Monday, January 11, 2010

Clean Eating


Lately, we've been trying to "eat clean." I really feel that I've been a little lax in doing the very best to make healthy choices for my family. I take better care of the girls than I do my husband and myself. The girls eat 3 meals a day, and two snacks. They eat so many fruits and veggies, and love them. We sit down for dinner together as a family, so we are all eating the same things for that major meal, but after the girls go to bed, we've been totally indulging. Coffee with lots of creamer, ice cream or some other sugary dessert has become a real habit. It's our little date time together.

Also, E and I like to cook together. It's become somewhat of a hobby. I chop, he stirs, we taste, Lena sets the table, Shana runs around the kitchen ... love it!

And then I got the Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas. The recipes are soooo - sooooo - SO yummy - and fattening!

I feel like I have no excuse NOT to use fresh ingredients in my recipes. We live very close to 4 farmer's markets, and one family owned produce stand that sells everything at an amazing price. I got a whole box of produce for under 10 dollars.

So E and I have been using fresher ingredients, cutting out a lot of the sugar we had gotten into the habit of eating at night, drinking more water, and trying to make better choices. We can still cook together, food still tastes good, and I even made a corn salad out of my new cookbook. I used all fresh ingredients, and we ate it on top of some grilled chicken. Can you say, yum? And I try to reserve my penchant for cooking comfort foods for once a week.

Bon Appetit!


Maxine said...

You know that I've had the same issues and need to do the same thing here. Glad to hear you've gotten started and hope you can keep it up for a good long time.

Sara said...

I know what you mean...I've been drinking so much coffee with creamer too!! I've got to start eating better, not that the holidays are over.

Mimi said...

cooking together sounds like such fun!!! and if you can make it healthy too...that is an added bonus...
don't give up all the good gooey deserts and Ice Cream...then you wouldn't have any guilt at all...
Happy New Year

Stacy said...

This is a good reminder for me, too. We are SO in the habit of desserts and ice cream before bed... and it's SHOWING, too. ~ugh~

Good job, Bev!

Cathy said...

We all need to be eating more fruits and vegetables. Those look very good. I think it's wonderful that the two of you cook together. I love reading about your sweet family.

Patti said...

What a beautiful photo that is!! All those lovely colors in the food God created!!

Do you mean you are actually buying LOCAL produce at the farmers' market? In January? Where you live? that's just another of the many things I don't like about living in a winter climate...when we lived in Florida, fresh, local produce was NEVER a problem.

I'm trying to eat healthier too. We don't eat enough fruits and veggies now that it's winter, and we eat FAR too much cheese. No wonder, I've gained weight!!


The Homemaker said...

Wow, It's so easy to fall into the habit of eating for "taste" isn't it? I have a sweet tooth like none other, and have been trying to curb it for a while. Thanks for the reminder! It really is so much more healthy to eat "close to the ground" and more like He intended for our bodies to work!
Good luck and take care!