There are a lot of things going into our bodies that we just can’t control – especially living here in Lebanon. From the polluted air that we breath every day to the contaminated water running through rusty pipes that we wash our dishes, shower and brush our teeth with, we just can’t avoid some things.
But one thing we do have control over is what we are eating at home. For the past two weeks, we’ve eaten only “real food” at home – nothing highly processed, no refined sugar or flour.
We started slow a few months ago.
One of the first things I worked on was snacks. We started eating a lot more fruit, vegetables, yogurt and nuts instead of packaged crackers, chips and cookies.
Next up was drinks. We don’t actually drink coke, but I loooove juice and thought it would be super hard to find a good replacement. But then I discovered naturally flavored water, and we’re totally sold. Basically we throw a few cut up cucumbers and some fresh mint that we grow on our balcony into a pitcher of iced water and we guzzle it down! I found a lot of fun recipes here, but haven’t been able to try many yet because the fruits aren’t in season (or aren’t available here).
Dinners were pretty easy, because we don’t have a lot of the convenience foods here that we were used to in the States. The biggest switches we needed to make were with our grains, since I was pretty much already cooking from scratch.
So that’s how we’ve been eating the past few months.
After we got back from Germany, I decide to do a little experiment and move to only real food for a few weeks. So far it’s been going pretty well and I’ve discovered some fun new things to eat with the benefit that I know exactly what we are putting in our bodies and it’s all natural, healthy food!
For breakfast, one of the new things we’ve been eating overnight oatmeal. Cold oatmeal sounds disgusting, but it’s actually surprisingly good!
For lunch, I’ve discovered that homemade peanut butter is ridiculously easy to make. Just throw the nuts in a food processor and process the heck out of them. I didn’t actually love the taste, but then I tried making almond butter. Almonds, a little honey and some olive oil… amazing!!
Homemade granola bars (although I pretty much substitute every nut and fruit in that recipe – I just use it for the quantities :)) and smoothies are our favorite snacks right now, but for the past few days, I have been majorly craving something sweet… and not just fruit… I need chocolate! Homemade Larabars to the rescue! (I don’t actually know what a Larabar is, but this version is absolutely delish!)
So, that’s what we’ve been eating lately. We’re still going out to eat when we feel like it, and have no qualms about eating whatever is put in front of us when we are visiting friends… but it’s nice to feel a little more in control of what we are putting into our bodies while we are at home. I’m not sure that this will be a permanent thing, right now it’s just an experiment, but so far it’s off to a pretty good start!
Would love any good websites or recipes if any of you are also on a real food diet!