Last week, a friend of mine walked me through our local food co-op and pointed out some basic but healthy staples I could try in my quest to eat healthier. My goals were relatively low considering how poorly we’d been eating and how difficult it was to get my kids to eat anything besides white bread and mac-n-cheese. My friend introduced me to Rudi’s 14 grain bread, whole wheat pancake mix, organic tortillas, and bulk pinto beans (she gave me a simple recipe), hummus, Armenian cucumbers (LOVE these). Of course, I also stocked up on standard fruit and vegetables, and when I got home I announced to my three boys (ages 12, 10, and 7) and husband that things were going to change for our own good.
It’s a week later, and I’m shocked by how well things have gone. Shocked. The bread is fabulous! The kids don’t complain about it. Last night, I made pizzas with organic cornbread pizza crusts, olive oil, garlic, fresh mozzarella and basil, and Roma tomatoes. And my kids loved it! Granted, they still complain at times, especially about broccoli, but I’m so proud of them for being such good sports. And I’m definitely feeling better about what I’m feeding them.
We’re not completely reformed. There’s plenty in our house that would probably make my nutritionist friend shudder, but now that I’ve made some small, painless changes, I’m looking forward to making more.
Tonight, I’m making some candy with a recipe I got from my friend Tawny Weber. The stuff is addictive!! But hey, life’s all about balance.
There are very few things you can’t have too much of. Except maybe…books?
Have you ever gone into something with low expectations and been fabulously surprised?