Yesterday, I had a work from noon to 4pm at the Nugget here in Davis. I was sampling out a new Dreyer’s product – milkshakes and smoothies!
I, of course, tried them before handing them out to people (the chocolate and banana-strawberry were pretty good) and read all the ingredients and nutrition facts. The fruit smoothies are fat free and the chocolate and other ice cream flavors are all low fat. So, although relatively low in calories for ice cream, they have quite a bit of sugar in them. Over the course of 4 hours…
I gave samples to about 350 people
Only 3 people did not like the smoothies
Around 5 people read the nutrition facts or ingredients
1 person said they couldn’t have dairy
3 people said they were diabetic
and 1 of the 3 diabetics said this:
“These are fat free? Oh, I’m a diabetic, you see. I have to watch carbs. Not sugar, but carbs.”
First of all, sugar is carbs. Second of all, sugar is the number one thing diabetics need to watch out for, far moreso than carbohydrate content. And third of all, what doctor told you that?!
Obviously, I didn’t say any of those things. I nodded. It scares me how little the average American knows about basic diet and nutrition. And this woman can not even be considered your “average” American. She was shopping at Nugget, which is a very expensive specialty grocery store, so she likely has an above-average income. She was an adult woman, maybe in her late 50’s, dressed well, and living in northern California, one of the most health conscious places in the US of A. As a diagnosed diabetic, she has certainly been to the doctor at least a few times – and they clearly didn’t give her proper information about what diabetes is and how to treat it (besides with drugs). By definition, diabetes is lack of ability to control blood SUGAR.
I’ll end this rant here, but America has got to step it up. Our future is looking a bit….
The weather in Davis has made a rapid transition to fall. It is getting a bit chilly and I have been craving oatmeal and soups lately. I wanted to make a peanut based soup and include the kale I recently got at Trader Joes (!). This soup can be made paleo, vegan or vegetarian really easily!
African peanut soup with kale
Recipe: Makes 2 large servings
3 1/2 cups veggie broth
1/2 cup peanut flour
1-2 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup half and half (or to veganize, another tbsp peanut butter)
2 tbsp curry powder
4 cups kale, shredded
1 cup summer squash, chopped
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1/2 lb beef (chicken or tofu or beans would work too, but beef goes really well with peanut)
The spices are to taste, they are listed in order of most to least used:
garlic salt, a couple shakes
cinnamon, 1 shake
Directions – Cook the beef on the stove top until just cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. Chop the vegetables and set aside. Pour the broth into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the peanut flour and peanut butter and stir. Add the vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the spices. Stir occasionally. Once the veggies are soft, add the meat and stir. Add the half and half and stir. Serve immediately!
BTW – There is over 100 grams of protein in this soup…… ;)
Peanuts * a great source of manganese, Vitamin E, tryptophan (calming!), niacin, folate, and copper! Peanuts also contain lots of healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants! They have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and have been shown to significantly lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer.
Kale * Extremely high levels of vitamins K, A, and C! Also has manganese, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Onions * contain anti-aging antioxidants phenolics and flavonoids. A study by Dr. Liu showed that pungent and Western yellow onions protected the most against colon cancer, while pungent yellow, Western yellow, and shallots protected the most against liver cancer.
Lean beef * An excellent source of iron, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and of course protein. Don’t be scared of beef’s fat content! Check out my post on saturated fats here.
Curry powder * reduces inflammation, contains antioxidants that fight cancer, and can help improve memory!