Thursday, June 9, 2011

Eating clean is delicious



Can I just say how happy I am to have found so many awesome sources for baking and cooking clean and healthy foods? I've not made any kind of decision about going vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free or really anything-free, but I love knowing that I can reduce the junky stuff without sacrifice yummy goodness.
Today Abby and I made "clean" chocolate cupcakes, and they are the most rich, decadent cupcakes I've ever had! No refined sugar, tons of cocoa and sucanat, (my new favourite discovery).
I love making meals that are genuinely chalk-full of nutrients, but that taste so yummy! Motherhood is a daunting task and a large responsibility, so finding ways to feed us all good, nutrient-rich food is like my version of producing an award-winning film. It requires creativity, expanding our horizons, hard work, persistence and payoff.
I'm also happy to say it hasn't cost us any more. That's big for me. I reduced our food budget a lot by largely staying away from the middle aisles at the grocery store, except for pasta, spices and bulk food staples like flour, oats and peanut butter. I make sure I buy produce in quantities just enough to feed us, or else use it for more than one meal in a week, to avoid waste. If I buy something that's more healthy but also costs more (like Sucanat, or Almond Milk), then I don't buy any snacks that week. Instead, I use our bulk stuff at home to make them. This week's sugar-free granola bars were a hit! They were high in fibre, had dried apricots in them and were sweetened with honey and black-strap molasses. All good stuff for our bods!
As Abby grows, I'm able to involve her in a lot more of the food preparation. This is very helpful, because then I don't have to distract her with something else, and I am learning that she eats much more when she is part of the cooking process. She loved helping with yesterday's beer can chicken by applauding, "Go chicken! Bawk-bawk!" every time I turned it on the grill.
I don't usually keep track of our food intake in a quantitative way, but I noticed that in the last few days, we have been able to eat awesome snacks and meals without any refined sugar in them! I'm proud of this, and encouraged by how little effort is required. Which is really the bottom line for me: healthy food cannot require I put any more effort in than a regular meal.
Tonight's going to be jerk chicken breasts, green peas and mini Yukon gold potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and some thyme off of my plant! Then, I'm bringing my jar of hibiscus-lemon sun tea to work. Bring on the good food, if this is what eating healthy is all about!

4 comments:

  1. Where do you buy the sucanat in WH?

    Over the last year and a half we have worked hard to reduce the amount of prepackaged food that comes into our house. It has definitely worked! My cupboards all look bare, but my fridge is always full of healthy food.

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  2. we picked it up at riverside, in the back under the teas. i wonder if well.ca stocks it too?

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