So after posting my essentials for my pantry, I received some specific questions from a friend. I thought I would share her general questions (which are in bold) and my responses. And please feel free to email me or post any questions you have or recipes you would like me to try to tweek for you.
I looked at the ingredients for soft tortillas was astonished–way too many ingredients. Does your family eat tortillas?
My family loves to eat Mexican, and we eat it at least once a week. And while I do have my own tortilla press, and making tortillas at home is not hard, it is a bit time consuming and the texture takes some getting used to–they don’t roll very well. I am experimenting with them and hope to get a recipe posted that is easy and delicious. I either buy corn tortillas (for casseroles–I don’t like as a soft taco or enchilada) or we have nachos or taco salad with tortilla chips (3 ingredients—corn, oil, and salt). Sometimes I buy hard shells as well that only have corn treated with lime and oil. It is funny because my husband thinks nachos are unhealthier than soft tacos–so he thinks I am letting everyone splurge and I just let him believe it!!!
I also checked the ingredients for the Nutri Grain cereal bars. Wow! Not good. Is there an alternative to these that you know of?
Yes, Nutri grain bars are not good. Nature Valley crunchy bars (like the oats and honey and peanut butter, dark chocolate, almond, etc) are a good option for a quick buy. Lara bars are great options but are very pricey. However, they are super easy and cheap to make at home…..stay tuned for that post. Granola bars are something I need to experiment with as well! I have tried several, but have not found one that I love enough to share with you yet.
And jelly! I had no idea they put so much more than just fruit and maybe sugar in there. Yuck! I’ll try to get All Fruit from now on. How about peanut butter? Does your family eat that? I bought all natural today. I couldn’t get over how much smaller the ingredient list was.
I buy all fruit jelly and typically the Kroger brand will go on sale or Publix has the name brand on sale and I stock up. Every flavor is great in my mind!! As far as peanut butter, I always buy the natural brand (peanuts and salt are the only things listed.) And Kroger Brand is the cheapest by far. A tip for getting the oil properly mixed into the peanut butter—put one mixer onto your hand mixer and insert into just opened container. Hold the jar FIRMLY with one hand (or have someone else hold firmly) and turn the mixer onto low and stir until well combined. Store the peanut butter in the fridge and it should stay at the perfect spreading consistency until the last little bit (and then I will store in the pantry for the last few uses).
Do you ever buy something crazy…like Twinkies or Oreos for your kids? Or do you keep even the splurges to healthy and whole foods?
Yes, my kids eat junk food. However, I don’t often buy pre-made treats, or if I do, I still ensure it does not have high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, or MSG. I make desserts at least 1-2 times a week. It is still a treat and the kids love it but it is made with simple ingredients and whole foods. When we are out of the house I typically let them have whatever is presented to them.
I hope this helps you and inspires you to buy food that are bit healthier for your family. And remember, feel free to ask questions.