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Help me stop eating processed foods! Clean eating mamas, come here!

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I need help! I really want to stop eating so many processed foods. We have been consuming WAY too much sodium and processed crap lately. I want to change it... but I don't even know where to begin! I have thought about making the change many times.... but I feel like the options are limited. I mean... if you take out all processed foods, what are you left with?!

I am a picky eater and so are my kids so that makes it a little harder. But DH will eat just about anything. lol. We do like chicken, turkey, lean beef and some fish... so meat is no problem. And we also love fresh fruits and most veggies. I already go whole grain as much as possible and we really try to avoid white bread. But where we get caught up is with the frozen foods, processed meats like sliced lunch meat, cheeses, soups, seasonings that are loaded with sodium, boxed mac n cheese and other "convenience foods." I don't cook anything from scratch. I really don't know how.

So... for the moms that "eat clean" .... how do you do it?! What do you eat? Give me some meal ideas and examples of what a typical day of meals / snacks looks like in YOUR house.

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by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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MixedCooke
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

knock out bread, rice, pasta, baked goods, etc. and you are left with meat fruit and vegetables.  Switch to whole grains.

Mom2five87
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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BambiF
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM
We started eating more vegetarian meals. They kind of force you into eating clean foods.
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Mom2five87
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

BUMP!

mayzell
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

 

We eat mostly meat, fruit and veggies, also beans, nuts and yogurt.

I steam veggies and brown rice a lot, we Also eat turkey stake (baked) , turkey chili, bocca patties,

We don't starve, and maintain a healthy weight, it works for us.

Quoting MixedCooke:

knock out bread, rice, pasta, baked goods, etc. and you are left with meat fruit and vegetables.  Switch to whole grains.


 

MommyBoha
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM
Look up 100 days of real food on FB. Also their website is www.100daysofrealfood.com
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 8 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
It seems like you just want to go low sodium. You cam buy things that are already low sodium or salt free or made with sea salt. Just start reading each box you pick up.
Mom2five87
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I definitely want to go lower sodium but I also want to go a little more natural. And I would really like to start making things myself instead of buying premade versions or boxed mixes. I've just never really done that and I don't know what I'm doing. lol

Quoting Anonymous:

It seems like you just want to go low sodium. You cam buy things that are already low sodium or salt free or made with sea salt. Just start reading each box you pick up.


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itsm3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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oh girl, i got lots for you.

as a general rule, avoid anything that comes out of a box, bag or can.  there are so many recipes on the internet... i always tell my sister that if she can read, she can cook :)  you just have to follow the recipes.  here are some great ones!

MAKE Your own mac and cheese! it's so easy:

  • 1 cup whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 cup milk
  • bring milk and macaroni to a boil (watch the pot - it boils fast!) on med heat
  • when it boils, turn down heat to low and cover.  stir often to prevent from sticking to bottom.  always replace cover to retain moisture.
  • when macaroni has absorbed most of the milk and is soft, sitr in a dollup of mustard, a dash of paprika and a dash of pepper.  mix
  • turn off heat, add in 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.  stir.  the heat from the pot will melt the cheese.  add more cheese if necessary.  if it seems a bit dry, ad a bit more  milk and continue to stir. 
  • now you have creamy, yummy mac and cheese!

quinoa salad -- an amazing alternative grains that's high in omega & protein

  • quinoa
  • dried cranberries
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped fresh mint
  • crumbled greek feta cheese
  • 1 bottle of lime juice (those small bottles you find in the grocery)
  • 1.5 lemons
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3/4 red or orange pepper
  • 2tbsp oilve oil
  • boil quinoa per instructions
  • when it finishes cooking, remove from pot immediately and place into a large mixing bowl.  add 1tbsp olive oil and juice of 1/2 lemon.  continue to stir to cool it down and prevent clumping.  set aside and let fully cool
  • add the rest of the ingredients and mix.  i don't have measurements for the ingredients because i add and mix.  while i'm doing this, i add until i see an even distribution of ingredients in the bowl. 
  • add the full bottle of the lime juice and continue to stir and taste.  if you like it really citrus-y, add the lemon, 1/2 at a time. continue to stir and taste.
  • serve chilled.  this is SO GOOD!

baked chicken legs - tastes like KFC but SO healthy!

  • 8 organic chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp coarse sea salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1/8tsp red chili pepper (optional -- if you like spicy)
  • 1-1.5tbsp olive oil
  • preheat oven to 450F
  • place all legs in a large bowl
  • add all ingredients.  cover with a plate and shake to mix/evenly distribute. or you can throw everyting into a large ziplock back and shake to mix
  • cover baking sheet with foil and place chicken legs about 1" apart
  • bake for 30mins
  • SO YUMMY!! this is my fav chicken go-to dish


there are more that i meant to post oh my blog.  here's a link to some of the easy and healthy recipes i've made/tried (just scroll down the post to see the recipes/links to recipes): http://www.lifeinprogress.ca/lifeinprogress/2013/01/weekly-smiles.htmlhttp://www.lifeinprogress.ca/lifeinprogress/2013/01/ola-new-year-new-workout-routine-healthy-eats.html



eesmommy
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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