Our family just returned home from a six day road trip (15 hour drive) to Grandma’s house, and in addition to all the regular getting back in the swing of things after vacation, we’re having to get back into the less processed swing as well.
Eventually, I want to be at a point where a road trip won’t have to mean resorting to more processed food with drive thru stops and all kinds of convenience treats. But I’m not there yet. So in addition to the carrot sticks and peanut butter sandwiches our road trip meant bags of fruit snacks, McDonald’s in the car for lunch, all kinds of Doritos and pop that others brought to the lake and the “real” macaroni and cheese at Grandma’s house.
I was a little nervous after watching both the kids and my husband and I wolf down the Doritos (there’s something in those things that definitely keep you from feeling satisfied with just a couple). And the kids acted like they were being fed a gourmet dinner when I pulled out the Kraft blue box at Grandma’s. I figured I’d be starting from scratch getting them used to our less processed food at home again.
Thankfully, nobody blinked an eye when we got home and I served the butternut squash macaroni and cheese. My oldest actually asked, “Is this the homemade kind? I love that kind!” And the whole wheat pancakes were just as popular with the younger two as the fruit loops had been at Grandma’s. So the lesson is, even if you can’t be perfect and there will be times when you fall off the wagon, it is still worth being less processed when you can because as your kids and family get used to the healthy stuff, it will take an awful lot to have to start completely over again.