This week's challenge is a two week challenge because it is difficult. We are reading our food labels and only eating foods that have 5 ingredients or less. What??? 5 ingredients or less? This is a hard challenge, especially for me. I've mentioned in previous posts how I regularly have processed food in my freezer. If you have ever read the label of a frozen meal, they most certainly DO NOT have 5 ingredients or less in them.
How are we going to do this? First of all, we are going to use all the tools we learned in the past 5 weeks. This challenge is the crux of the real food experience – remember we are supposed to be eating REAL FOOD. Real food has real ingredients. Christina also mentions in this week's post, an easier way to eat foods with only 5 ingredients is to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store and not venture into the aisles. I have heard this advice before, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. What is located around the perimeter of the store? The produce, meat, seafood and dairy. All real foods with limited ingredients.
How does someone like me with a freezer full of convenience foods survive on this 5 ingredient challenge? First of all it's going to take some conditioning. I have been fighting the frozen meal battle for quite some time. This one is a marathon, not a sprint. How do I get rid of the processed foods? Reader April, from The 100lb Countdown, had some excellent advice for me. She freezes 1 portion of each meal she makes as ready made, healthy meals. Simple! The meal is already made, you just need to freeze a portion for later! This is such an easy solution for when you are in a hurry or when you have no idea what to eat. It will also save money on buying those expensive frozen dinners. This is the plan I need to implement. I need to get some re-heatable freezer containers, and save 1 portion of each meal I make to put in the freezer. Voila! Homemade freezer meals chock full of real foods!
How are you going to eat foods with only 5 ingredients or less?