I thought I needed to post something about healthy eating, since I have been posting a bunch of unhealthy recipes. Yes, last week I fixed a lot of unhealthy food but overall I have been trying to cook healthier. I decided it would be a good time to combine my Kitchen Tip with GratiTuesday.
One of the things that I have struggled with in trying to cook healthier is baking with whole wheat. I have had trouble incorporating it into things. I was not happy with the results and neither was my family. I could get by with using 1/4 to 1/2 whole wheat in things, but more than that I would get a lot of complaints. But I knew I needed to add more whole wheat into our diet, after all the goal was, and is, to help improve my daughter’s health problems. (If you are new to my blog my 8 year old daughter has had problems with severe asthma over the last year)
I have done a lot of research on the different types of whole wheat, like regular whole wheat versus stone ground versus home ground. In researching the different types of whole wheat flour I realized that the healthiest and most nutrient packed was the home ground whole wheat. Not only was is healthier but most people claimed it gave you much better results in your products by using fresh ground whole wheat.
My husband and I decided that we thought it was worth buying a home wheat grinder. I am so grateful we were able to purchase one of these.
I love it. I have been amazed at the difference it makes in baking. Home ground whole wheat is so much better. I can now use 100% whole wheat in many recipes without getting complaints. If I do not use 100% whole wheat, I can use at least part whole wheat without anyone noticing. I have never been able to do this before. I love my wheat grinder. Yes, it takes an extra step in baking things but I think it is worth it.
I was able to find a local or semi local, it is at least in state, source for wheat berries. This will make it much cheaper than ordering them. Shipping can get very expensive on wheat.
I know this is not a purchase most people can or want to make. A nutrimill is expensive but for us at this time we feel it is worth it. If you would have asked me a year ago if I would ever be one of those people who grind their own wheat, I would have laughed. I never had any thoughts of ever doing that. But things have changed and now I have become one of those people that grinds their own wheat.
Our main goal in eating healthier has been my daughter. The changes we have made in our diet like cutting out processed foods and eating whole wheat, along with cutting out almost all chemical cleaning and bath products, has worked. My daughter is much healthier this winter. We have been able to cut back on her medicines and she is doing very well. I am so grateful that her health has improved and the small sacrifices we have had to make have been worth it.