I was right about that sweet potato spread I made on Tuesday, it was very good on a sandwich. Lunch yesterday consisted of the SP spread on both sides of an Arnold’s multigrain sandwich thin. Along with, a big leafy piece of romaine, roasted red peppers, and 1/2 a slice of swiss cheese. Muah! On the side, I had about one third of the container of TJ’s Lentil and Ancient Grain Soup. Very tasty lunch.

Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Check out the ingredients on the soup: Water, Lentils, carrots, onions, Olive oil, celery, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, garlic sea salt, amaranth, quinoa, flax seeds, millet, lemon juice, bay leaves, ground cloves, cumin, marjoram, nutmeg, basil, black pepper, paprika and parsley. And 10g of fiber per serving!!

TJ's Soup Label

Free dinner! At the Medical Nutrition Club club meeting. I had 1/2 a Chipotle veggie burrito, except I dumped everything out of the tortilla to make a burrito bowl of sorts. I also stole a fork full of guac from Bryan. I think the corn salsa is the best part. It’s always a plus when I can turn one of my medical center free meals into something that works for me.

The presentation was by FoodFight.org. The organization is run by two former teachers who witnessed how high school students view food, Or rather do not really view their food at all. As a result, they are not aware that how, and what, you eat directly results your performance in other aspects of your life. The purpose of their work is a push for nutrition education in the classroom, specifically high school aged kids. I really enjoyed their presentation. They had some very interesting facts:

– number of obese children has doubled in the last 30 years

– 50% of these children with end up with Type 2 Diabetes, many of them feel it is just an inevitable norm because their parents or other relatives also have it. I thought this was rather sad.

– It is estimated that the government will spend $300 billion per year on health costs due to obesity

– Pepsi spends 3.5 Billion per year on advertising, while the USDA spends 2 million

While I am not big on getting into the preachy side of food politics, I do agree with them that the attitude modern society has of bigger everything, has had a very unhealthy affect on our views towards food. Educating youth about real food, and how it affects your everyday performance, is something I think that is essential in changing society. I was 22 before I got the facts.  And I had to know to go look for them. I like that they approach kids with the attitude that “we realize that the deck is stacked against you,” but here are the facts and this is how you can change it. It is also great to see the medical students getting involved. I believe that future doctors really understanding how large a role diet plays in our overall health is important for the future of health care.

On to a lighter note – in the form of puffy, gooey, and chewy overnight oats. The first time I made overnight oats I made pumpkin. So naturally, I thought this was the best thing since sliced bread. I ate them 3 mornings that week. I thought I would have a bias view on all other overnight oats not staring pumpkin. Thank god that was not the case. I made strawberry and banana overnight oats.

This is not the best image, but trust me they were good. There is a sort of comfort in classic flavors like strawberry and banana. I did not have the best timing with cold oats seeing as how it is snowing this morning. (I am making an angry face at the window). So, I did pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds make more room temperature oats than cold oats.

Last Nights Line Up:

1/2 old fashion oats

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 mashed banana

2 diced up strawberries

1/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 water

Plans for the rest of the day:

Working in the lab

Workout at NYSC on 2nd Ave

Home for a delicious dinner I have planned!