Posts Tagged ‘fast food’

Buckets for the Cure?

April 23, 2010

Susan G. Komen foundation has lent it’s support to the cause of increasing obesity, heart disease and animal cruelty in America by funding the KFC “Buckets for the Cure” program. KFC will be selling pink buckets of chicken and pledging fifty cents to Komen for every pink bucket ordered by restaurant operators during the promotion period.

Now, this makes as much sense as asking Paula Abdul for help with your math homework.

Don’t get me wrong, the foundation has done tons of great work. They’ve raised millions and millions of dollars in their fight to cure breast cancer. They fund research projects and experiment with new treatments. They tirelessly counsel those diagnosed, bringing them one of the most precious things for someone stricken – hope. I can’t say enough good things about all of their accomplishments. And the cause is near and dear to my heart. I watched my mother courageously battle this insidious disease for 10 hard years. That said, let me just dramatically raise my eyebrows and ask a few painfully obvious questions…

Really? There’s no other way to get the word out? It’s got be through, factory-farmed, antibiotic and steroid laden, fried chicken? (FYI, fried foods have been linked to all sorts of wonderful cancers like kidney and ovarian. So the partnership makes total sense. No, wait…)

The underlying message of the campaign is eat some cancer causing foods so we can find a cure for cancer and cure the cancer you got from trying to help us cure cancer.

Uh huh. I think I’ll stick with Komen’s Race for a Cure, thanks.


Food Matters

April 9, 2010

Turns out, you don’t have to be sick. That’s the big news of my new favorite film, Food Matters. Filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch take a long hard look at the medicines that are marketed to us everyday in the form of magic bullets.

Go ahead and eat that fried chicken from Popeye’s. Just pop a Lipitor. High blood pressure? Take a diuretic. Indigestion? How about some Pepcid? Trouble in the bedroom? Hello, Viagra.

Actually, there’s a better way. Food Matters explores alternative ways of treating and preventing chronic illness through Nutrition and Natural Therapies.

Yep, food can fix you. And we’re talking about the big problems here – Cancer, Heart Disease, Depression and more.

Check out for more info. You can learn more, order the DVD or even stream it right to your computer.

You want that polyfluoroalkyl super-sized?

April 8, 2010

Look, I know you’re not perfect. The food stylists employed by McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell earn every last dime they’re paid. The food looks delicious. I get it.

But I’ve got one more reason to stay away from it. You already know it’s made with yucky stuff that does yucky things to your body and makes you look and feel yucky.

It gets worse.

It turns out even the wrappers are bad for you. You see, they contain polyfluoroalkyl chemicals. No, that’s not the top secret ingredient in the Whopper you were dreaming of. It’s what seeps into your food from the wrappers. Nice,huh? PFCs, as they’re called, build up in your body, affect your liver and raises your cholesterol. Oh, and they cause low birth weights among babies born to mom’s exposed to them. On the up side though, you usually get fries with them.

My point is this: pack your own lunch!!! There are plenty of healthy container options out there. Start at for green and adorable food storage.

And for goodness sake, stay away from the drive-thru.

Lights! Camera! Forks! Action!

March 26, 2010

You know how when you’re watching a movie and there’s food on the screen and it looks so delicious that you definitely want to eat it but you can’t because you’re sitting in a theater and all you have to put in your mouth is greasy popcorn and the second half of the box of Whoppers that you really shouldn’t have bought?

Well, that’s all over. Temporarily, at least.

The fourth annual NYC Food Film Festival is a multi-sensory food and film experience where filmgoers are treated to the food they see onscreen. If the film features Italian food, you’re munching macaroni. BBQ chicken onscreen? BBQ chicken in your belly. It’s a schmorgesborg of films with food and matching menus. The bottom line is whether you’re a foodie filmmaker or a starving cinephile, everybody wins.

The NYC Food Film Festival runs from June 23-27. Mark your calendars for the only festival where the silver screen meets the silverware.

Check it out here…

p.s. If you happen to be a foodie filmmaker, you’re in luck. They’ve extended their deadline for entering a film. So put down your frying pan and pick up your camera.

What’s so organic about a post about “What’s so organic about organic?”?

March 19, 2010

Well it’s an organic nutritional counselor talking about organic farmers talking about organic farming.

Sorry to get all meta on you, but I want to tell you about another fantastic movie that’s going to make the world a better place – What’s So Organic About Organic? What’s all the hubbub? Well, this is a film that stars organic farmers, farming advocates and environmental scientists dishing on the real state of organic farming in America and how it can be used as a soil and air protection system, a healthy solution to toxic pollution and (gasp!) a way to fight global warming. Guess what?

It’s fascinating.

That’s what’s so organic about organic.

Check it out here…

Help speed up the slow food movement

March 17, 2010

Slow Food USA (a grassroots movement dedicated to promoting, protecting and promulgating real, whole, sustainable and local, food for everyone) has a campaign called Time for Lunch in which concerned parents tell Congress that it is time to provide our kids with REAL WHOLE FOODS at lunch.

You should join.

