Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 15 Know Your Ingredients

Since we have been working to Eat Rainbows and consume healthy foods a natural outcome has been an increased awareness of what is in our food. I have started trying to purchase fresh, local, organic, or natural foods whenever possible. We have also tried our hand at making several of the items we usually purchase prepared. A perfect example of this is a Peanut Butter and Jelly Toasted sandwich we learned to make. It is so tasty and extremely easy to make. We also have had success at making our own Peanut Butter and Bread. Not all for the same meal yet but I think we could pull that off if we staged it properly. One small change like making freezer jam; baking bread; or grinding peanut butter will help you see how easy it is to change your eating habits. Audrey and the entire family are working at this right now. What are some changes you have made to start eating healthier?


  1. Great idea! We buy organic peanut butter but I would like to try making our own!!!

  2. Living by myself and only worrying about feeding myself, it is much easier for me to change what I eat than it is for you with your whole family, I'm sure. However, this is what I'm doing: I'm doing little things like starting to read labels and not buying things with "high fructose corn syrup" as the first ingredient. I'm also trying to buy more ingredients, rather than whole meals in boxes or frozen (it's cheaper that way, too!). With school and/or work every day, it's hard to find time to cook, but at least I've stepped up from frozen meals to frozen raw chicken that I throw some bread crumbs on and bake.

    Working at the Merc helps as well, since I have time to contemplate all the different foods in the aisles. People complain that it's too expensive, and I know it helps that I get an employee discount, but it's really only expensive if you're buying the premade packaged stuff. It's much healthier to get the rawest form of things you can and cook it all yourself, anyway!

  3. Audrey has a great breaded oven baked chicken recipe that we use a lot. It calls for butter but I am going to experiment with olive or canola oil to see if the taste is still good. Buying real ingredients helps a lot. We still get most of our peanut butter in a jar but try to make it when we can.


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