Hi there! Welcome to the corner of the Internet where I babble on about whole/real/delicious food!

My name is Sara and I am the face behind Real Balanced. I love everything about food, nutrition, eating, cooking, etc., and enjoy spending a majority of my time doing something related to food. I hope my blog can serve as a tool on your journey to optimal health by providing you with some recipes to add to your repertoire and maybe even causing a laugh or two!

Some Facts About Me

  • I am a 26-year-old lifelong Wisconsinite and a very proud resident of Milwaukee. (Planning a visit to MKE? Find my recommendations for favorite restaurants, gyms, etc. here!).
  • I am engaged and will be getting married in the fall of 2018. (!!!)
  • I have an intense obsession with my Boston terrier, Rowsdower.
  • The Green Bay Packers are the greatest sports team to ever exist.
  • I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Criminal Justice.
  • I like to try my hand at fitness things. I've spent a considerable amount of time circuit training and attending spin classes.
  • I am mildly addicted to podcasts. I listen to several hours of episodes a day.
  • I do not eat nor do I develop recipes with any ingredients that contain gluten or refined sugar. I don't like the stuff and the stuff doesn't like me.

My Diet

At this point in my life, I follow a ketogenic diet that is relatively paleo-compliant. Why do I do this? Because it makes me feel like a human again, FINALLY! After a year of medical problems and thousands of dollars spent trying to get to the bottom of some sleep and GI problems, I opted to try a keto diet and my life improved so drastically, so quickly that I've never looked back! I have no idea how long I'll maintain a ketogenic diet lifestyle, but, for right now, this is the best thing for my body.

Navigating The Blog

I have included an index of all recipes, which you can find either by clicking the three horizontal lines and clicking "All Recipes" or navigating to the footer and clicking "Recipe Index." If you'd like to be more specific and choose a diet category (e.g., "Paleo" or "Low-FODMAP"), click the three horizontal lines, expand the "Recipes" tab, and choose a diet category. You can also click the magnifying glass and do a keyword search to find exactly what you're looking for!

Get In Touch

Have a question? Just wanna say hey? I love to hear from you! Reach out to me on social media or send me a note at sara[at]realbalanced[dot]com.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Talk soon.

In balanced health,



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