I was raised with good nutrition all around me, my mother did her best to always have fresh, home cooked meals, on the table (not from boxed) and we always had fresh fruit and veggies around. Sure, we ate junk food, fast food, and sweets at times but it was considered the exception not the normal.
Nine years ago, I left my nursing career and my husband and I travelled to The Netherlands, we ended up living there for about 2 years.
During that time, I learned several things regarding food and where it comes from and the importance of eating more whole foods. Every saturday, the town we lived in had a beautiful fresh market from the locals.
This was actually my first time going to a big outdoor “farmer’s market.” At the time I didn’t appreciate it as much as would now. Regardless, it opened up my eyes to yummy whole foods, the importance of buying local, supporting farmers…fast forward, I became pregnant with our first child while living over there. It was then that I became serious about food and how it affects our bodies, after all I wasn’t just eating for me anymore. That was 8 years ago, it was then that I got back to my “roots.”
I am now a stay at home mom to 3 energetic, beautiful, and thank God, healthy boys. I like to bake and cook using natural, real ingredients. I am sharing that interest with my kids in hopes that they see what real whole foods are. We have fun with it, making games up like “what colors on the rainbow did we eat today?” They help me prepare meals and bake along my side. They know if they want a “treat” the greens, veggies, or fruit have to be eaten first.
I do what I can to instill good food choices, (well all choices actually) It’s a sugar, prepackaged, artificial color, preservative food fest out there! I arm them with what I can at home and send them on their way. It’s pretty much like that with anything when it comes to raising kids. I am just a parent doing what I think is best.
This blog is a place to put down my stacks of smoothie recipes, meals, herbal recipes, and some of the spice in life that my family provides me. Come along if you like, it’s going to be a fun journey.
Cheers to good health and the spice of life!
Amy Rod 😉