Why I support Fast Food

McDonald’s. Wendy’s. Burger King. Zaxby’s. Taco Bell. Culver’s. Bojangles. Dairy Queen. Krispy Kreme. In-N-Out. Starbucks. Whataburger. Chick fil A. Pizza Hut.

There are hundreds of fast food chains out there….

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Potatoes, Bananas, and Potassium

Hey this is interesting..did you know that potatoes have more potassium than bananas?

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In fact, potatoes have about TWICE as much potassium than bananas! We need potassium for healthy muscle function, and YES the HEART is a muscle! A very important one.

The purpose of this post is not to say that potatoes are better than bananas by any means, but rather just to bring awareness to a nutrition fact that we may have overlooked in the past.

Hooray go bananas! Or potatoes?? 🙂 ❤

 

Imagine this

Green vines filled with red, juicy, ripe, sweet tomatoes. Fields of golden wheat with a summer sunset in the backdrop. A fresh pitcher of milk sitting on a table, from the black and white spotted cows contently chewing grass outside.

Now…..Imagine THIS:

The ingredients described above are used to their fullest potential in creating the most delicious pizza you have ever tasted.

YUM.

Pizza is America’s favorite food. Don’t let media propaganda, or your friends, family, strangers, trick you into thinking this deletable concoction is “BAD” for your health. Crust, sauce, and cheese. Simple. Nutritious.

How has pizza ended up on our “bad” foods list? Hm. Think about it. Is the pizza itself bad? Because objectively, it is actually quite a nice balance of vitamins from the tomatoes, fiber and carbohydrates from the crust, and protein and fat from the cheese.

So what is “bad” about pizza? NOTHING. Don’t label foods. No foods are bad. However bad decisions can be made if they are made without awareness of nutrition, emotion, and our bodies.

Bad choices exist.
Bad behaviors exist.
But do bad foods exist? NO. No. No. No. anddddd No.

Think about it. Let’s educate each other on nutrition rather than tell each other what we should and should not eat.

 

 

 

 

What the heck is Ranch?

Glad you asked!

Following up on our previous post, we’ve decided to feature a short post on what exactly that creamy white dressing which appears in all vegetable trays is.

Ranch: the perfect complement to a veggie platter
Ranch: the perfect complement to a veggie platter

Many of us eat it and love it, but not many of us can tell you exactly what is it made from.

So now we will demystify Ranch.

Ranch is actually very simple to make. It is mostly mayo, some sour cream, some buttermilk, and a sprinkle of garlic and herbs and spices (most commonly dill, chives, parsley, black pepper).

Since it is mostly mayonnaise, this means that out of the three macronutrients (fat, carbs, and protein), Ranch is majority fat.

Homemade Ranch dressing
Homemade Ranch dressing

And that’s ok! Remember that fat does not equate with bad. In fact, no foods are bad. We should not label anything as “good” or “bad”. As long as we are aware of the nutritional content, and our personal nutritional needs, we will be able to decide how Ranch fits into our diets!

Knowledge of a food’s nutrition leads to the best nutritional decisions, which leads to the healthiest lives! Happy Eating!

Now for the irrelevant, yet totally relevant, question of the day: Do you like Ranch dressing? And do you include it in your diet?

 

 

This one skill can save your life

Cooking.

Learn how to cook and you are learning the nutritional makeup of all your favorite foods. Remember, different foods are just different vehicles for different nutrition.

Love pie? Bake one from scratch and see what goes in it.

Meatballs? Try to make ’em.

Pizza lover? Make one at home.

Once you learn the basic ingredients of various foods or meals, you’ll understand the nutrients inside them.

Read recipes for homemade ketchup, marshmallows, beer, ice cream, mayonnaise. Does anything surprise you?

Knowing the ingredients in foods will help you make better decisions on what to consume for optimal happiness and health!

Nutrition education is power. Happy cooking!