Dirty girl...gettin' cleaner!
My name is Kristie and I am a dirty eater. Muddy, messy dirty! I mean, really...people open my pantry and it's every kids dream....junk food dream that is!
So, I realized I needed to make a change...a big change...a clean change!
So here goes nothing!
Is it easy? NO!
Is it expensive? A little.
Is it worth it? That's personal!
I grew up on sugar straws, ding dongs, my dad's homemade doughnuts and Hamburger Helper. And, I'm still kicking! So what's the big deal? And, before you judge my parents and my upbringing...slow your horses...my mom was a great cook and we had healthy alternatives, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, and my dad was a deer hunter so the meat was always fresh!
All I am saying is back then...a few years or so...my parents fed me "food" and we didn't think much of it! We weren't going to the local market for organic fruits. We weren't looking at labels for certain ingredients. We just ate, and cleaned our plates! Period!
A few visits to McDonald's and Taco Hut were normal and we weren't shunned!
Today a mom will look down on me for ordering the ever-famous chicken nuggets...but does it stop me? Nope! Banks loves them!
However, the more I read and the more I hear, it starts to sink in and I realized...what's it gonna hurt to throw in some "super" foods and try some healthier options for my family! The past year has been a year of healthy changes and additions for us, so why not! A lot of research later, a cooking class under my belt and lots of discussion with other "health" conscious friends and I dove in feet first!
Now...let's not get crazy I am taking baby steps. A visit to the pantry will look a little different, but the gold fish and Cheetos are still there. And, yes, I know I could make a healthier/cleaner version...but baby steps people! Baby steps!
The point is, is that anyone can do it! It's all about small changes and changes that you and your family can handle. Again...is it worth it? I say, "it's personal", because when I look at my two boys and wonder what's to come? I think to myself, I want to see! I want to see what's to come! Is a sugar straw or 10 gonna kill them...of course not! And, yes my boys will still enjoy them often. But, during dinner, little do they know, I have chopped up Kale and added it to almost everything! Jokes on them!
WARNING: Clean eating can become overwhelming! So keep an open mind, listen with a soft heart, everyone has their opinion...and Google doesn't know everything! Just have fun and know you are getting healthy!
Here is my favorite veggie recipe: I guess it's a recipe, a new way to cook them...for me anyway!
Cut up your veggies(your favorites) to similar sizes.
Lay out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil.
Toss them around coating the oil, and then sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Get ready to be addicted...
See the picture to the left....