Are you trying to switch to a more whole-foods diet? I am! There are so many preservatives and chemicals in foods these days, I am slowly making small changes to incorporate real foods into my cooking. I’ve recently taken these easy steps to start eating real food.

Are you trying to switch to a more whole-foods diet? I am! There are so many preservatives and chemicals in foods these days, I am slowly making small changes to incorporate real foods into my cooking.  That being said, I’m not making any drastic changes. But I am trying to be more intentional about the foods I eat.   I don't exclusively eat "real" food by the way, and most likely never will. But I think if we make small changes as we can that we can live healthier and feel better about the food we are eating. Here are some easy baby steps I’ve taken to incorporate more whole foods into our life.  1. Switch to Pure Maple Syrup Did you know that the only maple in most syrups on grocery store shelves is a small amount of "maple flavoring"? This was a really easy switch for me... pure maple syrup tastes SO good. It’s a little more expensive, but if it’s in your budget then it is totally worth it.   Plus, I’m usually able to find pure maple syrup at Aldi.. it’s a lot cheaper there! 2. Use Unbleached Flour Unbleached flour is processed less than the bleached variety. I’m hoping they start carrying this at Aldi, because that’s where I like to buy flour. I did find whole wheat flour there though. That’s a good choice too, so I stocked up. 3. Buy Real Butter I have cut out margarine and switched to actual butter. When used in moderation, the fats in butter are good for you. This is also something I buy at Aldi.. it’s less expensive than other places I’ve seen.  4. Know the Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen The "dirty dozen" fruits and vegetables are the ones that are more important to try to find organic. The dirty dozen are the ones that are supposed to have more harmful chemicals on them than the “clean fifteen.”   5.  Find Local Farm Fresh Eggs I love having farm fresh eggs! These are easier to find in warmer months, but when they are available I try to buy them.   Switching out a “normal” product for a much more wholesome product is an easy way to make a quick switch to eating some foods that are better for you. A lot of these simple changes actually taste a lot better too!   What are your best tips for switching to more real foods?

That being said, I’m not making any drastic changes. But I am trying to be more intentional about the foods I eat.

I don’t exclusively eat “real” food by the way, and most likely never will. But I think if we make small changes as we can that we can live healthier and feel better about the food we are eating. Here are some easy baby steps I’ve taken to incorporate more whole foods into our life.

1. Switch to Pure Maple Syrup

Did you know that the only maple in most syrups on grocery store shelves is a small amount of “maple flavoring”? This was a really easy switch for me… pure maple syrup tastes SO good. It’s a little more expensive, but if it’s in your budget then it is totally worth it.

Plus, I’m usually able to find pure maple syrup at Aldi.. it’s a lot cheaper there!

2. Use Unbleached Flour

Unbleached flour is processed less than the bleached variety. I’m hoping they start carrying this at Aldi, because that’s where I like to buy flour. I did find whole wheat flour there though. That’s a good choice too, so I stocked up.

3. Buy Real Butter

I have cut out margarine and switched to actual butter. When used in moderation, the fats in butter are good for you. This is also something I buy at Aldi.. it’s less expensive than other places I’ve seen.

4. Know the Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen

The “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables are the ones that are more important to try to find organic. The dirty dozen are the ones that are supposed to have more harmful chemicals on them than the “clean fifteen.”

5. Find Local Farm Fresh Eggs

I love having farm fresh eggs! These are easier to find in warmer months, but when they are available I try to buy them.

Switching out a “normal” product for a much more wholesome product is an easy way to make a quick switch to eating some foods that are better for you. A lot of these simple changes actually taste a lot better too!

What are your best tips for switching to more real foods?

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