July 29, 2014
Anyone who has ever met my hubby knows he is a HUGE pickle fanatic. He eats them daily. We have a stocked supply in our panty. He has also passed his love for pickles onto my kids. Kailee and Kobe both love to eat pickles with their daddy!
At first I didn’t think this was a bad option for a quick and easy snack – yes the sodium is high but again compared to potato chips, fruit snacks or snack cakes, I felt pickles were a better option. And that’s how we try to make our food choices on this journey to improved health and wellness. It’s always important to remember that it is a journey and one day, good or bad, will not alter your course, but rather it’s the collective choices that determine your destination and your overall health.
We try to keep in mind moderation is key. Well with my pickle fanatics moderation is not an option because they tend to consume pickles daily. Since my family is on a journey to eliminate processed foods and eat real food – one day I happened to look at the ingredients on the pickles – sometimes ignorance is bliss. Well here it is…. YELLOW 5, not to mention the others!!!!
This must be how people feel when they discover the sugary cereal they have been feeding their kids everyday is full of crap almost none of which is nutritional and no wonder why they are hungry again and hyperactive – my heart stopped – WOWZERS I have been poisoning my kids everyday and didn’t even realize it – ok, so maybe not that dramatic, but this hit me hard because how was I going to tell my kids – or well my husband for that matter- they could no longer have pickles. Pickle Gate 2014 Began!
First let me interject in case anyone is wondering why my objection to the pickles. Here are two great reasons why I try to avoid food dyes:
Well after about 2 minutes of research I found a…Better Option….Homemade Pickles. To my surprise they were super yummy and my little fanatics all gave me 2 thumbs up! As an extra bonus, they are also cheaper than store bought, so it’s a win-win!
I’m also in the process of testing a few other recipes one in particular that does not call for vinegar. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Enjoy your pickles!!!