Real Food for Children- Sunday Surf

There has been some fabulous food being made this week. It’s been really enjoyable to read everyone’s menus. Did you see Artful Mama posted her meal plan, and she was in labor?  Now that is dedication to real food! She was filling up with healthy, protein rich food so she’s  ready for delivery. So what about real food for baby? I thought THIS article was really great. I know with my children I learned more with each child. Avocados were the first food for our kids. We don’t need no rice cereal!!!
A few fantastic recipes were shared. Gabe posted a recipe for Rosemary Quail and Rebecca posted a recipe for homemade pizza. The pictures made me hungry. I think we’ll be adding that to our list of foods to make. Pizza is always a crowd pleaser.
We’re winding down to the end of our 10 Day Real Food Challenge. I am really enjoying the process and look forward to continuing to eat this way. I was feeling in a rut and completely unmotivated when it came to preparing food. This challenge has got me excited about food again. The farmers markets are starting soon and that will keep me inspired. Did you see we took a visit to Green Chin Farms and saw all of the babies that were just born?
Most of us notice a change in our health or that of our children’s when we take positive steps in good nutrition. Margaret wrote out the reasons for her journey towards real food HERE. I have been feeling more energetic this week, I know I’ve been eating more than I usually do. I think that has been a big help.
Steering kids free of the junk food is hard.  That is a struggle most of us face when trying to find a balance between social eating and healthy food. My family already thinks we’re ‘weird’ about so many things. I try not to make an issue about food all of the time, but I’m just not ok with my children eating garbage. How do you handle these situations? I found this post at The Nourishing Gourmet helpful about raising children in a culture of junk food. I’d love to hear what you do in these situations.
Last but not least there is a great giveaway for convertible training pants at the Natural Parents Network, Check it out! This has nothing to do with real food, but I thought it may interest you. Have you found some helpful links on the web this week, do share!

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Starting the Real Food Challenge & a Real Food Sunday Surf

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaI’m joining Authentic Parenting and Hobo Mama for Sunday Surf. Share your best reading of the week, and link up your post at either blog!

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Happy Surfing!

It takes some work to make changes in your lifestyle. While I don’t think these changes will be huge I had some cookies I had to hide before starting the 10 day Real Food Challenge. I have been watching labels and learning a lot about foods I regularly purchase. Mostly I’m surprised how sugar is sneaking itself into everything  from my beets to my tomato sauce. I’m looking forward to making changes in our diet and kicking that sugar out the door.
I’ve been working on a grocery list of items to have on hand during the challenge. I don’t want anyone to go hungry or to complain about the lack of snacks, etc. I’m hoping to make the switch with my family without much fuss. Today was our first day and we started with a delicious breakfast of Creamed Kale and Eggs  (you can find this and other recipes on my Pinterest Real Food Challenge board). We’ve stocked up on some Lara bars and Funky Monkey fruit snacks when we need snacks on the run.
I’ve also gone through my cookbooks and  I think The Art of Simple Food as well as the Nourishing Traditions cookbooks will be a great inspiration this week. I picked up my holds from the library. I’m excited to browse through them and find some new recipes to make. I picked up Deliciously Organic, Almost Meatless and Super Natural Every Day.
Talking with the kids is an important step in making this challenge be a success. My three-year-old understands terms like ‘this is yucky’ and  ‘it has bad stuff in it’. However, my soon to be 10-year-old can understand the importance of real food on a different level. She raises her own chickens and she has helped me make our own cheese, yogurt and bread. Of course, she’ll still gobble down a bright red lollipop with no hesitation. It takes baby steps I guess. Here is an excellent article about the main reason kids eat processed food is because parents give it to them. That makes sense, doesn’t it?
I’m excited to see my friends and family talking about real food. We’re sharing ideas and brainstorming where we could catch a healthy meal about town. I hope you’ll help spread the word. I’ll be posting all of the bloggers that are participating. You can follow me on Facebook for more daily updates including what we’re eating on a daily basis.

Here is a list of bloggers that have already posted about joining the 10 Day Real Food Challenge:
Also, many of my fellow bloggers from the Natural Parents Network will be participating, here’s a partial list:

If you have a recipe, website or cookbook that you would like to share, please let me know in the comments.