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Preaching Healthy Food 
Jan. 27, 2009 3:36 pm 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2009 9:09 am
I sometimes feel like a Preacher in my church of healthy food.  It took a health scare with my husband several years ago to finally throw out ALL of the processed food that lurked in my kitchen.  To my childrens shock they lost overnight a lot of the food they thought they couldn't live without.  PopTarts and sugared cereal (Frosted Flakes) were what they missed the most.  I started to read labels and was AMAZED at some of the food I had been previously feeding my kids that were disguised as healthy food.  Fruit Roll Ups- BAD mostly sugar (refined) and oil.  Oreos- forget about it, that creamy center? Hydrogenated oil and High Fructose Corn Syrup.  I have learned to read labels and buy foods that don't have these 2 ingrediants.  I rarely buy store bought cookies if I do they are organic and typically Joe Joes from Trader Joes or Newmans Own- I now make my own and I won't make a cookie with shortening - you guessed it hydrogenated oil.  To be honest my kids get enough junk when they are at their friends house and at school.  I just hope when they leave the church of healthy food they will continue to believe in the gospel of Mom and continue to eat healthy. 
Jan. 27, 2009 9:56 pm
Great job! Seriously, I think most of America does not realise what is in the food we eat. For me, it started when I was pregnant. It was very easy for me to give up things that were bad...smoking and drinking included...for a baby. I just hadn't been able to to it "for me". Luckily I found that while I was eating a healthy diet, I felt so much better. I'm glad I can find recipes that are simple, whole foods. I try to stay away from hydrogenated oils and corn syrup too....we need to get back to what the earth can provide...and actually tastes better!
Jan. 28, 2009 1:07 am
Thankfully we dont get a lot of frosted cereals here or a huge selection of pop tarts and Oreo's are just way too expensive to buy here BUT when we go to America (the kids have been 3 times) I let them have whatever they want from the supermarket and when I go (about every Nov!!) they want me to bring back "Apple Jacks" Double stuff Oreo's and Pop Tarts!! Its only once a year and the rest of the year they get the boring MOM stuff!!
Jan. 28, 2009 5:29 am
Trishie- that is the way it should be. I actually gave each kid a box of pop tarts in their stockings this year. My daughter said it was one of her best gifts! go figure....
Jan. 28, 2009 5:29 am
I hear you... we also stay away from proccessed foods, and I bake alot for my kids (muffins and cookies, only using canola oil). I hate it when other people give my kids junk food.... Have you tried "Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IX" from this site? They're great, and kinda healthy. (I make them w/o the raisins and with light brown sugar, just personal preferance.)
Jan. 28, 2009 9:09 am
No, I haven't seen that recipe. My daughter is a little off of oatmeal right now because she has braces on and they got stuck in them. The good news is that she is getting them off in 2 weeks.
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I love to cook and have often thought I should have gone to culinary school. My biggest cooking influence is my mother she is really a good cook, but I look up to my brother who has never used a recipe in his life....he cooks by taste; a little of this and that and it is always amazing. I cook almost every night for my family. My true passion is entertaining. I secretly want to be Martha Stewart...he he!!
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Baklava every Christmas. It looks like you spent all day in the kitchen, but it is a snap! My dad made stuffing every holiday. It is still the best I have ever tasted with apples and raisons. YUMMY!
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I will try anything, once! I made that italian dish they always talk about on Everybody Loves Raymond. It was time consuming, but interesting to make. I always say if you can follow a recipe you can be a good cook. Teaching my daughter the love of cooking and baking. When I'm out of town she actually gets a hot meal on the table and can even make home made bread. I'm so proud of her. She will be making all the pies for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
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