The following is a guest blog from Kaitlyn, our social media manager, editor, mom of two boys, and devoted Hometown Harvest customer. Follow along as she embarks on a 10-day real-food-only pledge.
Anyone who’s ever successfully kept a New Year’s resolution knows that achieving is 90% preparation and 10% execution. But don’t quote me on those numbers. 🙂 I knew from reading up at 100 Days of Real Food that in order for me to completely eliminate processed foods from my diet for 10 days, I would have to be prepared.
Here’s How I Got Ready:
- Placed my order w/Hometown Harvest. This was the easiest part. I made sure to order Spring Mill whole grain bread, upgraded to a larger bag, and added some extra snacks to have on hand. More on what I did with them later.
- Bought dried beans, rice, and lentils. All of these are whole foods that are relatively easy to prepare, and great to have on hand.
- Made stock! Using a whole chicken and this recipe, I cooked up some fresh stock to use for soups and dinner recipes for the next 10 days. It is one of the easiest kitchen tasks to do because I was able to throw in the chicken when I got home from work and it was simmered and ready to be put away by the time I was done putting the kids to bed.
- Prepped snacks. With my kids’ Easter candy lying around, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t tempted to snag a jelly bean! I had ordered extra cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds from Hometown Harvest, so I dumped all three containers into a large bowl. I mixed in some organic dried fruit and divided the mix into clean jars. I LOVE trail mix, and this real food, homemade version was much cheaper than store mixes (that usually contain hidden sugars and salt).
- Tossed or boxed processed products. I gave myself about 30 minutes to go through my shelves, fridge, and cupboards to either throw away processed stuff that wouldn’t fit the challenge, or separate it out (so I would know not to reach for it while cooking). I’d say that maybe 70% of the products in my kitchen were already challenge-approved, but the rule about less than 5 ingredients on the label eliminated some of the rest by 1 or 2 ingredients.