Surround yourself with real foods
It makes sense if you have more real food in your home, you will eat more real food. Over the past couple of years I have made long strides in buying more ingredients and fewer pre-packaged foods
I have mentioned several times that I stink at meal planning. Despite that, I do prepare most of our dinners from scratch. What helps me is I have a comprehensive list of all the food and non-food groceries we use regularly in our house.
I use that list for determining what groceries I need to buy each week. For each item on my list, I also include where I normally buy the item and how much it costs there. This information helps me when I am price comparing at other stores. Plus, it helps me to make sure I am only buying ingredients that I will actually use to make the homemade meals my family loves to eat.
Even with a great system for grocery shopping, I am just not prepared to make every single meal and snack be 100% real food. I do pretty well with making homemade dinners. For lunch, the kids eat hot lunch at school and lunches at home are typically sandwiches or leftovers from earlier in the week.
When it comes to breakfast for my family, I definitely fall short. (Except on Sundays. I rock Sunday morning home-cooked breakfasts). Six days of week breakfast for all of us is usually cereal topped with sliced bananas and sometimes berries.
Why is it important to eat real foods?
Packaged foods are made with added fillers and artificial preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. These foods also often contain artificial colors, flavors and added sugar to make the product look more appealing and make the flavor more addicting. Those artificial ingredients are not found in nature. They are chemically manufactured. Our bodies were not designed to break down artificial ingredients.
Because of that, it is important to me to feed my family real food as much as possible. But I also have to work and take care of my home and take care of my family in other ways. This means our real food journey is happening as a series of baby steps.
Sometimes you just need a boost to get some momentum going to motivate you in your real food journey. I never would have believed that a packaged food product could provide such a boost. Then I had the opportunity to learn more about Chuice.
What is Chuice?
Chuice is a chewable, plant-based whole food with no added preservatives. It’s a funny name, specially when you think of it as chewable juice. It comes from a bottle and your have to chew it. Chuice is chewable because chewing helps to naturally begin the digestive process and also helps you to feel satisfied sooner.
Quick facts about Chuice:
- Chuice contains over 35 fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds.
- Chuice has 9 grams of fiber in each 12oz bottle, which is far more than what is in any typical juice product.
- Chuice contains no unnatural ingredients.
My Experience with Chuice
I admit, I was skeptical about trying Chuice. After all, my experience tells me packaged foods are filled with artificial ingredients. The required nutrition labels even confirm that.
My samples came in an insulated box with gel icepacks to keep the products cold.
The first thing I did was look at the ingredient list. After all, packaged foods are not normally considered real foods. It is true that Chuice only contains plant-based whole foods and absolutely no unnatural ingredients.
There are two flavors: The River of Life (red bottle) and The Forest (green bottle)
From what I can tell, the only difference between the red and green versions is that the red version has beets added. All other ingredients are the same in both products and listed in the same order, which is from highest to lowest quantity according to labeling requirements.
Since there are no added preservatives, Chuice does not have a long shelf life. My samples had an expiration date that was 18 days after I received the products.
The first morning I replaced my typical bowl of cereal and sliced banana with a green bottle of Chuice. The first flavors I noticed were apple and mint but all of the other flavors seemed to blend together. The product is a pourable liquid that is loaded with small nutty and leafy green pieces that need to be chewed.
It really tastes good once you get past the fact that you are consuming your salad from a bottle. Consuming a bottle of Chuice is definitely a much better way to start my day than with my usual cereal with banana.
Chuice – The Real 6 Food Journey
Chuice has two plans to help you on your real food journey. Get Real includes two 12-ounce bottles per day for six days to jumpstart your real food journey. Keep it Real includes one 12-ounce bottle per day for six days to help you maintain your real food lifestyle.
Get free shipping when you order at least six bottles. Plus, you can get $10 off your first order by entering TRYCHUICE at checkout. For more information or to place an order, visit Chuice’s website.
By day seven, you may find yourself spending more time in the produce section of the grocery store.
This post has been sponsored by Chuice. In addition, I have received product samples for my review. All opinions are my own.