In our pursuit of nourishing ourselves and our families, I offer these ten goals to guide our thinking and purchasing!
Real Food Goal #1: Eat Single-Ingredient Foods
Real Food Goal #2: Eat More (Good) Fat
Real Food Goal #3: Know Your Sources and Buy Local
Real Food Goal #4: Rethink Your Sweeteners
Real Food Goal #5: Find a Few Super-Foods You Love
Real Food Goal #6: Kiss Refined Foods Goodbye (and develop a new love affair with their traditional counterparts)
Real Food Goal #7: Soak or Sour Your Flours and Sprout Your Grains
Real Food Goal #8: Eat Something Raw at Every Meal
Real Food Goal #9: Eat (At Least) One Cultured or Fermented Food Each Day
Real Food Goal #10: Develop a New Rhythm (or What to Do When Good Intentions Go Awry)
Make a list of foods and dishes your family loves and on the days when you find yourself short on ideas for dinner, consult the list so you don't end up ordering out or making a box of packaged something. Preferably, these are meals that are quick and simple so that you actually make them in a pinch.
If making everything at home is overwhelming (which it often is for the first few weeks/months/years), find sources to purchase good quality equivalents. Your local farmer's market can be an excellent source! Sourdough and sprouted bread, traditional sauerkraut, condiments, and other kitchen staples can often be found fairly easily.