+ half your juice with seltzer. my kids actually prefer it this way now because it’s fizzy so they are under the illusion they’re drinking soda when in fact they’re drinking diluted juice (fools!). it’s basically like making your own izze.
+ dilute your salad dressings (or better yet, make your own!). i dilute mine with fresh squeezed lemon (key to a delicious dressing), and sometimes apple cider vinegar and olive oil. but i still do love newman’s own non-creamy caesar. add lemon to that… bliss. do you have a great dressing recipe? do share.
+ don’t put as much sugar in recipes as is called for. you’ll almost never notice.
+ when your kids are squirrely and starving before dinner, as is always the case, give them a bowl of carrots… and if you’re feeling extra naughty, some annies’ ranch to dip.
+ don’t say no to all treats cause then, when they become teenagers, they’ll pretty much shoot high fructose corn syrup like it’s heroin. don’t say yes to all treats cause then, when they become teenagers, they’ll pretty much shoot high fructose corn syrup like it’s heroin. it’s a delicate balance, my friends (and one that i probably don’t have right anyway).
+ when you want treats, bake them yourself. then you know you’ll be able to pronounce all the ingredients. and you won’t do it that often because who wants to bake all the time? michael pollan taught me this one.
+ remember msg has many names. like hydrolyzed soy protein for one. read about it and avoid it. it excites our brain cells so much that they die and is addicting. i know that because when i think of cool ranch doritos, i want to shove the entire bag in my mouth in a split second. even when it’s been 18 months since i last had some. how is that possible? msg, my friends, msg.
+ know where your meat comes from. cow doesn’t count. learn more.
+ if you can’t give up a certain dirty habit, try to find a healthier alternative. like immaculate baking company brand break-and-bake cookies instead of the pillsbury alternative (though both are YUM).
+ make your own cream of chicken soup. it’s easy. basically your normal bechamel sauce but with chicken broth and a little more salt… most cream of chicken soups have msg. hate it.
do you have any for me? seriously, share. i love this stuff.
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