If I had to list what we do eat, I'd say that I munch on yogurt and cheese and I really like bagels. I have hungry teens, but luckily they are fruit snackers and if they do eat something out of a bag, it's usually pretzels or a granola bar. I serve up veggies with each meal and never, ever deep fry. I think we're eating well.
Of course, that's where the "healthy" debate comes in. Is there too much added sugar in the granola bar? Are the pretzels made with or without gluten and are they GMO free? Is the fruit organic and if it is, how do we know for sure? There's a lot of fat in cheese and yogurt which is not good for your heart and bagels are bad carbs, white flour, no whole grain. Apparently, no one should ever eat a bagel.
So are we in fact eating healthy? I feel like I never know.
I grew up in house, where cold cuts were the everyday lunch choice and my snack was either a Twinkie or a Ring Ding ~ foods my kids have never even tasted. We drank soda with every meal and we went to McDonald's and Burger King often. I haven't been to one in over 15 years now, no one here drinks soda and the only thing my kids have ever eaten from either franchise is fries and before you tell me to wait until they're teens, remember they are, deep into their teens.
I guess, in comparison to what used to be the norm, we're healthy eaters...healthy enough.
It's way too hard to keep up with all the latest research (that will be debunked in 5 years anyway), so we eat what we want in moderation.
This is a new "healthy" (my own definition) favorite of mine, an easy recipe for a stuffed yam. I hate to cook, so this makes an awesome meal, because it's so simple and requires very little prep.
This particular yam is stuffed with a tablespoon of 95% lean cooked ground beef, broccoli and a slice of muenster cheese just plopped on top. I let it all sit for a minute to melt into each other and then dig in.
I know, beef and cheese...fat and cholesterol. I don't care. There's not a lot of it and it's what we like. It feeds the need for a juicy, fat cheeseburger, but in a much better for us kind of way.
Plus, like I said, it's a super easy recipe and I am all about that. I serve it up with a side salad and everyone is happy.
Well, except me. I like salad, but I'd really rather have that bagel. Or a Ring Ding.
Old habits die hard.
What's your definition of healthy?
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