Posts Tagged ‘junk food’

Eating Outside the Box

March 7, 2013

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I pride myself in being a generally healthy eater, trying to concentrate on fresh, whole foods that are low in fat and refined carbohydrates. Not my whole household does the same.

When B was a baby, she ate everything I gave her. She loved scrambled eggs, fish, tofu, fruits and vegetables. Stir-fried broccoli from the local Chinese restaurant was greeted with smiles and kicking feet. Then, something changed.

It started innocently, with a chocolate chip cookie baked as a distraction during the days that followed 9/11. She eyed it tentatively at first, then gave it a cautious lick. As a big grin swept over her face, she realized she discovered something delicious. Still, sweets were offered in only in moderation.

Next, there was the hotdog, offered unwittingly by a parent on a play date. Little by little, she was introduced to the fried, the processed and the heavily sweetened. Little by little, she balked at the healthy foods being served to her, and morphed into an average kid, with an average palate.
Now heading into her teens, her poor habits are exacerbated by her ability to go into the kitchen and help herself. I am the enabler, making sure the cupboards and freezer are stocked with foods she likes.

Last night, when I saw the wrappers from the afternoon snacks in the trash, I offhandedly voiced my concern, stating that she was going to end up diabetic if she didn’t clean up her act.

Today after school, B asked me if she is really a candidate for illness, even though she is active and far from overweight. The sad reality is that she is headed in that direction. It was a wake-up call for both of us.
Article after article discusses how sugar, and an unbalanced diet could lead to all kinds of health risks, from diabetes to cancer. Just because those Pop tarts are organic, and the granola bars whole grain and trans fat free, doesn’t mean they are healthy.

By the time we reached home, she had outlined her new eating plan.

Scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow, instead of a toaster pastry. Perhaps moving onto oatmeal later in the week.

I have been instructed to stock up on pears, grapes and bananas, as well as cashews, carrots with dip, and the ingredients for an afternoon smoothie to be eaten as snacks or dessert.

Dinner will be a challenge, but if we focus on the foods she likes, it’s a start.

In essence, it’s time she starts eating outside of the box. Literally.

What can we offer up to the pickiest of eaters that comes from the earth, not a package? I intend to find out.

We have all heard of Meatless Monday. Perhaps we need to coin “Try it Tuesday”, “Whole Grain Wednesday” or “Thirsty Thursday”? Even a day called “F$2k It Friday” could exist, because sometimes you just to kick back and have some pizza after a long week.

Let’s see how we do. Can she change her eating habits? Can I avoid buying food in a box? Can I get creative with the foods she likes, in order to make her fresh, healthy dinners that she can enjoy? Time will tell, and I will of course tell it here.

Stay tuned, as we set out to eat outside the box.

The Superbowl is Not a Giant Bowl You Fill With Snacks

February 3, 2013

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Today is Superbowl Sunday. It is an annual event that is to junk food what turkey is to Thanksgiving.

It is expected that Americans will consume over 11 million pounds of potato chips, 8 million pounds of tortilla chips and more than 4 million pounds of pretzels. Add in 1.24 billion chicken wings, 4.4 million pizzas and 111 million gallons of beer. No word on guacamole and bean dip consumption.

The average person will consume 1200 calories during the game. That’s alot of calories.

What would it take to burn off the day’s excess?

Actually playing football instead of just watching it could torch the entire amount in two hours. Walking it off could take 5 hours, but a moderately paced run could burn them off in two. A good spinning class or 3 could solve the problem in about 2 1/2 hours.

Taking a relaxing yoga class could help you come to terms with your indulgence, and work it off if you are willing to practice for 7 hours straight.

Or you could just enjoy the game and go back to healthy eating tomorrow.

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Do You Want Fries With That?

July 16, 2010

We thought the KFC Double Down sandwich was as over the top as you could get.  Now we get word of 2 others that make it sound down right healthy!!!
Friendly’s introduced it’s towering concoction called the “Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt” that combines many a sinful sandwich treat in one giant artery clogging entrée.

The sandwich consists of a Black Angus beef burger, placed between 2 grilled (processed we’re sure) cheese sandwiches on white bread.

Compared to the Double Down, which KFC claims is only 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and 1,380 mg. of sodium, the new offering weighs in at a staggering 1,500 calories, 79 grams of fat and 2,090 mg. of sodium!!!

But don’t blame the American diet on all of this junk food nonsense.

Just across the pond in England, food giant Tesco introduced this whopper….

The lasagna sandwich!  The supermarket chain claims this “limited edition”(thank goodness!!!) carb- fest is a ‘healthy option” for a snack.

The “Lasandwich” touts bread stuffed with noodles and a meaty tomato sauce with creamy cheddar, ricotta and mayonnaise . The original nutritional information on the packet stated 87 calories and 4.1 grams of fat. (per bite?).

The reality, is that it contains 565 calories, and 26.9 grams of fat. One Tesco lasagna sandwich is the equivalent of two Mc Donald’s cheeseburgers, which add up to 595 calories and 24 grams of fat. Still a snack, compared to the Friendly’s offering we suppose, but a travesty just the same.

What’s next chicken fried pizza? (oops, I probably should have patented that one!)

Unrecipe of the Week’s Superbowl Mash-Up

February 4, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday is just days away and Super Bowl food is as much a ritual as watching the game itself.

Here at Indigo Jones, we thought we would publish an “Unrecipe Mash-up” of some of the recipes we have posted previously, as an upgrade to the junk food that is usually served at these gatherings.

Here we go….

If you like chips and dip, why not try Hot Artichoke Dip with Garlic Pita Toasts? (1/22/10)

Don’t wait for cold soggy pizza to be delivered, when you can be enjoying Mini Puffed Pastry Pizzettes with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. (12/26/09)

Instead of peanuts, how about delicious Spiced Nuts? (11/11/09)

Why eat Buffalo wings with creamy blue cheese dressing, when you can enjoy baked chicken wings with Chinese BBQ Sauce? (10/13/09)

It’s all easy to prepare, yummy to eat, and better for you than the greasy processed foods they replace. Just add beer and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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