One of our main goals in starting this experiment in urban homesteading is to eat better food. Organic produce and natural food available in the grocery store can be very costly. However, doing it at home can be cheaper and definitely better for you and the environment.
That being said, here is what our snack cabinet looks like now, on any given day, more or less.
That is a lot of processed food right there. Don’t get me wrong, there are some gems hidden amongst the crap – nuts (though they are heavily salted) and Kashi granola bars are generally free of the most offending ingredients, but they are still highly processed and mass produced.
My goal is to revamp this snack cabinet (and eventually my whole kitchen). By purchasing only whole ingredients and making all of our snacks at home, I can be sure of what is going into them and therefore, sure of what I am feeding my little ones (since they are the biggest “snackers” in the house).
I already did a post on making our own granola. I’m hoping that it will replace all of the boxed cereal we buy. The next thing I am tackling are the graham crackers. Generally speaking, graham crackers are a great snack. However, the ones that are readily available in the store all have high fructose corn syrup – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fructose_corn_syrup added, which is an ingredient I try and keep out of my house. So, I made my own using a recipe from this – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030788726X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=030788726X&linkCode=as2&tag=fivelitthome-20 book.
|Ready for the Oven|
Standard, legally required, Endorsement Disclosure: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.