'Flexitarians' find new path: Occasional carnivores

If you’re not vegetarian or carnivore, what are you? The term “flexitarian” is catching on, >although author Mark Bittman likes “smartly thought-out omnivore.”

Like has been said before, a smoothie in the morning and a salad at lunch will make it hard to screw up your meals for the rest of the day. But, it would also give a little more flexibility at dinner.

The typical cage for egg-laying hens allows each sixty-seven square inches of floor space – somewhere between the size of this page and a sheet of printer paper.” … “Step your mind into a crowded elevator, an elevator so crowded you cannot turn around without bumping into (and aggravating) your neighbor. The elevator is so crowded you are often held aloft. This is kind of a blessing, as the slanted floor is made of wire, which cuts your feet. After some time, those in the elevator will lose their ability to work in the interest of the group. Some will become violent; others will go mad. A few, deprived of food and hope, will become cannibalistic.
the edible perspective giving an excerpt from the book Eating Animals page 47
Haagen Dazs has figured things out. They recently launched their new product “Five, all-natural ice cream crafted with only five ingredients for incredibly pure, balanced flavor… and surprisingly less fat!”
And McDonald’s recently introduced “oatmeal.” As Mark Bittman says:

“Real oatmeal contains no ingredients; rather, it is an ingredient…A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen…Why would McDonald’s, which appears every now and then to try to persuade us that it is adding “healthier” foods to its menu, take a venerable ingredient like oatmeal and turn it into expensive junk food? Why create a hideous concoction of 21 ingredients, many of them chemical and/or unnecessary? Why not try, for once, to keep it honest?”

Eat smart people. Fewer things going into your body you can’t pronounce is better. There’s little to no evidence to say that’s true (the studies are ridiculously hard, there’s nobody with big pockets investing in finding this out, and humans are extremely socially complex), it just feels true. And for me, I feel better not being part of their machine.
(via How to Make Oatmeal … Wrong - NYTimes.com)

Haagen Dazs has figured things out. They recently launched their new product “Five, all-natural ice cream crafted with only five ingredients for incredibly pure, balanced flavor… and surprisingly less fat!”

And McDonald’s recently introduced “oatmeal.” As Mark Bittman says:

“Real oatmeal contains no ingredients; rather, it is an ingredient…A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen…Why would McDonald’s, which appears every now and then to try to persuade us that it is adding “healthier” foods to its menu, take a venerable ingredient like oatmeal and turn it into expensive junk food? Why create a hideous concoction of 21 ingredients, many of them chemical and/or unnecessary? Why not try, for once, to keep it honest?”

Eat smart people. Fewer things going into your body you can’t pronounce is better. There’s little to no evidence to say that’s true (the studies are ridiculously hard, there’s nobody with big pockets investing in finding this out, and humans are extremely socially complex), it just feels true. And for me, I feel better not being part of their machine.

(via How to Make Oatmeal … Wrong - NYTimes.com)

Green Smoothie

I recently read an article that said if we were to follow one guideline for better health, it would be to have 50% of our food come from fresh foods. [source]  I have also read that a key to healthy eating is to have a goal of having a smoothie everyday as a meal and a salad everyday as a meal… follow that “formula” and there is less room in other meals to make poor decisions. [source]

Green Smoothie

Enter the Green Smoothie.  Fresh, raw ingredients.  Power-packed nutrition.  Easy to make and drink on the go.  And it keeps me full!  Win, win, win.

Green Smoothie Recipe
makes 1 serving 

1/2 a frozen banana
handful of frozen fruit (I like strawberries and/or blueberries)
4-6 oz. frozen spinach OR 1 serving Amazing Grass Superfood
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. Udo’s oil or 1 tsp. coconut oil
dash or two of cinnamon
6-8 oz. liquid of choice (soy milk, almond milk, water, juice, etc.)
toppings of choice - I like cereal and a little dab of nut butter! 

Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until thoroughly smooth.  Pour into a cup or bowl to enjoy. :)

I highly recommend this cookbook, The Splendid Table’s How To Eat Supper - it is not just a cookbook. It is a masterpiece of recipes and writing about food and even kitchen best practices. We had been renewing it from the library, but I finally decided to just buy it.

I highly recommend this cookbook, The Splendid Table’s How To Eat Supper - it is not just a cookbook. It is a masterpiece of recipes and writing about food and even kitchen best practices. We had been renewing it from the library, but I finally decided to just buy it.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart Meal Plan

We are thinking of trying this out at our house - most likely starting next Sunday. Actually, we are more than thinking about it. We are planning on it. We would have started today, but we figured it could be good to use the week to plan it out a bit, and ease into it.

For example, S bought me some soy milk to use on cereal this week. So that’s a start. And we already eat a good bit of tofu and salads (not your weeny side salads, but Hugh Jass salads that count as a meal).

Oh, and let’s not forget that Big John cookies (found at Downtown Austin Whole Foods) are Vegan, so they will have to hold us over since this plan would not allow for any Cinnamon Buns.

Now, I don’t plan on becoming a Vegan. But, I’m up for trying (almost) anything at least once, as I told S. And, looking over the menu, there is some pretty good sounding stuff. I don’t naturally like some of the beans and such that are called for in a vegetarian/vegan diet, but I do need to expand my horizons. We’ll see how much expanding can be done over 21 days.

I made this Chopped Miso Salad tonight ….



I decided to get water chestnuts for some crunch and I used red onion in place of the shallots because they were on sale at the store.  This was my first time to use miso in a recipe and I loved it!  Really looking forward to experimenting with other recipes that have miso as an ingredient.

I made this Chopped Miso Salad tonight ….

I decided to get water chestnuts for some crunch and I used red onion in place of the shallots because they were on sale at the store.  This was my first time to use miso in a recipe and I loved it!  Really looking forward to experimenting with other recipes that have miso as an ingredient.

The Perfect Smoothie Formula

I am a big fan of smoothies. Matt has some great info here about how to build a sustainable smoothie repertoire, rather than sticking with a single recipe for a week and getting burned out. He tries to teach how to create your own, based on core building blocks. Below is his skeleton ingredient list. At the link, he gives examples of each ingredient category. Once you learn how to make a good smoothie, McDonald’s won’t taste nearly as good.

The Perfect Smoothie Formula (makes 2 smoothies)
* 1 soft fruit
* 2 small handfuls frozen or fresh fruit
* 2-4 tablespoons protein powder
* 2 tablespoons binder
* 1.5 tablespoons oil
* 1.5 cups liquid
* 1 tablespoon sweetener (optional, less or more as needed)
* optional superfoods, greens, and other ingredients
* 6 ice cubes (omit if soft fruit is frozen)

Michael Pollan: Supermarket Secrets

  • The milk will be the furthest away from the door.
  • Eye-level items are higher-profit and more processed
  • Whole (unprocessed foods) are around the perimeter

Via Nourish