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The 6 Ingredient Challenge: Yay! For Healthy Eating (Again)

March 24th, 2013 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Eating Real Food

 

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonTry the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

We’ve completed a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we’re blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we’re answering the question: What are your final thoughts and reflections as we wrap up this challenge?

Do you have any newfound wisdom to share?

You can see all the responses to this question on March 21 at the link-up post.

To read all the posts and recipes in the Six Ingredient Challenge, visit the main page for a list of reading resources!

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We are near the end of the six ingredient challenge and I am happy to report that it has been a total success.  Eating foods that have less than 6 ingredients re-ignited my passion to feed our family real foods.  We eliminated processed foods from our diet over a year ago but slacked off a bit recently.  The 6 ingredient challenge reminded us all how much better we felt, both physically and mentally, and how much better our moods are when we eat unprocessed real foods.

While on this challenge I eliminated many food items that had slowly crept back into our kitchen.  I ditched the instant oatmeal, store-bought condiments, and Audrey’s favorite bunny mac and cheese.  I am once again baking our own bread, making homemade snacks, mac and cheese, ketchup, salad dressings and so much more.

The kids never once complained.  I really think that they enjoy making our food from scratch.  They take pride in our food because they help make almost everything that they eat.  I have recently asked them to pick out the fruits and veggies at the market.  They really enjoy this and look forward to our weekly farmers market!

I missed a few updates during this challenge but I have been here happily participating.  I am thankful for this challenge, our family will continue on this healthier path.  We are also very excited to plant our garden next month, whoo-hoo!

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3 Responses

  • Jessica says:

    Quinoa pasta plus sauce. Not quinoa pasta sauce (although that sounds yummy). Just noodles made from quinoa instead of wheat or rice and my own homemade pasta sauce. The veggie meatballs, though, were sadly not my own and did have more than 6 ingredients (and weren’t all that good). I’m looking forward to hearing about quinoa meatless balls!!!

    And the carrot peanut butter soup…have I sent you this recipe?!?! It’s in my freezer for next week. You’re welcome to some! I replaced the brand-specified PB (which I couldn’t get here even if I wanted PB with added *stuff*) with my usual nothing-but-nuts variety and added my own hot sauce and cayenne to spice it up. But you could just leave that out for the kiddos. I also added ginger and curry because, well, I add them to everything. It’s so delicious and you’re basically eating a huge bowl of carrots. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/the-heat-is-on-peanut-but_n_1061106.html
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  • Wow, you are an inspiration! I’m glad the challenge was so reinvigorating for you and your family. That sounds like a very successful outcome! Thanks so much for sharing and participating.
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  • Julia says:

    I love how successful doing the challenge helped make you and am impressed by all you make homemade. :)



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