Clean eating. It’s kind of a buzz word nowadays, but I’ve found that everyone has a different definition. Some folks say that “clean eating ” is:
-low fat (and high in refined foods)
-low carb (and high in cholesterol)
-no processed food (I want to know someone that can do this 100% of the time and has any time left in the day, or money in the bank)
-no GMOs (but eat all the sugar and cholesterol you want)
-organic (…..but it’s an organic chocolate cake!)
-no sugar (but replace with sugar substitutes)
-gluten free (because the whole country is obsessed with gluten-free, but corn and rice are okay…)
-dairy free (cows?? That’s crazy ness!)
-nut free (because allergies exist, I get it)
-grass fed, free-range, natural, labeled with GMOs or not, purchased from locals, it goes on.
It’s so confusing, right? The definition of “healthy” certainly changes depending on the person. And “different strokes for different folks” is the only way to avoid an emotional, heated debate.
But what do we DO with all of this information?
Never walk into a traditional supermarket ever again? Go broke trying to feed our children? What about when they are at school? The school lunch is bound to happen at some point, and they might see the dark side??
Catering to the audience of a blog further complicates the issue.
I can’t keep up. It’s not that I don’t care, either. I care a lot, but I can’t win all if those battles.
So what are educated, concerned people supposed to do for themselves and their families?
Pick your battles.
I have to find balance in the shuffle, and do what I can to provide good food choices for my family. The kids will hopefully follow my example at some point, but for now there are lucky charms in the pantry.
Here’s one power breakfast I enjoy, and the kids don’t mind it either!
It’s a bowl of chopped fruit (apple and blueberries here, but I use whatever is in the fridge) topped with full fat Greek gods Greek yogurt, honey and my homemade nutty “granola”.
Here’s the recipe for the homemade granola:
2 cups chopped almonds
1 cup pepitas
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped dried dates
3 Tbs. Coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Melt oil and honey together, pour over nuts/seeds and mix well.
Spread out on a baking sheet evenly, bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, then break up into pieces. Store in airtight container in the fridge. Will last 1 month or longer.
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