Happy things come in threes, I do believe. As the mother of three boys, I refuse to give any credence to the idea that not so good things also come in threes.
SO when Suzie and I fielded a call from Stefan from Grandview Elementary asking if we could host three classes of third graders for a meet, greet and eat session at the Among Friends facility, we enthusiastically agreed. Little did we know back in March that the middle of May would be the busiest week of production we have ever survived at Among Friends, by multiples of pallets, for our three big new customers.
Taking our cue from my very favorite Michael Pollan, and his book “Food Rules,” (which I believe all Americans should have on shelf) we came up with a list of our own food rules to use with our third graders.Note to readers: If you can’t follow all the rules, pick any three and you will be doing your body and spirit a big favor. Or just remember these three words—EAT REAL FOOD.
A Few Food Rules
From Suzie Q and Lizanna Banana
Eat Real Food
Bananas, pears, eggs, cinnamon toast, milk, oatmeal, pasta. These are foods, not highly processed chemical concoctions that your grandmother wouldn’t recognize.
If you can’t pronounce it, Don’t eat it
What exactly are ethoxylated diglycerides? If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you might want to avoid the food. Put another way, keep things simple.
Embrace the good germs
Most products in the grocery store are made of processed flour in which the inner germ has been removed. But the germ contains the nutrients for the seed. It is the grain’s superhero, packed full of the phytochemicals that help keep us from getting sick and promote healing.
Eat your colors (but not breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk)
Think green. Green beans, broccoli, spinach, avocados, Romaine lettuce, kiwi, kale. Think orange. (We are not talking fluorescent mac-n-cheese) Orange peppers, carrots, actual oranges, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes. Think purple. plums, blueberries, grapes, peppers, potatoes. Once again, it is all about the superhero phytochemicals who fight the bad and champion the good.
Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
Gas stations make more money inside selling food and cigarettes than they do selling gas. Except for milk and water, it’s all highly processed snack food and super sweet soft drinks in hefty bottles.
Drink lots of water
Your body is 60 percent water. That means that we can survive a lot longer without food then we can without water. Eat watery things—soups, oranges, melons, apples, grapes—and stay hydrated.
Treat treats as treats
Cookies are not carrots or kale, as we like to say. But that doesn’t mean treats need to be bad for you either. Gluten-free oats and oat flour are the first two ingredients in many of our most popular cookie mixes. That’s not a bad way to get fiber and magnesium, one of the most important minerals in whole grains that we need.
Learn to bake and cook
One of the best ways to learn how to eat healthy food is to learn how to make it. That way you are in charge of what’s in your food. Learn how to scramble an egg, cut fruit for a salad, make whole grain cinnamon toast.
We believe children should make messes in the kitchen. But that’s why there are sponges and soap–not mothers. Listen up, Anderson boys.
Break the rules once in awhile
Obsessing over food rules is bad for your happiness and probably for your health too. When my boys were growing up, Saturday was candy day, and we made an occasion of going to the drug store for our loot. In my house growing up, sugar cereal was taboo. So when my parents travelled, we raced our bikes to the corner store to load up. When Suzie’s dad, not her mom, bought sugar cereal, Suzie used to set her alarm so she could wake up early to get her hands on the cereal…and the prize.
Friends don’t let friends eat white flour
Well, that is the Among Friends story. We believe that Food is Love, and we can help you can make the tastiest treats with a better nutritional profile for the people you love.