I finished my month challenge without grocery shopping, my reward was a 12 C Cuisine Art Food Processor. It has been a dream. I have made muesli with it, shredding all of the apples, chopping the walnuts, and dates. I have made quarts and quarts of salsa in a fourth of the time it would have taken me to chop everything by hand (where were you two months ago when I was painstakingly chopping jalapenos,onions, and tomatoes by hand), and I have used it for apple crisp; slicing all of the apples and pulsing the crumb topping together.
What I learned from the challenge is that; sometimes our culture tends (me included) to be excessive; we buy too much and let things go to waste. The challenge forced me to use up pantry staples and rely more on whole grains. I was surprised how much I had on hand with a little creativity. I also realized frequently I went grocery shopping, and what food was in season and what food wasn’t. Because I only shopped at U-picks I was limited to what was in season. It gave me an appreciation for what things should actually taste like and to cook according to the seasons. A tomato straight from the vine is not anything like a store bought tomato.
My goals from here on out are to only go to the grocery store once a week. To have a plan in place to use up everything I buy. To make a few meals from my pantry to continue using what we have. To buy from farms and local as much as possible, it just tastes better.
All in all it wasn’t too bad to going a month without grocery shopping, maybe I will go two, or maybe just be more aware of what I am buying? Although I already have been to the grocery store since the challenge is over and bought; pineapple, kids Cliff bars (on close-out from Halloween), Annie’s organic fruit snacks (again on close-out for Halloween), and chicken stock. If all of the u-picks weren’t closed I would keep shopping there instead of the grocery store, the produce had a lot more flavor, was cheaper and fresher. I also loved that my little boy, Isaiah, got more of a connection with where our food comes from. In fact he loved going to the U-pick. The other morning I asked him what he wanted to do, and he replied “go to the farm and pick veggies, mommy”.
Note: Kids and eating is a topic all in itself. Isaiah does have things that are unhealthy for him on occasion. My take on it is that the majority of the time he eats healthy, the few holidays, birthday parties and social events aren’t going to outweigh the day in day out meals that he eats on a regular basis. Isaiah actually has a real sweet tooth. I try not to have anything in the house that I wouldn’t want him to have, it saves me the struggle of having to keep saying no to him and it helps me to not eat it as well. The trick is don’t have anything in your house that you don’t want them eating, it saves a lot of struggle. If I had a lot of cookies and candy around you bet that is what he would ask for.
I would love feedback on what you do to teach your kids to eat healthier? I think all moms face this problem how to get their kids to eat healthier. Any comments would help us all out, thanks!