Last month I asked Whitney of the fabulous blog for new parents (and even not-so-new parents), Rookie Moms how she defines Real Food. Ironically, she and I met at a cheeseburger party many many years ago (but if I recall, neither of us indulged in the burgers, just fun hats). This is what she had to say…
The question is not an easy one to answer. I guess real food means food that comes from nature – either plants or animals. I often tell my kids they need something on their plate that “grew out of the ground”.
Feeding my family is a real challenge for me. Both kids are picky, and worse than that, there’s hardly any overlap in what they like. I am constantly frustrated by the ongoing event we call dinner. We do sit down as a family every night and eat together, so I try to pat myself on the back for that and focus on that being more meaningful than what exactly we are eating.
Real food is stuff that offers nutrients to your body. Tonight we all had scrambled eggs and wheat toast for dinner. The adults had veggies mixed in; the kids had theirs plain with sliced strawberries on the side.
This is not the first time that I’ve heard a friend talk about different tastes across the family. It’s not easy to please everyone and no one wants to be a short order cook. Gathering at the dinner table for a family meal has a list of long-term benefits and while it’d be great if everyone shared the same meal, that’s not what is critical. It’s more about the time we spend together and hopefully everyone feeds their belly.
ps. Whitney has a Lentil Soup recipe on the Rookie Moms site that I love to make. It’s super easy to toss the four ingredients in a freezer bag and keep it in the freezer for another day. Yep, there’s Lentil Soup in my freezer right now!