Guess what folks? Tonight for our family home evening treat we had homemade popsicles. I let the boys choose a brown one or a pink one. Eli and Mike chose a pink one and Isaac and Will (and myself) chose a brown one. What they didn't know was that the brown ones actually had spinach in them. And they LIKED THEM! Ha. I'm so sneaky. Though, Eli let Will have a taste of his and then Will said, you put spinach in mine didn't you? But he still liked his and ate it all. On Sunday I made a delicious yogurt/strawberry popsicle and so the ones I made for tonight were banana/strawberry/pineapple. Then I juiced some spinach and put the spinach juice in some.
So, now we make homemade bread, homemade popsicles, homemade granola bars, and homemade fruit leather. Oh, and Mike wants to make more cheese and I want to make yogurt.
On a similar note, I read an article on sugar being TOXIC and watched a discussion about the FDA maybe one day banning sugar from foods. It gets my undies all tied in a knot, if I'm being honest. Mike and I have done some research on sugar this past year and have discussed reducing our sugar intake (though, we aren't eliminating it all). I appreciate people doing research but find sometimes that when others (usually not the researcher) present the research, they do so in a biased way so that it is difficult for me to want to agree with them--their approach is just so doomsday and judgmental and biased.
What I really don't like though is when people suggest that the government should tell me what I can and cannot feed my family. The government regulating sugar? Really? Let's start regulating the amount of water people can drink and air they can breathe while we're at it. I feel it is my responsibility as a parent to research and pray about how my family should eat and be healthy and I feel that it is not the governments job to tell me what to do, and I'm all in favor of other families doing the same (even when they feel they should do very different things from what I feel I should do). I would appreciate the government's well researched advice, but want to make my own decisions. Anyway, those are my two cents. I am trying to be better at stating my opinions without being so forceful. Not sure if I was successful on this front or not. I'll keep trying.
Note: No refined sugar was consumed in composition of this post...or in the popsicles, though Mike put some on his cream of wheat this morning. Cream of wheat without sugar? Barf.