so what are you?
(ingredients for these cookies)
Before we get started....let me just say:
- I am no expert....this is just how WE do things here in the little red house
-this is the longest post you will ever read in your life
- I am NOT a perfect-eating-no-junk-food-nazi. I am NOT the mom who brings organic dried fruit slices to a birthday party and insist my kid miss out on cake. We love food! We eat healthy yummy good-for-you things most of the time.....and sometimes we indulge. I don't know if I was more proud, or more embarrassed when (in front of his entire preschool class) the boy said "I love these crunchy orange things!! What are they??!"
They were Cheetos.
I highly reccomend that everyone see Food, Inc. if you can (we got it through netflix). I didn't find it to be too "in your face", or gross/disturbing. It didn't leave me thinking I should switch over to the vegetarian team or stop shopping at the grocery store all together. But it did remind me of how important it is to seek out GOOD foods.....so watch it!
So this is how we do it:
Whole foods. Real foods. As little processing as possible. Food that was placed on the earth for us to eat....not whipped up in a lab (aka cheese whiz.)
Whole grains. "But my kids won't eat whole wheat bread/pasta/rice/etc." They WILL! I promise. If they don't have another option, and you keep cooking it over and over and over, I promise you they will eat it.
Fruits. Veggies. Free of pesticides and fertilizers.....why do you want those in your body...you don't!
Lean meats. All locally raised (or at least raised on a REAL farm, not in a factory full of disease). Free of hormones--HORMONES!! I cringe at the thought of putting them into my babies.
Same for milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt.....no hormones please!
Beans. We LOVE beans!! Black beans, white beans, we love beans!
Healthy Fats. I loooooooove a good olive oil. Avacados. Nuts (almonds are our fav!) Salmon. Your body needs these healthy fats to thrive!
Our bodies can do amazing things, but they weren't made to process modified foods, and foods that aren't actually........food. They will love you so much more if you take good care of them.
This is another reason I enjoy baking so much. I don't want to deprive my family (and my chocolate craving self) of good treats....and when I make cookies/cake/a loaf of bread, I know exactly what we are eating.
Look at the labels! What is in that box of crackers you are buying? If you don't know what it is, you probably don't want to eat too much of it.....right?
I have rambled on long enough for today, but let's come back to it tomorrow and throw around some healthy snack and meal ideas, as well as how to keep healthy eating within your budget. Thanks for playing:)
and just because this post went on and on....one last photo of the girl and her favorite treat
(photo from last summer)