100 Days of Real Food Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!

 

A few weeks ago Zach caught me eating some toast with a thick layer of nutella spread all over the top of it (I am very passionate about nutella). He gave me a kind of dissapointed look and said, “You know, you’re supposed to be with me for 70 more years and eating like this is not gonna help that happen.” I laughed at the time but it really stuck with me. The way I’m eating today will seriously effect how long I will live and how healthy I will be. Eating healthy isn’t only about how much I weigh or what size clothes I wear, it’s about being able to do the things I love, with the people I love, for a really really long time.

So Zach and I have been discussing the idea of pledging to do 100 Days of Real Food! We would cut out all highly processed foods like sugar, white flour, white rice, fast food, and anything boxed or canned that has more than 5 ingredients. You CAN eat all fruits or vegetables (preferably locally grown), meat, whole wheat and whole grains, seafood, dairy products, and a lot more. Check out the list of rules here.

We just are sick of our terrible eating habits. And we’re really worried about passing on our bad habits to our kids. What we’re hoping to do, is to change our way of life and be better forever!

I am excited to share with you our 3 month journey starting in June. 100 days takes us from June first to September 8th!! It’s going to kick our butts for the better. And obviously will help our home be a little happier.

I am slowly trying to learn recipes with real food and trying to tackle the ones that will replace some go to meals like breakfast cereal.

Me and my kids eat cereal probably four days a week. So today I found this granola cereal from 100 days of Real Food, that will replace that during our 100 days.

 

Granola cereal recipe

 

Another amazing recipe that I’ve already tried and really really love is this homemade, creamy whole wheat Mac and cheese.

 

CreamyMacandCheese

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I know I’m going to be forced to cook A LOT more than I do now, but I’m excited to learn! I tried out this mac and cheese last week and now that I know how to make it, it will just get easier and easier to whip up. This was my first time making my own cheese sauce and next time I definitely need to not cook it for so long, it got a little to gooey instead of creamy. And I put the cheese on top to hopefully entice my 3-year-old a little. He didn’t really like it but his friend, who was at our house playing, asked for seconds! My boy doesn’t do too well with new foods but he usually starts to like it after a couple of introductions.

 

If you have ever done anything like this, especially with kids in tow, let me know what worked for you! And be sure to stay tuned for future successes and failures on our journey through 100 Days of Real Food.

 

-Tara

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