I hope everyone had a very green weekend, with a few drinks for St. Patty’s day of course.
All this green drinking, got me thinking…
Canada is still behind on the trend of banning food dyes. Food dyes are synthetic and completely unnecessary in many of the products they are found in. The only reason that they are often added is for visual appeal, since processed foods have often lost their natural colour.
Having a food dye a couple of times per year isn’t going to kill you – but make a conscious effort to avoid them. All of them.
Check your fridge for products that may contain these dyes;
Tartrazine, Quinoline Yellow, Sunset Yellow, Carmoisine, Ponceau 4R and Allura Red.
One place to check for this Tartrazine; in your Kraft Italian Salad Dressing. Who knew? All the better reason to simply make your own using EVOO, Balsamic, and some dried spices of your choice.
This broccoli-slaw is to die for.
The recipe looks a little something like this…
Shredded red cabbage, shredded broccoli, shredded carrots.
Add in raisins/dried cranberries, and chopped almonds.
Coat with a homemade dressing (tahini, olive oil, mustard, apple cider vinegar, s&p, maple syrup, almond milk)
Top with sesame seeds.
*Note. It tastes better after ‘marinating’ for a day or two in the fridge. The veggies also start to soften up a little bit.
While I was on the go this weekend, I was keeping fueled with these Vega Bars.
They came especially handy when I was running late for my Spin class, and didn’t have time to fuel up on a meal at home.
Did You See This on TedTalks?
This guy (Ron Finley) got fed up with the food options offered in his neighborhood of South Los Angeles, so he decided to plant a garden. He’s ready to help people re-establish their connections to food by putting in the word needed to grow it yourself.
Some memorable quotes that I thought were great…
- “South Los Angeles is home of the drive-thru, and the drive-by… And guess which one is killing more? The drive-thru”. Love this ! So good to hear someone else knock down the drive-thru !
- “Growing your own food is like printing your own money!”…
- “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale,” he declares. “If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. If they’re not shown how food affects the mind and body, they blindly eat whatever’s put in front of them.”
Have a great week everyone !
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