Friday, February 27, 2009

February Super Food Challenge - Wrap-up

Today marks that end of the second month of the Organized Mommy Super Food Challenge. Where we gradually incorporate new healthy foods into our regular diet!

February's super food was Oatmeal and Buckwheat. My goal was to eat oatmeal for breakfast three times per week.

So, how did I do? So-so.

I realized that I don't really like hot breakfast cereal all the time. Even in the cold winter, I really like cold cereal in the morning. I also realized that the milk I have on my cold cereal is often my only serving of dairy all day long. Having oatmeal in the morning meant that I would have to re-shuffle my habits to incorporate dairy some other way.

What I did instead is to eat granola a few times per week in lieu of my usual high fiber cereal. That way, I get my oats without giving up my daily serving of dairy. (Though, I like my granola with nonfat yogurt, instead of milk.)

My husband, on the other hand, loves his oatmeal. So, I still make a big pot for him on the weekend.

The granola I buy is just about the yummiest on earth, but a bit pricey to be eating every day. So, I am planning to try making my own. I found an easy and yummy granola recipe, and will try it as soon as I have time.

This month underscores for me the importance of making your healthy eating habits work for you. If you are forcing yourself to eat things you don't like, you are just not going to stick with it. It's about finding that match between things that are healthy and things that you love to eat. Find those things and fill your diet with them. Don't agonize about the rest.

Check back next Friday for the March Super Food!

How did you do with your healthy eating goals this month?

3 comments:

  1. Once you start making your own granola, there's no going back. I use a recipe a little different from Martha's (no coconut, a bit less oil and honey, a little maple syrup, etc.) and I just love it. I also love not paying the insane prices for pre-made granola!

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  2. @Brigette - I agree. I can't wait to hone my recipe until it's "just right" too. I like that it cooks in the same amount of time as the oatmeal I make for my husband, so I can do both at the same time.

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  3. Hers cooks faster than mine, which cooks at very low heat (250 degrees) for 1:15.

    I love your site, btw. I haven't explored it all yet, but I like what I've seen so far.

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