is your trip going so far? And what kind of food are they serving at the hotel? It’s hard to know what exactly you’re eating when at a restaurant or hotel… What kind of kitchen appliances do you have in your room? Probably not a a lot… usually a fridge and sometimes a microwave… That’s okay! You’d be surprised by how much food you can make yourself with little kitchen appliances and utensils. My husband and I ate very well during our week-long roadtrip without ever eating at a restaurant or buying junk food, and we were living in our van which is not camperized. You just need a couple of materials: 1 can opener, 1 salad bowl, 1 spoon/knife/fork, and all of these can be purchased at a dollar store for cheap, or basically any grocery store or mall.

      I assume your hotel is in a city. If so, your best bet is to eat fresh by going to local grocery stores or farmers markets and buying things like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread and crackers (if you can, try other grains like rice and rye), plain yogurt, milk and saltless nuts and seeds. These kinds of foods rarely need to be cooked and will give you pretty much all the nutrients you need. A couple of canned goods like plain tomato sauce and tuna are good for bread, wraps and crackers (remember, all whole-grain/flour!). And another purchase which I think is a smart investment is extra virgin olive oil. Mix it with apple cider vinegar, herbs and spices, garlic and green onion, lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself salad dressing that’s really healthy! The only thing that isn’t cheap is the olive oil, but you’ll be saving your money and health compared to buying salads at restaurants, because usually restaurant salads are expensive and lots put lots of sugar, salt and unhealthy fats in their dressing. You can keep a small bottle of dressing in your bag for if you ever end up going to a restaurant. There’s not many things I consider healthy in lots of restaurants, so ask if you can get a salad without dressing (some places will charge you less) and add your own. But really, the smarter thing would be to buy a bag of pre-cut and washed lettuce. If you don’t have table manners like me, you can eat it straight out of the lettuce bag with your dressing stirred inside =).

      Also, look around for a nearby health food store. It might be more expensive, sometimes it’s the same price as normal food or even cheaper so look around. Some health food stores have a big variety of healthy or healthier-than-normal pre-made food. Look up addresses of these places online or ask around for where the best places are to go shopping.

      Try to always keep extra food nearby for times when you’re starving and can’t go to the grocery stores or when you’re traveling around longer than you thought you would. I think nuts are the best because they’re small and loaded with calories and nutrients, they’re dry and easy to bring along. If you don’t have a microwave (I wouldn’t really suggest it unless you really needed something hot right away) or are out and need something hot, you can get some hot water at gas stations for tea and oatmeal. Oatmeal makes a fantastic, healthy and filling breakfast. You just need some oats (quick oats, oat bran, whatever you like best), a bit of salt and some warm/hot water.

      I hope these tips help! Let me know how you’re doing and if there’s anything else I can help you with. Good luck and have fun on your travels =).

      Comment by Kate — June 10, 2009 @ 8:11 am

  3. Hi Kate,
    I am trying to figure out how to best contact you..
    You are the winner of the NuNaturals contest.
    Would you please contact me at Lauren@inpurebliss.com with your information so that I can contact NuNaturals!
    Thanks so much and Congrats!!

    Comment by pureblissnutrition — January 12, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  4. Really proficient post. Theoretically I could write something like this too, but taking the time and effort to make a good article is a lot of effort…but what can I say….I’m a procrastinater. Good read though.

    Comment by j4p3methe — May 1, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    • I wanted to have an introduction for my blog without it being a novel… It was a pain to write! I’m glad you like it. Good luck writing your own! =)

      Comment by Kate — May 1, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  5. Love your site!! Great photos and recipes! :) Adding you to my google reader!

    Comment by Ashlei — May 4, 2010 @ 11:55 am

  6. Your blog makes me drool. You have so many good AND creative recipe ideas — they’re eclectic, fun, and I can see spontaneity written all over them. I always have trouble figuring out how to creatively integrate complex carbs into my diet, and I think you’re my new carb-spiration. Seriously, girl. Keep rockin it!
    :-) Aletheia

    Comment by aletheiazoe — May 22, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    • Haha, thanks so much! You’re an inspiration to me as well, I enjoy your funky little blog =)

      Comment by Kate — May 22, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  7. My husband and I have stopped eating processed food like substances and we have so much more energy and loss a bunch of weight! Real food is such an easy answer, but not in our society.

    Comment by Robin — May 22, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    • Thanks for visiting! Yes, it’s unfortunate, but we can try to make it a little better! I quickly checked out your blog and think it’s a neat idea. I thought I should add how it’s amazing how the mind can affect the body on its own; If someone eats an extremely healthy diet, it doesn’t mean they’ll be or feel healthy if they are always unhappy, negative and worried.

      Comment by Kate — May 22, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  8. I wish I had the time!
    I appreciate this blog alot, I’m on the go most of the time so it’s easier for me to grab a tofurkey sammich instead of taking the time to prepare a healthy dinner, but I’m really going to start working on it!
    Thank you for this blog!

    Comment by veganreese — June 11, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  9. I feel the same way. I used to be quite the junk food fanatic myself. Ever since going vegan I have found that whole foods have so much power!

    Comment by vegansunshine — August 22, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  10. Hi Kate, great blog you got there ! Very inspiring to see other people actually advocating a healthy lifestyle ! I will put a link to your page on my blog, I’ve just started a vegetarian gourmet blog, and just like you, love cooking and unprocessed food :)

    Comment by Angie — January 23, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    • Awesome! Thanks for checking out my blog and linking to it! I will check out your blog too =).

      Comment by Kate — January 23, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

  11. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?


    Comment by jillianmckee — May 22, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

  12. Great blog, I come back from time to time. I always find great recipes and dishes!

    Comment by Peter — June 18, 2014 @ 5:50 am

  13. I really enjoy your blog! It is so tempting to eat the cheap easy food, but it is tasty because of the fat and the salt. Every now and then is okay, but not part of the daily diet for sure.

    Comment by Lucy — June 22, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

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