Monday, March 22, 2010

Thank you Jamie Oliver

I am really excited about the new show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution starting this Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:00pm/7:00pm central on ABC. FINALLY, someone is taking a public stand against the declining health of our kids by looking at the system that is creating epidemics like diabetes. Sadly, it takes someone looking in from the outside to see what is actually going on, but sometimes, that’s the best viewpoint.

I was a little upset that ABC aired the intro show last night at 10:00pm, too late for most of the people who can benefit from watching it. I’m hoping that this show just plants a seed in people’s minds to at least start thinking about the food we allow places to serve us, and most importantly, we allow our children to eat. I didn’t even know that schools serve breakfast these days… never mind pizza for breakfast. I also love to see the “I’m American, how dare you come to this country and tell me I’m doing things wrong” attitude that has crippled the healthcare system and put our kids, and their kids, and their kid’s kids, in danger. Our children’s generation will be the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents… that’s pretty powerful

Can’t wait to see more episodes. I still think it’s a little buried, being on Friday nights, but at least it’s primetime, on a major network. I really feel like we are close to the tipping point on this issue. Change is coming… slowly but surely. We need to demand healthier food, and companies will deliver. Don’t wait for the government to fix things. Make healthy food profitable, and it will become available.

For those who argue that healthy food is too expensive, think of it this way: When we buy a car, we don't seek out the cheapest possible option. We want something nice, something safe, something to show off to the neighbors, something with cool features, etc, etc, etc. Then we take our nice new shiny car to the McDonalds drive thru, and give ourselves and our children diabetes all for the sake of saving a few bucks. Doesn’t really make sense. Food should be the LAST place you look to save money, not the first.

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Quotes

If you give your kids everything they've ever wanted, you risk not providing them with independence or appreciation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pick of the week -- Alexia French Fries

No pick last week... We bought tons of food for our son's first birthday extravaganza and had enough left over to skip grocery shopping.  Now we're back at it with this week's pick:  Alexia French Fries.

Here is a fantasic option if you want to eat healthier, but don't want to give up the fries.  Alexia makes a wide variety of organic appetizers, breads and potato products.  These fries taste incredible.  The olive oil lets them keep all of the flavor without being greasy.  They cook up nice and golden brown with a hot soft center.  I prefer to leave them in a little longer because they will get crispy without burning (just keep an eye on them).  They taste fresh, as opposed to other frozen french fries and the sea salt is a nice touch.  They sell a wide variety of french fries including sweet potato fries and a new Spicy Chipolte Sweet Potato flavor.  They sell for around $3.99 and are available at many large retail chains (we have seen them at Whole Foods, Costco and Target).   See nutritional information here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Quotes

"Though you can't always teach someone a lesson, you can always give them the opportunity to learn one"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pick of the week...

Since we've had our own little food revolution, I am going to try to pick out one new find every week.  I have to say that buying food is kinda fun now, since there are so many new options and treasures that you can't find at regular grocery stores.

This week's pick is Amy's Pizza.  While I still prefer making my own pizza as opposed to buying frozen, I have to say that these pizza's are fantastic!  It's great how even after cooked from frozen,  the vegetables and other toppings taste fresh.  They are a good dinner for two, though I would suggest a salad or some other side, so that the meal is satisfying and you are not hungry right after.  So far we have tried the Mushroom and Olive, and the Pesto pizzas and both were great.  The price is in the $8 - $9 range.  Also, unlike most of the food you buy elsewhere, it does actually look like the picture on the box when ready, which is a nice change.