Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to know what's in your food...

The only way to truly know what is in your food is to grow it and make everything from scratch... but the next best thing is to make everything yourself and avoid the middle aisles and freezer section (I will continue to buy frozen organic veggies) in the grocery store.

I have started educating myself on what is in the food I have been buying and was not happy with what I learned. Companies can slap any label they want on a package and we eat it up. From now on I will be looking at the actual ingredient list to see if our family will be consuming a product. Don't get me wrong, if we are at someone's house or my daughter is offered a snack from a friend we will eat what we are offered.

Two blogs I have enjoyed reading and learning from are:

(I am sure there are many more and would love to know what you look at.)

I want to try and make my own food and snacks for my family, but don't want this to take over my life or take away time from my girls.

Today, I made enough granola to last two weeks and am glad to know exactly what's in it!

(This batch has homemade apple chip pieces.)

Granola Cereal
(adapted from this Granola Recipe):
7 Cups Gluten Free Oats
1 cup Almonds (chopped)
1 cup Cashews (chopped)
1 cup Sunflower Seeds
4 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl.
Next, melt 
12 tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil
1 cup Organic Blue Agave

Once they are melted together add 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract. 

Pour warm mixture over Oat mixture and mix together. 

Finally, spread it all over a baking sheet covered by parchment paper and bake at 250 for 80 minutes. 

Once the mixture cools add dried fruit if you want or when you eat the granola top with your favorite fresh fruit!

I have also made "larabars" (link- 100DaysofRealFood) and hummus last week so easy thanks to my new food processor my husband bought me as my "push" present. I pushed our two daughters out and now I won't have to chop/grate/slice anymore haha.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. I always avoided the processed food aisles.The only frozen things I buy are veggies. For the longest time I have always read ingredient list before buying anything. Beware of "natural flavor" as a listing. That can be pretty much anything.

    I also want to make more and more of my own of everything!