I signed up for the October unprocessed challenge from www.eatingrules.com . For an entire month I will only eat unprocessed. The definition: Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
- Salad dressing… right now I use oil, vinegar, salt and pepper – but at home it’s all bottled (and super caloric – sometimes an issue between G & I)
- Turkey Bacon – it seems pretty unprocessed, but not entirely – still searching for nitrate-free and other questionable ingredients-free.
- Chai – I have one a day from Starbucks – no idea what’s in it – this may be my cheat item. Maybe I’ll try weaning myself off slowly.
- CHOCOLATE! I was so proud of my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe – thinking it was so unprocessed: oats, whole wheat flour, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, honey, honey, baking soda, baking powder, and chocolate chips. Super easy and all whole foods. Except I forgot 2 ingredients that are obviously processed: white sugar and chocolate. What’s a girl to do? I already use some honey, raw honey, cutting down on the processed sugar requirement. I also use at least 70% cacao chocolate, meaning that there’s a lot less non-chocolate in it than other things. But I love cookies. No -seriously – my love for cookies almost ended a relationship.
I’m hoping to find a sugar alternative, but there is no viable substitute for chocolate.