Best. Day. Of. Eats. In. Recent. Memory.
I promise if you sit through my lovely day of eats, there will be a fun surprise waiting for you at the end. Hint: He’s It’s so much cooler than a giveaway.
Breakfast started with what may be my new go-to concoction…Strawberry Banana Oatmeal!
1/3 cup oats
2/3 cup organic skim milk
1/2 naner + 1/3 cup strawberries mashed
other 1/2 naner + 1/3 cup strawbs
1 100-calorie pack almonds + walnuts
drizzle o’ honey
And shocker of all shockers…there wasn’t even a nut butter involved!
Lunch #1 was fab: crunchy crudites + a killer sammie. Purple pepper (that’s for you April!) and cucumber.
Followed up with a hummus, avocado + black bean layered sandwich on an Ezekiel English muffin…
Lunch #2 was one of my fave things ever: a classic yog mess.
3/4 cup Oikos O% Greek yog
1 sliced naner
1 1/2 tbsp. PB
1/4 cup Dylan’s Sunflower Almond Chia Granola
So far, my meals have included all my fave things: berries, avocado, Greek yogurt, crunchy veggies, nut butter, organic dairy and locally-grown goodness.
I would guesstimate at least half of my eats today were of the local variety. Pat on the back to me. Dinner continued this fabulous trend.
bed of mixed greens
1/3 block locally-made tempeh
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup diced orange pepper
1/4 cup raisins
1 sliced toasted spelt bread w/ melted pepperjack
That slice of melty pepperjack heaven could be the best thing I ate all day.
How does one top a day of perfect eats? You may be thinking, there is no way. Oh my friends, you have no idea…I had a very important date with somebody you may know…
Michael Pollan, perhaps?
In a nutshell, Michael Pollan is a writer who has taken a closer look at how the food systems in America have completely broken down, resulting in a diet of genetically modified, processed food that well…isn’t food. He spoke on campus tonight, and as soon as I heard he was coming, I knew this gal was not going to miss it (the free entry didn’t hurt either).
I could go on and on about Michael, the Western Diet, our country…but I will stick with a few central points he made during his speech that I strongly agree with:
(1) Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
This is one of the quotes he is most famous for, and really, can you get any more simpler than this? We need food for fuel; too much of it will make us sick; fruits and veggies are best. Simple as that.
(2) We need to stop making the distinction between good vs. evil nutrients.
Pollan talks a lot about the culture of nutritionalism: boiling food down to different nutrients, enhancing it with nutrients and modifying things to make them ‘healthier.’ In the end, this doesn’t create food – it creates edible food products. This is one of the reasons I am an ‘everythingtarian’: moderation won’t kill you. Eating too much broccoli can kill you, as will eating too many doughnuts. After all, doughnuts infused with acai powder, omega-3s and fiber are still doughnuts.
(3) Three-fourths of health care dollars in this country are spent towards PREVENTABLE diseases.
Mind you, all these aren’t necessarily food-related (i.e. smoking, alcohol), but think what might happen if we take a look at our current eating habits and change them, not individually but as a community. Food connects us all. What you eat connects you to others, and in the end, we do end up paying for the actions of others.
(4) Eat all the junk food you want if you make it yourself.
This one was obviously my favorite. There is indeed truth to it: (a) it takes time and you won’t want to make junk food that often, and (b) you will know what ingredients are going in. In the words of Pollan, have you ever heard of anyone cooking at home with high fructose corn syrup or making their own hydrogenated oils?
(5) Food is more than nutrients, calories, grams of fiber, guilt and health: it’s about community, sharing and pleasure.
Many Americans forget that food should be savored, enjoyed and respected. I think we can all get wrapped up in calories and looking a certain way, but food creates a shared community…I mean look at the food blogging community we are a part of!
When 7,000 people gather to listen to a food writer speak, you know change is a comin’.
Where do you stand on some of these issues? Do you think the U.S. needs a change? Should we look to other cultures for answers? Let’s get some deep discussion going…I have a feeling there is soooo much to be said about this issue.