Despite being on our real food journey for about 6 years, there are so many times when I feel like I don’t have a handle on making traditional food as part of our busy American family schedule. Mentally, I know the different processes are simple, and yet, it seems overwhelming to tackle them while being a mom to 5 kids, volunteering, running a home, and yes, blogging about making food. Go figure!
5 Tips for Getting Started with Real Food
It’s hard work. Sometimes I feel like I’m making progress, and then life changes and I have to figure out a new way to get healthy food ingredients. I rounded up 5 tips from my archives to help you get started and get me re-inspired with staying on track with a real food lifestyle.
To me, the one key element of a real food lifestyle is cooking from scratch, as much as possible. As long as my husband and I make about 80% of our food from scratch, and do our best with the rest, we’re teaching our kids the importance of good food, healthy food in our lives.
A well-stocked pantry is the backbone of any frugal and organized family cook. Frugal family cooks shop to stock the pantry, and then shop the pantry to feed their families nutrient-dense wholesome meals. I’ll admit when we ate a more standard American diet with the help of coupons, I found stocking the pantry pretty easy. Moving into a real food lifestyle has been a bit daunting when it comes to stocking the pantry. I still struggle a bit with storing fermented foods in particular.
Let’s face it; real food can be expensive. Many of us have sticker shock when we see the true cost of organic or local fruits and vegetables or grass-fed meat, not underwritten by the tax payer through subsidies. Here are my ways to stretch our grocery dollars.
Despite doing plenty of field trips with the kids over the years packing healthy lunches, I’m a bit worried about packing food for the pool this summer. I know it’s not rocket science. Part of my concern is moving us farther along the gluten-free journey and making real food work for my family in every situation. Yes, that last part can be a tall order.
It’s 3:00 p.m., and the kids are home from school and ravenous. If your family is like ours, dinner is at 5:30 p.m. How to feed the kids without killing their dinner appetites?
What’s your favorite resource for real food recipes?
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