The Childhood Nutrition Act is a federal law that comes up for reauthorization in Congress every five years.  It governs the school meal programs which feed more than 31 million children every school day.

Right now school lunch programs only have $2.68 per meal and about $1 of which goes towards buying ingredients. As a result schools have to rely on cheap processed foods which do not give our kids the nourishment they need to do well in school and to be healthy.

Congress is expected to address school lunch around Easter time, so there is still time to show Congress that kids and parents are hungry for change. See what I did there? We’re talking about food and I used the word hunger to mean… (ahem).

The good folks at Slow Foods USA have provided a comprehensive set of tools for parents like you and I to get involved very easily – a forward ready email, a downloadable handout, ideas for local outreach, talking points and a solar powered time machine. No, wait. Everything but the time machine.

Sign up here…

So exciting you’ll fall right asleep

March 16, 2010

Sleep is important. But sometimes the sandman skips your bed and you just can’t fall asleep. It might not be your fault, but missing your z’s means trouble the next morning. You’re more likely to make mistakes, argue with a loved one or generally be a pain in the tuchus. And the rest of the day will seem longer than one of my husband’s beer league softball stories.

So let’s plan ahead. If you or your little ones are having trouble sleeping, remember this. What you eat affects how you sleep. So try a little nosh before bed. Many experts believe that if you pair tryptophan-containing foods with carbohydrates, it calms the brain and helps you sleep better. For a bonus snooze-booster, a little extra calcium goes a long way.


Glass of warm milk and half a turkey or peanut butter sandwich

Whole-grain, low-sugar cereal or granola with milk or yogurt

A banana and a cup of hot chamomile tea

Hmm, If only there were something that combined all those elements into one delicious bedtime-appropriate, drinkable deliciousness.

Oh wait, there is.

I would like to now present to the world my Sleeping Beauty smoothie that is sure to be a major yawnfest. But, in a good way.

Sleeping Beauty Smoothie

2/3 cup of Milk

1 tbsp Peanut butter

1/3 cup Oatmeal

½ banana

Blend it up.

Drink it down.


Meatless Monday – Healthy (!) fries

March 8, 2010

Who doesn’t like French fries?  Crispy, salty and utterly delicious, but if I eat too many they go straight to this Jewish girl’s hips.  Here is a healthy kid-approved version for Sweet Potato Fries  from my favorite cookbook Vegan with a Vengeance.  Believe me, they are just as satisfying as the real thing without packing on the lb’s (and they’re good for you too! )

Sweet Potato Fries

2 large unpeeled sweet potatoes, cleaned and cut into strips lengthwise

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 425.  Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet.  Combine oil, cumin, coriander, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Add the potatoes and toss well to coat.  Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet .  Bake for 15 minutes .  Flip potatoes over and bake for another 10-15 minutes.


Time to get down and dirty

February 26, 2010

As we know in today’s world there is a huge disconnect between ourselves and our food sources. Most of what Americans consume today consists of packaged products which are convenient, but full of chemicals, additives and preservatives. Basically junk that looks a lot like food. We pick it up at the grocery store and feed it to our families without ever considering or (heavens forbid) visiting where it came from.

Richard Louv, author of Lost Child In the Woods, believes this has led to a nationwide epidemic of what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder – Never before have kids been so out of touch with nature.  His book includes research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development; physical, emotional and spiritual.

So let’s try it.

Oh, but how would I do that? I don’t live on a farm. I don’t like dirt. I’m allergic to camping.

Relax. I’m going to make this easy for you. Gardening.

Gardening is an amazing way to develop physical, emotional and spiritual growth in kids by connecting them to nature while teaching them about where their food comes from. And if they grow their own vegetables they’ll want to sample their crop. So hurray.

Check out to pick up one of their easy to use garden-in-a-box kits. Choose from The Giggling Garden (a selection of heirloom vegetables with great names like Red Dragon Carrot, Dinosaur Kale and even Rattlesnake Pole Beans), Here Comes The Sunflowers or Back to the Garden which is almost a dozen heirloom varieties of veggies including some of the best tasting standards such as the Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean and the cold hardy Giant Winter Spinach. Don’t worry there are simple step-by-step instructions so those of you with a black thumb still have a fighting chance.

In the Koop kits are great for the budding gardener in all of us.  Just think by purchasing these heirloom garden kits you are not only preserving the past and enriching the future but you are giving your kids the opportunity to experience nature and eat it too!

It’s movie night

February 23, 2010

Join me tonight for this month’s Hungry Filmmakers screening at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue).  The event will be hosted by Kerry Trueman of Eating Liberally and the Huffington Post and all proceeds benefit Just Food, an organization that works to increase access to fresh, healthy food in NYC and to support the local farms and gardens that grow it.

A panel discussion with the filmmakers will follow.  The films are: Fresh by Ana Sofia Joanes, Mad Cow Investigator by Nancy Good, The End of the Line by Rupert Murray, Fly on the Wall by Jenny Montasir and What’s On Your Plate which I am particularly interested in since it is a documentary about two 11  year-old-girls in New York City who question the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it and what is done afterwards with the packaging and leftovers. Check out the trailer…

Buy your tickets here

See you at the movies.