I recently found the blog 100 Days of Real Food. I am amazed at the ability for this family to go cold turkey on processed food for 100 days and consider them a real inspiration. With that said I personally cannot be that dedicated or motivated to do something so drastic.
Like most I’m a creature of habit and in order to change specific habits I need to ease into them. In this case I chose to start with one meal, breakfast, and one recipe – pancakes. Prior to finding the blog I relied on Eggo chocolate chip pancakes to be my food of choice in the mornings. Once I actually read the ingredients on the box, however, and realized many of them I couldn’t pronounce let alone guess what they really were, I realized I should really be making pancakes from scratch. I love homemade pancakes (and by homemade I mean Bisquik pancake mix), but always found that freezing leftover pancakes would result in hard spots once I microwaved them to eat later.
The recipe I found on the blog for whole-wheat banana pancakes intrigued me for 2 reasons: one – it promised that the recipe worked great to freeze pancakes and two – it called for white whole wheat flour which promoted a milder taste than typical whole wheat. A few weeks ago I put the recipe’s claims to the test and found that it held true to its word – I was able to eat great pancakes from freezing and microwaving and I didn’t notice a taste difference in eating whole wheat.
I will admit I cheated in being 100% healthy – the first batch I made followed the recipe but near the end I threw in some chocolate chips. I made my second batch today splitting the original recipe into two bowls so that I could add frozen blueberries to one and chocolate chips to the other. It is my hope to find “healthy” (ie organic and dark) chocolate chips so there won’t be any future guilt in making the recipe.
Since making my first batch I have begun making other small changes as well in hopes of improving my eating habits. I’ve bought all natural peanut butter and jelly along with whole wheat bread. I admit I’m getting used to the bread’s texture, but I’m hoping the more I eat it the more it doesn’t phase me. I’ve been choosing snacks from the organic aisle such as Annie’s Cheddar Squares which I will attest taste identical to Cheese Its. Today I found pumpkin spice Kefir which made me super excited as I love nearly everything pumpkin spice flavored.
Don’t let me fool you – I have indulged in Pizza Hut, ice cream and Tastykakes this past week. I am, however, taking baby steps towards a healthier, more natural diet. Each time I choose something that is less processed or organic, or I make it from scratch I build more confidence that I’m moving in the right direction. And it all started with pancakes.