Day 25: Finally, Some Appreciation

As much as I like to complain about how difficult it has been to eat real food out in social situations and restaurants, how much I miss store-bought condiments and my white chocolate mochas, and how I have occasionally wondered if it was the right thing to involve (and restrict) our childrens’ diets…I have to admit that I am glad we are doing this. I guess it took me a little while, but I am finally starting to see a clear picture of what we have gained from our experience thus far…

  • Adjusted taste buds

I finally found a way to get my post meal “chocolate fix” by combining the (sugarless) chocolate powerballs recipe with the pecans from the homemade maple pecan ice cream recipe…and let me tell you I think they are so good. I have to restrict myself from not eating too many. I wanted to get some opinions from my friends’ taste buds since I haven’t had an ounce of sugar in weeks. A few of them said they were good, but they usually like their treats to be a little sweeter. One friend in particular said “well, it’s not a Snickers bar” Continue Reading »

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Recipe: Fajitas

I love a lot of different foods, but let me tell you that this fajita recipe is right up there at the top. This is the kind of meal where you hear my husband and I “mmmming” and “aaahhhhing” at how good the flavor is the whole time we are eating. Anytime you cook with the freshest ingredients it is hard to go wrong, but I especially think the homemade tortillas are a big part of what makes this recipe so money. If you don’t want to invest the time to make the tortillas then I think store-bought corn tortillas are the best alternative. Unless you have a local bakery, it is really hard to find whole-wheat breads or tortillas from the grocery store without a bunch of junk in them. I did once try Ezekiel flour tortillas (which are made with sprouted grains and kept frozen at Earth Fare), and even though the ingredients were decent I didn’t feel the same way about the taste. Continue Reading »

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Day 23: Out to Lunch

Today was the first time I have eaten in a restaurant (other than Earth Fare’s café) since starting our 100 Days of Real Food. My husband has of course eaten out quite a few times on business trips, but I was obviously not there. Once again today, we were out running errands longer than expected and realized we needed to feed our girls some lunch. I normally like to research these types of things in advance and have a plan, but today I did not. I tried not to look when we passed by Chic-Fil-A (knowing how easy that would be), but we just had to continue on hoping that some sort of solution would magically appear!

We spotted the first contender, and I ran in to scope out the menu. Continue Reading »

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Buying organic (or not)

Despite the fact that we absolutely prefer and always try to buy organic…I really want to get one thing straight here. Just because something is organic does not automatically mean it is healthy and that you should eat it! There are still highly processed foods out there that just happen to be made with organic ingredients. Here are some examples:

  • Organic ice cream sandwiches (the one pictured contains organic corn syrup and organic sugar in addition to white flour)
  • Organic flavored yogurt (also full of organic sugar)
  • Organic cookies
  • Organic crackers made with white flour
  • Organic chips and pretzels
  • Organic white bread

Thinking about something being organic vs. highly processed is like comparing apples to oranges. It is important to first ensure an item is not highly processed and then also try to find the organic version if possible. So now that we have covered the pre-made stuff you might buy, here is some more food for thought… Continue Reading »

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Day 20: Social Plans and Ravioli

I have to admit that when faced with social plans my first thought is (from a food perspective) it would be easier just to stay home. But, I always talk myself out of taking the easy road and we end up going along with our bags packed full of our “approved” food. I was especially worried about what would happen at a get together yesterday with our playgroup friends.

After some sprinkler and backyard time all of the kids were being fed chicken nuggets, chips, and fruit as part of a little picnic lunch. I knew I had to pack something just as appealing for my children if I didn’t want any problems. Continue Reading »

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Recipe: Homemade Maple Pecan Ice Cream

If you don’t already own an ice cream maker…I think it is worth it to go out and buy one (could be a good father’s day gift!). The difference between store-bought and homemade ice cream is unbelievable. And with the machines for sale these days there is no ice, rock salt, or cranking necessary. You can spend between $30 and $40, push one button, and within 15 – 20 minutes enjoy the best ice cream you will ever have. Not to mention that when you make it yourself you can also control the ingredients. Continue Reading »

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