This morning First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled MyPlate, the federal government’s new food group icon, created to replace the old food pyramid. In short, it’s about healthy eating. This led to an interesting back and forth over facebook. A friend posted a link to Nourishing the Children, which has its own food pyramid, showing images of food, with an emphasis on quality and how things are grown (farm raised versus wild). My first thought when I saw this new pyramid was, “What the hell is that?” That, being a picture of organ meats.
The back and forth started because I find this nourishing pyramid unrealistic. The point of the government releasing dietary guidelines is to encourage healthy eating. A person that consumes large amounts of sugar and processed foods cannot be expected to change their diet to raw milk and organ meats. Organic organ meats.
I do agree with healthy eating and I try to practice it at home. I’ve been frustrated that the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign has been vilified, called anti-family, or even anti-american. Get your racist partisan politics out of my kitchen Palin-ites. But I also get frustrated with the crunchy nature of the Nourishing pyramid. I may be from California but I don't like broccoli sprouts on my sandwich. The truth is, if you are that conscious of what you are eating, you don’t need a pyramid, pie chart, line graph or venn diagram to illustrate what to put in your body.
Like I said, I try and eat healthy. We push as many vegetables as we can at the girls. We shop at farmer’s markets. The girls only drink water or milk at home and we rarely give them dessert. Not in a strict, sugar is evil kind of way, but because then if we’re out at a friend’s they can drink juice and eat cookies until the sugar rush has spun their head around 180 degrees.
Still, I like to eat. For you Top Chef fans, when we were in DC last week we visited Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery where I orderd the aptly titled Prez Obama Burger [Applewood Bacon, Onion Marmalade, Roquefort Cheese & Delicious Horseradish Mayo Sauce). Yum. So in honor of MyPlate, here’s what’s on my reading plate this week.
Foodgawker is a eye candy for your appetite, particularly if you have a sweet tooth. Between the cakes and pies and cookies, there’s the occasional link to a healthy meal, like this Arugula, Watermelon and Avocado salad from fresh and foodie.
If you like Italian Food, Kristina Gill wrote a guest post on Matt Bites about her reviews of five new Italian cookbooks. Ciao Bella.
And if you scoff at all things healthy, here’s Snoop Dogg to remind you that eating is all about layering. Yes, the Superbowl has passed, but you may have a dip in your future. Remember, seven layers is not EVER enough.