Friday Food War – Poutine

Poutine is a common Canadian dish, originally from Quebec, made with french fries, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds.

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This is one of thousands of reasons we are battling an obesity epidemic. The weekend is not carte blanche to completely abandon your weekday habits. In fact, its time to practice with more discipline.

Happy Weekend!

Help me collect more information about food that we need to wage war against. Post them to comments and I’ll find them and share.

Tips for Surviving Game Day

 

With football season in full swing and countless excuses about eating nachos and wings and why we don’t have time to eat healthy. Let’s take a moment to reconsider the connection between the game and the food we eat.

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Hardly anyone needs to be told the following foods aren’t healthy.

  • Buffalo “anything”
  • Anything served with liquified cheese
  • Chips
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Chinese Appetizers

 

While there may be vegetables in a quesadilla, its not likely to offset what else is in it. Frankly many times the only green you can see on the table of “football food” is the green frosting(grass) on the football themed cupcakes.

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It doesn’t have to be a nutritional train wreck.

When you get invited to a a friends house to watch the game there can be a lot of social pressure to not be the “party pooper” who doesn’t want to eat junk food. There’s teasing and “good natured” ribbing etc. that can make anyone feel like they can make an exception “this” time. There’s an exceptional article in this month’s issue of “Experience Life” Magazine that talks about one woman’s (Courtney Lewis Opdahl follow her blog Coming Clean) struggle with this issue in detail. There’s no doubt it can be difficult but it’s not impossible and it can have a positive effect on the people you care about.

It can be hard to feel like the odd ball, especially among friends, a lot of whom are less than sympathetic to your feelings. Embrace the way you choose to be. In his blog Zenhabits, Leo Babauta writes a great piece called “Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different.”

Here’s what to do when your friends invite you over.

  1. Ask them what you can bring. If they say “nothing” or “we’re all set, just bring yourself,” simply tell them that you don’t feel comfortable coming empty handed which gives you permission to bring anything you want.
  2. Say “I’d love to come, I’ll bring the veggies/salad.” This way there’s at least one healthy choice on the table.
  3. I saw this recipe for insert recipe name I want to try. If you don’t have one in mind, try this recipe for loaded sweet potato skins or one of your own. There’s thousands of good recipes online. If all else fails or the cooking doesn’t go well, you can always stop at the supermarket and on the way over.

It takes willpower and perhaps a little courage at first but you can do it and in my experience, most of the time people appreciate it and over time may even adopt some of your healthful ways.

Good Luck

Awesome Avocado White Bean Dip

Avocado

If you like avocados you have to try this. Even if you don’t, whip it together the next time you’re entertaining. 

6 Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 Can of White beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ground cayenne (optional)

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Add all of the ingredients except for 1 tablespoon of oil to your food processor:
  2. Blend until smooth…. EASY AS THAT!
  3. If necessary, drizzle as much of the remaining olive oil into the mixture while blending until smooth.

Sweet Potato Bacon Hash with Eggs

Try this quick and easy recipe for a power packed start to your day.

What you need:

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2 Sweet Potatoes, chopped

4 slices of Bacon

1 small Onion, chopped(optional)

Leafy Greens, chopped (Swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach)

Salt and Pepper

Ground Cayenne (optional)

To make this quick and easy hash

Get the bacon started in a skillet over medium heat flipping it frequently.

Put the potatoes into a pot with cold water and set them to boil. When the water starts to boil, give it about a minute and then pour the potatoes into a strainer, hit them with cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Take the cooked bacon out of the skillet and leave the fat. Put the onion and potatoes into the hot skillet stirring regularly and cook until tender about 5-8 minutes. Chop the bacon and put it back into the skillet with the greens until the they soften.

Fry the eggs in a pan to your liking and enjoy!