Juggling Act [Real Food]

I’m not going to lie. Our real food journey is getting tougher. It’s only been a week and I’ve never wanted chocolate chips more in my life.

When you forget to plan for breakfast or lunch … and you’re a new mom breastfeeding … well, let’s just say you don’t realize how much you normally eat that is processed until you can’t eat it.

Real food means taking time to prepare it. Your definition of fast food becomes fruit, grab-n-go veggies like carrots and snow peas, and Lara bars. Side note: if you’ve never had Lara bars, check them out. They are delish. My personal favorites are Cherry Pie, Carrot Cake, and Ginger Snap. Although the Key Lime and Lemon Bar ones are scrumptious too.

It also means you’re hungry. All the time.

Take today for example. The only thing leftover in the fridge was rice. I could’ve made a grilled cheese sandwich with my homemade bread, but I had that yesterday. And I wasn’t really feeling it again today.

So, I pull out the rice and a can of black beans. Not the delicious seasoned kind, but just plain ole’ black beans. Mix some beans in the rice, add some cumin, ancho chile powder, garlic powder, pop it in the microwave and end up with a semi-delicious, healthy lunch. Too bad I don’t have a chocolate chip cookie to go with it.

Perhaps the hardest part about the whole thing though is trying to juggle making real food meals with taking care of a 12-week old baby. Don’t get me wrong – I love cooking … and I don’t mind the clean-up … but doing it all with a baby in tow is not exactly a piece of cake. Thank goodness for babywearing. Little A is definitely learning how to cook at a very young age!

To help with the juggling act, we’ve designated Sunday afternoons as “cooking hours.” This past Sunday we made mini donuts, cinnamon raisin bread (that was gone yesterday), and boiled eggs. Since this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, we may do cooking on Saturday instead. All I know is that in order to be successful at this real food thing, we’ve got to do weekend preparation for the week ahead.

As tough as it is, this real food journey has turned out to be sorta fun. I mean, after making our own granola, I don’t think we’ll ever buy it from the store again. The same is true for teriyaki sauce, pizza crust, and bread.

But oh … what I would do for a chocolate chip cookie …

Crystal Rowe

wife to D, mama to A & E, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, follower of Christ, writer, book lover, beloved child of God