I’ve shared my menu for a couple of weeks. The highlight has been on dinner. Some of you may be wondering if I’m only changing the way we eat for dinner or for all meals.
Yes, I’ve changed our foods for all meals! What we use to eat for breakfast was a rushed bowl of cereal and sometimes fruit on the side. Sometimes if we were really on the ball we would get a hot breakfast. You know, peanut butter toast with a glass of OJ.
My patient kids have allowed me to use them as guinea pigs so I know what works and what doesn’t work for them now.
Sounds simple enough.
Here’s what one of the popular variety packs by Quaker offers as far as ingredients
On the flip side... Quaker also has their original Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. Ingredients are Rolled Oats. Since I'm aiming for foods that are as close to its natural form as possible, this is what we eat. Not plain of course, we do have taste buds.
Here's what my kids like in their oatmeal:
- Dash of milk
- Teaspoon of raw honey or brown sugar
- Scoop of peanut butter (I buy the kind that has only peanut butter or peanut butter and salt)
- A couple of chocolate chips
Toss a banana in as a side and they’re full!
Here’s a list of add-ins that I think all taste good as well but the possibilities are endless!
- Sunflower seeds
- A scoop of Jam
- Chai Seeds
- Wheat Germ
Like oatmeal a once simplified food had to be convenienced which pretty much ruined it as far as a real food. It’s okay, we can simplify it again by making small changes in our purchases and staples.
I like Chobani Greek yogurt. Good texture, good taste, higher protein. It’s just good. Let’s take a look and compare Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt to the Strawberry Greek Yogurt.
Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything "bad" about the flavored variety. But, why water, sugar, locust bean gum for thickening, and concentrates for color? As easy as it is to buy real yogurt and add your own topping, why not? So much of what is added to foods is to get a desired color, texture, or shelf life that wouldn't be needed if we made our own versions.
He're what my kids like:
- Teaspoon of honey (see, I'm not anti sweetener!)
They're a lot less picky with the yogurt add-ins versus the oatmeal but we have a lot less options. Here's what else we've come to love in our yogurt:
- Pure Maple Syrup in place of honey
- Cranberry Pecan Ancient Grain Granola (I'll talk more about this in my "staples" post)
- Frozen Fruits
When you buy plain yogurt, you have to add a sweetener otherwise it's very sour. I like raw honey to fix this.
Of course there's the obvious selections for breakfast like,
- Wholewheat Toast with Nut butter
- Eggs with Toast and bacon. By now you all know how I feel about bacon
- Veggie Omelet
- Homemade Waffles (I use this recipe) topped with Fruit
- Homemade Pancakes (I use this recipe). I change the recipe a little by adding a teaspoon of vanilla.
*I have one small hint. Slice up some cucumbers or the favorite veggie of the family and just set it out. Most people couldn't imagine eating veggies with breakfast. I'm tellin ya, every time I do it, I end with and empty plate.*
Have fun with breakfast again!
When you make pancakes or waffles, make more. They keep well in the refrigerator or freezer.
Start keeping these items as staples in your house. You'll be shocked at how much you snack on them instead of reaching for chips or candy. Even I have cut way down on my candy habit!
Remember this isn't about eating super healthy or making everything from scratch. This is about eating real food that you can easily identify. It doesn't have to happen all at once either!
Thanks for reading my Real Food Adventure update!