Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Naturally Gluten Free

We had a field trip today which means its bagged lunch time. I sat in amazement, munching on green beans, while I looked over the lunches that my students were eating. Lunchables were everywhere (and loaded with 50% of your daily sodium and God knows what else), sodas were being chugged, and rare was it to see a kid with a piece of fruit in hand. One student sitting near by had a Little Debbie cake, salami on white bread, Cheez-its, and a Diet Dr Pepper...not an ounce of nutrients to be found.
I realize that packing lunch every day can be hard for working parents, but nutrition has to become a priority for our country. Buy healthier choices. It would not have taken any more work to have made a sandwich on whole grain bread, swapped an apple for the Cheez-its, and had water or juice in the place of soda.
I started discussing it with another teacher, but stopped when I realized she was eating a bag of Funyuns. I got sad that maybe I was the only person in the world not eating a highly processed diet. However, I came home to find this movie trailer, Processed People, and was excited to see that there are people out there striving to break away from the easy, convenient, and highly processed foods that our nation is so happy to promote.
In honor of those of us who are tired, hungry, and wanting to be healthy, here's a quick fix.
* 1 avocado, smashed
* 1/2 onion, diced
* 1 tomato, diced
* juice of 1 lime
* handful of cilantro, chopped
Smash the avocado and mix in the remaining ingredients.
Enjoy with corn chips, on a salad, or with lettuce wraps and cucumbers

1 comment:

GFE--gluten free easily said...

CDM--Thanks for sharing that link to Gluten Free Naturally's blog and that video. Both excellent.

Don't give up the fight on sharing the horrors of eating tons of processed foods! Sometimes it eventually sinks in. But, remember leading by example is awesome, too!

Guacamole--hard to beat. Yours looks great. :-)