If you were around my Instagram last Friday, you got to listen to an incoherent, exhausted mom rant about food quality in America. To summarize it, I believe the majority of the food in America is overprocessed and over preserved.
As someone who grew up on a conventional row crop farm, as well as raised livestock a large portion of my life, I am a firm believer and strong supporter of conventional agriculture and GMO crops. Genetic modification can come from inserting an isolated gene that research shows an increased resistance to certain diseases or pests, reducing in the amount of pesticides or herbicides applies to the crop OR through selective breeding.
To me a “verified NON-GMO” label on a loaf of bread means nothing, besides marketing. There is currently no GMO wheat grown in the United States. Vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli and even kale are defined as genetically modified through selective breeding for the traits that allow them to be more palatable.
“Antibiotic-free” doesn’t mean that the animal received zero antibiotics, just that when the animal entered the food chain, no antibiotics remained in its system. Livestock growers all know the “withdrawal” date on any antibiotic for their animal. Reputable breeders, including all of the ones I know personally, will not knowingly allow their animal to enter the system within the withdrawal period.
Likewise, “Hormone-Free” chicken doesn’t mean anything either, as it is illegal in the United State to raise chicken (and pork) with added growth hormones. You will still have the naturally occurring hormones that are in every living species.
Organic products must be grown, handled and processed without the use of pesticides or other synthetic chemicals, irradiation, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or bioengineering. Boiled down, organic does not mean chemical free.
So with that being said, I reevaluated the amount of sugar and other processed junk foods my daughters were eating on a daily basis. Almost every day last week, Charley and Frankie at chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. As I am the one around them the majority of the time, I notice a marked change in their attitudes and behaviors, directly correlating with the amount of sugar they consume.
So with that in mind – I made a trip to my favorite store (ALDI) and purchased items to make them a breakfast smoothie.
Breakfast Smoothie (makes 5 16 oz freezer containers)
- 2 bananas
- 1 avacado
- 2 c spinach
- 1 c pineapple
- 1 c strawberries
- various frozen fruits
Portion into freezer containers, then in the morning add in a scoop of protein powder, some plain whole milk Greek yogurt, and ice. Blend and rest assured your children are getting alllll the goodies their growing bodies need.
Other meal ideas I am working on for their breakfasts: Kodiak protein blueberry pancake muffins, freezer breakfast burritos, and egg and bacon ‘cupcakes.’