Oh boy. This is embarrassing. I always write about my healthy eats, especially on Wednesdays- the day I feel like all the world is watching thanks to the What I Ate Wednesday party. But today all I have for you is junk. Bad things. Things a healthy blogger would never admit to eating. Things a healthy blogger should never have in the house. But alas, I am human. I like bad food just like everyone else. I had cheese sticks for dinner. We’ve all done that, right?
So here’s the scoop. I have been talking non-stop about this Forks Over Knives cooking class I am taking. The first assignment we had was to purge all the bad food out of our fridge and pantry. Well, lucky for me Chad and I do eat fairly well. And we are very careful about what we buy at the grocery store. But this “cleanse” is for reals. Like no artificial ingredients, not even anything with oil is allowed. I never realized how much oil is in everything.
The idea is that we are encouraged to eat whole foods and plant based. Oil is actually a processed food and according to my instructors, just an unnecessary source of calories. The left side of the pic is the before and the right side is after the purge. Not a whole lot changed, but it is a little more organized. And if you look carefully, I left a jar of coconut oil there because I use it for so much more than cooking- I use it for my hair, my skin and something new I am trying- oil pulling.
Now don’t get me wrong. We are not going sugar-free, salt-free and oil-free at all times. We will continue to eat a lot of the things we normally do which 99% of the time is free of added sugar, salt, preservatives, chemicals, dyes, etc. But this little assignment really made me take a hard look at the ingredients I have bought in the past, thinking it was healthy.
Oh, and we go out and eat at a restaurant, all bets are off. I will still eat what I want. The idea of this class is to learn how to prepare better foods and learn new cooking techniques, not stick to a strict diet. But you will probably not find Cheez-Its and boxed mac and cheese in my pantry anytime soon.
So this is what I did. Everything we had that was not Forks and Knives approved will have to go. And like a said, we didn’t have too many bad things. But a few things I had are embarrassing. And in true normal person fashion, we decided to eat all that bad stuff instead of throwing food out.
Chad loves his cereal. We always have lots of boxes in the house. However, cereal is one of those things that you have to be very careful with when reading the label. I love my Frosted Shredded Wheat, but this is one of the cereals that is going to have to go. Too many ingredients I can’t pronounce. Boo. But we also have plenty of cereal that would be FOK approved.
And I had tea, which there is nothing wrong with. I don’t drink hot tea enough.
Here I am just throwing things together from the pantry. Boxed seasoned quinoa, canned tomatoes with chilies and jarred Kalamata olives.
This is where it gets really bad. The green beans and roasted potatoes aren’t bad…but we had frozen mozzarella sticks as our main entree. In my defense, I had a coupon for free product I had gotten at a blogger conference so it’s not like I went and bought the cheesesticks. But I fixed them nonetheless. As a main entrée.
And we had cream of asparagus soup. You know the kind you mix with a can of milk and heat up? Yep- that kind. I had a few cans in the pantry I was planning on maybe someday using in a recipe. My how soup has evolved since those mix with milk days.
Ha! The plan is to keep real healthy stuff in the house but it is hard to keep it strict when we are traveling and this weekend we begin our 2016 travel schedule. And the first place we are hitting is Metro Diner in Jacksonville where I will be pigging out on French toast and eggs benedict!! But hey- this kitchen purge has been enlightening and that’s a good thing, right?
So there, I admitted to something I had for dinner that is not…becoming of a food blogger. So please share your cringe worthy meals in the comments below.