Posts Tagged ‘junk 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.

It’s Meatless Monday! Fois gras? Faux-get about it.

March 22, 2010

Ducks and geese can thank their lucky stars for the regal vegan’s newest delicacy: Faux Gras.

Faux Gras is kind of like fois gras, but without all the meat. Or any of the meat. But it still tastes like fois gras. So it’s faux. Because that means…Well anyway, Faux Gras is made with walnuts, onions and lentils, packed with omega 3’s, a great source of dietary fiber and low in cholesterol. Plus it’s 100% vegan, gluten free and has maybe the most awesome pun name in vegan history.

Spread it on crackers and sandwiches, use it as a dip or just impress your friends with your unparalleled punnery. To find more visit

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…

It’s Meatless Monday! (And I have news)

March 15, 2010

Okay, let’s start with the big stuff. My world famous mushroom tofu scramble is being featured on today. Right now. Pretty cool, huh?

But don’t go over there yet! I have an actual blog post for you. Ready? Here goes…

Move over Kale Chips, there’s a new sheriff in town. And by sheriff, I mean a healthy snack for kids that involves seaweed.

Introducing Toasted Sesame Nori Strips.  Not only do they satisfy the crunchy, salty cravings that we all get, but at the same time they are nutritious and delicious and kids of all ages love them. Nori is high in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Bet you can’t eat just one.

Toasted Sesame Nori Strips

3 sheets of toasted nori

½ cup canola oil


½ cup brown rice syrup

1 ½ cups sesame seeds

spice of choice( nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice)

Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Stack nori sheets, cut into 2-inch strips, stack again and cut in half.  Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper, and lay individual strips of nori side by side on paper.  In small bowl, whisk together oil, syrup, and a pinch of cayenne.

Using a pastry brush, generously coat the top of each piece of nori with syrup mixture.  Oil and syrup tend to separate, so continue to mix as you work.  When all nori pieces are coated sprinkle with sesame seeds, spice of choice and salt.  Toast in oven 5-7 minutes-keep a close eye as they burn easily.  When seeds are light brown, remove from oven and set aside to cool until nori is firm enough to handle.  Flip nori pieces, brush with syrup mixture, sprinkle with sesame seeds, seasoning and salt.  Return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely.  Repeat until all the ingredients are used up.

Store in airtight container.

(taken from Terry Walters’ Clean Food)

March 11, 2010

Check out this amazing investigative report on the horrors of the food industry. Okay, it’s actually a video from the Onion, but after seeing films like Food, Inc ( and King Corn (, I can tell you they’re not too far from the truth.

It’s Meatless Monday! (And guess who will be appearing on the official website?)

March 1, 2010

I am proud to announce that today my very own MMMunchkin’s original recipe will be featured on the Meatless Monday website!  My daughter’s favorite treat is a delish dessert recipe that’s not only kid and mom approved, it’s easy and kids can make it themselves.  Just hope they make some for you.

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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!