Unfortunately, food is different these day. There's lots of chemicals, genetically modified veggies and grains (gmo's) and all kinds of crap shot into our meat to make it plumpy. It's sooooo yuk. It's ruining all our glorious food that I love so very much. And a lot of this stuff is addictive so you end up eating more than you really want and then craving it later. It's giving us all sorts of diseases and just flat out makes us feel bad. It makes me angry every day!!!
After we realized that gmo's and food additives were making my youngest daughter super sick (read all about that here) I decided something had to give. I refused to believe that this is just how things were and there was nothing I could do about it. I started reading food labels and researching what all those words were that I couldn't pronounce. I started researching how to make all the store bought things that my kids loved so I could make them from scratch and know exactly what was going into them. I HAD to know what was going into our food. I HAD to know where my ingredients were being sourced from and I HAD to know it was clean or it just wasn't coming into my home. I refuse to get sick or allow my family to get sick.....even if they didn't feel sick yet. Something would be coming down the pike eventually if I didn't prevent it now.
I read and learned and kept searching for answers.......and although there is much, much, MUCH more to learn.....I found some alternatives. I used to make bread with nut flours and rice flour, etc. But, nuts tend to be too hard on my delicate little tummy and all the other gluten free flours tasted icky to me or they contained xanthum gum, another chemical, to replace the gluten.
So......I started hunting down what kinds of flour was used before all this gmo madness. And I found that sprouted, whole grain flours sourced from non-gmo farmers did just fine with our tummies because apparently sprouted grains have half the gluten content. We switched to goat milk because it is easier to digest. Unfortunately, if you look at the ingredients in all the rice, almond, hemp, etc. milks....they contain stuff you don't want in your body (unless you make it yourself).
I won't go down the whole list of what I found but I can say that, seriously folks.....if it's worth eating.....there's not much you can't make from scratch. We've made our own granola bars (recipe coming soon), cereal, protein balls, hot chocolate (with goat milk and dark chocolate), our own chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows (yes, marshallows!!!)......and the list goes on. I try to add all the recipes to this blog but I forget....and you know....life gets in the way but I add things as my girls call them successes!
So, my point in this whole crazy post is that it can be done. We are not slaves to the food industry. Alternatives can be found so we can eat what we love without all the crap that our bodies don't love. It's possible. And your body will eventually thank you for it.
Let me also say this.....we snack on a lot more raw fruits and veggies, now, too.....which is a heck of a lot more important than anything I bake. But, the point is....we have a nice, plethora of options for both, now. I always prefer my kids eat a fruit snack but I can rest easy knowing the granola bar they are noshing on is clean, too.
Now......if there's anything you or your kiddos love to eat but the ingredients are so, freaking bad in the store bought version......shoot me an email and let's see if we can get back to basics and make a 'scratch' version that's still super fun to eat and easy on the tummy. I'll take that challenge!
Bring it on.