The holidays are filled with family, festivities, and FOOD. It’s the time of year when many families take the time to prepare a homemade meal. Homemade is best because you know what’s going into your food. You’re in control and you make the choices of ingredients, salt, sugar, and spices.
Take this opportunity to get a jump start on a commitment to eating well in 2018. Clear out your cabinets and refrigerator of foods that have ingredient labels indicative of poor quality. Look for ingredients that you cannot pronounce or leave you scratching your head in wonder. Check for ingredients such as food dyes, artificial sweeteners, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), sulfites, nitrates, carrageenan, and sodium benzoate.
Question what it means when a label says "natural flavors" because that doesn’t always mean what you’re getting is wholesome. The origins of additives like cochineal, carmine, and castoreum may surprise you. If you suffer from food allergies, packaged foods can be a minefield of horrors.
Here are some ideas: Have Home Cook’s Pantry customize a blend for you. Instead of bottled barbeque sauce, try a dry rub. Get adventurous and sample some spice blends from Africa, Europe, or Asia. If you have a chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables, you have a start to a wholesome meal.
Eating well doesn’t mean you have to go on a diet. It’s a commitment to nourishing yourself and your loved ones.