Many vegetarians start out the way I did: as 14-year-old girls. Quite a few also end the way I did: with fried chicken. In my case, vegetarianism was a brief fling, weighed down by the earnest food of the post-commune early ’70s. When I tried to share sprouted-wheat-soy-lentil loaves and the like, my friends and family always felt there was something (flavor, meat) missing.
I’m always baffled when people tell me that they never cook. Eating is a necessity, so cooking something at least once in a while shouldn’t be too far behind, right?
Maybe it’s not fair to judge, since I cook for a living. Even after a day in the EatingWell Test Kitchen developing recipes, I’ll often go home and cook dinner.
I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!
As a kid, I met the end of August with mixed emotions. I was bummed that summer vacation was ending. But I was psyched about my preseason gymnastics “clinics”—two weeks when I got to spend full days tumbling, mastering new tricks (and—ugh!—doing push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises included in our “conditioning” routine).
Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.
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Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.
In my house, I’m the lunch lady. One of the tasks that fall on my side of our family’s “chore chart” is to pack lunch for our son. This may not seems like a big deal, but I take my job very seriously.
While we’re apart for the day, I want him to have food that’s healthy, tasty and will feed his developing mind. But which foods will deliver the nutrients he needs for healthy cognitive function and memory?
I can pass up an entire tray of brownies, no problem. Cake? No thanks. Cookies? Blah. Not interested. But put a plate of French fries in front of me, and I become a ravenous fiend.
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