I’ll never forget the first time I went grocery shopping after I got married.  After hauling everything into the house and putting it away in our nice, new cabinets I was feeling pretty good about my new role as a wife.  Just then Filipe came in and I proudly showed him my accomplishment expecting him to be so thankful and overjoyed to have food in the house (he had lived there for a few weeks by himself so the kitchen wasn’t what you would call, stocked).

He grabbed a box of Rice-A-Roni, “What’s this?” sounding disgusted.
“Um, its good.”  I replied.
“Gross”, he responded.

Uh oh.  This wasn’t good, and that wasn’t all.  He began picking up other canned and boxed foods, and by the look on his face, I realized my grocery shopping skills needed some work- and fast if I wanted to please this man.

That day was just the beginning of our healthy food conversation.

Here are a few things I’ve learned since then:
– Artificial flavors is what he hates the most.  I’ll never forget one time he went out to get ice cream.  He came back (after a while) and said, ” Can you believe that most chocolate syrup is fake?!  Fake chocolate!”  He had searched and searched to find a chocolate syrup made with real cocoa (I think there was only 1 at the time).  Oh and he loved Jello until the day I told him it was artificially flavored.  Since then no more Jello.  Anyone know how to make it “all natural”?

– Dry Beans are better than canned.  I tried to pull one over on him when I made chilli with canned beans, but he knew after the first bite.  It will probably take me another 10 years to master Brazilian black beans, but until then I keep trying over and over.

– Fresh tomatoes are better than canned.

– I am a master rice maker (no instant here) except for the seasoning part.  I never put enough salt/seasoning in for him.  Did I mention he is Brazilian?!

– Artificial sweeteners is another one you don’t want to get him started on.  Plus- he grew up on honey, molasses, and brown sugar.  I just don’t look at him when I reach for the Diet Coke- that is if I’m up for hearing the lecture on the chemicals I’m putting into my body.

– Organic & ALL Natural gets me big bonus points around here.  Filipe has told me over (& over & over) that he would rather spend money on healthier food than the cheap, artificial, processed stuff.  It’s just hard when I’m the one staring at the price difference.

BUT… as I will share in part 2 of this post.  I’m becoming more and more convinced that when it comes to our food choices our health is at stake.  I guess what I’m really saying is that he was (or is) right.   All in all I’m so thankful for a husband who cares so much about our health.

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