Getting My Family To Eat Healthier

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Mar 202015

I have recently made the decision to get my family to eat more healthy foods. With all of the stories I have been reading lately, I have learned that you really do not know what you are eating when you buy prepackaged foods from the store. It is sad that the US allows so many unhealthy foods that are actually banned in other countries. Artificial colors and sweeteners, pesticides, GMO foods, and other additives (in my opinion) are the reason so many people are getting more illnesses, allergies and diseases than ever before.

I started my journey by choosing to buy more produce and natural foods. I have been ordering my fruits and vegetables from Bountiful Baskets. This is a food co-op that is available in many areas. They take contributions on Monday and Tuesday. The boxes are then delivered on either Friday or Saturday depending on your location. We have had a lot of fun with the “surprise” boxes we get each week. You see, they have no clue what you are going to get when you place your order.  Here are 2 examples of what I received. Each box is $15 plus a processing fee of $3.50 each week. You also pay an extra $3 for the first week you participate.

Bountiful Baskets Conventional 2

Bountiful Baskets conventional

Not too shabby for $15 a week. As you can see, you get different items each week. They also have specialty boxes you can get. These also change weekly. I have gotten a case of cauliflower, case of broccoli, Shamrock box which included leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage and parsley. These “extra” boxes are available for an additional fee.

I hope to post some of the recipes we have tried with our boxes to show you that, yes, you can eat healthier on a budget. We are also now buying raw fresh milk, yogurt and cheeses from a local dairy. Fortunately, we are able to do that here in Texas. If we weren’t able to buy raw milk items, then we would just have to get a few cows and make it all ourselves. There is nothing like homemade butter, yogurt and cheese. I love the idea of eating butter made from fresh raw cow’s milk. No artificial ingredients or junk included.


Jan 102012

                                                  Whole Grain Rolled Oats – 5 lb. bag

As one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I have been trying to eat a lot healthier. Over the past few years, I have gotten into the habit of eating convenient, prepackaged foods. I am working on getting back into the habit of eating healthier foods in order to feel better. In my opinion, eating healthier foods will make me feel better. I have been given the awesome opportunity to review products for Tropical Traditions. They carry a variety of healthy, organic products. In celebration of National Oatmeal Month, I chose to review the Whole Grain Rolled Oats – 5 lb. bag.

A little info from the Tropical Traditions site:

Oats provide high quality, well-balanced protein. Thick Rolled Oats and other whole grain oats are a good source of soluble fiber. Tropical Traditions Thick Rolled Oats are most commonly used for oatmeal, and cook in about 15 minutes. Thick Rolled Oats can also be used in granola and of course oatmeal cookies.

Now, if you are like me, you are used to using instant oatmeal. In my opinion, instant oatmeal just has no flavor to it but with all of the added flavors, it was tolerable. Enter the oats from Tropical Traditions and you have a whole new taste experience. I decided to make homemade oatmeal cookies for my review. I used an old recipe that has been in my family for quite some time. You can view it in my post: Soft, Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe. I made them with chocolate chips and they were truly scrumptious.

You can purchase Whole Grain Rolled Oats from Tropical Traditions. You can also enter to win a bag for yourself during the Toast to 2012 Giveaway Hop which runs from 01/10/2012 through 01/17/2012. Also, with your first purchase from Tropical Traditions, you will receive the Virgin Coconut Oil recipe book for FREE! This book has great recipes that feature their organic products. Be sure to also sign up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter to be in the know for future promotions and product information.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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