Eating Better: Milk and Eggs

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This post is the third in a series about our attempts to eat better.

Milk

There are a lot of reasons why we’ve chosen to drink organic milk. Since our girls were born, we’ve had only hormone and antibiotic-free milk in our house. I’ve changed brands over the years, depending on where I could get the best price. Recently, I’ve found milk from a farm within 2 hours of my house. It comes in glass bottles that I return to the store when empty. For me, this is the best option because not only are we getting relatively local organic milk, but we’re avoiding all the waste that goes along with plastic milk jugs or paper cartons. I also feel better about consuming products stored in glass rather than plastic — primarily because of concerns about BPA and other chemicals. If you’re interested, you can read more about glass vs. plastic in this post by Copywriter’s Kitchen:  6 Reasons Why Glass Food Containers Are Better Than Plastic.

Eggs

In the early days of this site, I wrote a post about eggs. I’m still committed to truly free-range eggs from local farms. I think they really do taste better, and there’s more and more evidence that the eggs are better for us. I also like the fact that the chickens themselves live much more humane and decent lives.

I’m fortunate that Polyface Farm (of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and Food, Inc. fame) is about 2 hours away from where I live (I seem to be 2 hours from everything :)). They bring their fresh eggs to a farmer’s market in my area every Saturday, so lately, I’ve been buying from them. The eggs are great and fresh. In fact, the eggs I bought this past Saturday had just been collected 2 days before. I’d encourage you to try farm-fresh eggs if you can find them in your area. Check out your local farmer’s markets or visit the Local Harvest and Eat Wild sites for more options.

Ultimately, eating better is all about deciding what’s important for you and your family and seeking out the resources to locate food you feel good about. With a bit of research, it really is possible to eat well without a great deal of expense. How is your family eating better?

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Eating Better

vegsMy family and I are trying to eat better. For us, that means more local and organic foods, creating our own square foot garden, and switching to grass-fed, pastured, and humanely raised meat. We’re not completely there yet, but we’re working on it.

It’s no secret that eating fewer processed foods and more whole foods (foods in their natural state) is healthier and allows you to avoid many chemicals and preservatives. What I’m learning, is that it takes a bit of work to seek out the healthiest choices. While those options are sometimes more expensive, if you plan well and do a little research, you can actually save money as well as time.

Over the next week, I’ll be highlighting in more detail some of the steps we’re taking to improve the quality and health-factor of our food. I’ll also talk about how we’re attempting to plan better to save both money and time. I’m certainly no expert and since we’re just getting started on this path, I may not have learned the “best” way to go about it yet. But I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned so far, and hopefully inspire you to think about the food you’re eating, too.

To kick off the healthy food theme for next week, I’ve listed some food-related sites I like:

Cheap, Healthy, Good

Food Renegade

Small Homestead

Make It From Scratch

Have a great weekend everyone!

Photo Credit: Chiefnuh