I just checked when I last posted a recipe on here and it was September. I knew it had been a while but I didn’t realize it was that bad!! I have no excuses other than most days it’s insane in my kitchen. Three (mostly) homemade meals a day to please three children and get it all done before the baby is sick of sitting in the high chair feels like a daily mini-marathon. I like us all to sit and eat at the same time so I basically let go the part of the meal where I try to find the perfect light and the perfect plate to try and make what I made look pretty. You guys, most days it isn’t pretty, and that is really why I haven’t been blogging.
Well, I’m here now and happy to share that my New Year’s resolution is to be more active with my food blog. Only in order for me to do this, I’ve decided that I am going to share the recipe that didn’t quite go as planned; or the meal that tasted delicious but the countertops are not cleaned off because that is our life right now!
Sugar free January
I know you are questioning what I am thinking right now. Here’s the deal, I have cut out sugars before (usually for only a couple of weeks at a time) and let me tell you, it really isn’t that bad. In fact, the first few days are hard and then this weird thing happens: all foods taste AMAZING. I think it’s because when you cut sugar (including refined flours) you end up cutting out all processed foods. Without processed foods to cloud your taste buds, real foods really get to shine. Anyhow, Ryan and I have done this before and suddenly our nightly ice cream treat is replaced with an apple and almond butter (and guess what, it tastes delicious!) The added bonus is we also feel great! So when my favorite food blogger Lindsay Ostrom over at the Pinch of Yum decided to do a Sugar Free January Challenge I thought it seemed like a genius (and crazy) challenge to take on for our whole family. If my picky eating, sugar-addicted first grader could limit her sugar intake, would almond butter and apples taste delicious to her? I don’t know the answer but am excited for this little experiment to play out.
What sugar free will look like for the Vossen Household
So technically we are not cutting out all sugars. We are cutting refined (white) flours and refined sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup. We are allowing honey and pure maple syrup so my kids will still be able to function. 😉 We have three birthdays in our household in the month of January so the sugar-ban is lifted for those days. I’m also giving dark chocolate a place in our diet because life without chocolate?? I can’t even.
In the end, my goal is a kitchen without processed foods (too many have snuck into my pantry over the past year); kids that are willing to try new foods; more vegetables; less fruit snacks. Isn’t this every mother’s goal?
This morning we kicked off the New Year with delicious pancakes and I will share that recipe in my post tomorrow. Thanks so much for following along this food journey with me. From my family to yours, wishing you the very best in 2018!!