For our food challenge, we decided we would eat 'cleaner' dinners for 7 days. So for 7 meals, we ate all natural, whole foods and meats that were organic, grass-fed and free range livestock. I have to say, it started off a little rough! It didn't help that my husband wasn't really on board with the whole clean-eating lifestyle (too inconvenient and expensive, he would say) so of course I wanted to try and impress him with the yummiest recipes I could find. It was a battle I was determined to win! I would say the food got better as the week went on... here is our seven days at a glance:
w/ green beans, sweet potato, and fresh fruit
Spicy-Rub Slow-Cooked Chicken
w/ onion, sliced apple, and salad topped with hard boiled egg.
Giant Stuff Portobellos
w/ green beans and fresh fruit
Now we were making headway! This dish had the perfect amount of spice and was satisfying! Thad even enjoyed it. I will definitely be adding this recipe to our repertoire and see us making this in the near future. It was quite a bit of prep work, though, so it would have to be a day when the kiddos are preoccupied... maybe on the weekend when daddy can distract them while I cook ;) Thad - 2, Sarah - 1.
Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya w/ Brown Rice
Another winner! This dish was deeeeelish! I think tonight may have tied the game... Thad - 2, Sarah - 2
Spice-Rub Turkey Burger
w/ sweet potato, green beans, & *spinach salad
Perhaps my favorite meal of the week... I think I liked this meal the most because the meat portion was there, but not too big and we overloaded on the veggies (yum!). We both felt completely satisfied after this meal and both agreed we would gladly eat it again! Thad - 2, Sarah - 3 (I took the lead!)
*Salad was topped with hard boiled egg whites, avocado, balsamic vinegar, and fresh-squeezed lime juice
w/ mixed greens salad & fresh fruit
Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken
w/ sauteed onion & zucchini
And the winner is.....
I'm not competitive or anything... ;)
So what did we take away from this... other than I was the winner, of course. ;) haha No but seriously, we both were surprised by how many things were processed, and how limited we felt in our choices because of that. It truly is NOT convenient to eat healthy. How sad. Once I started looking closely at ingredients of things, I was taken aback - even disgusted. Great Value brand pasta, for example, actually says Pasta Product on the box... it's artificial pasta people! Eeek. Never noticed that before.
Thad and I watched a documentary called "Fresh" that talked about industrial farming and it was really eye-opening for him. He started googling Farmers Markets in the area before the movie was even finished. ;)
What did we take away from this spiritually? Our bodies are temples designed by God. Food should not be our friend, it should be our fuel. I liked when Jen (the author) says to Jesus, "Present my body a living sacrifice to You, holy and pleasing. Well, You can have my mind, my heart, and even my hands, but I'd like to keep the actual body to myself, thank You. I'm sure you won't mind..."
It takes on a whole new meaning when put into a Godly perspective, don't you agree?
Be well, my friends!