October is unprocessed food month. Andrew Wilder from ‘Eating Rules’ is on mission to help people eat healthier ! How ? By cutting out or cutting down on processed food ! He’s asking people all over the world to take the October unprocessed challenge ! As much as I love the idea, eating totally unprocessed food is going to be really difficult. So, I am going to do my part by cutting down on processed food as much as I can. I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical about doing this but then I read the fine print : DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU ! No matter what your goal, even if it’s small, it will make a difference. So, I am going to make some changes and take some baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle for me and my family.
Defining Processed Foods and Unprocessed food !
This can get complicated, so am going to use Andrew Wilder’s definitions. Made sense to me !
We call it “The Kitchen Test”. If you pick up something with a label, and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.
On the flip side : Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
Here’s my Plan !
Since I usually cook meals from scratch with fresh herbs and spices processed meals are not an issue. However, I plan to cut down on the sauces, snacks, jellies, granola bars, ice cream and baked goods that I buy. Making my own snacks, chips, sauces ….. hmmm I need more hours in a day. Well, working mom with 2 kids I’m going to do the best I can to help my family eat healthier. I am also planning to read labels more diligently and cut back on products that have ingredients I don’t understand. By reading labels I may actually get some good stuff. Example: today at Jamba Juice I picked up a pack of green apple chips and scanned the label. It read apples & nothing more. It did not cost much more than a regular bag of chips too. Good stuff ! Better still, if I can make the chips which I plan to do over the weekend. So October, here I come …. baby steps to eating unprocessed foods which will result in a healthier me :) ! Looks like my waffle maker and juicer are going to get used a lot more !
What I plan to blog ?
Obviously, healthy wholesome “from scratch” recipes ! Some practical ways to go unprocessed without breaking the bank ! Since I am walking the walk, I will be able to share my tips.
Coming up this week :
Coconut water fruit smoothies: I had these at jamba juice last week and totally fell in love with them. I am going to use pure coconut water from a real coconut. Check back for the recipe tomorrow. Since coconut water is loaded with electrolytes, they will double as a nice “‘after workout” drink.
Home made pumpkin puree : Many recipes require pumpkin puree and I making my own and freezing extra for future use. No more pumpkin puree out of a can!
Pumpkin ricotta flax oat muffins with craisins and walnuts : Ah, you guessed right! the pumpkin puree is for this wholesome recipe ! If you want to check out this healthy muffin, come back on Sunday !
Do you want to join thousands of others and take the Unprocessed Challenge? You can sign up here.
If you had to give up processed foods what would be your greatest challenge ?