No looking back

Almost a month ago we decided to make some serious diet changes. At first I was wondering how we could survive. I didn’t know if I would be happy, if the food would taste as good and if I would have the time to do all of the changes that I wanted to. In four weeks I have discovered that I have no need to buy any kind bread from the store, or yogurt, granola bars, fruit snacks, chips, canned biscuits, tortillas, box mac and cheese and the list goes on and on. I had a very proud moment on Friday when my husband came home from work and said that he had ate a store bought granola bar that day and that it tasted gross. Something we used to always have on hand and think was an okay snack is now gross because we are choosing to save money and eat better buy making our own. I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few of my favorites that I have came across mostly via Pinterest.

Granola Bars

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I adore this recipe. I have taken this and used it as a base to make all kinds of flavors. Adding and taking away my own ingredients to make all kinds of fun options. Then I just wrap them in foil to keep them easy to grab and go.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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My girls have called these cookies. We usually just make small little bit sized cookies. Put them in the freezer and once they are hard dump them in a container and just take them out as we want to eat them. They thaw very quickly. I have never added the dates but maybe someday I will.

Artisan Bread in 5

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I couldn’t say enough about this recipe. We are head over heels. We use this for sandwiches or a nice loaf of bread with dinner. I am REALLY excited for soup season to get here.

Homemade Granola

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Amazing flavor so easy and natural. We have been using this to make the above mentioned granola bars. The first time I made this I was hooked. Not only did it taste great but I got more than twice what I get in a box at the store and I spent less money making it!

Greek Yogurt

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The first time I made this I was hooked. Not only was it so easy but the flavor is amazing. My husband is addicted. Best part is a small batch only cost me $3 to make and I got about 38oz of yogurt. A 17oz container of plain Greek yogurt is 3.50 at Aldi… you do the math.

I found it easier for me to just go off of temps when making yogurt instead of time. So I used 8 cups of whole milk in the crock pot on low until it got to 180, I turned it off and left the lid on until it got to 115 then I stirred in a starter. I bought a small serving of Oikos plain Greek yogurt at the store, I put all of it in there and stirred it up. Then I put the lid back on wrapped it up in a towel and put it in my oven with the light on for 12 hours. The next day, voila amazing Greek yogurt.

So at this point I can say three things:

1. We are eating healthier than we ever have before simply but cutting out so many processed foods
2. We are saving money doing it
3. We aren’t suffering, the food we are eating now is some of the best tasting food we have ever had.

So as for the journey we started on that I was so unsure about I feel like I can with confidence say there is no looking back now and we don’t have any desire to.

We’ve been eating what?

I happened to open an article a friend had posted on Facebook. It was early in the morning and I was curious so I clicked on it. After reading it i felt sick. It was about foods that are allowed in the U.S. that are banned in other countries. You can read the article for yourself  here.

I always knew that we eat some pretty questionable things but for some reason I suddenly saw it as a problem that morning. Over the next few days I found myself grabbing bottles and boxes and reading labels. I was shocked, disgusted and slightly amazed that I had never really thought to pay attention to things more closely before.  So, what was I going to do about it?

BIG changes, that is what we decided to do. From croutons, coffee creamer, chips, fruit snacks, granola bars and more no more over processed toxic junk. I know we can’t make every desired change in the bat of an eye but I am going to try and make as many as we can as quickly as possible. If you really are what you eat I don’t want to be what I was eating anymore. Pinterest was a huge help (as always) when I went to look for recipes and ideas. I started reading labels IN the store BEFORE I bought something. I also purchased a food dehydrator and I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival in the next week.

Part of me is a bit worried about this change. I know it will require more work on my part. But I really think it will be worth the extra effort and I am excited to see how the change goes.

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