Less is more, always
The older I get, the clearer I become on the value of simplicity. I’d rather have one or two great fitting pairs of jeans than a closet full of trendy, ill-fitting, or someday-I’ll-loose-five-pounds and those will fit pairs of space hogs. When I focus on quality versus quantity of anything my overall experience of that item becomes expansive, deeply satisfying and rich.
Same goes for food. Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing the sheer abundance and variety at my farmer’s market, but I’m happier when I return home to review the considered items I selected and I can think clearly about how I’m going to enjoy that food throughout the week. Like a toddler, I am easily overwhelmed. Less is always more. I get it.
Over the past few months I’ve made massive changes to my own personal diet and thankfully it’s started to trickle down to my daughter’s eating habits. When she complains of hunger I give her a few simple choices. Some nuts, a few olives, cheese, an apple, perhaps? This usually gets her thinking about whether she’s really hungry or just bored and looking for something to fill an existential void. As a treat, she gets a yogurt tube. We can debate the issue of cultivating a fast food culture through tubes of liquid food another day. These are treats in our home and it’s a modern convenience I’m happy to live with.
But, all fast food is not created equal. I knew these little tubes were filled with sugar and I tried to sooth myself by saying that at least I wasn’t buying brands that are filled with artificial colors and hey, there’s protein and calcium in there! The Trader Joe’s brand is colored with beet juice, but why does it need to be colored in the first place? But to top it off, it also contains “natural flavors” – a huge red flag. And carrageenan – a very common additive in organic and “natural” processed foods that I am working to avoid. (Check your labels, friends. It’s everywhere.) Not to mention, the TJ’s brand has 11 ingredients, which seems a little excessive in something as simple a yogurt.
Enter Siggi’s. It’s got four ingredients, no added flavors or colors and has six grams of sugar (compared to 9 grams in the TJs brand). From their packaging to their formulation, they are keeping it simple and for that I’m grateful. Emerson is happy and I’m happily throwing out the last of the icky TJ’s brand. The one downer is that they are not certified organic. But for now, I’m accepting this as one of our only non-organic dairy and produce items. I’ve emailed Siggi’s through their website to ask about this issue and am awaiting a response.
P.S. I have not been paid to write about this brand. I simply felt it was time to talk about kid-related food choices and so far, I’m really happy with the switch in my household. I would love to share some of your stories. Have you made any lasting changes to your children’s eating habits that you’d be willing to share, here? Let me know and maybe this could become a regular feature.