I should have known not to pat myself on the back too quickly even though I'm cooking more for the family at home. I tried a shortcut by bringing home a fun summer food from the grocery store, and I thought it was okay because I'd read the label.
I didn't buy just any hotdogs. I paid extra for uncured turkey franks with "no nitrates or nitrites, no artificial flavors, colors or by-products." Aren't I a conscientious mother? I was already heating up a hotdog for my toddler at lunchtime when I read the fine print. Ingredients in the hotdogs include "cultured corn sugar" and "corn syrup solids." It felt like another marketing "gotcha!"
The more I hear what the experts are saying
about healthy food choices, the more I want to make everything at home from scratch. Trouble is, that's not reality for many busy families. So, I am reminded again to read the labels, every little thing, not just the catchy feel-good phrases on the front of the packaging.
Lunch turned out a little better when we added a fresh spinach salad that we'd just harvested from our organic garden. Now that's real food.
Labels: eating better, garden, green, organic, parenting