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About a year ago, I decided to try eating more real food and work in organic fruits and vegetables when possible. I’m not a strict “clean eater” by any means, but I have been enjoying making more of my own recipes and buying less processed store-bought food. When I first started doing this, Dan agreed but was definitely a bit hesitant.
Many people equate clean eating and organic food with an expensive diet of veggies and tofu. I know both Dan and I thought this was the case. However, according to Eating Well1, clean eating means “embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.” Essentially, you want to avoid eating highly processed foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
How I’m encouraging my spouse to eat real food
So, how did I convince him to eat more real food? The same way I convinced myself: I slowly tried it. Here are some steps to help you get started if you have a hesitant spouse as well.
Step 1: Incorporate
You should definitely start slowly! Begin with adding organic ingredients to some of your favorite dishes. One of Dan’s favorite recipes is Cranberry Chicken. I decided that was a recipe that could use a clean eating update! When I was at our local ACME Markets in Newtown, PA, I found Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Apple in the juice aisle and knew it would be a great ingredient in my new recipe. I also knew it would be a delicious drink to replace some of our processed favorites. Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices are fresh from the farm, natural and healthy.
Here are some other easy real food swap ideas:
- Instead of potato chips or pretzels, eat air popped popcorn. Add some toppings like salt, parmesan cheese, or hot sauce to make it more exciting.
- Replace cereal with oatmeal. Again, add some delicious mix-ins. Try this Chocolate Covered Cherry Oatmeal.
- Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in recipes.
- Eat 70% (or greater) dark chocolate instead of a candy bar.
- Instead of packaged fruit yogurt, eat cut up fruit topped with Greek yogurt, a little vanilla extract, and honey.
- Add Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juice to seltzer water when you crave some soda.
- Use brown rice or quinoa in place of white rice. Try this Sweet Corn, Shrimp & Bean Quinoa Salad.
Step 2: Communicate
Communication is the key to any issue in a marriage. The same is true here. Make sure that you explain why he may notice certain items disappearing from the kitchen and why you’ve chosen to buy new items. Point out some of the easy swaps listed above and tell him why they are better.
Many people fear that eating organic foods will be more expensive. That can definitely be the case. Dan and I talked about this and decided to try eating out less, so the money we save there is being rerouted to eating more real food. I also explained to him that many more organic foods are being made accessible at lower prices. For example, Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices are priced about $1 less than the competition! You can save even more with this $2.00 online coupon.
Step 3: Adjust
When your spouse says he doesn’t like something you’ve made, take note and make adjustments. One time I tried switching out spaghetti with red lentil pasta. Dan really didn’t like it! Okay, if I am honest, neither did I. When I wanted to make spaghetti again, I made some whole grain pasta and I used my spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I mixed the two together for my plate and he ate them separately. The next time I served it, he mixed them together and really liked it. I’ve even served only zucchini noodles and we both enjoyed that as well. Try zucchini noodles in this One-Pot Shrimp & Vegetable Linguine.
Step 4: Be patient
Changing habits can take time. Someone who is a junk food fanatic isn’t going to just switch to organic, real food overnight. Be patient with your spouse and make sure to celebrate the small wins.
Have you tried eating more organic, real foods? Do you have a hesitant spouse? Share your experience and tips below!
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