|salmon sausage over sunflower sprouts with mustard & flax.|
|alaskan halibut slow cooked in a raw lemon butter bath.|
100 years ago the average family spent approximately 50% of their annual salary on food and at least 3 hours preparing food/meals in the home. today according to various studies and surveys i am seeing on the ole' interweb, the average american spends just under 15% of their annual income on food and just 30 minutes a day preparing food/meals - which could mean popping it in the microwave, heating, thawing, opening a can, unwrapping the take away paper -- you get my drift. this is my point. we are spending less money and time on our food and our feeding choices and as a nation we have never been more sick, fat and confused. our children have no real food education or feeding survival skills. most children think food comes out of packages or grows in supermarkets. we have a choice. a vital choice.
vital choices are what we make everyday. my vital choices usually concern the health and wellness of my family which will invariably lead back to food, nutrition and a commitment to education in both of these areas. some people say that buying organic or sustainable is too expensive. it's not. i want you to really compare. do the cost analysis. a pound of good grass fed beef is cheaper than a mcdonald's happy meal and you will save a bundle on medical bills down the road. what we put into our bodies pays dividends over time and who doesn't like a good investment. not only for us but for our children. feeding our children this way is a way of insuring that they will grow up healthy and happy and raise healthier and happier children than we could have ever been. feeding ourselves and our families this way is a vital choice of respect.
|alaskan sockeye salmon jerky just out of the dehydrator.|
time is another factor when preparing food. a low heat, all day braise means you can save money by using cheaper cuts of flavorful meats. you can make your own yogurt for the fraction of what it costs to buy yogurt and you can ferment fruits and vegetables that will aid in the digestion of your food. making sauerkraut is just on example, making your own kombucha is another. in the store kombucha costs $4 for 16 oz. our homemade 16oz. costs less than $1. we make all these things at home to save money, enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits, control the quality and teach our children that production of food is something that can happen in the home and that you have that ability to make that vital choice to do it on your own, be self reliant and not be at the mercy of the government. our food supply is tainted. toxic fertilizers, soil depletion and GMOs are just a few of the reasons why we need to make vital choices.
speaking of vital choices. this year when my family received a xmas gift of cash we decided to put that bonus into our bodies by ordering wild sockeye salmon, halibut and salmon breakfast sausage (not just for breakfast) from vital choice seafood. their product is pure, wild and delicious. we stocked the freezer and enjoy these omega 3 rich foods whenever we want. it's expensive but worth every penny. i recommend it highly as a gift to yourself or to your loved ones. nothing says i love you like good food and nourishment. it satisfies the belly and the soul.
|henry with his side of sockeye salmon.|