A photo of food, you ask? I know this is a departure from my usual Photo-a-Day-type of pic, but I thought I’d try something different today.
So why food? Well, in light of the fact that James’ Duchenne was caused by a spontaneous mutation at conception, it got me wondering about the kinds of things we put into our bodies, and that of our children. These days, shop-bought, pre-packaged food seems to be higher in chemicals than actual nutritious ingredients. As parents (in general), we are allowing our kids to drink too many soft drinks, eat too many lollies and fast food, and bathe in carcinogenic bath wash. As parents, we have lost the ability to put healthy food in front of our kids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As parents, we are taking shortcuts and making excuses for why we aren’t preparing healthy dinners that are full of goodness, for the most important people in our lives. We place more importance, as a society, on convenience foods, on making our lives as easy as possible, and yet in the process we are potentially destroying our most precious investments.
There seems to be a myth that making your own food takes too long. Truth be told, it DOES take longer than picking up one from the local supermarket, but by making your own you are at least aware of what you are actually putting in your kids mouths. I won’t lie, I occasionally buy processed stuff from the shops – I’m no saint. But, and this is a big BUT, for the most part I give my kids food with no artificial colours or flavours or preservatives.
Let’s look at the kids of today. More and more kids are obese, more kids are being diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, OCD, and so many more acronyms. When I was growing up, I didn’t know any kids with learning disabilities, metabolic disorders, muscle-wasting diseases, etc. Who knows how many of these are caused by exposure to chemicals in our food or environment? I know that James’ disease is not my fault, but perhaps more accurately it’s not my deliberate fault. Perhaps, and this is something I have thought about long and hard, it was something I was exposed to as a child in my environment, or perhaps my mum or dad were, or their parents. There are so many pollutants in our environment, and too many toxic chemicals in our food and beauty products. Whilst it is impossible to cut all of these out of our lives, we can at least make an effort to change those things within our capabilities. And that boils down to making better choices with our kids’ food, and putting some effort into preparing healthy meals.
Okay, so I’m going to hop off my soapbox now and give you a recipe I found for muesli bars. I made these today, my first time ever making muesli bars, and I have to say they were incredibly easy to make, and absolutely delicious! My kids, and my husband, can’t get enough of them! And do you know what? Every single item in them can be found in your grandmother’s pantry! Jamie Oliver always says, any ingredient on a food item should be something you can find in your grandmother’s pantry or fridge. I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in Jamie!!
FRUITY MUESLI BAR SLICE
1/4 cup (90g) golden syrup
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (80g) sultanas
1/2 cup (65g) sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup (75g) chopped apricots
1/2 cup crushed banana chips
1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180C.
Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the butter is melted.
Place the oats, sultanas, cranberries, apricots, banana chips, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.
Add the butter mixture and mix to combine.
Press into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Allow to cool completely in the tin before cutting into slices to serve. AND ENJOY!!!