I don’t watch that much TV, in fact I have a nasty habit of setting the DVR to grab shows that look interesting and never getting to them. Last night I got to one of those shows finally – an episode of The Biggest Loser where one of the teams went to Washington DC to speak to congress about health and weight issues in America today which was very interesting. Particularly when some of the younger teammates got emotional talking about what they went through growing up in school and the lack of physical and health education requirements that would have been beneficial. Then Jillian Michaels discussed the lack of nutrition information in many foods and the discrepancies in what food companies can advertise as healthy. Which apparently has gotten so bad parents can’t let their kids watch TV commercials or believe health claims of processed foods apparently, just scary! Disturbing news like this drives me more to a whole food based diet, eating more foods close to their natural form and not preserved or processed. A great quote I caught from Dr. Oz awhile back while doing a bit on trans fats went something like, “Unfortunately most of what is done to preserve or extend the life of food has the opposite effect on human life”, and it’s so true.
On a lighter note, I put a heavy amount of kale in my smoothie this morning instead of spinach and found it a bit gritty and bitter I guess because many of the kale peices had stalks. It was not bad, but not as good as with spinach and I should have added more berries and/or fruit to up the sweetness. For lunch, I had to run errands today and stopped by Whole Foods to concoct a beautiful salad. I could eat there everyday if I could afford it, I love the selection at the salad bar and getting an actual bowl and utensils instead of flimsy, wasteful plastic for about the same price or less than traditional drive thru offerings. Plus this location has great outdoor seating and today’s weather was perfect to enjoy that.
For dinner I tried a version of Gena’s Turnip Pasta with Creamy Brazil Nut Sauce and really enjoyed it, though spiraling turnips for the first time was challenging, the plastic spikes on the spiral slicer had a hard time staying in the smaller turnips I used. For the nut sauce, I used half a cup of soaked Brazil nuts and the Vita-Mix had no problems handling … which I didn’t think it would. I’m really glad I got the 32 oz. container with the Vita-Mix because I’ve been using that one the most with dressings and single serving smoothies. Anyway, the sauce coated the salad nicely and did not get watery, it seems like it’d make great leftovers for next day lunches.