I watched a show on the travel channel called Extreme Pig Outs. It was about restaurants that serve really huge meals. I mean really, seriously huge. Many of them have challenges – if you can eat the challenge meal within a given time it’s free.
Frankly, I find these pig outs appalling and I think, “These people are insane,” but, on the other hand, I see them as the front line in the war against the health nazis. As long as places like that exist we are still free to choose what we eat. Hopefully we won’t choose to eat at places like The Chip Shop or Jack-n-Grill too often.
In the healthier but not really healthy department, Green Giant has a line of “healthy” vegetable mixes. They have names like “Healthy Weight” and “Healthy Heart” and so forth in big, lettering on the front of the package. I do want to eat more vegetables (and not just because I’m supposed to) and some of these looked good so I thought I’d try a couple of them. I bought one that had navy beans, yellow carrots and spinach. I generally don’t like cooked spinach but it was a very small amount.
Now I don’t obsessively read labels but maybe I should start. As I was opening this product to microwave it I noticed that the percent of “daily value” of sodium per serving was 16%. That seems rather high for something that claims to be “healthy” or even for something known to be fairly unhealthy. It also tasted very bland. With all that sodium already in it I didn’t want to add any salt so I sprinkled on a generous amount of black pepper and that was just what it needed. It was quite good.
So, I guess the only way to get healthy food is to buy or grow fresh vegetables and make everything from scratch. I think some frozen vegetables are okay but not the kind that have seasonings or sauces. And never trust anything with a label that says it’s healthy or low fat or whatever because if it’s low one thing it’s sure to be high something else.