This real foods journey of mine started several years ago.
One day I decided that as we ran out of the foods we had on hand I would replace them with their real food counterparts.
This didn't happen overnight. And we still have our lapses. But there are for sure five foods that I'll not buy again.
1. Microwave Popcorn
You are way better off investing in a popper and popping your own. It's cheaper and tastes much better. And don't be afraid to adorn it with some melted butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.
2. Hot Chocolate Mix
Once you start making your own hot chocolate you will never want to go back to mixes. Why drink a cup full of chemicals when you can have the real thing. For every cup of cocoa I use 2 tablepoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablesspoons of sugar, or a packet of stevia, and a pinch of salt.
3. Flavored Oatmeals
It's way cheaper and way healthier to buy that round tube of Quaker Oats. If you cook it in the microwave it only takes 2-3 minutes. And you can sweeten it with maple syrup, honey, or stevia. And add banannas, berries, raisins, or really any fruit yu can think of. I keep frozen bluberries in the freezer and add a couple of spoonfuls to the hot oatmeal. It's delicious!
4. Peanut Butter
I only buy real peanut butter. The kind with only peanuts and salt listed as ingredients. The other stuff doesn't even taste right anymore.
5. Salad Dressing
It's so easy to make your own. One part acid (vinegar of lemon juice) with 3 parts oil. For one family size salad I use 1 tablespoon vinegar, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, and 3 tablespoon olive oil. And you can experiment with different kinds of vinegar and add differnt herbs. So much healthier for you!
With these changes I've been able to eliminate foods with trans fats, high frustose corn syrup, articial colors and flavorings and preservatives. At least for these foods. And I'm saving money!
And that is this gal's view for today.