**The Giving Table Book Club is currently reading The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan. It's easy to join, simply visit our discussion group over on Goodreads!

On page 2, McMillan reflects briefly on what she grew up eating. Meals included Tuna Helper, Ortega Taco Dinners, and salads with Wish-Bone Ranch Dressing.

Reflecting on my own eating habits, I'm not proud of some of the food I ate when I was younger, but I knew nothing about nutrition, GMOs, or pesticides vs. organic. I ate what tasted good, and that's exactly what the marketers wanted. And while I ate plenty of made-from-scratch meals, what stands out more than my uncle's meatballs or grandma's Italian beef soup is a long list of processed foods including:

  • Ragu pasta sauce
  • Doritos
  • Little Caesar's pizza

So, what did you eat as a kid? Leave your list in the comments section!