Evolution of Dinner: Part 1 - Raw Ingredients
We weren't always the "healthy eating family". We used to eat plenty of processed foods and fast food including frozen foods, sugar laden desserts, and plenty of processed junk. So, I'll be blogging for the next few days on our Evolution of Dinner...
My motivation to change our eating habits came from the meager budget our student loans provided, and my desire to be a stay-at-home mom. Things were tight financially with two kids and my husband in medical school, so I dusted off the 1960s copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook I swiped from my Mom's stash. I discovered I could cook from raw ingredients and radically slash my food bills. This was not organic food- it was simply raw ingredients. No more pancake mix, frozen meals, or helpers. No! My cart at Aldi overflowed with flour, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and small amounts of meat. I learned to freeze veggies and fruits in the growing season, and how to stretch each ingredient to the max. Nothing was wasted- I was on a mission to be with my babies. My mom and grandmothers had all cooked homemade, and after much practice, I was getting the hang of it.
We noticed our food tasted better, and we were enjoying my role as stay-at-home mommy. But as anyone who knows Jamie and me can attest, we just couldn't leave good enough alone. We began to wonder, "What else could we change?"
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Evolution of Dinner: Part 2 - New Traditions
Break out of the Standard American Diet (SAD), and get happy with new healthy food traditions.
Evolution of Dinner: Part 3 - Hunter Gatherer
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Evolution of Dinner: Part 4 - The Dark Ages
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Evolution of Dinner: Part 5 - The Renaissance of Mealtime
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Healthy GLUTEN-FREE and DAIRY-FREE Grocery Shopping List
Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.
Healthy Grocery Shopping List
Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook
Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!
You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!
One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!
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