Happy Monday great foodie friends.
The more I see what people consider food (especially the young and young families) the more I realize that we as a society need to get back to the basics.
Don’t get me wrong, fast food every once in a while should be ok but making it the rule vs. the exception begs the term “You are what you eat”.
I fully realize how busy life is and that time is short and a rare comoddity for most families but in some way or another through the generations one could always say the family is busy.
Let’s look at this way, planning and learning are the keys to what I am proposing.
- Stay to the outer 4 walls of the grocery store.
- Watch cooking shows or look through cookbooks and plan out at least 5 meals for the week.
- Go to farmers markets
- A lot of foods or meals freeze well so you can make it ahead.
- Reduce refined sugars, salts and msg loaded seasoning. There are easy recipes to create your own seasoning, sea salts and healthy herbs that will make your foods taste much better.
- Do all of this with your kids!
When you cook with your family it brings us back to our roots. Think about the “family” meal and sitting around the table with friends. It’s what connects us as people and what feeds our soul as well as our bodies.
Teaching the young that hamburgers and French fires are not the healthiest way to eat but rather roasting a fresh chicken and serving it fresh vegetables are the “norm” will pay off for the future.
Please don’t take this as a lecture but rather a friendly nudge to remember to learn where your food comes from. Make things fresh ahead that you can incorporate in your weekly meals (pasta sauce, chicken, beef or vegetable broths) and watch how you reconnect with your family and friends as you sit together, cook together and laugh together.
You gotta try this!