I nearly lost it in Starbucks…
Yesterday morning I was in line for coffee with a friend, after our Fit Body Boot Camp workout, when I noticed the “healthy” pop tarts on display. The packaging was plain, giving it a wholesome look that would make you believe the snack was a healthy one.
I flipped it over and read the ingredients: Refined flour. Refined sugar. Additives. Loads of simple carbs and sugars.
There was nothing remotely healthy about it!
A snack like that causes weight gain and further poor food choices…my blood started to boil.
Looking around the coffee shop I realized that the new trend is to present processed snack foods in packaging that suggests that it’s healthy. The one or two benefits of the product are displayed prominently so that we forget to check the rest of the ingredients…
“Gluten Free!” (but filled with other refined grains AND sugar)
“Organic!” (but filled with refined sugar)
“Vegan!” (but filled with unhealthy fats and refined sugars)
“Sugar Free!” (but filled with artificial sweeteners)
What really upsets me about this deceptive marketing is that good people who truly want to make healthy choices are being duped. They are eating these packaged foods with the misconception that it’s healthy and beneficial, when in reality they may as well be eating the cheaper packaged snacks from a gas station. The weight gain and nutritional hazards are the same.
Big food knows that we want to eat healthier, so their marketing is getting more clever than ever to keep us coming back to purchase their packaged, processed, toxic foods. And we pay the price.
Let’s fight back.
- Pass by the packaged snack foods, no matter how enticing and comforting the words on it may be.
- ALWAYS read the ingredient list of foods you purchase.
- Stick with real, whole foods instead of processed foods.
Try this truly wholesome, satisfying recipe ==> Amazing Curried Cauliflower. It’s so much easier to walk passed unwholesome snacks when your tummy is filled with real food!
This dish is filled with tender cauliflower, nutrient-dense spinach, sweet pickled pimento peppers, and plump garbanzo beans all swimming in a creamy, dreamy curry sauce. With a flavor this deep and satisfying, you may forget that it’s filled with all wholesome ingredients. Enjoy!
- 2 heads cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
- 3 Tablespoons curry powder
- 1 (15oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 5 oz bag of fresh baby spinach
- 1 (13.66oz) can coconut milk, full fat
- ½ cup pickled sweet pimento peppers, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the cauliflower florets and boil for 8 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and set aside. Wipe out the pot.
- Return the pot to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the curry powder and cauliflower florets and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the garbanzo beans, chicken broth, spinach, coconut milk, pimentos, lime juice, salt and red pepper flakes. Mix well and reduce to low heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Enjoy!