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Food Revolution Review, and My Tuna Salad Recipe!

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This month has been crazy, and it’s getting crazier each day! This week I have the 5k race I’ve been planning for the past several months, and then we are going straight to Cincinnati (down south) for one of Nick’s friend’s 30th birthday. We’re going to the river boats, which are packed with crazy casinos. I probably won’t do a lot of gambling, but it will still be fun to get out of town for a night. Then the following week we MOVE! I’m excited, but also very nervous. We’re going to be very poor for a while. Oh well, we’ll be so busy working on the house it won’t even matter!
Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last week? I finished watching it on Saturday morning. It wasn’t quite as interesting as the last episode, but I’ve still got a few things to say.

Likes

  • I love how Jamie decided to go straight to a major source of entertainment and information for the community. Not the senators, but the most popular radio DJ, Rod. What a great idea. Even though Rod was completely against the idea at first (although I think that might have been an act for the show….) he got everyone on Jamie’s side eventually and he helped get 1000 people involved in the revolution. Fantastic.
  • I love how Jamie dressed up like a green bean (or a pea pod??) at the beginning of the show. As stupid as he looked, it’s actually suggested that in order to get your children to eat more fruits and veggies you should make it fun and entertaining. Associating fruits and veggies with cartoons or other fun characters is actually a great idea. Heck, it worked for McDonald’s!
  • The trip to the morgue was a great way to open Rod’s eyes (and America’s eyes) to the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. Did you see that casket?! Goodness.
  • Jamie was pushing the use of frozen vegetables. I loved it.Jamie is a well known and respected chef, so to see him using frozen vegetables is really fantastic. I love frozen vegetables. They are so delicious, convenient, and they are frozen at their peak freshness.
  • That dance they did in the park. WOW!!! I wanted to be in the dance myself!! It looked like so much fun!

Dislikes

  • I’ve only got one dislike, but it’s a big one. Where are all the tips and suggestions?? This entire show has been about what is wrongwith the city and what needs to be done to help people get healthier, but I have not heard any tips on cooking and eating healthier. Yeah, Jamie throws out a few suggestions here and there, but I want him to teach the TV audience too! He keeps saying, “you can cook cheap and healthy meals that don’t take very long”, but how?? Jamie, you need to provide more tips! I kept waiting for some fantastic information about what to buy, how to save money when shopping for ingredients, how to choose a good recipe, how to choose a lean cut of meat/poultry, but I heard nothing! Maybe this is coming up in future episodes?? I saw him use a real block of parmesan cheese, but is this something that people in this city (and other cities in America) can afford to buy? I know that sounds odd, but real parmesan cheese is expensive, and it goes bad fairly quick! He needs to throw out tips such as, “try the already shredded parmesan cheese if you wish! The taste is similar, and the price is lower, and it lasts much longer!”.

Question: What were your thoughts on last week’s episode?

Quick, Healthy, and Cheap Recipe #20
Tuna Fish Sandwich

Ingredients
(1 Serving)
6 ounces Albacore tuna
6 t plain Greek yogurt
2 t regular mayo
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 t pepper

Possible Modifications

  • Use any kind of tuna you wish (in water please). Albacore has more omega-3, but light tuna may have less mercury. Choose your battle.
  • Use regular yogurt instead of Greek
  • Use light or fat free mayo
  • Add more walnuts or use almonds, peanuts, or pine nuts
  • Add any spices you wish
  • Add avocado, celery, egg, raisins, or dried cranberries (I didn’t do this because these ingredients give me stomach problems. Bummer, I know)Food Revolution Review, and My Tuna Salad Recipe! 1 My Rating: 8 out of 10

It would have been better on a piece of bread, but since I have yet to find any bread that I can eat, the bread in the picture was just for show. I ate this on it’s own.Food Revolution Review, and My Tuna Salad Recipe! 2Nutrition Facts
(These nutrition facts do not include the bread)

 Coming Up

Tomorrow I will post about some foods that you may think are “healthy” but which may not be as healthy as you thought. The point is not to discourage you from eating these foods, but to make you more aware of the ingredients on food labels and how companies try to trick you into thinking their foods are superior.

Have a great day everyone! Thanks for reading.

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