Monday, January 9, 2012

Healthier Eating

How's 2012 going for you? Any goals for the new year?

I've got a few. Each year I make it a goal to eat a bit healthier than the year before. I know drastic changes are nearly impossible to maintain so over the past few years I've decided to find ways to make small, yet important, changes here and there.

This year my healthier eating goals include:
Making more things from scratch than I did the year before (tortillas, bagels, and maybe crackers?!).

Using mostly whole wheat flour - I'll pick up some whole wheat pastry flour for baking as soon as I can get myself to a Whole Foods store. 

Limiting my sweeteners (in everything!) to maple syrup, raw sugar and honey. I grew up baking with turbinado sugar and honey so hopefully the no-white-sugar switch won't be too hard.

Eating out less. While I was pregnant we ate out more than we usually do because I often felt too nauseous or exhausted to want to cook. So we're getting back to more home cooking - yay!

Cutting wayyy back on processed foods. We rarely buy/eat processed foods but there are some things like fruit snacks and boxed mac n' cheese that I want to eliminate. Because, let's face it, real fruit and real mac n' cheese taste better and the former has nearly zero nutritional value.

This is a product I got to test out recently and it totally fits within my healthy eating goals. Crispy Green makes these freeze-dried snacks that are 100% real fruit. No added chemicals. Just fruit. Since it's freeze-dried, they're crispy and have that satisfying crunch like chips. Except these aren't fried like potato chips. Score!

And you know what? My daughter LOVES these. Which is seriously huge because the kid avoids fruits like non-other. She generally would rather eat spinach than have a bite of a pear.

If you're interested in trying these out so you can switch an unhealthy kiddo (or adult!) snack for a healthy one, check out Crispy Green's website where you can find locations near you that sell them or purchase the snacks online.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmmm.... I need to cut out sugar as well. Which means--I'm gonna need those recipes. And while you are at it, if you could figure out whole wheat pita pockets that aren't too dense my falafel will thank you :)

    Where can we buy Crispy Green products in our fab town?


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