The second change we’ve made over the past few years is our food. I used to get so excited over a sale on hamburger helper. Then when I found Wal-Mart had their own brand of it for cheaper I thought I was the luckiest gal in the world! Until I realized the luckiest gal in the world wouldn’t be excited over the ingredient list on that package! Even though we are still transforming we have come along way. For 2011 the changes we’ll be making will be slow, and come in phases. For the first quarter of the year I have decided we will not purchase the following things:
My husband loves these and eats one every day for breakfast. The kids also love them, and I find them to be a quick snack for myself as well. In short, that is why we won’t be purchasing them. They are not so terribly awful that I will never consume one again, but I am hoping to avoid the high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and artificial sweeteners.
I love baking, but for some reason when a birthday rolls around I’m the first to say “lets go pick out your cake”. Store bought cakes will be taken off the list. This will be super easy, since none of us have a birthday in the first quarter of the year anyway. Man, I do love making a list that I can tackle easily!
Packaged pasta– This one may be a big mistake. I really have only made pasta noodles once, but I feel confident that I can do it again.
Bottled water-This is a true sacrifice for me. We’ll see how this goes. Without bottled water I drink less than a glass a week. I’m hopeful that I can make this change work. Oh & I know water isn’t unhealthy, but the plastic bottle it comes in IS.
Soda-We’re pretty well stocked up right now, but if we run out before March 31st, we will get by without it. My husband drinks a can a day. I love him so very much and I know that this is something that will benefit him. So I’ll put up with whatever crap lines he gives me as to why he NEEDS soda and how its’ actually healthy to have just one can a day… moving on…
Fruit Snacks- you know, the gummy little things in a package. We have a couple boxes open right now, and a few in the pantry. These things aren’t even real fruit! They have been a snack time staple in this house. The youngest child here whines and cries for them and doesn’t ever stop with just one package. I usually feel like if I get one out for him i might as well have one too. Then I’m in pain because the sugar crapola is stuck to my teeth and I wish I never heard of the things.
Suckers-Maybe if there is a great deal on organic suckers again. Otherwise NO SUCKERS! I don’t care how cheap they are, or if my princess is offering to use her own money, no suckers!
Pancakes- I’m just going to have to figure out how to make pancakes on my own, using ingredients that I know. Like Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, egg & butter. Wow, even typing that was easy, I bet making them will be just as simple!
A week ago I was actually having dreams about planting our garden and all of the wonderful vegetables we’ll harvest. Each year I am learning so much more and I feel like this year is going to be a great year for our garden!
Good for you, Quincey! You're in luck on the granola bars, they are easy peasy to make from scratch. A quick google should yield lots of results. I've never made bars, but I do homemade granola and it's so yummy and easy.
You're way ahead of me with the pasta!! I can't imagine making it from scratch all the time! We do use organic whole wheat that I get from the buying club though. You should see if your club has it.
I'll check the buying club, I need to look into what they have again anyway. I've only ordered once and my dues are probably coming due again!
I'm hoping in the summer we'll give up pasta all together and just use zucchini, it worked great last year. I would guess it might not freeze as well in a lasgana, that will be a big draw back. I really like to have an extra pan of lasagna on hand at all times. 🙂