Today we have our second “Real Food Confession.” Our guest today is Lea from Nourishing Treasures! Read about how her family “does” real food!
How “into” real food are you? (how long have you been doing it, how many different foods do you make from scratch, etc.)
I got into real food after my daughter was born. Nothing like being responsible for a child’s first foods to cause you to want to educate yourself! It’s been a slow process, but little by little I have gotten to the point where I am making everything I can from scratch. I still have a way to go
What is one food you just can’t make yourself? (even if you’ve tried a lot…!)
Successful sandwich bread from soaked whole wheat flour. Fortunately, we’ve moved on to sourdough, so I don’t have to be plagued with this any longer
How much of what your family eats is *really* homemade? (vs. storebought, restaurants, etc.)
I’d say 80% or so, pushing towards 90%. I am trying to wean off storebought baked beans. I still purchase canned tomato sauce and coconut milk and the occasional pasta.
We eat out once a month as a family, and the kids and I generally will grab a taco or fast-food burger when we’re out food shopping before gymnastics. Since we live an hour from a decent grocery store, this makes for six hours or more away from home, and I am evidently too lazy to plan ahead. So twice a month we grab fast-food, but never fries or sodas.
What is one junk food or processed food your family still eats?
Cheeses, the occasional bag of Smartfood even though I created my own recipe, and the occasional bag of mixed mini chocolate bars. I am doing really well weaning myself off Oreos
What is the worst thing your family’s eaten in the last few months? Why?
Take-out Chinese. They claim to be MSG-free, but who knows what else is in that stuff!
What’s one area where you won’t compromise, no matter why?
Milk. It has to be raw, or we go without. Why? After all I’ve learned about milk, I just can’t see why we’d need to drink it unless it’s raw.
What’s your best tip for eating real food in the real world?
Learn to love your kitchen. If it’s a mess and you can’t find anything, you won’t want to be in there making food your family will love. Start replacing one processed food at a time – something your family eats regularly. If you eat eggs every day, make it a point to buy the best you can get. For us, that meant we got chickens. If you prefer soda, try making water kefir instead. It’s super easy, takes just a few minutes, and costs less than soda. Did I mention it’s even good for you?
About Lea: Lea Harris is a mom passionate about her family’s health and well-being. Lea is now a Certified Health Coast graduate from Beyond Organic University. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, lea believes education is power, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Find Lea on Facebook or Twitter.
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