Some might call me a hypocrite, but I prefer to define it as living with moderation. Yesterday I discussed eating real food, not nutrients, which I’m a huge advocate of, but if you’ve been reading this blog for more than a minute you’ll know that I’m also a huge fan of Mexican food from hole-in-the-wall places. Is everything they use 100% real? I have no clue. But it’s good. And we don’t eat it every day.
I’m using that as my disclaimer to show that I’m not eating healthy 100% of the time. I’m more of an 85-90% kind of gal. I know, I know, the rule is supposed to be 80/20, but I find I feel better with a slightly higher percentage and –gasp!- real food is good! Like yesterday…
Green tea, local farm Egg on Ezekiel Bread
I’ve talked about Ezekiel bread before, but let me show you what I mean by ‘all real’ ingredients.
Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Sprouted Flax, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt. Rolled in Organic Flax Seeds.
I can say every one of those words and would be able to point them out in a line up. Winning.
Sautéed kale, black rice, shredded carrots, feta cheese, green onions, pan-fried tofu, red wine vinegar and olive oil
My lunches usually consist of whatever I happen to have in the fridge, making them quite random. Somehow, they usually end up coming together surprisingly well. Yesterday’s lunch was delicious, even though I was nervous about the tofu. I don’t know much about how to use tofu, but I had some left over from my hot and sour soup so I pan fried it. It worked well enough.
Leftover Crockpot Hot and Sour Soup
Do you know what my favorite thing about this soup is? I made it. I know there is no MSG or other scary chemicals in it. Mmm.
Handful of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds (x2)
Let’s check out the ingredient list-
Ingredients: almonds, sugar, vegetable oil (canola, safflower and/or sunflower), honey, salt, corn maltodextrin.
Ok, recognize it, recognize it, wait. Uh-oh- what is maltodextrin? Definitely isn’t easily recognizable, so I looked it up.
I found out it is a common additive, an easily digestible carbohydrate made from rice, corn, or potato starch (celiacs beware— it can also be derived from barley or wheat). It is a white powder often used as a thickener or filler. It is processed (boo!), but it doesn’t contain any chemicals since it’s made just from cooking down the starch.
You choose whether it’s real or not. I’ll admit, I still ate the almonds.
Sweet Potato Chili with Sour Cream and Cilantro (x2)
Another one of my homemade favorites that proves real food is sooo dang good.
I remember thinking that eating a whole foods based diet would feel restrictive. I could never eat only salads. But now that I’ve slowly worked my way to be here, I realize the possibilities are limitless… and delicious. Thank you Jenn for hosting another WIAW!
What is your favorite whole foods/real food meal?