So have you been watching Jaimie Oliver’s new Food Revolution show? He’s already taken on the school lunches in Britain and now he’s landed in the US to do the same. If you haven’t been watching it, you should. It will open your eyes to just how much CRAP is being fed to school children in the US. It makes me happy that I’m living in Canada now. Having said that, I can remember the lunches I ate in school as a kid and they weren’t much better than the ones served now. Too much pizza and chicken nuggets! The demise of real food is the key to the obesity epidemic in my opinion!
Now having said that….I must admit that I use the occasional packaged food or processed food. I use jarred spaghetti sauce but I add tons of vegetables to it and meat to make sauce. Is that so wrong? Being a full time mom and working full time means that I am seriously pressed for time to prepare meals. So I will sometimes use the occasional “packet” (in Jaimie Oliver speak) but more often that not my meals are from scratch. Click on over to Jaimie’s website to find some quick and easy recipes to try. I plan to start giving them a try next week.
One of my favorite bloggers, Scattered Mom, decided to start Food Revolution Fridays. Her challenge to bloggers is to write about healthier eating, trying one of Jaimie’s recipes, etc. You can read more about her blog challenge here. Oh, and did I mention that there’s even a giveaway?
This week I thought I would share a couple of ways that I am trying to sneak “better” nutrition into my life & my family’s life.
First – We have switched all our bread to whole grain. I buy sprouted grain bread for Dewey and I and whole wheat for Evan (the sprouted is too coarse for him). We also use whole wheat pasta often (though Dewey complains). If we use non-whole wheat, I buy the high fiber white pasta.
Second – I have started to tweak my recipes to include more whole wheat flour and more fruits and nuts. I’ve also started experimenting with using different oils. I am a firm believer that butter is better for you than margarine, though, so that is one substitution I won’t make. An example of this is that the other day I made granola bars using olive oil instead of butter.
Third – I try to use less refined sugars when possible. I’ve found that agave nectar is very yummy and can be used when recipes call for corn syrup. I think I could substitute it more but there are some baking issues when switching out a liquid for granulated sugar.
Fourth – I’m trying to get Evan more involved in cooking. Last week he helped me bake cookies and tonight he helped me prepare asparagus.
We will never be 100% perfect but I’m hoping that some of the changes we’re making will help Evan be a healthier eater long term. What are some of the things you & your family do to be healthier? I would also love to hear your thoughts on Jaimie Oliver’s Food Revolution.