You guys, big news. Food Revolution Day has been declared May 19th!
Jamie Oliver’s efforts have always been near and dear to my heart because he has been putting the advocacy for real food into action, which to me is a big deal.
I would never want my kids eating the things they serve in schools and I will never understand the appeal of McDonalds (or Arby’s, you heard about the finger, right? Ew.). Oh, and Lean Cuisine does not constitute a homemade meal. Have you ever looked at the sodium content? Unnatural I tell you.
We believe a real, healthy and affordable meal is not difficult to achieve. As long as people are inspired (isn’t the idea of this generation of kids living a shorter life than their parents inspiring enough?) and educated on the subject, they will find it easy to make real food meals at home.
Spending an extra 15 minutes a day can give you a healthy homemade meal. And really, how hard is it to add an extra serving into a recipe so that you have leftovers the next day? Maybe you don’t have time to put together dinner or lunch every single day or maybe you don’t like cooking very much (you’d rather look at pictures on food blogs and drool over your keyboard, wouldn’t ya?).
I’d like to tell you that you can very easily make things like a simple soup, a quesadilla, pizza or some grilled chicken in less than 15 minutes.
Soups or stews using various items from your refrigerator can be frozen and saved for weeks that way!
Grilled chicken will be great on a sandwich, salad or just on it’s own with a little BBQ sauce.
Quesadillas are always winners in our book. A whole wheat tortilla with fat-free refried beans and cheese (and maybe some of that grilled chicken)…Yum.
Pizza is one of our all time favorite go-to meals. Throw some items from the refrigerator onto some whole wheat dough and top it with a little freshly grated cheese. It’s that easy and probably even faster than waiting for greasy ‘ol Papa Johns to arrive.
Your kids will surely thank you when they get to eat a homemade meal and aren’t feeling sick all day from eating those fried chicken fingers, pizza or a hamburger from the cafeteria at lunch time!
If your worried about the price of eating healthy, don’t be.
- Shop the sales (we aren’t telling you to be extreme couponers, by any means but buy what’s on sale). Buy fresh produce -not frozen.
- Don’t buy what you don’t need.
- Do it yourself – instead of buying overpriced already cut up melon, chop it up yourself by buying it whole for much less money. Buy a block of cheese instead of shredded and just shred it yourself. Buy a large container of yogurt and add your own fresh fruit instead of buying Yoplait’s sugar-loaded individual cups.
- If something seems too pricey, it probably is. Skip it, get something else – wait until the price drops!
Chrissy and I live on quite the tight budget and manage to spend less than $50 per week on groceries for both of us. So I’m here to tell you, it’s possible to eat real food and do it on a budget!
There is so much so stay on this topic but I would like to challenge you to celebrate this new occasion, Food Revolution Day on May 19th. Make a meal. Tell your friends to make a meal. Make a meal for your friends. Plant a veggie in your garden. Shop the sales and buy fresh produce – use those penny savers. Stock up on staples so your ready to make a meal in a flash. For goodness sakes, avoid Taco Bell or anywhere else that you aren’t required to move your butt in order to eat.
Do something to feed you, your family, or your friends some REAL food this weekend.
And no, throwing frozen buffalo chicken wings on the grill doesn’t count Happy Food Revolution Day (tomorrow)!
From the Little Yellow Kitchen,