Category: Recipe Finds

Natural, Organic, Clean…what does all this mean?!

By doctor’s orders we have been forced to make solid changes in our diet.  I’m actually happy about this! I’ve been trying to get us on a more natural food path for a while (I actually used to be a vegetarian) but have been a bit lazy about it. We have definitely made some small adjustments over the years and were heading in this direction but when your husband’s health is on the line and he is now 100% supportive, the planner in me gets overly excited and jumps on the bandwagon whole heartedly.

I’ve started my own research on what it means to eat Clean, what ‘Natural’ means on a food label, if the RAW food diet may be beneficial and how to start eliminating certain foods from our diet.  This is no small task and there are TONS of websites, blogs, documentaries and other media full of information out there.

At this point I’m not convinced we need to be a RAW family but I will keep you updated as we progress.  In the meantime, my husband was given the advice by his M.D. to go on the South Beach Diet.  While I’m all for advice from an expert, I’m not a fan of diets for a short period to see immediate results and pass a test.  What I personally believe in are healthy habits that last a lifetime.  The best part of this lifestyle change for us right now is that we are still fairly young (mid-late 30’s) and much of what we are challenged by is reversible.  What I love most is that my children will grow up much more informed than I was.

So, last night’s dinner was: Wild Salmon, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Quinoa salad w/tomatoes, cucumber and avocados (all organic).  The dressing was made of EEOV, lemon, salt, pepper & garlic (again, all organic).  It was yummy and got me excited to keep going with not just ‘healthy’ recipes but more Clean and Organic recipes.  Oh, and forgot to mention, normal portion are another healthy habit to keep!

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2-Week Meal Planner!

HOORAY ~ IT’S HERE!

I’ve compiled my REALISTIC 2-week meal planner based on what I’ve been cooking.

This menu is based on personal experience with an agreeable husband, semi-picky 6yr old and anything goes 18-month old.

Every child is different and has different likes / dislikes.  This is meant to give you a template to continue planning your meals 2-weeks at a time.  It will also give you options and a go-to menu if you just don’t want to think about it or need some new ideas.

I’ve also included a few of my favorite recipe sites so you can add to your collection.  Hope you enjoy it!

Breakfasts include items you can make for a week of meals, like these two great recipes I found from other bloggers – pancake muffins and clean egg waffles.

For green shakes, my basic recipe is:

  • coconut water
  • protein powder
  • power green mix (kale, chard, spinach)
  • frozen banana & frozen mixed berries
  • ice

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Some of my favorite dinners came from these sites – family friendly cheddar chicken and meatloaf muffins – another good one for leftovers or lunches!

NOTE: I did not accommodate for any food allergies or sensitivities so adjust your menu accordingly and although my family tries our best to eat all organic, you can choose according to your budget where and how you shop.

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Download a spreadsheet version here!