The Process of Eating Less Processed

Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies


I am a stay at home of 3 little boys. I’m not the best mom in the world. My boys are great, but they’re also typical kids. They watch too much tv, fight with each other and fight with me when I try to get them to eat vegetables. Their favorite foods are your normal kid fare – boxed macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, fruit snacks, goldfish crackers. You know… processed convenience foods. Usually, this works great for me since in addition to taking care of the 3 boys, and attempting to keep the house clean, I do freelance graphic design from home. So time is a hot commodity at our house.

I recently had the realization as I was looking at our shelves of food that we as a family eat way too much processed food. There were the bins, bags and boxes to prove it. And it’s not that I never cook – I do know moms who aren’t really cooks so their diets involve even more processed foods than ours. I usually cook a real meal for dinner 5 nights or more a week. But even then often end up feeding the youngest (almost 2 years old) his own chicken nuggets. And forget about breakfast and lunch, these are highly kid friendly processed meals.

Having stumbled upon the obvious realization, I decided to do what I can to eat fewer processed foods. Or I began the process of becoming less processed. I’m not being militant about it. I’m not exactly a health fanatic or particularly crunchy (although I was a vegetarian for 11 years in my “youth”). I’m not going to freak out if my kids eat a hotdog. I’m not going to pack their own snacks for every social engagement to make sure nothing unpure hits their mouths. I can’t afford to go all organic, and I don’t have the time to make every single thing we eat from scratch. But I’m going to do better. So this blog is the story of how I try to do better.


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