Today was the first day of my family's 10 Day Pledge to eat Real Food. I think it went pretty well! My husband and I agree that we weren't really tempted by any food that didn't follow The Rules. My daughters did great also! I'm super proud of them for saying 'No, thank you' when they were offered Goldfish Crackers! Way to go, girls!! That being said, I have the feeling the novelty is going to wear off and it's going to be a looong 10 days for them! We shall see!
I thought it would be fun to document every meal and snack that I eat during my 10 Day Pledge. I'm feeling very accountable like back in my Weight Watchers days! I'm finding myself skipping that spoonful of almond butter out of the jar because I just don't want to take a picture of it! I definitely found myself snacking less today, but I didn't find that I ever really got hungry at any point. That tells me that I eat too much during most days. Out of boredom? Habit? Fun? I'm not sure, but oftentimes it's not out of true hunger. Definitely something I need to work on and I'm hoping this 10 Day Pledge helps with that. So here you go - here's what I ate on Day 1:
Breakfast was my normal Iced Coffee with whole milk and Overnight Oats with a tablespoon of Almond Butter.
Lunch was a homemade whole wheat tortilla filled with sauteed peppers, onions and Monterrey Jack cheese with some Ground Cherries on the side. Have you had these things before? We have them in our garden and they are Ah...Mazing! They are actually a tiny little tomato that grows in a husk, like a tomatillo. I've never had them before and I just can't get enough!
My afternoon snack was a slice of watermelon with some sea salt. I usually buy seedless watermelons but the farmer convinced me that the seeded watermelons are the ones that Mother Nature made so I bought a seeded one instead. I have to say, I didn't find the flavor to be superior and the seeds were such a nuisance. Anyone out there have any knowledge on the matter? Were seedless watermelons created by a scientist and born in a lab?
Dinner was a Pizza Stuffed Pepper (stuffed with brown rice, sauce and cheese) served over a bed of arugula & spinach drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
I didn't officially have dessert tonight but I did lots of 'sampling' of the Honey Vanilla Ice Cream I'm working on for tomorrow! I can't wait to try it tomorrow night!
Welcome to the new and improved Butter Blog! I've taken a long absence from blogging but I've recently decided to start again! For those of you who are used to seeing cupcakes, cakes and other unhealthy recipes, you'll notice a shift in the types of food I showcase on here. I've decided to use Butter is Better as my way of sharing my new food philosophy - a focus on whole, real, unprocessed food - also known as 'Clean Eating'. I've switched over 90% of my cooking and baking to be 'clean' so I'll still have plenty of recipes to share with you! I'm also hoping to share my daily challenges and successes with you as well as share information I've learned in the past year about our food sources and Western diet.
What prompted this change?
In late 2013 I really started to take notice to the way our food is processed, where it comes from and the effects it has on our health and our bodies over the long term. In January 2014 I found the blog, 100 Days of Real Food and read Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food. Only then did I realize just how many chemicals and preservatives we were putting into our bodies every single day with every single meal. I was truly shocked! My food philosophy was forever changed. After that, my kitchen pantry received a major update! I wanted to revive this blog to reflect on my new way of eating in the hopes of sharing some information you all may find valuable.
What will you find on this blog?
My goal in reviving Butter is Better is to share with you all of the information I've learned during my real food journey. I have been reading, reading, reading and I want to share my findings with you! I also want to share with you delicious recipes, menu planning tips, budgeting ideas, school lunch inspiration and more!
Please keep in mind that I am NOT a dietitian, nutritionist or doctor. I am formally educated in business with a background in purchasing but I've always had a passion for cooking (and eating!) I'm just a girl trying to eat as healthy as I can and raise my two daughters on the highest quality food I can possibly provide. I'm not perfect and I don't eat clean 100% of the time. Sometimes the best laid plans go awry and we end up with a take-out pizza for dinner. It happens. We eat it and feel gross and vow to try harder the next day!
I have a whole slew of topics and recipes to talk about over the next few months, but to get you started I wanted to share with you a few of my old blog recipes that are already clean! These are two of my summer staples that I'm enjoying right now as I type :)
Stop Back Often!
Please stop by often! I plan on updating this blog several times a week so please stop by and let me know what you think of the new direction I've taken. Also, if you have any specific topics you are wondering about, please ask! I may have an answer for you and if I don't, I'd be happy to find one for you and learn along with you!
Enjoy the new and improved clean version of Butter is Better!
Pittsburgh area mom striving to provide clean, healthy, REAL food for her family!