We tend to forget that there's nothing fresh about boxed cereals. Who knows when the wheat berries or oats that were used in our cereals were harvested? Was it last month, or last year? What about the flour that was used? When exactly were those grains milled? Freshness is usually one of the best signs of nutrient-density, not to mention flavor.
Growing up, my mom always kept a weekly menu in a journal in the kitchen, planning meals for the week on Sundays. I never really appreciated this until I had my own family and was at a complete loss for meal planning. Until one day, it finally clicked that she was onto something -- and it only took 36 years!
It's hard to compete with love and chocolate on Valentine's Day. The health benefits of both a loving partner and dark chocolate are well-documented. But this Valentine's Day, hearts across the country, and especially in our food deserts, will get an extra boost in the form of President Obama's recently signed Farm Bill.