Healthy mamas are rockstars.
They research like crazy, pump their kids full of nutrient-dense foods, and keep toxic-free homes as much as possible. They know acronyms by heart like BPA-free, GMO, rBGH, EVOO, & ACV. They know all the uses for every single essential oil and can diagnose your illness just by lookin’ at your poo. They do weird stuff sometimes like, make green smoothies, drive 20 miles for pasture-raised eggs, sneak liver into a big pot o’ chili, and even buy a goat — or two — (or twenty). Ahem.
Anyway, the point is, these healthy mamas rock!
Sadly though, there’s one thing that healthy mamas are not so good at. Yep, sorry to break it to you, but as great as healthy mamas are, they continually seem to do one thing horribly wrong.
When I first became a real foodist, I was motivated.
Boy, was I motivated! I made homemade pop tarts, and fruit leather, and gummy snacks, and gogurts, and and fishy crackers (yes even in the shape of little fishies complete with a smiley face), and I effectively trapped myself in real food healthy mama HELL. I noticed that I became strangely protective of my homemade goodies. I began to get mad if anybody ate them. I hid them so we wouldn’t eat them so fast. I was like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. All wild-eyed and crouching over my ‘precious’ es. Ironic, isn’t it? Here I was, working SO hard to provide delicious, healthy snacks for my family, and yet I didn’t want anybody to lay their grubby little hands on them. After a little reminder from my grandmother & some self-reflection, I decided recreating every kid snack on the grocery store shelf was just too much work for this healthy mama.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like those homemade goodies aren’t healthy. They are! And props to you if you have the time to make them. But here’s what I’ve found and what I tell everybody about real food. It’s not about recreating every single dang dog snack food in the grocery store. It’s about eating REAL FOOD. Here’s the thing; processed food is made in a factory. With probably like 100 or so workers. And franken-crazy ingredients. So, let’s all just accept the fact that we’re never going to be able to recreate Wheat Thins, and Fruit Roll-ups, and Doritos, and Trix-flavored Go-gurts. It ain’t gonna happen.
Lucky for us, we healthy mamas have another trick up our sleeve. We just sometimes forget it’s been right there under our noses the entire time.
Do you know what the most amazing thing about real food is? Once you start feeding your family real, nourishing food, you’ll find they don’t snack. Hardly ever. It’s a freakin’ snackin’ miracle, I’m telling you.
When I look back, I’m amazed at how much we all used to snack and snack all day, and how now it’s such a rare occurrence. If we get hungry, we’ll have one snack in the afternoon, but usually it’s something simple like fruit or cheese or nuts or yogurt or a big slice o’ bread with butter on it. And let me tell you, it makes my life blissfully easier.
So, take it from me, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of having to become that homemade mommy, just relax. I just took a huge load off your shoulders. Just make balanced, nourishing meals 3 times a day, and call it good. Teach your kids to love real food, and slowly break away from the snack-obsession.
This doesn’t mean you or your kids will never have packaged snack food again. Over here we live the 80/20 rule so we can stress less about our food and make our healthy lifestyle doable.
So, healthy mamas, have you been trapped in the “re-creating snack food” world? How did you find your way out?