I feel kinda bad that I told you all I would be posting 2 new clean recipes per month and then didn’t really deliver! The thing is, once I started Somersizing, I pretty much stopped eating most processed foods, and now that I’ve jumped on the clean food bandwagon my diet has really changed.
Basically, my whole entire diet has changed a lot faster than I thought it would. Because of this, I thought I’d show you some of the ways that we’re eating differently these days.
Here’s a sampling of some of the things I’ve thrown out half full/not bought a replacement for:
- Regular (sugar- and oil-laden) peanut butter
- My beloved Aunt Jemima’s (sniff)
- Vegetable oil (someday soon I will do a whole post about healthy/non-healthy fats)
- White rice
- Smart Balance spread
- Regular (sugary) pasta sauce
- Cool Whip (be still my heart)
- Non-organic milk
delightful coffee creamers
- Regular baking powder (made with aluminum)
- Lite mayo
And what have these things been replaced with?
- All natural, no sugar, no nothing-but-peanuts peanut butter
- We eat waffles plain, buttered, with peanut butter, or with my homemade low-sugar jam now. We really don’t like real maple syrup, plus it’s crazy expensive.
- I use butter (rejoice! It’s actually good for you in small amounts), coconut oil, or olive oil
- Brown rice (I’ve also been cooking with bulgur and really enjoying it)
- Melted butter in the micro (ya know, old-school)
- Pre-made pasta sauce sweetened with carrot juice (I do make my own occasionally but sometimes the convenience triumphs)
- Real homemade whipped cream (it’s growing on me)
- Luke and I drink organic milks (whole for him, skim for me. Chris hates the taste of organic so he still drinks regular. So yes, there are 3 cartons of milk in our fridge at all times. You’re welcome, dairy farmers of America.)
- I drink coffee with cream, cinnamon, and a Splenda (see, I have a food flaw!!! Although I don’t drink coffee everyday.)
- Aluminum-free baking powder
- Full fat, full delicious regular mayo
This is just a glimpse into our food lives. We are a normal family on a tight budget, still working our way into total whole-food-living.
For the most part, Luke and I eat fairly “whole” everything (he eats animal crackers and puffs occasionally, for instance, and I definitely eat desserts and junk food every so often). Chris eats clean dinners (because I cook – ha!). I’m still working on him, but he’s a good guy and he’s come a long way. :)
With small changes at a time, I’m totally convinced that nearly every middle-class family (the poor are a different story at this point in America, unfortunately), can eat whole, clean foods.
I’m contemplating writing a post about how to get started with clean eating. Would that help anyone? If it would help you, will you please say so in the comments? Thanks! :)