Posted on 07/02/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!
I recently got a bug up my butt, to improve and beautify Chew with Your Mouth Open (yes I just said butt and beautify in the same sentence, classy I know). It is time for a makeover. I am joining the league of sleepless bloggers and installing the Thesis platform for DIY themes. For all the non-bloggers out there, translated this means that I will be working day and night over the next week or so to create a new and improved more magnificent blog! During this time CWYMO will be “under construction”. Please ignore any odd changes you may witness.
In the meantime, I wish everyone a safe and fun fourth of July! Eat some great food, drink some fine beverages, and relax with family and friends!
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Posted on 06/30/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
I just returned home from Greeley, CO very late last night from my dietetic internship orientation at the University of Northern Colorado (Go Bears!). This morning I woke up having to return to reality and sift through hundreds of missed emails. In the midst mindlessly scanning and deleting… I found this video post from Eater National. Despite having to face reality once again today, the video has officially made my day. As usual Stephen Colbert offers a satire that is both sadly correct and completely hilarious.
Click the link to follow to the video and article in which Colbert exclaims, “American’s Don’t Use Plates!’ in response to the new USDA MyPlate design. Enjoy!
Colbert Objects to MyPlate: ‘Americans Don’t Use Plates!’ – Video Interlude – Eater National.
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Posted on 06/02/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
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In follow-up to yesterdays post, this morning the USDA released the new MyPlate design. In my opinion, it is safe to say that it leaves A LOT to be desired. My first reaction was… “They spent $2 million on THAT?” I work with some pretty amazing elementary and middle school students who could have done a better job at creating a design. Seriously.
Perhaps, I am being a bit harsh. I do recognize that being in the nutrition field I have a strong bias towards health and therefore, high expectations. But then again, this is the USDA we’re talking about, shouldn’t they have the SAME high expectations?
The new design does communicate important information regarding proper plating and communicates strongly the importance of fruits and vegetables. Both of which are well done and based on the comprehensive 2010 US Dietary Guidelines released last January. However, a great deal of significant and critical information that should be included is nowhere to be found.
Allow me to quickly recap my concerns, listed in yesterday’s post…
- How will whole grains be represented or communicated in a consumer friendly format? They are briefly noted in a way that the knowledgeable consumer will understand.
- Will lean protein sources (including beans and legumes) be recommended? Missing.
- Healthy fats are incredibly important to our diets, but will they be included in any way? Missing.
- How will a plate be representative of what should be eaten in a day? And how will color blocks translate proper portion sizes? Missing.
- Will water (you know that glorious fluid which supports life) be included? Briefly communicated that water should replace sugary beverages. What about water as an essential need?
- Will physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle be integrated in any way? Missing.
It is sad, that without fail we can predict all that will be missing which such accuracy. I had high hopes that the new design would shed new light on proper nutrition; however, in my opinion the USDA really missed the mark. To be fair, MyPlate is a better conceptual design than the food pyramids past. I hope it is effective because as a nation we desperately need it to be… But sadly, instinct tells me it is the same transparent design from a new perspective.
To see the full MyPlate design and dietary recommendations visit choosemyplate.gov.
What are your thoughts on the new design? Please share your feedback in the comments!
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Posted on 06/01/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
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Tomorrow, the USDA will unveil the new American food pyramid. Following long debate and the release of the new 2010 US Dietary Guidelines in January, they have decided to do away with the confusing MyPyramid design and introduce the new food pyramid as a plate.
The USDA spent $2 million on the new design which will display a plate filled with ½ fruits and vegetables, ¼ grains, and ¼ protein (meat & beans group). In addition it will feature a glass off to the side representing the milk group. It is rumored that the sections will be displayed using color blocks. Key messages, such as decreased sodium and increased fruits and vegetables will be derived from the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines released last January.
Truthfully, any improvement to the ever-confusing MyPyramid will be a step in the right direction. I am especially positive about a new and improved emphasis on fruits and vegetables as the base of the America diet, (finally) stealing the thunder from grains and protein. In addition, I believe that the new plate design will be easier to translate into everyday life.
However, (per usual) I do have a few growing concerns with the design including…
- How will whole grains be represented or communicated in a consumer friendly format?
- Will lean protein sources (including beans and legumes) be recommended?
- Healthy fats are incredibly important to our diets, but will they be included in any way?
- How will a plate be representative of what should be eaten in a day? And how will color blocks translate proper portion sizes?
- Will water (you know that glorious fluid which supports life) be included?
- Will physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle be integrated in any way?
The “plate method” of displaying balanced meals has long been used by nutritionists and dietitians. I have no doubt that it is an effective tool, however, I am not 100% sold on its possibilities as the American food pyramid.
Be sure to check back tomorrow, to view the new MyPlate served up by the USDA.
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Posted on 05/27/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
Mexican food is by far my favorite. Especially when it comes from Masa in Tacoma, WA a groovy, trendsetting restaurant featuring homemade Mexican cuisine.
Last night I was thrilled to attend their happy hour with my co-workers for a few delicious margarita’s and some tasty delights. We were also lucky enough to catch one of the owner’s in action, who took our taste buds to another level.
In the photo to the left, we were spoiled with several delicious fresh made items. The quality in these foods is out of this world. Seriously… they do not disappoint.
The icing on the cake (or the pico de gallo on the ensalada) was a mango-habanero salsa (far right in the photo). Yes, mango and habanero’s together on one lucky chip. Can you say? “Get in my belly”. Oh ya, feel the burn. This special salsa is not on the menu at Masa, but if you know they have it, you may request it by name…They call it the “H-Bomb”. It’s sweet at first and finishes with a slow, growing burn. Mmm, mmm, mmm… tasty.
Now that your mouth is watering, if you live in the area, I highly recommend you check out my favorite restaurant, Masa. Try to go on a sunny day when you can catch the garage doors (all along the side of the restaurant) pulled up for an open air experience.
What is your favorite restaurant/food and why??
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Posted on 05/24/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
It’s a warm night and summer is trying (not so successfully) to rear its precious little head. You know what that means… BBQ!
The fireman (my hubby) doesn’t cook often, but there are some things he rules in the kitchen, namely guacamole and the grill. After working late, I was lucky to come home to a delicious dinner made just for me. (Is that a nice feeling or what?!)
Now I have NOOO idea what was in these burgers, as it of course is top-secret intel that I am not privy too, but they were soooo tasty. The only ingredient I know of for sure was feta cheese, which tastes especially good in/on a burger. Nom, nom, nom.
Along with our burgers we have a delicious salad topped with Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette.
And finally to quench our thirst…
It may not be summer yet, but this will do for now.
Tomorrow’s forecast… more rain.
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Posted on 05/11/2011 by Chelsey Lindahl
Sunshine is so rare this spring in the Pacific Northwest that we have to savor every last drop we get before it is gone. Thankfully yesterday was a gorgeous day (I am still on a Vitamin D high even though it is pouring rain again today). We decided to enjoy it while it lasted and had a barbecue with our neighbors.
For dessert I was craving something cool and sweet, but had limited items on hand. So, what did I decide to make? You guessed it… banana pudding.
This recipe is so simple. Make one box (4 oz.) of instant vanilla pudding with 1% or nonfat milk. Puree one banana using a food processor. Add to pudding mix. Chill until ready to serve.
My neighbor Tiffanie (who was so pleased her idea was going on the blog) added her own special twist and topped each serving with sliced bananas and graham cracker crumbs.
You could experiment with this dessert and add any type of fruit you want. It is a great make ahead treat. Cheers!
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