This topic is huge. I could (might?) write several posts on it.
I was unprepared for the opinions that are out there about the best way to feed one’s family. I just figured you’d do what was right for your family, I’d do what was right for my family, and that was that. But like every single other thing when it comes to parenting, there are many opinions and many people more than happy to share their opinion. This has been the case from the moment Evy was born.
I try not to worry about them and keep on keepin’ on.
Our approach to food has been this:
- Stick as much as possible to a “real food” diet, avoiding processed foods. The best explanation of what that means can be found here.
- Avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup/refined sugar/ingredients we couldn’t cook with at home.
- Eat homemade food as much as possible.
- Eat organic and local when we can, with a focus on the Environmental Working Group’s Clean 15/Dirty Dozen list. Our CSA farm share went a long way on this point.
- 100 Days of Real Food helped me to define my approach to feeding our family and has provided incredible resources on recipes, store-bought real food, make-ahead meals, and incorporating a real food diet into our family’s lifestyle.
- Weelicious (I make a batch of Weelicious muffins with whatever veggies I have on hand just about every week – Evy loves them and they are an easy snack plus a sneaky way to get more vegetables into her).
- From Scratch Club
- Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
- Mark Bittman’s site and How to Cook Everything
- Any/all of Michael Pollan’s books