I was inspired to write a quick post after reading this post about Pop-Tarts and their “Made for Fun!” tagline, written by Giselle, The Granola Mama.
I have very little patience these days for anyone who uses lack of time or money as an excuse for feeding their children processed, artificial, unhealthy, sparkly, candy-coated food (like, for example, … Pop-Tarts.)
…or food that comes with a toy, or food that has zero nutrient value, or…well, you get it.
If your life is anything like mine right now, you might have about 5 whole minutes each day to throw together something remotely edible. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, those processed foods can look reeeeeeally tempting at times. And, honestly, there are a few that are not half bad. But – when they start marketing them to your children with FUN as the major selling point, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
- Grow what you can.
- Get to know your local farmers and farmers’ markets.
- Buy in bulk to save $$ and packaging.
- Use your leftovers.
- Start with whole, natural ingredients, then experiment!
- Don’t assume your kids won’t be interested. Let them help, let them choose, let them get excited – chances are, they’ll eat it!
Here are just a few of the meals I haven’t shared on the blog lately because, well, they’re just not that blog-worthy or remarkable in any way. But they’re fast, cheap, relatively healthy, and my kid eats all of them.
And not one of them contains sprinkles.
It doesn’t always make for a pretty photo, but it certainly can be done.
OK. Rant over.
Do you avoid heavily processed foods? How? What’s your best go-to recipe when you need an affordable, healthy dinner, like, 5 minutes ago?