It's Day #9 and we are in the home stretch! I can see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel! A little over 24 hours until our 10 Day Pledge to eat Real, Unprocessed Food is over! All 4 of us are still going strong and loving the real, wholesome, healthy food we've been eating. But we are ready to add a little flexibility back into our lives. I'm so, so, SO proud of my daughters! They are questioning every single thing they put in their mouth and that speaks volumes to me! They are learning! I'm slightly nervous about how they will act on Friday when the Rules are lifted. I've already promised my 9-year-old a trip to Barnes & Noble Cafe to redeem her free birthday cupcake. They are quite big, very rich and filled with bad things. Luckily, the girls have a tradition of always splitting their birthday cupcakes with each other so hopefully we won't fall too far off the wagon.
Today actually brought minimal challenges for us as far at the Rules are concerned. We stayed home all day so temptations were low. I made some whole wheat bread and Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites to stock the freezer for back-to-school lunches next week. Since it was another rainy day in Pittsburgh, I decided to try a Make Your Own Butter recipe we got from one of the teachers at school back in May. I took pictures and plan to share details with you all soon. The girls had a blast and the butter came out sinfully good! We smeared it on Ak Mak crackers and fresh bread. So yummy! I stayed true to the Pledge today but I definitely ate way too many carbs :)
Today started with Iced Coffee, as usual. Because it was so dark and gloomy outside I couldn't get a good picture so I used yesterday's picture for you.
Breakfast was plain yogurt with granola. You'll see this make another appearance today :)
Lunch was some salad greens with tomatoes and ground cherries and some fresh Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites. I also had a cracker with that fresh butter we made. Let's be honest...I had way more than 1 cracker!
Like I said, there's another cracker with fresh butter as my afternoon snack!
I washed down the buttered cracker with some Coconut Water from Whole Foods. I like this brand because it has no added sugar or natural flavors. If you like coconut water, take a look at this investigation by Food Babe. Not all coconut water is created equal! I really like the refreshing taste of coconut water every once in a while, but it's not something I drink all the time.
Dinner tonight was breaded fish nuggets made by my husband with the Walleye he caught in Lake Erie a few weeks ago. I made a side dish of glazed carrots using orange juice, butter and honey. The girls loooooved their veggies tonight!
'Dessert' tonight was another small helping of yogurt and granola. It's the salty/sweet/tangy-ness that keeps me going back for more!
Tomorrow is our last day and our plans involve my younger daughter spending a few hours with my parents. I'm planning on packing some snacks for her as well as a few pieces of bread so my mom can make her a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. This is one of those times that the option of flexibility would be a nice treat to have!
Pittsburgh area mom striving to provide clean, healthy, REAL food for her family!