Thursday, March 29, 2012

Food for the Win

There are two things I really want to talk about tonight. The first is food, the second is missions. Both are important and both are on my mind. Don't judge me that I am about to pick food. Tomorrow will come a brilliant post on missions and you will feel glad that I let those thoughts seep into the depths of my mind before I put them down on paper the internet.

So let's get to it. I am passionate about food. Not the fancy gourmet kinds of foods, but the kind that God put on the earth to feed us kinds of foods. Now, you are about to get some of my honest opinion here so if you really love cheeseburgers and cheez-its....well, keep reading. I believe that God gave us all we needed to eat when He created the world, and yes He gave us innovative skills to learn how to pair those things together, but I do not think He intended for us to "enhance our foods" with extra chemicals and artificial things that are not nice to our bodies.

So I am going to let you in on a secret....there are foods out there without those ten syllable ingredients that actually taste just as good, or even better. And when you eat them you get to finish your meal with the satisfaction that only good things are in your lovely body. So if you don't mind, I want to give you some tips on great "clean" foods that are nutritious, tasty, and chemical/weird long ingredient name free. It can be done!

1. My favorite new thing is Back to Nature foods. Today I ate cheez-its that only contained four ingredients, all of which I could have bought at the store. The other day I ate ritz-like crackers that only had three ingredients. The important thing here is that the food tastes the same with less ingredients. This product is totally worth the extra dollar and available (I believe) at Publix.

2. Peanut Butter. I live off of it. But why all the extra unnecessary things? Try Jiff Natural for a good alternative (I choose Jiff over Skippy because it has less sodium). Then when you are feeling really adventurous try Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted PB. I really believe that my PB and J should only have peanuts, salt, and some fruit preserves in it. Don't you?

3. Yogurt. Ok, I seriously LIVE off yogurt. In the past five days I have downed about 50 ounces of the stuff. Yes, gogurt is pretty and Trix has a bunny on it, but try a Greek yogurt (Fage or Chobani are good brands) or try looking at the ingredients and choosing the one with the smallest list. Yogurt is seriously good my friends,

4. Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes. Yes, still a rice cake, but with the ingredient list of "eco-farmed whole grain brown rice and sea salt" you cannot go wrong. Add some PB and mmm, four ingredient snack. And I am telling you, this rice cake is GOOD.

5. This one is going to be crazy but....broccoli, apples, oranges. These things are yummy. Try to get ones that are organic (especially apples so you are not eating a lot of pesticides) and try to get ones that are from as close to home as possible. The less distance your fruit has traveled the better.

Eating more natural, organic, or local food will truly make you feel better physically and maybe even mentally because being good stewards of our earth and our bodies is a happy thing. And I am telling you, it is seriously delicious my friends. God did not skimp on the food He gave us. He made it colorful and made many different flavors and textures. Believe me, after a few weeks of eating fresh foods those hydrogenated oils won't be looking so good.

I have plenty more thoughts on food (it is one of my favorite pastimes after all...thank God for a good metabolism!) and if you want to get me started on things like meat then just push the button! But I think this is enough for one night. It is something to think about and try, and I promise it does not make you a hippie or a liberal. It simply makes you a healthier, happier person. And don't worry, a piece of artificial crap every now and then is definitely not out of the question. 


  1. Meredith--I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing. I've been combing through your blog as I found the link on the SEMI Facebook page. I'll be starting school at Fuller in the fall and I'm very excited. I'm also kind of nervous about some things too so it was good to read your blog and get your perspective on some things. :-) I, too, consider Georgia to be home now, even though I only lived there for 7 years. I've been here in Washington, D.C. for the past 2 years for work and I miss GA terribly, so it'll be sad to be even further from it when I come out to the west coast.

    At any rate, can't wait to hear more about your first year at Fuller! Thanks again for sharing. :-)

  2. Thank you so much for your comment! I feel so privileged that you arrived at my blog and got the chance to comb through it! It has been quite the journey coming to Fuller and I am glad that my struggles and joys may serve some purpose in assisting you with your journey. I would love to talk to you more as you prepare to move out West, so please feel free to Facebook me, and again, thanks so much for reading!