May 01, 2013

What I Love Wednesday - Our Food Journey Part 2

So we've been on our new food journey for 3 months now and it's going really well.  (If you missed the other posts they are HERE, HERE, and HERE.)  There are moments when I run out of recipes and I am still spending a lot of time on Pinterest finding new ones.  I linked up a few at the end of this post that we've loved.

However, the boys are eating more veggies - even Baden.  They are getting really used to it.  We have explained why we are choosing certain foods and not others and Rex especially gets it.  He could actually probably give a pretty good lecture series on it all.  Both boys still like candy and they get a little here and there, but overall I feel like we're winning with them.

Baden with a carrot juice mustache.

I thought it would be interesting to reference my goals/wishes that I listed in my first post.

"I want to have more energy and a clearer complexion."  

I do feel like I'm breaking out a lot less.  This one's a little hard to judge with the pregnancy, as my hormones are all over the place.  However, I really do feel like it's improving and that makes me happy.

"I want the boys to need snacks less often, since they'll be eating foods that actually fill them.  (I don't starve my kids.  They just think they need snacks every ten minutes.)"
This is getting a little better, but not as much better as I wanted.  They are still active snackers.  I think it's more a hobby to Baden than real hunger.  When we're busier it's not really an issue.

"I want to be able to be really active with my kids - especially after this pregnancy."

This pregnancy has been so much more exhausting than either one of mine before, so I can't really comment on this yet.  I'm excited to see what it's like after the baby, although that'll take a few month as well because you never get as much sleep as you need those first few months. 

"I want this to be a continued hobby and sense of enjoyment for my husband and I."

This has been one of my favorite parts of the change.  I don't naturally love cooking, but I do LOVE cooking with my husband.  We branch out more on the weekends and try lots of new recipes.  He comes grocery shopping with me.  We look at recipes together.  I know it all sounds pretty nerdy, but I'm loving it.

There is so much to learn about what's really healthy.  It can be tough to figure it all out.  We recently bought a wheat grinder after reading about how flour looses almost all of its nutrients soon after being ground.  If you grind your own and keep it in the freezer it keeps the nutrients quite well for a month.  I learned about the different types of wheat.  We've been grinding hard white wheat, which isn't "white" like white flour, but it does make recipes taste more like it.  It isn't nearly as heavy as the regular hard red wheat you usually buy in stores when you're buying wheat.  (To learn more about wheat, I found THIS post helpful.)

Here are a few recipes we've really enjoyed lately.

These turned out really well.  With the white wheat flour I mentioned above these are awesome.  I substitute honey for sugar.

These were crazy good.  We made our own guacamole to put on them and used THIS recipe for the tortillas.  Once again, the white wheat flour made the tortillas really good and not so heavy.

These aren't much to look at.  We call them "Wookie Cookies" (you know, like Chewbaca).  However, it's hard to find healthy, fast options for breakfast.  Plus, the boys think it's pretty cool that they are eating cookies for breakfast.  The aren't super sweet and I love them.  They have a maple flavor and they are really healthy.  I have to make a double batch or they're gone in a day.

So, that's where we're at.  It hasn't been totally easy, but I feel really good about all the changes we've made and how I feel lighter.  I don't even mean weight-wise, but I just don't feel weighed down by the heavy stuff I used to eat.  I also haven't had hardly any allergy problems or symptoms this spring, which I think is strange.  That might be food related or pregnancy related.  Time will tell next year.  I usually have horrendous allergies and went through years of shots for them, which never helped.  I usually have to take Flonase for 3-4 months and I haven't had to touch it.  Weird, huh?

Okay, I'm done now.  I keep blabbing on here.  That's all folks.  Thanks for reading my blog.


gina said...

Those breakfast cookies look yummy! Speaking of "treats" I bought a Yonana's machine - they puree frozen fruit and its awesome!!! My 4.5 yr old thinks its ice cream and loves that he gets it every night after dinner! Might be fun for your boys! Since its just fruit I let him put sprinkles on it =) Great yummy healthy treat!

Kristal said...

My kids are hobby snackers too! So hard to not give them crackers or cereal to snack on after awhile:/. One of our most popular snacks right now is apple slices with cinnamon. I buy my cinnamon at Costco and it's actually a really sweet cinnamon that doesn't really need sugar mixed with it. My kids love it on everything! One day I'd like a wheat grinder but right now it's not in the budget. Which model did you buy? My next healthy kitchen purchase will be a vitamix when my food processor and or blender dies;)

seemesew84 said...

I pinned all of your recipes they look so yummy! I have been tryin g to eat healthy for 9 years but I still find it a challenge sometimes. Lately we haven't been doing as good at least that is how I feel. Anyways here is a recipe for healthy no bake cookies that me and my boys really, really love (it calls for quick oats but I've never used them)

Ps. I hope on your break you will show/tell us when you have your baby I'm really excited for you guys!

seemesew84 said...

Oh and I use honey instead of of sugar.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I'll have to try the breakfast cookies, they would be a fast snack for us. I also usually have really bad allergies, but last year I was pregnant/nursing and it wasn't as bad. I also haven't had as many problems so far this year. I'm glad you're not having to deal with allergies! I'm glad the food change is working for you guys!

~ko said...

Thanks for the recipe links! My boys will love cookies for breakfast :)

Cam & Sarah said...

Thanks for this post - I pinned most of the recipes (minus the Tilapia - I just can't bring myself to eat this kind of fish after watching an episode of Dirty Jobs). You have me curious about grinding your own wheat. I'd read an article in Whole Living going over the whole Gluten Free thing and why it may be more prevalent today than before and the big hypothesis centered around how the wheat eaten 50 years ago is so different from what is grown today and then goes into the loss of nutrients when ground. What wheat grinder did you get, if you don't mind sharing?

Robin M. said...


I've been trying to contact you through email. Would you let me know if you have gotten it?



Jennifer said...

Great ideas. Those waffles look yummy.
So funny you mention seasonal allergies and pregnancy...I have found that with all three of my pregnancies (at least so far, I'm around 18 weeks with our third child) I have had none of my usual terrible seasonal allergy symptoms. I find I am still allergic to animals, though.

Unknown said...

I did some research when I was pregnant and found out that your immune system is weakened during pregnancy so you don't "reject" the baby, and as a result your immune system is more tolerant of things that you are usually allergic to. So it could be pregnancy alone or pregnancy and your diet making your allergies better.

Jody said...

When i am prego i dont have allergies. Way to go on healthy eating!

Unknown said...

Pinterest- has anyone else noted that when using the pin button it doesn't work. apparently the photo that usually accompanies a "pinning" does not open so they will not allow it to be pinned ???????? Perhaps you have challenges with copy cat thieves and do not want certain things pinned???

Bridgit said...

Do you read It's a great food blog.

Amanda said...

I have tried a recipe for breakfast in a cookie from Zonya and it was pretty good.

Jess said...

You might enjoy Peter reinharts whole grain breads. Great book :) keep it up! You guys are doing great

iammommahearmeroar said...

We bought a NurtiMill. On the blog I used to do a lot of homework she and a lot of her readers mentioned that's what they had. We have a local store that does a huge sale twice a year, so I headed in during that.


iammommahearmeroar said...

We purchased a NutriMill.

iammommahearmeroar said...

I don't have anything blocking pins, so I'm not sure why that would happen. Sorry I can't be more helpful. I'm not sure why it's not letting you pin, Brenda.



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