First, I'm halfway through (give or take) about 5 pins as we speak. And I keep adding to the DO IT NOW pinboard. My name is Jana and I have a problem.
Anyway, what I really want to talk about is a bit of a downer. But, it's been on my mind a lot this week. Food. I grew up on Hamburger Helper and fried this or that (no offense mom). On both sides of the family food was a constant. We lived the typical Southern "you aren't happy unless you're well fed" mentality.
Fast forward to me feeding my own family and everything is organic with a touch of Chick-Fil-A and the Mexican place down the street. I painstakingly make dinner every night to the best of my recipe following ability. I want to like what I make, but I also want Seth and Lila to LOVE it. This never happens. Seth usually likes it. Lila usually doesn't. I have gone to great lengths to make things for Lila that she will eat that have real, wholesome ingredients. I make things into pancakes and cupcakes in the hopes that she will be fooled that the pancakes are made of zucchini and the cupcakes are made of quinoa (all of which are from Pinterest!). She's not. In fact, I could feed a small country with the amount of frozen items I have in my freezer right now that I made for her that she hated. Truth be told, I didn't much care for them either or they would be eaten already. I read "real food" blogs and look over their recipes that they say their kids love. Granted, I have a seriously picky eater. But still. I feel like something, someday will have to work.
Regardless, the state of the food industry baffles and disgusts me on a daily basis. I spent five minutes a few weeks ago fully convinced we were going vegan (I'm sorry Crystal...I can't do it). That's how much it distresses me. Truthfully, before I had kids I didn't care. Or maybe I just didn't know the immense amount of information I am privy to now. Either way, I would say ignorance is bliss. But then I would unknowingly be eating things like this.
I am trying to come to an agreement with myself about how I will raise my children in regards to food. I eat well now, but I am an overeater. However, I would rather overeat healthy foods than eat minimal amounts of garbage. Just sayin'. I want my girls to know what the super foods are that people in general don't buy. Maybe those things will be mainstream someday. One can dream.
So far, my agreement is that Whole Foods may have to be my new stomping ground. I simply can't do meat that's not organic anymore. More than that, I feel like most things need to be organic. But, I also can't go without meat because then I would be making two meals every night. I married a meat and veggies man. CSA's aren't accessible enough for me. My gardening skills suck (but I'm trying it again this year anyway!). The problem is, when I go in Whole Foods I feel conflicted. There's a sense of "does everyone know I can't afford to really shop here?" mixed with "I want to buy everything" with a healthy dose of "is it really necessary to buy organic flour at $9 a bag?". Ugh.
I've tried to shop at Kroger because they have a decent organic section. But their meats are awful. It then ends up that I am going here, there, and everywhere to get what I need at a price I can stomach.
My question to you is, if you lean towards the road to crunchy where do you shop? How do you do it? I'm willing to fork over the extra money for food that isn't laced with ammonia and/or hormones that comes from animals that aren't tortured. I guess I just need some input on how others handle it. Maybe you have suggestions or shopping tips that would make my life easier...?