Okay Moms, I’m just going to keep it real. Cooking is NOT my thing.
I don’t like to cook, but I do it out of necessity.
Given the facts above, one may think that I’m a fast-food junkie, but I’m proud to share that I’m a RECOVERING fast-food junkie.
You see, about five years ago, I was tired of being tired.
I was tired of feeling blah, so I decided to start taking care of myself…which ultimately meant I started taking better care of my family as well. It all started with educating myself a little more about the food we were eating.
After watching the movie Hungry for Change, I was determined to make better choices, not only myself, but my family as well. I’ve learned not all food is created equal.
Now I know what you’re thinking, because I thought it too.
“Eating healthy is SO expensive.”
Thankfully, our society is requesting more and more organic and whole foods, therefore, the farmers and stores are providing it…and yes, it IS affordable!
Earth Fare makes eating healthy affordable
I was so excited to be part of the grand opening of Earth Fare in Lakewood Ranch. Not only is it just minutes down the road for me, located at the corner of S.R. 70 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd., but it is offering some of the best quality food in one store that I’ve ever seen.
Earth Fare’s food philosophy truly is incredible.
Every single product in the store is free of:
High fructose corn syrup
Bleached or bromated flour
“Live longer with Earth Fare”
The grocer’s slogan is “Live longer with Earth Fare” and when you consider that the inclusion of the above ingredients has been linked to obesity and disease, it is no wonder why eating real food, like the items Earth Fare provides, really can help us live longer.
In addition to the vast variety of items on the shelves and in the meat and produce sections, Earth Fare also has a great bulk-food section which is super friendly to the budget. It’s a great way to try new products and get as much or as little as you’d like without having to buy an entire box of something.
Another Earth Fare perk is their grind-your-own-nut butter station; this is so fun! And the frugal momma in me is loving their Clean Food Security program, which is designed to feed a family of 4 for just $2.50/person, on average. Seriously, you can’t even come close to that in a drive-thru! Pack up the fam and let them go to down in the prepared food service area. There is soup, pizza, fresh sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, salad and more! They have everything you’d need for a quick and healthy dinner on the go.
Tips to Making a Clean Eating Change
Mom-to-Mom here, I know it’s easy to make a fast food pit stop on busy nights. But I also know that each and every one of us wants the best for our kids, so why not give them the best? It doesn’t have to be an overnight overhaul; start small but be consistent. It’ll be worth it.
1. Start with what you eat the most
Does your family drink a lot of milk? Then buy the best milk possible. Organic, no-hormones is the way to go. If your family eats a lot of bread, then buy the best bread possible. Look for items that are unbleached and made from 100% whole wheat.
2. Crowd out the junk food
As opposed to focusing on what you ‘can’t’ have, focus on crowding out the junk food with whole food. Have fruits and veggies washed and cut and ready for little hands to grab after school. Always have a fruit or veggie option with dinner.
3. Let the kids pick!
It’s normal for kids to complain at first, but if we make them part of the process it’s more fun for them! Have each of them pick one or two fruits and veggies to add to the shopping list. Give them options at dinner, ‘carrot or cucumbers, which would you like?’
Watch our Virtual Tour of Earth Fare:
It was Mom’s Night Out at the brand new Earth Fare in Lakewood Ranch. Check out our video sneak peek and be sure to check it out for yourself when it officially opens ⭐️TOMORROW January 27 at 7am!⭐️Prizes for the first 500 people in the door! 🙌🏼Drop an emoji below ⬇️ to let us know how excited you are for the grand opening!
Posted by Sarasota Moms Blog on Friday, January 26, 2018