Why “carrot bowl”?
When trying to think of an appropriate name, I remembered a house-rule from my husband’s childhood. If they were hungry, they couldn’t eat anything in the kitchen except the (you guessed it) carrot bowl. With a young family, they needed to stretch every penny (like we all do) and this was one important way to do it. Thankfully, they were right on track with getting their kids leaning towards healthy food. So, welcome to my carrot bowl. I hope you find a good snack here!
How do you set up such an awesome food blog?
I had been doing my Pretty Dubs home blog for a while now, but wanted to try out wordpress instead of blogger. I found Pinch of Yum and their Food Blogger Pro website that is amazing. Lindsay and Bjork do a great job providing step-by-step blog building instruction. They have tons of videos and I really don’t think I could have made it where I’m at without Food Blogger Pro. Shout out to them! Thanks, guys.
How do you eat?
This blog will revolve around eating plant-based whole foods. About 90% of the time we eat vegan: plants, legumes, nuts/seeds, and whole grains. But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes I throw in an egg. Yes. I’m always searching for new fun recipes to try. I experiment the same as I did before changing our diet, but just with different ingredients now.
And sometimes people invite us over to eat. We happily eat whatever they make and have no requirements on what they make for us. And sometimes we go out to eat. If we go out, I prefer the more vegan dishes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t branch out occasionally. If the predominant part of our diet is clean eating, then I feel completely satisfied with the occasional other parts. Keep in mind this is not a diet, but a lifestyle of a plant-based diet.
How to teach kids about eating healthy?
We teach our children about the detriments of smoking by telling them: it gives you cancer, your teeth fall out, it makes babies sick, etc. What do we say about eating? The most common is “it will make you faster and stronger if you eat healthier”. I’m not convinced that’s the right answer.
Eating healthier will make your body function better so you might run faster and be stronger, but that’s not why we should tell our children to eat healthy. Tell them about heart attacks instead. Tell them about the affects of high blood pressure. Tell them about esophageal cancer. Tell them about diabetes. Kids can understand better when they hear the physical ramifications of eating a poor diet. It’s not simply “run fast and be healthy,” the answer is more involved. We need to be talking about this so our children’s children even have a chance.
And what makes you an expert?
I’m not. I’m just learning what I can from everyone around me and hoping to share a little of what I’m learning. Let’s be friends!
Do you have another blog?
Yes, actually I do! I blog at Pretty Dubs about my home and crafty projects.
Do you sautee with oil?
No. I saute with water almost 100% of the time.
For example, if I’m sauteing onions, I’ll dice them and add them with a small amount of water to my pan. I stir and keep an eye on them the same as I would with oil. The water will evaporate and you might need to add more. I don’t let them be soaked in water, just enough to keep them wet and not burned. I’ll cook them until they are soft and translucent. Other veggies get the same treatment.
Do your kids want treats
Absolutely. But I love the phrase “out of sight, out of mind.” It works for me and it also works for my kids. If they get treats from something/someone, then they can have one or two, but then they go on top of the fridge or in the pantry. They might ask about them for a couple days. I might say no one day and yes the next. After a week or so, they just about forget about them. After about two (I don’t really keep track), I throw them away. Some people might think this is wasteful. It is…but so is giving my kids junk. It’s a sometimes food. If they happen to ask about their candy later than that, I’ll tell them I threw it away. They know the drill now, even though I haven’t sat down and laid it out for them. It’s just what happens and I don’t make it a big deal. Good luck!