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Monday, November 11, 2013

Healthy Eating

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Recently, I have received several questions about the recipes I use for my family. I thought it would be easy to post them here as a reference not only for those who want them, but also for me.  First, let me give you a succinct description of what we do since our eating habits have changed drastically over the past 2 years. 

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-I don't buy meat. However, that doesn't mean that I label ourselves as an vegetarian- nothing wrong with it, but we just don't label ourselves as that. :)
-I don't buy food with high fructose corn syrup and I'll only occasionally use refined sugar.
-I try to stay away from dairy.
-Spinach is a staple in our house.
-We eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies
-I do Juice Cleanses periodically, and am currently doing one now (which I always reluctantly start, but always love when I end).  

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Really, I could go on and on about what I think and what we try to eat.  For the sake of brevity, I won't.  Basically, when I go to the grocery store I'll look at the labels and try not to buy anything with ingredients in it that I either don't know, or can't say.  There are exceptions to this rule of course, but our main goal is to try and stay away from processed foods. 

That being said, I have some great simple recipes that use whole foods and no meat that our whole family loves.  And here's a tip to all you busy mothers out there who may find it difficult to find time to prepare a meal: I make the same 5 recipes for dinner every week, and then have one that is takes longer to make or is new as our special meal. 

Seriously, it makes life so much easier.  Grocery shopping trips become much quicker because I know exactly what I need. When it comes to cooking at night, I don't have to feel pressured to reinvent the wheel.  I just have the same 5 recipes that I know our family loves and will want to eat.  Then every month or so, I switch old recipes for newer ones that meet the mark.  This way, we still get some variety.

There you have it, the Osmond's easy way of doing dinner.

For our first recipe, scroll below to the next post...


Linnea said...

This is great, Shelby!

We eat so much less meat since moving back East - partially just because meat is so expensive. Usually we have 3-4 meatless meals each week.

I've also found benefits in having simple, staple meals. Jeff and I love cooking and trying out new recipes, but our weeknights are generally hectic, we get home late, are tired, etc. It's nice to have some easy meals that are quick to throw together and don't take a ton of thought.

I'm going to try your sweet potato burritos!

Unknown said...

i love this! i wish we ate more like this. i try, but it's so hard! everything nowadays has a ton of crap in it :(

Nicole said...

you are INSPIRING my friend! love this post. it's funny because i have been wanting to post along these lines as well. isn't it all about moderation and balance?! such a wonderful way to live.

i cannot wait to try to burritos and am sure hoping you post more recipes soon!


Ashley said...

First off….your new blog design is rocking! I need to eat healthier…I really do. Those sweet potato burritos look amazing!

Terri said...

Thanks for the great recipe! I'm really wanting to start eating healthier and have at least done better about no processed foods. Just curious, when you say 'no meat', is that just red meat or does it include fish and chicken? Love your blog Shelby, you always inspire me! :)

Julie said...

I think your idea of having 5 meals/recipes every week & also 2 new ones in a great idea:)

I'm not into cooking but I find that planning 5 meals that I like really helps me as I'm quite a fussy eater.

I also find it easier this way to plan & buy items for food storage. Some people have about a months worth of food ideas that they like to store but I find that too overwhelming.

I'd love to know some of your tips & ideas on food storage by the way.

How do you handle sweets & puddings with the boys or are they naturally into healthy foods?

carolyne b said...

I too have go to recipes, esp after working all day I am tired so know I can take something out of the freezer and heat up. We try to do meatless at least 2-3 times a week.
I do like your ideas of more whole foods, esp because as a Latter Day Saint we know the word of wisdom, and you really follow that.

Shelby Osmond said...

Terri- We don't buy chicken and occasionally we will buy fish... but that is the only meat we buy. Thanks for your kind comment!

Julie- Food storage is whole other beast isnt it?! I am still working on mine and figuring out what works best for us. As for the boys, i don't want them to grow up deprived of sweets and then once they leave the house binge on everything. So in healthy moderation we have treats. But i find that they would rather have an apple or some kind of fruit.

Julie said...

I think that's a great idea about the boys & sweets. I know of some children who aren't allowed sweets & puddings etc at home & as soon as they're allowed them at other people's houses etc they go completely ott. I guess it's a case of all things in moderation really.

Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lifestyle! We are similar, we don't by processed food nor meat but don't label ourselves as veg as we sometimes eat seafood. My husband is Gluten Free.

makana hansen said...

You photos are beautiful. I'll confess, we love red meat! But I do only buy meat from Zaycon. We don't do HFC or salt and I don't bake... but mostly because I am terrible at it rather than being healthy :)
We are pretty much dairy free too. Long live coconut milk!! But... we did make our own butter this week for a Thanksgiving party and it was pretty cool and tasted SO GOOD! You have to try it.
I HATE going to the store at all! I am just counting down the days to having a garden...
Keep these recipes coming girl!