How I Feed My Family of Five Whole, Nourishing Foods

| 2/8/2020 4:25:00 PM


I love cooking from scratch. Feeding my family whole foods is a gift for their current and future health. 

When I first started cooking from scratch, it was easiest to start with something simple, like breakfast. Most of us are used to eating cereal or toast for breakfast. But packaged cereals have been treated with high heat (making all fats go rancid in the grain). Store-bought granola, granola bars, quick oat mixes, cookies, store-bought bread, breakfast cereals, and other packaged grain foods will have high amounts of phytic acid in them and should be avoided altogether, in my opinion. Cereal companies will sometimes use chemicals to soften and “chew” up the grains for a consistent feel in the mouth. Then synthetic vitamins added back into the cereals are still destroyed by high heat at the end of the process. So, I concluded that eating these foods are not nutritious and nourishing for your body. If you want to read more about it, check out Sally Fallon’s famous cookbook, Nourishing Traditions

As a general rule, I like to find ways to substitute processed items for whole-food items in any given meal. What I mean by that is instead of toast with store-bought bread I will boil and mash potatoes or grate a sweet potato for latkes. If you can’t seem to kick the cereal habit in the morning, a better alternative is fresh sourdough bread with a slice of grass-fed butter on top. Look for “sour culture” or “sour leaven” in the ingredients to be sure you’re getting the real sourdough. However, I recommend trying to make your own sourdough. Store-bought bread doesn’t really hold a candle to homemade sourdough bread! In fact, commercial bread usually has lots of hidden ingredients that are not healthy for a person. 

These are our favorite healthy breakfast ideas from my family to yours:  

Whole Food Breakfast Ideas 

Oatmeal from simple rolled oats. Not packaged, sugar-added quick mixes – those  are expensive and unhealthy! Make a big batch of oatmeal ahead of time, then reheat small servings each morning. For our family of five, I do 2.5 cups of oats + 5 cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes while stirring frequently. Then store it in the fridge. For re-heating: Heat a small amount of water in a small saucepan, then add a few spoonfuls of cooked oatmeal and mash it into the hot water. After about 3-5 minutes on medium heat, your re-heated oatmeal will taste fresh and hot just like the morning you made it. Add a spoonful of raw honey, raisins or frozen blueberries, cinnamon, chia seeds, and plain yogurt for a tasty breakfast full of fiber. Check out my Rainbow Hot Cereal Recipe.

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