I’ve been pondering on what my next rant should be … Lays brought back their new flavor contest – cappuccino flavored potato chips? God we (Americans) are such fatties! Eating that chip screams “I’m too lazy to drive to Starbucks and pay $8 for a cappuccino but let me get to the store and buy a bag of greasy potato chips”. I bet you raved to your friends on the money you saved with your smart purchase.; your cholesterol is hating you right now though.
Hhmmmm… something that caught our (me and my husband) attention, the other day we saw 2 very large women who were wearing work out clothes (it’s up for debate if that was their choice stretchy outfit for the day or if they were actually coming from/going to work out) anyway, they came out of Jamba Juice, which is described as a ‘health focused chain for fruit smoothies’, with the largest smoothie size the store offers. It appeared to be a red smoothie, so I’m guessing something containing strawberries. Let’s say it was the Razzmatazz smoothie: 500 calories … if they opted for the “make it light” version then they are coming in at 310 calories although the sodium doubles. Let that sink in, 500 calories is usually 1/3 of someone daily caloric intake, someone who eats healthy I should add. These women surely eat over 2,000 calories a day – fast food for every meal (there was a McDonald’s cup in the cup holder… so yeah, I’m gonna guess they frequent fast food establishments) + a 500 calorie smoothie will get you to 2,000 calories faster than you can blink an eye. It’s so disgusting that this store is claiming to be healthy. Why even offer something that is 500 calories? How about make those smoothies but only in the smallest size, still 290 or ‘make it light’ 180; that’d be doing the general public a better service. While these women may think they are being healthy the store has them fooled; makes me shake my head.
Fruit contains a high percentage of natural sugars; people who aren’t diabetic don’t have to worry about such a thing but take a step back and see what you’re snacking on or drinking … just because your grocery cart is all blueberries, apples, watermelon, carrots, etc. doesn’t mean you’re ‘doing it right’. Check the nutritional info on those items you will be shocked at the carbs/calories/sugars/fats. So that “sugar free” apple pie you’ve been eying – yeah, it’s not really sugar free. The baker may not have added extra sugar but apples have enough natural sugars to make a yummy pie all on their own. Think about that the next time you tell yourself “it’s okay to eat that, it says sugar free”. Your intentions are in the right place but read the nutrition label and educate yourself.
Ahh, I feel better after that! On to some yummy recipes that you should try.
I made the best meatballs last week … after making them I don’t know how many times, I have finally, scientifically, come up with the yummiest recipe.
I used ground mild Italian sausage, a precooked & cooled quinoa/yellow onion mixture, panko, FRESH garlic & shallots, s/p to taste. I used to do ground pork and other spices (a recipe I found on pinterest) but I began to change things and wound up with this beauty. It seems silly but a perfectly season meatball just hits the spot.
What else… ah, my husband loved this one, a sweet potato and black bean “burrito” or wrap. We had plenty leftover for a few lunches. When we ran out of wraps the mixture went into a bowl and sprinkled some cheese, it was good on its own. A vegan meal and the meat wasn’t even missed!
Of course, as promised, a meal honoring Elvis (I posted about it on my instagram account) – as August is the month he passed away in. How does one make an “Elvis meal” healthy … I’m pretty sure he was prediabetic but never knew it. Come on, he was pretty large at the time he died. Love him anyway, he’s the king. I have a cook book of his favorite meals “Are You Hungry Tonight?”.
Click on the photos of the recipes to enlarge them.
HERE ARE MY CHANGES
SOUP: 2% milk, doubled the celery and onions, low sodium broth, I left the potato skins on since they do contain some vitamins
There’s not much you can change about the soup, it was freaking delish though.
BLT & CHEDDAR SANDWICH: the smallest amount of mayo possible, romaine lettuce (we almost used spinach but it had gone bad 😦 ), turkey bacon, whole wheat bread; make sure you look for the label “WHOLE WHEAT” not just “WHEAT” – yes, there’s a difference.
We toasted the bread, plain, then stacked the ingredients.
We wanted to have classic comfort food but we know that comes with regret, do what you can to swap ingredients but keeping the integrity of the meal. That was such a yummy dinner, indulging every once in a while won’t hurt you.
So we all have those “need to clear the fridge” days, right? When you have a few items that are about to go bad and you really don’t want to toss them, that was last week for me. Eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, and the end of some salsa. Well, I whipped together an easy brunch.
I’m ready for tonight’s dinner … a 3 cheese pizza topped with turkey bacon and caramelized onions. YUM!
EAT HEALTHY! BE HEALTHY! THINK HEALTHY!