Pancakes That Fly and Amazing Dip

On March 18th of this year, my family embarked on a ten day challenge to eat unprocessed food only. Sounded fun to me. I like a challenge. It changed our pantry…permanently.

WE DID IT

I wish you all knew me, like come over first thing in the morning when I have no make up and I’m in yoga pants and have a hair do like a monster. BECAUSE then you would know and I mean KNOW how big of a deal this change is. IF we are internet friends only then you are going to just have to take my word for it, but please do. It’s something to consider. I’m not one of those born healthy eaters, quite the contrary. I’m a convert, through and through.

*homemade granola, popcorn, and King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour sit in giant mason jars now on my counter.

For years I wanted to eat healthier but couldn’t really wrap my head around it all. Last year I read and studied Made to Crave multiple times and led studies on it.. Then I stumbled upon 100 Days of Real Food and it all just clicked.

*fruit bowl for the fridge. We like our apples cold around here.

You see the food that appears healthy a lot of times, dare I say most of the time, is not. Salads at fast food restaurants? You might wanna read the label. Apple slices in a drive through? You might wanna read that one too. It shocked me.

I have had a lot of questions about the changes in the way we eat now. A LOT! The thing that I hear myself saying on a regular basis is this-just take the time to understand the food you are eating by reading the label and doing some research. At least then you can make an informed decision. That decision is up to you.

READ LABELS!

It’s true what they say, if you struggle to pronounce it, don’t eat it.

*the large majority of my shopping now consists of unpackaged fresh items of all kinds.

As thousands of people rallied this week via Facebook and at local restaurants I giggled to myself at home. I did not support the appreciation day at a certain chicken establishment, but it was not because of my views about the definition of marriage. I sat this one out because of my views about what I want to feed myself and my family. I’ve come a long way. I have a long way still to go. There is always something new to learn.

*toddler breakfast

As I was preparing my 1.5 year old’s breakfast this morning of whole wheat organic waffles, fresh organic strawberries and papaya, organic cream cheese, and homemade granola, I giggled again. This time because I thought back to eleven years ago. My older two children were just 3 and 2. I was a new mom of two and very on the go. Many mornings breakfast consisted of McDonald’s pancakes. I would drive through NOT in a minivan but rather a Grand Jeep Cherokee and I would give just a couple of dollars to the worker in exchange for hot “fresh” pancakes. These pancakes were always too hot for little mouths and so the air conditioning went on high. High enough to make me feel like I was a supermodel in the middle of a wind blown photo shoot. I would toss my hair as I held those nasty pancakes in the blast and then frisbe style toss them to the back to kids in their car seats. Oh this was ritual and the kids LOVED it. They thought I was the bestest mom ever. I was. I was feeding them hot “homestyle” pancakes, entertaining them, and teaching them to catch. All at the same time. I just might rock.

* I spent birthday money on cute tupperware with scrolly designs on the side for extra cuteness .  1-1.5 hours is spent immediately after grocery shopping to prep food for the week. It’s a MUST DO for me. The only way I pull off 3 meals and 2 snacks a day for four kids eating like this.

Things are different now. We have favorite new recipes like this and this and this. I make granola. I own an apron. I know what Tahini is and I can tell you the parts of a wheat berry.

BUT

The most important thing is I feel better, like pretty fabulous. Fabulous enough to break a 20 year addiction to caffeine and to be able to sit in a Krispy Kreme and not even want one. Can you imagine????

AND

Remember I told you I interviewed with a prior New York Times Journalist for an upcoming book about unprocessed food in America? NOW, She’s coming to visit us! To our house! To meet us and see our kitchen and how we roll….

* This is in our fridge at all times as well. I have learned in order to change habits it’s gotta be easy. My kids can grab this EASILY! It has a tupperware lid so it stays fresh. **Dip recipe below.

What fun to be involved in a very small way in a project like that!

Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!

Be healthy!

*For more information you can check out my pinterest board . I just started a board exclusively for healthy eating resources.

**Amazing Dip. This dip is so easy and so yummy. We have been making it since I was a little girl. Other than the mayonnaise, it fits into healthy eating quite nicely, as long as you eat it in moderation. I will figure out what to do about the mayo in time, but for now I am o.k. with it. My kids eat a ton of veggies every day now. Happiness!

2 t Beau Monde

2t Parsley

2t Dill Weed

2t Minced Onion

1 cup Mayo

1 cup Organic Sour Cream

Mix and refrigerate! {make sure and mix the sour cream and mayo together first and then add the spices, otherwise it gets all clumpy and lame. Lame dip is not good.}

Ridiculously good I tell you.

I taught my 12 year old to make it and now she is the resident dip maker around here!

Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Pancakes That Fly and Amazing Dip
  1. Heidi (Dearlylovedmist)
    August 3, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Really like all your pictures. The food looks so pretty – pretty enough to eat! 🙂

  2. Marjorie Andresen
    August 3, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    Wow! I am really impressed and I think it’s a fantastic thing to do for you and for your kids. I *do* remember the days of Carl Jr and the biggest diet cokes I have ever seen.

  3. Cara Yeh
    August 3, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    So awesome.

  4. Jillian
    August 3, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    I had to look up “beau monde” because I have never heard of it. I found out what it is and also found a recipe for it in case you’d rather make it at home. 🙂
    Recipe for Beau Monde Seasoning Salt:

    1 tablespoon ground cloves
    1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon ground bay leaf
    1 tablespoon ground allspice
    2 tablespoons ground pepper
    1 tablespoon ground white pepper
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground mace
    1 teaspoon celery seed

    In a small mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients. Pour into a tightly closed jar and store in a cool, dry place.

    Yields approximately 9 tablespoons.

  5. Amy G
    August 4, 2012 | 11:27 am

    You make me want to eat better.
    You are a rock star!
    I think I need cute mason jars like yours.
    maybe then I’ll eat healthier.
    I think I’ll try it.
    Love you friend!

  6. Temre
    August 6, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    Your Bell jars how big are they and did the lids and the scoops come with them? I have been looking for better containers for my flour, sugars and other bulk bought items. I miss seeing yours and your families smiling faces at church.

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