What We Ate
I am happy to say in our house, we have been making a food change for the past month...and my husband actually likes it.
I can't say enough how much I love a certain blog who inspires people to eat "real food"!
Now, I am not saying I am die hard, 100% on this real food trip yet, and the truth is there are a few things I will never give up....but- having my kids and us about 90% there is good enough for me.
The blog is called http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/
She asks you to start simply with a 10 days challenge, and try not to eat things that come in a box, can or package....things with more than 5 ingredients on the list should try to be avoided.
You have to check it out and read all of the educational articles she has as well.
On the top there is also a tab with recipes and kids meal ideas that I find super helpful.
In all of this real food change, my most major realizations have been:
1) The presence of artificial coloring in so many things. Did you know food coloring is a tasteless petrochemical simply put in food to trick your mind into finding colored things more appetizing?? There really is no purpose for it, except to say there is a proven link between these additives and hyperactivity and behavior issues with children.
-yogurts, fruit snacks, Popsicles, toothpaste, chips, lotion (what you put ON your body is important too), juices, mac n cheese, and so much more.
I now check every label!
2) Whole grain is best.....my daughter has never eaten white bread, and actually loves whole wheat bread, so this hasn't been a challenge. What was interesting was making her whole wheat pizza dough....it was SO yummy and what I will always make from now on.
Last night for dinner, I made her homemade chicken nugget recipe and added veggie skewers on the side...
Picture via 100daysofrealfood
.to make the skewers I just:
- Wash some mushrooms
-Wash and cut up a zucchini and a yellow squash
-Put all in a bowl
-Add 1/4th cup of olive oil, 1 tbs minced garlic, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, a pinch of salt and pepper
-Mix and put on skewers
-Place on a sheet of foil on a pan in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.